Fortress Explorations is an exquisitely-themed interactive play area at Mediterranean Harbor, Tokyo DisneySea. Discover what lies within its chambers in this photo tour.
At the base of Mount Prometheus lies Explorer’s Landing, a place for members of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers to meet. This (fictional) society comprises scientists, inventors, artists, explorers and engineers – many iconic names such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Ferdinand Magellan, Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus and so on. Even Lord Henry Mystic and Harrison Hightower III are members of this illustrious association.
The fortress is designed to resemble a mid-15th century citadel, built and occupied during the golden age of discovery. There are chambers and halls across several levels, connected in different ways, making the journey around the Fortress an adventure in itself.
You can pick up maps from this sign as you enter the Fortress.
In one of the first rooms you’ll see the Pendulum.
This is a working Foucault Pendulum, which was designed to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth.
The Pendulum would slowly knock pins down in different directions.
Beside the Pendulum – the Illusion Room, with five intricately painted walls. When viewed individually, they appear very distorted.
However, through the looking glass… the murals form a seamless scene, showing Mount Prometheus erupting in an ancient city and setting off mayhem around it. The artwork also appears to be three-dimensional.
Explorers’ Hall showcases some of the early, or founding members of the Society. These are elaborate murals, showcasing the accomplishments and discoveries of its founding members, are also embellished with gold leaf.
The motto and pledge of the Society, with shiny gold elements in its artwork.
Next stop: Navigation Center
This is a place where you can control a miniature ship (separate payment required) and sail around the seas.
There are numerous metal plates around Fortress Explorations. These are used to scan maps for the Leonardo Challenge activity, which unfortunately for tourists, is entirely in Japanese. It involves walking around the Fortress and solving puzzles using the map.
For the rest of us, we can just enjoy the sights from the upper level of the Fortress facing the Harbor.
The design and construction here is beyond exquisite. So much detail from all angles. From afar we can see Harrison Hightower’s Hotel.
Details, details, details.
There’s also an alchemy lab in the Fortress.
And Leonardo’s Flying Machine.
But the most majestic room would be the Chamber of Planets.
This orrery has an elaborate model of the Solar System.
Explorers may use the cranks to make the planets revolve around the sun…
… while gazing at the starry ceiling showcasing constellations.
Details, once again.
It’s really nice to see how the park’s elements blend together.. From Mount Prometheus to Porto Paradiso across the waters. It’s seamless and gradual.
After walking around the Fortress, you might want to stop by Refrescos for a snack and drink.
The highlight here would be the fountain.
Spectacular view of the Fortress Gateway. You’ll see this if you’re walking from the other way (from Mysterious Island).
The crest is another stunning piece of work.
And that concludes our tour around Fortress Explorations. In this photo you can see Leonardo’s Flying Machine. Below it – the entrance to Magellan’s. This is a restaurant named after Ferdinand Magellan and it is as exquisitely themed as the rest of Fortress Explorations. In the next Photo Tour update, we’ll step inside Magellan’s.
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