PHOTO REPORT: Tokyo DisneySea 2/19/20 (Dry AquaSphere, Planters Everywhere, Plum Blossoms, and More)

Spencer Lloyd

PHOTO REPORT: Tokyo DisneySea 2/19/20 (Dry AquaSphere, Planters Everywhere, Plum Blossoms, and More)

Spencer Lloyd

PHOTO REPORT: Tokyo DisneySea 2/19/20 (Dry AquaSphere, Planters Everywhere, Plum Blossoms, and More)

Ahoy, everyone! We’re back at Tokyo DisneySea for another adventure. Like its sister park, there’s quite a bit of construction going during the off season. Planters are a pretty common sight, sadly. But the upshot of this is there’s some news for us to cover! Let’s take a grand tour of the park this week, with the grand sights and maybe those less so. Here we go!

Tokyo DisneySea

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There’s something a little bit different about the plaza, but I can’t quite put my finger on it…

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Oh that’s right, the AquaSphere is currently dry. Last week, planters went up and dried up the surrounding structure. No word on how long this refurbishment will last or what the overall scope is.

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The entrance refurbishment has moved to the central ticket booth/inspection area. The overall results of the first working area was just some minor repaving. Perhaps these are preparations for the “increased security measures” previously announced in November.

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Looking up close, it’s rather interesting to see how faded some of the paint is. The water (and a sunny day) often make it look so much more vibrant!

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Inside the park, the Mount Prometheus overhaul project has shifted over to the further sides of the mountain. The upper deck above the main path, often the extended queue for Soaring: Fantastic Flight, is unavailable as part of this.

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The work on Ponte Vecchio continues as well. This has been persistent since December, so it seems like some fairly intensive work is ongoing.

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The Mediterranean Harbor ice cream cart is closed as well.

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In the bypass to Soaring, this area is also out of service. I seriously cannot stress enough how much construction is going on at Tokyo DisneySea right now.

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Especially on a gloomy, cloudy day, the bright pink plum blossoms really stand out. Before the world-famous cherry blossoms, the plum blossoms throughout Japan herald the beginning of spring!

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Pixar Playtime has taken over Tokyo DisneySea one last time! If you’re an international visitor, you may recognize this Jack-Jack statue from Incredicoaster at Disney California Adventure! Unlike that one, however, this is only here as a photo op through March 19th.

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Big Band Beat is back at the Broadway Music Theater after a couple weeks’ break. No real changes were made inside the theater or to the show as far as I noticed. But it’s great to see my favorite show at Tokyo DisneySea live once again!

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There’s so many little details to notice around the park. For instance, the cornerstone of Hotel Hightower, facade of the Tower of Terror, is easily missable next to the FastPass entrance. It reads “The taller we stand, the nearer the stars”. Perfect for a kleptomaniac self-righteous billionaire, don’t you think?

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There’s also a display of “newspaper clippings” outside the the building. It helps explain the extremely complicated backstory.

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Planters are up in the Turtle Talk queue area. Last week, FastPass was introduced exclusively on the TDR official app for Turtle Talk. This likely is the reconfiguration of the line for FastPass and standby. Or maybe they’re building a distribution area?

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The line is currently separated, with no real entrance scanner. Cast Members currently carry a portable scanner (a la lottery shows) to verify a Guest’s FastPass eligibility.

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Over towards the bridge to Cape Cod, avid fans queue for the next show of Hello, New York! in a couple of hours. It already stretches back to the other side of the bridge!

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And on the other side, a line for the show after that one. These Guests want their chance at a front-and-center view, it seems. Personally, it escapes me why so many people line up for this show. I maintain it’s the worst one on property, by far and away.

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Across the waters, a chunk of the Cape Cod Cook-Off exterior is currently under construction as well. My Friend Duffy is not affected by this work.

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If you’re out and about at the right time, you can catch the Pixar Pals Steamers, featuring characters from Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. greeting Guests! It’s a neat little sight to catch, and you can get some great photo ops if you’re in the right spots.

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Like the real Cape Cod, there’s a ton of birds along the shores of Tokyo DisneySea’s Cape Cod today. I’ve never understood why birds are so attracted to this particular area of the park. Maybe the familiarity of a small harbor town?

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In things coming out of construction, rather than going down, Aquatopia is finally back online once again!

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The DisneySea Electric Railway is also chugging along between Port Discovery and American Waterfront once again.

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One of the last places you can still see the signs of the former StormRider is at the Skywatcher Souvenirs cart near Lost River Delta. Almost everywhere else, the Center for Weather Control logo has been replaced with the Nemo & Friends SeaRider‘s Marine Life Institute logo. But here, we still can see the dearly missed CWC logo!

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In more happy news, the beloved Yucatan Dog has returned to Expedition Eats in Lost River Delta! Last month, it mysteriously disappeared from the menu, bringing shock to fans of the classic treat.

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The outdoor seating area for Miguel’s El Dorado Cantina is closed at the moment. Not that you’d really want to sit outside this time of year, honestly.

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Raging Spirits is also down through early April. I’ve seen a crane pointed out here, which means perhaps a minor track replacement project?

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And over at Casbah Food Court, the outdoor seating area facing the Arabian Coast is also under construction. Again, not that you’d really want to dine outside right now.

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Out in Mermaid Lagoon, Ariel’s Greeting Grotto is still closed due to Coronavirus concerns. Still no word on whether this will reopen before the March 31st closure date.

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The waterfall between Mermaid Lagoon and Mysterious Island is also currently dry. This usually is a huge factor in hiding the noise from the road that connects the outer and inner backstage areas of the park. That little wall/tunnel right there passes right under the road.

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Our beloved Nautilus viewing area down at Nautilus Galley is also back. Now you can get your beloved photo with the gyoza dog and the Nautilus submarine!

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But the tunnel boring machine on the side of Mysterious Island is also covered in scaffolding. Seriously, there’s always something under construction in Mysterious Island. Tends to make photo ops a bit more difficult.

And that’s all at Tokyo DisneySea this week! The whole construction situation at both parks isn’t particularly ideal, but it keeps things looking ship-shape for future Guests. I just hope it all winds down fairly soon, particularly as the Tokyo Olympics come closer. What were you most interested in this week? Let us know below or on Twitter!

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