PHOTO REPORT: Tokyo DisneySea 2/8/20 (Coronavirus Precautions, Cast Today Guide, Mt. Fuji Views, Duffy Flan Case, and More)

It’s so nice to be back once again at the place where adventure and imagination set sail. That’s right, we’re back with a new photo report straight from Tokyo DisneySea! There’s quite a bit going on here, so we can’t waste a second. Let’s set sail on another incredible round-trip through this wonderful park.

Main Entrance Area

Around the outermost ticket booths on both sides of the park entrance, planters are currently up. These do not cover the actual security screening area, so this work is not believed to be associated with the “increased security measures” being added to the resort. In this area on one side of the entrance, metal detectors and x-ray machines are usually set up.

As the coronavirus situation develops, Tokyo Disney Resort remains the only operating resort in Asia at this time. Guests are greeted at both parks’ entrances as well as in every restroom with appropriate precautions. Instructions are delivered in Japanese, English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

Right inside, some of our favorite pals were out to say hi! Jiminy and Pinocchio were just on their way out, but his conscience was definitely his guide today.

Not too far behind was Honest John. He tried to play some tricks on us, but we had none of it today!

And on the other side of the plaza, cruise director Mickey was on his way to a brief break. But he was nice enough to wave hello to us when he passed!

Such a relaxing day, isn’t it?

With the new month comes new Today Guides. This month features Duffy and ShellieMay in their “Duffy’s Heartwarming Days” outfits.

A new addition in both parks’ Today Guides this month is a mini-brochure featuring Cast Members at each park. Tokyo Disney Resort is suffering a bit of a Cast Member shortage right now, and I would imagine this is designed to show Guests how fun(?) being Cast can be! Maybe even encourage some to become Cast themselves.

Love it or hate it, it’s Pixar Playtime here at Tokyo DisneySea! And for the very last time, too.

If you want to play the Pixar Playtime games, you must spin the spinner here and start at the big red “GO!” square.

I maintain that along with seeing and approaching Spaceship Earth at EPCOT, this is one of the (if not the) most dramatic entrance reveals in a theme park. Passing under Hotel MiraCosta into Porto Paradiso is just pure magic.

Because Pixar Playtime Pals and Chef Remy and You! both take place on singular sections of stage, Lido Isle is open and empty most of the day. I like it this way, actually, because some excellent views can be afforded here and it’s usually blocked off between shows.

Construction on Mount Prometheus has largely shifted from the mountain itself to its surroundings. This section of rock by Soaring: Fantastic Flight is currently under repair work.

One of the most notable additions following the 8 months of work last year is the addition of so much green to the mountainsides! It adds a nice bit of color splash that we didn’t see before.

A pretty decent amount of Fortress Explorations is also covered. But hopefully this won’t last much longer.

One section of Ponte Vecchio has been under wraps for about two months now. This is pretty typical for this time of year, when annual refurbishments along the bridge take place.

Recently, we aren’t sure when, the old, faded S.E.A. banners in this area were removed and replaced with a brand-new, vibrant one. It’s little details like this that matter, and we love seeing care put in to keep things fresh.

Over in American Waterfront, there’s a cute little photo spot for CookieAnn, the newest friend of Duffy the Disney Bear. One of our fellow Guests was kind enough to allow me to take a picture of their CookieAnn in the photo spot.

Scaffolding is down around the Broadway Music Theater, revealing the rest of the building following refurbishment.

If you’re looking to partake in Big Band Beat, its just returned from a short refurbishment. Some minor work was done within the theater, including a replacement of the stage floor.

One of the fun things Tokyo DisneySea does to attract the young crowd in the off-season is activate a more-intense version of Tower of Terror. This year’s version, titled Tower of Terror Unlimited features two special ride patterns you can only catch this time of year. And believe it or not, they make the attraction kinda scary!

If you visit on a very, very clear day you can catch a glimpse of the city. But you can also see Mt. Fuji, way off in the distance! The active volcano is about 100 miles or so out of the city, so you can’t always see it. But when you can, gosh it’s beautiful!

Also on top of the S.S. Columbia, you can catch Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto on their way to perform in Hello, New York! at the beginning of shows. I don’t particularly enjoy this show, but it’s fun to say hi to them!

If you take a stroll through Port Discovery at the right time, you can catch the Time Traveller’s Band playing… “Penny Lane” by The Beatles? I was genuinely confused by this but it was distinctively “Penny Lane”.

Over in Lost River Delta, the new (and very popular) Song of Mirage now allows Guests to standby for the full audience on the first show of the day, rather than just a tiny corner.

Say hi to Indiana Jones over there! He’s the only attraction open in Lost River Delta while Raging Spirits undergoes a long-term refurbishment.

Until last year, diners at Miguel’s El Dorado Cantina could pick up a spacial Donald flan case featuring the duck himself in a sombrero. But since Donald made way for Duffy last summer, now a Duffy flan holder is available as an add-on when you purchase flan.

Pavement work in Mermaid Lagoon is finally complete. Looks like nothing ever happened!

Along with other face character greetings, Ariel’s Greeting Grotto is currently closed. This is the latest in precautions related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mysterious Island is just so… mysterious and beautiful, isn’t it? I think this shot in particular is one of my favorite spots in the park. You can’t beat the architecture and the rock work on the caldera.

If you’re interested in commemorating the final performance of Fantasmic! on March 25th, a new souvenir medal is available at Villa Donaldo Home Store.

Merchandise

We’ve got a few merchandise items this week. We introduced you to the Sakura Sway collection a couple of weeks ago. What wasn’t announced until recently, however, is the Tomica bus. You can grab it at Emporio for ¥1300, or $11.96.

If your child dreams of making popcorn, you can pick up this toy popcorn cart! It’s pretty hefty, though, and it’ll set you back a pretty penny. If you want to make fake popcorn at home, you’ll have to put down ¥14800, or $136.16.

Got a favorite souvenir medallion? Now you can hang it off your backpack with these adorable holders! And it isn’t even that expensive, at only ¥600, or $5.52.

If you’re a fan of the different foods of Tokyo Disney Resort, you can pick up this frankly incredible memo set! For ¥1700, or $15.64, these incredible pieces can be yours!

And that’s the latest from Tokyo DisneySea! I hope you enjoyed another round-trip through the world’s most beautiful park, and I hope you’ll join us again next week! What was your favorite sight? Let us know below or on Twitter!

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Jennifer Newheiser
Jennifer Newheiser
8 months ago

Did the park seem less busy than usual due to the Coronavirus scare?