tds_pr_110420_1

PHOTO REPORT: Tokyo DisneySea 11/4/20 (Mt. Prometheus Refurb Complete, Harbor Pit Open, Pixar Greeting, and MORE!)

It’s a lovely, sunny day here in the Tokyo area! Perfect for a voyage around the seven ports of Tokyo DisneySea. Its been quite some time since we’ve checked in on the latest developements and there’s a lot to cover, so let’s not dawdle anymore and get going.

tds_pr_110420_2

Guests still gather around the AquaSphere at the park entrance for pictures. Unlike Walt Disney World, however, Guests often remove masks. Cast Members tend to encourage this behavior as well when asked to take pictures.

tds_pr_110420_3

Since there are no seasonal events going right now, the facade of Hotel MiraCosta for the foreseeable future.

tds_pr_110420_4

But that doesn’t degrade the experience of passing through and seeing Mount Prometheus ahead of you. It’s pure magic.

tds_pr_110420_5

Now that Halloween is over, balloons are back to red, blue, yellow, and pink.

tds_pr_110420_6
tds_pr_110420_9

A quick glance across Mediterranean Harbor reveals that this port’s DisneySea Transit Steamer dock is finally out of refurbishment, and the rockwork along the sides of the path is also complete!

tds_pr_110420_7
tds_pr_110420_8
tds_pr_110420_10

The pit below Mediterranean Harbor is also undergoing work for the first time in around a decade. The last time the pit was open was to remove Prometeo, the bird-like spirit of fire used in the former nighttime show BraviSEAmo!. It would seem that the pit will be used for the upcoming Believe! Sea of Dreams nighttime show set to debut in 2021.

tds_pr_110420_19

There’s stacks of materials piled on anchored barges as the project continues.

tds_pr_110420_34

From the Ponte Vecchio bridge, it’s possible to look deeper into the pit. Did you know Mediterranean Harbor is only around six feet deep? Those metal fences are holding back the rest of the harbor while the concrete shows where the rest of the pit continues.

tds_pr_110420_11

One of the fun things about Tokyo DisneySea is how everything has a backstory, but how also everything references each other. This is where S.E.A. started, after all! This painted advertisement is selling Venetian olive oil by who else but the Zambini Brothers, owners of a ristorante in Mediterranean Harbor.

tds_pr_110420_12

Over in Toyville Trolley Park, Mr. Potato Head’s stage has been walled off temporarily, likely to prevent crowding around him.

tds_pr_110420_13

Thanks to the new Standby Pass system introduced in September, the line for Toy Story Mania no longer extends out past Tower of Terror nor snakes into Waterfront Park anymore.

tds_pr_110420_14

The Big City Vehicles are once again ferrying Guests around the New York area of American Waterfront. Each ride is restricted to one party of Guests only to maintain social distancing, and as much space is left between Guests and the driving Cast Member as possible.

tds_pr_110420_15

Although the resort confirmed just a few weeks ago that Hello, New York! is gone forever, the sign advertising it still remains outside the Dockside Stage.

tds_pr_110420_16

The area is still in use as a Entry Request-based socially distanced character greeting for ShellieMay or other Duffy friends.

tds_pr_110420_17

A glance across the way reveals that construction work is now complete on the Ponte Vecchio! This project had been ongoing through the closure up until August or September.

tds_pr_110420_18

The top of the lighthouse in Fortress Explorations is also back and scaffolding is down.

tds_pr_110420_21
tds_pr_110420_22

After over a year and a half of work, the Mount Prometheus restoration is finally complete! All across the glorious icon, rockwork has been improved significantly, and greenery now fills more areas along the facade.

tds_pr_110420_23
tds_pr_110420_24

Colors along the mountain were also touched up. The project was the first major refurbishment of Mount Prometheus since the park’s opening in September 2001.

tds_pr_110420_25

Despite its use as a socially distanced Soaring: Fantastic Flight overflow queue being over, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remains closed. The ride vehicles are completely enclosed with additional ventilation unfeasible, so we probably won’t see this back for some time.

tds_pr_110420_26

Over in Arabian Coast, Abu’s Bazaar is currently undergoing construction to change the games within. In normal times, Guests can play these games for a small fee and win either seasonal plushes or lose, but get free seasonal pins.

tds_pr_110420_27

The Pixar Pals Steamer has unofficially returned, it seems. The sailings featured characters from Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. during Pixar Playtime for the last three years. While Monsters, Inc. was missing today, the Transit Steamer was still playing the “Friends Forever” theme from Pixar Playtime while the characters waved at Guests around the park!

tds_pr_110420_28

Tokyo Disney Resort has a rather vindictive habit of blocking Guests from taking any pictures in places they didn’t specifically designate. These efforts have ramped up particularly in the last few years, with the additions of spikes along the handrails around Cinderella Castle and the second rail around the AquaSphere earlier this year. These walls are currently behind planters, but seeing how these windows are favorites of Guests trying to take Instagram shots, it wouldn’t surprise me if they were permanent.

tds_pr_110420_29

Planters are up along the entire stretch of path between the outer upper and lower areas of Arabian Coast, actually.

tds_pr_110420_30

Behind some of the planters, we can see some pavement work in progress.

tds_pr_110420_31

Because of social distancing, lines around the park are a bit crazy now that the Soaring: Fantastic Flight and Toy Story Mania are Standby Pass-only. The line for Raging Spirits extended far outside the queue, past Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage to Sultan’s Oasis. Posted wait time? 40 minutes.

tds_pr_110420_32

Journey to the Center of the Earth was far crazier, with a line that extended outside the core queue, several switchbacks inside the mountain, out the side of Mysterious Island to Port Discovery, and around halfway down the path to Ponte Vecchio and American Waterfront. Posted wait time? 55 minutes.

tds_pr_110420_1

Guests are finally able to see characters at random times outside! Marie, Toulouse, and Berlioz from The Aristocats were all out in Waterfront Park to greet Guests from an appropriate distance.

tds_pr_110420_33

Also, ‘Olu Mel, the newest friend of Duffy the Disney Bear, is finally available in physical stores. For a couple of months after his introduction to Tokyo DisneySea, he was only available through the Tokyo Disney Resort App.

With so much news from Tokyo DisneySea, there’s still so much to watch in the coming weeks. Be sure to stay tuned to WDWNT for all the latest news from Tokyo Disney Resort and the other Disney parks worldwide! What was the most interesting sight for you? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

Are you considering or planning a visit to Tokyo Disney Resort? Visit TDRPlans for every detail (and more) that you’ll need to make your trip the best it can be! Did I mention it’s 100% free? Oh, and stay tuned to WDWNT for up-to-date news on Tokyo Disney Resort, Walt Disney World, and Disney Parks worldwide!

For more information on booking your next trip with our official travel agent sponsor, the Vacationeer, visit wdwnt.travel.

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x