A tour of Tokyo DisneySea: Mermaid Lagoon
Published: December 28, 2011 at 7:19 AM
Approaching Mermaid Lagoon from Mysterious Island, I saw another impressive mountain-like facade, inspired by King Tritron's undersea kingdom from the film that revived Disney's animated film division: "The Little Mermaid."
All I knew about Mermaid Lagoon before visiting Tokyo was that one of its rides - Jumpin' Jellyfish - was also at California Adventure, and it was one of my daughter's favorite rides when she was younger. So when I saw the facade for Mermaid Lagoon, I expected to walk through it and see another California Adventure-like outdoor setting for Jumpin' Jellyfish and its accompanying rides.
Not even close.
Immediately inside the passageway stands King Triton, on his way to a royal proclamation:
And just in case you didn't yet know where you were heading, a sign proclaims:
Triton's Kingdom isn't just some kiddie land. It's a wildly themed underwater world. That's right - a complete indoor theme park land.
Take a look at the ceiling detail.
The rides inside Triton's Kingdom are kiddie fare, sure. But in such an imaginative setting, who cares? Go for a spin in The Whirlpool:
Or fly by in the Blowfish Balloon Race:
And, of course, you can't forget a ride on the Jumpin' Jellyfish:
If your kids want to burn off some excess energy after waiting in line for those rides, take them to Ariel's Playground:
For grown-ups, the only attraction beyond watching your children play is the Mermaid Lagoon Theater, featuring Ariel and friends in "Under the Sea."
I'd mistakenly thought that this would be similar to the Little Mermaid show at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. Wrong again. Tokyo's Little Mermaid show replaces Florida's puppets with a Cirque du Soleil-style aerial acrobatic show, performing popular tunes from "The Little Mermaid." Here's a clip I found after I spaced recording the show:
Hungry yet? Given that The Little Mermaid features one of Disney's best songs about food ("Les Poissons," second only to "Be My Guest," I'd vote), you'd expect a themed restaurant down here, and - as usual - Tokyo DisneySea delivers. But it's not Chef Louis' restaurant, it's Sebastian's Calypso Kitchen:
As far as I could see, the Seafood Pizza does not appear to include crab. Sebastian is safe! :^)
Mermaid Lagoon extends "above water," outside Triton's Kingdom, with Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster and the Himalaya-like Scuttle's Scooters, though - let's face it - darling it's better down where it's wetter, under the sea.
Tomorrow, we'll cross the water again, over to Arabian Coast.