December 29, 2011, 9:01 AM ·
Today, we're touring Arabian Coast, as part of our in-depth look at Tokyo DisneySea.
Let's step inside the land, which like most Tokyo DisneySea lands, is decorated for the park's 10th anniversary this year.
Earlier this year, to celebrate the anniversary, DisneySea debuted Jasmine's Flying Carpets, a $22 million spinner ride. Why would a park spend that kind of coin on a Dumbo-clone, readers asked.
Having seen the ride - and the land in which it resides - I now can answer confidently. DisneySea spent that much money because if it had spent any less decorating the ride, it would have stood out like Betty White on an episode of TMZ. Let's take a look around, shall we?
This isn't part of any attraction or restaurant - it's just street theming.
And so is this - though immediately after I took this picture, a queue of children formed to climb on Cammie's back and get their photos taken, too.
The biggest ride in Arabian Coast is , a indoor boat ride in the tradition of It's a Small World and Epcot's Gran Fiesta Tour.
You are floating along watching Sindbad make his famous journey, as previewed here on a map in the queue.
You'll start in Sindbad's home port, then sail to Mermaid Rocks, to Rukh Island and the Cave of the Giant…
…then it's off to the Palace of the Sultan, Land of the Monkeys, Whale Straits and back home. Here's a POV:
Almost all of the major rides at DisneySea have corporate sponsors (which helps keep the park in such immaculate condition, no doubt). And there's a plaque in the exit area of each of these rides with a message from that sponsor, fitting that particular ride.
Arabian Coast's other main attraction is The Magic Lamp Theater, which, like Terminator 2:3D at the Universal parks, blends live action with a 3D movie. That mix never quite works for my eyes, but this is a cute magic show, focusing on a harried Aladdin-like sorcerer's apprentice who ultimately gets his revenge, with some help from our favorite Genie.
On the opposite end of Arabian Coast from Jasmine's Flying Carpets you'll find another kiddie ride, the two-level Caravan Carousel.