Attraction of the week: Sindbad's Storybook Voyage at Tokyo DisneySea
October 8, 2012, 4:07 PM ·
Now this is what I love in a theme park attraction: Great storytelling, a lively, original musical score I'll be humming for the rest of the day, and 10+ minutes riding through in a dark, air-conditioned show building. Why can't theme park companies build rides like that anymore?
Well, they can, and they do. You just have to fly to Asia to ride them. :^(
Our Attraction of the Week this week is Sindbad's Storybook Voyage, from Tokyo DisneySea. You'll follow Sindbad the sailor and his tiger cub, Chandu, as they sail from their home port to Mermaid Rocks, then on to Rukh Island, the Cave of the Giant, the Palace of the Sultan, the Land of the Monkeys, and finally to Whale Straits, before returning home. Along the way, you'll find some of the largest animatronic figures anywhere, creating an awe-inspiring scale that's unmatched in any other dark ride, including Pirates of the Caribbean.
Like Pirates, Sindbad's Storybook Voyage is built around an original song, this time by Alan Menken. The ride's "The Compass of Your Heart" will burrow into your ear and stick there long after the flight home. Have a listen:
Sindbad's Storybook Voyage debuted in Spring 2007, replacing the original Sindbad's Seven Voyages ride that opened with the park in 2001. (The song premiered in the 2007 revamp.) Found in the Arabian Coast land of Tokyo DisneySea, Sindbad's Storybook Voyage does not appear at any other Disney theme park, and along with other unique attractions such as Journey to the Center of the Earth and Aquatopia, has helped push Tokyo DisneySea to the title of World's Best Theme Park in this year's Theme Park Insider Awards.
While that shows Sindbad's got some fans, I don't think this ride yet has enough. I know it's based on a public-domain character, and not a trademarked Disney princess, but I wish that Disney could find a home for Sindbad at Walt Disney World. Or, at least, for a ride of the same scale and ambition.