Also, I wondered how the narration on the Electric Railway was in English and so knowledgable. Then I figured it out the narration wasn't live on the ride. ;)
So, in that respect, Tokyo was a better home for this park, as much as I would love to be able to visit in in Southern California.
I've often heard mention that among the biggest deal-killers for Long Beach was the fact that much of the land for Disneysea DIDN'T EVEN EXIST. The plan as presented relied on 250 acres of landfill that would have not only been expensive but a huge nightmare getting blessed by government agencies, environmental groups, etc. Considering the company's experience with Mineral King and the PR debacle that surrounded Disney's America, I don't see how the Mouse ever could have pulled that thing off.
A lot of people believe that the Long Beach plan was just a ruse to secure better concessions in Anaheim. I have no idea if that's true, but Anaheim was obviously motivated enough to invent an entire beautification plan around the Anaheim Resort area and sink big bucks in road improvements and other infrastructure.