Journey to the Center of the Earth reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Journey to the Center of the Earth, a track ride at Tokyo DisneySea. (The minimum height to ride is 46 inches.)
Written by Robert Niles
Journey to the Center of the Earth is a masterpiece of stagecraft, using light, sound, heat, and motion to create a multi-sensory experience. If in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea you explored the depths of the sea, in this attraction you will explore the depths of the Earth. Traveling through caverns within Mount Prometheus, walking past oozing lava in the queue, you come to Captain Nemo's underground laboratories, where you can see the sketches of the wonders that await you even deeper inside the Earth.
You'll then board a "Terravator" to descend to the expedition's base station, where you will board an eight-passenger mining vehicle to travel through the tunnels bored by previous explorers. You'll descend into crystal caverns and encounter a giant mushroom forests filled with bizarre creatures before an earthquake knocks you off course. A lightning storm nearly finishes you before you emerge into the heart of the volcano, where a giant lava monster awaits.
The encounter of with the monster provides the highlight of the ride, a combination punch of effects that culminates with the volcano's eruption launching you out of the mountain for a high-speed ride around the caldera of the ancient volcano.
Ah, Journey to the Center of the Earth. The only ride rated as high as Forbidden Journey (as of the time I write this review). So how does it hold up? Pretty well actually. This is a ride done right in a lot of sense. Get your fastpasses out and ready because we're going in. The ride starts with a fun "preshow" elevator ride down to the center of the earth. Very well themed, was scared the elevator cable would snap as per the written warnings (too bad it didn't..was hoping for a little preshow action there) but a smooth ride down was nice too. Then you wait in a well themed area with smoke effects and props until you board your car. The ride system here is more similar to Test Track or RSR, though it's not a car it's a little excavator thing, seated in 3 rows of 2. I did not feel the car move like Indy or Dinosaur so I think they are stationary on their slot car tracks. When the CM motioned for me to hold on to my hat he wasn't lying! The ride starts and you venture through some scenes with really cool animatronics and color schemes. The climax is this HUGE beast who you narrowly escape from by speeding up and exploding out of the volcano. My hat almost did come off. Then you do some "high speed loops" as they'd say in the old version of test track (just some large circles, not upside down loops) and the ride is over. It's amazingly themed, and thrilling. My ONLY complaint is that it is a little short. But it left me wanting more. Well done. - Michael Weissman
Journey To The Center Of The Earth is the ride to remember. It is also a ride for Disney Parks lovers dread to not experience. Although the same ride system as RSR in DCA and Dinosaurs in WDW, it is a whole new themed ride with distinguish personality. You ride in a cast-iron like mine car and rolls deep into the earth. The vehicles keeps ascending it really makes it feels like you're doing deep down in earth. You then hears the buzzing of unknown insects, cooing of undiscovered ominous creatures until the reaches the lava, where the HUGE lava monster lays. The animatronic of the lava creature is about 12ft tall, then the ride makes a upward escape to the light at the end of the tunnel, and that's also when the car drops. This ride is emotionally exciting, physically thrilling. And If I've got the chance, I could've ridden it 20 times without getting tired of it. - Jeremy Hu
Short, but its the best ride in the park, has the test track element, and its a dark ride. The dark ride part is very detailed, and has so many weird monsters! The Lava monster animatronic is the highlight of this ride! - Brendan Harrison
This ride was phenomenal! My sister and I rode it three times and would have gone again if time had allowed. The ride itself has several good drops and plenty of thrills, plus it's combined with theming and a few animatronics that are definitely first rate. The front seat provides for the best coaster drops, though every seat is still a thrill. - Mary Rude
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