A tour of Tokyo DisneySea: Arabian Coast

December 29, 2011, 9:01 AM · Today, we're touring Arabian Coast, as part of our in-depth look at Tokyo DisneySea.

Arabian Coast

Let's step inside the land, which like most Tokyo DisneySea lands, is decorated for the park's 10th anniversary this year.

Entering Arabian Coast

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.

Jasmine's Flying Carpets

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?

Arabian Coast

This isn't part of any attraction or restaurant - it's just street theming.

Just part of the scenery in Arabian Coast

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.

More of the scenery in Arabian Coast

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.

Sindbad's Storybook Voyage

You are floating along watching Sindbad make his famous journey, as previewed here on a map in the queue.

A map in the queue showing Sindbad's voyages

You'll start in Sindbad's home port, then sail to Mermaid Rocks, to Rukh Island and the Cave of the Giant…

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.

Sponsor's sign at the end of the 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.

The Magic Lamp Theater

On the opposite end of Arabian Coast from Jasmine's Flying Carpets you'll find another kiddie ride, the two-level Caravan Carousel.

Caravan Carousel

Caravan Carousel
Photo by reader Robynn Gille

If you're hungry, try the Casbah Food Court.

Outside Casbah Food Court

You'll find curries and tandoori chicken at the counter-service stations in this spacious food court.

Inside Casbah Food Court

Snack options in Arabian Coast include Sultan's Oasis and Open Sesame.

Tomorrow, we'll visit Indiana Jones in the Lost River Delta.

Also on the tour: History, layout and introduction, Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Port Discovery, American Waterfront

Replies (7)

December 29, 2011 at 9:09 AM · To the best of my recollection,I've only been on one Double-Deck carousel (SF Great America) but I love the look of them. The one here looks quite beautiful.
December 29, 2011 at 9:48 AM · Sindbad's Storybook Voyage seems simply wonderful, exactly the kind of thing I wish the American parks would do more often. I will have "Compass of Your Heart" floating through my head all day today now!
December 29, 2011 at 10:19 AM · Robert, these stories about your Asian Grand Tour are wonderful to read. For the 99+% of us who will never get there, thank you!
December 29, 2011 at 11:06 AM · Again, the environment is stunning to the extreme, however I do wish the ride selections were more befitting of such a beautifully themed area. The boat ride is a winner, though, and the food options seem choice, so all is not lost. Besides, if you have to ride a Dumbo style, magic carpet spinner, it may as well be the prettiest one on the planet!
December 29, 2011 at 2:19 PM · Gotta agree with James Rao on his comments! Plus I would love to see a Sinbad attraction like this in North America someday! Not that I find anything wrong with POTC, but swashbuckling isn't limited to the Caribbean, and this shows a very light hearted way of presenting it!
December 29, 2011 at 4:09 PM · $22M, that's only a tad bit over 1.7 billion yen - sounds reasonable.
December 29, 2011 at 11:29 PM · Disneysea is the best, i wish that they have the little mermaid ride because, like the arabian coast with the flying carpets, the mermaid lagoon will be more espectacular than it is.

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