Storm Rider flys its final mission at Tokyo DisneySea
May 16, 2016, 10:05 AM ·
Today was the final flight for Storm Rider at Tokyo DisneySea. Unique to DisneySea, Storm Rider took guests into the heart of a Category 5 typhoon in a desperate attempt to destroy the storm, using a revolutionary invention.
What could possibly go wrong with something like that?
Of course, in grand theme park tradition, everything did go wrong before working out in the end (well... sort of), providing guests with a wild adventure along the way. As I wrote about this 4D attraction in my tour of DisneySea's Port Discovery land after my visit a few years ago, "lightning hits the main Storm Rider, wind blows everyone off course, and we end up getting a much more 'up-close' look at that [storm diffuser] missile than anyone had planned."
Here's a fan POV video of this motion base show:
Disney never cloned Storm Rider at other parks, which meant that most Disney theme park fans in the United States and Europe were unfamiliar with the attraction. Which is too bad — Storm Rider cleverly appealed to a near-universal fascination with extreme weather with a fun little adventure that a wide range of visitors would find accessible.
But the drive toward franchise synergy in Disney's parks might be more unstoppable than even a Category 5 storm. Tokyo Disney will replace Storm Rider with a new Finding Dory attraction, where guests will be shrunk to "fish size" in these 4D theaters. Tokyo DisneySeas's Finding Dory attraction is expected to open next spring.