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.

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May 16, 2016 at 10:15 AM · And another original concept bites the dust for Big IP. I'd never heard of it before but it sounds like a great experience. Weather may be cool, but even "Twister" couldn't stand the test of time.
May 16, 2016 at 10:29 AM · Bummed out that I never got to experience this one-of-a-kind attraction.
May 16, 2016 at 10:51 AM · It was a lot of fun, mostly because there was no English in the main theater. As a result, one had to ride making assumptions about the story and what was happening. The odd thing is the preshow had English tickers translating the live cast member's spiel and the recorded stuff.
May 16, 2016 at 11:14 AM · The video didn't show much. A lot of clouds, lightning, and fire. Not much else to draw the eye. It shows its age. A bit like Soarin' with the dive to your death in the end.
May 16, 2016 at 12:30 PM · It was a dreadful attraction. Way out of date. Glad it's gone.
May 16, 2016 at 12:48 PM · My favorite part of this attraction was that there was so much more to look at than just simply the video in front of you. All around the theater in-house effects went off that were well-integrated with the on-screen footage (i.e. rain from above, panels flying off in the wind, the diffuser crashing into the theater!). This was a very unique attraction, and I will surely miss it.
May 16, 2016 at 1:36 PM · I'm glad I got to see it last year. It was not an amazing ride, but a fun D ticket. What I liked the most about it was the steampunk theme. It felt cohesive to Tokyo Disney Sea as a whole. I don't see how Finding Dory fits the narrative of Port Discovery at all.
May 16, 2016 at 1:56 PM · I found it pretty morbid. North American audiences would probably not like the ending!!
May 16, 2016 at 10:17 PM · good riddance
May 17, 2016 at 3:37 AM · I guess in a resort with both Star Tours and Soarin', a ride that's basically a combination of the two is surplus to requirements.

Sad never to have experienced it though - this looks like something I'd have enjoyed a lot.

May 20, 2016 at 1:28 PM · I was fortunate enough to experience this attraction twice. It was fun! But it did feel dated, a bit like riding Mission to Mars at Disneyland before it closed. The technology for this type of group experience ride has advanced.

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