|A beautiful day at Port Discovery, with the Stormrider base building on the right.|
Monday, January 11, 2016
The Port of the Future
Tokyo Disney Sea is themed to seven imaginary ports of call inspired by locales both real and imagined. One of the smallest is a themed land that falls on the imagined side--Port Discovery, a futuristic seaport that envisions what the waterfront of tomorrow might be like. If the aesthetic seems familliar, it's because it shares some inspiration from Disneyland Paris' Discoveryland, which also depicts a sort of retro futurism. With Port Discovery, though, the scope is much less ambitious. There are two attractions, the motion simulator Stormrider and the whimsical Aquatopia (which was closed when I was there this past November), plus a collection of shops and restaurants. But its location on the back corner of the park, bordering the actual Tokyo Bay, provides a really great illusion that this really is an advanced seaport. And on a beautiful day, the illusion is immaculate.