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.
|A beautiful day at Port Discovery, with the Stormrider base building on the right.|