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Spires of the Kingdom

When it comes to comparing differences between Japan and America, I like to sometimes reference Tokyo Disney Sea vs Disney California Adventure.  Both parks opened in 2001 as second gates of their respective resorts.  Both featured departures from the traditional Magic Kingdom layout and traditional properties.  Both were promoted as a different evolution of Disney.   And yet, the differences between them could not be more stark in the execution.  Though both were relatively light on attractions compared to their more established neighbors on opening day, Tokyo Disney Sea was and remains a supreme rendering of immaculate detail, place-making, and ambiance.  Disney California Adventure, on the other hand... a little bit cheap, with less immersive environments and far less escapist allure (especially since it was themed to the state in which it was located--couldn't locals just visit the real sites that inspired various parts of the park?).   Perhaps the most striking difference came

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