James is a photographer and writer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of "Tokyo DisneySea in Photographs".

Posts tagged with ‘Tokyo DisneySea’

Tokyo DisneySea in Photographs (iPad or PDF)
Tokyo DisneySea in Photographs now available in both iBook (iPad) and PDF (Mac, PC, and most other electronic devices) formats! The PDF can’t emulate the same features as the iBook version such as 100% full-screen photos, alternate/related views and enhanced navigation, but otherwise features the same great content.
Since 1955, Disney has been known for creating jaw-dropping themed environments. Their crown jewel may have been the Tokyo DisneySea park, opened in 2001. This book is a photographic essay detailing the exquisite design and artistry of Tokyo DisneySea. Utilizing over 130 images and over 7000 words, this book highlights both the masterful physical artistry as well as the underlying thematic design that make DisneySea not only arguably the greatest themed environment ever created, but a transcendent adventure.
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iPad Edition • PDF Edition

Tokyo DisneySea in Photographs (iPad or PDF)

Tokyo DisneySea in Photographs now available in both iBook (iPad) and PDF (Mac, PC, and most other electronic devices) formats! The PDF can’t emulate the same features as the iBook version such as 100% full-screen photos, alternate/related views and enhanced navigation, but otherwise features the same great content.

Since 1955, Disney has been known for creating jaw-dropping themed environments. Their crown jewel may have been the Tokyo DisneySea park, opened in 2001. This book is a photographic essay detailing the exquisite design and artistry of Tokyo DisneySea. Utilizing over 130 images and over 7000 words, this book highlights both the masterful physical artistry as well as the underlying thematic design that make DisneySea not only arguably the greatest themed environment ever created, but a transcendent adventure.

Choose your format:

iPad EditionPDF Edition

Birthday Girl on Flickr.Tokyo DisneySea
(Birthday a few weeks ago).

Birthday Girl on Flickr.

Tokyo DisneySea

(Birthday a few weeks ago).

Carousel Ride on Flickr.Arabian Coast
Tokyo DisneySea
A favorite, at one of her favorites.

Carousel Ride on Flickr.

Arabian Coast
Tokyo DisneySea


A favorite, at one of her favorites.

Hotel MiraCosta on Flickr.Hotel MiraCosta
Tokyo Disneyland Resort

Hotel MiraCosta on Flickr.

Hotel MiraCosta
Tokyo Disneyland Resort

Raging Spirits on Flickr.Lost River Delta
Tokyo DisneySea

Raging Spirits on Flickr.

Lost River Delta
Tokyo DisneySea

Christmas and the Columbia on Flickr.American Waterfront
Tokyo DisneySea

Christmas and the Columbia on Flickr.

American Waterfront
Tokyo DisneySea

Venetian Romance on Flickr.Mediterranean Harbor
Tokyo DisneySea

Venetian Romance on Flickr.

Mediterranean Harbor
Tokyo DisneySea

Photographing the Tokyo Disneyland Resort on Flickr.Hotel MiraCosta
Tokyo Disneyland Resort

Photographing the Tokyo Disneyland Resort on Flickr.

Hotel MiraCosta
Tokyo Disneyland Resort

The Light at the End of the Tunnel on Flickr.Mysterious Island
Tokyo DisneySea
This tunnel represents the handiwork of one of Captain Nemo’s advanced drills, part of his quest to reach the center of the earth. It also represents the transition from the Mediterranean harbor (the light at the end of this tunnel) to Mysterious Island, the Jules Verne-themed area of Tokyo DisneySea. This particular tunnel also sets the stage for the Journey to the Center of the Earth attraction, the premier attraction of the park. Disney parks are well know for their design principles and transitions, and DisneySea is no exception. You are subtly transitioned and prepared for each new area of the park, and each has a very unique look and character. Mysterious Island represents the most adventurous area of the park, the typical bouncy theme park music replaced with the sound of howling sea winds and rumbling seismic activity.
As you can see, the rockwork at DisneySea is simply incredible, inside and out. Only the yet to be opened Carsland in California can even be considered in the same league.
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The Light at the End of the Tunnel on Flickr.

Mysterious Island
Tokyo DisneySea


This tunnel represents the handiwork of one of Captain Nemo’s advanced drills, part of his quest to reach the center of the earth. It also represents the transition from the Mediterranean harbor (the light at the end of this tunnel) to Mysterious Island, the Jules Verne-themed area of Tokyo DisneySea. This particular tunnel also sets the stage for the Journey to the Center of the Earth attraction, the premier attraction of the park. Disney parks are well know for their design principles and transitions, and DisneySea is no exception. You are subtly transitioned and prepared for each new area of the park, and each has a very unique look and character. Mysterious Island represents the most adventurous area of the park, the typical bouncy theme park music replaced with the sound of howling sea winds and rumbling seismic activity.

As you can see, the rockwork at DisneySea is simply incredible, inside and out. Only the yet to be opened Carsland in California can even be considered in the same league.

Twitter: photojames
Instagram: jdhilger

Mount Prometheus Erupts on Flickr.Mediterranean Harbor
Tokyo DisneySea
Just one week ago I returned from Tokyo, which included a trip to the Tokyo Disneyland Resort. It was a great trip: the weather could not have been more perfect and I got 5 days split between Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
Here we see Mount Prometheus erupting from the Fortress Explorations area of Mediterranean Harbor area of Tokyo DisneySea. I’ve said my piece about DisneySea before, but I could easily gush about that place endlessly. Adventurous, exciting, beautiful, and romantic: it’s one of a kind. If you’ve never had the pleasure, imagine Disneyland with a heavy emphasis on Adventureland mashed together with Walt Disney World’s World Showcase then you get somewhat of an idea about what DisneySea is all about.
Fortress Explorations is an interesting area: it’s an old-world, Da Vinci themed enclave that’s part Tom Sawyer Island and part Kim Possible/Midship Detective Agency interactive adventure. We thought we would explore the area briefly before our lunch reservations but we found the area just kept going on and on with rooms and details, and 45 minutes later we were running to our lunch still not having seen everything.
As if I needed an excuse to come back. 
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Instagram: jdhilger

Mount Prometheus Erupts on Flickr.

Mediterranean Harbor
Tokyo DisneySea


Just one week ago I returned from Tokyo, which included a trip to the Tokyo Disneyland Resort. It was a great trip: the weather could not have been more perfect and I got 5 days split between Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

Here we see Mount Prometheus erupting from the Fortress Explorations area of Mediterranean Harbor area of Tokyo DisneySea. I’ve said my piece about DisneySea before, but I could easily gush about that place endlessly. Adventurous, exciting, beautiful, and romantic: it’s one of a kind. If you’ve never had the pleasure, imagine Disneyland with a heavy emphasis on Adventureland mashed together with Walt Disney World’s World Showcase then you get somewhat of an idea about what DisneySea is all about.

Fortress Explorations is an interesting area: it’s an old-world, Da Vinci themed enclave that’s part Tom Sawyer Island and part Kim Possible/Midship Detective Agency interactive adventure. We thought we would explore the area briefly before our lunch reservations but we found the area just kept going on and on with rooms and details, and 45 minutes later we were running to our lunch still not having seen everything.

As if I needed an excuse to come back.

Twitter: photojames
Instagram: jdhilger

Stormrider Cabin on Flickr.
Stormrider Port Discovery Tokyo DisneySea Stormrider is in Port Discovery, DisneySea’s Tomorrowland of sorts. Without giving too much away, the premise of the ride is that you are going to fly into the worst storm ever seen and blow it up. If that sounds damn cool: it is. Of course, things don’t go according to plan… This is a simulator ride taken up a notch. Think 3 parts Star Tours (futuristic simulator) 1 part Soarin’ (big, immersive screen), 1 part Dinosaur (it’s a bit bleak and scary at points) and 1 part It’s Tough to Be a Bug (let’s just say “things” happen to you besides what you see on the screen). Unless Star Tours 2 pulls some sort of coup, this is Disney’s best simulator attraction by a mile. I hadn’t heard anything about this ride before I went so it was a pleasant surprise. There’s a lot of yelling in Japanese during the ride but you’ll get the gist. I want to mention how a certain part of this attraction led our group to develop the catch-phrase “you just got Stormridered” but I’m far too mature for that.

Stormrider Cabin on Flickr.

Stormrider
Port Discovery
Tokyo DisneySea


Stormrider is in Port Discovery, DisneySea’s Tomorrowland of sorts. Without giving too much away, the premise of the ride is that you are going to fly into the worst storm ever seen and blow it up. If that sounds damn cool: it is. Of course, things don’t go according to plan…

This is a simulator ride taken up a notch. Think 3 parts Star Tours (futuristic simulator) 1 part Soarin’ (big, immersive screen), 1 part Dinosaur (it’s a bit bleak and scary at points) and 1 part It’s Tough to Be a Bug (let’s just say “things” happen to you besides what you see on the screen). Unless Star Tours 2 pulls some sort of coup, this is Disney’s best simulator attraction by a mile. I hadn’t heard anything about this ride before I went so it was a pleasant surprise. There’s a lot of yelling in Japanese during the ride but you’ll get the gist.

I want to mention how a certain part of this attraction led our group to develop the catch-phrase “you just got Stormridered” but I’m far too mature for that.

Mysterious Island on Flickr.
Mysterious Island Tokyo DisneySea Mysterious Island is the Jules Verne inspired area of Tokyo DisneySea. It’s actually not an island so much as a huge crater built into the mountains. It features two of Disney’s greatest attractions: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Both attractions are examples of Disney at its best: original, detailed, impressive, technological feats that hit you with things you don’t quite expect. The area is whimsical and adventurous yet industrial and foreboding: not exactly your typical, “beautiful” Disney land but something with an edge I wish we’d see a bit more of.

Mysterious Island on Flickr.

Mysterious Island
Tokyo DisneySea


Mysterious Island is the Jules Verne inspired area of Tokyo DisneySea. It’s actually not an island so much as a huge crater built into the mountains. It features two of Disney’s greatest attractions: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Both attractions are examples of Disney at its best: original, detailed, impressive, technological feats that hit you with things you don’t quite expect. The area is whimsical and adventurous yet industrial and foreboding: not exactly your typical, “beautiful” Disney land but something with an edge I wish we’d see a bit more of.