A Day at DisneySea
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March 4th, 2007 – by: ErinPatty
Katie and I decided that we wanted to go on the Tower of Terror so we waved goodbye to Hiromi and Jana and enter long line to brave the ride ourselves. Tower of Terror is the newest ride at Disney Sea, it was added in October. This is the ride that takes you up in a elevator and then drops you. Now I am scared of heights and Katie was a bit afraid of the dropping so the closer we got to the ride the more nervous we became. We got on the ride after standing in line for about an hour and a half and once we were buckled in Katie and I linked arms and grabbed each other’s free hand, we stayed like this through most of the ride.
From what I understood, the story behind the ride focus on Harrison Hightower who built Hightower Hotel (Tower of Terror). He was an adventure and had just returned from Africa with a famous relic (a statue) and the statue was possessed and he ended up falling to his death in the elevator. I am sure I am missing some important parts to the story. What I gathered was from the displays I saw while waiting in line and from what I understood of the Japanese guide who was telling the story (I didn’t understand much).
Well after we heard the story the doors to the ride closed and Katie and I squeezed each other’s hands. We started going up and once we reached the top a window opened and we could see outside, then we dropped.Katie and I started screaming, we then went up and dropped again, we kept screaming, after our third drop, Katie looked at me and said “Is this going to drop us again?” Then we plunged all the way down and the ride was over. Tower of Terror is my favorite ride at Disney Sea!
Once we finished we were a bit cold from standing outside in line so we headed over to the New York Deli for a hot sandwich and a bowl of soup. We waited there for Jana and Hiromi who were off doing who knows what. Once we met up we found they had been on two rides and the ride that Katie wanted to go on Indiana Jones was shut down for the day. We decided that we should fast pass Raging Spirits (a small rollercoaster) so we headed off to do that.
We took one of the ferry boats over to that area of the park and fast passed the ride.A fast pass is a ticket you can get that as an assigned time to go on the ride. This allows you to shorten the wait in line. After we fast passed that ride we headed off to go on Journey to the Center of the Earth. This is a ride that takes you through the volcano at the center of the park. The highlight of the ride is a drop that you do that takes you outside of the volcano. It is a great ride. While standing in line we had the ‘pleasure’ of watching a couple (an American guy/Japanese girl) make out for 70 minutes. To anyone who goes to a Disney Park, “the people standing in line do not take pleasure in watching you and the other person with you trying to devour each other’s faces. For crying out loud, there are kids in the line!
We then headed over to Ariel’s Lagoon to watch a stage show.The costumes were amazing. I wish I could have taken pictures to show you but they were not allowed. All of the fish are either machines that are run by people or people dressed up as fish. It is amazing to see and I really cannot describe it.
The next stop was to find some food because we were starving. We then headed over to Raging Spirits. This is a small rollercoaster with a 360 degree loop. I rode the ride with Jana as my seat buddy. Not a good idea because she isn’t a fan of rides in general and I am terrified of heights and loops. Needless to say we survived.
The next stop was StormRider, for Katie and I while Hiromi and Jana went in search of a place to eat dinner.StormRider, takes place in the future and it is one of those rides where your chair moves and you sit in front of a big screen. The story behind StormRider is that you paid to go on an airplane of sorts that goes into the center of a tornado (it is Japan, they are not aware you really cannot do this with a tornado). Anyway, there is a devise on the airplane that allows the pilot to control the storm. On the journey to the center of the tornado the devise breaks and you are in for the ride of your life. It is my second favorite ride at Disney Sea.
After this I bought a wonderful leopard print Minnie Mouse hat. It is styling.
Hiromi and Jana called us via cell phone and said the stage show Mystic Rhythms was going to start so while Katie bought some popcorn I headed over to make sure there was still room to see the show.Luckily there was! Mystic Rhythms is a show about three fairies of the jungle: earth, fire, water. The show features stunning costumes, great music, and wonderful dancing and acrobatics. I had seen the show before so it was a treat to watch it with Jana and Katie gasping beside me.
The last stop was for dinner where we eat some delicious food at an Italian restaurant and then it was time for shopping. We shopped around and had a good time enjoying the empty stores because everyone else was watching the stage show. We caught a glimpse of the show and decided that the next time we would watch it. Jana finally got the bucket of popcorn (it was caramel) that she had been wanting the entire day. We call it a trough because you can graze from it all day.
While we were waiting for the Disney monorail, we were talking about plans for next weekend and I jokingly said “Katie still hasn’t seen Disneyland.” The Katie and Jana looked at each other and said “Ok.” I have a feeling this probably won’t end up happening but it was hilarious that we were thinking about it for a couple of minutes.
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