Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sailing Abroad

Last week Wednesday, we took a break from sailing Bluesette and took a look at some venues far afield. New York, Cape Cod, the Mediteranean, a mysterious volcanic island.

(All of them are located an 80 minute bus ride from us at Tokyo DisneySea.)

Mediterranean Harbor

Hudson River Rowing Club under the elevated train in the American Waterfront area which is based on a concept of early 20th Century New York.

A 65 foot replica tug boat - Hercules

Steam ship "Columbia". This serves as a backdrop for the waterfront and shows put on there as well as houses two restaurants. The ship is about 425 feet long and 82 feet wide. It's an impressive prop with a lot of detail.

K in front of a section of the Mediterranean Harbor called Fortress Explorations with a replica Galleon called Renaissance. The volcano of Mysterious Island is in the upper left corner.

Captain Nemo's submarine Nautilus in the lagoon of Mysterious Island.

Cape Cod

Sailboats in New York (note "Sea Wolf", center, named for Jack London's novel no doubt)

Peaking over "Cape Cod", one can see across Tokyo Bay to the 100 meter (328 ft.) tall wind turbine at Wakasu Kaihin Park. On a really clear day, Mt. Fuji is visible.

There is more to DisneySea - a futuristic Port Discovery, Lost River Delta featuring Indiana Jones, Mermaid Lagoon and Arabian Coast. I'll do a more complete report on the Pacific Islander blog as time permits. In general, I liked it. It's aimed a bit more toward a slightly older crowd than Disneyland, yet retains elements that little kids like.

The DisneySea website in English is here: Tokyo DisneySea

After the rainy skies left behind by Typhoon 11 (Tropical Storm Krovanh) clear up, we'll be back on the lake with Bluesette.


Don Snabulus said...

Disney hasn't done squat in the states for decades...it would be nice to see something like DisneySea here, maybe somewhere besides California, Florida, or Texas.

Pandabonium said...

Seattle? Disney just bought Marvel's superheroes for $4 billion, so it's not like they don't have money.

Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1981 and was the first Disney park outside the USA. DisneySea, which is right next door, opened in 2001. Tokyo Disney Resort is the only Disney theme park not owned by Disney.

I do wonder how they will power these parks in the future.

bonnie said...

What fun! Do people actually row at the Hudson River Rowing Club?

Love the replica tug with the old steamship!

Pandabonium said...

Bonnie - Alas, the rowing club is only a clever disguise for a storage room. All the boating at DisneySea is non participatory variety - large Italian style gondolas, small paddle wheel steamers, etc. They did an amazing job with the details of it all.

HappySurfer said...

Amazing place! The lagoon of Mysterious Island is interesting.

Pandabonium said...

Happy Surfer - It is a large lagoon with walkway all the way around it and tunnels at water level which small paddlewheel steamboats go through. I was particularly impressed at how real the volcanic rock - actually made of concrete - looked. Exactly as I remember it in Hawaii.