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Disney in Asia: Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong

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From left: Tokyo Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland’s Enchanted Storybook Castle and Hong Kong Disneyland. 

 (David Swanson)
The amoeba-like structure that houses Tron Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland pulses seductively with music and light.
The amoeba-like structure that houses Tron Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland pulses seductively with music and light.  (David Swanson )
Disney Asia, Shanghai

The Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disneyland is a popular selfie spot. The castle is by far the largest at any Disney park and, when viewed from up close, is laced with Chinese symbols and patterns. 

 (David Swanson)
Disney Asia, Shanghai

Tron Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland is a breathtaking roller coaster that launches at 60 mph and takes riders into the cult movie’s video game world.  The attraction positions guests into an unusual forward-leaning riding position. 

 (David Swanson)
Each night, the Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disneyland is illuminated by “Ignite the Dream, ” a spectacular marriage of images, music, and fireworks.
Each night, the Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disneyland is illuminated by “Ignite the Dream, ” a spectacular marriage of images, music, and fireworks.  (David Swanson )
Disney Asia, Shanghai

The Roaring Rapids raft ride in the Adventure Isle section, left. Shanghai Disneyland in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle, center. In Treasure Cove, right, the Explorer Canoes.

 (David Swanson)
Main Street U.S.A. is the entryway to Hong Kong Disneyland, leading to Sleeping Beauty Castle, a nearly identical copy of the 77-foot-high castle located at Anaheim’s Disneyland.

Main Street U.S.A. is the entryway to Hong Kong Disneyland, leading to Sleeping Beauty Castle, a nearly identical copy of the 77-foot-high castle located at Anaheim’s Disneyland.

 (David Swanson)
The “Paint the Night” parade, left, winds through Hong Kong Disneyland. Mystic Manor, right, appears to be a Haunted Mansion clone. But the trackless ride system, a real storyline, and truly special effects combine for a fresh adventure.
The “Paint the Night” parade, left, winds through Hong Kong Disneyland. Mystic Manor, right, appears to be a Haunted Mansion clone. But the trackless ride system, a real storyline, and truly special effects combine for a fresh adventure.  (David Swanson )
Hong Kong Disneyland’s Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, left. A chicken and lamb tandoori combo is served at the counter-service Explorer’s Club, right. Most of the theme park’s restaurants offer Cantonese, Indonesian, Japanese or Korean dishes.
Hong Kong Disneyland’s Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, left. A chicken and lamb tandoori combo is served at the counter-service Explorer’s Club, right. Most of the theme park’s restaurants offer Cantonese, Indonesian, Japanese or Korean dishes.  (David Swanson )
Disney Asia, Tokyo

Mermaid Lagoon is one of seven themed ports of call at Tokyo DisneySea.  Located mostly inside Mt. Prometheus, the “land” is tied to the Little Mermaid theme, and features rides for the pre-teen set.

 (David Swanson)
Disney Asia, Tokyo

When Tokyo Disneyland was first built, the design copied Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom closely, avoiding the congested passageways of Anaheim’s Disneyland. But instead of Main Street U.S.A., you’ll find a land called World Bazaar, with a roof to shield guests from rain and summer heat.

 (David Swanson)
Tokyo DisneySea’s Mediterranean Harbor has a fortress and galleon set against the volcanic rumblings of Mt. Prometheus and the Jules Verne-themed Mysterious Island.
Tokyo DisneySea’s Mediterranean Harbor has a fortress and galleon set against the volcanic rumblings of Mt. Prometheus and the Jules Verne-themed Mysterious Island.  (David Swanson )
Toy Story Mania is Tokyo DisneySea’s most popular attraction, with waits of two-and-a-half hours common. Japan’s osoroi code—girls dressed in identical outfits—is alive and well at the Tokyo Disney Resort.
Toy Story Mania is Tokyo DisneySea’s most popular attraction, with waits of two-and-a-half hours common. Japan’s osoroi code—girls dressed in identical outfits—is alive and well at the Tokyo Disney Resort.  (David Swanson )
Disney Asia, Tokyo

Another unique attraction at Tokyo DisneySea found at no other theme park is the Aquatopia, which circuits a shallow pond replete with water effects. 

 (David Swanson)
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