Tomorrowland has a unique feel in Tokyo Disneyland. It feels a lot like a 1980s Tomorrowland that was never refurbed but instead just constantly plussed. None of the neon alley feel of the Magic Kingdom nor the failed retro future of Disneyland in Anaheim. Tomorrowland in Tokyo is also a lot more vertical, often placing you on the 2nd story of buildings, which is something not seen as much in the American parks. A big part of this is the Star Tours area of the park, shown here. There’s a lot going on in this shot, so let me walk you through it.
The main building we see is a space-hangar, which serves as the Star Tours queue. The Star Tours building/queue is more of a complex in Tokyo, with much more space and detail than the American versions. First off is the massive building: it houses the first part of the queue which is a “hangar” room not present in other versions of the ride (it then goes on to a variation of the familiar 3-room Star Tours queue). if you look closely you can see one of the Starspeeders in the hangar through the windows of the hangar doors. The windowed walkway in the middle of the shot is part of the exit of Star Tours, leading you across the way to a familiar looking security guard and a 2nd floor area which features some more Tomorrowland details, a small ice cream shop and some seating for the pizza restaurant. Below and behind the walkway you see the exterior line for Monster’s Inc Ride-Go-Seek, with part of the Monster’s Inc. building facade visible above the walkway. To the left of the frame is an outdoor theater used for stage shows, and to the left of that is Space Mountain.
Holy crap Star Tours in Tokyo looks amazing. I want to go there. Unfortunately… Tokyo Disneyland’s Star Tours will close on April 2, 2012, to make way for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue which will open in Spring 2013.