After a week of Disneyland content it’s time to voyage across the Pacific and continue our Land Exit Survey series in Tokyo DisneySea! Theme parks are made up of sub-sections, generally called lands but in DisneySea’s case are ports. Many of these lands are spectacular, some are far from it. In this series, we cover individual lands one post at a time and answer some questions about them.
While we won’t be diving incredibly deep into these lands, we’ll provide the basic information about the area and we’ll add in some of our opinions. We’ll also use these posts to talk about theme both throughout the land and within the park. All of the posts will use the same questions. Let us know in the comments if there are questions that we should add!
So far in this series we’ve covered:
- Disney California Adventure: Grizzly Peak and Buena Vista Street
- Disneyland: Mickey’s Toontown, New Orleans Square, and Critter Country
- Magic Kingdom: Fantasyland
- Epcot: Future World West
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Sunset Boulevard and Toy Story Land
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Asia and Pandora – World of Avatar
- Tokyo DisneySea: Mysterious Island and Mediterranean Harbor
- Tokyo Disneyland: World Bazaar and Westernland
Arabian Coast is a very unique port that is full of depth. There is plenty to cover in these questions so let’s get to it!
What is your short(ish) review of Arabian Coast?
The Arabian Coast is one of DisneySea’s best ports with wonderous open spaces and tight, exploratory alleys. There’s a mysticism to an otherwise very lived-in and real feeling port. That contrast makes it all the more interesting.
What’s in the port?
- Caravan Carousel – The beautiful domed roof carousel is eye candy of an open courtyard in Arabian Coast. If you’re going to have a carousel, might as well have it be a double decker!
- The Magic Lamp Theater – This is a live action show and 3D film rolled into one. I’ll be honest, I don’t know what happened in this show but it was weird fun.
- Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage – One of the best dark rides ever created, this is a must do. Following Sinbad through his many adventures is a hallmark of Disney attractions.
- Jasmine’s Flying Carpets – Ever wonder what Aladdin’s Magic Carpets would be like if it was maintained and not stuck in the middle of a pathway? Jasmine’s Flying Carpets is the best version of this attraction.
- Casbah Food Court – This large restaurant serves a variety of curries.
- Sultan’s Oasis – A snack spot that serves churros, naan and a few other treats.
- Open Sesame – A churro stand!
- Agrabah Marketplace – Down one of the alleyways, this shop has glass items and some magic tricks!
- Abu’s Bazaar – Fun street games that fit in with the Arabian theme.
What is Arabian Coast’s backstory and theme?
Arabian Coast, like American Waterfront and Mediterranean Harbor, takes a real world location and idealizes it. The port mixes Middle Eastern architecture and design with some Aladdin motifs to make for a mystical, lived-in land. Upon entering the port, there’s a large courtyard with a beautiful domed roof and some extravagant buildings. To the left of that courtyard are some meandering alleys that eventually lead to the port’s other two attractions. It’s reminiscent of the Morocco Pavilion in Epcot, with the wandering streets. It’s grander than that though.
As far as backstory, the Arabian Coast is one of the few places in DisneySea that’s not set in a specific time. At least, not an obvious time. While there are callbacks to Arabian Nights and Aladdin, there’s not an obvious connection to a time. With that, a backstory isn’t really needed. It’s just an expertly made land that evokes Agrabah.
What is your favorite part of the port? What’s the most memorable aspect of it?
The answer to both questions is Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage. The facade is unassuming, as is the beginning of the attraction. Before long, guests are launched into a full blown story that’s both technically impressive and emotionally touching. Along with those feats, Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage features one of the best theme park songs ever, Alan Menken’s Compass of Your Heart.
I’ll give an honorable mention to the alley in Arabian Coast. That roaming street captures my imagination and is really pretty. In a theme park that’s so grand, details like that street take DisneySea to another level.
Are there parts of Arabian Coast that you don’t like?
Not really! I think Magic Lamp Theater is a very strange show but am betting that some things are lost in translation there. Even then, I still enjoyed the attraction. Everything else in the land is spectacular.
How does the port coincide and transition with the rest of the park? Does Arabian Coast make the park better or worse?
Arabian Coast certainly makes DisneySea better. That it transitions so well between Lost River Delta and Mermaid Lagoon is a real feat. Those three areas don’t share much in common but the water running through these areas make it feel natural. Along with that, Mermaid Lagoon is over the top architecture and is across the water from the largest parts of Arabian Coast. Lost River Delta is quieter, with some soft touches before reaching the pyramid. That matches the back of Arabian Coast which is more layered and subtle than extravagant. It will be interesting to see how the port flows with the upcoming Fantasy Springs.
Where would you rank the port in relation to the others in the park?
This is so tough! DisneySea has a clear top 4 ports and Arabian Coast is one of those. For now, I’m going to put this port in fourth but after another visit, it could certainly rise above a few of the others!
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