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Tokyo DisneySea Tour - Part 17, Mermaid Lagoon Part 3
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by Marc Borrelli
September 21, 2001
Our pictorial tour of Disney's newest theme park - Tokyo DisneySea - continues with the third and final part of Mermaid Lagoon.

LaughingPlace.com's pictorial tour of Tokyo DisneySea, Disney's newest theme park which officially opened on September 4, 2001, continues today with Part One of Mermaid Lagoon. The tour is by Marc Borrelli, LaughingPlace.com columnist and owner of TokyoResort.com. Be sure to visit TokyoResort.com for more DisneySea information and pictures.

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Ed. Note: Before or after viewing these pictures, you may want to read up on the area and attractions shown. Click here to visit the Mermaid Lagoon  section in the DisneySea Overview from Marc's August 10th Land of the Rising Mickey column.

We're deep inside Mermaid Lagoon for the third, last, and BIG installment of this part of the tour. We'll start off with Ariel's Playground. Much of the area, like Ariel's Grotto, is good happy fun. But apparently Ariel doesn't scare easily (or she likes to be scared)...

In many ways, much as Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour at Tokyo Disneyland (even more than Haunted Mansion), I see Ariel's Playground filling the obakeyashiki  (obake = ghost - yashiki = large house) role at DisneySea. Even more a requirement at amusement parks in Japan than the "haunted house" is in America, obakeyashiki are walkthrough attractions which tend to use darkness and scenes ranging from strange to shockingly gruesome to frighten visitors (The one at Korakuein is really sick and the one at Fuji-Q Highland is staged inside an actual dilapidated former hospital... weird). To be clear, the blood and gore found in most obakeyashiki is not present at Ariel's Playground, just certain touches and the weird spirit (so to speak) of an obakeyashiki. Although adults likely won't find the area frightening, aspects of it are just plain terrifying to small children (and generally eerie and creepy to my friends and myself).

Although it's no surprise to me that aspects of a "Disneyfied" obakeyashiki are included at DisneySea, I am surprised that it's to be found in a place as harmless sounding as "Ariel's Playground"...

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Were we left off last time, the playground's entrance...
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