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Tokyo DIsneySea Tour - Part 4, Porto Paridiso
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by Marc Borrelli
August 22, 2001
Our pictorial tour of Disney's newest theme park - Tokyo DisneySea - continues with Proto Paridiso

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

About this series...
There is SO much to this park!  On August 13th I took well over 500 pictures of it, burning through 2 three hour batteries with my digital camera... I think it's obvious that I still haven't even scratched the surface!!  It is going to take a very, very long time to properly represent this amazing place in pictures.

Taking those pictures is something I will immensely enjoy.   On a personal level, the activity heighten my senses, putting me in a frame of mind which helps me to find even more of the wonderful artistry (on every scale) that DisneySea has to offer.  But there's something else...  I've been honored to receive email from many people involved in the creation of this special place...  Wow....

Because they expect so few Americans to see the park, sometimes I hear how happy they are that America is seeing the places and things they worked so hard on.  (By the way, I think more Americans will travel to Japan than many think.) But more often than that, I hear how nice it is to see the project they worked on in the U.S. now in it's intended setting, or how gratifying it is to see their baby that had been located in the relatively unpopulated construction site that was DisneySea, now being enjoyed by guests.  Sometimes they point out other examples of their work and ask I if would take pictures for them...  Of course I will!

Some of the pictures you're seeing in this series (and in future updates here at LaughingPlace and at my site) are those very same requested pictures.  I want the wonderful work of these real people (I've found that some people forget that) to be seen.  And, honestly, I appreciate their help.   Because there's something, above all else, that astounds me about this place -

I virtually lived at Disneyland in California for a few years (I still have an apartment right down the street.).  DisneySea, before its opening day, posses a greater level of detail, a higher level of artistry, and considerably more examples of those things, than my beloved Disneyland in California.   Disneyland, a park which has had over forty six years of additions and improvements to its exceptional environments.

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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 Mediterranean Harbor section in the DisneySea Overview from Marc's August 10th Land of the Rising Mickey column.

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The bridge leading to Mysterious Island, Transit Steamer Line dock, Zambini Brothers' Ristorante and Tuscany, Chapel MiraCosta, and Porto Paridiso/Hotel MiraCosta
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Arriving at the Mediterranean Harbor dock of the Transit Steamer Line
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The Steamer Line dock is to the left and the vineyard and Roman ruins provide the backdrop

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A rare English sign.  The great majority of signage in Mediterranean Harbor in in Italian. only

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Some of the Steamer Line dock's exterior.

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