In breaking news out of Japan, Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage is still awesome. Yep. Stop the presses. I hype this attraction up a lot, and for good reason: it is epic in scale with a ton of Audio Animatronics…and unfortunately feels like the kind of original, non-IP attraction we are unlikely get in the US parks.
So, for anyone who has gone on the Little Mermaid dark ride and thought it was “good enough,” here’s the type of dark ride Walt Disney Imagineering could create if given the budget and creative latitude. Even if you’ll never visit any park besides the ones in Florida for whatever reason, I think basic awareness of what else is out there is a good thing.
Unfortunately, none of the ride-through videos I’ve seen really do justice to the scale and scope of the attraction–understandably so given the sheer number of Audio Animatronics on both sides of the boat in many scenes. So, to draw the attention of more Disney fans to the excellence of this attraction, I decided to do a 180-degree fisheye ride-through video. Shooting video is absolutely not my thing so the quality and camera work is a bit suspect in places, but I hope it is at least a little more demonstrative of what this attraction has to offer.
It’s tough to convey the full experience of any attraction via video (hence why we all go to the parks instead of just sitting on YouTube), but I hope that at least gives you an idea of what makes this attraction special.
If you’re thinking of visiting Japan for the first time and are overwhelmed with planning, definitely check out our Tokyo Disney Resort Planning Guide. It covers much more than the parks, from getting there to WiFi to currency and much, much more. To save money on a visit to Japan, read our Tokyo Disney on a Budget article. For more photos and an idea of what we did day-by-day during our first visit, read our Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Report.
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Regardless of whether you’ve had the chance to experience Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, what do you think of it? Would you like to see unique, original attractions like this in Walt Disney World or Disneyland? Hearing from readers is half the fun, so share your take in the comments!