Friday, August 1, 2008

Meet The World!

Today, we are still visiting Tokyo Disneyland's Tomorrowland. The shot below is of the building that once housed "Meet The World". Meet The World was an original Tokyo Disneyland attraction that opened with the park on April 15, 1983 and closed on June 30, 2002. The attaction's theme song, "Meet The World" was written by the Sherman Brothers.

Meet The World gave a condensed history of Japan through the use of audio-animatronics as well as movie footage. The ride system used was a "reverse" Carousel Of Progress/Carousel Theater so to speak. The audience sat in the center of the building and rotated in place while the show elements were situated around the audience in the outside ring of the theater. (As a side note, a duplicate of this attraction was in the original plans for the Japan Pavilion at EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World, but was never built.)

I love the building's facade. It kind of reminds me of a structure that could have been found at a world's fair. Unfortunately, the building was torn down a couple years ago and construction began on a Monster's Inc. attraction which is scheduled to open in 2009. The photos below are of the new construction and were taken in April of 2008.

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