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Journey to the Center of the Earth
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Tokyo DisneySea
Land Mysterious Island
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Opening date September 4, 2001
Vehicle capacity 6
Ride duration 3:00 minutes
Maximum speed 47 mph (75.6 km/h)
Journey to the Center of the Earth is an attraction at Tokyo DisneySea which is based on the Jules Verne novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. It uses similar technology to Epcot's Test Track. The attraction is located at Mount Prometheus which is the icon of Tokyo DisneySea.

Story

The volcano of Mysterious Island, Mount Prometheus, has become Captain Nemo's base. After travelling through its caverns, now guests board "Terravators" (which are elevators) to the facility's base station which is one half mile below. In the base station is a communication center which is currently giving warnings of increased volcanic activity, but the scientist who mans it is currently away on tea break.

Guests then board steam-powered mine vehicles that travel through pre-drilled tunnels into the heart of the Earth. The ride begins through a cavern of colorful glowing crystals, before entering a giant Mushroom Forest, which is inhabited by strange insect amphibian-like life forms. Before the car can proceed further, an earthquake causes a cave-in of the tunnel ahead, forcing the car off its planned route and down a side branch filled with giant egg-life sacks. The car emerges on the shore of the Subterrenean Sea, and is nearly stuck by a lightning from the electrified gas clouds. The finale comes when guests are forced into the fiery heart of an active volcano (Mount Prometheus), where the guests come face-to-face with the giant lava monster that calls the Center of the Earth its home, before escaping back to the surface on the wave of an eruption.

History

Journey to the Center of the Earth was originally planed to be a free-fall type ride as part of Discovery Mountain, which is a former Disneyland Paris concept in place of Space Mountain. Since it was never built, the project reemerged in Tokyo DisneySea with a new technology.

Its score was composed by Buddy Baker who was also responsible for the scores of rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion.


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