JTCEnt.com's TDR Nempa Blog

Hello everyone! Welcome to my Nempa Blog. Nempa is a phrase taken from the Japanese for "Annual Passport." Here you'll find my comments and views on various things from Tokyo Disney Resort. I hope you enjoy it and visit often. Thank you!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Official Tower of Terror Site Up!

nempa 05-22-06 tot site We were right! Just as we posted back about a month ago, there is an official Tower of Terror page now. It features a Macromedia Flash presentation with an image of the hotel, then a reporter's notebook introduces the disappearance of Harrison Hightower III, the owner of the Hotel Hightower. Lightning is seen striking the hotel and the thundering reveals the cursed idol's gree eyes that may be related to the disappearance. Nifty graphics!

Since the site is only in Japanese, we provide a loose translation of the text here. Enjoy!

First Page after Hightower's image:
Beware of the curse
You must not continue ahead
You will face the same fate as I have

Get out!
This is your last chance!

Second Page while at the desk:
This is Manfred Strong, reporter for the New York Globe Telegraph.

This research notebook is a record of the cursed Hotel Hightower wrapped in the mystery of the sudden disappearance of Harrison Hightower III on New Year's Eve 1899.

Should you read this notebook, you are welcomed to join in solving this mystery.

Should you find a solution, please contact Mr. Strong of the New York Globe Telegraph.

Inside the research notebook (from top):
Hightower III is missing.

Hotel Hightower Owner

In the elevator

1899 Dec. 31

What happened here?

Cigar and cursed idol.

Hotel 1892 Hightower NY

Shiriki Utundo(?)

The words of the curse?

NOTE: "Shiriki" means to unite or come together in Swahili. Still researching "utundo."

Friday, May 05, 2006

"Legend of Mythica" Backstory

nempa 05-05-06 mythicaOne of the special events for Tokyo DisneySea's 5th Anniversary is the premiere of a new daytime harbor show called Legend of Mythica starting on July 14th. The popular Japanese message board "2Ch" recently had an anonymous posting which included a description of the new show. Below is the translated (by yours truly) text of the background story. Check out our TDS 5th Anniversary preview page for show description and information.

***The Legend of Mythica (Background)***

A long time ago, the dragon and unicorn dominated the legendary world. They walked on the rich earth, they swam freely in the neverending sea and they soared through the skies. Man and legendary creatures were united in rich harmony with the rhythm of drums. It was a time filled with joy.

However, as hostility began and the rhythm disappeared, fighting began from the humans. The creatures returned to the mythical world of Mythica. They longed for the day when they can reunite and dance joyously with mankind. A key was left behind so that the Gates of Mythica once again be opened.

After many years have passed, your favorite Disney characters and all the guests are here to make it happen.

Stitch is Milking Us!

nempa 05-04-06 stitch campaignDuring the run of the current Stitch special event at Tokyo Disneyland, they are having a sales campaign. Guests who purchase over ¥1,000 can get a stamp booklet and collect a charm present featuring one of the Lilo & Stitch characters. The first charm has Lilo on it. Guests can collect all 9 charms during 10 visits to the Park and making the minimum purchases. Stitch is featured on the 9th charm.

This particular campaign is totally geared towards the Annual Passport holders. However, they place some restrictions such as stamps and charms are only given out after 2pm daily. And only one charm/stamp per day is available. It's another way OLC is trying to drive in guests and boost attendance numbers. It also forces people to make minimum purchases for each visit.

Disney Fan Magazine Arrives! (June 2006)

nempa 05-04-06 funderfulThe latest edition of the Disney Fan magazine (June 2006) arrived a couple of weeks ago. It features Stitch on the scooping up some ice cream along the beach. Inside there is a detailed photo spread of Disney's Dreams on Parade: Movin' On! which premiered in late March. Another large spread of Porto Paradiso Water Carnival "Eterno" which ends this week at Tokyo DisneySea.

News includes announcements on Sweetheart Cafe's opening, Father's Day Gift Campaign, TDS's 5th Anniversary Welcome Cruise and a new line of Pooh merchandise available at the Parks.

There is a scene-by-scene description of the upcoming Disney on Ice: Finding Nemo shows for second half 2006. The featured song, Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride from the film Lilo & Stitch has lyrics and a songsheet included. The "Disney Fan, Me Too!" interview segment features Japanese artist/musician Koutarou Fukui.
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