Built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay, Tokyo DisneySea is Disney’s first-ever sea-themed park. The intention was to create a more adult-themed park, including faster, scarier rides and shows designed for an older audience. By the time it opened in 2001, its concepts and designs had been in development at Walt Disney Imagineering for over 20 years. Tokyo DisneySea is the most expensive theme park ever built, estimated to have cost over U.S. $4 billion. Divided into seven distinctly themed lands based on famous ports of call all over the world, the park is full of trompe l’oeil details and is so lavish in scope that it is considered by many to be the most beautiful and extravagant of any of the Disney parks.
MLA worked with Disney engineers on the interior acoustics, noise and vibration control, and audio system design. The fascinating part of Disney projects is the theming of the acoustical elements and loudspeakers so that they blend into the artistic vision of the designers. Scene to scene isolation is very important and the architectural elements must be consistent with the overall décor.