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StormRider was a large-scale motion simulator attraction at Tokyo DisneySea in Japan. It opened on September 4, 2001 together with the park. The attraction is similar to Star Tours at the Tokyo Disneyland. In the attraction, guests fly into the center of a storm aboard a StormRider, a flying weather laboratory. But a storm diffuser gets hit by a thunderbolt and flies out of control.


Early concept art for Port Discovery's simulator attraction called for a fanciful submarine race called the "Under the Sea Grand Prix", before the weather theme was selected.

Though the attraction was reasonably popular when it opened, the film aged with time and the OLC desired a simulator attraction with a lower height requirement that could be a stronger family draw. New show concepts included a "Stormrider 2", an Incredibles attraction, or a Nemo attraction, which was selected to keep with the park's oceanographic themes.[1]

On May 19, 2015 it was announced that StormRider would be replaced by a simulator known as Nemo & Friends SeaRider, based on Finding Dory with the attraction's closure taking place on May 16, 2016.[2]



With its copper roofs and mechanical devices, the attraction building—the "Center for Weather Control"—was themed to a futuristic, early 20th century laboratory, and perfectly fitted in with the rest of Port Discovery's architecture. After entering the show building, guest enter a pre-show room where a gigantic radar is displayed as well as a model of a strange device. A cast member would climb on a podium and explain the mission, there is a big storm aproaching Port Discovery and you are to deploy a "Fuse" (a storm-dissipating device) into the eye of the storm in a StormRider (a flying laboratory).


After demonstration the fuse (the model displayed), you are dispached into the hangar that houses the StormRider vehicles. Guests board one of the two flying labs docked there. When the protective windshield cover is opened, guests can see that their vehicle is now hovering outside the hangar, awaiting clearance to take off. As they wait, guests are treated to a spectacular view of the waters of Port Discovery and the ocean beyond. They can see that the other vehicle is hovering ahead. Clearance is given and the flight is underway. The sensation of take-off is exciting, accentuated by the view out the windshield as Hydra 7, a floating city quickly disappears beneath the vehicle.

Nearing the huge, dark storm, it is clear to see that this is not just any average weather disturbance — this is the storm of the century, the greatest challenge for the StormRider pilots, and possibly, the most deadly. Suddenly a lightning strike renders the other StormRider incapable of completing the mission and it must return to base. Although the StormRider with the guests aboard is ordered to return as well. the pilot, feeling that he is within striking distance of the storm, ignores the order and continues on. But when the Fuse doesn't operate as expected and punctures into the ship. After detonating the storm, the real thrill of StormRider begins with a while-knuckle race against time to make it back safely to Port Discovery.

In the end, the Stormrider manages to make a splash landing and gets towed by a boat back to the port. Then, the guest exits on the left side of the cabin and walks outside, ready to explore the rest of what Port Discovery had to offer.



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