Japan hosts the largest Disneyland in the whole wide world and it’s no surprise that it’s at maximum capacity every day. It’s also notorious for queues that seem to stretch into the sunset. You might have to wait around 3 – 4 hours for a ride. After doing my research I found out all about the amazing sister park, Disney Sea! Tokyo Disney Sea is the only one in the world and makes it a truly unique theme park experience. My partner had never been to Disneyland before so I was a little torn about him missing an authentic experience. I’ve been to both Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland and read that they don’t differ much from each country… however, Disney Sea is one of a kind!
Here are my 10 Reasons to Visit Tokyo Disney Sea.
1. Disney Sea is for adults! (And your inner big kid)
A lot of the rides at Disneyland are designed for small children e.g. Winnie the Pooh Honey Hunt, Monsters Inc Hide and Go Seek etc. At Disney Sea, the themed worlds are much more for adult taste (not in a creepy way). The Mediterranean Coast has a mini Venice complete with gondolas for you and your loved one to canoodle in. Mysterious Island features rides based on literary classics like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Lost River Delta is like stepping onto the set of Indiana Jones. It’s designed to be an Amazon jungle featuring two roller coasters. Port of Discovery and American Waterfront are literally on the ocean, complete with a replica cruise ship. For all you Little Mermaid fans out there, Mermaid Lagoon will tickle your fancy with a lifesize Triton’s castle and rides that are literally under the sea. My personal favourite was Arabian Coast as Aladdin is my favourite Disney movie! What makes Disney Sea even more of a paradise for adults is that you can buy alcohol at every land!
2. You get a hat, and you get a hat!
The most important thing about coming to Disney Sea is you must purchase a cute, crazy hat right off the bat. Exhibit A:
I couldn’t resist these Woody and Jessie hats from Toy Story. Virtually everyone is wearing some form of a hat, beanie or headband and definitely makes you feel a part of the park. There’s something special about the enthusiasm of dressing up at the park. Bonus: they make great souvenirs!
3. Cheesy Rollercoasters that will leave you grinning
Lost River Delta and Mysterious Island are where it’s at for the roller coasters. By roller coasters, I mean jolt around a bit with some hilarious special effects. I’m not a huge fan of scary roller coasters to begin with and these were perfect for me. I loved them all as they had the perfect amount of exhilaration (a couple of loops and a couple of dips). Go on Journey to the Centre of the Earth to whizz past huge puppet alien creatures and the Indiana Jones ride for animatronic snakes. Raging Spirits was our favourite; fast and jolty with a loop the loop!
4. If you are a 90s kid then you are going to love Toy Story Mania!
As you can tell by my choice of hat, I was so freaking excited for the Toy Story Mania! ride. This is rated as one of the best rides in the Disney Theme parks. It’s a cross between a ride and interactive video game. Toy Story Mania is the most popular ride and I recommend that you go here first thing in the morning to get on or grab a fast pass. We arrived at Disney Sea at 11 am and opted to get a fast pass for this ride as the wait time was 2 hours.
It was everything I wanted it to be and more! Whilst waiting in line, the whole set is designed to look like Andy’s bedroom and you are one of the toys. On the ride, you team up to play virtual arcade games with the Toy Story characters. Short, sweet and totally nostalgic!
5. Darling it’s better under the sea
One of the huge features of Tokyo Disney Sea is Triton’s Castle in Mermaid’s Lagoon. It has a life-size replica of the castle and it’s freaking awesome. That’s not even the best bit, venture down under the castle and you will be Under the Sea! Spinning pufferfish and bouncing jellyfish make for a wonderful treat. Discover Ariel’s grotto and reunite with her one true love Eric. Mermaid’s Lagoon is also home to limited edition Little Mermaid merchandise such as dinglehopper hairbrushes and Ariel jewellery. Definitely worth picking up a couple of souvenirs if you are secretly a mermaid.
6. find a whole new world at the Arabian coast
Now I’m not going to lie but this was my favourite part of all Tokyo Disney Sea. It’s not only because I’m a main character of Aladdin (:P) but because I love the level of detail that went into creating this world. Ride on a flying carpet while screaming out ‘A WHOLE NEEEWWW WORLD’ and pose on a camel in the Bazaar. There was a huge merry go round that featured the Genie from Aladdin, and I rode this merry go round about 10 times. At Arabian Coast, there is limited edition Aladdin merchandise such as Magic Lamp teapot and Jasmine themed jewellery. I snagged myself some cute Aladdin themed rings and cutlery!
7. a tribute to science
Want to see life-size replicas of Da Vinci’s inventions? Look no further than Fortress Explorations! A fun interactive section of the park, it lets you gaze at the planets, operate cannons, and various nautical instruments. Try your hand at cracking the Leonardo Challenge!
8. scream your pants off at the tower of terror
For those thrill seekers out there, this classic Disney ride is the one for you! This famous ride is set in a hotel haunted by ghosts…be careful when you take the lift all the way to the top! Tower of Terror is extremely popular in Tokyo Disney Sea and can sometimes have a line of up to 3 hours. I would recommend going on first thing in the morning (with an empty stomach!) or snagging yourself a fast pass to skip the queues.
9. go for a cruise on the gondolas
Why pay to go all the way to Venice when you can experience it right here at Tokyo Disney Sea? Go for a romantic cruise through the Mediterranean Coast, the best time is just when the sun is setting. Don’t forget to sing ‘When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s AMOOREEEE’. After your Italian cruise, take a walk through Mediterranean Coast and pick up some delicious biscotti.
10. WINE AND DINE at THE TEDDY Roosevelt LOUNGE
It’s nice every now and then to feel dapper and sophisticated, and the best place to do this is at the Teddy Roosevelt Lounge. Hop aboard the S.S. Columbia and head up two levels to be greeted by lavish red carpet and bear statues. We decided to end our day upon the ship with a fancy dinner and special cocktails. It’s a little pricey but was totally worth it after a long day running around the park!
Have my 10 Reasons to Visit Tokyo Disney Sea convinced you to go check it out? What attraction is your favourite?