A Whole New World: Tokyo DisneySea

Since we were visiting Tokyo, Japan, we thought,” We just have to visit Disneyland in Tokyo” Especially since Stacey and I are big Disney fans and have been to Disneyland in California countless of time. So, we were able to include it in our 3 days in Tokyo itinerary.

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This cute picture is from the Disney Store at the mall in Tokyo

As I was doing my research, I have found a deal that would allowed us to visit Disneyland or DisneySea after 6pm at a discounted price about $30! I thought to myself, “Wow, even better!” since this would best fit within our budget as well as timing. I was shocked to find out how cheap for admission here in Tokyo as compared to California especially when I thought Japan would be so expensive. Currently as of 2015, regular admissions for only one theme park in Tokyo vs. California is Β₯6,900 (~$58) vs $99 for adults and Β₯4,500 (~$37.83) vs. $93 for child. Ridiculous, right?! Holy moly, what a difference!

So finally the day arrived, and we were so excited! Except one thing: it was quite gloomy and raining that day. However, we weren’t going to let that stop us.

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Between Disneyland and DisneySea, which did we choose? We had a hard time deciding, but ultimately we decided to head over to DisneySea. Why DisneySea?

We actually never heard of DisneySea until we got to Tokyo, Japan. Being that it is underrated, but yet one of the most visited in fourth place according to CNN article, we just had to check it out. We thought Disneyland in Tokyo would be a lot similar to Disneyland in Los Angeles, so we wanted to see something different other than the typical Disneyland and California Adventure. The only thing we knew we would missed out on wasΒ seeing the Castle and characters. Furthermore, DisneySea is more aimed at adults and have more thrilling rides as compared to Disneyland, which is more appealed toward younger audience.

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Oh hey there Walt!

 

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When we finally entered the DisneySea, our jaws literally dropped at first sight. I remember thinking to myself,Β “I am seeing the world all at once.” It is amazing how the theme park is designed into seven different areas:

DisneySea-Map-700x989After we got over our initial shock, we were on the move. We only had 4 hours to go on rides and quickly look around the theme park.

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Fortunately for us, Stacey was able to get the disabled pass which worked as a Fastpass. However, we had to visit the Cast Member at the ride in order to get the time to come back and go on the ride. The Cast Members were very friendly, since they only speak Japanese, but it didn’t stop them from trying to communicate and accommodate us. They have a booklet with English where they would ask Stacey questions regarding accommodations for the rides.

Since we only had 4 hours to go on the rides and plus the wait for the popular rides were about an hour or more, we only got to get on 6 rides which is actually pretty good in our case, thanks to Stacey’s disabled pass. Below I will be doing a ranking and a short review based on each rides:

6) Sinbad’s Story Voyage

This has the shortest wait time, and now I know why. When we sat down, we were expecting it to be similar to Small World. As we went through the ride, the whole time I am thinking to myself, “Um what in the hell is this?” It was interesting but boring.

5) Raging Spirits

In order to save time as we wait for the fast pass, we got into the single rider line. We were so excited to ride a rollar coaster since we love roller coasters! However, after the first drop in the beginning, the rest of the ride was actually kind of lame. The speed and the turns are nowhere compared to the rides in California.

4) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Well this ride was deafinitely quite interesting. This is like Finding Nemo Ride where you’d ride through under the lake. One word: Aliens? At least that’s what the sea creatures look like. At least the outside looks appealing.

3) Tower of Terror

This ride was very different than the one in California with a completely different storyline, but it is not scary as compared to the one in California. Special thanks for the Cast Members to allow us to be the last people to get on this ride right after we ran from one area to this area.

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Can you spot us?!

2) Journey to the Center of the Earth

This ride has the speed and fire everywhere! So much fun! It is worth it. I would ride this more than once if I could

1) Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones ride has always been my favorite and plus it’s one of my favorite movies! This ride is actually better than the one in California, because there is a surprise at the end!

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While we would wait to come back for the rides, we would go explore around the theme park. We were actually shocked that even on a rainy day, this place was still packed. Some of the areas we got to see without rides are: Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast and American Waterfront.

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Overall, it was a great experience and a great night despite of the rain and long wait. However, here are some quick future tips for those who will visit Disney in Tokyo:

1) Get there early. Despite of the discount offered after 6pm, it is not enough to experience everything. It is highly recommended to try to go for the full day.

2) Get the Fast Pass. It is worth it and will save your time! If you do have any disability, then get the Disabled Pass. If there are no Fast pass, then check to see if there are lines for single riders.

3) Eat Eat Eat! Unfortunately Stacey and I missed out on food at DisneySea because we were literally running around one area to another trying to get on rides. Disney has the best reputations for having variety of food so get on it!

4) Visit both Disneyland and DisneySea on two separate days if you have the time for it. If you could only choose one, then it is based on your preferences depending if you have children with you, looking for more of a Disney experience or go on more thrilling rides.

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Have you visited any Disney Parks in the world? If so, where?

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    1. No problem! It’s pretty cool. Hope you have a chance to visit! πŸ™‚

    1. Haha actually Japanese Mickey Mouse as well as other characters can be found at Tokyo Disneyland. We went to DisneySea which is quite a different. We hope to meet Japanese Mickey Mouse soon though! Would love to see them dressed in kimonos πŸ™‚

  1. Several people have told me Disney in Tokyo is great but we always end up with so much else crammed into our time in the city that we’ve not made it there yet.
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    1. Yes I agreed, there is so much to do in Japan that a week isn’t quite enough. Hopefully you guys can visit the next time you go! πŸ™‚ It’s a great place to visit

  2. I didn’t know they had a Disney in Tokyo! looks like you had a great time and it reminds me of the times I’ve been to Disney in California and Florida. Always a good time.
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    1. Not many people do but yes it was worth it! Even though Disneyland can be expensive, it is still worth a visit for anyone πŸ™‚

  3. Hi girls! Your trip to Disneyland looks amazing! My boyfriend recently visited the one in Florida (without me, unfortunately) and brought me a Mickey Mouse soft toy πŸ˜€ I was over the moon!

    Greetings from Finland!

    Saana
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    1. Aw that is so sweet of him! Hopefully you will get a chance to go with him next time! Yes our trip was alot of fun. Thanks for reading my friend πŸ™‚

    1. No problem, thanks for reading! I think Disneyland can be doable for anyone as long as they budget ahead of time and do a little research beforehand to plan out the time to go on rides and all.

  4. It looks like you had a great day at the park! I haven’t heard of DisneySea before, though I haven’t looked into going to Disney in Japan. I’ve been to the one in Florida on a few occasions, but only as a kid growing up…I’d love to go back again as an adult, it would be so much fun!
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    1. We had a blast at DisneySea although we were running around everywhere! Its gigantic! Hopefully you will have a chance to visit any Disneyland anywhere, it’s truly is a happiest place as long as you plan what you can get out of it! We all have that little kid inside of us no matter how old we are πŸ™‚

  5. I have only visited Disneyland in California, my favorite ride being the Indiana Jones one πŸ™‚ I really wanted to visit the Disney park when we were in Hong Kong last month but we just didn’t have enough time and it was expensive. I’m surprised at how cheap DisneySea is! I would have expected it to be more or at least about the same price as Disneyland.
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    1. Isn’t Indiana Jones the best?! It is such a thrilling ride. Aw hopefully you guys can visit Disneyland in Hong Kong next time, I know it can be overwhelming with timing at first when you are visiting from a different country and just want to see everything. To this day, I am still surprised how cheap DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland compared to the one in California haha. Thanks for reading!

    1. Hopefully you can go next time! Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

  6. I’ve never heard of DisneySea before. Its great that there are different kinds of Disney theme parks around the world. It looks like you had an amazing time. Thanks for sharing
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    1. Thanks for reading! I agreed that it is great there are many different parks, enough for anyone to enjoy πŸ™‚

  7. Like you I have never heard of Disney Sea but also like you I would have opted for that over Disneyland. May as well do the new as opposed to the old or already available.
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    1. I agreed! It never hurt to check out new places πŸ™‚

  8. So glad you had a great experience overall – this was a trip down memory lane for me – we visited Japan with my year 9 language class in High School on an immersion trip and as 15 year old girls Tokyo Disneyland was the highlight of our trip! Great tips, especially re getting there early – gotta beat those Disney crowds!
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    1. How cool that you got to visit Japan during high school! That must have been a wonderful experience! Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

  9. I didn’t even know there was a Disney in Tokyo. We plan to go to Orlando Disney in a couple of days and got the Florida resident discount price for the 3day package. Can’t wait, it will be our first time at a Disney park.

    1. That’s great! It’s never too late for anyone to visit Disneyland and I am so glad to hear that you have the opportunity to do so! Make sure you get the fastpass especially for popular rides since they sold out fast and eat all the yummy variety of food if you can! Hope you guys have alot of fun in Disneyland Florida! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, yes we had alot of fun although we were literally running everywhere πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

  10. I am right there with you, I couldn’t imagine going all the way to Japan without visiting Disneyland. It’s looks just as magical as California Disneyland!! Thank you for sharing your adventure!
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    1. It’s pretty magical! They really did a great job with the different settings and themes in DisneySea. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  11. What a fun experience! I love the Disney parks here in the U.S. and I think it would be so much fun to go to a Disney park elsewhere in the world. I’ve never heard of DisneySea, but it’s now going on the list of things to do whenever I make it to that part of the world!
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    1. Glad you put it on your list, its worth a visit! Disneyland can be overpriced but it’s also quite an experience for anyone πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

    1. I haven’t been to the Magic Kingdom yet but I am hoping soon though! Same here, I hope to cover all the Disney parks around the world πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you and I hope you guys had fun at Disney in Florida! Disney can be quite exhausting because so much walking and waiting in line so its best for everyone to wear comfortable shoes!

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