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.
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 ¥6,900 (~$58) vs $99 for adults and ¥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.
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 was 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.
When we finally entered the DisneySea, our jaws literally dropped at first sight. I remember thinking to myself, “I am seeing the world all at once.” It is amazing how the theme park is designed into seven different areas:
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.
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!
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.
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.
Have you visited any Disney Parks in the world? If so, where?