Originally, when this was posted, we weren’t planning on going back to the Tokyo Disney Resorts, but we ended up going back to both Disney Sea and Disney Land in October 2017. I’ll post updated information in bold/italics.
When we first got to Japan, most of our teammates told us that a must-stop was Tokyo Disney Sea.
I’ve been to Disney World a handful of times (and Caleb grew up right in Orlando), so going to a Disney theme park in Japan hadn’t really crossed our minds. However, once we decided to visit Tokyo for our summer break, we added it to the itinerary – and I’m so glad we did.
Tokyo Disney Sea is unlike any other theme park I’ve been to. It was beautiful, perfectly manicured, and unusually clean. There were a few rides similar to Disney World in Orlando, but most were unique to Japan.
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Our Visit to Disney Sea:
We left our apartment at around 4:45 a.m., and got on the very first train to go to the park. The park itself didn’t open until 8 a.m., but we wanted to get there a few hours early so that we could be one of the first people in the park. Little did we know, about 1000 other people had the same idea, and we arrived to this scene:
Once we got access to the inside of the park, it was a mad dash to the fast pass machines. As we ran, we looked across the other side of the park and saw a mob that had what seemed like at least 10,000 people in it.
During our second trip to Disney, we stayed in an Airbnb closer to the parks, but the amount of people waiting in line didn’t change. It was even a rainy October day, and yet there were hundreds of people waiting to get in the park.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: this was a great ride to start the day with – there was no line, the ride was nice and relaxing, and the graphics were pretty spectacular. Unfortunately, the dialogue on the ride was in Japanese, but it still didn’t take away from the magic of the ride. Indiana Jones was also fantastic, and a bit hilarious to hear him speak in Japanese while he snapped his whip in the air.
Journey to the Center of the Earth: We were lucky to have gotten fast passes first thing in the morning because when we showed up for our time block, the wait was already up to 100 minutes. However, even without a pass, it would have been worth the wait. It was a classic Disney ride where you go through different worlds displaying aliens and cool rock features. At the end, you rush to escape from a scary monster and it turns into a roller coaster with a sharp drop.
Tower of Terror: This was chock-full of nostalgia, and it was interesting to see how Japan adapted the story for the park. We were also able to get a fast pass for the ride, so we only had to wait about 20 minutes.
Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage: Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage was by far one of our favorite rides (we rode it twice). The wait time was amazingly short, and was a great escape from the heat. This ride takes you on a boat through different parts of Sinbad’s voyage, which reminded us a lot of the Pirate’s of the Caribbean ride. At one point, Sinbad travels through a big storm, and the we were squirted with nice cool water.
The ride also features beautiful music, and you can listen to it here:
Toy Story Mania: Because the fast pass machines ran out of tickets by about 9 a.m., the wait for Toy Story Mania was around 300 – 400 minutes for most of the day. We kept going back to check on the wait, and right before we left the park, we decided that it was something we wanted to do. Thankfully our wait was only about 140 minutes, and let me tell you, it was worth every minute. If we ever go back to Disney Sea, our first fast pass will be for Toy Story Mania so that we can ride it more than once.
For this ride, you wear 3D glasses and you play arcade games against your seat partner. Overall, this was my favorite ride, and something I hope to do once we return to America.
Not only were the rides fun, but walking through the different sections of the park was amazing. There were seven main “worlds,” each having its own theme, rides, and restaurants.
- Port Discovery
- American Waterfront
- Mediterranean Harbor
- Mysterious Island
- Mermaid Lagoon
- Arabian Coast
- Lost River Delta
We still loved Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Sinbad was as magical as ever. Like I said above, we made Toy Story Mania our first fast pass of the day, but ended up only riding it once because the wait time was just too long.
Throughout the day, we went to 2 different shows:
The first was The Magic Lamp Theater in the Arabian Coast, and while we read that English subtitles were available, we were told after waiting in a long line that they were not available….so we watched Aladdin and the Genie perform magic in Japanese.
The second show we saw was called The Big Band Beat at the American Waterfront Broadway Theater. It was a really fun show (in English), and Mickey and Friends danced out on the stage and sang jazzy show tunes.
There were lottery machines where you scan your Disney ticket to try and get seats to a few other shows, but we didn’t win. There were other shows that went on throughout the day on the waterfront; these were also free to watch.
For lunch we went to the New York Deli, and ate reuben sandwiches + fries.
Instead of traditional dill pickles, they included pickled peppers on the side. It wasn’t exactly New York Style, but it was still pretty good for Japan. There were so many other restaurants that we wanted to try (including a taco joint), but we went with the New York Deli because it had the shortest line.
After lunch we had a Minnie shaped popsicle (white peach + raspberry flavored), and went on more rides.
Our second Disney trip was filled with much better food! We had tandoori chicken & naan in the Arabian Coast, and an early dinner at Magellan’s!
The park is known for their specialty popcorn flavors and on the park map there is a popcorn key that shows you where to find each flavor. We tried the cappuccino, curry, and white chocolate popcorn flavors, and in the end, both agreed that the curry popcorn was the best (but alas, no pictures!). The park also sells really awesome popcorn holders shaped like different Disney characters….but they were pretty pricey. If I could go back in time, I would probably only buy the curry flavored popcorn.
We gave into the crazy prices, and bought a Buzz Lightyear popcorn holder. Worth every penny!
We left the park at around 8 p.m., and felt so happy afterwards. Even with the giant crowds and the waiting, it turned out to be one of the best Disney experiences that I’ve had in a long time. Maybe it’s because it wasn’t completely geared towards young children, or maybe it was just because it was a theme park in a different country, but I genuinely enjoyed each part of Disney Sea. The park has a lot to offer, and is something I would recommend to any Disney loving traveler.
We still left the park at about 8 p.m. because it was really rainy and cold. Even with the terrible weather conditions, it was still one of the most magical places I’ve ever been to. Check out our vlog to see more!
One Day Ticket Price:
|Adult (18+)||Junior (12 – 17)||Child (4 – 11)|
Senior Passport (65+): ¥6,700
Other pricing information can be found HERE .
Hours: LOOK HERE
Based on the Toyko Disney Parks website, the hours vary. Check to be sure that you get the most out of your time at Disney Sea.