Japan Chronicles Part 3 (2017) | Tokyo Disneysea

Monday, December 24, 2018

Did you know that the only DisneySea in the world is in Tokyo, Japan? Located in Chiba Prefecture just a little outside Tokyo, this massive theme park features 7 water/sea themed areas, also known as Ports of Call - Mediterranean HarborAmerican WaterfrontMysterious Island, Port DiscoveryLost River Delta, Mermaid Lagoon, and Arabian Coast. You may not be a die-hard Disney fan, but trust me, there is so much to see and do in Tokyo DisneySea.

photo taken at the Mermaid  Lagoon
So what makes Tokyo DisneySea different from Tokyo Disneyland? Tokyo DisneySea is geared towards an older audience with rides that are more thrilling, scarier and faster compared to Tokyo Disneyland. Also, you can buy alcoholic beverages at some of the restaurants inside Tokyo DisneySea like Ristorante di Canaletto. Magellan’s, Restaurant Sakura and Horizon Bay Restaurant. 
entry to Tokyo DisneySea's railway station
Tokyo Disneysea, the Happiest Place on Earth
I wasn’t a big fan of theme parks but as soon as I walked through the turnstile, I immediately felt stepping into a magical world. Maybe it was the Mickey Mouse train, the nautical and maritime theme, helpful and friendly DisneySea staff, polite and respectful Japanese theme park goers (you wouldn’t see anyone to cut the line).  Whatever it was, Tokyo DisneysSa is truly the Happiest Place on Earth.
look at that Mickey Mouse train! So cute, no?
Mediterranean Harbour, an Italian Port Town of the Renaissance Era
Mediterranean Harbour, the entrance to Tokyo DisneySea, is designed after an Italian Port Town of the Renaissance Era. I was really surprised to see this area because of its shockingly beautiful and accurate Mediterranean architecture. I don’t know what sort of maintenance Disney do here because it certainly looked brand new even if it was exposed to the elements all year round. This port of call features several rides and attractions like the iconic Aquasphere, DisneySea Transit Steamer Liner, Fortress Explorations, and Venetian Gondolas. Here you will also find the only Disney hotel inside the theme park, Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta. Walking further to the center of the park, you will be welcomed by DisneySea’s imposing symbol, Mount Prometheus, an active volcano.
view around Tokyo DisneySea Aquasphere
Tokyo DisneySea Aquasphere
pastel colored buildings around the Mediterranean Harbor
the parade happens on the water, which is something unique about Tokyo DisneySea
Super cool stunts on the water
Mysterious Island and the sometimes angry volcano Mount Prometheus
Set within the boundaries of Mount Prometheus, the centre icon of Tokyo DisneySea, Mysterious Island is not an actual island. It is situated behind the mountains mighty walls, separated from the rest of Tokyo DisneySea. Here you will find two of the park’s highly-rated attractions, Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. My friends and I weren’t able to try these rides because the waiting time is about 2 hours each. We didn’t know about the Fastpass at that time (I will talk about the Fastpass later on this post).
The mighty and imposing Mount Prometheus
American Waterfront, the United States in the early 20th century
American Waterfront depicts New York of the United States in the early 20th century.  Two attractions dominate this port of call, which is Tower of Terror, one of the best and top attractions in Tokyo DisneySea, and the S.S. Columbia. It is also home to the park’s number 1 attraction based on reviews, the Toy Story Mania, an indoor 3D interactive ride. We weren’t able to try this ride because the lines were crazy and we didn’t really know what the fuss was all about until we got home. Haha! Other attractions you will find here as well are Turtle Talk, DisneySea Electric Railway and Big City Vehicles.

*Tower of Terror was probably the scariest ride I’ve ever tried. Aside from the fact that it was dark inside, the narration was in Japanese so we did not understand anything. We all thought it was a horror house until we were asked to sit and fasten our seat belts. I guess the multilayered freefall and being completely clueless what was happening made it super scary. Haha!
My friend Sheila and the Tower of Terror
the Japanese really take it to the next level when they go to theme parks
Crazy lines at the Tower of Terror
Hotel Hightower is the home of Tokyo DisneySea's Tower of Terror
The Retro-Futuristic Port Discovery
The Retro-Futuristic Port Discovery is labelled as the marina of the future. This is probably Tokyo DisneySea’s version of Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. Although it’s supposed to look futuristic, it didn’t look that way in my opinion. I don’t know how to explain it but its design and architecture kind of reminds me of old Hollywood movies depicting the future. Some of the attractions you will find here are Aquatopia, Nemo and Friends Searider and DisneySea Electric Railway.
line to Aquatopia
a revolving water ride with sudden stops
this ride looked super cool because of the whirlpool
Tokyo DisneySea Electric Railway
Lost River Delta
The Lost River Delta, located at the far-end of Tokyo DisneySea, depicts the jungles of Central America and the Amazon forests. The star of this port of call is Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull, a high-speed indoor ride through the massive dark corridors. You will also find here the Raging Spirirts, a short but intense roller coaster ride with a 360-degree loop. Unfortunately, I was not able to try both rides because of my neck problems but according to those who tried, both were super thrilling and scary because of sudden and fast tilts, bank and roll. 
the densely forested area of Lost River Delta
The Super Instagrammable Mermaid Lagoon
The Mermaid Lagoon was probably my favourite in the entire park primarily because it was super Instagrammable! Just like the other themed areas in Tokyo DisneySea, its design and architecture were perfect. It’s colours were so vivid that will make you wonder why external elements do not seem to affect it at all! Some of the attractions you will find here are Ariel’s Playground, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Scuttle’s Scooters, Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster, Blowfish Balloon Race, Mermaid Lagoon Theatre, and The Whirlpool
The colorful and vibrant zone of Mermaid Lagoon
a closer photo so you can see the details
My friends Kim and Zendy
Lots of junior high and senior high school students at the Tokyo DisneySea. I have no idea if they were on an official school excursion haha!
The Middle-eastern-inspired Arabian Coast
Tokyo DisneySea’s Arabian Coast is inspired by the Arabian Nights and Disney's Aladdin Movie. This themed area was easily recognisable because of its colourful domes and minarets and of course the delicious smell of food cooked and served at Casbah Food Court. Some of the attractions in this massive of port of call are Caravan Carousel, Jasmine’s Flying Carpets, Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, and The Magic Lamp Theater.
The view of Arabian Coast from the Mermaid Lagoon
I really love the colorful domes at Arabian Coast
Overall Experience
Although I was not able to try all rides, I definitely enjoyed this 1-day trip to Tokyo DisneySea. The attention to detail, the imposing Mount Prometheus, the friendly and helpful staff, the variety of food and shopping, made it a super memorable day. The lines were crazy but I think the rides/attractions make it worth it. If I ever get the chance to go back to Tokyo DisneySea, I will definitely purchase the 2-day Passport and take advantage of the Fastpass.
Here's a closer photo so you can see the amazing details :)
Travel Notes (Updated as of December 25, 2018)

What type of tickets you need?
  1. 1-Day Passport (7,400 yen or about 3,500 pesos) - this passport is what you need if you have a whole day to explore Tokyo Disneysea or Tokyo Disneyland
  2. Starlight Passport (5,400 yen or about 2,590 pesos) - this special passport is only for use from 3:00 PM on weekends and holidays
  3. After 6 Passport (4,200 yen or about 2,000 pesos) - this special passport is only for use from 6:00 PM on weekdays
  4. 2-Day Passport (13,200 yen or about 6,300 pesos) - this passport is the best option if you have at least 2 consecutive days to explore Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Some of the best rides in both theme parks were too crowded and super long queue so some people choose to spend 2 days here.
Where to buy tickets? 
Although you can personally buy tickets at the Disneysea counters, I highly recommend purchasing your tickets online to avoid long queue. You can buy it online through the official Tokyo Disneysea website or through a third-party provider like Voyagin and Klook. Please note these providers sell advanced tickets only and do not sell same-day entrance tickets, so you would need to buy at Tokyo Disneyland  or Tokyo DisneySea for that.

1-Day Passport (Maihama Station Pickup) 
1-Day Passport (Airport Pickup) 
2-Day Passport (Tokyo Pickup) 

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How to maximise your visit in Tokyo Disneysea?
  1. Avoid visiting during weekends, national holidays and school breaks.
  2. Buy tickets online.
  3. Download TDR app (TDR Wait Time Check for Google Playstore and TDR Alert on the App Store) to see rides wait times.
  4. Arrive at Tokyo Disneysea before or at 7:30 AM.
  5. Once the park opens, present your e-ticket with QR code. No need to print this e-ticket because it can be directly scanned from your smartphone.
  6. Get your Fastpass to some of the most popular rides in Tokyo Disneysea.
Where to Stay in Tokyo on a Budget?

Oakhostel Sakura
4-6-9, Narihira, Ryougoku, Tokyo, Japan, 130 0002 , Tokyo Prefecture
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Comfort Hotel Tokyo Higashi Nihonbashi
1-10-11 Bakurocho, Nihonbashi, Chuo 103-0002, Tokyo Prefecture
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Grids Hostel Asakusabashi
4 Chome-11-6 Asakusabashi, Taitō, 111-0053, Tokyo Prefecture
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Check out my other Japan 2017 posts right here:
The 9-Day Ultimate Japan Trip (2017) - Travel Expense Breakdown + Tips + Itinerary
Japan Chronicles Part 1 (2017) | My Second Time in Shirakawa-go
How to get to Fuji Shibazakura Venue from Tokyo
Japan Chronicles Part 2 (2017) | Fuji Shibazakura Festival, Harajuku and Shibuya

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