Our Guide to Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo really is an incredible place. Not only is it overflowing with culture, technology and lots of incredible food, but it also has not one, but two Disney theme parks!! Yes, you did read that right, there are two theme parks here! Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. We decided to go to DisneySea, because we loved the variety of rides they have there and because there is only one DisneySea in the world, we just had to find out what all the fuss is about!
Going to DisneySea has honestly made me feel about 8 years old again and as we ran around and jumped and screamed with excitement, we probably looked like we were too! Nevertheless, we had the best day ever and we want you to enjoy it as much as we did, so make sure you check out our guide for the best way to get your tickets, the best rides and all of our top tips!
How to Buy Tickets for Tokyo DisneySea
Now we always advise everyone to buy their tickets in advance, getting them sent directly to you via email. Not only does this ensure there will be no time wasted queuing to pick up your tickets, it eliminates the stress of having to get them instead of strategically planning which rides you are going to go on first.
For your tickets to DisneySea head over to KKday following this link where you can buy tickets to both Disneyland and DisneySea at great prices that get sent directly to your email address!
KKday also have great prices for lots of other attractions and experiences all over the world, which are definitely worth checking out, click on our link here to take you straight to their homepage.
How to get to Tokyo DisneySea
The best and easiest way to get to Tokyo DisneySea is by train. If you have been to Tokyo before you will already know how fantastic and efficient the trains are here and if you haven’t been, chances are you have probably heard about them! They really are so reliable and most train lines will start running around 5am, giving you more than enough time to start your queuing! The closest train station to both the Disney Parks is Maihama, Tokyo is really well connected by trains so even if you’re the other side of the city it’s still going to be less than an hours ride. Our top tip would be to use Google Maps putting in Maihama station as the destination and it’ll come up with the trains you need to take.
Alternatively, there is also a direct bus from Shinjuku Station. This takes about 50 minutes and will take you straight to the resort. There is also a direct bus from Tokyo Station too, however, this takes 35 minutes compared to the 15 minute train ride. There are only a few departure times on weekdays and weekends, which can definitely restrict your plans but, if the time and location works for you, it’s worth checking out. Buses are just as reliable as the trains, but make sure you check out this transport page for more information on times and stops before you go!
The Different Areas in Tokyo DisneySea
Mediterranean Harbour: I really did feel like I was strolling through somewhere in the Mediterranean. The designs and attention to detail just took my breath away. This is also where you can start your adventure to Fortress Explorations or relax on the Venetian Gondolas. Also where you can catch the Transit Steamer Line to take you around the ports. Perfect for all ages!
American Waterfront: Home to the Tower of Terror and Toy Story Mania, this is one of my favourite areas. It’s so much fun, and it doesn’t end there, you will also find Turtle Talk, the Electric Railway, Big City Vehicles and the Transit Steamer Line!
Port Discovery: This is one of the smaller areas but it’s definitely worth checking out with Aquatopia, Nemo and Friends SeaRider and the Electric Railway.
Lost River Delta: Indiana Jones is one of my guilty pleasures, so you can imagine how excited I was to go on the Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull! Even the name sounds awesome right! Also home to Raging Spirits roller coaster and the Transit Steamer Liner.
Arabian Coast: Aladdin is one of my favourite Disney movies and I could barely contain my excitement whilst exploring the Arabian Coast! The way Disney have made you feel like you’re actually walking around the set in your favourite films really is special and the thought that goes into every detail was incredible. The rides here are probably better suited for younger children, but as I mentioned I acted like a big kid all day, so it makes sense really! Here you can go on the Caravan Carousel, Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage, Jasmine’s Flying Carpet and The Magic Lamp Theater, which is definitely worth a watch!
Mermaid Lagoon: By this point I honestly felt like I was in a dream! You can tell by my reaction in the video below just how amazing this place is! I really did not want to leave, so it was good that this area is full of different rides, including, Ariel’s Playground, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Scuttle’s Scooters, Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster, Blowfish Balloon Race, Mermaid Lagoon Theater and The Whirlpool.
Mysterious Island: Here you can find 20,000 Leagues Under the Water and Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Again, the attention to detail blew my mind, you really have to see it for yourself!
Make sure you check out the next part of the blog where we have come up with a list of our favourite rides that should not be missed at DisneySea!
The Best Rides at Tokyo DisneySea
Tower of Terror: This was terrifying and I have never heard Nathan scream so loud, he had us all laughing. Even the entrance to this ride was awesome as you walk around the hotel. This was the first ride we went on, so luckily we didn’t wait long. The atmosphere was incredible and it really does add to the overall experience. The scariest part was when you can see out the window to the park and you realise how ridiculously high up you are before you just drop into darkness. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted but any thrill seekers will love it!
Indiana Jones: As I mentioned earlier, I’m a huge Indiana Jones fan, but I loved this ride even more than I thought I would. It really was a sensory overload and has you edge throughout the whole ride. There were so many unexpected things that happened and it sent me through a lot of different emotions! What makes it even better is that we didn’t queue at all, make sure you check out our top tips to find out how!
Toy Story Mania: Despite losing to Nathan on this ride (I had to let him win something for once!) it was still so much fun. Nathan and I are extremely competitive making it a very intense experience. You have 3D glasses on and are spun around in your pods with guns in front of different boards where you play different carnival games. You have to shoot targets and gain as many points as you can. Such a fun ride for all ages, make sure you don’t miss it! As it is so popular it does get busy so make sure you plan for this. Check out our top tips at the bottom to see how we skipped the queues.
What else is there to do at Tokyo DisneySea?
Time really does fly when you’re having fun, so make sure you work out your schedule to fit in not only all of the rides, but also all of the meet and greets, performances, concerts and parades too! There is always something going on, but there are designated times, so make sure you click here to see an up to date line up of all of the shows.
Our top tips for Tokyo DisneySea
Make a plan: When you enter the park, it is pretty much a free-for-all. People running, children screaming, you name it. Our advice is to make sure you have done some research and you know what rides you want to go on first. As the day goes on, rides get busier which means that queue times grow too. So by making a plan you can work out which rides you should go on first to avoid this as much as possible. We would recommend getting to the park early on and doing the popular rides as soon as possible, then use your fastpasses throughout the day and take time in the afternoon to explore.
Make use of the fast passes at DisneySea: Something I really admired about DisneySea was that you didn’t have to pay extra for fast passes. This tip also links to the first tip too. When the park entered we ran to the Toy Story fast passes as it’s been said these run out the quickest. Then whilst we waited for that in two hours time, we had this time to go on all the other rides we wanted to go on. On your ticket, it will also say the time when you are eligible for your next fastpass. Keep an eye on this and pick up your fastpasses as you explore the park. They saved us so much time and are definitely worth planning into your day.
Use the single rider queues: On certain rides there is a single rider queue that nobody uses! We couldn’t believe it! We walked onto the Indiana Jones ride straight away whilst people were waiting in 80 minute queues. The single rider queue is not advertised, you have to use the fastpass entrance and say you’re a single rider. It’s only available on the Indiana Jones ride and Raging Spirits but it saved us so much time and is well worth utilising.
Go on off peak days: We went on a Tuesday and although it was busy we hardly had to queue. We’ve heard horror stories about the crowds on a weekend, so try to go on a weekday if possible, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are best!
Get there before it opens: We got there an hour before it opens and there were already queues. Even though it’s an early wake up call, it’s definitely worth it to avoid queue times. Getting in earlier allows you to get the fast passes you want and to go on the most popular rides with minimum queues, so we definitely recommend it!
Getting food at DisneySea: Anyone who has been to a few theme parks will know that food can be pretty expensive. It is easy to get carried away picking up snacks as you go around but this can soon add up. We worked out that the most reasonable way to eat is to get a full meal inside of us. We went to the Yucatan Base Camp Grill where we had a meal each with a side salad and drink for just over ¥3000 (£26/$26) each and it filled us up for the day. The food was tasty and the portion size was great. There are also free water fountains around the park too for you to use, or to even fill up your water bottles!
We had the best day exploring Tokyo DisneySea and we hope that this blog will help you to do the same! It’s such a great day out and has rides that everyone can enjoy. What makes this park even more special though, is how they are able to immerse you into the world of Disney, the thought and detail that goes into every part of the park was incredible.
If you’re ready to book your tickets now, then use this link to head over to KKday and get ready for an amazing day out!
Take Care, Rebecca.
If you have any questions for us about Tokyo DisneySea, please leave us a comment below! Have you been to DisneySea yourself? We’d love to hear from you and find out about your experiences too! What was your favourite ride and what area did you like the best? Let us know and let’s travel together!
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