You don’t need to be an ocean lover or a Disney to fully appreciate Tokyo Disney Sea. All you need is to be a child-at-heart and you will enjoy your visit for sure! And while most people make a bee-line for Disneyland (which is celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary!), Tokyo Disney Sea is still a place worth visiting and is a unique and separate experience from its sister theme-park!
After you visit Disneyland, Disney Sea is the most logical place to visit next.
Trivia: Did you know? In 2012, the combined visitors of Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea drew 27.50 million visitors, the most of any theme park in Japan!
Before even purchasing a ticket, however, be a smart visitor and research which type of ticket will suit your visit best. You can, conveniently, reserve tickets online so that you don’t waste time standing in line at the ticket booth. Also know which kind of ticket you’d like to get beforehand. If you are the type that must try every single ride twice or visit every nook and cranny of the park, then getting the Fast Pass may be the better option so you can maximize your stay inside the park without any limits. You can also download the Access Map before going to Disney Sea so you can see which attractions you want to prioritize visiting before more visitors arrive. Speaking of arrivals, as with any tourist attraction, do come early. Lines are shorter and the park is less crowded so you can enjoy all of the attractions without bumping elbows with too many people.
The commute to Tokyo Disney Sea is not difficult at all! Simply take the train or bus to Maihama Station (aka. Tokyo Disney Resort) by following these instructions! Check which location you will be coming from so that it’s easy for you to navigate going to Disney Sea.
Once inside Tokyo Disney Sea, you’ll want to explore the entire park.
The park is divided into several sections but here are some of JapanLover.me’s favorite attractions:
The Tower of Terror: one of the most exciting rides in the entire park. The lines for this ride tend to build up and are imfamously long so get there early and line up for this right away!
Once you visit the Tower of Terror, most of the park will be free for you to explore while other people are busy lining up for the ride still. It’s all about strategy!
Try searching for everything Duffy the Bear related here in the park. Tokyo Disney Sea is also known as the Home of Duffy the Disney bear because he isn’t found in any other Disney Park.
Toy Story Mania! is a new attraction that opened in Disney Sea in the American Waterfront area. Inside is a trolley ride that takes you on a mini-journey, featuring many of our favorite Toy Story characters! Toy Story Mania! has been so popular that the opening of this ride attributed to the increased number of visitors in the park!
Obviously, Tokyo Disney Sea would not be complete without a showcase of The Little Mermaid. There is an entire area, called Mermaid Lagoon (more of a reference to Peter Pan than Little Mermaid) dedicated for an unforgettable, Under the Sea experience! You really feel as if you are under the ocean, swimming like a mermaid!
Any mermaid fans will want to spend some time exploring this area where, as Sebastian said: “Life is the bubbles—under the sea!”
Make sure set aside time to watch a playing of the show called Fantasmic.
Fantasmic is a big attraction in the park; which features all of your beloved Disney characters, from Mickey Mouse to the Disney Princesses. The show is a magical fusion of all the characters and stories that we all grew up with as children. Seeing them all together in one show is not only one that gives us fan shivers, but also makes you ridiculously happy and brings out your child-at-heart!
Finally, no theme park visit is complete without a visit to the souvenir shop! The goodies found in the Disney Gift Shop are many, pretty must-haves! So apart from bringing along your money for entrance and food, make sure to bring extra for your take-home goodies!
Tokyo Disney Sea will truly be a good complement to anyone, whether or not they have ever been to Disneyland! We’re excited for you to visit the park!
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