Have you ever wondered what Disney characters would look like in real life? Or, alternatively, can you imagine yourself being in a fairy tale with your favorite character? With many attractions and parades, delicious food and performances- Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea allow your dreams to come true.
Disney Sea is a fantasy theme park located just a 20-minute train ride from Tokyo. In Japan, many people consider Disneyland to mainly be for children, but Disney Sea is thought to be for the whole family, with attractions being divided into seven different themes – you can find something for every age group and taste.
The seven themes are Mediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront, Port Discovery, Lost River Delta, Arabian Coast, Mermaid Lagoon and Mysterious Island. Mysterious Island offers a tour under the sea with amazing graphics and features a ride through the volcano, which is one of the most popular roller-coaster rides in DisneySea (the attraction is called “Journey to the Center of the Earth”). Mermaid Lagoon shows you a magic underground sea world with many rides for smaller children. Arabian Coast is all about the Mysterious East with Sindbad’s Storybook voyage, Jasmine’s Flying Carpets, a carousel and the Magic Lamp Theater. Lost River Delta lets you dive into Indiana Jones world, experiencing his adventures along with other water rides and roller-coasters. In Port Discovery and American Waterfront you can enjoy various performances and rides. The DisneySea Transit Steamer line goes through Mediterranean Harbor and American Waterfront. The latter also shares DisneySea Electric Railway with Port Discovery. For some attractions, you can use a Fastpass, which lets you ride without waiting in line for quite so long. There is also a pass called “Single Rider”, where you can skip the line altogether if you are riding alone, as long as you don’t mind riding separately from your friends or company that is!
For more detailed information about all of the attractions and various pass options, check out this web-site: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/attraction/lists/park:tds
For both Tokyo’s Disneyland and Disney Sea, we recommend that you check the crowd forecast before buying a ticket. It is usually very crowded on holidays and weekends, even on weekdays you might end up spending most of your time standing in line. One way of checking the crowd forecast is by checking web-sites such as, http://tdrnavi.jp/forecast/disneysea?lang=en. This will give you a rough idea of how busy it will be on any given day.
Access: Both are within walking distance from JR Maihama station, but we recommend taking the Disney train, which is a great Disney adventure in itself. The windows of the train are shaped like Mickey Mouse’s head and the inner design is full of pictures of Disney characters.
A 1-day tickets ranges from 4,500 yen for children aged 4-11 to 6,900 yen for adults aged 18 and over. For admission after 3pm on holidays and weekends, the prices are lower (from 3,500 yen to 5,400 yen) and there is also an “After 6 Passport”, which is 4,200 yen for all and grants you entrance on weekdays after 6pm, excluding holidays. Special tickets are subject to availability. You can also buy 2, 3 and 4-day and annual passports. For those who stay at the Disney hotel, there is a “Multi-Day Passport Special”, which allows you to visit both Parks. You can buy tickets at the gate, but buying in advance is recommended. You can find the various ticket types in all Disney Stores around the city (http://www.disney.co.jp/store/storeinfo_en/ticketcounter.html) and they are also sold in convenience stores (you might need assistance with the instructions as they are in Japanese though). For more information about tickets, visit the website: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/ticket/