Yes that is right, there is a Tokyo Disney Sea…..and it is as amazing as it sounds. When researching what we wanted to do in Japan Josh mentioned that he would really enjoy going to Tokyo Disneyland, and I agreed that this would be a great idea. When looking into it further I discovered that there is Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea….a sea themed Disney park. After comparing the two parks I came to the conclusion that Tokyo Disneyland is almost identical to Anaheim Disneyland but Tokyo Disney Sea had attractions we had never before experienced. So we decided we would commit one whole day of our Japan vacation to Tokyo Disney Sea! And I am so glad that we did because it really was the highlight of our entire trip to Japan…..although is it really considered Japan, or is it the Republic of Disney….I mean they do call the entrance tickets “passports”….
To start off with, the price of admission is comparable in comparison with the Anaheim Disney parks, but once you get inside the price of food and souvenirs is much cheaper than Anaheim Disneyland. I’m just sad we spent most of our time getting on different rides and eating and didn’t have enough time to really do the shopping and browse all the different little shops….but I did get an amazing Mickey Mouse shirt, so it wasn’t a total loss.
We started off our trip with a ride on the Disney monorail which has to hands down have been the best subway experience I have ever had….comfortable and clean cushioned seats, Mickey Mouse shaped windows and the Little Mermaid soundtrack all surrounded us on the brief ride from the normal world to our arrival at the happiest place by/on the sea.
Once inside the park we decided that our first stop would be the Indiana Jones ride, but instead of it being Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye like it is in Anaheim it was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The track of the ride was exactly the same as the one in Anaheim ride, the only differences were aesthetic, but that in no way kept us from enjoying the ride.
Next up was Raging Spirits, a roller coaster comparable to California Screamin in California Adventure. This ride was fun and the best part was getting on the ride in 20 minutes when the standby wait time was 110 minutes, thank goodness for single rider! We then took a break and ate some sausage rolls sold out of an old truck that had been Disney-fied. The sausage rolls were delicious, so much so that we ended up eating them for our lunch and dinner!
After filling our stomachs we then headed over to Aquatopia in which we sat on little raft like vehicles and were whisked around a small pond and squirted with water. We narrowly avoided getting water all over our faces when Josh had the brilliant idea to use our plastic fans to block the water spray.
We then took the electric train from one portion of the park to another, which was interesting because the trains in this park take you from one set spot to another, and not all around the park.
Next up was the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride which I really enjoyed as it was setup exactly like the old movie starring Kirk Douglas. The ride itself consisted of small “submarines” exploring the deep parts of the sea….the only thing I didn’t recall from the movie that was in the ride were deep sea alien looking creatures….maybe they were in the book?
After that we went on Storm Rider, which had the same setup as Disneyland’s Star Tours only it was an adventure into the middle of a storm…it was a fun experience.
Finally we ended the night waiting for 50 minutes to get on what we thought would be the coolest ride, the Journey to the Center of the Earth rollercoaster….only to be told that the ride was broken…arghhh! Luckily enough we were given priority ride passes and were able to bypass the lines at Tower of Terror and ended the night on a good note.
Overall, we truly enjoyed ALL of our time at Tokyo Disney Sea! Since the park is located right next to the ocean we were free from the crazy heat and treated to delightful ocean breezes all day. Something else we were immune to was the bugs….right now in Korean and Japan it is cicada mating season and their loud chirps can be heard anywhere there are trees. But, in Disneyland the only sounds you hear is Disney music.