Tokyo Disney Sea


Brad Disney Sea

Yesterday, I woke up at the crack of dawn to make sure I was at the park for opening time. I anticipated it would be much busier than it was, as I’d heard people get to the park entrance an hour or more before it opens. After taking the three trains and hour long journey to the park, I walked right up to the ticket counter with no wait to purchase my 3 Day Magic Passport.

Tokyo Disney Park 3 Day Magic Pass

Unlike other Disney resorts, you can only park hop on the third day or later. I decided to visit Disney Sea first as its the only one of it’s kind in the world. It only took about 10 minutes to get into the park after the brief bag check, and it was very smooth despite the volume of people. As all the other people ran to Toy Story Mania (or full on sprinted in some cases), I grabbed a Fastpass for Tower of Terror then headed back to ride 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Tokyo Disney Sea Tower of Terror Fastpass

Both rides were fantastic and despite me having no idea what the story-lines were due to me knowing zero Japanese, they were both awesome! As I walked around the park I kept saying “WOW” over and over again. At every turn this place is the most gorgeous theme park I’ve ever visited. I had high expectations and they have been exceeded in every way. I can’t convey enough how amazing the park is, you just have to see it in person. You can tell they spent a billion plus dollars on this park, and didn’t cheap out on anything like some of the parks in other parts of the world (cough, California Adventure, cough). To be fair California Adventure is now way better than it was, thanks to Disney spending a billion dollars to fix it!

After snapping pics and video while I wandered around, I headed to get the famous Goyoza Pork Bun that I heard so much about. It was delicious, and I’m glad I got there first thing as the line was at least 50 people deep when I walked by again later. It is basically like a giant dumpling, but the most amazing dumpling I’ve ever had. I ended up eating two that day!

Headed off to ride Tower of Terror, followed by a quick walk through Mermaid Lagoon, through to Arabian Coast to ride the carousel, followed by the amazing Sinbad dark ride. It’s very similar to It’s A Small World, but with more advanced animatronics and a unique storyline. The song that plays is infectious, despite the fact it’s in Japanese.

I headed over to The Magic Lamp theatre to check out the show there, some sort of Aladdin themed magic show. They have iPad touch like translating devices, which helped me understand what was going on. Think of the show as a mix of live actors, effects and a 4D movie. Hearing the Genie speak Japanse was the highlight for me! While waiting in line I ended up chatting with an English guy who happened to do the International College Program at Walt Disney World and is also moving to Vancouver from Australia. What a small world!
I could go on for days about Tokyo Disney Sea, but I’m going to save that for when I get back. My full review and coverage of the park will be on my other site, Theme Park Canuck.
Now I’m going to finish my green tea and head off to Tokyo Disneyland for today. For the record, it’s 6:17 am on Thursday, December 11.

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