JAPAN (日本): 10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT TOKYO DISNEY SEA

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Outfit: Bomber Jacket (GU), Shirt (Zara Man), Trousers (Zara Man), Sneakers (Adidas)

As a big theme park fan, our second day in Japan was the one I was looking forward to the most. Airlite gave us the option to choose between Disneyland or Tokyo Disney Sea, Camie and I, without batting an eyelash, chose Tokyo Disney Sea.

Disney Sea, the companion park to Tokyo Disneyland overlooking Tokyo Bay, took inspiration from aquatic myths, legends and the lore of the sea. Divided into seven “ports of call,” the park emphasizes water attractions with Venetian gondolas, a Mermaid Lagoon, a journey to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and an Aquatopia with quirky boats in a sea of rocks, whirlpools and water spouts. But don’t underestimate the theme park, Disney Sea has tons of hair-raising rides such as Tower of Terror, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Indiana Jones Adventure:

Temple of the Crystal Skull. If your Tokyo trip is really short and you need to pick one park, I highly recommend Tokyo Disney Sea (especially if you’re not travelling with kids).

It was gloomy and freezing cold when we went, so I apologize if I didn’t get a good coverage of the whole experience. My hands were too numb to take photos or even use my phone! The themes in Disney Sea are exceptional–there is so much detail to soak up and feast your eyes on. Even though Camie and I went on a very cold and crowded day, I have 10 things I loved about the theme park.

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WHY IS IT CALLED DISNEY SEA?

The reason it’s called Disney Sea is because the park consists of six major sea-related themes: 1) The Mediterranean Harbor, 2) The American Waterfront, 3) Mermaid Lagoon, 4) The Arabian Coast, 5) The Lost River Delta, 6) Port Discovery, and 7) Mysterious Island.
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10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT TOKYO DISNEY SEA:

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1. It’s the only one of its kind in the world. Although Disney Sea has some very familiar Disneyland traits, it’s still ultimately a very unique experience that isn’t replicated anywhere else.

2. It’s definitely more badass than Disneyland. Disney Sea has a more “cool” ambience compared to Disneyland. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to Disneyland and seeing all the Disney characters walking around but Disney Sea has a “looser” or laidback feel to it that teenagers and adults will enjoy.

3. You can wear really weird outfits and no one will judge you (or so I’d like to think).

4. The park is huge. You think there are tons of rides at Disney Sea? There’s an entire amusement park built “under the sea” at King Triton’s Kingdom and Mysterious Island! One day isn’t enough (especially if you want to try all the rides) to explore the amusement park.

5. The food options are more than just your typical theme park food. Tokyo Disney Sea has a variety of themed restaurants scattered around the amusement park. I only got to try New York Deli (located at the American Waterfront area. Duh.) and the food did not disappoint!

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MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

Attractions: Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
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ARABIAN COAST

Attractions: Jasmine’s Flying Carpets, The Magic Lamp Theatre, Caravan Carousel, Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage 
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AMERICAN WATERFRONT

Attractions: Tower of Terror, Turtle Talk, Disney Sea Electric Railway, Disney Sea Transit Steamer Line, Toy Story Mania, Big City Vehicles
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6. You will see a lot of people wearing matching clothes. I don’t know if this is a thing in Japan, but Camie and I saw more than 50+ pairs wearing the exact same clothes. The exact same style, same shade, same wash, same brand, same styling to be specific. I guess maybe if you get lost in the theme park it would be easier to find your theme park buddy? It left us amused and wondering…

7. They offer really weird popcorn flavors such as milk chocolate, soda, jalapeño, cappuccino, curry, milk tea and soy sauce. What the hell right? Haha!

8. They have the Tower of Terror! This is the best attraction I tried when I went to Disney’s California Adventure. It’s the tallest building in the park, you basically ride an elevator that takes you to the top of the building, the door opens and you get to see the view of the park, then you fall about 2 floors and then way down. Once again it goes up to the close-to-the-top and then drops you all the way down. The buildup to this attraction starts before you even get in line! We didn’t mind queuing for an hour (although it sucks because it was freezing and I really had to pee lol).

9. You will see the not-so-usual Disney characters walking around the theme park. I saw Jafar (who seems to look like he’s not happy to be there) and other Disney characters such as Goofy, Mickey Mouse, etc–in winter clothes! Haha!

10. You won’t feel like you’re in Japan. The attractions take you to a different world. As a tourist like me, the only reminder that I’m far away from home is almost all the attractions are in Japanese.

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MEDITERRANEAN HARBOR

Attractions: Fortress Explorations, Venetian Gondolas, Disney Sea Transit Steamer Line
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LOST RIVER DELTA

Attractions: Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull, Raging Spirits, Disney Sea Transit Steamer Line
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MERMAID LAGOON

Attractions: Ariel’s Playground, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Scuttle’s Scooters, Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster, Blowfish Balloon Race, Mermaid Lagoon Theatre, The Whirlpool 
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Planning to go to Tokyo Disney Sea? I discovered this “crowd calendar” wherein they give an estimate of the number of people visiting the park that day. So make sure you plan in advance and check this out to know the best days to visit Tokyo Disney Sea. Ticket costs 7,400 Yen. That’s around 3,300 Pesos. Here’s how you can get to the theme park by train (click here.) Special thanks to Airlite Int’l Travel & Tours for organizing this trip!

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