My last visit to Tokyo DisneySea was probably more than a decade ago when it first opened. So I was really looking forward to this trip, and certainly thrilled to be part of the “ Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary: The Year of Wishes ” celebration!
Located adjacent to the popular Tokyo Disneyland Park on the shores of Tokyo Bay, DisneySea is themed to the myths and legends of the sea. The Park features seven distinct themed ports, and it is designed as a world filled with adventure, romantic stories, discovery, and fun, where adventure and imagination set sail.
As the happy Christmas songs filled the air with Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends dancing and cheering, a sudden surge of emotion overcame me and I felt so blessed to be able to spend the precious time together with my family at the park.
OTHER MUST WATCH SHOWS AND PERFORMANCES:
Visitors especially those with kids will enjoy this 9-minute light-hearted 3D special effects show coupled with live performance with some magic tricks. The "greatest magician in the world," Shaban, presents his first solo performance without his partner, the popular Genie. So what happened to him? Find out as you take in this magical performance!
An unprecedented 14-minute musical show of dynamic performances! A musical concert will enchant you with popular songs from Disney’s The Little Mermaid such as “ Part of Your World ” and “ Under the Sea ”.
American Waterfront: A Table is Waiting ( テーブル・イズ・ウェイティング )
This is a really cute one with all the yummy food like Sushi, Hamburgers and even Tempura coming to live! The 30-minute show at the Dockside Stage is about Mickey and his friends returning from a world cruise and bringing back treats from many different countries.
“ Crystal Wishes Journey ” ( クリスタルウィッシュジャーニー )
With the magical power of the crystals, the Disney Friends guide Guests on a journey of wishes expressed through song and dance. As everyone’s wishes come together in the show’s finale, kites soar above the harbor and pyrotechnics burst out to celebrate the start of new journeys. Colorfully kicking off the Tokyo DisneySea 15th anniversary, this show on the harbor will be presented for a limited time only from now till 17 March 2017.
This 15-minute night time entertainment fantasy is presented on the waters of Mediterranean Harbor and features a towering Christmas tree approximately 15 meters tall at the center of the harbour, as well as smaller Christmas tree-like illuminations. Disney Friends perform in new costumes that match the colour of their Crystals of Wishes. When everyone makes a wish, the tree sparkles and the evening shines.
Be awed by the large Christmas tree and the floating illuminations as they begin to change colours and glow, with fountains shooting up high, lasers and pyrotechnics creating a colourful atmosphere at Mediterranean Harbor for a spectacular finale. ( For limited period only from now till 25 December 2016 )
Fantasmic! ( ファンタズミック! )
The highlight of the evening at Tokyo DisneySea is "Fantasmic!" It is another show taking place at night on the waters of Mediterranean Harbor, featuring special effects using gigantic water screens, lasers, lights, and fire, this dramatic show promises an evening of unforgettable fantasy and excitement for all. The 20-minute show features Mickey fighting a gigantic dragon in this magical and dynamic night time spectacular in Mediterranean Harbor.
ATTRACTIONS YOU MUST NOT MISS
( Most indoor rides do not allow photo-taking )
Mysterious Island: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ( 海底2万マイル )
One of my personal favourites, this is a 5-minute ride whereby we boarded one of Captain Nemo's powerful submarine boats, joining him in his undersea search for Atlantis. Seated on a two-person bench inside the submarine with individual joystick to control the illuminated lighting, riders will go through a slow dark ride simulating an underwater adventure with a view of the bottom of the ocean.
The three of us had so much fun in Aquatopia as these futuristic watercrafts took us on a maze-like course around whirlpools, fountains, and waterfalls. This is definitely one exciting water sport cause you won’t’ know who you will be facing next with all those spinning. Expect lots of twirling and jerking, so I do not recommend if you have motion sickness.
With music written by Disney song-writing legend Alan Menken, join Sinbad the sailor and his loyal tiger cub, Chandu, on this 10-minute relaxing Sinbad's Storybook Voyage. The ride is somewhat similar to Disneyland’s It's A Small World ( イッツ・ア・スモールワールド ), where children are dressed in traditional costumes of their countries singing " It's a small world " as you voyage from Europe, through Asia, Africa, Central America, and the islands of the South Pacific.
Themed to the Disney film Aladdin, visitors with children will have a great time flying on these magic carpets together with their kids. But then again, my 21-year-old prince was also having a joyful ride with this dad, controlling their magic carpet as though they were flying their own!
It’s a kiddy ride, but Jonathan didn’t mind having another ride with his dad. A milder version of a roller coaster, hop in for a soaring ride with Ariel's best friend, Flounder and all his flying fish friends.
Climb through a fishing net, explore a secret, treasure-filled cave, and more. This is Ariel's favorite hideaway, a playground full of fun and games that's perfect for kids who want to explore Ariel's incredible world. Cast Members hand out exploration maps so you can enjoy Ariel's Playground to the fullest.
If time permits, follow the hints on the map and explore the fortress from the Golden Age of Exploration. See exhibitions on the study of the planets and the earth's rotation, operate cannons, and various nautical instruments, and more. Through this program, you can become a member of S.E.A. ( Society of Explorers and Adventurers ).
Warning! The rides below may not be suitable for everyone. To ride, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers, elderly, kids age 3 and below, and guests who do not meet the height requirement (102 cm) may not ride.
An exhilarating version of an Indian Jones ride in a 12-pax vehicle where you will find yourself taking it over and over again. Be sure to look out for a gust of cool vapour coming at you like a fire ball during the fiery ride, probably the work of the temple's vengeful guardian spirit, the Crystal Skull! The queue is long for the 3-minute ride, so I would suggest getting yourself a FASTPASS to shoot you through.
Lost River Delta: Raging Spirits ( レイジングスピリッツ )
Fans of roller coasters, this exhilarating high-speed roller coaster attraction racing through the excavated ruins of an ancient ceremonial site is for you! This thrilling ride will churn your world upside down, and their heart-stopping 360-degree loop around the excavation of ancient stone gods will leave you with an unforgettable thrilling experience!
American Waterfront: Tower of Terror ( タワー・オブ・テラー )
Try this 2-minute elevator drop if you dare in this eerie hotel! You will get thrills and chills as you go through darkness in this Tower of Terror. Visitors enter an elevator that goes all the way up to the top where you will get a view of Disney Resort when the door opens. That is when you get a “ free fall “ half-way and then all the way down before going up again and drops you down!
Mysterious Island: Journey to the Center of the Earth ( センター・オブ・ジ・アース )
Follow the enigmatic genius Captain Nemo in a 3-minute ride as he unearthed a heretofore unknown world deep underground, sending you hurling through the caravans. During your journey onboard a unique subterranean 6-pax vehicle, the volcano suddenly shakes and erupts, taking you where even Captain Nemo has never been before.
TRANSPORTATION WITHIN DISNEYSEA
Step aboard and ride through the streets of New York City in style. There are many models to choose from -- the open-top town car, the police wagon, the delivery truck, and more.
A leisure ride above the bustle of the city travelling through the horizons of time as you board the elevated electric trolley, taking you to another attraction saving you the walk.
The 49-pax steamers travel the waters of Tokyo DisneySea, and depart once the Park opens. Discover beautiful landscape and architectures within the resort in this 13-minute cruise.
Mediterranean Harbor: Venetian Gondolas ( ヴェネツィアン・ゴンドラ )
Enjoy an elegant, romantic time aboard your gondola, where the cheerful gondoliers will be happy to show you around Palazzo Canals during the 11-minute ride.
FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS
Two distinct American harbours at the dawn of the 20th century, New York and Cape Cod, provide the inspiration for American Waterfront. Over at the Toyville Trolley Park, you will be fascinated by the illumination especially at the Toy Story Mania.
Like Mermaid Lagoon, this port is themed after a popular Disney animated film, Aladdin. Explore the exotic enchantment of The Arabian Nights along the shores of Arabian Coast. This is definitely my number one favourite spot for photography! See more at Instagram Shots in DisneySea, Keio Plaza, Hilton Tokyo Bay!
WHY TOKYO DISNEYSEA SHOULD BE YOUR NEXT DESTINATION!
Honestly, I am not into those nerve-wrecking roller coaster rides unlike hubby and son, I will save the rides for those fearless daredevils. Thankfully, most of the rides in Tokyo Disney Resort are suitable for someone with a weak heart like me. I kinda had fun in the various attractions with my two bodyguards, joining other adults and kids screaming with joy and terror.
DisneySea is unique to Japan, and it is the only one of its kind in this world. DisneySea is geared towards grown-ups and older kids; they even serve BEER, unlike Disneyland which does not offer alcoholic drinks.
What impressed us most is that the staff in the park make an effort to speak English, doesn’t matter the fluency. This is unlike anywhere else in Japan where people tend to shy away from the language. On several occasions, the Park Cleaners came up to us offering assistance when they caught us looking at the theme park map. Yes, park cleaners and not resort staff, that’s why it left us with a deep impression! I am not sure if it is something new, cause I don’t recall encountering the same gesture during my last few visits to Tokyo Disneyland. It is certainly a great improvement!
DisneySea Shopping: ShellieMay, the Disney Bear ( シェリーメイ )!
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GETTING TO TOKYO DISNEY RESORT
Visitors going to Tokyo Disney Resort can take buses to the theme parks directly from the airports and also from places such as Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal, JR Tokyo Station, JR Akihabara Station, Tokyo Skytree Town etc. The average bus ride is about 50 minutes. Alternatively, visitors can also take the JR Line to the theme parks, stopping at Maihama Station and it takes only 15-20 minutes from Tokyo Station.
TOKYO DISNEY RESORT VACATION PACKAGE
This online service (Japanese language only ) is offering the “ Enjoy the Disney Christmas at Both Parks for 2 Days ” plan which includes accommodations at a Disney or other hotel, tickets to view the Christmas entertainment at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, Disney FASTPASS tickets that do not have specified times, and other benefits. This plan allows Guests to enjoy the Christmas event at both Parks as much as they wish. Please see the Tokyo Disney Resort Online Reservation and Tickets website for details.
Tokyo Disney Resort offer visitors various types of accommodations such as:
- Disney Hotels ( Deluxe type ) - For an Elegant Resort Stay surrounded by Disney Magic.
- Disney Hotel ( Value type ) - For a Casual Resort Stay Immersed in Disney Magic.
- Tokyo Disney Resort Official Hotels- Six Hotels Located within Tokyo Disney Resort.
- Tokyo Disney Resort Partner Hotels - Four Hotels Conveniently Located near Tokyo Disney Resort.
- Tokyo Disney Resort Good Neighbour Hotels - Hotels In and Around Tokyo.
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Hilton Tokyo Bay is easy with the resort's shuttle bus. Featuring unique Disney touches including Mickey Mouse-shaped windows and hand straps, the Disney Resort Cruiser is a complimentary shuttle bus linking the Disney Ambassador Hotel to the Parks and the Tokyo Disney Resort Official Hotels to Bayside Station ( Disney Resort Line ).
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Special thanks to Tokyo Disney Resort for the kind arrangements! 鈴木様、ご親切なおもてなしありがとうございました。
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