Hello everyone, and welcome to another post. I know, it’s been a long time. I’ve been busy with school, but I haven’t forgotten about the existence of this. Now, time to continue my 11 Days in Tokyo series…
Day 7 (22 Dec 2016)- TOKYO DISNEYSEA
Now this is one place that I was really looking forward to go. I am crazy about anything Disney and to have a theme park for it is the best idea ever. I love the thought of being immediately transported to the wonderful world of Disney and feel like a kid once again. As expected, I had a wonderful time at DisneySea (sometimes a bit too much). The only thing that sucked was the weather. The weather forecast warned us that it’ll rain, but we still went ahead with it because…we stuck to the plan like glue.
Tokyo had two Disney theme parks inside Tokyo Disney Resort- DisneySea and Disneyland. Prior to this trip, I found out that both theme parks are not owned by the Disney company, but by Oriental Land Company, who were licensed by Disney to build the theme parks. We decided to visit Tokyo DisneySea as it was unique to Japan, and reviews online said that it catered to adults more, and that the views were much better.
To get to DisneySea, we took the train from Shinjuku to Maihama, then from there we transferred to the Disney Resort Line to DisneySea. Loving the cute train! When I went to Hong Kong Disneyland, I went there by coach, so I didn’t get to ride the cute Disney train.
DisneySea was packed with people, even during a weekday. We even saw school children in uniforms, at 10am in the morning. Hmm….
Thankfully, we bought our tickets from JTB in Singapore, so upon arrival at DisneySea we could go straight to the entrance.
As expected, DisneySea had really nice views, centered around a man-made lake. As you can see from the pictures below, the sky’s really gloomy which means it was about to rain.
The first ride we queued for was this Toy Story ride. We had no idea what was it for, but we just queued anyway. Turned out it was a ride-cum-arcade game where we had a “cannon” to shoot stuff off a screen in 3D. Super fun! Not bad for the first ride, and we queued about 30-45mins for it, which was ALREADY NOT BAD. Thankfully we had our Pocket Wifi to keep us occupied in the queue. Seriously, the Pocket Wifi was our best buy for the trip!
At that time when we visited DisneySea, it was their 15th Anniversary and it was also during the Christmas season. Lucky for us, there were many extra shows/parades that were going on just for the anniversary and Christmas celebrations.
One parade we watched was held to commemorate their 15th Anniversary, with the theme “The Year of Wishes”. The music, the dancing, and the Disney characters can’t help but bring a tear to my eye. I’m a sucker for this sort of thing. It was really wonderful and magical, even though all the talking was in Japanese and I didn’t understand all of it.
We had some time to spare before the next place we wanted to go, so we hopped onto Jasmine’s Flying Carpet ride. It was only a 10 minute wait, so why not.
The next show we watched was a musical theatre show called “Big Bang Beat”. Tickets for the show were only available through balloting. We were lucky to be able to get tickets, and for good seats! The show was very nice, dancing and singing were really great, and it was IN ENGLISH.
Food was really expensive in DisneySea (no surprises there), but we went by trying all the street food in DisneySea!
We came across this food court that was selling something called a “Gyoza Sausage”. At first, we thought it was a sausage bun, but with gyoza skin instead of the bun. Turns out, it was just a meat bun shaped like a hot dog bun -.- We felt so cheated, but it was still tasty anyway, and good for the cold weather. It was already raining at that time, and the wind was really chilly and strong.
There were popcorn stalls located all over the park, with each stall selling a different flavour of popcorn. We decided to try the white chocolate popcorn. It was sweet with a hint of white chocolate that was not too overpowering. Delicious!
The next ride we went to was the Tower of Terror. We got a Fastpass for this, so we got to skip the snaking queues. I screamed like hell and Kelvin couldn’t stop laughing throughout the ride. I hate anything free-falling… 😦
We went on two more rides after that- Journey to the Center of the Earth and Aquatopia. I really liked Journey to the Center of the Earth, except the ending part (shan’t spoil it for you guys). Ugh, idk why, I used to love roller coasters but my day at DisneySea just proved that my body is so done with them. Aquatopia was super duper fun! I loved it so much I went twice.
The rain stopped and started again 😦
We watched two performances in the evening, but unfortunately, the rain didn’t stop and the fireworks performance had to be cancelled. I was so sad as I was really looking forward to that one, but at the same time we were tired and couldn’t wait to go back to our hotel and rest.
Overall, we had a very fun experience at DisneySea. Personally, I would not go there again, as it was quite expensive and it was crazy crowded, but I would recommend all Disney lovers to go visit at least once. It will definitely be an experience of a lifetime 🙂