Being a Disney fan, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are definitely something to put on your bucket list. It's different and amazing... but beware. There are a lot of people in there!
In this article, I will focus on Tokyo DisneySea.
My first visit was in September 2005, in the middle of the week, during a Typhoon. It's probably the only time where no one was there. Most shows were cancelled due to the weather, but the rides were all running...and they are incredible. We had the chance to ride Journey to the Center of the Earth 10 times in a row and the same with Indiana Jones. Add these to your check list!
I was also there in May 2016 during a sunny Saturday. The place is amazing, really, but it was more packed than Disneyland California. I'm a Fast Pass master, but it was no use. They were all gone within the first hour. We only did 4 or 5 rides during the whole day as most waiting lines were between 120 to 220 minutes.
I recommend to go during the middle of the week, when everyone is at school or at work. You can even try to pick a rainy day.
If you must go during the week-end, I recommend you to do the following rides:
Also take the time to visit the Fortress and do the treasure hunt. It's beautiful. Bring a 100 Yen coin. You can play real battle ship!
For younger children, they also have fantastic rides and the Mermaid Lagoon is breath taking. The two levels Caravan Carousel is amazing. That's just to name a few.
For the Fast Pass, get there early and take one for Journey to the Center of the Earth. If there's a short line as you go get it, do it right away and be happy that you have a Fast Pass to do it again later. Then head for Tower of Terror or Indiana Jones.
If you know in advance that you are going to go to Tokyo DisneySea, take a reservation for a lunch or dinner on the Columbia boat. It's really worth it. On the day, reservations are usually all gone. If the boat is full, try the restaurant in the fortress.
The culture is different in the Tokyo parks than the American ones, so if you want to immerse yourself fully, plan to dress up to match with your family or friends. That's something to be noted, Japanese friends dress up to match, from accessories, hair, and t-shirts to headwear. Also, there's no lines to take a picture with the characters. You just have to go for it!
A tip to pass the waiting time faster, if you don't really speak Japanese, talk to the people in line in front or behind you, It's a fun challenge. You get to use every single bit of Japanese you know and they get to use every bit of English they know. You can even pull out your translator. We ended up making friends with people from Kyoto and when we go back next year, we're invited to spend time with them!
Finally, a ticket is only good for one of the two parks. So if you already have been to a Disney park, definitely choose DisneySea. If not, plan 2 days, one for each park, or plan to spend the 5600 yens to switch to the second park after 3pm. The entrance ticket for a full day ticket at this time is 7400 yens.
See the ticket and pricing here.
So, I highly recommend to go to Tokyo DisneySea, but choose your time right or be patient.
Who Am I? I'm many things. I'm passionate about tons of stuff. I love travel. I love self-improvement. I'm a sucker for optimization, efficiency, and minimalism. I renewed with mathematics and science, those are so amazing. Astronomy and chemistry are just plain awesome! I'm a student, a mentor, a traveler, a learner, an artist, an animator, and Disney brings me tears of joy! I love to grow and I will never stop! So who am I? All that and everything else I have not discovered about myself yet. It's a never ending answer!
Qui suis je? Je suis beaucoup de choses. Je suis passionné des tonnes de trucs. J'adore voyager. J'adore la croissance personnelle. Je suis vendue à l'optimisation, l'efficacité et le minimalisme. J'ai renoué avec les mathématiques et les sciences, des mondes tout simplement incroyable. L'astronomie et la chimie sont tout simplement génial! Je suis étudiante, mentor, voyageuse, artiste, animatrice et Disney m'apporte des larmes de joie! J'aime me pousser à fond et je ne cesserai jamais! Alors, qui suis-je? Tout cela et tout le reste que je n'ai pas encore découvert de moi-même. C'est une réponse sans fin!