Having been given a choice of either going to Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea, we chose the latter and somehow, I’m glad that we did. After all, it was a different experience than going to Disneyland. Why, you might ask? Well, the attractions really does vary from those that you can see in Disneyland. That, and DisneySea is a theme park that targets an older audience, what with the rides available mostly being roller-coasters. Also, another thing that you will notice in DisneySea is that the characters wandering around the theme park are not ‘mainstream’ characters. In Disneyland, you might see Goofy, the Disney princesses, and other well-known characters, while in DisneySea, you’ll see Cruella De Vil, the Genie from Aladdin, and Woody just to name a few.
After you buy your ticket and proceed inside, the first thing that will greet you once you enter Tokyo DisneySea is this huge globe.
The buildings here gives you such a different vibe that somehow, it gives you an impression that you’re no longer in Japan, but in a different country altogether.
This sorts of act as the entrance to the theme park. There were a lot of people milling around as we passed by, seeing as we arrived just in time for a parade, which we ended up not watching.
On our way to the Mysterious Island, you can already catch a glimpse of a part of the American Waterfront, as well as that of the Arabian Coast.
The line for the ride ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’. We were able to get Fast Pass tickets to this ride. Overall, it was okay, and it’s probably one of the most child-friendly ride in DisneySea. That, and seeing as the whole thing was in Japanese, we didn’t get to understand much of what was going on.
Here you can see Mount Prometheus that blows smoke the whole day that we were there. Anyway, this is also where the ride ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ is located. We wanted to try it, but seeing as the queue, even for the Fast Pass, was really long we didn’t get to do so.
Taken at the American Waterfront. The buildings are all very detailed, and I think that a whole day would be insufficient for a person to stand there and gawk at them. Although, I think the same can be said of the rides. With so many people there, I don’t think you’d be able to ride all the attractions that the park has to offer, with how long the lines are.
I really love these posters that are plastered on the walls in this part of the theme park.
A view of Mount Prometheus. I think that as you walk around DisneySea, almost half of the time you can always catch a glimpse of it.
This ship is for display only, it doesn’t actually sail around the park. Although, I think it doubles as a playground and you can go in and have your photos taken inside.
Thar she blows! You can actually pull the black string on the canons, and they will emit a noisy sound, and the mouth of the canon will emit smoke.
This is the area that you can see Leonardo de Vinci’s work (such as his flying machine, and his study about the movement of the planets). That, and it is also in this area where you can find the canons.
I think that this place is the most quiet place inside the theme park. That may be because there’s no ride in this area. Anyway, I think you can take a lot of great photos here.
Again, we were able to catch the start of a parade, but we didn’t stay to watch it.
While most people were watching the parade, we lined up to take the Gondola ride! Which was a good move, seeing as once the crowd that were watching the parade dispersed, the line for the Gondola ride became twice as long as when we first queued.
Taken during our gondola ride. It was a welcome relief to sit and enjoy the view as at that point we had been walking around for what felt like hours. Most of the people we sat on the gondola with were Japanese, and they, excluding our family, could understand our gondolier well, as he only spoke in Japanese. Anyway, true to the ‘Venetian’ way, he did sing for us.
This is a spot near the gondola entrance. I saw a lot of locals stopping here to take a photo of their stuffed bears, Duffy.
This place can really pass as a mini replica of Venice.
Toyville Trolley Park. It’s only a small part of DisneySea near the American Waterfront. We didn’t really dally around this part of the park for long as there wasn’t much to see.
Tower of Terror, another ride that I wanted to try out. Because of our time constraint (having joined a group tour and all), we didn’t get to try this out.
A part of Port Discovery.
Crossing over to the Lost River Delta.
Everywhere you go inside the theme park, there are lines. Even the lines to get snacks are very long.
The Raging Spirits attraction.
Going over to the Arabian Coast.
The structures that can be found in Arabian Coast are really well-detailed.
Some Japanese students. I noticed as we were walking around the park that the Japanese, the students in particular, take going to DisneySea seriously. They put on all sorts of crazy outfits, matching outfits, and some who are in large groups even wear their school uniforms together!
Leaving the Arabian Coast. There’s so many people about that, if you’re not careful, you can easily get lost in the crowd.
See what I mean about crazy outfits? Anyway, these are a group of school girls wearing Eeyore onesies. In this photo, you can also see King Triton’s castle – the counterpart of the castle that can be found in Disneyland.
A closer look of the castle. Inside, you can also go into Ariel’s Playground.
See what I mean? In other Disney parks (such as the one in Hong Kong and in America) I’ve been to, I haven’t seen any of the locals dress in such a manner – matching outfits, school uniforms and such. I think that it adds to the allure and the uniqueness of Tokyo DisneySea.
Leaving Mermaid Lagoon, you can also catch one final look of the Arabian Coast.
Our view as we ate our late lunch at Vulcania, which is smack across the iconic Mount Prometheus.
Goodbye, DisneySea! Although we weren’t able to go and try out the rides that DisneySea has to offer, for our first time there, it was already overwhelming just to walk around.
Note: I’ve posted this a week ago, but I sort of messed up the tags and decided to twerk it a little and re-post it.