Tokyo has two Disney parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Both live up to Disneyland’s claim of “Being the Happiest Place on Earth” While it was awesome to see yet another Disneyland after Florida, California and Hong Kong, DisneySea simply blew us away. You can read more about our adventures at Tokyo DisneySea at http://pauperswithouttravel.com/2012/10/28/tokyo-disneysea-a-sea-of-fun-and-happiness/
By Lakshmi: (Updated September 22, 2014)
Who? Anyone who is a Disney fan, loves amusement parks/rides, wants to experience the magic of Disney in a foreign locale, is traveling with kids, wants to have fun or simply wants to observe how organized things are in Japan will appreciate this experience.
What? Tokyo DisneySea is one of two Disney amusement parks located in Tokyo, Japan.
How? Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are both conveniently accessible by trains and buses from many points in Tokyo. We took the train to Tokyo station from Shimbashi and transferred over to the Keiyo line and got off at the Disney stop which is Maihama. More details on getting there can be found at
Tickets can be purchased on site or for greater convenience many of the local convenience stores have vending machines that sell tickets. We intended to go to Tokyo DisneySea, got our tickets at the vending machine and then decided to upgrade at the park to go to Tokyo Disneyland as well.
Why? “Mrs. Sundar, you have got to go to Disney Sea….It is one of the largest Disney parks in the world.” This is what Siddhi’s friend Evan said to me when we declared we were headed to Tokyo for winter break. As collective fans of Disney parks, we knew we would make it to Tokyo Disney. However, when Evan started rattling off all the things that were so much better at DisneySea, we were convinced that we had to dedicate a significant chunk of time to this place
To sum it up in one word, Tokyo DisneySea was “fantabulous”. The park is huge and the rides all appear larger than life. We started with the Tower of Terror and used the single rider benefit to not just bypass the long lines, but also to go back on a couple of our favorite ones. And speaking of favorites, we loved Journey to the Center of the Universe, riding in a mysterious vessel designed by Captain Nemo that took us through a world of shaking volcanos! We went on Raging Spirits (steam, fire, rollercoaster, a 360 degree loop…are you tempted yet?), Indiana Jones Adventure, A Stormrider flight and more!
The park was so clean and well maintained that we literally did not see one speck of dirt or garbage anywhere. The Japanese people are so orderly, that even in queues they were on their best behavior. For example, when we stopped to watch the show, The Legend of Mythica, there was no screaming, no jostling, just an orderly march up to get into viewing spots. When we stopped to ask directions, we would have someone escort us to our destination. Not just an amazing park but incredible service as well. The only flip side to all this? We had to be extra careful that we were on our best behavior as well!
We were happy the whole time we were there. There was not one moment where we were not smiling and looking forward to the next thing and if we had a month to spend in Tokyo, I am sure we would have made it there multiple times. But given that we only had eight days in Tokyo, we did make it back the next day to Tokyo Disneyland.
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When I was a little kid, my Disney trips would always be filled with awe and magic. Meeting Mickey, Minnie, and friends, getting soaked on Splash Mountain, and enjoying the parks’ nightlife always made me want to come back. Every theme park was unique in its own way. The Magic Kingdom provided a trip down memory lane with our favorite childhood characters. Animal Kingdom let us meet the Yeti on Expedition Everest and come up close and personal to thousands of exotic animals. Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM Studios) brought the magic of the movies into reality. But what about Epcot? What an odd little park; a blend of our future and our past, a celebration of human achievement, an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.
Epcot is the crossroads of tradition and promise. It’s where the past meets the present, where cultures from around the world meet the innovations of tomorrow. Enter the park and you are warped into a 1970’s idealistic vision of the future. One of the most educational theme parks in the world, a single tour of Epcot lets you go behind the wheel of a prototype car, travel through the history of human communication and accomplishment, and take to the skies in a space simulator. The magic of Epcot isn’t an enchanted palace or a adventurous safari–it is the ability to peer into the future and experience it firsthand.
Then you enter the second part of the park–The World Showcase. Complete with a dozen countries to explore and cultures to experience, this attraction is a must-see pit stop for anyone’s Disney vacation. Celebrate Oktoberfest the German way or watch a Hibachi chef put on a show as he cooks your dinner with style. With cast members from around the world and food spanning six continents, there is no doubt your senses will be delighted at Epcot.
Epcot is sure to stir you and your family’s imagination. Be reminded of your ancestry on Spaceship Earth and be inspired to change the future at Future World. Relax and learn something from one of the greatest, most innovative theme parks in the nation.
A sidenote from Siddhi:
For me, the highlight of every Epcot visit is the “Reflections” fireworks show, which blows away anything I have ever seen (though Fantasmic comes close). A post will follow on this experience! But if you’re in the park, please, please check it out! It’s just beautiful on every level.