My son and I visited Tokyo Disney earlier this summer. Although we had light rain all day, we still had a great time as the weekend crowd was probably smaller than normal. The Tokyo Disney Resort is conveniently located near Tokyo Bay, it only took a 45 subway and train ride, with the park just outside the JR Maihama station. From the station, you can ride a monorail to take you to the park or hotel.
As you can see above, it is the 25th year anniversary of Tokyo Disney. Tokyo Disney has two theme parks: DisneyLand and DisneySea. Cost for a 1 day passport is ¥5,800 (about $58) for an adult, ¥5,000 ($50) for a junior aged 12-17 and ¥3,900 ($39) for a child aged 4-11. Unfortunately, a 1 day passport only allows you entrance to only one theme park for the day.
We went to the DisneySea theme park – no, it is not a waterpark like the one in Florida. It is a water (sea or ocean) themed park with several "ports" (areas) in the park:
- Port Discovery
- Lost River Delta
- Mermaid Lagoon
- Arabian Coast
- American Waterfront
- Mediterranean Harbor
- Mysterious Island
Here is a picture near the main entrance, with the Mediterranean Harbor and the Mysterious Island volcano in the background – notice the very cloudy skies.
Some of the rides we took were:
- Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull – didn’t know Indy spoke Japanese
- StormRider – futuristic ride into the eye of the storm
- Aquatopia – twisting and whirling experimental watercraft ride (not great, you can’t control the watercraft)
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – explore the depths under an experimental submarine designed by Captain Nemo
- Venetian Gondolas – ride along the waterways of Mediterranean Harbor on an authentic gondola operated by gondoliers (again, Japanese instead of Italian, although they tried to speak Italian and sing Italian songs)
… and several others more.
Just like the other Disney resorts, FastPass is also used for the most popular rides. Of course, there were lots of shops and restaurants, along with live shows.
Although not as big as DisneyLand in Florida, I thought Tokyo DisneySea (not sure about Tokyo DisneyLand though) was a fun way to spend the day. Tokyo DisneySea probably caters to older kids (like me).