Tokyo DisneySea: An Overview of One of the Most Thrilling Theme Parks in the World
Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Paris… Disney theme parks are found around the globe (between the United States, Europe, and Asia, there are a total of 12 parks in the world). While each park brings the magical world of Disney to life in a fun and exciting way, there’s one park that may be better than all the rest: Tokyo DisneySea. In fact, many Disney fanatics (we’re talking people who have live and breathe Disney and have visited all 12 parks) claim that Japanese theme park is cream of the crop.
Whether you’re a huge Disney fan yourself or you’re just traveling to Japan and are looking for something fun to add to your itinerary, you may want to add Tokyo DisneySea to your list of places to visit. What’s the theme park all about? Below, you’ll find an overview of what has been hailed as the most magical of all the most magical places on earth.
What is Tokyo DisneySea?
Tokyo DisneySea is a part of the Tokyo Disney Resort, which is located in just outside of Tokyo in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. In 2018, it was the fourth most visited theme park on the globe (considering how many theme parks there are worldwide, that really says a lot!)
The overall theme at Tokyo DisneySea is nautical, which makes it completely unique from the rest of the Disney parks, as no other has this type of theme. The park is sits on 176 acres and is comprised of seven themed areas, which, in keeping with the nautical theme, are referred to as “ports”. The ports are based on a combination of real and mythical ports, and include
- Port Discovery
- Lost River Delta
- Mediterranean Harbor
- American Waterfront
- Mermaid Lagoon
- Mysterious Island
- Arabian Coast
While there’s no doubt that children will have a great time visiting, Tokyo DisneySea was really geared more toward mature Disney fans. The design, entertainment, and even the items that are offered as the numerous restaurants and eateries are a touch more sophisticated than what you’ll find at any other Disney park. The overall design, layout, and ambiance of the park really are quite impressive. You really have to give credit to the Imagineers in charge, as they have done a top-notch job and definitely brought the nautical theme to life.
Let’s Take a Look at the Ports…
As mentioned, Tokyo DisneySea features seven different ports, and each one is as magical as the next. Let’s take a look at these seven incredible ports of call.
Home to the Marine Life Institute, a fictional institute, Port Discovery is home to two really cool attractions. One is Aquatopia, a thrilling boat ride that takes visitors on a tour of a lagoon, underneath waterfalls, and even around whirlpools. The second attraction is the DisneySea Electric Railway, which is an overhead trolley that takes guests back and forth from Port Discovery to the American Waterfront. Nemo and Friends SeaRider, a simulator ride, which of course, is based on the popular Finding Nemo and Finding Doro animated films.
Lost River Delta
The ruins of the Aztec pyramid are the main attraction at this port of call. The pyramid houses the Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull, a heart-pounding thrill ride that is sure to make you gasp with glee. The DisneySeak Steamer Line can also be found at the Lost River Delta, which transports visitors to Mediterranean Harbor. You can also catch a live show, Out of Shadowland, or ride Raging Spirits, an exhilarating roller coaster.
This is first port of call that you’ll visit when you enter Tokyo DisneySea. It’s based on an Italian port city and features gondolas, just like you’d find in Venice, which you can enjoy a relaxing ride on. You’ll find a variety of eateries and shops throughout Mediterranean Harbor. You’ll also find the Hotel MiraCosta here, a replica of the buildings that can be found in the ports of Italy’s Venice and Portofino and functions as a full-service hotel that offers posh accommodations. Other points of interest include Soaring: Fantastic Flight, which a flying simulator ride, and Fortress Explorations, a huge area that invites interactive play with an assortment of activities and attractions to explore. From Mediterranean Harbor, you can reach Mysterious Island and the American Waterfront ports of call.
This area is made to look like the northeastern shores of the United States during the early 1900s. There are two themed areas in the American Waterfront: New York Harbor and Old Cape Cod. The main focal point is the SS Columbia, a replica passenger ship that hosts life shows and other events. To get around, you can cruise on one of the Big City Vehicles or ride the DisneySea Electric Railway, which transports riders between the American Waterfront and Port Discovery; of course, you can also walk, if you prefer. There’s a theater, too, which is designed to look like a theater that you’d find on New York City’s Broadway, where you can listen to the music of the Big Band Beat, a 1940s swing jazz band, complete with vocalists and dancers. Disney’s famous free-fall ride, the Tower of Terror is also found at this port of call. The final point of interest at the American Waterfront is Toy Story Mania, an interactive 4-D attraction that is based on the Toy Story films.
Given the name, you can probably guess what you’ll find at this port of call. That’s right! It’s the Little Mermaid! A structure that is made to look like the palace of Aerial’s father, King Triton, contains a variety of attractions. Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster, Blowfish Balloon Rage, Scuttle’s Scooters, Jumpin Jellyfish, and the Whirlpool are just some of the activities you’ll find. Ariel’s playground, which brings the movie to life, is also found at Mermaid Lagoon. If you’re bringing children along, this port of call is one that you’re definitely going to want to plan to spend a good bit of time exploring. When you need to sit for a spell, hop into the Mermaid Lagoon Theater, where you’ll be able to experience King Triton’s concert, which features live music, puppets, animatronics, and live actors.
While you might expect this port of call to be an island, it’s actually built into the side of Mount Prometheus, a mega volcano, which serves as the centerpiece of the entire park. It’s based on the stories of Jules Verne, as well as the fortress in the Vulcania book series. Mount Prometheus also features the Journey to the Center of the Earth thrill ride and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Aladdin is the theme at this port of call. It’s a combination of an Arabian harbor and the world of 1001 Arabian Nights. This port features four attractions, including Caravan Carousel, Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage, Jasmine’s Flying Carpets, and the Magic Lamp Theater. The first three attractions are rides, while the fourth features a magic show that incorporates live action and animatronics, as well as a 3D movie that features the Genie from Aladdin.
If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo DisneySea, you won’t be disappointed. The theming is beautiful, the design is incredible, the layout is perfect, and the attention to detail is impeccable. There’s plenty of entertainment for people of all ages and the entire park is sure to delight.