Tokyo DisneySea: Around The World Feature - PassPorter.com
PassPorter.com
Award-winning travel guidebooks
Home Florida - Walt Disney World Caribbean - Disney Cruise Line California - Disneyland Resort Anywhere and Everywhere! Travelers Store Message Boards PassPorter's Club Help!
  About Us  |  Customs Office   |   Register Your Book   |   Book Updates   |  Newsletter  |  Articles  |  Photos  |   Follow Us on
       LINKS
       ARTICLES
Globetrotting Planning Articles

Globetrotting Traveling Articles
52 Hours In the Cairo Airport
A Guided Tour
A Real National Treasure
A San Francisco Treat
A Trip Back In Time
A Trip Back In Time
Adventure to Washington, D.C.
Adventures by Disney
Adventures by Disney
Airline Security
Amish Country
An Insider's Guide
An Insider's Guide
Arlington National Cemetery
Bath, England
Buckingham Palace
Busch Garden Africa's SheiKra
CARES Child Restraint System
Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio
Celebration, Florida
Charleston, South Carolina
Costa Rica Adventures by Disney
Discovering "America's Finest City"
Disney's Vero Beach
Disneyland
Dover Castle
Driving Through The Night
Escape Into Alcatraz
Eurostar
Explore Alaska (From The Comfort of Your RV!)
Explore Alaska (From The Comfort of Your RV!)
Flying to Europe for a Disney Cruise
Flying to Walt Disney World from the West Coast
Flying Upper Class
Flying with Kids
Fort Sumter
Greeter Programs
Harry Potter's
Helsinki, Finland
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Hilton Head Island
Hong Kong Disneyland
How to Handle A "Bumpy" Flight
I Dream Of Hawaii
In a New York Minute
iPhone, I Travel
Kapalua, Maui
Keeping Kids Happy on Long Car Rides
Kent, England
King Tut and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
Las Vegas
Las Vegas for Families
London, UK
Los Angeles
Macau
Madison County, New York
Molto Italia
More Than Bridges
My First NASCAR Experience
Nashville, Tennessee
National Aquarium
New Orleans
New York City
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Not Your Average Bus Tour
On the Road to Walt Disney World
Oslo, Norway
Oxford
Paris
Passport Update
Playing the Waiting Game
Port Canaveral, Florida
Prince Edward Island
Redondo Beach, California
Rome
Salem, Massachusetts
Small Is Beautiful
Small Is Beautiful
Southwest and JetBlue
St. Louis
Stockholm, Sweden
Stonehenge
Tahiti
The Amtrak Auto Train
The Auto Train
The Emerald Isle
The Globe Theatre
The Grand Canyon
The Great Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains
The Other Side of the Falls
The Quest for the West
The World's Loveliest Castle
To Rent or Not To Rent
Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo DisneySea
Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions
Traveling Carry-On to Walt Disney World
Traveling With Extended Family
Universal
Using Orlando's "Other" Airport
Vermont by Bicycle
Viva Italia!
Viva Italia! Part 1
Viva Italia! Part 2
Viva Las Vegas!
Vive la Difference
Washington D.C.
What To Do While Waiting for a Flight
When Does Your Walt Disney Vacation Really Begin?
When to Visit Walt Disney World
Wimbledon
Windsor Castle
Winter Wonderland
Yosemite
Your First Trip to Universal Studios Orlando

Globetrotting Lodging Articles

Globetrotting Touring Articles

Globetrotting Dining Articles

Globetrotting Making Magic Articles

Globetrotting General Travel Articles

View all PassPorter articles
PassPorter's
Article Tools
Print Article
Download PDF
View Photos
Visit Forum
Read Comments on This Article

Tokyo DisneySea: Around The World Feature

by Sharon Lin, PassPorter Guest Contributor
Last modified 8/17/2006
  

Cool Tip: Click here to get a FREE PDF version of this article, fully formatted to print and put into your PassPorter Deluxe Binder!


Filed in Articles > International Travel > Traveling  

Less than a week after my visit to the newly-opened Disneyland in steamy Hong Kong, I am standing outside Tokyo DisneySea as the early April breezes blow in from the ocean.


Tickets and Getting There:

At 5:48PM, we are herded into double-file lines by a cast member named Kondo, who clearly has the Disney spirit even though I don't understand much of what he says. He has everyone else in stitches and when a little girl laughs at him, he comes back to shake her hand and plays around with her and others some more. The security check is efficient because they come to you with a flashlight; it's not done at a table.

After only twenty minutes inside the gates of Tokyo DisneySea, I already think that it's the most detailed, themed park of them all. It's gorgeous at night, but I bet it's beautiful in the daylight. The central feature is Mysterious Island, a volcanic peak rising beside the sparkling Mediterranean Harbor, with its water and light shows. The park has sections devoted to various seaports—the American Waterfront (a big steamship and shops), Lost River Delta (exotic thrill rides), futuristic Port Discovery, Arabian Coast (think Epcot's Morocco but bigger and even more oasis-like), and Mermaid Lagoon (tamer children's rides.)

Warning: Ride Spoilers ahead!

For my first ride I jump in the single rider line at Raging Spirits, which cuts a 50-minute standby wait to just five minutes - for a two minute ride. Probably the park’s most extreme ride, it has three medium drops and one loop through mist, but otherwise it's just a faster Space Mountain. Tokyo DisneySea is on the water, and the wind is really starting to kick up. I'm wishing that I had my scarf. I have a 50-minute, warm, indoor wait for Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull, which is well worth the wait. The track is similar to Dinosaur at Animal Kingdom but the vine-covered temple theming is incredible, especially the sound effects. The ride is very dark, with lots of skulls, snakes, and screaming. Of course, I don't understand what Animatronic Indy says, but that is OK. I just don't know what to expect, which can be fun.

Next up is Mysterious Island—20,000 Leagues Submarines, one of my late, lamented Walt Disney World favorites, is great and different here, with a sea alien storyline at the end. I figure out that it's just a “sitting and looking at things ride” with bubbles between the double-paned windows. There are controls like in Mission:Space (I am position #9), but just for show. The design of this attraction is just so amazing that the Walt Disney World classic is almost weak in comparison.



The highlight of the night is Journey to the Center of the Earth, one of the best rides EVER. It starts out with a queue similar to Tower of Terror, and for a brief moment in the elevator I think it's a standing-up version of Tower of Terror, and wonder where the safety restraints are. But it's just an "elevator" (like the former "hydrolators" at The Living Seas in Epcot) to the loading area. The ride vehicles are like Indy or Dinosaur, but very stylized. I get a front seat. It starts off innocently enough, riding through scenes from the Jules Verne story such as the Mushroom Forest, but it soon turns rough. (I think that it's notable that in Japan, there are only safety warnings, nothing about dark or scary situations. At least not in English or Chinese. I guess for a population that's faced Godzilla and Mothra so many times, there's not much left to be scared of!) There are more chambers, then a big roaring monster. At least I think that's the big thing sticking out at the end à la Dinosaur (my eyes were sort of closed.) But it doesn't end there! The drop is HUGE, plunging into complete darkness. There are some other sizable drops before and after but the big one feels as long and steep as Splash Mountain—except dry. I don't know how they do that in this vehicle. The drop goes OUTSIDE and around Mysterious Island mountain. It’s an awesome ride.

Shaking with glee, I head to the jewel-like Arabian Coast and do Sindbad's Seven Voyages, which is like a technologically-advanced, non-politically-correct It's a Small World. Then I do Flounder's Coasters, a roller coaster for kids similar to Goofy's Barnstormer. I can't find the Jumpin' Jellyfish ride, and although I would love to do Journey to the Center of the Earth again, in the interest of research and variety, I head to gleaming Port Discovery.

By now it is quite windy, appropriate for StormRiders, a motion simulation ride with water effects. The story is typical Disney—a renegade American captain disobeys higher-ups, takes guests on an unauthorized mission, and disaster threatens but is averted. At least that's what I gathered from the shouting and my limited grasp of Japanese. I get pretty soaked because there's a constant drizzle after the audience flies into the storm. StormRiders ends up being my last attraction because by the time I exit, Journey to the Center of the Earth is on FastPass-only and I want to end on a high note.

Looking back at the map of that park, it seems like an amalgam of Walt Disney World in Orlando and the original Anaheim Disneyland, with an extensive Fantasyland, Critter Country, and a World Bazaar instead of Main Street. Tokyo DisneySea is not a very “Disney” park in that I didn't see any character meet-and-greets or Hidden Mickeys like I found in Hong Kong Disneyland, but it maintains a very Disney (and very Japanese) atmosphere of incredible theming and fine service.

In short, Tokyo DisneySea is an amazing Disney property that any fan should try to see at least once. I know that when I visit Japan again, I may try to see Disneyland as well, but I will definitely go back to this Disney gem by the sea.



About the Author:
Sharon Lin has been to Walt Disney World 10 times and is looking forward to her next trip in October 2006.

Related Links:


Traveling Carry-On to Walt Disney World - Avoid Those Baggage Fees last updated 3/2/2011
New York City - Something Old, Something New last updated 01/02/2009
On the Road to Walt Disney World - Doing "The Drive" last updated 01/20/2009
Airline Security - 10 Important Tips and Reminders last updated 1/21/2009
Sick at Sea - (But Not Sea Sick!) last updated 5/14/2009




Reader Comments:


View all comments in forum thread

So what do you think? Click here to share your comments, feedback, and experiences on this article and topic!

(Note: You must be a member of our PassPorter Message Board Community to leave comments. Join today for free!)




Updated 8/17/2006 - Article #369 



Read additional articles from PassPorter.com

Subscribe to our free e-mail newsletter, PassPorter News, published for more than 58,000 opt-in subscribers worldwide. As an added bonus for subscribing, you will receive a 20% discount coupon for the PassPorter Store -- no catch!

E-mail Address:

First Name:

E-mail Format:
-Text/Don't Know  

-HTML

 
 

We respect your privacy and never sell or rent our subscriber list. Subscribing will not result in more spam! We guarantee it.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Copyright 1999-2014
by PassPorter Travel Press, an imprint of MediaMarx, Inc.

       SEARCH
       LEARN MORE
Learn More With Our Award-Winning Guidebooks


 

RSS General PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel - Globetrotting: General Travel Planning
PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disn...
Planning a trip around the globe, or just away for the weekend? Ask questions and share experiences! Forum Sponsored by CruisingCo.com


Quick Trip to Orlando
by DebiDebiDebi
26 Oct 2014 at 10:34am
Leaving in 15 days to meet up with my two daughters for a few days at Universal Studios Orlando. We are super excited to see the Wizarding World of...
(click title above to view replies)

Stone Mountain Christmas
by blondie
11 Oct 2014 at 11:27pm
We are planning on stopping at Stone Mountain on our drive south right after Thanksgiving and they have a Christmas village and celebration with...
(click title above to view replies)

West Virginia
by Queen of Everything
7 Oct 2014 at 11:11am
Next summer (2015) we will be traveling to Davis WV to my family reunion. This is the first time we will be reunioning :p in the general vicinity...
(click title above to view replies)



Total Visits: 3225


PassPorter ~ 1998-2014 ~ 16 Years of Making Dreams Come True!
Publishers of bestselling travel guidebooks and proud recipients of 13 national book awards
About PassPorter
About Us
Site Map
Press
Privacy Policy
Images & Artwork
Guidebooks
About
Previews
Buy
Reviews
Updates
Features
News & Updates
Articles
Podcasts
Photos
Message Boards
Newsletter
Concierge Desk
Desktop
Trips
Books & E-Books
Tips
Settings
Customs Office
Register Books
Book Updates
Contests
Checklists
Help & Info
Finding Answers to Questions
Help Desk
Using Your PassPorter Forum
Store Customer Service
E-Mail Us
Follow Us
PassPorter.com Front Page (Updated Daily!)
PassPorter Newsletter (weekly and free)
Latest Posts
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube Channel
Questions? Check our Site Map and visit our Help Desk to learn how to contact us online, by e-mail, and by phone.
Please feel free to link to this page so that other vacationers can find it.