So you’ve bought your tickets to Tokyo and want to check out DisneySea, here’s the ultimate guide you need to conquer the crowds, summer heat and exhilarating rides. To ensure you’re not a sore thumb sticking out and always ready for the ‘gram, dress up like the locals do. Get inspired by your favourite Disney character is Minnie Mouse, Ariel or Princess Jasmine, and get decked out in the right colour scheme and accessories.
You’ll definitely want to conquer all 176-acres of this theme park with seven themed ports: Mediterranean Harbour, Mystery Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery and American Waterfront, so keep your hands free and not be slowed down by your personal belongings. Dress to have fun but still be practical – comfortable sandals, pants or shorts with pockets and a foldable hat.
While suitable for all ages, Tokyo DisneySea was designed to appeal to a more grown up audience with more thrilling rollercoaster rides, table service restaurants and serves alcoholic beverages. Be sure to look out for summer-exclusive shows such as Pirates Summer Battle “Get Wet!” and the newest attractions Soaring: Fantastic Flight (which has exclusive snacks such as Pineapple Churros, Lychee bubble Lemon jelly drink and Mala popcorn) and Song of Mirage.
1. Soaring: Fantastic Flight
Launched on the 23rd of July this year, this new ride had a 270 minute wait on opening day. Based on the popular attraction, Soarin’ Around the World, which is available at Disney parks outside of Japan, this flight motion-simulator attraction at Tokyo DisneySea takes you to famous landscapes of the world, with new visuals exclusive to the Park in Japan. If you don’t have a fear of heights, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the experience with breezes and scents that match the breath-taking scenes on this 5 minute ride that is available for “Happy 15 Entry” – an exclusive privilege for guests staying at a Disney hotel.
2. Song of Mirage
Perfect for when you want to escape the heat or rest your legs, enjoy this half hour performance with song and dance. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck go on an adventure to seek out the Rio Dorado (Spanish for “golden river”) and its legendary city of gold. Even though the characters communicate with one another in Japanese, the catchy and inspiring songs are in English. Be blown away by the dancers in a kaleidoscope of fun and vibrant costumes, and the live singing.
3. Pirates Summer Battler “Get Wet!”
From now till 1st September, cool down while you watch the thrilling performance themed to the world of the Pirates of the Caribbean Be prepared to get wet as a crew of pirates led by Captain Barbossa takes over Porto Paradiso in Mediterranean Harbour. In an attempt to recruit members for his crew, Captain Barbossa puts guest through some pirate training with lots of splashing water. And when Captain Jack Sparrow makes his appearance, the mood changes to a fiery battle over the legendary ship. Score one of the 70 products specially created for this summer event, you’ll probably need a towel or t-shirt if you forget to bring a poncho!
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Finish your day at DisneySea on a high with a spectacular show on the waters of the Mediterranean Harbour. Paying homage to Disney’s 1940 film Fantasia, Mickey Mouse takes centre stage as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice who creates a fantastic world of Disney through his powers of imagination. Popular characters from Aladdin, Cinderella and Ursula appear on gigantic water screens to show the heroes and villains in the Disney universe. With lots of dazzling lights, fireworks, lasers and fire, this dramatic 20 minute show will take you back to your childhood and leave you with unforgettable memories.
5. Stay at a Disney hotel
If you want the full Disney experience, you have to stay at one of the Disney hotels. Not only are the rooms, playful artwork and cute furniture inspired by Disney characters, guests get the special privilege of 15 minutes early access (Happy 15 Entry) to Disneyland and DisneySea before official opening time. If you don’t really want to spend too much on accommodation since you’ll be spending most of the time at the theme parks, choose the budget-friendly Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel. Comprised of two buildings – Wish is themed to magical dreams and wishes, and Discover is all about exploration and adventure, take your pick!
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