Hello my mermaids!
No matter if it may sound as a fangirl or not (ha!), this post shows possibly one of the happiest days of the trip: our visit to Tokyo DisneySea!
It was wonderful, unique – Tokyo DisneySea is the only one in the world with these lands! – and although it is Disney (a.k.a not Japanese from origin, like for instance Sanrio), it was a very Japanese experience indeed.
I don’t think any other Disney park can beat the enthusiasm the people exhales, from the visitors costumes (ok, we were on Halloween day which was cheating perhaps?), to the meticulous details in every corner and the staff waving hello with a smile. Without forgetting, of course, the flavored popcorns… or should I better say the super amazing popcorn buckets?
Also, I must mention that one thing I love about Disney and Japan above everything else is that people from all ages seem to enjoy it equally (we saw an elderly couple wearing Mickey and Minnie ears, cute!) and things are not by default oriented for children, which is the feeling I have at the Disney store in Barcelona.
The park has a land dedicated to the Little Mermaid called the Mermaid Lagoon. The exterior with the colors and mosaic is completely mesmerizing, and I was clearly not the only one to see its beauty, because there were like a dozen of Ariels (in their perfect costume) taking pictures. I love how they brought little knick-knacks like a golden mirror, a comb or a plushie of Flounder and Sebastian.
But if the exterior looks good, wait to see what’s waiting inside the lagoon! The Mermaid Lagoon is the only covered land of the park, and hosts small rides, a restaurant and a whale-shaped store. Since Little Mermaid is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies, Dani agreed to spend maybe too much of our time in this land, we even had lunch in its canteen.
Although it is very easy to forget about the rides with so many cute things to look around, we had a “strict” plan to follow at the beginning of our day: go straight to Tower of Terror to take a fast pass and then wait the line for the Journey to the Center of the Earth. Since they are the most popular ones, and usually have long lines, it was a good tip!
If you are curious to know, in 1 day and taking lots and lots of pictures, we still were able to ride all the following: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Fortress explorations, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (no line!), Blowfish Balloon Race, The Whirlpool, Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, Caravan Carousel, Aquatopia and Tower of Terror. We only used a fast pass for the Tower, and still had to wait around 20 minutes or so.
Our recommendation is to plan ahead the attractions you don’t want to miss for anything, and then fill-in with the rest in your ranking that have less waiting times. But above all don’t forget to enjoy your environment, a queue could make you miss the beauty of the park, and the food!
If you read any review of Tokyo DisneySea it will probably include a big part dedicated to the food, because it is a huge deal. There are one-of-a-kind snacks, and taking into account our experience and what we read, the canteen (& restaurant) food is also good. Probably though, the most popular food in the park has to be the flavored popcorns, the alien mochi and the Minnie popsicle.
During our visit the flavors for the popcorns were caramel, coffee, curry and black pepper. Each stand of every land has its own different flavor and let you choose between getting them into a regular paper cup or the most amazing Disney character-shaped bucket. I don’t think there will be much guessing here and you’ll know which was my choice, ha!
We had a fast pass for Indiana Jones, but it was a late appointment and we were tired and choose to visit the last stores and go back home – ok, Shibuya… but please indulge me in this! – to have a late dinner. Thanks to our lovely reader Ayako (thank you sweetie!) we ate at Sushizanmai which is not only delicious and affordable but also super convenient as it opens 24h a day(!). It was around 23:00h when we arrived at the restaurant, so the crazy timetable worked super great for us. Craving for sushi at weird hours? you know where to go!
Which was your favorite costume, food and part of the park? Thanks for giving with us this last (for now!) look to Tokyo DisneySea! Next stop will be the more traditional Kamakura.
Tokyo – Part I
Oh my gosh!! Disneyland would never have been on my to visit list … until now! You have captured it so perfectly I want to go right now!!! Your photos are just so amazing. I love your dress Damaris and all the pops of red from you and Dani. My favourite outfit has to be Cruella de vil Also that mochi – possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen!
That little Cruella was sooo cute and so were her moms, whom thanked us for taking a picture to their daughters and telling them afterwards that they look cute! Aren’t Japanese people charming? Thanks for telling us that you may now consider including DisneySea, this is the best compliment ♥ Big big hug!
eeep, how amazing are people’s costumes! Your outfit is very cute too Damaris! A nice (but sad!) full circle with starbucks and it’s very sweet to see people volunteering to clean up the street. Love your mickey bucket and impressive everything you guys were able to squeeze into the day! Next time I go to Japan, I’ll have to do the theme parks, Ben was keen but I’d already visited them so that probably left me with the ‘bad girlfriend’ award of the year :P
Aww Fee, you’re my favorite real mermaid! It definitely felt like a circle in a good way! Thanks for your lovely words.
OH LA LA ! Your pictures are stunning, the colors are really really pretty !!!! Just like Kate I would have never really plan on going to Disneyland while in Japan but now I wish I had ! The mermaid land is the prettiest thing. It is so lucky that you went on Halloween day, it must have been so great to see everyone dressed up, especially as people are putting so much attention to it.
My favorite thing has to be the chicken burgers, because I mean who can make such cute burgers ?? ONLY IN JAPAN !
I thought the same about the burgers, only in Japan they could make them look that cute and delicious at the same time! It makes me so happy to read that you would like to go now to DisneySea by seeing the pictures, it is such a lovely thing to say, you’re too sweet! Biggest hug!
Ahhh, I just got back from a trip to Tokyo Disney Sea (and Disneyland) and your fabulous pictures bring back so many good memories. The sheer enthusiasm of all the guests at Tokyo Disney is unreal. And the food, my goodness, the food. I’ve never been more impressed with theme park fare. I had no idea they did a costume day for Halloween — I love everyone’s getups! Especially that little Cruella, OMG. By far the best Disney parks in the world. I wanna go back so bad!
Thanks for your comment Kirstie! I loved seeing your pictures and I’m very looking forward to see your visit to Disneyland (we couldn’t squeeze it, sad face!) and DisneySea. Our visits must be only a few days apart, right?
This is MAGIC!! I’ve been to Disneyland and DisneyWorld, but I’ve never been to DisneySea before, and this is making me want to go so badly! One day I will! If any place is festive, of course Disney will be :) The train deco was so cute! Everything is so cute and beautiful! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s
It’s funny because the first time I visited a Disney park was two years ago at Disneyland! Since then I’ve been lucky to visit also Disneyland Paris and DisneySea, but we definitely have in our list DisneyWorld still! It must be an incredible experience. Love!
Qué maravilla de fotos! qué suerte, coincidir con la fiesta de hallowen, y la visita a disney, todo esto lo habéis convertido como por arte de magia, en un mundo encantador, siempre os superáis, gracias por vuestra sensibilidad.
Amazing photos!! Ahh i cant wait to go to Disney Sea! I went to Disneyland last time I was there but not Disney Sea
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