A guide to Tokyo DisneySEA (English version)

I’ve already made a post about this, but in Thai, and I thought I should get going with the English version so more people can have access to it.

I wrote this guide for a friend last September for her first visit to Tokyo DisneySea and it’s just been sitting in my Google Drive. I kept thinking that it may be useful to other people and I finally got around to posting it here 2 days ago. And now, it’s time for the English version!

One thing to point out though, I wrote this guide before Soaring opened so that won’t be included in here… I would assume that Soaring would just come in at the top and everything I wrote here as a guide to how to tackle TDS in a day with a focus on rides/attractions will just get pushed backwards…

Anyway, let’s get started!

Tokyo DisneySEA

  • I would recommend that you can there before the park opens. So don’t forget to check on the website what time it opens on that particular day and plan accordingly. 
  • The train station to get to is the JR Maihama 
  • When you come out of the station, turn left to the monorail station. 
    • The ticket machine looks very similar to other general train ticket machines. 
    • There is a button to change the language too (from Japanese to English) on the screen so do look for it. 
    • It’s a flat rate ticket, pretty sure it was 260 yen as of October 2018. 
  • But if you have a Suica card, you can just tap that onto the turnstile to get in like any other train! 
  • There is a bag check before entering the park. 
  • I typically ask for the map in English from on the staff. 
    • Though you may have to walk to the Guest Relations to get one. 
    • As soon as you get into the park, just ask one of the staff there. 
    • https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tds/map.html 
      • You can also download the PDF of the map before you go to familiarise yourself with the layout of the park. 
  • As soon as you get inside the park (again, this post was written before Soaring opens and I haven’t been to the park yet so I can’t say how best to strategise with Soaring so it will just be ignored here ^^” ):
    • Go straight to the Toy Story area that is called Toyville Trolley Park 
      • It’s inside American Waterfront. 
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My recommended route once you’re in the Mediterranean Harbor

  • Circle = starting point 
  • Cross = end point
  • The starting point for this is the entrance after you have walked pass the rolls of shops. 
    • There are many shows in the lake here.  
  • We are heading to get a FASTPASS ticket for Toy Story Mania (this colour text in bold is for attractions that I will always try to get on every time I go to TDS). 
    • If you see a queue of people once you’ve turned left into American Waterfront, that is most likely the queue for the Toy Story Mania FASTPASS.
    • So get queueing. ^^” 
  • Once you got the FASTPASS for Toy Story Mania, I’d recommend you head to Mysterious Island next. 
    • For Journey to the Center of the Earth
      • No. 103 on the map.
      • This is pretty much the signature ride for TDS in Mount Prometheus.

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Here is a magnified map of Mysterious Island. 

  • At this point, we will not be able to get another FASTPASS yet. 
    • Check on your FASTPASS ticket for the Toy Story Mania when you can get your next FASTPASS. 
    • Here is an example:

Capture 4 From this ticket, I could have gotten another FASTPASS at 11.20am.

I have heard that Tokyo Disney Resort has started to roll out an app where you can book your FASTPASS on there. I have never tried them yet so I can’t say much how that work. And from my understanding, you can still get these FASTPASS tickets in the park too so (hopefully) these tips are still valid!

(Also, I did check for more info about booking the FASTPASS on the official website too and nothing about a mobile app on there yet either as of August 2019.) 

Anyway, back to our plan. We won’t be able to get a new FASTPASS yet but it’s worth checking the standby queue for Journey to the Center of the Earth. 

Here is where you can decide if the queue is short enough for you to wait in the standby queue or not.

  • If it’s not too long, then get in line and I hope you have fun on the ride.
    • For me, this would be anything that is less than half an hour by myself or less than an hour with company.
  • If the standby queue is too long, then just go straight into Lost River Delta to hit 2 more rides while waiting for the time on the FASTPASS.

To get from Mysterious Island to Lost River Delta, there are 2 routes I would recommend you choose from:

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  • There are 2 rides I would recommend in Lost River Delta: 
    • I’d say to go on Raging Spirits first.
      • No. 65 on the map 
      • It is a roller coaster with a 360° loop  
        • Safety belt over your shoulders 
        • Personally, I don’t think it’s that thrilling but still pretty fun.
      • The best thing is, there is a Single Rider queue.  
        • As the name suggests, you get on one at the time to fill out any gaps so no seat goes to waste on the ride. 
        • From all the times that I’ve been to Tokyo Disney parks, the single rider queues are always shorter than the standby.
        • It’s typically almost a walk-on thing. 
        • Just tell the staff on your way in for the “single rider” and they will either point you to the right queue or allow you into a different track. 
    • After that, go to Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull next.
      • No. 63 on the map 
      • Turn right after you’ve come out of Raging Spirits. 
      • Just keep walking down the track and you won’t miss it. 
      • It is a thrill ride 
        • the belt is across your stomach though 
      • There is also a Single Rider queue!
        • Again, just tell the staff “single rider” to get in. 
    • Once you’re done with these 2 rides, see if it’s time to get another FASTPASS or not. 
    • If it’s nearly time, either make your way back to Mysterious Island (if you haven’t got on Journey to the Center of the Earth yet) or on to American Waterfront  (if you have gone on to Journey to the Center of the Earth and more details below)  
      • Also in Mysterious Island, there is another ride with a FASTPASS but I never got on it with a FASTPASS because the standby queue was never that long when I went there.
      • I’m talking about the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride
        • No. 102 on the map. 
        • Check the standby queue to see if you’d like to give it a go or not.
        • I’ve done it a few times but it’s not a must-do for me.
  • After you’ve sorted your situation with Journey to the Center of the Earth (so either you already got on it or got a FASTPASS for it) 
    • I’d recommend you eyeing the FASTPASS for Tower of Terror next. 
      • It’s in American Waterfront. 
      • No 27 on the map. 
      • The dropping elevator ride.
      • Very funnnnn
      • The themeing and story line is unique to Tokyo DisneySea. It’s not the Twilight Zone one like in Walt Disney World.
      • Used to be my favourite ride in Tokyo DisneySea until Toy Story Mania came about, lol.
      • Typically long queue, so I’d recommend you try to get a FASTPASS for it.
    • If you still have more time to kill:  
      • Head to Arabian Coast 
        • It is Aladdin-themed. 
        • Very good for taking lots of photos and shopping. 
        • Attractions here:
          • The Magic Lamp Theater (this colour code is for you can have a go on it if you have time)
            • No. 81 on the map 
            • Great show but it’s all in Japanese. ^^”  
          • Jasmine’s Flying Carpets
            • No 79 on the map 
            • Very similar to the Flying Dumbo ride.
              • You just go around in circle but you can control the ‘carpet’ to move up and down. 
            • Great for having a sit down and/or chilling and/or cool breeze and/or just checking out the views. 
          • There is also an arcade calls Abu’s Bazaar.
            • No 83 on the map. 
            • It costs 500 yen per game (as of October 2018)
            • And even if you lose, you’d get a unique pin you can’t get anywhere else.
      • Port Discovery 
        • Nemo & Friends SeaRiders
          • No. 56 on the map
          • It is a 3D simulator attraction. Very similar to Star Tours actually.
          • If you’ve got time, I’d recommend.
          • There is also a FASTPASS ticket available.
            • I’d recommend you get the FASTPASS for this after you’ve got one for Tower of Terror already.
        • Aquatopia 
          • No. 54 on the map 
          • ‘watercraft whirling ride with unexpected turns’ 
          • Unless you go during the hot months, you won’t get wet on the ride. 
            • However, if you do go on it during summer time, apparently you get soaked on it.

If it’s too hot/cold that day and you just want to go somewhere indoor:

  • Mermaid Lagoon 
    • It’s like you really are under the sea. 
    • Has A/C or heating
    • Mostly younger children rides
    • There is a huge store inside.
    • And a big quick service restaurant too.
    • I typically go hang out in here when I’m tired and just need to have a sit down, lol.

 

About the food 

One of the things I always get when I go to Tokyo DisneySea is the hot dog. 

  • In American Waterfront 
  • No. 45 on the map 
  • It’s very much like when one is in NYC, one has to get a hot dog, lol. xD 

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  • Another thing that I always get during the last few times in Tokyo DisneySea is the Maple Cream Ball 
    • From Sultan’s Oasis
      • Arabian Coast 
      • No 86 on the map 
    • 360 yen as of October 2018  
    • There is also a Maple Cream Ball & Soft Cream 
      • 460 yen 

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  • Gelato at Gondolier Snacks is also great. 
    • At Mediterranean Harbor
    • No 19 on the map 

If you want to have some Italian food: 

  • I’d recommend the Cafe Portofino 
    • Mediterranean Harbor
    • No 18 on the map 

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If you want some burgers: 

  • Cape Cod Cook-Off
    • No 42 on the map 
    • American Waterfront 
    • There may be a long queue though, especially during lunch and dinner time 
      • There’s a Duffy show inside that you can enjoy while you eat.  

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If you like popcorn, there are many flavours to choose from. You may have to walk around to find it and there’s typically one or at most two places to buy a particular flavour.

The good thing, though, is that there is a key in the map you can look at to find out what flavours are available at the time and where to find the kiosk for it. 

I’ve cropped that part of the map to show you for August 2019:

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  • Personally, I really like the curry popcorn. It’s pretty unique. 
  • Milk chocolate and Strawberry come out like Pocky
  • There are also some seasonal flavours so just check out on the map.

At the moment in August 2019, there is also the shaved ice as well:

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If you want bagel: 

  • Find them at the New York Deli 
  • In American Waterfront 
  • No 47 on the map

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If you want some curry, either Japanese or Indian:  

  • Casbah Food Court
    • No 85 on the map 
    • Arabian Coast 

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If you want any baked goods: 

Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

  • No 23 on the map 
  • Mediterranean Harbor 

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There is a fine-dining restaurant in Tokyo DisneySea too: 

  • Magellan’s
    • No 21 on the map 
    • Still in the Mediterranean Harbor 
    • It is by the lake but near the entrance into Mysterious Island. 
    • ‘Full course meals and wine’ 
    • You have to make a reservation.
      • You can do it ahead of time but it’s a Japanese website only and you’d need a Japanese address and phone number I think.
      • You can, however, make a same day reservation by going to the restaurant from 10am onward and see the staff there.
    • I’ve never been yet, personally, but would love to try it out. 
  • Magellan’s Lounge
    • No 22 on the map 
    • I think it is in the same place as Magellan’s. 
    • No reservation needed. 
    • There are only appetizers and cocktails available. 
    • Have never tried it out either but would like to one day. 

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About the shows 

Would highly recommend anyone and everyone to see Fantasmic! at night.  

  • It starts at 8pm typically.  
  • Would recommend you watch it from Lido Isle. 
    • I think you can start sitting down to reserve your seat from 6pm onward. 
    • But if you’re there by yourself, you can try to get a seat from about 7pm onward. Should still be able to get a pretty good seat. 
    • The view itself may be a bit to the side but there’s not a lot in the way to block the view and I do prefer it here.

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When Fantasmic! is over, you can get up and move to the railing and wait for the firework after. 

  • I think it typically starts at 20.30 (but you can check on the website beforehand or at the park when you’re there). 
  • They may cancel the firework if the weather is not good (i.e. it’s too windy).

 

In conclusion 

Attractions/rides in Tokyo DisneySea that you shouldn’t miss (not including Soaring)

  • Toy Story Mania 
    • In Toyville Trolley Park which is a part of American Waterfront.
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
    • Mysterious Island
  • Raging Spirits 
    • Lost River Delta 
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull
    • Lost River Delta
  • Tower of Terror
    • American Waterfront 
  • Nemo & Friends SeaRider
    • Port Discovery 

Other popular rides with FASTPASS in Tokyo DisneySea:

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    • Mysterious Island

Other great rides in Tokyo DisneySea (but no FASTPASS):

  • Jasmine’s Flying Carpets
    • Arabian Coast
  • Aquatopia
    • Port Discovery

 

Nighttime show that you shouldn’t miss:  

  • Fantasmic! 
    • 20.00
    • In the lake in Mediterranean Harbor
  • Firework 
    • 20.30 
    • Can be see from Lido Isle in Mediterranean Harbor 

Shows that are on all day and have FASTPASS tickets: 

  • The Magic Lamp Theater 
    • Arabian Coast
  • Mermaid Lagoon Theater
    • Mermaid Lagoon

A show that people said it’s great but I personally don’t think I’ll be checking it out again (mostly because I don’t know the songs so it was kinda meh for me):

  • Big Band beat
    • In the Broadway Music Theatre
    • You can try your luck and win a ticket without queueing to the show by using the balloting machine in Biglietteria
      • It’s a green star on the map
      • Between the border of Mediterranean Harbor and American Waterfront 

 

And that’s it! Hopefully this guide would be useful to anyone looking to visit the Tokyo DisneySea park!

 

Hope you are all having a great weekend.

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

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