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Date of Visited: 1st November 2010

If you came back from Tokyo, besides Mount Fuji, sure most of the people you know will ask whether had you been to Tokyo Disneyland. Tokyo Disneyland is the first Asia Disney theme park opened outside the United States.

Tokyo Disneyland is one of three main entertainment sections of Tokyo Disney Resort which opened on 15th April 1983. Then Tokyo Disneysea came in September 4th, 2001 with a park themed based on nautical exploration to create a world where imagination and adventure set sail. Due to the time constraint, Nicole and I can only choose one; either the Disneyland or the Disneysea. Since both of us had been to Paris Disneyland and I just came back from Hong Kong Disneyland, therefore both of us agreed to visit Tokyo Disneysea. The other reason is because this is one and only ocean theme park exclusive to Japan.

In order to get to Tokyo Disneysea, we need to take Disney Resort Line monorail.

Note: Tokyo DisneyLand and Tokyo DisneySea are separate themed park. So, if you want go for both, you need to purchase admission ticket for two.

Tokyo Disneysea

Before this in my Shibuya entry (click here), I ever recommended that if you plan to go Tokyo Disney Resort, to take a safeguard in case you didn’t bought the online ticket, you are advisable to purchase ticket from there. Why?

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Don’t wait until you reach there or else you will regret.

Once we reached Tokyo Disneysea, we saw a huge model of globe which similar to the one in Universal Studio (although I haven’t been yet to any of the Universal) in the entrance of plaza. It is one of the two symbolic icon of Tokyo DisneySea.

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DisneySea Aquasphere
There are seven uniquely themed areas or known as “ports of call”. One of it, Mediterranean Harbour is the entrance of the park which opens up to another six more nautically theme ports; Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Port Discovery, Lost River Delta and American Waterfront.

1. Mediterranean Harbour – the main entrance “port of call” and themed as an Italian port city, complete with Venetian gondolas. Here, we saw an artificial gigantic volcano, Mount Prometheus, located in the center of the park. is another symbol of Tokyo DisneySea.

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1. Mediterranean Harbour (1)

1. Mediterranean Harbour (4)

1. Mediterranean Harbour (3)
Another Venetian replica
2. Mysterious Island – the smallest “port of call” features a large volcano and located in the center of the park. It is also known as Vulcania Island. This area has little greenery, and is mostly rocks and ornaments.

2. Mysterious Island  (2)

2. Mysterious Island  (3)

2. Mysterious Island  (1)

2. Mysterious Island  (5)

2. Mysterious Island  (4)
One of Mysterious Island’s attractions which featured from Disney movie

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3. Mermaid Lagoon – Tokyo Disneysea is incomplete without the home characters to “The Little Mermaid”. The facade is made to resemble like the Palace of King Triton and features colourful seashell-inspired architecture. This unique “port of call” is mostly indoors and recreates the feeling of being underwater. Lots of attractions and rides are available in this area but mostly are geared towards younger children.

3. Mermaid Lagoon (3)
Time to be “Under the Sea”

3. Mermaid Lagoon (4)

3. Mermaid Lagoon (5)

3. Mermaid Lagoon (2)

3. Mermaid Lagoon (1)

3. Mermaid Lagoon (6)
4. Arabian Coast – recreates an exotic Arabian harbour, combining another Disney popular animated film, Aladdin with an enchanted world from the 1001 Arabian Nights. As such, the architecture and atmosphere are inspired by many Middle-Eastern and Indian influences.

4. Arabian Coast (2)

4. Arabian Coast (3)

4. Arabian Coast (1)

5. Port Discovery – This “port of call” is hailed as the marina of the future. It is also sometimes known as “Tomorrowland” of Tokyo Disneysea.

5. Port Discovery (7)

Align Center

5. Port Discovery (2)

5. Port Discovery (8)

5. Port Discovery (1)
6. Lost River Delta – features the most famous attraction Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull, which based on the Indiana Jones film and it is the sixth collaboration between Disney and George Lucas. Don’t tell me that you don’t know who is George Lucas. Still don’t know? Go google it.

For this ride, both of us had to queue for almost two and half hours. Most of them are Japanese and I only saw few Caucasians in the theme parks. My most here define as 99% and I had checked the calender. Neither school holidays or public holidays but everywhere crowded with the locals. Guest they no need to work or school.

6. Lost River Delta (4)

6. Lost River Delta (1)

6. Lost River Delta (2)

6. Lost River Delta (3)

7. American Waterfront – represents the northeastern seaboard of the United States in the early 20th century. This land is dominated by the large passanger ship (picture as below).

7. American Waterfront (3)

7. American Waterfront (4)

7. American Waterfront (5)

7. American Waterfront (2)

7. American Waterfront (1)

The most popular attraction, Tower of Terror. Not sure whether similar to the one in Paris Disneyland (click here) but what I know I don’t want another long queue again.

So there you have it. A brief introduction of the seven different themed areas and their attractions in Tokyo Disneysea accompanion with the picture I took. Lastly, never leave Tokyo Disneysea with empty hand.

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There are 2 items unable to allocate to be part of my collection – fridge madgets and Mickey T-shirts. Too bad!

How to go there:

Take the JR Keiyo Line to Maihama Station which is adjacent to Tokyo Disney Resort. Turn left once out from station to take the Disney Resort Line monorail which cost 200 yen. For Tokyo Disneyland, it is just few walking distance.

The admission fee and opening hours is vary from time to time. For safeguard, do visit the website for more details. Before I forgot, do print out the map as I can’t find any English version. Luckily I print out earlier for my research before I reach there.
[Credit to: Wikipedia, Wikitravel and Tokyo Disney Resort main homepage]

UPDATED: Tokyo Disneysea is being recognised as one of the world’s best theme parks (click here).

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I fall in love with D since I was a little girl. The first time I saw D was during my 20 days of Europe Trip in Paris. I can’t explain why I fall for D but I know that my love on D is getting more deeper after the moment I had in Paris. From that onwards, I keep telling myself no matters how far is D, I will try my best to visit D.

OK! Cut the crap. Actually D refer to Disneyland. I think I like D because my name also start with D. I do love animals start with D too such as dog and dolphin except for dinosaur.

Thanks to the founder and creator, Mr. Walt Disney for create such an incredible, fun and amazing amusement and theme park around the globe. Besides that, I also do love with his world’s most well-known fictional character, Mickey Mouse.

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Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse behind me!

Before this, I thought the first Disneyland Parks that I will visit was Hong Kong Disneyland but turns out, Disneyland Resort Paris was the first one that I visited.

Disneyland Paris comprises of two theme parks; Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. Visiting Disneyland Paris was not in the package during the tour around Europe but I urged my friend that we should visit it no matter how. Here goes my first step on D in Year 2008!

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Disneyland Park where you can feel the fairy tales.

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Walt Disney Studios Park filled with thrilling attractions and spectacular shows.

After the attempt to visit Hong Kong Disneyland failed for 2 times, finally I made it. Visiting Hong Kong Disneyland last year reminds me of Disneyland Paris but the differences was Hong Kong Disneyland is very small. Just take half of your day visit it and you manage to visit all unless you are going there on weekend or public holidays.

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Even you can take photo with Disney’s favourite icon without waiting for the long queue.

A month after Hong Kong Disneyland, I never thought of visiting Asia’s first ever Disney Park. There are two types of theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disneysea. As the time of visiting Japan is so limit, we need to sacrifice one of theme park and we sacrified on Tokyo Disneyland as I think most of the Disneylands are the same. Therefore, both of us opt for Tokyo Disneysea.

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Tokyo Disneysea – Coming up on the next post.

There are two more Disneyland Parks which located in USA. I wonder when will I able to fly to there to enjoy the non-stop excitement and thriller like a little kid. Hopefully one day!


    • ken: >so cool ah the miniature world.. gotta admire the precision and accuracy of the structures :)
    • Diana Diane Teo: >CathJ and ladymariah - Thanks so much! =)
    • Diana Diane Teo: >Armstrong - Although quite sad because it comes to the end, but I am quite happy to see it ends with good ending. :)Sailor - Thanks for the compli