Why is it called Disney Sea?
Hmm, initially I thought the Disney Sea moniker come is derived from the the giant, yet friendly whale that transports the Disney Sea patrons to the REAL them park which deep underwater. Man, oh man, if only that were true…it would be more amusing, but I guess there would be a bit of a liability issue for Disney if they did that.
The reason it’s called Disney Sea is because the park consists of six major sea-related themes: 1) The Mediterranean Harbor, 2) The American Waterfront, 3) Mermaid Lagoon, 4) The Arabian Coast, 5) The Lost River Delta, 6) Port Discovery, and 7) Mysterious Island.
Of the two Tokyo Disney Theme parks I have to say that I personally like Disney Sea just a bit better. This a great topic to ask any group of Japanese friends just to see what they say. Here are three reasons I think Disney Sea Kicks A$$!
1. The Disney Sea Vibe
Disney Sea just has a vibe that’s more chilled out and not as overtly Disney if that makes any sense. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for seeing the characters walking around in their costumes and all (Disney Sea DOES have some of that, too) but I prefer the “chill-out and enjoy yourself” ambiance of Disney Sea to the supercallafragalistic vibe of Disneyland…slightly.
Oh and to add to this laid back vibe, Disney Sea Serves Beer! Okay, admittedly I’m not a beer drinker, but I know this is HUGE for a lot of people. Perhaps one of the reasons that Disney Sea feels a bit “looser” is maybe because of the alcohol, though I can’t say for sure.
A Night Show Like No Other
Disney Sea’s night show was really what made me want to go back a second time. The first time I saw the nighttime show I didn’t have the best view, but it was incredible. There were magical water mirrors, fire-breathing dragons, music, and dancing. It was a magical melange of Disney magic to dazzle your senses. I know the shows do change from time to time, but I would imagine that all of them are equally wonderful. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet…GO!
3. The Scariest Disney Attraction
I am a thrill seeker. The bigger the coaster, the larger the drop…the better. Well, let change that, I am a controlled thrill seeker. I’m probably not going sky diving or bungee jumping, but I do love a good roller coaster ride (maybe it stems from the times when my family had season passes to Six Flags over Georgia as a kid). What is the scariest ride that Disney has to offer? Some people say Space Mountain, but I don’t think so. Space Mountain is a lot of fun, but a far when it comes to the stomach-flipping factor, I’d have to give it to the Tower of Terror…that drop that goes straight down. I was also pleasantly/thrillingly surprised by the Journey to the Center of the Earth ride. Overall I think Disneyland has more attractions overall, but Disney Sea has the scarier ones; this a definite bonus in my eyes.
The Bad Thing About Disney Sea
Please make sure you go with somebody, I don’t care who it is: a friend, a girlfriend, and boyfriend, your child, or a group. As fun as Disney can be, walking around one of the happiest places on earth can be just a little depressing when you see couples holding hands, friends laughing, and you’re walking…alone. Trust me on this one!
If you’re ever in Tokyo and you need a good place to chill. Go to Disney Sea, you’ll be glad you did.
Donald Ash is an Atlanta, Georgia-born, American expat who has been living in a Japanese time warp for the last eleven years. While in that time warp, he discovered that he absolutely loves writing, blogging, and sharing. Donald is the creator of thejapanguy.com blog. Wanna know more about this guy? Check out his "What's Your Story" page.
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