3 Reasons Why I Like Tokyo Disney Sea

By Donald Ash | Articles

I’ll be honest with you, I AM a Disney fan and I have been since I was just a little guy. I mean how can I not like a studio who has a duck named “Donald” as one of their most beloved characters? I used to hate that connection in elementary school, though. Everybody thought it was a funny joke to “Donald Duck!” “Donald Duck!” It gets a little old after the first thousand times you hear it. Childhood scars aside, one of the cool things about Japan for all you Disney fans out there is that Tokyo has both a Disneyland theme park and a Disney Sea theme park that sit right next to one another. I won’t say it’s as grandiose as driving into the Orlando Disney area and seeing the giant, silver Epcot Center Sphere, but it’s cool hearing Mickey speak in Japanese and it really is just a cool place to go and hang out.

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.

Mt. Prometheus off in the distance. A nice touch to Disney's Mediterranean theme.

One of the seven Disney Sea themes- The American Waterfront

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.

The Mediterranean-themed area is my favorite, it's super chill.

Another peaceful Disney Sea setting...

Geppetto and I! There are some characters at the park, but it's a little different from Disneyland. I can't help but giggle everytime I see Jepetto...because of that family parody where they made him a pervert. Sigh, good stuff.

Snacks are a part of any Disney experience. This was my first time seeing milk tea popcorn

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!

This is where the magical, night show happened. I was so caught up (both times) I didn't even take pictures 🙁 . Next time for sure, though 😀

Another peaceful Disney Sea setting...

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.

YES!! There it is! The satisfyingly terrifying Tower of Terror, hands down my favorite Disney ride...EVER!

On an overcast day, the Tower of Terror can look downright menacing...gulp!

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

Yep, been hittin' those weights.


About the Author

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.

  • Nanami says:

    I went to the one on FL once and would love a chance to go again. I was sick at the time and it wasn’t well planned. We had a great time though.

  • Anthony G says:

    looks pretty interesting. I never been to any of the side-themed parks that Disney has. this one looks like it’ll suit me a little more than the others(with the exception of the animal kingdom)

  • Nani says:

    Great info on Disneysea, thanks for sharing! I’m planning to go there alone next summer…..either this one or USJ in Osaka. I wonder does it have single rider lane at Disneysea?

    • Well, the only special lane they have is FastPass. Fast Pass visitors DO get through lines faster but it costs a bit more (surprise surprise lol). Everybody else goes through the general line. Either way you choose…Disney Sea can REALLY be alot of fun.

      P.S.-You do have to adjust to Mickey and all of your favorite Disney characters speaking in Japanese, though.

      • Nani says:

        I’ve been to USJ twice already actually so seeing everything in Japanese won’t bother me much xD It just from I heard/read online, the Disney Sea is like the place to go for a date, so I’m a bit worried whether I’ll end up being depressed by end of the day lol

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