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The Best Places To Stay For An Epic Disney Weekend In Tokyo

Tokyo Disney fever

tokyo disney resort accommodation

Everyone has had Disney fever at least once in their life! It’s probably the happiest epidemic ever to hit the inner child in us. If you’re a true Disney fan, Tokyo Disney Resort will be no stranger to you. It is home not only to the ever-fabulous Disneyland, but also the world’s only DisneySea!

The sheer amount of things to plan for a trip to Tokyo Disney Resort can be overwhelming. But don’t you worry! This accommodation guide for you to make the most of your stay in Tokyo, so you can save your energy to plan the most epic time at the Disney parks.

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Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland follows a tried and trusted template of enchanting, kid-pleasing fun but with a subtle Japanese twist. It takes all the best bits of the original Disneyland in California and Florida’s Magic Kingdom and weaves it together to create a distinctive east-meets-west experience. All the classic Disney-centric landmarks are also here! That includes Cinderella’s Castle and unique rides like Pooh’s Hunny Hunt and Monster’s Inc!

The resort’s undoubted appeal is with families with kids, and it certainly ramps up the cuteness factor in the captivating Toontown and adorable animatronics of Critter Country. Neighbouring Tokyo DisneySea has the lion’s share of the thrill rides. But there is still plenty of heart-in-mouth action to be had on the iconic Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters shoot-em-up ride.

For more on Tokyo Disneyland, read our Klook guide and find out what makes it so special, snatching the title of third-most-visited theme park worldwide!

Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea

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Nautical Tokyo DisneySea showcases a wild, watery kingdom of seafaring thrills and maritime based mayhem. Featuring themed “ports of call”, visitors can explore a Mediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront and Mermaid Lagoon, just to name a few. There are also lots of action on the boats, hi-tech wizardry in the form of live Fantasmic shows. For pure adrenaline thrills, check out the thrilling Tower of Terror and Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Most suited to adults and teens rather than tots, even if you’re a self-confessed Disney addict you’ll be entering a new realm at Tokyo DisneySea. There is so much to love about it, including its immaculate design concepts and scenery, often acclaimed as the best Disney park on the planet.

Disney delights are the obvious lure, but there is so much more to discover in and around Tokyo Bay. Check out the wonders of the deep at Tokyo Sea Life Park or climb aboard the Ferris Wheel at Kasai Rinkai Park for a bird’s eye view of the bay. The Urayasu neighbourhood is one of Tokyo’s less frenetic areas with widely photogenic boulevards and green spaces where you can experience a more carefree urban vibe.

For more Tokyo DisneySea goodness, read our articles on the guide to Tokyo DisneySea, all about the DisneySea attractions, and why Tokyo DisneySea is the only Disney theme park of its kind in the world!

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea tickets are available in 1-Day or 2-Day passes.

Where To Stay

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

Even when the crowds have disappeared and the gates to Tokyo Disneyland are locked up for the night, the magic keeps coming for guests staying at the signature Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. There are 706 guest rooms in four categories. All range from elegant deluxe rooms to cavernous suites and whimsical character-themed accommodation. There is a generous sprinkling of pixie dust in the Tinker Bell Room, while the only thing lacking in the Cinderella Room is your very own Prince Charming.

The hotel is designed with kids in mind, offering an array of outdoor spaces to explore, including the Fantasia Court and the vibrantly coloured Alice’s Garden. Head to the Misty Mountains Pool for a delightful spot to unwind away from the constant hum of adrenaline rides and parades.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: ¥33,588 – ¥77,644 per night
Guest Rating: 9.0
Address: 29-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Tokyo, Japan

Disney Ambassador Hotel

Disney Ambassador Hotel

Immediately entering the exuberant lobby of Disney Ambassador Hotel, you’ll find yourself transported back in time to an evocative Art Deco inspired wonderland. There are wonderful touches of old world Americana found throughout the public spaces. The fabulous open air pool will have you dreaming of glamorous South Beach Miami. The hotel’s 504 rooms also display a touch of 1930s elegance combined with a distinctly Disney appeal, with subtle Mickey Mouse motifs in vibrant colours.

There are three Art Deco influenced eateries plus the undisputed family favourite Chef Mickey buffet restaurant, where kids can meet their favourite Disney characters in a casual setting. Although just minutes away from all the action, there is a laid-back tropical ambience running throughout the Disney Ambassador Hotel with attractive landscaping, water features and gently swaying palm trees.

Star Rating: 4.5*
Price: ¥36,393 – ¥79,393
Guest Rating: 9.0
Address: 2-11 Maihama, Urayasu, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta

Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta

A stay at Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta offers a constant magical make-believe atmosphere. You are right in the park, literally in touching distance of Tokyo DisneySea. And yet, the hotel is nestled within a regal haven that exudes an Italian Renaissance flair. Each of the 502 guest rooms is peppered with a touch of Disney magic and divided into three distinctive wings (named Tuscany, Venice and Porto Paradiso). Intricate Italianate furnishings and elegant period art adorn the rooms, many of which boast huge rustic marble terraces overlooking the Palazzo canals or harbour.

For relaxation and a touch of luxurious pampering, the hotel offers spa treatments, an indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and fitness room. Hotel guests get their own entrance to the park where they can skip the lines and come and go as they please. You are also just steps away from the Disney Resort Line that connects to Tokyo Disneyland park.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: ¥41,804 – ¥120,953
Guest Rating: 9.0
Address: 1-13 Maihama, Urayasu, Tokyo, Japan

Hilton Tokyo Bay

Hilton Tokyo Bay

While a fun-filled day at Tokyo Disney Resort is just a 10-minute stroll away, Hilton Tokyo Bay has an altogether more peaceful ambience. The standout feature is undoubtedly the huge lagoon style pool, surrounded by an attractive Japanese garden. It’s the perfect spot to kick back with a cool drink and soak in the soothing sounds of the ebb and flow of the ocean.

Tokyo’s fickle climate needn’t spoil the fun either. There is also a sizeable indoor pool and yet more leisure options with a well-equipped fitness centre and pampering spa rituals in the relaxation salon. The hotel marks a new standard in concept rooms, from the incredibly playful decor of the fairy-tale themed Happy Magic Suites to the vibrant pop art styling of the Celebrio Ocean view rooms.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: ¥9,888 – ¥82,120
Guest Rating: 8.5
Address: 1-8 Maihama, Urayasu, Tokyo, Japan

Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel

Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel

Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel is just steps away from the monorail to Tokyo Disney Resort, but it’s Disney-galore in the hotel as well! It’s brimming with kid-pleasing attractions like a large play area and video gaming arcade. Look out for photo opportunities with familiar cartoon characters as well! Likewise, the whimsical Treasures Room is a delightful penguin themed room awash with bright summery colours. Tactile yet tasteful, it doesn’t compromise on luxurious creature comforts.

Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel also exudes premium quality throughout, from the lush manicured grounds to the artfully designed lobby lounge and eateries. It manages to seamlessly fuse that fun-loving Disney atmosphere with an air of chic decadence.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: ¥9,406 – ¥80,778
Guest Rating: 8.5
Address: 1-9 Maihama, Urayasu, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club Resort

Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club Resort

You’ll feel right at home in the carefree resort vibe of Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club Resort. Rooms feature spacious balconies, many of which offer a front row seat to Tokyo Bay’s famous ocean sunsets. Additionally, the family rooms are tastefully furnished. The authentic Japanese style rooms are also a real standout, with a generous 64 square metres of living space. Prepare for a magical day ahead at Disney with a post-breakfast dip in the inviting pool or a light workout in the well-equipped fitness centre.

Star Rating: 3.5*
Price: ¥8,771 – ¥52,890
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: 1-7, Maihama, Urayasu, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel

Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel

First impressions of Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel is striking, to say the least. A palm-tree dotted road leads to a huge gold coloured circular building that illuminates beautifully after dark. The interior is easy on the eye, where the stunning atrium rises to the huge glass rooftop with the ground floor lobby acting as the hotel’s lively social hub. Here you’ll find a stylish lounge, restaurant, casual cafe, quaint shopping arcade and grab-and-go bakery surrounded by lush foliage.

With the motto of “360 degrees of hospitality”, the contemporary styled guest rooms at Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel are set around the towering atrium. There are family-sized options in all categories, each tastefully furnished with a subtle splash of colour.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: ¥12,168 – ¥44,625
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: 1-34, Maihama, Urayasu, Tokyo, Japan

Sunroute Plaza Tokyo

Sunroute Plaza Tokyo

You’ll be in the mood for some Mickey Mouse fun right from the get-go at Sunroute Plaza Tokyo. The hotel’s 696 rooms feature magical themes that focus on the whimsical world of make believe. These include the enchanted Castle Room, Wild West-inspired Frontier Room and cosy Cruising Cabin that little ones will especially adore. Many rooms come with expansive sea views for that carefree resort living vibe.

You get a choice of three on-site restaurants at Sunroute Plaza Tokyo that  range from all-day casual dining to top-notch sushi and French cuisine. The hotel also houses an on-site penny arcade to keep the kids entertained, and an official Disney branded store.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: ¥8,989 – ¥45,728
Guest Rating: 8.0
Address: 1-6 Maihama, Urayasu, Tokyo, Japan

Hotel Okura Tokyo Bay

Hotel Okura Tokyo Bay

Elegant relaxation is the byword at Hotel Okura Tokyo Bay. It is a swish urban resort that sits just steps away from all the Mickey Mouse induced mayhem. Expect subtle touches of cartoon magic yet quintessentially Japanese in both style and service.

Accommodation ranges from smart Superior family-sized rooms to opulent suites. Visitors can also choose to stay in a minimalist Japanese-style ryokan room. There are four distinctive on-site eateries serving up authentic Japanese, Chinese and Mediterranean-infused flavours.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: ¥12,087 – ¥68,717
Guest Rating: 8.7
Address: 1-8 Maihama, Urayasu, Tokyo, Japan

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All You Need To Know About Tokyo DisneySea Attractions

Uncover the magic of Tokyo DisneySea!

Tokyo DisneySea might come across as being the more ‘grown-up’ Disney park, but there’s definitely no shortage of Disney magic here!

Why do we say Tokyo DisneySea is one of a kind? You’ll have to read our Klook article to find out. For now, it’s time to dive deep into the themed lands to see what secrets each one holds!

About Tokyo DisneySea


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In Tokyo DisneySea, there are 7 different themed lands. However, keeping to the park’s nautical theme, the different lands are, in fact, referred to as ‘ports of call’. In DisneySea, you’ll find that they put as much importance to the sceneries as much as they do for their attractions. The architecture and designs are so that guests are made to feel like they’re really being transported into various foreign lands and era. That is truly the Disney magic at work!


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If you’re worried about language barrier, it’s a non-issue at Tokyo DisneySea. All signs, announcements and maps are in English. Cast Members in the park are also always ready to help and guide you.


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You can also ask for ‘story paper’ from Guest Relations. They’re essentially illustrated flyers with information in English on Tokyo DisneySea attractions. They make for really good keepsakes as well!

Wondering if there’s anything else you need to know about the park? Head over to the Klook ultimate guide on Tokyo DisneySea!

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For the full map, you can download it from the Tokyo Disney Resort website.

Top 12 Tokyo DisneySea attractions

Since the queues at Tokyo DisneySea get pretty long, you might not be able to squeeze in all the attractions into your day. So, here are the top attractions in the park that you should include as your priority:

   

Keep reading to find more about each port of call in Tokyo DisneySea:

1. Mediterranean Harbor


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As you enter Tokyo DisneySea, you’ll find yourself transported into the world of an Italian port city. Besides, breaking away from the typical main street that Disney parks are known for, DisneySea welcomes a V-shaped layout.


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Stepping into Mediterranean Harbor, you get a sense of being in an actual foreign city rather than a theme park with its carefully-designed architecture. The Portofino buildings that surround this port of call may look like a mere recreation of the fishing village, but they’re more than that! They’re actually hiding Hotel MiraCosta, Tokyo DisneySea’s in-park luxury hotel, in plain sight.


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Built as part of the park’s striking and outstanding design externally, the interior of Hotel MiraCosta is the “essence of luxury and an oasis of sophistication”. Additionally, as Tokyo Disney Resort’s most popular hotel, it offers guests a truly magical and fantasy-like experience of a lifetime.


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From this port of call, visitors can get on the DisneySea Transit Steamer Line, one of the park’s in-park transportation system. Reminiscent of ports in Venice, you can also find Venetian gondolas in Mediterranean Harbor, steered by cheery, jovial gondoliers.


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At night, this port of call comes alive with Fantasmic!, a show that is every bit dramatic as it is exciting and entertaining. It features gigantic water screens, lasers, lights, and fire to create a spectacular show.


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You can also find shops and restaurants scattered densely throughout this hub, allowing visitors countless of options. Magellan’s is the park’s fine-dining restaurant that has been said to serve amazing food as well as has an incredible luxurious theme! Another famous dining choice is Ristorante di Canaletto for some great Italian cuisine.

Getting There: Take the free shuttle bus from the Macau/Taipa Ferry Terminal or Macau International Airport and arrive directly at Studio City!

Opening Hours
: 12pm-8pm

Klook Cost:US$11 (HKD82)

2. Mysterious Island


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Sitting at the heart of the park is Mysterious Island, with its towering volcano that serves as Tokyo DisneySea’s prominent centerpiece. Mysterious Island is based off Captain Nemo’s lair from Jules Verne’s novel and is also known as Vulcania Island from the movie 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. In the park, you can find the ‘island’ within the volcano, Mount Prometheu.


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Mount Prometheu has been designed very impressively to resemble an active volcano. Visitors can witness the volcano erupting every so often, as well as steam coming out from the cracks on the side. This touch of Disney magic adds a certain sense of realism to the fantasy-like feeling of the park.


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Although it’s the smallest area of the park, this port of call is home to two of DisneySea’s top attractions, Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Visitors get on a ‘Terravator’ on Journey to the Center of the Earth, which is a ride that uses light, sound, heat, and motion resulting in a multi-sensory experience. The scenes throughout the whole ride are breathtakingly realistic and immersive.


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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, on the other hand, is a submarine track ride where visitors are submerged to explore the depths of the sea. With your own joystick, you can point your light in the direction of your choice to discover the mysteries that await you.


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Look out for the Refreshment Station to grab one of the park’s most sought-after snack – Nautilus Gyoza, aka the Gyoza Dog! Besides that, Nautilus Galley is also worth hitting up for some other tasty snacks like gyozas, turkey legs, and frozen beer.

Getting There: Klook to Khao Yai private car charter!

Opening Hours: 9am to 6pm

3. Mermaid Lagoon


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Multicoloured and vibrant giant seashells, coral, and kelp form King Triton’s undersea kingdom in Mermaid Lagoon. Of all the ports of call in Tokyo DisneySea, Mermaid Lagoon is perhaps the most colourful and caters more towards Disney’s younger audience too.


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In this underwater world of The Little Mermaid, you can find the more subdued rides in the park. Mostly indoor-focused, when you step inside, you can find the decorations and lighting effects designed to make guests feel like they’re under the sea with Ariel and her sea creature friends.


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It’s an absolute delight stepping into The Sleepy Whale Shoppe when the shop is literally inside the mouth of a giant whale! Ironically, the underwater world of Mermaid Lagoon is the best place to go to stay dry when it rains in the park.

Getting There: Take the MRT to Phetchaburi Station or Makkasan Station and board the complimentary shuttle bus to Show DC Mall

Klook Cost: US$26 (THB840)

4. Arabian Coast


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Stunning towers, minarets, vibrant domes, quaint streets and a grandiose courtyard all make up the whimsical world of Arabian Coast, a recreation of the world of Aladdin and 1001 Arabian Nights. The Middle-Eastern and Indian influences are beautifully presented to visitors with intricate and magnificent designs.


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One of the top attractions in Arabian Coast is Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage. It’s a dark boat ride about Sindbad and his tiger, Chandu, on an adventure. Somewhat a cross between Pirates Of The Caribbean and ‘it’s a small world’, this ride is highly recommended!


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Casbah Food Court, a counter service restaurant in Arabian Coast known for their curry, is quite popular amongst visitors. Food aside, the decor of the restaurant is also a sight to behold. With an incredibly accurate depiction of the marketplace in Agrabah, you’ll feel like you’re actually stepping into a scene of Aladdin.


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Arabian Coast is also where you can find curry-flavoured popcorn. Besides that, the snack counter, Sultan’s Oasis is a great place to grab a quick bite and a breather. Their most popular item on the menu would be the Chandu Tail, which is a chicken-filled steamed bun. Other snacks include maple cream balls, soft serve ice cream, fruit juices and more.

AttractionsPort of callFun factorWhat to expect
Venetian GondolasMediterranean Harbor8/10A relaxing ride on water with a magnificent view (especially after sunset) and made more entertaining by two singing gondoliers.
Fortress ExplorationsMediterranean Harbor9/10A walk-through attraction of 10 interactive exhibits with an impressive Renaissance theme that is great for both children and adults. Visitors get to fire off cannons too!
Fantasmic!Mediterranean Harbor8.5/10 A spectacular show on water with effects like pyrotechnics, music, lasers, fire, a huge dragon, and vibrant, colourful lights.
Journey to the Center of the EarthMysterious Island10/10The star of Tokyo DisneySea where it takes visitors into the volcano before shooting them out. Along the ride, visitors are taken into an incredibly realistic exploration of the center of the Earth.
20,000 Leagues Under the SeaMysterious Island9/10An interactive ‘submarine’ ride to discover the mysteries and creatures lurking in the darkness of the deep ocean.
Sindbad's Storybook VoyageArabian Coast9.5/10A meticulously-detailed dark boat ride with lovable characters and catchy tunes that follows Sindbad and his tiger friend, Chandu on a journey in search for adventure.
Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal SkullLost River Delta10/10Both a thrill ride and dark ride in the form of a jeep, visitors go through the ancient temple, dodging booby traps and supernatural forces in search for the Fountain of Youth.
Raging SpiritsLost River Delta7.5/10Featuring a 360° loop, this high-speed, thrilling roller coaster takes visitors for a ride through the excavated ruins of an ancient ceremonial site.
AquatopiaPort Discovery7/10A self-guided watercraft system that spins and moves in surprising turn for a mild and fun ride.
Big Band BeatAmerican Waterfront9/10An extravagant Broadway-themed jazz show that features Mickey Mouse and friends singing, dancing and performing with a live band.
Toy Story Mania!American Waterfront8.5/10An interactive 3D screen-based ride where visitors each have a cannon to shoot at targets and also go through several carnival games.
Tower of TerrorAmerican Waterfront10/10The classic Disney ride with an elaborate tour, a suspenseful build up, and compelling storyline leading to a thrilling free-fall.

5. Lost River Delta


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Located at the back of Tokyo DisneySea sits Lost River Delta with a prominent structure that is the ruins of an ancient Aztec pyramid. Inspired by the Indiana Jones movies, this port of call is all decked out in lush greenery to mimic the deep jungles of Central America and signs of an archeological expedition having taken place.


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The sense of adventure continues when you walk through the ‘town’ in Lost River Delta that is surrounded by old, weathered shacks and building.


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If you’re price-conscious, Yucatan Base Camp Grill is one of the most affordable restaurants in the park for meat dishes. Miguel’s El Dorado Cantina, on the other hand, is a cantina with indoor and outdoor seating that serves Mexican-inspired dishes. If you’re looking for a quick but hearty snack, however, Yucatan Sausage Roll from Expedition Eats is a great option.


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At Lost River Delta, you can also find the station to get on the DisneySea Transit Steamer across to the Mediterranean Harbour. Besides that, the most distinguished attractions in this port of call are Indiana Jones Adventure and Raging Spirits.

Street Zombies
Start Time: 6pm
Age Restriction: No entry for children under 12 years old
Horror Level: Street Zombies – 2 | Zombie Mob – 1

6. Port Discovery


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Travel to the future and join in the exploration of technology in Port Discovery, the park’s most futuristic port of call. Although not a large area, it’s home to a couple of notable attractions – Aquatopia and Nemo & Friends SeaRider. This port of call also serves as a station for the DisneySea Electric Railway.


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Aquatopia is a specially-designed, trackless watercraft system that allows guests to experience surprising spins and twirls in a large water lagoon.


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Nemo & Friends SeaRider is the latest attraction in Port Discovery, having only recently opened in May 2017. This simulator ride ‘shrinks’ guests down to fish size so they can get up close and personal with Nemo, Dory and friends!


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The Donald Duck ukiwa bun from Seaside Snacks between Port Discovery and Cape Cod is also a must-try snack in Tokyo DisneySea. Filled with shrimp, this steamed bun is shaped like a life buoy. How cute!

Dead or Alive (Deadman's Forest)
Start Time: 12pm
Age Restriction: No entry for children under 12 years old
Horror Level: 4

7. American Waterfront


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In American Waterfront, it’s separated into 3 areas – New York City, New York Harbor, and Cape Cod. All set in the scenes of the 1920s era, this port of call takes up the largest area of the park. It’s also where you will find two of the park’s top attractions, Toy Story Mania! and Tower of Terror.


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Tower of Terror in Tokyo DisneySea features an original storyline. The tower is also known as Hotel Hightower, and the whole experience of the attraction has the classic ‘tour’, build up and freefall that the ride is known for.


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Although not the most exciting, American Waterfront is a large area that is beautifully themed. It’s great for strolling around with places to eat and shop. In Cape Cod is where you’ll find the Duffy-dedicated store, Aunt Peg’s Village Store. It’s so famous that sometimes there’s a queue to enter!


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New York Deli is a popular dining choice amongst visitors for its amazing decor as well as their famous Mile High Deli Stack sandwich. It’s also where you can get Little Green Alien Mochi! If you’re in the mood to stuff your face, however, Sailing Day Buffet is a wonderful option. Also, head over to the Barnacle Bill’s stand for flavoured beer!


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Perhaps the most eye-catching structure in American Waterfront is the large-scale model of the steam-powered ocean liner, S.S. Columbia. The only attraction that is on the ship is Turtle Talk. Many also like to go to the upper decks for the view! Aside from that, you can find a couple of restaurants within the ship, namely S.S. Columbia Dining Room and The Teddy Roosevelt Lounge.


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It’s easy to forget you’re in a theme park once you enter The Teddy Roosevelt Lounge. Rich, dark wood, leather seats and beautiful light fixtures fill the lounge. A magnificent bar, fireplace and mural on the ceiling further enhance the decor. You can also find an array of alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks, hors d’oeuvres and sandwiches served in the lounge.


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Of course, if you’re tired from all the walking, you can get on one of the Big City Vehicles that transports visitors between Cape Cod and New York Harbor. In American Waterfront, you can also find stations to get on the DisneySea Electric Railway, as well as the DisneySea Transit Steamer Line.

Trauma 3: The Terrible Prison Lab
Start Time: 12pm
Age Restriction: No entry for children under 15 years old
Horror Level: 10

Why only dream when you can make it a reality!


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Experience the Disney magic for yourself

Only Disney can make dreams you never thought you had into existence. Experience for yourself the most unique, and wonderful adventure of a lifetime! The only regret you’ll feel is not going any sooner.

So, get your Klook 1-Day Pass to Tokyo DisneySea now! But we reckon one day might just be too short in one of the most amazing theme parks in the world. In that case, you’ll want to check out the 2-Day Pass!

The Klook Guide To Tokyo DisneySea 2019

What you should do in Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea may have a reputation for having a more ‘grown-up’ theme, but the Disney charm is still very much alive in its thrilling rides, nautical-themed attractions and intricate decor. There’s only one DisneySea in the entire world but many Disney fanatics claim it is also the best Disney park!

Here’s the lowdown on what makes this park so special and how you can maximize a day at Tokyo DisneySea!

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The Klook Guide To Tokyo DisneySea 2017

Discover the secrets of Tokyo DisneySea!

Tokyo DisneySea may have a reputation for having a more ‘grown-up’ theme, but the Disney charm is still very much alive in its thrilling rides, nautical-themed attractions and intricate decor. There’s only one DisneySea in the entire world but many Disney fanatics claim it is also the best Disney park!

Here’s the lowdown on what makes this park so special and how you can maximize a day at Tokyo DisneySea!

1. About Tokyo DisneySea


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There are seven themed lands, or ‘ports of call’ that make up Tokyo DisneySea. They are Mediterranean Harbor, Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery and American Waterfront.


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Often considered the crown jewel of Disney Parks, the distinctly different Tokyo DisneySea is a nautical-themed park inspired by sea myths and legends. Compared to its counterparts, Tokyo DisneySea caters to a more grown-up audience with wilder thrill rides, alcoholic beverages and extravagant, detailed visuals and decorations.

You can find a detailed map of Tokyo DisneySea on the website.

What else is it about DisneySea that makes it different from all the other Disney parks in the world? Check out our article on reasons why Tokyo DisneySea is truly one of a kind.

2. Tokyo DisneySea Opening Hours


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The park’s operating hours are typically from 9am till 10pm daily. However, it may differ on certain dates and special holidays. To be sure, you can check beforehand on the park’s website.

Due to DisneySea’s popularity, you can expect to find queues forming hours even before the park gates open. So, do allow yourself ample time to get to the park so you can be there early if you want to maximize your day at DisneySea.

If you are a guest at one of Tokyo Disney Resort theme parks’ hotels, however, you’re entitled to ‘Happy 15 Entry’ privileges. You can enter certain areas of the park 15 minutes before regular park opening time. This allows you access to designated attractions, stores for shopping or in obtaining a FastPass ticket before everyone else.

3. Where To Buy Tickets


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There are a few ways you can get your hands on DisneySea tickets. For the most convenient, hassle-free and straightforward way, you can get your 1-Day Pass or 2-Day Pass from Klook. You can enjoy instant confirmation privileges and best price guarantee!

You can buy on-the-day tickets as well at the park’s ticket booths. However, it can be risky as they may deny sales if the park is at high capacity. Besides that, you can also get tickets online from the Tokyo Disney Resort official website. Official Tokyo Disney Resort hotel guests can get tickets at the hotel and be guaranteed admission even during peak and restricted periods.


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Tickets to the park can also be purchased beforehand in select Disney Stores in Japan or from tickets machines in Family Mart and Lawson Convenience Stores. The only tricky part about the ticket machines from Family Mart and Lawson is that they’re in Japanese only!

4. Best Time To Visit


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As expected of one of the world’s most visited theme parks, Tokyo DisneySea receives a large number of crowd all year round. You’ll almost never see an empty park at DisneySea and even its low seasons are busier than most other parks.

Taking into account public holidays, weather and other factors, the ideal time to visit DisneySea are before or after Golden Week (early April or late May). During this time, summer hasn’t begun yet either so you can spend the day at the park comfortably.

Major Japanese public holidays are the busiest times like New Year’s (end of Dec to early Jan) and Golden Week (end of April to early May) and other school holidays. For a full list of Japanese school holidays, refer to this list. For the best way to gauge the volume of the crowd and the ideal time for you to visit the park, this crowd calendar is super handy!

 


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If you’re not too bothered by the crowd, however, special holidays are great for catching limited, seasonal events. Halloween and Christmas are especially popular among visitors. The park is extra festive with extravagant decorations and plenty of special entertainment in tow.

Don’t stress too much if you’re aren’t able to find the perfect date to visit the park. Just remember that you’re in Tokyo DisneySea and it’s hard to have a terrible time there!

5. Top Attractions


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In Tokyo DisneySea, Toy Story Mania! is easily one of the most popular attractions in the park. FastPass for this ride runs out very quickly, if not the fastest. Journey to the Center of the Earth has also been said as one of the best thrills rides in DisneySea for its intricate decorations and themes.


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Besides that, Tower of Terror is also one of the top DisneySea attractions. With elaborate decorations starting from the queue, it’s no wonder that it’s a fan favourite. Other must-try attractions include Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, Raging Spirits, Indiana Jones Adventure, Aquatopia and more.


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Tokyo DisneySea will also be celebrating Halloween this coming September with Disney villains like Maleficent from ‘Sleeping Beauty’, who will be taking over the Mediterranean Harbor with Mickey and friends for a special parade called “The Villains World”. In this special parade, we’ll see the Disney villains taking the leading role for an interesting performance!

To discover more top attractions and all about the 7 ports of call in Tokyo DisneySea, look out for an upcoming article on Klook that gives you the lowdown of it all.


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Tokyo DisneySea is also the park where you’ll find that Duffy is more popular the Mickey! Duffy is Mickey’s stuffed bear companion and his fluffy pink companion, Shellie May is equally as cute. Duffy souvenirs can only be found in DisneySea and not in Tokyo Disneyland.


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Also, make sure you look out for the hand-washing stations at the park. They feature a soap dispenser that releases Mickey Mouse-shaped soap foam when a button is pushed. Only Disney can make washing hands fun!

6. The FastPass System


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The lines to the rides at DisneySea can get very long, with popular ones having waiting times upwards of 2 hours. Hence, like other Disney Parks, DisneySea has the FastPass system in place as well to help visitors minimize waiting time and it’s free to use for everyone.

With the FastPass, it allows you to jump to an express queue (for selected attractions) between a stipulated time. You can claim your FastPass by scanning your entrance ticket, picking the attraction you want and the specific time slot that is available. You just have to be in the queue at the return time window on your FastPass. So, in the meantime, you can maximize your time and go on other rides.


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However, due to the large crowd and limited quantity of FastPass tickets given out daily in DisneySea, they run out very fast. There’s usually a queue already to get the FastPass tickets right when the park opens. So, plan your FastPass strategy wisely!

After a FastPass has been issued, to be eligible for the next FastPass, you have to wait for your return time to start or two hours after receiving your previous Fastpass — whichever comes first. The following attractions are eligible for FastPass entry:

Getting There: Take the Sentosa Express train from Vivocity and alight at the Beach station. Follow signs to Palawan Kidz City

Opening hours: 10.00am-5.00pm

Klook cost: US$23 (SGD31)

7. Lottery System


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Separate from the FastPass, the DisneySea lottery system is where park guests can enter the ‘lottery’ for a chance to watch a specific performance. The lottery machines are located in the Mediterranean Harbour. The lottery system is to give all guests a chance to watch shows that have limited seating even if they’ve arrived at the park later in the day.


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In Tokyo DisneySea, Big Band Beat is the only show which uses the lottery system. However, you can still catch the show even if you didn’t win the lottery. Simply queue at the standby line for a balcony seating. Besides that, you don’t need to enter the lottery if it’s the first performance of the day.

8. Transportation within the park

From Venetian gondolas to an elevated railway system and steamer line, Tokyo DisneySea continues to wow visitors with the park’s own transportation within the park.

8.1 Venetian Gondolas


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Just like a scene out of Venice, the Venetian gondolas at Palazzo Canals are huge hits with the park visitors. Made even more entertaining by the jovial gondoliers, the view from the gondolas after sunset is absolutely stunning.

8.2 DisneySea Electric Railway


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Hop aboard the elevated railway ride if you’d like to catch a breather from all the walking at the park. It’s a relaxing and scenic way to Port Discovery with a great view of American Waterfront down below.

8.3 Big City Vehicles


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Get a feel of what it’s like in the 20th century in one of the Big City Vehicles. Ride across American Waterfront from Cape Cod to New York Harbor or vice versa. The different models from the limousine to paddy wagon, delivery truck and more certainly add to the truly unique DisneySea experience.

8.4 DisneySea Transit Steamer Line


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If you want to slow down and soak up the gorgeous view of the park, the DisneySea Transit Steamer Line is a great option. With routes from Mediterranean Harbor to Cape Cod and Lost River Delta, it’s a great way to travel around the park.

9. Food in Tokyo DisneySea

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Japan doesn’t mess around when it comes to food and this extends to Tokyo DisneySea as well. Many say that DisneySea has the best food compared to all other Disney parks and caters to a more mature palate. It is also one of the very few Disney parks that serve alcoholic beverages! They’re not just serving regular ol’ pints of beer either, but a mix of fun cocktails at kiosks to fine selections of liquor at the elegant Teddy Roosevelt Lounge.


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As for the dining experience, you can enjoy an exquisite fine dining experience at the luxurious Magellan’s or a hearty meal at one of the sit-down restaurants. There are also plenty of fun, delicious snacks to munch on throughout the day like caramel & banana sweet fried burrito, Little Green Alien mochi, the Chandu Tiger Tail bun, the classic Disney turkey leg and the list goes on.


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But of course, a day at the Disney park isn’t complete without popcorn! At DisneySea, you can find all sorts of flavours like soy sauce & butter, curry, honey, cappuccino and more. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to try some of their seasonal flavours.

10. Getting connected in the park

Unfortunately, there’s no free public WiFi in Tokyo DisneySea. To make sure that you’re always connected, get a 4G WiFi device from Klook.

The park has a web app with information on waiting times of standby lines for all the attractions in real time. You can only be access the web app when you’re in the park. Make sure to enable GPS location services on your phone and use it on Chrome for the translation feature.

Plus, if you’re not connected, how else are you going to update your social media and make everyone jealous of your awesome time at DisneySea?

11. Where to stay near DisneySea


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There are endless of choices of hotels in and around Tokyo and it all depends on your budget. For convenience, you can consider one of the 3 Disney hotels, 6 official hotels or other partner hotels close to the park. Disney hotels are on-property owned by the park while official hotels are on-property but are owned by other companies. Partner companies, on the other hand, are owned by other companies which located in the vicinity of the Tokyo Disney parks.

For an in-depth look at the hotels in and around Tokyo Disney Resort, read our accommodation guide.

For guests who are staying at Tokyo Disney Resort theme parks’ hotels (Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel), they’re entitled to ‘Happy 15 Entry’ privileges like entering the park 15 minutes before regular park opening time. Other perks include complimentary ride on the Disney Resort Line monorail and shuttle bus service on the Disney Resort Cruiser.

12. How to get to Tokyo DisneySea

Known for having efficient and excellent public transport, getting to Tokyo Disney Resort isn’t much of a trouble. The best way to get to the park is by the train or bus.

12.1 Train

Depending on which part of the city you’re coming from, you can get to Tokyo Disney Resort on the JR Keiyo Line or JR Musashino Line, stopping at the Maihama Station. From there, get on the Disney Resort Monorail from the Resort Gateway Station that is adjacent to JR Maihama Station. You’ll reach Tokyo DisneySea at the third stop, Tokyo DisneySea Station.

It’s also worth looking into a JR Rail Pass if you’re going to be commuting around Japan for an extended period of time. It’s the most convenient and economical way with coverage all over Japan and you can take rides on the majority of all JR railways, local buses, and even the Miyajima Ferry. There is 7-Day , 14-Day and 21-Day passes available from Klook.

12.2 Bus

One of the ways to get to the park by bus is to catch one at Shinjuku Station that goes to Tokyo Disney Resort. You can also find other buses with scheduled trips to the Resort from Tokyo, Kawasaki, Yokohama and more. For a detailed guide and scheduled, take a look at Tokyo Disney Resort’s bus guide.

However, do note that by taking the bus, you’re on a stricter time schedule and you would have to plan your time more accordingly.

For more details and options on getting to the park, take a look at Tokyo Disney Resort’s transport guide.

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Step into the enchanting world of Tokyo DisneySea and all your worries will melt away. With secrets waiting to be discovered at every corner, the only thing between you and your greatest Disney adventures is your magic ticket!

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Why Tokyo DisneySea Is The ONLY Disney Park Of Its Kind In The World

Only one DisneySea in the world!

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Tokyo DisneySea might be Tokyo Disneyland’s immediate neighbour, but the two parks couldn’t be worlds apart! For instance, did you know Mickey has a teddy toy of his own and there’s an entire section of the park dedicated to him?

If the fact that DisneySea is the only one of its kind isn’t enough to convince you to visit, these 10 other reasons will!

1. It’s home to unique Disney characters like Duffy!

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Who exactly is Duffy and why is he at Tokyo DisneySea?

Created solely as a character for Disney parks, Duffy is actually Mickey’s stuffed bear companion! This friendly ball of fluff debuted in 2002 at various Disney parks in a rainbow of colours but didn’t gain popularity until 2005, when DisneySea officially welcomed Duffy by allocating a section of the park all to himself!

Woman taking photo of Duffy stuffed toys

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You can only find Duffy plushies and other paraphernalia at Tokyo Disneyland, DisneySea and Hong Kong Disneyland, although many flock to Tokyo DisneySea especially for Duffy and his furry pink friend Shellie May. In fact, Duffy’s own home – Cape Cod – can be found there! Be sure to say hello to this adorable teddy bear when you visit!

Duffy and Shellie May

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Plus, if you haven’t already noticed, there’s a gigantic nod to Mickey on the bottom of their feet and on the markings on both Duffy’s and Shellie May’s faces!

2. They have rides you cannot find anywhere else

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Whoever said Disney park rides are for children haven’t tried the rides at Tokyo DisneySea! Apart from being incredibly unique, the rides are also faster with bigger thrills that adults will probably enjoy more than the kids themselves!

Toy Story Mania

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Toy Story Mania is one of the highlight attractions of the park with snaking queues for this ride’s FASTPASS forming the moment the park’s doors fly open! Also, with Woody’s mouth as an entrance, this eye-catching attraction is hard to miss.

Enter into a carnival world as one of Andy toys and stand a chance to “toss” items like bananas and balloons at on-screen targets!

Raging Spirits Roller Coaster

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Another must-try would have to be the Raging Spirits Roller Coaster. This ride takes visitors through ancient ruins based off the Disney animated film The Emperor’s New Groove. With an epic 360-degree loop, this ride certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted!

We could go on and on with rides that are pretty impossible to cover all in a day, so a two-day pass is always a good idea!

3. Aladdin and Ariel have castles here!

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Ariel’s Castle

Unlike the usual castles you’d expect to find like Cinderella’s or Sleeping Beauty’s, Tokyo DisneySea features palaces and castles of other characters like Aladdin and Ariel as well! Also, these castles look extra magical after the sun sets, which just gives you another reason to stay longer in the park!

King Triton Statue

Ariel’s castle at Mermaid Lagoon features every colour of the sea and has more kid-friendly rides. The castle also features a statue of King Triton at the entrance because what better way to welcome visitors to a land under the sea without the son of Poseidon himself greeting you, right?

Arabian Palace

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Another palace we must mention would have to be the Arabian Palace at the Arabian Coast. With domes, detailed architecture and majestic colours that look like they’re straight out of the Aladdin movie, fans of this 1992 classic would be falling in love the moment they step in!

The main star of this attraction would have to be the 2-storey merry-go-round: the Caravan Carousel. This ride features Genie seats that are so popular the cast members have to give out cards to allocate seats!

4. There’s only one DisneySea in the world

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DisneySea truly sets itself apart with its nautical themed decor and unique rides and characters found nowhere else in the world. There is only one DisneySea of its kind amongst all the Disney parks and it’s also the third most visited theme park in the world!

The park even has seven “ports of call” that include the American Waterfront, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon and more. Even though there are similar rides at Tokyo DisneySea such as the Tower of Terror, the story and concept behind the ride is completely different from its U.S. counterpart!

5. It has its very own volcano that actually erupts every few hours

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Mount Prometheus, as it is called, is the majestic volcano that stands in DisneySea’s Mysterious Island. This iconic landmark is so massive it can be viewed right from Porto Paradiso.

Built in reference to the novel of the same name, this island is actually Captain Nemo’s lair and is also known as Vulcania Island from the Disney movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!

Klook Pro-tip: Wait till nightfall and watch the volcano comes to life!

If you’re wondering if you can ride the volcano, then the answer is yes, you definitely can! Mount Prometheus houses one of the most famous rides in Tokyo DisneySea – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth!

Hop on board the subterranean tram and venture underground with countless sharp turns, sudden drops and the occasional hot steam! Did we also mention there may or may not be a sudden volcanic eruption midway through your ride?

6. There’s a Disney hotel inside Tokyo DisneySea itself

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Unlike other Disneyland parks around the world, Tokyo DisneySea actually has a hotel sharing the same grounds as the park itself, meaning you can go to bed still immersed in Disney magic!

Hotel Miracosta in Mediterranean Harbor is the first hotel to be located within a Disney park and features 502 rooms, each carefully designed to cater to the Disney theme, making it possible for you to actually wake up in the happiest place on earth.

Hotel Miracosta

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Aside from having an exclusive entrance to the park, the guests at Hotel Miracosta get to enjoy first class views of the daily shows and night parades, including the fireworks display! Also, some rooms offer amazing views of Mount Prometheus as well!

Do note that room rates increase with the views, so if you’re looking to wake up with Mouth Prometheus in one direction and picturesque landscapes on the other, be prepared to break the piggy for it! It is a luxury hotel after all!

Disney Monorail

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Hotel guests are also entitled to unlimited rides on the Disney Resort Line Monorail, a.k.a. the adorable mode of transportation to Tokyo DisneySea that features Mickey Mouse handrails and windows!

7. Instagrammable foods that are almost too cute to eat

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It’s no secret that Disney parks offer the most adorable food you can find, but Tokyo DisneySea has some unique food of its own you can’t find anywhere else!

From steamed buns and Gyoza Buns to Milk Tea Popcorn and Mochi, the foods at DisneySea are uniquely infused with the local Japanese flavours, as well as the culture that seems to effortlessly incorporate cuteness into everything.

Popcorn Vendor

One thing that is definitely unique would have to be the Milk Tea Popcorn, available at the DisneySea’s American Waterfront. Milk Tea is a widely favoured drink not just in Japan, but the whole of Asia, so it’s almost a must to incorporate this iconic drink into the form of popcorn, right?

For those who don’t quite have a sweet tooth, there are several other unique flavours to choose from that include Sea Salt, Curry, Black Pepper and more!

Duffy Head Ice Cream

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As we mentioned before, Duffy IS the main face of Tokyo DisneySea, so what’s a list of DisneySea’s food without including something of Duffy’s? Here at Tokyo DisneySea, take a bite off the Duffy Ice Cream Sandwich, also available at American Waterfront. Almost as big as your palm and highly Instagrammable, eating this adorable delicacy can prove to be a challenge!

8. Unlike the other Disney parks, the parades here are held on water

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Truly living up to its name, the parades in Tokyo DisneySea take place on water and not on land. There are usually about 4 parades that take place every single day and they’re always very popular! In fact, guests can be seen securing a good viewing spot from as early as 45 minutes before the shows begin!

One parade that you should not miss would have to be Fantasmic, a parade that takes place at night and also the biggest parade in Tokyo DisneySea. This 20-minute long spectacle held at Mediterranean Harbor features all main Disney characters including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and more. Visitors can expect tons of lights, lasers, fireworks and more in this theatrical skit that serves as the perfect way to end your DisneySea experience!

9. They have excellent cast members

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DisneySea’s gorgeous design, food and rides aren’t just the only reasons why it is ranked as one of the best theme parks in the world. What really makes an experience at Tokyo DisneySea unlike any other would have to be their adorable cast members that never seem to break out of character!

These dedicated cast members sure prove that Japan has undeniable world class customer service! From walking you to your designated location to perfectly portraying Disney characters, the cast members at DisneySea may not speak the best English, but are ever-so-ready to ensure that you get the best experience you deserve here!

10. The best reason of all? The guests!

Matching outfits at DisneySea

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Believe us when we say, that a trip to Tokyo DisneySea isn’t complete without bumping into a group of park go-ers donning matching outfits.

Whether it’s a group of young girls with adorable Minnie Mouse dresses or an elderly couple with matching Mickey headbands, DisneySea is decorated with enthusiastic guests that make the Disney park experience all the more enjoyable.

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Also, these guests are also the ones dancing along to the parades and are definitely not shy when asked for pictures because what’s a good outfit without taking a good #OOTD shot? Of course, it’s highly recommended for you to join in the fun and dress up in your very own version of a Disney costumer as well!

Now that’s Magic

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Location: Amporn Garden and the Royal Plaza
Date: 30 March - 7 April 2017
Price: Free
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Japan’s Theme Parks: Disneyland, DisneySea, or Universal Studios?

Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, attracts around 2 million visitors per month. This tourist hot spot in Asia promises delicious food, endless shopping, historical sites, natural scenery, and of course, some fantastic theme parks. Japan has three of the five world’s most popular theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and Osaka Universal Studios. So which theme park in Japan should you go? Here’s an apples-to-apples look into these Japanese theme parks.

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