During my second visit to Japan, I have had a chance to visit Tokyo Disney Sea, a part of Tokyo Disney Resort which is one of “Must See” place in Japan and based on Wikipedia, it is the 5th most visited theme park in the world (1). The Disney Sea was the fastest theme park in the world to reach the milestone of 10 million guests, having done so in 307 days after its grand opening and also the most expensive theme park ever built, estimated to have cost over U.S. $4 billion. Those reputations were some of the reason why I must visit the Disney Sea.
The ticket price was 6200 Yen for adult (18 years & older), 5300 Yen for 12 – 17 years old, and 4100 Yen for below 12 years old. It is surely far more expensive than Indonesia newest theme park but it sure worth the price. ( For example : Trans Studio : Rp. 200,000. or 2000 Yen and Disney sea Rp. 620,000. or 6200 Yen). The official website can be found in :http://www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/index.html
The theme park area is categorized to seven areas which are :
1 Mediterranean Harbor
Mediterranean Harbor is the entrance “port-of-call” and themed as an Italian port city, complete with Venetian gondolas that guests can board and ride. It is very good spot for going out with your lover 🙂 The surrounding is so romantic and pleasant.
The main purpose of this harbour is as a main stage (or water stage I prefer) for Disney shows such as “Fantasmic”. This spectacular shows combines laser, lighting, water spray, Disney figures in a story about the magic of many Disney’s stories. (http://www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/tdr/movie_en/index.html)
2 Mysterious Island
Mysterious Island is a “port-of-call” within Mount Prometheus, the giant volcano that is the Park’s centerpiece and most prominent feature. It relies heavily on the storytelling of Jules Verne and, specifically, the mythology of the volcano fortress mentioned several times in the books called “Vulcania”. Two attractions in this area are “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. To me, I like “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” ride in this area.
3 Mermaid Lagoon
Mermaid Lagoon is home to the characters of The Little Mermaid. The facade is made to look like the Palace of King Triton and features fanciful seashell-inspired architecture. This “port of call” is unique in that it is mostly indoors and recreates the feeling of being underwater.
4 Arabian Coast
This “port of call”, like Mermaid Lagoon, is themed after a popular Disney animated film, this time Aladdin. It recreates an exotic Arabian harbor combined with an “enchanted world from 1001 Arabian Nights”.
5 Lost River Delta
Located at the back of the park, the dominant structure in this “port of call” is a huge, ruined Central American Aztec pyramid which houses the E.M.V. attraction Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull. The Indiana Jones Adventure ride was my most favourite attraction in the park.
6 Port Discovery
This “port of call” is hailed as “the marina of the future”. It is sometimes called the “Tomorrowland” of Tokyo DisneySea and is somewhat of a cross between the never-built Discovery Bay concept for Disneyland and Discoveryland in Disneyland Park (Paris).
7 American Waterfront
This “port of call” represents the northeastern seaboard of the United States in the early 20th century. It features two themed areas, an “Old Cape Cod” section, and a “New York Harbor” section with an elaborate backstory.
Additional Reference : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney_sea
I spent 12 hours in the park 🙂 The crowd was so huge that so many main attractions offered queue up to 2.5 hours each ride. If I may advice you, come not in a holiday session, come in a week day so you can have less queue and you can enjoy many ride as many you can.
The disney resort, especially the Disney Sea really offers a day of dream for me and I am sure for many other visitor. The surrounding are designed in detail to fulfilll our expectation of a Disney dream world. What really amazed me was the warm smile and gesture of Disney Sea staff. They really showed their spirit in doing their best to makes us feel like living in a dream world. This is a part of Japanese culture in doing their best for any responsibility they bear, I think.
Finally, I really recommend you to visit this theme park if you have a chance. It is very worth the price and provides you uniqueness compared to other Disney theme parks. Some snapshots during my visit can be seen in the gallery. Enjoy )