Before arriving to Tokyo I asked each member of my family what they would like to do or see. My sister said she wanted to go to Tokyo Disneyland. So a week after their arrival Mr. Cakes and I decided it was time to visit the ‘happiest place on Earth’.
Tokyo Disney has 2 theme parks. Disneyland, which is like the Magic Kingdom and Disney Sea which is unlike any other Disney. We took the train to Maihama Station and then boarded the Monorail to reach Disney Sea. Once onboard the monorail the theme begins!
When entering Disney Sea one cannot help but feel a little cheer! As a Disney hater I have to admit that it was an amazing sight. Walking into the ‘Mediterranean Harbor’ just off the Tokyo streets was very pleasant.
Along with the Mediterranean Harbor there are 6 other areas: American Waterfront, Port Discovery, Lost River Delta, Arabian Coast, Mermaid Lagoon, and Mysterious Island.
We wandered around the entire park. Starting at the American Waterfront we found ourselves in Cape Cod, which is the home of Duffy. A completely new character to all of us, Duffy is widely popular in Japan – for all ages!
The story begins with Mickey Mouse about to leave for a trip and Minnie decided to make a teddy bear named Duffy for him so he did not become lonely. Tourists all lined up to take photos of their Duffy in his hometown! There were photo spots marked out around the park as ‘Duffy photo spots’. See below, everyone was snapping a shot of Duffy in front of the white picket fence.
Arabian Coast is based on Aladdin; while the Mermaid Lagoon, as you may be able to guess, is the world of ‘The Little Mermaid’.
Although it was a nice sunny day it was fun to step inside Ariel’s world and see all the jellyfish! Aside from these 2 obvious Disney worlds, the park has more of an adult feel. There wasn’t all the typical Disneyness like the Magic Kingdom provides. It’s hard for me to admit, but walking around the park was very entertaining and the attention to details was impressive.
We reached Mysterious Island in the afternoon and found ourselves ‘2000 Leagues Under the Sea’. Luckily we had a little mouse to help us on our journey – journey to find churros. Moving on we tried to get in line for the Indiana Jones ride, but with a 3 hour wait we decided to better our time.
Back at the American Waterfront we made our way to NYC! The Disney version is (not surprisingly) a LOT cleaner. This version also takes us back in time to prohibition. Luckily this guy wasn’t going to stop the booze from transport.
Afterwards we headed into McDuck’s for a little retail therapy. These rice crackers definitely say ‘Japan Disney’.
As the sun set we used out ‘fast track’ passes to ride Tower of Terror. It provided just the boost of energy we all needed to finish the day. Before we knew it, it was 8pm and ‘Italy’ was glowing. All of us were fairly tired but feeling a bit youthful after our day at Disney Sea.