Tokyo DisneySea | Top 10 Must Do’s

I am a Disney fan forever - I love Disneyland but Tokyo DisneySea is my ultimate paradise. When we moved to Tokyo, our first weekend was spent at Disneyland, and I couldn't stop myself from going to that place and Tokyo DisneySea again and again.

Tokyo DisneySea is a Disney theme park located in Chiba, Tokyo. It opened its gates to the public on 4 September 2001 at the Tokyo Disney Resort. DisneySea has an oceanic theme to it as compared to Disneyland. It is a huge theme park spread across an area of 176 acres.

If you have been to one of these (or both)  you'd know what madness I am talking about. If you haven't then read along to know my top 10 must do things at Tokyo DisneySea and then plan a trip with your friends or family to this happy place as soon as you can. 🙂

DisneySea has 7 nautically themed areas which you can read more about here. As it is a huge park with multiple attractions, be prepared to spend a lot of time in queues. You will need to carry some water/snacks around in case you do not want to rely completely on the park food and snacks. Just to prepare you guys and help you manage time while at this happy place, I have curated my list of top 10 must do things while in Tokyo DisneySea.

Let's check these out!

  1. Big Band Beat – American Waterfront: This one is a Broadway musical performed by Mickey Mouse and his friends. For this, you need to win the reserved seating tickets by the lottery held at Biglietteria. OR, if you plan to see the first show of the day then you can directly go to the theatre, as the first performance does not require reserved tickets. Second show onwards, you can only watch if you win the tickets in the lottery.

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  1. Tower of Terror – American Waterfront: A great ride next to Big Band Beat. More than the ride, the pre-show is engaging. It tells you the story of the disappearance of Harrison Hightower III and the curse of Shiriki Utundu.
  1. Journey to the Center of the Earth – Mysterious Island: This is my absolute must. I love this ride so much. It takes you to the centre of the earth in a “Terravator”. It makes you experience light, sound, heat, tremors and all that you think happens under the crust of our planet.
  1. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea – Mysterious Island: Again a great ride. As Journey to the Center of the Earth shows you what happens deep down under the earth’s crust, this one takes you on the journey to the deep oceans. This one is not a thrilling, fast paced ride; instead, it’s a slow experience inside the submarine that moves slowly showing you some treasures from under the sea.

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  1. Mermaid Lagoon Theater – Mermaid Lagoon: Just as good as it can get for a theme park. If Big Band Beat is a Broadway; Mermaid Lagoon Theater in an aerial Broadway, if that exists. This show is spectacular, and it goes on for 14 minutes with Aerial and her troop giving amazing performances.
  1. Try different flavours of popcorn (caramel, black pepper, white chocolate, milk chocolate, salt, curry, cappuccino) ­ – my favourite is curry, located in front of Arabian Coast – and Disney-themed ice creams.

  1. Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull – Lost River Delta: A beautiful ride with an inviting and captivating exterior. It’s a grand ride with its moments of surprises through out the ride.
  1. DisneySea Electric Railway (Port Discovery) and Venetian Gondolas (Mediterranean Harbor) – The electric railway takes you back in time to show you how the railways felt back then. The Venetian Gondolas are gorgeous to relax on after you’ve had a couple of rides/shows. I’d suggest taking these in the evening, near the sunset, that way you can relax from the running and queuing for while and enjoy the views while pretending you’re in the beautiful city of Venice.
  1. Watch Fantasmic – Mediterranean Harbor: Fantasmic is a spectacular nighttime show that happens in the Mediterranean Harbor. It is truly grand and engaging beyond my words can describe. It has colour, lights, illumination, animation, sound, music, story; basically, everything you want in a grand show. As it takes place at night, it gives you time to relax from the hectic day and a way to end your day in a spectacular yet relaxing manner. I’d suggest pre-checking on the time for this and then planning accordingly so that you can grab a good spot for yourself from where you relax and experience this at the same time.
  1. Meet and greet the Disney Characters – American Waterfront, Lost River Delta and Mermaid Lagoon: You can check for specific timings with any of the Disney staff available across the park and then greet and click pictures with the Disney characters of your choice.

If you have been to Tokyo DisneySea or Disneyland, I'd love to hear what are your favourite activities and rides. Share your experiences with me if have been to any other Disney parks, I'd love to know. If you haven't, then I hope this list helps you in planning your day at Tokyo DisneySea. 🙂

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  • Amy-Anne Williams

    Disneysea looks amazing! I’m hoping to go to Disneyland next month, and if it’s even half as good as the one in Tokyo I know I’m definitely going to have an incredible time!

    Little Moon Elephant

    • Hey Amy, which Disneyland are you going to? I have just been to the one in Tokyo, I wish to be able to go to others someday too 😀
      xx Aditi

  • Tushar

    Just amazing! That’s like a whole new world inside Disneysea.

    I’m planning a trip to Japan later this December or sometime in March. Would love to read more about experience in Japan.

  • Oh my! I did not kknow they went by sea. This looks truly magical.

  • Anjali Chawla

    Wow! Disneysea looks outstanding! My daughter is a forever Disney fan too. I would definitely take her to Disneysea when we visit Tokyo.

  • Kai Digger_Digg

    This is just amazing, i just wanted to visit this place with friends, Do they have private tour guides at Tokyo Disney/Sea ?

  • I went to Disneyland Paris and I too enjoyed Journey to center of earth and Under 20,000. All the shows Big and Beat and Parades are great to watch. I missed those flavored popcorns.

  • Grace

    Wow Disneysea is definitely on the bucket list now. It looks amazing! My son loves Disney too I took him to Disneyland Paris for his birthday and he really enjoyed it.

  • Sonika Balyan

    Thanks for sharing amazing tips. I will always keep these tips in mind whenever I visit there.

  • David Elliott

    I am definitely going to have to go to Tokyo Disneyland should I get the chance. I am always amazed at all the incredible things that they can do wherever they are with the Disney Parks.

  • Becca Talbot

    I’ve not even heard of Tokyo’s DisneySea! I’m not a massive fan of the Disney parks though, so that could be why… The photos in this post make it look like a magical place though! x

  • Olgi

    If I travel to Tokyo, Disneyland will be my first destination. This info is pretty useful and clear. So I can use it for my trip. Also the photos look great! What brand camera did you take the photos?

  • Ty Swint

    Everything looks so magical. I really love and would like to experience the gondola ride. The 20,000 Leagues under the Sea looks pretty cool too. 🙂

  • Such a wonderful breath taking place. Every portion of it is amazing. A must see for all Asian travelers.

  • Joanna

    Never heard of Tokyo’s Disneysea. I’ve always wanted to visit Disney land /world though it would be a dream come true.

  • As someone who classes herself as a part time mermaid I love the sound of Tokyo Disneysea and I adore the sound of all the water themed ride. No wonder that you called it your paradise! x

  • Ut Minh

    I have had very happy memories at Tokyo’s DisneySea. Your writing reminds me of my friends. A great place to explore. Hope to be back soonest!

  • Eliza Casipagan

    Wow! I am truly fan of Disney but to be honest this one I haven’t tried yet, thanks for the tips, now I have target rides when we get there.

  • I love theme parks and Disney ones are always the best ones! It’s so magical feeling when you walk around and see all those characters in beautifully made surroindings.

  • Shawna Morrison

    What?!?!! I didn’t even know that there was a Disney themed park in Tokyo, what a super cool idea! I am dying to visit the actual Disneyland here in the states one day, but now you’ve put it in my head to visit DisneySea as well. Thanks! Lol 😉

  • I didn’t know this even existed in Tokyo! So amazing. I have been to other Disney locations and this would be another great visit.

  • I never knew there was a Disney Land in Tokyo, it does look marvellous.