Travel to Tokyo (with kids): Research on Tokyo DisneySea

We will be visiting Tokyo DisneySea this trip and I’m kinda excited because they have my favorite Disney Princess – Ariel! We gave DisneySea the last trip a miss as I heard that the park isn’t quite ideal for younger kids but decided that since we were in Tokyo we might as well just include it in. So here’s my attempt to pull out the things we should do to maximise our time there. instead of wandering around the park aimlessly.

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Tokyo Disneysea celebrates it’s 15 years anniversary this year so during this commemorative year, the mood is definitely celebratory – think new shows, special events, limited edition souvenirs and merchandise!

My memory of Tokyo Disneysea is quite faint given that it’s been 10 years since I last visited that park. Darn, now I feel old.  So it’s quite fun to put together this list and jog my memory a little. I’m sure it will be a different experience with the little one but here’s what we are planning to do when the gates open.

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List of attractions in Tokyo DisneySea

There are a total of 27 rides available in the park, out of which 22 are ideal for kids under 3. Highlighted in blue are the places we are planning on bringing Bubba to check out.

Section Name of ride Attraction Type Duration Seating Capacity
Mediterranean Harbor DisneySea Transit Steamer Line Transportation about 7 minutes 49 persons per steamer
Fortress Explorations Experiential Attractions, Go through darkness,
Venetian Gondolas Transportation about 11.5 minutes 16 persons per gondola
American Waterfront Turtle Talk Theater type, OK on rainy days, Loud sounds, Go through darkness about 30 minutes 238 persons
DisneySea Electric Railway Transportation about 2.5 minutes 42 persons per train
DisneySea Transit Steamer Line Transportation about 13 minutes 42 persons per steamer
Toy Story Mania! 3D film effects, OK on rainy days, Loud sounds, Go through darkness,  Cannot ride with child on lap about 5 minutes 8 persons per vehicle
Big City Vehicles Transportation about 10 minutes 8 – 9 persons per vehicle
Port Discovery Aquatopia Transportation, cannot ride with child on lap about 2.5 minutes 3 persons per vehicle
Arabian Coast Caravan Carousel The world of Disney, OK on rainy days, Rotates / Spins, about 2.5 minutes about 190 persons
Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage Go through darkness about 10 minutes 24 persons per boat
Jasmine’s Flying Carpet The world of Disney, Rotates / Spins, Cannot ride with child on lap about 1.5 minutes 4 persons per “carpet”
The Magic Lamp Theater Theater type, 3D film effects, The world of Disney, OK on rainy days, Loud sounds, Go through darkness, about 23 minutes (show duration is 9 minutes) 322 persons
Mermaid Lagoon Ariel’s Playground Experiential Attractions, The world of Disney, OK on rainy days, Loud sounds, Scary characters appear, Go through darkness
Jumping Jellyfish Speed / Thrills, OK on rainy days, Go through darkness,  Cannot ride with child on lap about 1 minute 2 persons per jellyfish
Scuttle’s Scooters Speed / Thrills, Rotates / Spins, Cannot ride with child on lap about 1.5 minutes 2 persons per “scooter”
Blowfish Balloon Race The world of Disney, OK on rainy days, Go through darkness, Rotates / Spins, about 1.5 minutes 4 persons per gondola
Mermaid Lagoon Theatre Theater type, The world of Disney, OK on rainy days, Loud sounds, Go through darkness, about 14 minutes 700 persons
The Whirlpool OK on rainy days, Go through darkness, Rotates / Spins, about 1.5 minutes 4 persons per “cup”

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Popcorn buckets

There’s a special commemorative popcorn bucket to mark the 15th Anniversary of the theme park for 2000 yen. I’m not sure about the design but the Duffy one that I saw online was so adorable too! So that’s the reason why I feel kinda conflicted! Should I bring the ones we have at home or just buy a new one? HELP!! Below are the list of popcorn flavours that are available at DisneySea. If I really want the Duffy Popcorn bucket, then it does look like we gotta have the Milk Chocolate flavour. Will let you know how that goes if we do get to try.

Popcorn Flavours Location in DisneySea
Caramel In front of Lido Isle
In front of StormRider
Next to Ariel’s Greeting Grotto
Black Pepper In front of Dockside Stage
Next to Hangar Stage
White Chocolate In front of Liberty Landing Diner
Milk Chocolate In front of Cape Cod Cook-off
Salt In front of Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster
Curry In front of Arabian Coast
Cappuccino At the top of Via delle Viti

Dining

There are a total of 37 restaurants, cafes and kiosks found in the theme park but here’s what I’ve shortlisted for our trip. I used to love the meat buns found only at DisneySea so I’m hoping that they are still there and they taste just as good. Fingers crossed!

Location in DisneySea Restaurant Description Price
Mediterranean Harbor Ristorante di Canaletto Course meal / Set meal, From 2000 – 5000 yen
American Waterfront Cape Cod Cook-off Hamburger / Sandwich, Disney character motif, Mickey-shaped, Sweets for takeout, Soup 1000 yen or less
Cape Cod Confections Disney character motif, Sweets for takeout 1000 yen or less
Port Discovery Seaside Snacks Snack for takeout, Pork Buns 1000 yen or less
Horizon Bay Restaurant — Disney Character Dining Meet the Disney Characters, Children’s menus available From 2000 – 5000 yen
Mysterious Island Vulcania Restaurant Hamburger / Sandwich, Disney character motif, Mickey-shaped, Soup From 1000 – 2000 yen

Shopping

Last but not least, shopping to add to the list!! Let me try to take the conservative approach here so listing the things I really want to get – a Shellie May bag for Bubba and maybe some merchandise from Mermaid Lagoon. 🙂

I found out that Duffy and Shellie May are in different locations within Tokyo DisneySea so listing them down so you know where to head straight to.

  • Duffy: Cape Cod
  • Shellie May: American Waterfront Park

Guess that’s about it!! One more theme park to go and I guess we are all ready to take on the theme parks armed with all the knowledge we now have. Wish us luck and watch this space for updates!

Oh and if you do have any tips to share on maximising our stay at the theme parks, please do share them along here! I will be pleased to add that into our list. 🙂

[Images and research taken from Tokyo Disney Website]

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2 thoughts on “Travel to Tokyo (with kids): Research on Tokyo DisneySea

  1. Karen says:

    Try the milk chocolate popcorn – it’s yummy! We tried it at Tokyo Disneyland earlier this year and all of us (errr…including my toddler 🙈) loved it. We didn’t find it too sweet. And you get to get the Duffy bucket too – why not? 😉

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