Unique to Japan, Tokyo Disney Sea is a theme park that is located in Urayasu, Chiba. Opened in 2001, the park—which is especially popular among teens and adults—regularly attracts over 13 million visitors every year.
In fact, it is the fifth most-visited theme park in the world. What makes it so special? Is it worth a visit? Let’s have a look.
- 1. Tokyo Disney Sea has a Completely Different Vibe
- 2. There are Several Rides that are Unique to the Park
- 3. Some Merchandise can only be Found at Tokyo Disney Sea
- 4. They Sell Snacks That Can’t Be Found Anywhere Else
- 5. Tokyo Disney Sea Offers Different Types of Tickets
- 6. The Tower of Terror Features a Completely Different Story
1. Tokyo Disney Sea has a Completely Different Vibe
Tokyo Disney Sea is unique in that it features a nautical-based theme. Divided into seven ports, the park’s vibe is completely different from its vibrant counterparts (think Disneyland).
Not only is it more relaxed, but it offers more of a “grown-up” feel. For this reason, the park tends to be more popular among teenagers and adults.
Don’t get me wrong, though, kids can, of course, enjoy the park as well.
2. There are Several Rides that are Unique to the Park
As you can probably expect, there are several rides that are unique to Tokyo Disney Sea—one of which includes the popular, Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Based on Jules Verne’s novel of the same name, the attraction takes riders into a dark cavern before propelling them into the heart of an active volcano.
One of the most popular rides in the park, it almost always has a long lineup. Seeing as how you can only find it in Disney Sea, though, we’d say it’s worth the wait!
Other rides that are unique to the park (this does not include concerts and other attractions):
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Similar to Journey to the Center of the Earth, this dark attraction is also based on a novel by Jules Verne. Opened in 2001, the submarine-based ride provides guests with an under the sea journey—one that is narrated by Captain Nemo.
A roller coaster attraction, Raging Spirits takes guests on a hide-speed ride through an excavation of ancient gods. Located at the back end of the park, it is the only ride at Tokyo Disney Resort to feature a 360-degree loop.
Aquatopia is a water ride that can be found in the Port Discovery section of the park. The successor to Autopia, from which it received its name, it is one of only a few attractions in the world to utilize a trackless ride system.
Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage
Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage is a dark ride that is located in the Arabian Coast port-of-call. Featuring Alan Menken’s Compass of Your Heart, the attraction showcases well over 160 different animatronics.
3. Some Merchandise can only be Found at Tokyo Disney Sea
Given its popularity, it’s not surprising to know that some merchandise can only be found at Tokyo Disney Sea.
From pins to phone cases, the park offers a variety of items that are unique to Japan. Interested in a pair of Mickey chopsticks or perhaps a ceramic bowl? Look no further.
For those who like sweets, they also sell cutely packaged cookies and candies that are bound to be a hit among family and friends.
4. They Sell Snacks That Can’t Be Found Anywhere Else
Tokyo Disney Sea has some of the greatest snacks hands down. Looking for something to fill your stomach with in between rides? You’ll be happy to know that they offer a variety of treats throughout the park.
If you’re a fan of corn kernels, be sure to check out their different popcorn carts—they sell a variety of unique flavors including milk chocolate, garlic shrimp, soy sauce and butter, strawberry, and curry. For an extra 2000 yen or so, you can even get a bucket as a keepsake item!
In addition to popcorn, the park offers things like alien mochi (highly recommended), gyoza dogs, shrimp and pork buns, teriyaki steamed buns—all of which are unique to Tokyo Disney Sea!
5. Tokyo Disney Sea Offers Different Types of Tickets
Don’t want to spend the entire day at the park? No problem! Tokyo Disney Sea offers different admission tickets at the door.
For instance, you can purchase a Starlight Passport, which would allow you to visit the park after 3 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Interested in dropping by later in the day? If so, you can grab an After 6 Passport, which would allow you to enter after 6 p.m. on weekdays. Of course, their prices are also much cheaper compared to a regular day pass.
The rates as of 2018:
Starlight Passport (After 3 p.m. on weekends and holidays)
Adult: 5,400 yen
Junior: 4,700 yen
Child: 3,200 yen
After 6 Passport (After 6 p.m. on weekdays)
Adult: 4,200 yen
Junior: 4,200 yen
Child: 4,200 yen
6. The Tower of Terror Features a Completely Different Story
Are you a fan of Disney’s Tower of Terror? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out Tokyo Disney Sea’s version of the ride.
Opened in 2006, the attraction can be found at the American Waterfront, just a few steps from Toy Story Mania. Unlike the Tower of Terrors at the other parks—which are inspired by Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone—the Japanese variation features an original storyline that takes place at Hotel Hightower.