The sun is up and it is time to go on an adventure like no other on earth. That is what it feels like when you wake up and the day has come for a visit to an amazing place like the very best Disney could ever offer.
It's hard not to compare. Even though DisneySea has a bit of every other Disneypark on earth, it stands out as very different.
I don't want to start a fight here... but you have to know that Tokyo DisneySea is better than the original Disneyland.
Walt may have walked in the first park but his spirit is in DisneySea.
Everywhere you go in that place you find all those things that we all imagine Disney could be when at it's best.
People on an amazing journey.
Everyday starts with a good old run to the fastpass line for Toy Story. The line is the longest line I have seen in my life. It stretches from the entrance to the ride itself. Google it and be amazed.
But the wait is not that long. You will soon have a fastpass for the best version of Toy Story Mania.
The ride itself is just like the others. I wish it could be updated. My TV has MUCH better 3D and picture sharpness... any 3D TV has. Disney seme unaware of todays standards when it comes to 3D.
This alone would be an amazing addition to any themepark.
The heads move.
Take that Maleficent in the new WDW parade!
Let me also take this opportunity while speaking of second gates to claim that Disney California Adventure is a great park. It has mqny of the things that makes DisneySea great. Sure it still has a few bits that I would like to see changed or replaced but it still truly deserves alot of credit. It's main problem is the theme of California. California may seme exiting to some... but a journey on the seven seas is more of an adventure to me. TDS has many themes, just like EPCOT, but all focused on adventures in different ports.
People gather hours before the shows start. The spring shows featuring Duffy is not worth the wait. Even my 7 year old thought that it was a bit too much to watch Mickey and friends run around on stage talking without moving their lips. DisneySEA has a great looking Broadway style theatre. It makes the Fantasyland stage in Disneyland California look really cheap and unthemed.
Looks like gestapo is cleaning up after the show.
The fortress is massive. Not like the tiiiiny castle in Disneyland. Good and bad.
THE most overrated thing in Japan's Disney. You get the very same or much better at any chinese store or restaurant.
Notice the marks after the old water level. Now that is attention to details.
The centerpiece of TDS. It has a few fake plants that need to be replaced.
Not far from the greatest ride in any themepark. A ride that does not have to relay on any prerecorded video sections. Harry Potter and Transformers... tsss! This journey is live and not based on a movie. Yea, take that Carsland.
There will always be those who claim the original Disneyland is the best. Everybody is entiteled to their opinions. After having been in all Disneyparks I have come to the conclusion that Tokyo DisneySea is not only the best thing that Disney could ever offer but also the best manbuilt fun a person can have on this planet. Everything is grand, elaborate and still cozy enough for me to claim that TDS is the complete themepark experience. Disneyland in California is pure gold. But TDS is nothing lesser than a daimond... a big one.
I want to live there.
It even has a real garden. They didn't have to do that, but they did.
To me it often semes like those that claim that TDS is inferior to the original Disneyland do that because of nostalgic reasons. Sure Disneyland has alot of the rides and themes that paved the way for the design of the experiences of the other Disneyparks and themeparks around the world. But TDS is much more than that. DisneySea is the evolution of Disneyland. It is what you get if you take all that is great about Disneyland and make it slightly better.
Sure TDS has been getting many cloned attractions lately. But if they haven't been slightly better than the original they atleast have been changed enough to be able to stand on their own like a great attraction should. It is very obvious to a guest that first spends some time in any Disneyland park and then visits TDS that it simply is more elaborate and more interesting as a park than Disneyland or any other park. Many of the rides in the original Disneyland simply are not good enough. Anyone can say anything about rides like Mr Toad and the other Fantasyland darkrides but if someone would lift them up and put them down in DisneySea it would be very obvious that Disneyland lives on old merits.
There is not a ride in DisneySea that doesn't outshine the rides in Disneyland when it comes to the level of detail and use of superior technology... asides from the flying carpets (uhh). Did someone say Pirates? One could compare Pirates in Disneyland to Sinbad in DisneySea. The look of Captain Jack does not match the look of the original AAs. Everything matches everything in Sinbad... even though that ride also has seen some changes from how it first was built. The fog machine that makes the screen for the projection in Pirates is stuck to the ceiling like a huge AC. It just sticks out and ruins the genuine look of that part of the ride. It would be very easy to hide it. I also think that the ending on Pirates is a bit underwhelming when compared to the one on the Sinbad ride. Sinbad is one of the lesser popular rides in TDS. Everything else is just too good for this ride to be able to be much more than a nice thing to see inbetween everything else.
You finaly know how it is to be Indy for a moment.
The original is good, but I'm thinking that I like this one a bit more. The original ride has bad sound cranked up too loud.
Sometimes people on this forum talk about the Mermaid ride and how it could fit in to DisneySea's Mermaid Lagoon. That is an insult to Mermaid Lagoon. The Mermaid area in TDS is everything the Mermaid ride tries to be and much, much more.
This whale sure beats the one in Disneyland.
...also on the inside.
Who needs a mermaid ride?
Mermaid Lagoon is like a small superdetailed themepark on it's own. Rides, playareas, walthroughs, mshows, restaurants and stores, all much more detailed than any Mermaid ride ever can be, makes up the indoor undersea adventure that Mermaid Lagoon is. I'm not even mentioning the outdoor areas of this pot of call.
Mermaid Lagoon is coverd in details.
Amazing as it is it is not the parks centerpiece.
One of the few areas that could have been done better in TDS.
This is makes the Venetian hotels canals look really cheap and stupid.
...and America both have many cozy and relaxed spaces to catch the breath inbetween rides and shows.
Even if there are alot of clones in TDS it still has alot that is unique that never will be built anywhere else. Most of the best rides from all other Disneyparks can be found in one form or Another in Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. The entire park of DisneySea is like one huge amazing attraction that one can ride or walk through. The level of detail can not be seen in any other park on earth. Disneyland isn't as imposing as TDS can seme to some. But sometime the small castle and the small darkrides with the small parade sometimes makes Disneyland seme like an old baby, where TDS is the more mature adult. TDS also has those small cozy corners that Disneyland has, but one has to look a bit more to find them in TDS.
As any real Disneypark should, TDS looks great in the darkness.
People gather all over the harbour to see the biggest version of Fantasmic!
A day at DisneySea has come to an end. It is always with a sense of satisfaction that one leaves the best themepark on earth. One always knows that the next visit will be even better.
As bonus I thought I'd add a few videos of Disney in Tokyo:
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