My girlfriend and I took a trip to Japan from 5/22 - 5/28. Our itinerary went something like this.
Tuesday 5/22: Leave from LAX at 11:40AM
Wednesday 5/23: Arrive at Tokyo Narita Airport at 2:55PM, Check out Tokyo Disneyland with Starlight Pass (After 6PM pass)
Thursday 5/24: Tokyo Disney Sea all day with about an hour break
Friday 5/25: Tokyo day trip (Tokyo, Asakusa, Ueno) Tokyo night trip (Shinjuku)
Saturday 5/26: Day trip to Kamakura, Tokyo Disney Sea at night
Sunday 5/27: Tokyo Disneyland during the day, Tokyo Disney Sea at night.
Monday 5/28: Leave for LAX at 2:50PM. Arrive at LAX at 8:40AM (same day)
So here are the pictures and observations from the full day and two nights we spent on Tokyo Disney Sea.
We stayed at the Tokyo Bay Hotel Tokyu. I'm sure many foreigners tend to stay at the Hilton or Sheraton because those are names they know, but this hotel gave us the best rates and the staff and service were excellent. At least one person at the front desk spoke English and we had no problems here.
This was the view from our room on the 11th floor. Here we are looking towards Disney Sea. Disneyland would be directly to the left.
Cinderella Castle and Big Thunder.
Space Mountain with buildings. You can't get this kind of shot at Disneyland as Space Mountain is tucked into a corner with other Tomorrowland buildings. TDL's Space Mountain stands free of obstructions. At TDL they even light all sides of it at night.
Tokyo Disney Resort Line
Tokyo Disney's version of the Monorail is a full service train system that charges a fare to ride. It's about two bucks for a single trip, or six for an all day pass. We opted for the 4-day pass which cost about 13 bucks.
Handy signs let you know how long you have to wait for the next train. The last train is at 11:39PM.
This is Bayside Station, the station for all official hotels. The next station is Tokyo Disney Sea station, where we will be departing.
Here are some views from the Monorail.
Room to expand? In fact I noticed a lot of room near Lost River Delta.
Approaching the main gate from the monorail.
I had no idea they did early entry but when we purchased our tickets from our hotel they gave us this. It allowed us to go on Raging Spirits, Indiana Jones, Sinbad, and Journey to the Center of the Earth before 10AM. That's almost half of the big attractions.
4-day passport. You have to pick a park for the first two days, and then you can park hop on the remaining days.
Tokyo Disney Sea
The main gate.
You have to pass under the hotel to get into the park and get your first glimpse of Mount Prometheus. Sunwheel it ain't.
Mount Prometheus dominates Mediterreanean Harbor. It's awe-inspiring. It looks good from any angle and creates a dramatic background in any area of the park.
Sunday was very cloudy and we thought there would be rain storms. Luckily none came but the wild weather gave us this backdrop for much of the afternoon.
Instead of doing a chronological trip report I'm going to go through each land and attraction using the park map and post some observations and pictures of them, starting with American Waterfront.