I just got back from my trip to Tokyo Disneyland Resort a little while ago. It was so much fun! Tokyo Disney is amazing. DisneySEA was practically empty the whole trip. We never waited more than 15 minutes for a ride. Disneyland was more crowded, but still no lines more than an hour.
First off, I would like to thank all of you who gave me tips a couple weeks ago. They were really helpful, and they made the trip a whole lot smoother. Thank you!
So, we got off our plane in Narita Airport and got through customs without any problems. We took a taxi to the resort because we had just missed the bus to take us. We checked into the Mira Costa, which took quite a while, but they gave us maps and early entry information. The lobby is beautiful!
We went to our room and quickly cleaned up from the flight and went back to the lobby to get our park tickets. I looked out of these huge windows into DisneySEA. It was really empty even though it was about 3, and it looked amazing.
We went down the stairs into the park and immediately set out to Journey to the Center of the Earth.
JttCotE instantly became one of my favorite rides ever. It has a nice mix of dark ride and roller coaster. It begins slowly, and moves into an intense ride. The drop out of the mountain had a significant amount of air-time, and it gives a brief view of part of the park.
We got a quick snack at the Nautilus Galley and then went on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
It was ok. There was a flashlight that you could move in some scenes. It was fun to do that, but the ride lacked something. I donít really know what though. It just wasnít as good as I feel it could have been.
We walked over towards the Arabian Coast, stopping in Mermaid Lagoon on the way.
We glanced inside, and it looked like a fun little area.
We didnít have any desire to do any of the rides, so we left soon. We walked through Arabian Coast, through the alleys. It reminded me of New Orleans Square in Disneyland with its small alleys and lots of shops.
Sinbadís Storybook Voyage caught our eyes and me decided to do it.
It was a nice little ride, but I didnít really want to do it again. The music was great though! It was very well put together; it just wasnít as remarkable as some of the other rides in the park.
We walked to the Lost River Delta, first going on Raging Spirits. It was surprisingly tame, but so much fun. The smoke effects brought something more to it as well.
After stopping for a snack in the Base Camp Grill, we got in line for Indy.
The queue was very cool. Its big rooms were very different from the queue in Disneyland. The ride itself was so much fun. Its theme was so different, yet so similar to that in Disneyland. The smoke ring effect was cool, and should replace the rat room in Disneyland.
We then went over to Port Discovery and walked on Aquatopia. This ride was so much fun! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had heard that it would be really bumpy, and it was, but it didnít bother me at all.
Storm Rider was just being let in, so we raced over and got inside.
The pre-show was very good, and even though we didnít speak Japanese, we understood what was going on. The ride was so much fun! I could really get into it, and the movement was very genuine. Overall, it was a great ride. We were getting hungry, but decided to do Tower of Terror before eating dinner. To get there, we walked thought the Cape Cod area.
This area needs something. Its just an empty corner of the park. And frankly, the park needs more dark rides, and this would be the perfect place for one. We walked through the New York area to ToT. This is the best looking Tower of Terror of the three designs. The faÁade is just incredible, and the lobby is just as good.
So, this version of ToT was incredible. The Shiriki Untundu is so much creepier than any Twilight Zone thing. And the disappearing effect left me speechless. Its probably the best effect Disney has ever put on a ride. As for the dropping part of the ride, that left me wanting more. It was definitely less intense than the drops in DCA. I havenít been on the one in Hollywood Studios, so I cant speak for that one. But if they just Ďfixí the Drop sequence, this would be my favorite version of the ride. Oh, and it has a cool effect on the faÁade at night.
We went back to Mysterious Island for dinner in the Vulcania restaurant. I know this is Japan, but it has really good Chinese food.
We went on another ride of JttCotE. Its different at night, because you arenít blinded by the light on the drop, so you can see much more.
BraviSEAmo was about to start, but we wanted gelato. We went to some gelato place in the Harbor and got some. It was really good gelato, and we ended up returning there several times during the trip. we stood to the side and watched BraviSEAmo. It was a really good show. The music was beautiful, and the water and fire movements held my attention the whole time. I was pleasantly surprised.
My parents decided to go to sleep, but I continued touring the park for a couple hours. I went on JttCotE again, and then walked towards Raging Spirits. I passed Mermaid Lagoon, which looks Beautiful at night. It has twinkling lights on the towers that make it take on a whole new look.
Raging Spirits seems like a completely different ride at night. The smoke effects become much more prominent, and with the red lights it seems like you are passing through fire.
I ran over to Indy and walked through the queue without any wait. once again, it was a great ride. It doesn't have the three doors like in Disneyland, but instead it has a room with great theming, including water. If the two variations of the room were somehow combined, it would create something astounding. After Indy, I decided I was tired, so I began the walk back to Mira Costa. I passed Aquatopia and decided to go on it again. They were only running one side and the waterfall was turned off. I don't really know why though.
I was dead tired, so I went straight back to the room and immediately fell asleep. Day 2 coming up....