We make the same journey back to the park and this time once we get off the JR trains we hop on to the Disney monorail, this travels the whole way around the resort with Disneysea being the last stop so you get to take in all the views on this route, through the Mickey shaped windows of course.
You enter the park into an open square with a huge spinning globe water feature, then passing through some shops to the central lake and the Mediterranean Harbour. Tokyo Disneysea seems to be a slightly more adult Disney Park, in the sense all the matching fancy dress outfits seem reserved the the Magic Kingdom park.
We didn’t spend too long in Mediterranean harbour as it was mainly home to shops and restaurants (which people were queuing for in the morning, let alone in the afternoon). We decide to go clockwise round the lake so we hit the American Waterfront, an area based on 1920s New York it seems. This is super cute with old fashion cars and a monorail really transporting you back to that era. Hidden away we spot the Toyville Trolley Park, home to Toy Story Mania, this must be the most popular ride in the park, by the time we got there in the morning the queue was 2 hours long and the fast passes all get used super quick too!
Moving round we hit our favourite ride, Tower of Terror. This is the first time I’ve come across a variation of this ride, rather than it being themed on the Twilight Zone and Hollywood Hotel this has an original story at the Hotel Hightower. This is about the guy who owns the hotel, a collector of foreign artefacts and this little tiki guy which comes to life and effectively curses the tower. Despite the different story the ride is the same as Cali and Paris.
At the end of American Waterfront we see the S.S Columbia Dining Room, which was themed with villain dining during our trip, sadly the queues for this were too crazy for us to justify checking out too. We did it at a little New York Deli in this area though which served the Toy Story Alien mochi, which were equally cute and delicious.
The next zone we come into is Port Discovery, a futuristic marina. There’s a 4D cinema ride here where you journey into the eye of the storm which is pretty fun, think a bit like Star Tours but with some more surprises to make you jump. This is a fairy small area so we head on to Lost River Delta, this Disney’s home to Indiana Jones. Temple of the Crystal Skull was like the California Indiana Jones ride where you’re sat in large cars going through the adventure with him. There’s also a little coaster with the only loop in Tokyo Disney called Raging Spirits, pretty similar to Thunder Mountain.
From there we cross a bridge and get stupid excited about Mermaid Lagoon and the Arabian Coast in the background, but first we pass through a tunnel into Mysterious Island – the centre of the lake and home to Mount Prometheus.
This area is one of the coolest parts of the park, super futuristic and feels like you’re in the centre of a Volcano. There’s a couple of really fun rides here, firstly Journey To The Center Of The Earth – a rollercoaster that starts off slowly underground showing scenes of alien type creatures, then next minute to shoot outside and down the volcano. If you head to the water area you find 20,000 Legions Under The Sea which simulates a submarine going deeper into the lagoon.
So Lauren’s favourite Disney film is The Little Mermaid and mine is Aladdin so you can only imagine how giddy we were at this part. First off, Mermaid Lagoon – the main feature being King Trident’s huge colourful castle with a bronze singing statue of Ariel out front. If you go in the castle there’s a huge Under The Sea area, mainly kids rides but there’s some super cute Ariel themed sets like her hidden grotto featuring her beloved Eric statue and the shipwreck complete with a shark attacking that even scared us. We came back here later in the day for some food at the buffet, little sandwiches which were poppin’ shrimp in mermaid shell buns. This is a good spot for food if you want to sit down and not bother queuing for a restaurant.
The Arabian Coast was themed on Agrabah, no palace but plenty of small streets filled with colourful stalls and tributes to Jasmine.
We hit the genie carousel before realising all the characters were out for meet and greet. Again it was pretty easy to get snaps quickly, as guest just crowd the characters and they pick out people in a rough order, with us being the only English people the cast could interact with we weren’t queuing to long… well with the males anyway. Aladdin literally took about 30 seconds to pull us forward and proceeded to hit on us with innuendoes the the surrounding Japanese wouldn’t pick up on, but had us in absolute stitches. We bump into him again before riding Jasmine’s Magic Carpets and he’s still shouting at us ‘Hey Girls you better come to my palace tonight’.
We pass back through the volcano and end up back around Meditarranean Harbour for the Halloween Parade. This was super fun as it featured all our favourite villains on boats on the lake with the classic characters aboard with them in outfits inspired by the villains. Sadly due to high winds the show got cancelled halfway through. Turns out the wind can be an issue in this park, not only does it feel really cold at night but the Halloween Firework display was also cancelled at the last minute. Thankfully though Fantasmic still managed to take place, again similar to it’s other conterparts but with more focus on the cute cartoony characters as opposed to Princesses and Peter Pan. There was a really cool part with the Evil Queens Mirror projected onto water before the incredible Maleficent Dragon part. All the songs from Fantasmic were in Japanese too unlike last nights show. We also indulged in some last portions of the amazing Caramel Popcorn whilst watching the show. Kinda regret not buying more to take back to the Air BnB with us.
After leaving the park, but before getting on the JR we check out the Inkspira Mall – home to a huge Disney Store too selling slightly different bits of merchandise to whats on offer in the park, worth checking out for souvenirs if you have time.
By the time we got home our feet were starting to give up on us, I checked the data on my phone and apparently we had walked 25 miles over the 2 days we were at Disney. Definitely time for another lie in tomorrow.