Days 19/20: DisneySea and Disneyland Day 3/4
Alrighty. We're back for one last update. Before I finish up, just want to say thank you to everyone who has followed along. This time last year, I was a few days out from visiting these parks. I am so, so grateful to Robb and Elissa for planning a perfect trip. Truly incredible to just have everything totally figured out for me when it came to transportation, lodging, and these parks. Could never have done this myself. And likely would never have become interested in Japan as much without all the great reports from them/others over the years.
It is crazy to think of the opportunities I have had because of this little community. The forum has been a beautiful thing for me and am super proud to have been a part of it for ~10 years (likely more as a reader). Cannot wait to see what is in store down the line.TOTAL RIDE TALLY FOR 4.5 DAYS AT DISNEYDisneySea:
Nemo - 1
Indiana Jones - 6
Raging Spirits - 6
Tower of Terror - 3
Aquatopia - 4
20k Leagues - 2
Carousel - 1
Gondolas - 1
Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster - 1
Toy Story Midway Mania - 1
Sinbad - 2
Electric Railway - 2
Transit Steamer Line - 1Shows:
Tritan's Band - 1
Fantasmic - 2
Magic Lamp Theater - 1
Mickey Big Band Beat - 1
Out of Shadowland - 1Tokyo Disneyland
Peter Pan - 1
Snow White - 1
Monsters Inc. Hide and Go Seek - 2
Pinocchio - 1
Big Thunder Mountain - 2
Jungle Cruise - 1
Western Railroad - 1
Swiss Family Treehouse - 1
Canoes - 1
Roger Rabbit - 1
Star Tours - 2
Space Mountain - 6
Splash Mountain - 6
Haunted Mansion - 4
Pirates - 4
Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters - 2
Tom Sawyer's Island - 1
Pooh's Hunny Hunt - 3
It's a Small World - 2Shows:
One Man's Dream - 1
Electrical Parade - 2
So yeah, I did a lot. Some folks will see this and wonder why it was necessary to do some of these rides so many times. I dunno, I just really enjoy them. Plenty of folks on the trip were more than content with just two days at the park. And honestly, if you aren't a Disney crazy person, it probably is enough time. It is tough, because these extra two days could've been spent exploring Tokyo more and having loads of super unique experiences. So, tradeoffs must be made, I guess!
Okay, now back to business. The way Tokyo Disney tickets work is:
Days 1 and 2: Pick one park to go to.
Days 3 and 4: Hop as you please.
It is an understated bonus that the price includes hopping parks. Because of how close the parks are to one another (two quick monorail stops), it is so easy and worthwhile. Then I got to do some of my favorites (Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Tower of Terror, Indiana Jones, etc.) on three separate days, instead of two. Also, ticket prices are still very affordable, compared to the States. Which is confusing because attendance is... high.
Either way, I am going to recite here my day so you can get an idea of just how much you can accomplish in one day.
Rope-dropped DisneySea, went and grabbed a Tower of Terror FP, then rode standby. Then walked back to the Arabian Coast and began a bit of a food adventure. Rode Sinbads. Had a Raging Spirits FP and went into line for the FP before opting for Single Rider instead (shorter). Then rode indie single rider with no line. Rode twice. Got Gyoza and Grapefruit Blood Orange Beer Cocktail (yes it deserves to be capitalized). Rode 20k Leagues Under the Sea stanby. Did two shows, explored the SS Columbia and left Tokyo DisneySea at 2:50 for Disneyland. On monorail at 2:54, in Disneyland gates by 3:08. Grabbed a Space Mountain FP, rode Jungle Cruise, rode train. Had a dinner, rode Splash Mountain single rider, did canoes, Cinderella's Castle walkthrough, Haunted Mansion, had a snack, watched electric parade, rode Pirates, Space Mountain FP, Star Tours, Space Mountain stanby, and Monsters Inc.
Yeah, it was a crazy busy day. But I wouldn't have it any other way.Goodbye Tokyo Disney
Sight. This is where the trip comes to an end. One more day at these great parks and I was determined to make the most of it! Did a few new things, revisted some favorites.
From my phone record:
Rope dropped Tokyo Disneyland, grabbed Space Mountain FP, did standby for Pooh. Walked right on and got to ride the third 'mode.' Started as third car in convoy and finished first. Standby Small World, got honey popcorn, and used Space Mountain FP. Off by 10:05. Got Big Thunder FP, then rode Splash Mountain via single rider... twice. Shopped around a bit and obtained a delicious waffle. Rode Pirates and Big Thunder with FP. Arrived at One Man's Dream show at 12:50 for a 1:30 show and got in. Was able to leave seat before show started to get a drink and still come back in. Ate lunch at Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall. Rode Haunted Mansion, then Splash Mountain single rider again. Then Space FP, before leaving for Tokyo DisneySea.
Explored Mermaid Lagoon, rode Caravan Carousel. Ate dinner at Yucutan Base Camp, rode Indiana Jones single rider, did Electric Railway, and Big City Vehicles. Tried to Aquatopia on 'Get Wet' mode, but did not get wet. As soon as I got off, they were transitioning back to normal mode for night. Watched Fantasmic again. Rode Raging Spirits twice single rider no line. Rode Aquatopia twice more, and finished with the Gondolas.
PHEW. This was an insane day.
Thanks again for reading all these reports! I hope I have inspired a few of you to visit Japan. It is such a unique country. Wonderful people, wonderful parks, wonderful culture everywhere, wonderful food, and yeah. It's just the best. Planning my return visit every day until I'm back.