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Tokyo DisneySea

The world’s most popular Disney?

Everyone loves Disney. Japanese people also love Disney. In fact, they love it so much they have two Disney theme parks right next to each other; DisneySea and Disneyland. Both are just a half hour train ride from Tokyo, and both are top spots for GaijinPot’s Top 5 theme parks in Japan.

More geared to adults, DisneySea is a magical place where you can get the thrill of classic rides such as Tower of Terror and Journey to the Centre of the Earth but also have your picture taken with Donald Duck and co. To top it all is the fascinating cultural insight into Japan’s obsession with all things cute and childlike – seriously, it’s a very cool thing to witness.

The first thing you’ll probably notice is how groups of people have gone to a lot of effort to coordinate their outfits and matching accessories around one character or movie. Not to mention, if you go in rainy season or are just unlucky, irresistibly cute rain ponchos with mouse ears appear out of nowhere. That’s magic.

Matching outfits are always the order of the day at Tokyo Disney. Photo (modified) by Richard, enjoy my life!.

Depending on what time of year you plan on visiting, there are themed shows (such as Halloween, Christmas, Easter etc) that are usually worth staking out a decent seat along the beautifully scenic Mediterranean Harbour. Fantasmic!, the quintessential Disney show, is on throughout the year, usually in conjunction with other shows. Don your matching Toy Story Alien hats and munch on some Toy Story Alien dumplings while watching Mickey battle Disney’s most terrifying villains. Disney buff or not, it’s great fun.

View of Magic Mountain at Tokyo DisneySea.

As well as a host of rides that can be enjoyed by even the most hardcore thrill-seekers, DisneySea also has a thrillingly impressive collection of gift shops and restaurants. Photo by Dani.

A note of caution: DisneySea is always busy. So in the immortal words of Scar from The Lion King, “Be prepared!” It’s a good idea to sort tickets in advance rather than hoping for the best on the day. That way you can turn up and get the Disney party started without having to line up at the booths.

With every ticket purchased you’ll get up to three FASTPASS entrances at no extra charge that can each be used within an allotted time period. If you know exactly which rides will have long, long queues (a.k.a Journey to the Centre of the Earth or Toy Story) and have a battle-plan in place, these help minimise your queue time immensely. All you need to do is go up to the designated ticket booths at your selected ride and hold your ticket under the reader. Then go back to the ride during the time period printed and smugly bypass the normal queuers. You can also reserve your FASTPASS entrances up to one month in advance if you book tickets online.

Next door, Tokyo Disneyland is more reserved for younger customers with less roller coasters and more child-friendly attractions. Sadly, no beer on offer here.

Things To Know

Opening Times

DisneySea is open every day from 8:00 to 22:00, 365 days a year.

Entrance Fees

A One-Day Passport will set you back ¥7,600 or you can purchase a Two-Day Passport with entrance to DisneyLand as well for ¥13,200. All rides are included, you will only need to bring extra money for the gift shops or for food, both of which are very reasonably priced.

Booking Tickets

Tickets can be booked online via the official website. E-tickets can be printed at home, or normal tickets can be delivered for a small fee.

How To Get There


279-0031, Japan

By train

Tokyo DisneySea is ridiculously easy to access. Direct trains can be taken from Shinjuku, Tokyo, Narita and Haneda Airports, Akihabara, Shinagawa and Yokohama to JR Maihama station (in Chiba prefecture).  From Maihama station, go out of the South Exit and head left to the Resort Gateway station.

A monorail links all of the resort destinations, including Disneyland, as well as Bayside where you’ll find the resort hotels. The first train leaves at 6:00 from the Resort Gateway station; the last train is at 23:55, with trains departing every 4 to 13 minutes. More details can be found on the official resort website.

By bus

18 different train stations also offer bus services to the Disney resort just within the Greater Tokyo area. Check the resort website to find out more about these, and bus access from elsewhere in Japan.

Where To Stay

Hotel MyStays Maihama
  • 3-5-1 Tekkodori, Urayasu-shi, Chiba, 279-0025 Japan
  • ¥15,200 - ¥97,500
  • 4.18/5 (2,981 reviews)
  • 0.9 km
Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama
  • 1-7 Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Chiba, 279-0031 Japan
  • ¥30,000 - ¥156,000
  • 4.48/5 (2,741 reviews)
  • 1.0 km
Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel
  • 1-9 Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Chiba, 279-0031 Japan
  • ¥33,200 - ¥129,400
  • 4.12/5 (13,780 reviews)
  • 1.0 km
Hotel Okura Tokyo Bay
  • 1-8 Kabushikigaishiya Hoteruo-Kuratokiyobei, Urayasu-shi, Chiba, 279-8585 Japan
  • ¥28,050 - ¥177,540
  • 4.32/5 (9,987 reviews)
  • 1.0 km
Hilton Tokyo Bay
  • 1-8 Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Chiba, 279-0031 Japan
  • ¥28,341 - ¥247,390
  • 4.14/5 (12,825 reviews)
  • 1.1 km

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