Friday, 30 August 2013

Tokyo Disneysea

On the 13th of August I went to Tokyo Disneysea! It was my first time there, I've always gone to Tokyo Disneyland in the past. Disneyland and Disneysea are right next to each other, so some people tend to stay overnight in a nearby hotel and make two trips of both theme parks. In my opinion Disneysea is more grown up version of Disneyland, it doesn't have that childish cuteness that Disneyland has. Although fewer, the rides at Disneysea are more scarier. When the gates open at 8:00am, everyone starts running to jump on to a ride so that they can avoid lining up. Seeing as it was the summer holidays, there was a lot of people. Funnily, most were Japanese, I only saw a few tourists. 

First up, we went on The Tower of Terror, it's supposed to be the scariest ride there. You basically sit in this giant elevator and you get dropped from high heights in darkness. Although right at the top, you can see outside. The scary thing about this ride is that you don't know when you're going to drop, it just comes out of nowhere, nevertheless it was fun! They also took a picture of us during the ride, when we were right at the top, there were many funny facial expressions. We only had to line for about five minutes which was also a bonus! 

The next ride that we went on was Aquatopia, it a pretty relaxing ride, you sit down in this cubicle and it spins around and you get splashed with water, which was refreshing seeing as the weather was super hot. 

Other rides that we went on were Journey to the Centre of the Earth, which is jet-coaster that's fast and goes up and down, Raging Spirits, which is a roller-coaster with a loop, which was my first time going upside down, it felt weird and scary, I closed my eyes while going upside down. We also went on to Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull, this one you sit in this giant car and it's really bumpy and has sharp turns, it also takes a picture of you, I was the driver. We also went on to Sinbad's Storybook Voyage and Caravan Carousel. To finish the day we watched a 3D show at The Magical Lamp Theater and The Little Mermaid short musical at the Mermaid Lagoon Theater. There was also a parade that was held at the Mediterranean Harbor, I didn't take any photos because we got drenched in water. The Disney characters and the performers threw buckets of water at us and hosed us down with water. Everyone got drenched. It was worth it though, because of the hot weather. 

The buildings are so pretty and very different to Disneyland. Disneysea has different Disney stories to  Disneyland. Disneyland has, Peter Pan, the Disney Princesses, Winnie the Pooh, Roger Rabbit, The Nightmare Before Christmas and others while, Disneysea has Aladdin, Indianna Jones, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, The Little Mermaid and so on. I liked the Arabian Coast the best.

During the summer there's lots of ice and ice-creams. There's this Japanese dessert thing called kakigori, it's shaved ice with flavoured syrup on top, sometimes you can also get different toppings like, red bean, mochi (rice dumplings), chocolate chips and it's really popular during the summer time. I had mango flavoured kakigori with vanilla soft serve on top.

If you're ever planing a trip to Tokyo Disneysea during the summer (June to August) here are a few things I recommend you bringing:
  1. a change of clothes, you will get wet even if you avoid the parade, a lot of the rides are water themed
  2. the usual summer necessities,  hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water
  3. camera (of course!), a waterproof one would be great too
  4. a towel
  5. slippers (ie. thongs, flip flops, whatever you call them)
  6. and a uchiwa, which is basically a fan that is easily received by people standing in streets advertising something in Japan, everyone one carries this, it's really handy
It was such a fun and tiring day. I can't wait to go there again.