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Tokyo DisneySea: What I did on a summer day

Don't let the sweltering heat of Japan's summer stop you from enjoying a visit to one of the happiest places on earth - Tokyo DisneySea. Let me share our summer trip to Tokyo DisneySea!

Kari Minobe

Kari Minobe

Published on 20 May, 09:00

My friend and I woke up later than we originally planned, but luckily our hotel was just a 10-minute train ride to Maihama Station, where we boarded the Disney Resort Line going to Tokyo DisneySea.

The moment we stepped foot inside the monorail, with its Mickey Mouse-shaped windows, my mood magically shifted and I felt like a kid once again.

Favorite place in DisneySea - Mermaid Lagoon!
Favorite place in DisneySea - Mermaid Lagoon!

I'm a Little Mermaid fan, so the first place we checked out was Mermaid Lagoon with the goal of finding Prince Eric's statue. Unfortunately, our excitement to explore the park shortened our patience in looking and we ended up giving up on our search. Does anyone know where it is? Please let me know!

The Sleepy Whale Shoppe
The Sleepy Whale Shoppe

After getting kawaii (cute) matching Minnie Mouse headbands at the Sleepy Whale Shoppe, we headed to Mysterious Island to get a FASTPASS for the Journey to the Center of the Earth ride.

But wait, what is a FASTPASS?

It's a reservation system offered by certain attractions in the park, wherein you'll be securing a specific time slot to ride the attraction and lets you queue at the FASTPASS lane, which has significantly less waiting time.

To get one, just place your admission ticket under the scanner of the machine. Unfortunately, there's a cool down before you can get another FASTPASS and popular rides tend to run out of passes really quick so it's best to pick the attraction you want to see the most and get one as soon as you enter the park.

 Indiana Jones Adventures: Temple of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones Adventures: Temple of the Crystal Skull
The inside of the Temple
The inside of the Temple

For our first ride, we chose Indiana Jones Adventures: Temple of the Crystal Skull. The inside of the Temple was a marvel to look at, as if you have been transported to another country, making the three-hour queue somehow worth it.

It was my first time in Japan during the summer, so the heat and humidity took me by surprise.

Thankfully, we have come prepared with portable electric fans and water bottles to help us combat the humidity.

Tower of Terror from afar
Tower of Terror from afar

Next stop: Tower of Terror, which I would have gladly skipped if not for my friend. Despite already knowing what to expect, it did little to calm my nerves while in line. The screaming and the adrenaline helped in waking me up though, since the heat was making me a little drowsy prior to the ride.

Mt. Prometheus
Mt. Prometheus

And for our final ride, I could absolutely say that we saved the best for last. Thanks to our FASTPASS, we no longer had to wait long to ride Journey to the Center of the Earth. I'd like to say more, but I don't want to spoil anything. All I could say is that without a doubt, the ride will forever be ingrained in my memory.

Alas, due to the hours spent queuing for the attractions, we could only squeeze in three rides in one day and also just be in time for DisneySea's finale, Fantasmic!, held on the waters of Mediterranean Harbor.

Seating is first come first serve, so we were lucky we were able to find a spot not far from the waters, since the place was already packed when we got there.

Indeed the happiest place on earth!
Indeed the happiest place on earth!

When the song Circle of Life from Lion King started playing, I had tears forming in my eyes. There's just something magical about watching Disney characters perform Disney songs. It's no exaggeration when I say that all exhaustion from the day disappeared after the show.

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Kari Minobe

Kari Minobe

Hi, I'm a half-Japanese, kawaii-loving girl from the Philippines. In my free time, I juggle writing poetry, making art, and playing with my fur baby. I dream of traveling the world and moving to Japan permanently. But for now, I take pleasure in virtually sharing Japan's beauty and uniqueness.

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