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  • Trip Report Tokyo DisneySea 2-14 Photos and mini report

    So I had the chance to experience Tokyo DisneySea for the first time. Somehow the weather gods smiled upon me and the whole day was as perfect weather as I could have asked for.

    I will admit, I was feeling ill most of the day (between some meds I take and the tons of yakitori, sushi and sake my japanese friends had bought me the night before) and didn't get a chance to hit the big thrill rides, but honestly it didn't bother me much. I've seen many videos and pictures of them and I spent so much time doing other things that I really didn't miss it. Anyway, I WILL be coming back there soon.

    Instead of doing a trip report specifically I just wanted to give my general thoughts on the experience. Although I always knew I would enjoy DisneySea, after seeing it in person, it still blows my mind. It truly is a special place and is quite different than any other Disney park experience.

    For the first time, Disney has been able to make a second gate that can be considered just as incredible and unique as the original Disneyland. I will say that it is a more grown up park, it just has a more grown up feel, that's not to say that it's not a kids park, but after seeing the recent changes to WDW going very toward the smaller kids direction, this was a refreshing escape.

    Its interesting the ways I examined the differences between this and the other parks I've seen (now all but the Paris ones). There are a lot of unique views, and accessibility to places you don't see very often. For example, the SS Columbia and the "Renaissance" ship in front of the Fortress are both nearly fully explorable. One thing that's harder to explain is just that this park has a lot of places where you see things differently with elevation changes, stairs and walkways go way up and way down.

    It's been discussed before many times, but I want to say it again, you don't have to be a photographer. If you have a camera and you know how to take a picture, your photos will probably look brilliant no matter where you are in the park. It's just that photogenic and everything truly looks as if the park opened just yesterday. Now admittedly my camera doesn't seem to take good pictures at nighttime, so that is a slight correction to that statement.

    Pictures do not do this place justice either, especially at night. I should have explored more of the park at night but the feeling just being in the plaza at the front of the park with lights everywhere is an incredible one.

    The funny part is that I used to never take pictures anywhere, and suddenly I'm taking 400+ pictures in one day at DisneySea. It's the kind of place that will do that to you.

    There are also many side streets and Im sure a ton of places that I didn't get through, but I was trying to see as much as I could venture through.

    Inevitably I would also start wondering about whether or not much of this park could be built in the U.S.. At this point I would say that it would not be nearly as nice or as accessible, but I won't linger on the reasons why.

    The Fortress had lots of stairs going everywhere, and things aren't all pointed out with huge dummy-proof signs, you actually DO have to, and hopefully WANT to explore and see what you can find. I was a bit spoiled as I had seen most of what was in there before in pictures, but I was still very impressed by what I found.

    The Navigation Centre, where you can steer your own mini boat was especially cool to me. Its definitely one of many places in the park that made me feel like a kid again. It's very plussed from your typical boat ride you'd see at other parks (like at Magic Kingdom next to the Jungle Cruise).

    There's many other things to do there but I won't spoil it. You can spend over an hour there very easily, plus there's Magellans, although I didn't get back there to go inside later in the day.

    I did, however get to have dessert at the Teddy Roosevelt Lounge. So I entered and told them I was a party of one, they take me to the other side of the restaurant and show me a beautiful big leather couch, table and 2 leather chairs. I sat down and I was in heaven. Honestly it was getting warm outside and I wanted to rest my legs a bit, this was perfection. I had a drink and creme brulee with vanilla ice cream, and could have fallen asleep after that right there. I really wish all of the parks had a place like this (and also a place that was un-crowded like this one).

    The New York area is interesting, there were lots of shows going on here and the Tower of Terror is so very different. Also, for those who don't know, at nighttime, there is an amazing effect that happens where the evil idol shoots what looks like some green lightning down to the elevator, it glows a bit, then drops. It's a crazy effect and I took video of it (uploading shortly).

    Other random notes...I think Mysterious Island's layout actually surprised me because it is almost as much of a hub as the front of the castle at DL, the paths are just so well hidden you nearly don't notice it. I know it was difficult for the designers to create a park with each land to appear so separate from each other, and still make each area accessible nearly as easily as DL.

    The SS Columbia is in a perfect place, walking up all the way up to the front of the ship (yes, admittedly, I did have a little "king of the world" moment in pictures for my friends back home), you really feel like it's right on Tokyo Bay when you're standing in the middle.

    I saw Legend of Mythica, and I was really impressed, it was very good and quite different than anything I've seen before. The only thing it slightly reminded me of is the old shows they used to have in the EPCOT Center lagoon back in the late 80's if anyone remembers those.

    I tried Strawberry Popcorn and enjoyed it Most of the other flavors weren't that appealing there.

    The cast members were wonderful, as I expected, even if they didn't speak english well they are perfect with hand signs and helping out. I was actually not able to find the mini boat driving in the Navigation Centre so I asked a cast member, and she gave me the little map of the fortress, I told her I found it, but she insisted that she take me directly to it, so I happily followed and was very appreciative. As a side note, I found nearly everyone in Tokyo I met to be just as friendly and helpful.

    Of course it was fun meeting the other micechatters and getting the grand tour of the Miracosta.

    I really don't have any complaints about the park, there were plenty of places to eat, I ended up eating when I was just hungry, so I stopped next to the Indy ride and had some CS food that was good.

    Also, I went through some of the shops and the interior of these are just as beautiful as the exteriors.

    I may add some more comments later, but that's all I can think of for now

    Onto the pictures:







    Opening shot










    Inside MiraCosta









    Mysterious Island











    Fortress Explorations





    The bright sun played with the look of the buildings













    Port Discovery









    I love these shots with the brightness:


























    The rest of the pictures are here:

    Image hosting, free photo sharing & video sharing at Photobucket

    DisneySea Part 2 pictures by techno9991 - Photobucket
    My Blog: http://imagineeringmind.wordpress.com

    Parks Visited: MK - EPCOT - DHS - DAK - DL - DCA - HKDL - TDL - TDS

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    Nice pics...Looks like you enjoy alot...
    Music is my LIFE!!!

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    • #3
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      Great review and pics! Only 56 days until we step foot on TDR soil...your post is getting me sooo much more excited for it! Thanks!
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      Sep. 2008 - WDW - Pop
      Jan. 2009 - WDW - AK Lodge
      Apr. 2009 - Tokyo DL & DisneySea - Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay
      Nov. 2009 - WDW - Port Orleans Riverside
      Oct. 2011 - WDW Caribbean Beach
      Dec. 2012 - WDW Pop
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        The S.S. ColumbiaTitanic








        S.S. Columbia

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          Yes, I'm also a big fan of Teddy, the president.

          Also, thanks for the insight on the presentation, really interesting!
          My Blog: http://imagineeringmind.wordpress.com

          Parks Visited: MK - EPCOT - DHS - DAK - DL - DCA - HKDL - TDL - TDS

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            One of my favorite "hidden" locations in DisneySea is the elevator in Mysterious Island that leads down to the lower level where the Nautilus Galley is. Most guests overlook this elevator and don't even realize it's there. But for something that hardly anyone will see, just as much TLC was put into the design, theming, and construction as anything else in the park.

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            • #7
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              That elevator is overlooked because in Japan, they realize it's there mostly for the use of guests in wheelchairs, and also because everyone else is in good shape and can walk down the stairs to get to the bottom.. which I prefer so you do not miss the details and theming of the area.

              As for you ChrisFL, I am glad you enjoyed the park. Not surprising here... it's Disney biggest accomplishment. All I can say after your initial review is... "..And that's DisneySEA folks!".

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                Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
                ...walk down the stairs to get to the bottom.. which I prefer so you do not miss the details and theming of the area.
                ... but then you miss the details and theming of the elevator and the passages to and from it, which was my point. You don't have to be in a wheelchair to enjoy that. By all means, use all three methods to and from the lower level in Mysterious Island - each is different.

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                  Thanks for sharing your pictures!

                  We're off to TDR in May!
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                    Youtube video I spent some time on creating:

                    YouTube - Tokyo DisneySea Atmosphere
                    My Blog: http://imagineeringmind.wordpress.com

                    Parks Visited: MK - EPCOT - DHS - DAK - DL - DCA - HKDL - TDL - TDS

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                      *sigh*...





                      DisneySea=perfection.

                      sadly, DisneySea= far out of reach.


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                        Thanks for sharing and posting the pics! I think you enjoy a lot!!
                        thanE

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                          sadly, DisneySea= far out of reach.







                          But there is something special about a trip to Tokyo.



                          earning the experience as well. You will have more memories from a few days at Tokyo Disney than from a hundred weekends at Disneyland.

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                            I checked flights from Florida to Tokyo in late May, they're about $1,200...I'm sure it should be a lot less from California and that's without negotiating. Somehow I think there could be really good deals negotiated right now.
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                            Parks Visited: MK - EPCOT - DHS - DAK - DL - DCA - HKDL - TDL - TDS

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                            • #15
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                              Yesterday evening, United had a short fare sale for flights to Tokyo and Osaka (Kansai Airport) in April. We were able to re-fare our tickets and get credit back. We purchased our tickets for $1,092 each (which we thought was a good price), and last night they were $688 each - that's from Orlando. I think they were under $600 from LAX and SFO.

                              If you obsessively watch flight prices like we do, you CAN find deals to make a trip to TDR a reality. Once you find a great deal on a flight, the rest will fall into place...there are inexpensive hotels nearby...you don't have to spend a lot on food either.

                              In fact, now that we know that it's not as expensive as we thought, I know that we'll be going back to TDR someday. We've already talked about going back to DLP, too! We plan to save up and take our kids (whenever we get around to having some!)
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                              Our Trips:
                              Oct. 2006 - Disneyland/DCA (offsite)
                              Feb. 2007 - WDW - Coronado
                              Oct. 2007 - Disneyland Paris (offsite)
                              Apr. 2008 - WDW Honeymoon - Grand Floridian
                              Sep. 2008 - WDW - Pop
                              Jan. 2009 - WDW - AK Lodge
                              Apr. 2009 - Tokyo DL & DisneySea - Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay
                              Nov. 2009 - WDW - Port Orleans Riverside
                              Oct. 2011 - WDW Caribbean Beach
                              Dec. 2012 - WDW Pop
                              Sep. 2013 - WDW Caribbean Beach
                              Jan. 2014 - WDW Port Orleans Riverside

                              Oct. 2014 - Disney Cruise
                              2015 - Disneyland
                              2019 - Tokyo Disney

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