Thurs, 2/9/23, Day 4: DisneySea

Coming to DisneySea was the reason why I booked us at the Hilton Tokyo Bay, and the day has arrived! If it were up to me, I would have wanted to be there at rope drop, but I have to take in to consideration the husband 🙂 We stuffed ourselves at the breakfast buffet again, then took the shuttle to Maihama Station and walked 15 mins to the entrance of DisneySea. I had booked tickets using Klook, and they sent me QR codes that just needed to be scanned at the entrance. After going in, you can scan your passes into the app to book standby passes and entry requests for shows…but I don’t know if it was because we went in late (only an hour) that everything was booked or maybe it wasn’t set up? I had done fast passes when I did Disneyworld, but since the pandemic, things have changed as fast passes have been done away. You of course could pay extra to ride a ride (+10?!?!), but…really?

This place was magnificent to look at. It’s no wonder people say that this park is the best one in the Disney collection. We didn’t do some of the more famous rides like Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania, and Soarin’ partially because the lines were so long, but also cuz we’ve already done those at California Disneyland. We did 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Nemo & Friends SeaRider, Aquatopia, DisneySea Electric Railway, DisneySea Transit Steamer, Big City Vehicles, Raging Spirits, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, and The Magic Lamp Theater. I was sad that we couldn’t ride the Venetian Gondolas because of the wind, but we took a picture on one. Everything was in Japanese, so it wasn’t as easy to understand what was going on.

It seemed like there were a lot of high schoolers there as they were dressed in uniform. I don’t know how the girls in their short skirts were able to stand the cold, and yes, it started getting windy and COLD! I’m glad I brought my heavy jacket, scarf, gloves and hat, but my face and hands were starting to freeze around 5pm. We took rest at a restaurant and ordered a hot oolong tea and clam chowder to warm up while we waited for the night performance “Believe! Sea of Dreams” at 7:40pm. I first was a little reluctant to go because of the cold and being tired from the day and thought we could just watch the show on YouTube. I was a little dejected since we couldn’t watch the other shows that you had to reserve on the app for (will probably find those online)…all of it was either booked or I’m just app illiterate, but I’m glad Anson convinced us to stay. We had a decent viewing point right of the “stage”. The performance was 1/2 long and featured Disney characters from Moana, The Little Mermaid, and Coco. I even got a little teary watching it. There’s a reason why people love Disney and I’m glad there is still a little bit of magic left.

Side note: 1. Does everything in the convenience stores/supermarkets have to be wrapped in plastic? Even fruits and veggies? 2. I love heated toilet seats…

Cost: Prepaid on Klook for DisneySea tickets ~$68 each + Oolong Tea and Clam Chowder 680 yen ($5.23) = $141.23

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