Family-Friendly Tokyo Disneysea Attractions
Are you planning a visit to Tokyo and want to know about Tokyo Disneysea Attractions and whether or not, this place is better or worse for little ones than Tokyo Disneyland? Want to know our experience?
Tokyo Disneysea IS definitely geared at the older crowd. There’s an edge to this place, along with access to Disney’s shadier villain-type characters not visible at the Happiest Place in the World. There are hundreds and hundreds of teenagers and young adults walking about, many of them in matching outfits, so it’s not an illusion.
Even the landscape is more harsh, with heavy stone architecture, lots of grey concrete, and a deep body of blackish water centre-stage
BUT if you look closely…
there are also plenty of families with strollers, babies, toddlers and the under 7’s in tow. You just need to know where to go, and there’s TONNES of stuff to fill more than a whole day here. One day is not enough.
Head straight for these Tokyo Disneysea Attractions
Bypass all the attractions of the Mediterranean Harbour and Mysterious Island, and head straight for the Mermaid Lagoon. THIS place is a sight no child or family member should miss. (In fact, Mermaid Lagoon might just be my favourite Disney ‘land’ ever, it’s so pretty!) You can easily spend 1/3 to 1/2 of the day here!
Magical Mermaid Lagoon
Follow the path downhill to find the glorious sights of Ariel’s Mermaid Lagoon and Grotto. This place is the epitome of the word, ‘magical’. It is breathtaking, AND popular for young and old. So don’t delay. Jump in a queue and claim your spot on all of these rides.
- Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster – A miniature roller coaster making it’s way over a tide pool (*Not for under 3’s)
- Scuttle’s Scooters – Scoot on a sand crab
- The Whirlpool – Like a teacup, but a kelp cup! Take a spin.
- Jumpin’ Jellyfish – Float up and down on a shell suspended from jellyfish
- Blowfish Balloon Race – Board a shell and join the blowfish as they race round and round.
- Tokyo Disneysea Attractions don’t get much better than this walk-through playground with NO waiting required. Ariel’s playground has a cave of shadows, a Galleon graveyard (watch out for unexpected noises!), a kelp forest, fishermen’s nets to clamber through, a starfish playpen, a mermaid sea spray, a sea dragon tunnel, and Ursula’s dungeon. The playground is hands-on with lots of interactive elements.
- Be vigilant. While you will see lots of parents taking a break, and sitting quietly in the main cavern, there are two exits, and LOTS of kids. It’s also semi-dark, and mysterious, with lots of hidden tunnels. Designate a meeting spot.
Mermaid Lagoon Theater
Grab a Fast Pass for this super clever show. With real-life people, puppetry, AND vision combined, it’s a rollicking boisterous song and dance rendition of the Little Mermaid Tale in the round.
There’s also super cute Disney merchandise to buy with one shop inside a giant whale! You can buy personalised caricatures and silhouette cut-outs in here.
I fell in love with the prettiest Ariel t-shirt I ever did see from one of the stores there. You and your family might like to do as many Japanese families like to do, that is – dress in unison. A Disney t-shirt is the perfect souvenir memory!
Disney Sea for Young Kids – MORE fun!
In each ‘land’, there are more rides and attractions for little kids. Here’s our favourites:
- Caravan Carousel – a two-level carousel with characters from AliBaba including The Genie, AND camels to ride.
- Jasmine’s Flying Carpet – like Dumbo the Flying Elephant but cuter!
- Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage – an animated boat ride through the waters of Arabia with Sinbad and Chandu.
- The Magic Lamp Theater 3D show with the world’s greatest magician and the Genie.
LOST RIVER DELTA
- DisneySea Transit Steamer Line – a low key steamer voyage around town.
- Character greeting with Mickey and Friends at Greeting Trails
Hot tip: If you can manage to share childcare, the Indiana Jones Adventure, Temple of the Crystal Skull is THE BEST DISNEY RIDE I’VE EVER BEEN ON! But it’s pretty rough and tumble so kids need to be 117 cm tall and strong enough to hang on.
- Aquatopia – Join the WET queue. It’s much quicker AND a tonne of fun! Oh, how you’ll laugh.
- DisneySea Electric Railway – Take an electric trolley ride on an elevated track right back to the front of the park.
- Disney Character Dining is available at the Horizons Bay Restaurant. It’s the best way to meet the traditional Disney characters without queuing!
- Toy Story Mania – one of THE best interactive rides in the world. Fun for everyone! Put this at the top of your must-do list if you haven’t ridden it already.
- Venetian Gondolas – take a ride through the canals of DisneySea
SHOWS NOT TO MISS! (other than King Triton’s Concert)
- “A Table is Waiting” – Host Lumiere (the Candlestick from Beauty and the Beast) takes you on a journey of world cuisine with Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the gang joining in! SUPER FUN sing-along show with quirky costumes, laughter, and joy. The kids will love it.
- Fantasmic! Find yourself a good spot overlooking the Mediterranean Harbour to see this fireworks and music spectacular. All the characters appear, in this ode to the imagination.
The Inside Scoop
- Generally 8am to 10pm. Please check opening times at the Park Operation calendar here.
- Buy your e-tickets here and print at home. No waiting in line at the gate, AND guaranteed entry!
Single Day Passports
- One day passports – ¥7400 for adults, ¥6400 for children 12 – 17 years old, and ¥4800 for children 4 -11.
- Kids 3 and under are FREE!
Multiple Day Passports ( click here for details)
- Ticket prices are the same for Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tokyo DisneySea Park.
- With a 2-Day Passport, (¥13200 adults,¥11600 for 12-17 years old,¥8600 for child 4-11) you can enjoy one Park the first day and the other Park the following day.
- With a 3-Day or 4-Day Magic Passport, you can enjoy the privileges of a 2-Day Passport and then visit both Parks as you like on the third or fourth consecutive day.
- Phone: 0570-00-8632
- Tokyo DisneySea Website
Location and Map
- Address: 1-13 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, Japan
Our Top Travel Tips and Souvenir Ideas
- There’s a Convenience Store just near the entrance to the Disney train. Stock up on your drinks and onigiri before heading in to save a few dollars for treats later in the day.
- Get into the spirit of things by letting the kids dress up as their favourite Disney character or princess. The Japanese embrace the idea of dress up strongly so your kids will fit right in. (Kids under 11 may wear full costumes all year round.)
- Fast Pass! Take advantage of these little travel aids. They save you SO MUCH TIME. Use time in between rides to eat or snack.
- Hungry for something healthy? There’s a Papadakis Fresh Fruit wagon in American Waterfront that sells freshly cut fruit
- Try Curry Popcorn in front of Arabian Coast. Not a fan? Then look out for these flavours in wagons around town – Caramel, Black Pepper, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, and Cappucino!
- Valentina’s Sweets shop in the Mediterranean Harbour has the biggest selection of Disney-themed treats to take home. (Cute tasty souvenirs too!)
- Make a Souvenir Pressed Penny medallion for ¥100 each. Find machines at the Sleepy Whale shop, the Agrabah Marketplace, The Expedition Photo Archive, Aunt Peg’s Village store, and Galleria Disney. Collect all the different designs.
- Send a postcard from inside Tokyo DisneySea. Letters and postcards placed in these mailboxes will be imprinted with a special Tokyo DisneySea design and delivered to the post office. Mailboxes are located in 11 different areas within Tokyo DisneySea.
- Thinking about a family trip to Japan? Then visit here to find ALL the family-friendly info you’ll need on ground transportation, places to stay, where to eat, and SUPER DOOPER fun things to do in Tokyo.
Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
DO NOT MISS THIS PLACE if you love The Little Mermaid, or are a Disney Fan.
Hot tip: If you’ve been to Disneyland in the USA or elsewhere before, make Disney Sea your preference. If not, try to visit both parks (despite not being able to understand the show commentary or some of the ride commentary unless you speak Japanese). We believe EVERYONE needs a bit of Disney Magic in their lives.
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