The 12 Best Tokyo DisneySea Rides for Adults
The One Bag Traveler recommends Gear, Destinations and Adventures. We are huge Disney fans so of course on our latest visit to Japan we couldn’t miss Tokyo DisneySea, one of our top two Disney parks in the world (the other being the Magic Kingdom in Orlando). DisneySea rides are more adult-orientated than at its sister
The One Bag Traveler recommends Gear, Destinations and Adventures.
We are huge Disney fans so of course on our latest visit to Japan we couldn’t miss Tokyo DisneySea, one of our top two Disney parks in the world (the other being the Magic Kingdom in Orlando). DisneySea rides are more adult-orientated than at its sister park Tokyo Disneyland, and there are many other attractions that are great to do without kids like have a cocktail in a 1920s lounge on a fancy cruise liner (yes, really!).
DisneySea is nautical themed with seven impressively themed ports inspired by both real places and ocean legends including American Waterfront, Mediterranean Harbor (which looks just like Italy!), and the unique Mysterious Island complete with erupting volcano.
Our detailed Tokyo DisneySea review includes our favourite DisneySea rides, recommended one-day itinerary, and other tips to help you make the most of your stay and avoid the crowds.
Top Tokyo DisneySea Rides and Attractions
Our DisneySea Highlights
I have noted with (FP) the rides that have DisneySea Fastpasses available (more on how to use these to skip queues below).
1) Tower of Terror (FP)
Tower of Terror seen from the SS Columbia ship
DisneySea’s Tower of Terror is as wonderfully terrifying as the others around the world. The theming is different—Japan’s Tower of Terror is an abandoned New York hotel in 1912—and the pre-ride story is in Japanese, but you can’t beat the anticipation as you ride the elevator to the upper floors of the hotel and wait for the sudden plummet.
2) Journey to the Centre of the Earth (FP)
The centre of the volcano on Mysterious Island where the Journey to the Centre of the Earth begins
Within a volcano at the heart of the park, Mysterious Island is the most fantastical of the ports. The main attraction is Journey to the Centre of the Earth, a dark thrill ride that takes you deep underground. It’s very atmospheric, even in the queue there’s plenty to see, and the ride ends with a dramatic climax.
3) Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull (FP)
This dark thrill ride is a simulated off-road journey through the Temple of the Crystal Skull. A fun ride with great theming and a Japanese Dr Jones.
4) Raging Spirits (FP)
Raging Spirits is an outdoor rollercoaster that’s one of the few Disney rides to go upside down with a 360º inversion. The theming isn’t as great as on other attractions (although the fire and water feature is impressive), but it’s fast and we love a loop.
5) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (FP)
A dark ride on one of Captain Nemo’s submarines deep below the sea in search of Atlantis. A beautiful and immersive ride.
6) Big Band Beat Show
We loved Big Band Beat! This 30-minute Broadway-style show features dancers and a live band playing swing and jazz tunes from the 1920s to 1940s. The performers are professional, the dialogue is in English (we’re in America after all), and the Broadway Music Theatre is a beautiful space with comfy seating. It’s perfect for taking a break during a busy park day.
To get tickets for Big Band Beat you need to enter a lottery (one chance only) using your park ticket at the Biglietteria in Mediterranean Harbor. We entered at around 9.30 am for the 3.20 pm show and won! If you don’t win the lottery you can queue about an hour before the show starts for the limited non-reserved seating on the balcony.
Popcorn at Disney Japan is a big deal! The Japanese love to buy Tokyo DisneySea popcorn buckets in fun designs that they wear around their necks and refill throughout the day. There are stands all over the park with different flavours including curry (our favourite), black pepper, milk chocolate, caramel, tomato and herb, blueberry, and salt.
Buy some popcorn as soon as you feel a bit hungry as the queues become longer later in the day.
8) Fortress Explorations
Fortress Explorations is a hidden gem at DisneySea and a great escape from the crowds in the afternoon. It’s an interactive play area with ten exhibits within the fortress where you can study the planets and earth’s rotation, operate cannons and nautical instruments, sail miniature galleons (100 yen fee), and more. Don’t miss the views of Mediterranean Harbor from the top.
9) Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage
Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage is a cross between Pirates of the Caribbean and It’s a Small World. It’s a long, gentle dark ride on water as you sail pass Arabian scenes with Sinbad the sailor and tiger cub Chandu. It’s a relaxing, low-pressure ride with short queues so do it later in the day.
Ristorante di Canaletto is a surprisingly good Italian restaurant overlooking the Venice canals. It’s one of the only restaurants in DisneySea with vegetarian options. We love the pizza here and it makes a nice break in a busy day.
You have to order a three-course set meal and lunch is much cheaper than dinner (2800 yen vs 4800 yen), so make a reservation as soon as they open at 10 am (online bookings are in Japanese only). Even…