Travel Around Japan (Day #2) : Having Fun at Tokyo Disneysea

*I wrote this post in two languages. Scroll down after the English version if you want to read this post in Bahasa Indonesia .* 

On the second day, we spent whole day at Tokyo DisneySea. We chose Best Western Nishikasai because its location was quite near Tokyo DisneySea and they provided free shuttle to that amusement park (one way). Tokyo DisneySea could be reached also by train. The nearest station was JR Maihama Station. From there, you just have to walk through the mall for about 300 meters then transfer to Resort Gateway Station (private train for Disney area) and get off at Tokyo Disneysea Station. 

Peta Tokyo DisneySea

We arrived at Tokyo Disneysea at 08.30 am. For your information, if you want to take a seat at Best Western’s free shuttle, so you have to book a seat one day before. We saw people queueing outside the park although it was Monday. Fortunately, we already bought tickets from Indonesia (JPY 6.900) because the entrance ticket got more expensive there (JPY 7.200). Thanks God, we saved JPY 300 each person. Wow! We were impressed when we entered the park. Tokyo DisneySea was superbig and divided into several themes, such as American Waterfornt, Medditeranian Harbor, Port Discovery, Lost River Delta, Mysterious Island, Arabian Coast, and Mermaid Lagoon. FYI, in this amusement park, there were the most favorite attractions among the visitor, so it was possible if there was a long queue outside the attraction. In prevention of a long queue, the park give you “fass past” facilities. How to use fass past? You just have to scan your ticket barcode at the fass past machine outside the attraction you want to ride, then the machine will print your fass past ticket with the time description on it. You have to come back to ride the attraction you’ve chosen at the time as described on yout fast pass ticket. Please be informed that until that time on your first fass past ticket hasn’t over yet, you won’t be able to print another fass pass tickets. 

For me, the most interesting attractions were Raging Spirits and Indiana Jones Adventure at Lost River Delta area. We didn’t  use fass past facility here because there was no people queueing outside those attractions. These two attractions could make your heart beats faster. Please be informed that some of those attractions there didn’t fit for children under 8 y.o.

Ragging Spirits (Photo Credit by http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp)
  
Indiana Jones Adventure (Photo Credit by http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp)
 

DisneySea had transportation system, like “steamer line” and “electric railway”. Steamer line’s ports were situated at Lost River Delta, Mediterranian Harbor, and American Waterfront. And electic railway’s stations were located at Port Discovery and American Waterfront. After we finished trying the attractions at Lost River Delta, we moved to Mysterious Island area which was located at the center of the park. There were two favourites attractions, Journey to The Center of The Earth and 20.000 Leagues Under The Sea.  

Journey to The Journey of The Earth (Photo Credit by http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp)
  
20.000 Leagues Under The Sea (Photo Credit by http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp)
 

It was midday when we finished playing at Mysterious Island area. We opened our lunch box to enjoy our meals. There were so many restaurants inside the park, but as predicted, they’re very expensive. So we decided to bring bento box from the convenient store near our hotel.  

Bersantai Saat Makan Siang
 

As the time went by, Tokyo DisneySea got more crowded. People flooded in every attraction’s queue line. We tried our very first time fast pass ticket on behalf of queueing Storm Rider attraction at Port Discovery area. When our fast pass tickets were printed, there was one hour left before we were allowed to enter the Storm Rider building. Sure, we tried other attraction, we chose to ride electric railway to American Waterfront area. It was really interesting there, it seeemed like they brought back old America in the park. We did selfie, wefie, and taking pictures there.  
 

American Waterfront
 

After we got satisfied for playing at Lost River Delta, Mysterious Island, and Port Discovery, we moved to kid’s area, Arabian Coast and Mermaid Lagoon. You would find attractions like Carousel, Jasmine’s Flying Carpet, Sinbad’s Storybook, and The Magic Land Theater. Riding Carousel and Jasmine’s Flying Carpet took us back to our childhood memories.  

Di Depan Arabian Coast
 

Sinbad’s Storybook allowed us to see Sinbad’s adventure on moving dolls 3D animation by boarding on a small boat. Sinbad’s adventure took 15 minutes. The other Arabian Coast’s attraction, The Magic Lamp Theater, would perform conventional magic show mixed with digital magic. We might wear 3D glasses. The next area was Mermaid Lagoon. For me, tis area was children specialty. We rode Blowfish Balloon Race, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, and Flying Fish Rollercoaster. 
It was 04.00 pm and it was time for Disney Festival there. Various Disney characters appeared at the whole park and at the boat of the center pond (or lake?). There were various dancers too there. If it came to festival time, streamer line and Venetian Gondola weren’t  operate. After the Disney’s characters show, we tried the last attraction, Tower of Terror. It’s like drop tower. They took you to the top of tower slowly (of course you seat at the attraction and you use safety belt), then drop you to the bottom of the tower in a high speed suddenly. We felt like our hearts stop beating for a moment. What a thrilling attraction. 

Tower of Terror

When it came to 06.00 pm, the wind blowed faster before and it became chiller than before. It was the end of our visit to Tokyo Disneysea. We took train to get back to the hotel because there’s no shuttle bus. From Tokyo DisneySea, by Disney line we got off at Resort Gateaway Station, then walked through the mall for about 300 m to change to JR Maihama Station. At JR Maihama Station, we took Mushashini Line and transfered at Nishi-Funabashi, then took Tozai Line and got off at Nishikasai. 

That’s all we could tell about our adventure in Tokyo DisneySea!

Pada hari kedua, seharian penuh akan bermain di Tokyo DisneySea. Hal utama yang membuat kami memilih Best Western Nishikasai adalah karena hotel tersebut terletak cukup dekat dari Tokyo DisneySea dan menyediakan free shuttle ke area taman bermain Disney. Bagi Anda yang ingin ke Tokyo DisneySea / Disneyland menggunakan kereta dari pusat kota Tokyo juga bisa. Stasiun terdekat dari taman bermain tersebut adalah JR Maihama Sta. Dari Maihama Sta, Anda perlu berjalan menyusuri pertokoan sekitar 300 m dan pindah ke Resort Gateway Sta (line khusus milik kawasan Disne) kemudian berhenti di Tokyo DisneySea Sta atau Tokyo Disneyland Sta. 

Tibalah kami di Tokyo DisneySea dengan menggunakan free shuttle pukul 08.30 am. Anda harus memesan tempat terlebih dahulu ke resepsionis hotel untuk mendapatkan tempat di dalam shuttle.

Antrian tiket ke taman bermain itu cukup panjang padahal saat itu hari Senin. Untungnya kami tidak perlu membeli tiket karena tiket masuk ke DisneySea sudah kami beli di Indonesia seharga JPY 6.900. Saat itu kami masih mendapatkan harga lama. Ternyata bila beli tiket on the spot, harganya sudah JPY 7.200. Lumayan bisa menghemat JPY 300 per orang.

Wow! Begitulah kesan yang muncul saat pertama kali menginjakkan kaki di Tokyo DisneySea. Arena bermain ini sangat luas dan terbagi menjadi beberapa tema, di antaranya American Waterfront, Mediterranian Harbor, Port Discovery, Lost River Delta, Mysterious Island, Arabian Coast, dan Mermaid Lagoon.

Perlu diketahui, ada beberapa wahana yang menjadi favorit di sini sehingga bukan tidak mungkin antriannya akan sangat panjang. Untuk mengurai antrian, pihak Disney memberikan fasilitas fast pass bagi Anda yang ingin mengefektifkan waktu. Anda hanya harus scan barcode tiket Anda di booth fast pass yang terletak di wahana yang Anda naiki, kemudian akan keluar tiket yang menunjukkan kapan waktu Anda harus kembali ke wahana itu. 

Bagi saya, permainan yang paling menarik adalah Raging Spirits dan Indiana Jones Adventure. Keduanya berada di area Lost River Delta. Karena antrian masih cukup sepi, maka kami tidak perlu memakai fasilitas fast pass. Kedua permainan ini cukup menegangkan dan sepertinya kurang cocok untuk anak kecil.

Di DisneySea terdapat beberapa transportasi yang memungkinkan kita untuk pindah dari area satu ke area lainnya, yaitu transit streamer line dan electric railway. Port transit steamer line (semacam boat) berada di area Lost River Delta, Mediterranian Harbor, dan American Waterfront. Sedangkan stasiun untuk electric railway terdapat di Port Discovery dan American Waterfront. Selesai bermain di area Lost River Delta, kami pindah ke area Mysterious Island yang letaknya berada di tengah DisneySea. Di sini juga terdapat wahana yang menjadi favorit, yakni Journey to The Center of The Earth dan 20.000 Leagues Under The Sea. 

Sudah tengah hari saat kami selesai menjajal atraksi di area Mysterious Island. Kami pun membuka bekal makan siang kami. Sebenarnya terdapat banyak restoran di sini, tapi karena kami ingin lebih berhemat maka kami membeli bento sebelum berangkat ke DisneySea.

Semakin siang Tokyo DisneySea semakin ramai pengunjung. Antrian di tiap-tiap wahana pun sudah mengular. Kami mencoba memakai fast pass untuk atraksi Strom Rider di area Port Discovery dan kebagian jam 02.00 pm, berarti masih ada waktu satu jam untuk berjalan-jalan. Kami pun mencoba menaiki electric railway dari Port Discovery ke American Waterfront. Sesampainya di American Waterfront, kami berfoto-foto di area itu, sungguh sangat menggambarkan Amerika tempo dulu. 

Puas bermain di area Lost River Delta, Mysterious Island, dan Port Discovery, kami pun mencoba permainan di area yang biasanya lebih disukai oleh anak kecil, Arabian Coast dan Mermaid Lagoon.

Di Arabian Coast, Anda bisa menemukan Carousel, Jamine’s Flying Carpet, Sinbad’s Storybook, dan The Magic Lamp Theater. Bermain di wahana Carousel dan Jasmine’s Flying Carpet membawa kita kembali ke masa kecil. 

Pada atraksi Sinbad’s Storybook, kita akan menaiki perahu dan melihat petualangan Sinbad dalam bentuk 3D berupa boneka-boneka yang bisa bergerak di kanan-kiri perahu. Pertunjukan ini berlangsung kurang lebih 15 menit. The Magic Lamp Theater akan menyuguhkan kita pentas sulap yang merupakan perpaduan sulap konvensional dan sulap digital. Anda harus memakai kacamata 3D. Area berikutnya yang kami eksplor adalah Mermaid’s Lagoon. Area ini khusus diperuntukkan bagi anak kecil karena permainannya pun hanya cocok untuk anak kecil, menurut saya. Kami hanya menaiki wahana Blowfish Balloon Race, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, dan Flying Fish Coaster. 

Pukul 04.00 pm adalah saatnya festival di Tokyo DisneySea. Beragam karakter Disney beratraksi di penjuru taman bermain maupun di atas kapal. Terdapat juga penari-penari yang semakin menyemarakkan suasana. Bila saat festival tiba, wahana steamer line dan Venetian Gondola tidak beroperasi.

Wahana terakhir yang kita coba adalah Tower of Terror di area American Waterfront. 

Tak terasa sudah pukul 06.00 pm. Angin dari laut semakin kencang dan suhu mendadak menjadi lebih dingin. Kami pun menyudahi kunjungan kami ke Tokyo DisneySea. Karena free shuttle dari Best Western tidak termasuk penjemputan saat pulang, maka kami pun pulang naik kereta. Dari stasiun Tokyo DisneySea, kami menuju stasiun Resort Gateway. Dari Resort Gateway kami harus berjalan 300 m untuk menuju JR Maihama Sta. Dari JR Maihama Sta, ambil jalur Musashino Line dan turun di Nishi-Funabashi. Setelah itu, ambil jalur Tozai Line dan turun di Nishi-Kasai. 

Sekian pengalaman kami di Tokyo DisneySea! 

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