Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Alas, the time has come and the most anticipated event since the park opened its doors in 1955 has arrived! One of the biggest cult followings in today’s pop culture and has nerds screaming their hearts and dreams out with excitement.

Still don’t have any idea of what I’m talking about yet?

Well, it’s none other than …

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STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE!

Also lazily known as “Star Wars Land”

Doors to Happiness

Reservations

There are strict terms to follow before this grand opening. Galaxy’s Edge allowed cast members to take the first peek at the new land but since the land has not officially opened, no pictures were allowed to be taken. Afterward, those with reservations until June 23rd are able to go in increments of 4 hours. Only those registered on the reservations are allowed to attend.

During the month of June reservations, if you don’t have an annual pass, guests are to cough up $150 for a 1 day, 1 park ticket. Thus, if you and one other person go, you are looking to spend $300 plus $25 for parking. That is just to get you inside the park. For food and merchandise, be prepared to spend a total of at least $500 for 2 people.

I made reservations for Galaxy’s Edge on Thursday, June 13th from 5:00 – 9:00 PM and thought this was a perfect time, seeing the best of both worlds, the land during the day and night.

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Bonus: Take photos of the Millennium Falcon in the day with great natural lighting and at night with the lights turned on!

After June 24, 2019, reservations will no longer be needed and thus anyone with a Disneyland ticket can get inside without having any time restrictions.

Journey to Batuu

Since the reservations are at 5:00 PM and you are able to only check-in 2 hours prior, I spent the time prior to browsing other lands and going on other rides. During the month of June, Disney Parks are at a moderate level of busyness because people are anticipating the official opening of Galaxy’s Edge to visit the park.

Around 4:45 PM, I went to Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland and made a dash towards Hungry Bear restaurant for my 5:00 PM reservation time. I forgot it was on the other side of the park so the walk felt like a long journey to get to Batuu.

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When you first enter through the Hungry Bear entrance, you will be first greeted by the Resistance Supply and some photo opportunities. My initial reaction was, “Is this it?”. I omitted these things and headed straight to the center where there are a few small shops called Merchant Row.

Merchandise

In Merchant Row, you will find shops with various knick-knacks such as: 

Toydarian Toymaker

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Come collect cute plush dolls of your favorite characters and toys. The ones in my hands are priced at $19.99 each.

Creature Stall


Adopt and take home a pet creature like the ones in the movies. Some vibrate and move while the adorable Porgs can flap its wings and open and close its mouth!

Jewels of Bith

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Black Spire Outfitters

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A clothing store with outfits and robes so you can fit right in with the people in Batuu.

Aside from the little merchant stands, there are other shops you can spend your “credits”: Ondar’s Antiques, First Order Cargo, and the aforementioned Savi’s Workshop and Droid Depot.

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Even if you don’t build a droid, you can take a peek at the 25,000 credit life-sized R2D2!

Food

At the end of the Merchant Row’s walkway is a quick-service eatery, Ronto Roasters where you can order a Ronto Wrap for $14. This is deemed to be the best thing in the area but I feel as though it is overpriced for what it is, even for Disney prices.

Food in Batuu is at a higher price level than other lands inside of Disneyland. If you want to get the full experience then go ahead, go crazy and buy all of the foods but if you are on a budget, I’d suggest eating elsewhere. Besides Ronto Wrap, there is:

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo for a full meal,

Kat Saka’s Kettle for the special spicy and sweet popcorn

and the Milk Stand for blue and green milk.

Tip: For reservations dates, if you have a group of friends going, make sure to split up so a couple of friends run to Oga’s Cantina and the other 2 can get a reservation for a hand-built lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop.

During the beginning of the reservation, everyone SPRINTS to the Oga’s Cantina line to put their name on the list for a call back to get inside this exclusive club. This new waterhole is the first of its kind in Disneyland Park, aside from the ultra-exclusive Club 33. Oga’s Cantina is the only thing that fills up and closes any additional reservations. In this case, you snooze, you lose.

Also for the lightsabers, only a certain amount of Jedis are able to design and build their own lightsaber. Once it fills up, it fills up and you will need to come back another time and spend your $100 at that time.

Since I was too slow, I was unable to get into Oga’s Cantina, build a lightsaber, and create a droid at Droid Depot. Thus, leaving me to only be able to walk around and go on the ride, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. With only so much I was able to do left, four hours seemed more than enough.

However, when there are no longer reservations needed, I would assume you would be able to do Oga’s Catina and build a lightsaber easily.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run can be up to a 60-minute wait initially, but wait a little while and the queue will start to dwindle down to a mere 25-minute wait.

My thoughts of the ride are that it is pretty cool and the best way to describe it is to think “interactive Star Tours”. In the beginning, you are given a brief instruction on what to do and then you are given the role of a pilot, gunner, or engineer. The best role would be a pilot because you steer the ship and have the most interactive part, so try to be that if you can! The gunner will shoot and the engineer is supposed to fix the mistakes of the pilot and gunner.


The ride is a little difficult to enjoy what is in front of you because you will be so focused on the buttons next to you and what you need to press. After all, you don’t want to let your crew down!

The Land of Batuu

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The amount of time and effort Disney put into Galaxy’s Edge is shown through the details and experience guests get when visiting the land. Everywhere you look there are things to remind you that you are on another planet. The landscape and views are works of a masterpiece and out of this world. Just take a look around you and notice the various props you might have seen in the movies.


Wandering around and immersing into the land of Batuu, I cannot imagine how crowded it will be once the land is opened to everyone. The walkway through Merchant Row and through the center of everything will be too crowded to fully enjoy the experience, I’d imagine.

Characters


I thought there were going to be interactive things you can do, aside from downloading the app, in addition to the Star Wars character interactions. When I was there for the whole reservation time, I only saw Rey, Stormtroopers, and Chewbacca roaming around.

May the Force be with you!

6 Things You Must Do When Visiting Orange County, California

Orange County is the chillaxed surfer brother of the busy and overcrowded Los Angeles. Often times, Orange County is mistaken to be Los Angeles due to Los Angeles’s popularity. Although the O.C. is just south of L.A., the vibes, people, traffic, and parking situations are in their own world.

Here are 6 things you must do when visiting Orange County:

 

1. Slurp up Pho at Pho 79

As Orange County is one of the highest Vietnamese populated areas, Vietnamese food here will be some of the best you’ve ever tasted. The competition for Pho, especially, is very stiff as there are Pho shops at every corner of the Bolsa area.

For those who aren’t familiar with pho, it is a Vietnamese noodle soup, typically made with beef stock broth, noodles, and meat or chicken. On top, Vietnamese herbs and bean sprouts are usually added.

You can’t go wrong with most of the Pho restaurants in the Westminster area, the one that is most frequented is Pho 79 and is personally my favorite place to get a steaming hot bowl of Pho. Be warned though, there is regularly a wait, but if you take a look around you, there are mostly Vietnamese people waiting. You know you’re in the right place if you see people of that cuisine to happily wait for something they can get elsewhere.

Pho 79 is the first pho restaurant to be recognized with a prestigious James Beard Award. 

 

 

 

2. Bite into Spring Rolls at Brodard

All spring rolls are made equally, right? Wrong. Brodard spring rolls take it to another level with their Nem Nuong rolls and their delicious secret orange sauce. Their Nem Nuong spring rolls are filled with fresh herbs, pickled daikon, and carrots, perfectly grilled pork sausage, and finish it off with a crunchy fried onion eggroll. Leveraging off of the #1 on this list, Vietnamese food in Orange County is SO DELICIOUS. It would be such a shame to visit without trying at least a bowl of Pho, Bun Bo Hue, or the famous Brodard spring rolls.

Brodard used to be unassumingly behind Fortune Mall but now has made its way to a restaurant next to Miles Square Park. It is typically always busy here, despite their constant increases in prices. It may not look like much but it is packed with flavor, crunch, and savory goodness. I would recommend calling before and ordering for pick up if you are in a hurry.

 

 

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3. Eat Tacos at Just About Anywhere

Within Orange County lies the city of Santa Ana, highly populated with Hispanics. There is an abundance of taquerias, taco trucks, and taco stands to satisfy every taco craving. Not all tacos are made the same. There are differences in the tortilla, meats, size, how it’s cooked and seasoned.

I’ve traveled across the nation and I can say with confidence that Southern California is one of the best places to get legit tacos.

Some of my favorites are Tacos Manuel, Taqueria Los Olivos, and Taqueria Escalante. Check out my Orange County Tacos post for suggestions.

 

 

 

4. Visit Disneyland

Everyone should expect “visit Disneyland” to be the top of every Orange County list. After all, it is the biggest attraction to lure tourists into Orange County. There are no other theme parks that have such a large cult following, demand, and hotels built surrounding a theme park, as Disneyland does.

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Disneyland, a household name, is an empire infamous for its marketing on an intangible item that everyone is living their lives for, happiness. With the catchphrase of Disneyland being the “Happiest Place on Earth”, who wouldn’t dream about going to such a place?

Disneyland

Being at Disneyland is more than being at an amusement park, it is a place where kids can live their childhood while the adults can relive theirs. The Walt Disney Company has many cartoons, tv shows, movies, and characters that just about anyone could recognize.

 

Every day is a new day and a new experience at Disneyland to create your own adventure. It celebrates the most major holidays and has many new activities and seasonal events that only those who buy into their never-ending ticket price hikes can enjoy.

Paradise Pier at Disneyland
RIP Paradise Pier

Disneyland is always finding new ways to adapt to everyone’s interests. There are constant changes and renovations to make the park more exciting and up to date with the current hype. The food scene in Orange County is huge and Disneyland is continuously creating new food items to lure the foodies into their parks as well. The dining experience is interactive with a variety of culinary experiences and chances to meet your favorite Disney characters. 

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The possibilities are endless! Whatever your interests may be, you can’t say you’ve been to Orange County if you’ve never stopped for some rides and a churro at Disneyland.

 

 

 

5. Sunbathe with your Beaches

Granted, the Pacific Ocean isn’t as warm and the color isn’t as clear as other bodies of water, but it’s nice and peaceful to look out at the ocean and feel the sand between your toes.

 

It’s true, it’s (almost) always sunny in California! With Orange County being situated along the West Coast (best coast), it’s hard to avoid those warm summer beach day weather. The beaches are plenty. The best beaches to visit are Corona Del Mar, Crystal Cove, Thousand Steps Beach, and Laguna Beach. For Surf City and bar hopping next to the shore, go to Huntington Beach.

 

 

 

6. Indulge in a Double Double at In-N-Out

I do realize that most of the things on the list is majorly comprised of places to eat. Though, I don’t see a problem here. To no surprise, the last item is …. another food recommendation!

With the never-ending “best burger” debate set aside, In-N-Out is a burger joint you have to try when you are in California. It is California’s very own family-owned American burger chain filling the stomachs of hungry Californians and tourists. Here, you will expect to have a delicious meal at a great value.

The menu is short and simple, expect a quality meal cooked with care. You can customize it any way you like it, such as how you’d like your onions cooked: grilled, whole grilled, or raw. There is also “secret menu” items if you are tired of the 3 choices of hamburger, cheeseburger, and Double Double. Everything is fresh and made to order. No microwaves! Just make sure you eat it while it’s hot.

Although I am obsessed with In-N-Out’s burgers, I can’t speak much about their fries. These can be customized as well, with less/more salt, lightly fried, or well-done. All I can say is, don’t expect much from it, but they’re fresh! In-n-Out will always have a special place in my heart. #fightme

Look for the “X” shaped by palm trees to locate California’s state treasure.

Happy Exploring!

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Mouthful of Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea is one of my favorite Disney parks! What makes DisneySea so spectacular is the amount of detail that goes into creating and designing the theme park. The differences in culture give the Disney theme park in Japan a much different vibe than the ones in America. You can clearly see the diversity in the food, rides, and merchandise at DisneySea.

Similar to the Disney California Adventure counterpart, alcohol is sold at DisneySea! There is a variety of beer and cocktails to keep the buzz going and endure the massive lines. In contrast, DisneySea has a variety of popcorn flavors other than the typical salt and butter that Disneyland stateside has. These unique flavors update seasonally. To have a better idea of what flavors DisneySea offers, I will compare the flavors offered now (April 2018) versus when I visited the park. After munching on popcorn, wash down the kernels with seasonal flavored drinks such as milk tea.

DisneySea

Although DisneySea is my favorite theme park in terms of design and creativity in food, the rides may not be as impressive by today’s standards. It lacks the thrill and creativity that Disney has among other theme parks. The rides were mostly based on old movies and animations that are now forgotten. However, it does capture the magic of what Disney was in the past and does not stray away from the elements and history that made Disney, Disney.

DisneySea magnifies the things that are often overlooked and underrated in the states, such as the Disney Bear, Duffy. Most American Disney goers would not have any idea that this character even exists whereas, on the flip side, Duffy is a HUGE phenomenon in Japan. Duffy is such a celebrity in Japan that it is impossible to ignore him through the merchandise, specified Duffy photo spots, and craze of teenage girls. As you take a walk around, you will see an abundance of Duffy merchandise such as teddy bears, shirts, purses. Duffy stuffed animals are used as decoration to take photos with or to prop up on a platform to take photos of.

Whatever the similarities and differences may be, one thing still remains the same at every Disney Park… the notoriously excruciating long lines. Fortunately, I will give you tips and information and share my experience to help better plan your trip and make it as enjoyable as possible.

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

Tip: Be sure to buy your tickets in advance if you can. During cherry blossom season (late March – April), students are out of school and normally go to the Disney theme parks during their Spring breaks. My traveling partner procrastinated on this so we wasted an entire day trying to find alternatives since the DisneySea tickets sold out. If you ever find yourself in this situation, head over to the Shibuya Disney Store and purchase an “open ticket”. Make sure you arrive at the entrance as soon as the theme park opens. Once it’s full, they will only allow DisneySea ticket holders with fixed dates to enter.

It should be noted that you are allowed to hold more than one fast pass at a time. The next time you are able to get a fast pass is either during the time of your latest fast pass or after the 2 hour cool down period. Fast passes were a big time saver and because of them, I never had to wait longer than an hour for any ride. So, PLAN WISELY!

(FP) = Fast Pass Available
* = Signifies different than Disneyland in America

Mediterranean Harbor

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The Mediterranean Harbor is similar to Main Street with the layout of all of the shops, restaurants, and refreshments lined up after you enter the theme park. You can get anything from clothing and souvenirs to household goods. Like Gibson Girl is to Disneyland Anaheim, Gondolier Snacks fills that ice cream void at DisneySea. Anything you can think of that was available at Disneyland, such as chocolate and confection shops, DisneySea does a great job to make these things available for you.

 

What is different from the typical Disneyland theme parks are the attractions. In Main Street, only the railroad is available but at the Mediterranean Harbor, you can ride on a gondola or take a the DisneySea Transit Steamer Line. Another difference is the design and architecture, which makes it a much more picturesque experience.

1. Ride a Venetian gondola

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How elegant and romantic would it be if you could sit on a gondola as a gondolier rows the boats down the canals? How about with crowds of other people you didn’t know? Doesn’t that sound a little less appealing?

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On my trip to Venice, I missed the opportunity to ride the gondolas, so I made it up at DisneySea. I am convinced that it would actually be the same experience, minus the cost. As the gondolier power rows your boat with long oars, they entertain you with song and conversation in Japanese.

2. Board a steamer for a ride around the park with the DisneySea Transit Steamer Line

The steamer is DisneySea’s choice of transportation. Similar to Disneyland’s railroad, it transports you across the park in style. Lines for the steamer can get surprisingly long but if you need to take a break from walking, this is a great way to rest your legs and enjoy the magical surroundings. The Steamer Line will take you to other lands across the water, but be sure to ask a Cast Member for the route.

3. Fortress Explorations

 

Similar to the Sleeping Beauty castle and Tom Sayer Island, The Fortress is home to the society of explorers, adventurers, scientists, and researchers around the globe dedicated to exploring the world’s ocean and foreign lands. This fictional organization originated in DisneySea and made its way to Hong Kong Disneyland. Fortress Explorations is a walk-through interactive area to explore, learn about explorers and adventurers, and test your wits with the scavenger hunts and puzzles.

4. Get the Gyoza Sausage Bun at Refrescos
One of the things I enjoy about other Disneyland theme parks is the variety of snacks. The Gyoza Sausage Bun is something different and only available at the Japan Disneyland theme parks. In addition to the Gyoza Sausage Bun, Refrescos also offers Maple Mickey-shaped churros, which I was told is a little hard and not worth trying (but try it out for yourselves!).

5. Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

For bread and sweets, step inside Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery where you can pick up a quick snack or breakfast.

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There are only two locations to get the Toy Story Green Alien Mochi (¥360), Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery and outside of Toy Story Mania. The Green Alien Mochi were flavored strawberry, custard cream, and chocolate. They were just too cute to even eat!

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6. Hungry? Grab a bite at Ristorante Di Canaletto
A popular restaurant in Mediterranean Harbor where you can admire the Venetian scene as gondolas float by while eating Italian food consisting of their well-known Seafood Pizza or the Spaghettini Pescatore (¥1650). They also have full-course meals with choices of pasta or wood-fired pizza.

7. See Fantasmic at night

Watch the Fantasmic show at night over water in the Mediterranean Harbor. Like the classic show from the Disney theme parks in America, this show is definitely worth watching at least once.

8. Popcorn cart: Herb-Tomato

There are popcorn carts spread out throughout DisneySea. The one specific to Mediterranean Harbor currently has the Herb-Tomato flavor.

American Waterfront

The American Waterfront

The American Waterfront is a depiction of what America is like, filled with iconic American buildings, ships, and the electric railroad. It is divided into two sections. One side represents the New York harbor in the early 20th century and on the other hand, is Old Cape Cod which is similar to a fishing village.

1. Score the highest points on Toy Story Mania (FP)

Toy Story Mania is an interactive 3D ride where you shoot targets from your seat. It is a very popular ride at DisneySea as people sprint from the gates to acquire fast passes. If you’ve already been to Toy Story Mania at Disney California Adventure, this ride could be skipped in order to discover more of what DisneySea has to offer. The only variation of the ride is the queue, which is more detailed than the one at Disney California Adventure.

2. Bite the heads off of Toy Story Green Alien Mochi from the food cart outside of Toy Story Mania.

These Green Alien Mochi snacks are one of the tastiest and photogenic treats at Tokyo Disney Sea. They can only be bought at this food cart or at Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery located in Mediterranean Harbor.

3. Turtle Talk

Turtle Talk has the same concept as Disney California Adventure where you can talk to Crush from Finding Nemo. As DisneySea is in Japan, Crush takes questions and answers in Japanese. If you don’t know any Japanese, I would say don’t even bother and skip this attraction as it probably would not be funny or entertaining if you don’t understand what is being said.

4. Barnacle Bill’s

Stop by the Barnacle Bill’s wagon to eat items such as meat on a stick and their flavorful and juicy sausages. Wash it all down with their flavored beer.

5. Tower of Terror (FP)

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If you miss the old Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure before the change to Guardians of the Galaxy, Tokyo Sea’s Tower of Terror is your answer. The Japanese culture isn’t familiar with the American hit, The Twilight Zone, so they created a storyline with a little twist to go with a storyline within the park.

6. DisneySea Electric Railway

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The railroads and trains played a large role in the development of the United States as it makes its presence in DisneySea in the American Waterfront. The Electric Railway only goes to Port Discovery, which is the next land over.

7. Cape Cod Confections

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A shop that sells Duffy sweets and milk tea. The flavors of milk tea changes from time to time. When I went, they had a Berry Milk Tea. Now, their flavor is an Ice Caramel Milk Tea.

8. High Tide Treats

Craving the cinnamon churros you are used to? Drop by High Tide Treats for Mickey-shaped cinnamon churros.

9. Popcorn Cart: Garlic Shrimp, Blueberry, Milk Chocolate

During my visit, the Cape Cod popcorn cart had Milk Tea and Soy Sauce as its flavors. Now you can get unique flavors such as Garlic Shrimp, Blueberry, and Milk Chocolate.

Port Discovery

1. Wet or dry, determine your fate on Aquatopia*!

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On the trackless water attraction, Aquatopia, you are put into a small raft as you ride around in unpredictable directions, turns, and stops. Every hovercraft will take you on a different path so you can’t watch others to see where yours will take you next. Not only does the track vary, but also the wetness. It is truly the luck of the draw on whether you leave dry or drenched in water. In addition, certain times of the day can also determine if you get the regular ride or a really wet one. It is suitable for young children due to its flat and simple layout. Aquatopia was the only ride that I had to wait about an hour in line for as there were no fast passes available. If you don’t have time to spare, it is safe to skip Aquatopia.

2. Nemo & Friends SeaRider*(FP)

Previously, you could fly into a hurricane on a motion simulator called Storm Rider. Now, it is replaced by another simulator ride, Nemo & Friends SeaRider. The concept is similar to Star Tours where you watch a screen and the platform you are sitting on moves. Either way, both rides are different to the ones back in the states in terms of the video you are watching. If you are curious about this ride, do get a fast pass. Personally, I wasn’t a fan of this when it was Storm Rider and I was told that many people are not a fan of the new ride either.

3. Seaside Snacks

 

Swing by the snack cart serving Eukiwa Buns loaded with shrimp (¥450). Proceed with caution as you eat the bun because it is served piping hot!

4. Horizon Bay Restaurant

Outside of the restaurant on the terrace, you can pick up the Nemo & Friends Tipotorta, orange flavored (¥350) and a Pineapple smoothie (¥400) for a quick, sweet snack.

5. Breezeway Bites

Looking for fried pizza turnover? You can get this calzone-like pastry filled with seafood cheese curry or chicken & mozzarella.

4. Popcorn cart: Caramel or Black Pepper

During my visit, this specific popcorn cart flavor was Strawberry. Now you can get caramel or black pepper flavor here.

Lost River Delta

1. The Raging Spirits* (FP)

 

On the Raging Spirits, you are taken through ancient times on an outdoor, high-speed adventure as it twists and turns and goes on a 360-degree loop. You must store all of your belongings in the lockers provided. This is different than any of the rides in the states. Single rider is available and a recommended way to go, because this ride wasn’t worth the 70 minute wait time an hour after opening.

2. Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull (FP)

I would not recommend wasting a fast pass on this as this ride is essentially the same as Disneyland Anaheim and moves quickly in the single rider line. There are little differences but the layout is the same. I rode Indiana Jones as a single rider and was grouped with a bunch of screaming teenage girls causing my ears to continue to ring even after the ride.

3. Expedition Eats

Looking for another unusual snack in DisneySea? Perhaps the Yucatan Sausage Roll could fill that search. It is similar to a corndog but safe to skip.

4. Lost River Cookhouse

It’s not Disneyland without holding a leg of meat. Here, you can get a spicy smoked chicken leg and mango sparkling tapioca drink.

5. Miguel’s El Dorado Cantina

The only place in DisneySea where you can get Mexican food consisting of tacos and quesadillas. This cantina offers other items such as a beer cocktail flavored with mint and grapefruit syrup (¥680) and one of their limited time custard cake, azuki and strawberry flavor (¥1000).

6. Tropic Al’s

Tipotorta is like a pie in a form of a stick. At Tropic Al’s, their current flavors are chocolate and chili beef. Wash it down with a sparkling soft drink.

Arabian Coast

 


1. Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage*

The same concept as the famous, “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland, although it is more story-driven. This ride is worth checking out since the line goes by quickly.

2. Stop by Sultan’s Oasis for Chandu Tail

 


Grab Chandu Tail (¥500), a tiger tail-shaped steam chicken cream bun at Sultan’s Oasis. Currently, there is a “Spring tail” which is filled with chicken and cheese curry. Also, they have the Sultan’s Sundae, which is coconut ice cream with mango chunks, red jelly and pineapple syrup and Maple Cream Balls (¥360). The Maple Cream Balls has the option to add a soft serve.

3. Casbah Food Court

In the Arabian Coast, it wouldn’t be right if they didn’t serve curry with rice and naan. That is what Casbah Food Court is for. For dessert, you have the option to get a coconut pudding or mango mousse cake.

4. Open Sesame

Get your churros here! They have the regular Mickey cinnamon churro as well as a special purple churro (limited time only).

5. Popcorn cart: Curry flavor

Mermaid Lagoon

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1. Step inside the Triton’s Kingdom and watch Ariel’s live acrobatic show at Mermaid Lagoon Theater (FP).

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Marvel at the magic and beauty that lies inside Triton’s Kingdom where there are “Little Mermaid”-themed kiddie rides and a live acrobatic show starring Ariel and friends at Mermaid Lagoon Theater in Japanese. As soon as you step inside, the creativity of the underground kingdom consumes you. There are numerous massive structures that make you feel small in the nocturnal playground.

2. Popcorn cart: Salted

I think this popcorn cart has always been the regular, boring popcorn flavor. I would skip it and try the more fun flavors.

Mysterious Island

1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (FP)

Originally, Magic Kingdom had this ride but was removed and replaced by Seven Dwarfs Mine ride. Now, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is only available to ride at DisneySea. Similar concept to the lackluster Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage ride at Disneyland, I would not prioritize this ride on the top of your itinerary.

On this ride, each submarine can comfortably seat six guests while it explores the deep dark secrets of the sea. The deeper the submarine goes, the more danger follows. When Atlantis is finally reached, due to the help of a strange creature, the submarine is able to ascend to the surface and escape the sea’s wrath.

2. Journey to the Center of the Earth* (FP)

Journey to the Center of the Earth is similar to Test Track at Epcot in Orlando. It is highly recommended to get a fast pass for this ride. Usually, those who are going to Tokyo DisneySea would race to get the fast pass to either Toy Story Mania or Journey to the Center of the Earth. If you’ve already ridden Toy Story Mania stateside and is not a priority for you, definitely go for Journey to the Center of the Earth instead.

When you approach Journey to the Center of the Earth, don’t be afraid to ask an employee where the fast pass line is if you’re lost. I was a little confused because their fast pass line looks like the actual line for the ride. It was ridiculously long but the line moves pretty quickly as there are multiple fast pass machines.

3. Nautilus Gallery

Pork Gyoza and Gyoza Dog (¥500) are sold here. Now, they have a special sparkling drink, green apple flavor.

4. Refreshment Station

Another stop for churros, the potato churro.

5. Stuff your face with Chinese food at Vulcania Restaurant

This restaurant specializes in Chinese cuisines such as fried rice, pork belly noodles, and dim sum. Alcohol is also served here with beers and seasonal cocktails.

Additional Tips and Information

  • Leave your selfie sticks at home as it is not allowed at DisneySea.
  • You are allowed to bring food if you want to save money or time.
  • If you get soda here, they are never filled to the brim.
  • Show up early before the park opens so you can snag your first Fast Pass and ride the first ride without a long wait.
  • You can purchase half day tickets for about half the price.
  • If you have the option, eat inside DisneySea and do not make a mistake like I did and eat at the Ikspiari Shopping Mall (not good).
  • DisneySea is easily accessible, I wouldn’t recommend staying nearby as it can be expensive and there is nothing to do after the theme parks are closed.
  • Prioritize your top 3 must-ride and do not get disappointed if you can’t ride them all.
  • Pay attention to the little details around you, such as the cleaning staff. They can throw on a fun little show.