Tokyo Disneyland vs Disney Sea – what’s better?

Tokyo Disneyland vs Disney Sea – what’s better?

Tokyo is a great place to travel with kids. To be honest the whole of Japan is super family friendly. One of our toddlers favourite things was visiting both Disneysea and Tokyo Disney. But if you can only visit one which, Tokyo Disneyland or Disneysea is better for toddlers? 

Remember: it is best to book your tickets for both Disneyland and Disneysea in advance to be sure to avoid the queues!

Tokyo Disneyland vs Disney Sea – which park has the best theming?

Both parks have amazing theming. Disney Tokyo has the all of the usual suspects. We particularly enjoyed toon town which offered plenty of opportunities for photo opps. Tokyo Disneyland is the traditional Disney experience with identikit Cinderella Castle and rides such as It’s a Small World for those wanting their first taste of Disney or a traditional experience!

However if you are looking for something more unusual then you may want to look at DisneySea. There are seven themed areas at Disney Sea: Mermaid Lagoon, Arabaian Coast, Port Discovery, Lost River Delta, Med Harbour, American Waterfront and Mysterious Island! The attention to detail is amazing and if you want a unique experience this is the park for you!

Which has the best character experiences Tokyo Disney vs Disneysea?

There are plenty of character experiences at both parks. At Tokyo Disney, once you are through the turnstile you can greet all of the major characters. Only Mickey and Minnie had a line.

We also enjoyed interactions throughout the park including watching the cast of Pinocchio on the teacups.

DisneySea, also had character experiences through the turnstile. While there were photo opps set up around the park such as Daisy in Arabian dress in Arabia land. For ardent Disney fans, they will love seeing the main characters in unusual dress which you can’t see anywhere else! There were however queues for these experiences. There was also a permanent Meet and Greet Ariel in her Grotto experience but the line for this didn’t get less than 40 minutes while we were there which meant we didn’t wait.

Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo Disneyland vs Disneysea for  stroller accessible?


Both Disneysea and Tokyo Disney are really easy to get around with strollers. There are stroller parks at the entrance to every ride, which were all very safe.

I also saw plenty of rented strollers at Tokyo Disney for those who didn’t want to travel with their own stroller.

What has the best rides Tokyo Disneyland vs Disneysea?

For older children and adults who are looking for an adrenaline filled experience I would definitely say Disney Sea with its Leagues Under the Sea, Indiana Jones and Tower of Terror rides! Be sure to get your fast passes for the more popular rides to make the most out of your day!

For parents traveling with toddlers and young children we found both parks had plenty of rides that were toddler friendly. At Disney Tokyo we found rides in every area that were toddler friendly whereas at Disney Sea they were mainly concentrated in two zones, Arabian and Little Mermaid.

Tokyo Disney

However, while both had toddler friendly rides, the queues were definitely shorter at Tokyo Disney, which for me gave it the edge.

Tokyo Disney vs Disney sea which has the best parade?

Tokyo DisneySea doesn’t have the traditional parade. Instead the show takes place on the lake on large boats. The shows we saw were conducted in Japanese which meant it was hard to follow. Also being on the lake meant you weren’t as up close to the characters which made it harder for our toddler to get involved.

Tokyo DisneySea

While at Tokyo Disney we saw two parades, the daytime and the evening which were spectacular!

The evening parade at Tokyo Disney contained over 1000 lights and had our daughter absolutely mesmerised.

For me personally, I prefer the traditional Disney Parade so this gets the win here for me!

Overall – which is better for toddlers Tokyo Disneyland vs DisneySea

While we absolutely loved both experiences, if we were returning with a toddler and could only experience one, I would have to visit Tokyo Disney. While we enjoyed our day at Tokyo DisneySea the combination of the parades and shorter queues at Tokyo Disney meant that our little one enjoyed Tokyo Disney more!

However if we were traveling with older kids or with ardent Disney fans who have had Disney experiences before I would definitely visit Disneysea. Basically whatever park you pick you are going to have a fabulous time!

Whichever you decide to go to be sure to book your tickets in advance to ensure you don’t have to queue on arrival! 

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What’s better Tokyo Disney or Disneysea! Tokyo Disneyland vs Tokyo DisneySea


  1. November 16, 2017 / 11:47 am

    I’ve heard good things about DisneySea and some day would love to visit. I think it’s cool that the parade is on the water. Reminds me of Fantasmic at Disneyland. But I can see why toddlers wouldn’t be able to engage as much. I love Disney parades- they’re so fun for the kids. #farawayfiles

  2. November 17, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    I’m going to be honest, I’m not a big Disney person, but I would LOVE to visit Japan! Glad to hear the country is so family-friendly. As for Disney, glad you had great time at both – we took our girls to Orlando last year and did Disney, Epcot and Universal and even though I’m not a them park person it was a fabulous trip. #farawayfiles

  3. November 17, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    I love disneyland and go all the time! We loved our trip to Japan, and I completely agree with you about it being a very family friendly place. My time was so limited I couldn’t get to the Disney parks there, but I hope to someday! #farawayfiles

  4. November 23, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    Do you know I had never even heard of DisneySea thanks for introducing me to this and for lnking up.

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