While we were in Tokyo we were lucky enough to visit not one but two Disney Parks. DisneySea offers people who have perhaps done Disney before a new take on the concept. a more steam punk version of Disney based around a lake rather than parades. While Disney Tokyo is more renowned for being toddler friendly, is its sister park Disney Sea toddler friendly? Here is our take:
Is DisneySea Stroller Friendly
As with Disney Tokyo, DisneySea is extremely stroller friendly. The park is largely flat and there are plenty of stroller parks outside of every ride.
Are there Toddler friendly rides at DisneySea
While the rides at Disneysea could be said to be more exhilarating, there are still toddler friendly rides. On our day there we went on six rides with our little one. If you want to visit DisneySea with young kids then you probably will want to spend a lot of time in the Arabian land and also the Under Sea Little Mermaid area. The rides in these areas largely do not have height restrictions. Our little one particularly enjoyed the carousel, Flying Carpets and Sinbad Adventure in Arabia.
How are the queues at DisneySea
Traveling with a little one we only went for rides with queues less than 40 minutes which was a bit of a challenge at Tokyo Disneysea as there were lots of queues even on the low density visitor day we went on. If you want to do some of the more extreme rides (obviously for those without a toddler) you are going to need to get to grips with the Fast Pass system or be prepared for a couple of hour waits.
To be sure of not having to queue at the start of your day make sure you book your tickets in advance!
Does Tokyo disneysea do parades?
Disneysea doesn’t have parades in the traditional sense. Rather they have shows on the central lake. We went in the run up to Halloween so saw the special show featuring the Disney villains. Large boats came out onto the lake and a show with characters was conducted in Japanese. While our little one enjoyed it, despite only being in Japanese, I preferred the parades at Disney Tokyo as you could get much closer to the action and there weren’t the same language barriers.
Are there lots of character experiences
There are lots of character experiences all around DisneySea. We met the original Disney characters just passed the turnstiles. It was great because there were little cues for these interactions.
We also met some minor characters around the park.
There were also photo spots around the park which had more queues, and there is a permanent meet and greet with Ariel in her grotto. While we were there the queue was never less than 40 minutes so we didn’t wait for this.
Overall experience of Tokyo Disneysea with a toddler
Overall we did find Tokyo DisneySea to be toddler friendly. We spent a whole day at DisneySea and our little one was not bored and had a fantastic day. There were more than enough rides and character experiences to keep her amused however we felt the show was less suitable for little ones than the parades at Tokyo Disney. Therefore if you are traveling to Tokyo with a toddler and can only go to one I would personally go for Tokyo Disney.
Have you been to Tokyo DisneySea? What did you think