Two adults, one big kid, and along with another younger kid conquered Tokyo DisneySea with a score of 12 attractions plus one repeated, and enjoyed snacks and shopping in between attractions. All these were accomplished before sunset at 5 pm.
It’s impossible to experience all the attractions in one day, but with efficient planning, it’s possible to maximise your time in the park.
We had a single goal in mind, which was to hop on as many rides as possible. And it’s only possible because we made full use of Disney’s FASTPASS system.
Not all attractions have FASTPASS entry. Be prepared for some amount of waiting, especially during the afternoon.
We made it a point not to queue for anything more than 30 mins with the exception of one attraction.
Now, are you ready?! Read on as we share the details of our one-day itinerary in DisneySea.
Disclaimer: The itinerary below is not perfected and may not even be suitable for everyone.
Summary of Itinerary
- Arrived at park opening time, 8 am
- Journey to the Center of the Earth
- Nautilus Gifts
- Blowfish Balloon Race
- Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster
- Nemo & Friends SeaRider FP
- Bayside Takeout
- Nemo caramel popcorn
- Nemo & Friends SeaRider
- Indiana Jones Adventure FP
- Jasmine’s Flying Carpets
- Sultan’s Oasis
- Curry popcorn
- Abu’s Bazaar
- Caravan Carousel
- Ice Cream Wagon
- Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage
- Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull
- Jumpin’ Jellyfish
- Ariel’s playground
- Mermaid Treasures
- Scuttle’s Scooters
- Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster
- Yucatan Base Camp Grill
- Toys Story Mania! (Dropped out of queue)
- Aunt Peg’s Village Store
Starting our day at 8am
Every blog out there is telling everyone to reach the park at least an hour before it opens. Initially, we planned to heed the advice. Due to a misunderstanding with our hotel’s shuttle bus timing, we arrived at DisneySea just seconds before it opened. Imagine the shock we got from seeing the massive lines of people waiting at the entrance.
On at the bright side, it took us just about 10 mins to enter the park. Not too bad, right? We would have waited an hour or so to get in if we were to arrive earlier.
Skip Toy Story Mania!
The reason for arriving early was probably to get a head start in acquiring the FASTPASS tickets for Toy Story Mania! The blogs we’ve read said to go for this attraction first. It’s extremely popular, so much so that its FASTPASS tickets run out before noon.
Having no idea about the situation, we thought we should also try our luck at it. We gave up immediately upon seeing the large crowd of people outside the attraction.
At this point, we’re thinking if the blogs out there were sabotaging everyone. Maybe there’s a conspiracy to gather as many visitors at one attraction and leave the rest of the park empty. C’mon, people! Spread out!
Further Into the Park We Go
Moving on, we decided to check out another popular attraction – Journey to the Center of the Earth in Mysterious Island. We thought that it wouldn’t be as crowded since it’s located further inside the park. True enough, the park was quite empty there.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, another popular attraction within the same area, was closed for maintenance that day. Of course, you should check out DisneySea’s official website before booking your dates to avoid any disappointment. We knew about this beforehand, and yet we’re still disappointed…
Dressing Up for the Disney Experience
The Disney experience wouldn’t feel complete without donning Disney characters headgears. We picked up a pair of Minnie Mouse headbands for our girls at Nautilus Gifts on our way to Mermaid Lagoon.
Mermaid Lagoon is my all-time favourite area of the park because it’s so beautiful. Sparkling jewels, glittering mermaids, turquoise and pink everywhere, awwz!
We started our mermaid adventure with a race – Blowfish Balloon Race.
The race ended quickly and before we knew it, we’re riding Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster. Everything was happening very smoothly with little to no wait time so far.
Getting Our First FASTPASS
With a high spirit, we strolled to Port Discovery for Nemo & Friends SeaRider. This is also another popular attraction. As expected, the wait time for the attraction was already more than 100 mins. What’s surprising was, nobody was at the FASTPASS ticketing machine. Even more surprising, we would be entering the attractions in just 40 mins time.
At 10 am, it’s still too early for lunch. Instead, we grabbed some churros at the nearby Bayside Takeout. Oishi! Further down, there was a popcorn cart with Nemo bucket. My little one insisted on getting it. I gladly got her one as I secretly wanted it too. Hey, Nemo’s eyeballs move! Ha!
Until it’s time for us to get in, we munched on popcorns outside the entrance of Nemo & Friends SeaRider.
After exploring the ocean with Nemo & friends, we boarded a watercraft for a whirling ride – Aquatopia. Not to worry, nobody’s getting wet on this.
We continued on with our adventure in Lost River Delta. The two popular attractions here are Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull and Raging Spirits. There were still FASTPASS tickets available for both attractions. The 360-degree loop of Raging Spirits looked intimidating so we bailed out on this one and went for Indiana Jones instead.
We had a couple of hours before our allocated time for Indiana Jones. This time, we slowed down our pace and started to take in the scenery. We were enjoying ourselves fully.
Feeling the crowd
By noon, there was significantly more crowd. It was also around this time when we were in Arabian Coast. We waited for about 20 mins to get on Jasmine’s Flying Carpets.
After experiencing a whole new world flying on carpets, we decided to fuel up at Sultan’s Oasis before continuing with our adventure. You must try the Chandu Chicken Curry Steamed Bun. It’s delicious and a perfect snack for exhausted travellers.
We also topped up our popcorn bucket with curry flavoured ones, found only in Arabian Coast. As for the taste, I had mixed feelings about it…hmm.
With a filled tummy, we were ready to set sail for Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage. I was actually keen to check this out because many blogs are saying its underrated and often overlooked by visitors. True enough, there wasn’t a long line of people queuing for it. Well, great for us!
We flew on carpets and sailed on boats, so what’s next? We rode the camels, of course! The Caravan Carousel was as popular as Jasmine’s Flying Carpets. Since it could accommodate more people each round, we didn’t have to wait too long.
It’s almost time for our temple tours with Dr Indiana Jones. We stopped by Abu’s Bazaar before making our way back to Lost River Delta.
We escaped the vengeful Crystal Skull and made it out alive! We celebrated with a feast at Yucatan Base Camp Grill.
And then, we made our grand return to Mermaid Lagoon. It had become very crowded.
We queued for almost 30 mins for Jumpin’ Jellyfish. It’s not a heart-pumping thrill ride but it sure is a hit with all little kiddos. The queue can get pretty long midday. Only go for it, if your preschooler insists.
Before that, we rode Scuttle’s Scooters. The waiting time wasn’t as long, around 20 mins. Then we went for Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster for a second time.
After that, we had enough of the queueing for more rides. So we let the girls hang at Ariel’s Playground and while I shopped at Mermaid Treasures.
One Last Try
After we were done with Mermaid Lagoon, we thought of checking out Toy Story Mania! one more time. The phenomenal popularity of this attraction is puzzling. We wanted to experience and unravel the mystery here. We decided to join in the queue, which was estimated to be 160 mins. After 40 mins of waiting, we were chased away because the attraction broke down. Say, what?! Yes, this kinda situation does happen with any attraction.
Watching the sunset
We ended our day watching the sunset. We also did a little sightseeing around American Waterfront and Mediterranean Harbor.
12 attractions and more before sunset. That’s exactly what we did. We felt like we did a lot of things during the 8 hours in the park. If our stamina didn’t betray us, we could have stayed on longer till park closing.
Nonetheless, we left DisneySea feeling accomplished and satisfied.
Quick Guide To Disney FASTPASS
Shorten your wait time at some of the more popular attractions with Disney’s FASTPASS system.
FASTPASS ticketing machines are located near the attraction entrance. It’s free for all visitors. Everyone is entitled to one FASTPASS ticket per attraction marked with FP.
4 Simple Steps to Disney’s FASTPASS
- At the FASTPASS ticketing machine, scan the QR code on your park ticket.
- Get your FASTPASS ticket and check the return time.
- Enjoy other areas of the park until your return time.
- Go to the attraction’s FASTPASS entrance during your return time.
To further clarify, let’s say that you received a FASTPASS ticket with the time “10:30 ~ 11:30”. It simply means you can enter the attraction anytime between 10:30 and 11:30. At the attraction entrance, look out for the FASTPASS lane. You might be thinking of getting another one. Yes, you can. However, it has to be after 10:30 and not before. Also, you can’t get another FASTPASS ticket for the same ride again once issued.
I highly suggest for everyone to take advantage of Disney’s FASTPASS system. Waiting time, if any, for popular attractions is significantly shorter. Now, you have more time to enjoy the rest of the parks.