Celebrating the Tokyo DisneySea 20th Anniversary

by | Nov 5, 2021 | International Parks

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In honor of the 20th anniversary of Tokyo DisneySea, let’s explore some of its best attractions, shows, food offerings, and transportation.

WDW Resort isn’t the only Disney Park celebrating a milestone anniversary this year. Across the world, Tokyo DisneySea is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the “Tokyo DisneySea 20th: Time to Shine!” celebration.

Tokyo DisneySea Overview

Tokyo DisneySea opened in 2001. It was the first Disney Park focused on the myths and legends of the sea, and it remains the only one to this day. It’s made up of seven ports: Port Discovery, Lost River Delta, Mermaid Lagoon, American Waterfront, Mysterious Island, Arabian Coast, and Mediterranean Harbor. It’ll soon add an eighth port, Fantasy Springs, that will have a Frozen, Tangled, and Peter Pan theme.

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Fantasy Springs will be the eighth port at Tokyo DisneySea. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Take a deeper dive (sea what we did there?) into this new expansion with the videos below:

Tokyo DisneySea Attractions

Tokyo DisneySea has plenty of unique sea-themed attractions

Sinbad’s Story Voyage

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Sinbad’s Story Voyage. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Sinbad’s Story Voyage is a dark ride where you sit in a boat and follow along with Sinbad the sailor and his tiger cub, Chandu. Music for this ride was composed by none other than Alan Menken, who has composed for such legendary Disney movies as The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Tangled.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

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Journey to the Center of the Earth. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Journey to the Center of the Earth is an exciting subterranean ride that takes you deep underground alongside Captain Nemo (not the fish), including a thrilling volcano eruption that feels like it’s real.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Captain Nemo returns in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, where you’ll board one of his submarines and join him in his search of the lost city of Atlantis.

Tokyo DisneySea Entertainment

Like all Disney Parks, Tokyo DisneySea has a whole bunch of entertainment in addition to rides and other attractions.

“Big Band Beat: A Special Treat!”

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“Big Band Beat: A Special Treat!” Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

This 25-minute show features swing jazz music that accompanies unique dances by the Disney Friends, including Mickey Mouse on the drums!

“Song of Mirage”

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“Song of Mirage.” Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

“Song of Mirage” is a 30-minute live show with impressive projection mapping. The show follows Mickey Mouse and his friends as they seek the Rio Dorado and the city of gold. 

Tokyo DisneySea Food

Disney Parks are foodie havens, and Tokyo DisneySea is no exception. One of its most famous dishes is its uniquely flavored popcorn. You can get flavors like Milk Chocolate, Curry, Black Pepper, and Garlic Shrimp. Some of those options might not sound appealing, but you’ve gotta try them before you judge them!

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Tokyo DisneySea offers several unique popcorn flavors. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Also try the spicy Yucatan Sausage Roll and the Ukiwaman, which is a Chinese steamed bun with shrimp paste filling. And for the Tokyo DisneySea 20th anniversary, you have to have the limited-edition churro with glittery sugar topping!

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20th anniversary churros. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Tokyo DisneySea Transportation

Sure, you could explore Tokyo DisneySea on foot, but you’d be missing out on some incredible transportation options (and you’ll get pretty tired).

Take a ride on the Venetian Gondolas around the Palazzo Canals. It’s just like being in Venice, except without the canal smell! (If you’ve been to Venice, you know …)

The DisneySea Electric Railway takes you to Port Discovery and provides some beautiful harbor scenery along the way.

Finally, the DisneySea Transit Steamer Line is a great way to travel around the park and is also perfect at sunset for a romantic boat ride.

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Written by Catherine Hiles

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Catherine Hiles is a mom of young kids and therefore an avid Disney+ watcher. While it's her kids who request Disney soundtracks to play in the car, she often finds herself driving solo while belting out "Into the Unknoooooooooooown!" She also enjoys eating and running, although not at the same time.
Catherine Hiles

Written by Catherine Hiles

Catherine Hiles is a mom of young kids and therefore an avid Disney+ watcher. While it's her kids who request Disney soundtracks to play in the car, she often finds herself driving solo while belting out "Into the Unknoooooooooooown!" She also enjoys eating and running, although not at the same time.
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