September 22, 2017
Because of the weather we had to push the two Disney parks to the end of the trip. This was less than optimal because once the weekend hits, these rather busy parks become extremely busy. But other parks and attractions were affected by weather and Friday & Saturday called for rain, which I knew wouldn’t affect Disney nearly as much. On Friday morning, we slept a little later than planned. It was a much needed rest, but eventually we made our way to the Tokyo Disney Resort by around 11am to spend the day at Tokyo DisneySea. It meant taking a train to Hanieda airport where we had lunch, then a bus directly to the Disneyland resort.
I was afraid since we’d let the morning get away from us, and it was a Friday, that wait times would be unbearable at DisneySea but we actually lucked out for the day. We headed from Ispiari, their version of a Disneyfied shopping district, to the ticket booth at DisneySea, then into the entry plaza. Once we passed under Hotel Miracosta, I was just in awe of the entire place. The entrance was nothing like I’d seen at a Disney park, but once inside everything is just so… amazing. A high level of detail goes in to everything. It is absolutely astounding.
Our first destination was Port Discovery as we headed over to our first ride, Aquatopia. This ride uses RFID pucks to guide water based vehicles around in a very shallow pool (6 inches deep or less) spinning, stopping, and swinging around rocks, waterfalls, and whirlpools. I anticipated a multi hour long wait, but it was only 25 minutes, so we got in line. Aquatopia was really a lot of fun!