Attraction Rankings

Tokyo DisneySea Attraction Rankings

Now that we have been to new Disney Parks outside of the U.S. we get to add posts to certain series.  The first of these additional posts will be our attraction rankings.  If you have missed any of our previous posts on the subject click on the corresponding park to catch up, although a few need and will receive updates (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Disneyland, California Adventure).

Mediterranean Harbor bridge gondolas night TDS

Instead of a typical top-ten list, this will include all of the DisneySea attractions because thoroughness is next to Godliness.  Don’t quote me on that.  We made a point of doing every attraction that was open while at Tokyo Disney Resort and this list will reflect all of those that we experienced.  First, some rules:

  • No Meet & Greets.  These are impossible to rank and I don’t particularly like them in the first place.
  • No Live Shows.  Nighttime shows are almost always better than rides, in my eyes.  Also, big stage shows are impressive and don’t fit the profile of a typical ride.  I will include 3D movies though.
  • These are all my opinion.  Lou Mongello constantly says that “every attraction is someones favorite.” While that is corny and seems a little silly, I do think it’s true.  I can’t account for other people’s memories in these rankings and will try (probably unsuccessfully) to take some of the nostalgia out of my views of these attractions.  You’ll likely disagree with these rankings.  Please let me know what you disagree with in the comments.

The Tokyo Disneyland edition of this post will come over the next few weeks.  I’ll add in a sentence or two about each attraction and why I put it there.  Here we go, from worst to first:

22. Jumpin’ Jellyfish – That a children’s ride that does no harm and isn’t all that bad is in last place speaks to the quality of DisneySea’s attractions.  This does move painfully slow and is easily the most boring attraction on the list.  Without going on it, Jumpin’ Jellyfish looks pretty cool inside of King Triton’s Castle in Mermaid Lagoon.

Jumping Jellyfish King Triton's Kingdom TDS

21. Turtle Talk – This is no different from the American version of the attraction except that it is in Japanese.  Turtle Talk resides in the gigantic S.S. Columbia and that makes the attraction slightly more interesting.  Otherwise it is pretty skippable.

20. The Whirlpool – Another attraction inside of Mermaid Lagoon that is basically the teacups reincarnated.  You can’t spin your own car here but it still looks pretty nice.

19. Scuttle’s Scooters – The Scooters are a children’s ride in Mermaid Lagoon that is a caterpillar ride system.  Not much separates all of these kid attractions but I do like the way this one looks at night, outside sitting along the water.  It adds another bit of kinetic energy to a park full of it.  The actual ride might not be worth doing though.

18. Jasmine’s Flying Carpets – The flying carpets are the same as those stateside but this one looks better, with a beautiful color scheme.  This is an obvious case of how well Tokyo Disney Resort maintains their attractions compared to Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Jasmine's Flying Carpets TDS night

17. Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster – A family roller coaster that resembles The Barnstormer or Gadget’s Go Coaster.  This one is slightly longer and would be a blast for kids.  It is off to the side of Mermaid Lagoon and stays away from being intrusive to the beautiful park.

16. Raging Spirits – Sticking with the roller coaster theme, Raging Spirits is the most disappointing attraction in the whole park.  The ride looks great with a beautiful facade and other interesting props.  That’s why it made it this high on the list.  Raging Spirits is a pretty bad coaster though and doesn’t match the build-up at all.  The speed really lacks and while there is a loop, is far from an action ride.

Raging Spirits night TDS

15. Blowfish Balloon Race – I’m not sure how this Mermaid Lagoon ride made it so high, but I found it very fun.  This is the same ride system as Flik’s Flyers in California Adventure but seems to move a little faster, maybe because it is inside.  That attraction is relaxing and entertaining for being a kids ride.

14. Caravan Carousel – The best carousel I’ve ever been on is a double-decker that is slightly themed to Aladdin and the Arabian Coast.  Caravan Carousel has a beautiful show building and everyone knows that riding on the second floor of a carousel is way better than riding on the first floor.

Arabian Coast carousel TDS

13. The Magic Lamp Theater – A bizarre 3D show that I could be talked in to moving up or down depending on the day.  This is slightly based on Aladdin and in Japanese.  The plot circles around a magician, who seems somewhat evil, and his assistant.

12. DisneySea Transit Steamer Line – I love boat transportation and this is no exception.  The Steamer Line runs through most of the park, taking guests from port to port.  It is a convenient way to get off your feet for a while and gives guests a different view of the ports that they wouldn’t get otherwise.

11. Nemo & Friends SeaRider – I should state that the biggest jump in attractions is between 12 and 11.  SeaRider is a really fun simulator attraction where guests ride through the ocean with their favorite characters from Finding Nemo.  It is nothing ground breaking but is well worth a ride.

Electric Railway light Port Discovery TDS

10. DisneySea Electric Railway – The Electric Railway is similar to the Steamer Lines in that it is just a mode of transportation but I like this one quite a bit more.  This railroad runs from the American Waterfront to Port Discovery and vice versa, but rises above the rest of the park offering incredible views of Mediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront and even the Pacific Ocean.

9. Aquatopia – A fun trackless ride that looks similar to bumper boats but is far more fun.  The ride vehicles spin and swoop around without guests knowing what is coming next.  The ride itself is fun but where Aquatopia really excels is fitting in with the spirit of Port Discovery.  With kinetic energy abound the area feels exciting and full of ingenuity.

Aquatopia night TDS

8. Toy Story Mania – The actual ride is no different than the other versions, which is a fun interactive ride but far from groundbreaking.  This Toy Story Mania gets a whole area to itself in the American Waterfront called Toyville, reminiscent of Coney Island.  Toy Story Mania has crazy lines and may not be worth going on if you have done other versions of the ride but you should at least visit the area at night, it’s stunning.

TSM night TDS

7. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Is an undersea adventure where guests go exploring in pods that are kind of like submarines.  20,000 Leagues is very interesting and tells a great story while guests explore Mysterious Island.  While not the most popular ride, this is a must.

6. Venetian Gondolas – Mediterranean Harbor’s Venetian Gondolas is one of the most transportive attractions in any Disney Park, taking guests through the back canals and into a wide open harbor.  The attraction offers some of the best views in the park and is the most relaxing attraction I’ve ever been on.  Where the Venetian Gondolas really set themselves apart is the interactions with the Gondoliers who are charming and have the perfect amount of reverence for the beautiful scenery.

Venetian Gondolas lady rowing TDS

5. Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull – Indiana Jones Adventure is basically Disneyland’s Indiana Jones Adventure with a few subtle plot differences.  The attraction is one of the better thrill rides ever created and is a blast.  Lost River Delta is a perfect home for the attraction and has a beautiful facade.

4. Fortress Explorations – Part Tom Sawyer Island, part museum, Fortress Explorations is unlike any other Disney attraction.  There is a giant ship for a playground, a planetarium and several other breathtaking exhibits throughout the beautiful walking trails.  On top of that, the whole attraction offers wonderful views.  I could spend a whole afternoon here without any reservations.

Planeterium Fortress Explorations TDS

3. Journey to the Center of the Earth – DisneySea’s flagship attraction is a dark ride, thrill ride combo that takes you deep into Mount Promytheus.  The volcano is on the verge of eruption and guests meet surprises along the way before taking off out of the volcano.  Journey is a blast and could be ranked higher if not for some of the best attractions in the world ahead of it.

2. Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage – Disney’s best dark ride, this is a wonderful story about Sinbad traveling through different difficulties to help out his homeland.  The ride is a little strange and full of beautiful animatronics.  Sinbad has a beautiful original song that plays throughout the attraction.  I could ride this all day.

Green giant wide lens Sinbad TDS

1. Tower of Terror – Tower of Terror utilizes a similar ride system to those stateside but the story is entirely different.  While the whole attraction is in Japanese, the story comes through better than any other Disney attraction I’ve ever seen.  The story is about a statue that ends up haunting the hotel owned by Harrison Hightower, a collector of many different artifacts.  Tower of Terror warns of greed, a theme that not many attractions hold.  All of this combined with a fun ride and a beautiful building earns Tower of Terror the top spot at DisneySea.

ToT ground night TDS

Overview

DisneySea has one of the best attraction slates of any Disney Park.  There isn’t a bad attraction on the list and from 14 down I would consider must-do attractions for first timers.  If you are going with kids then there isn’t an attraction I would skip here.  If not, Turtle Talk and Mermaid Lagoon are skippable but fun to do at night when the crowds die down.  Overall, DisneySea is full of incredible attractions.

JttCotE Monster TDS

Where did I go wrong in my rankings?  Let me know that, as well as any questions, in the comments below!  If you enjoy what you’re reading please subscribe to the blog and like our social media pages which you can find on the right side of this page.  Thank you for reading, we really appreciate it!

– Andrew

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