If you haven’t been to Tokyo DisneyLand – which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year – you totally should. But if the happiest place on Earth doesn’t cut it for you anymore – be it too many kids or the lack of sufficient adrenaline rushes – consider checking out sister park, Tokyo DisneySea. Also located at Tokyo DisneyResort, it’s quite a hidden gem for adults, according to resort insider Mr. Suenaga, who hosted the Insider’s Guide to Tokyo DisneySea at Japan Rail Cafe recently. We collated and condensed our findings to help you find a reason to go back to Tokyo before we packed our bags – you’re welcome!

Mr. Suenaga speaking during Insider’s Guide to Tokyo DisneySea event

For Architecture and Interior Design Lovers: Ariel’s Spectacular Underwater Sea Castle

Located at Mermaid Lagoon, take in the marvellous structures and details of Ariel’s grand Underwater Sea Castle. Just seeing it is a magical experience in of itself, a vision both in the day and night time. Other things to enjoy in the “kingdom” include  seafood pizza and scallop croquettes at Sebastian’s Calypso Kitchen and King Triton’s Concert at the Mermaid Lagoon Theatre, where you can sing along to “Part of Your World” and “Under The Sea”.

Alcoholic Beverages To Go With Your Disney-Themed Confectionary

Kirin Beer and Black Pepper Teriyaki Chicken Roll at Restaurant Sakura

Childhood nostalgia with booze? There’s nothing quite like the best of both worlds. Alcoholic beverages are sold in almost every food kiosk and restaurant around the park. Grab a cold Kirin Beer at Restaurant Sakura, or opt for fancier options like  Barnacle BillsRose Wine Cocktails before exploring the park! Not to mention the amazing range of popcorn (their limited edition Disney Popcorn Holders are collectibles, really) and confectioneries to go with your drink, like their new Floats Bun at Seaside Snacks. Folks with a Free Drinks Ticket can also enjoy unlimited complimentary soft drinks across the park.

Thrills & Squeals: The Tower of Terror and More

What’s an amusement park without amusing yourself with a few rides? Weaved together with an exciting and elaborate narrative, the Tower of Terror is Tokyo DisneySea’s free-fall thrill ride that’ll have you lining up over and over again. Other rides that are more tailored to adults include boarding a unique subterranean vehicle a Journey to the Centre of the Earth and off-roading with Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull. The more mellow can opt for the Venetian Gondola for a scenic boat ride along Tokyo DisneySea’s many canals. 

Seasonal Events And Decorations

Tokyo DisneySea’s seasonal events are probably the best excuse you can give yourself to return to the same park at least four times a year since each season is celebrated distinctively. In spring, the park is adorned with fresh, colourful flowers, amongst which you’ll find events like their annual Easter Egg Hunt. For something closer on the calendar, a Disney Christmas is on now till 25 December 2018. Expect Christmas-themed costumes, Disney Christmas carols, and a whopping 15-metre tall Christmas tree. Two brand new Christmas shows – It’s Christmas Time! and Colours of Christmas – will also be premiering. 

Tokyo DisneySea After Dark

Although most park visitors plan a full day out at Tokyo DisneySea, there’s much to enjoy in the park at night with their Starlight Passport for entry after 3pm and After 6 Passport for entry after 6pm. Each landmark, such as the SS Columbia in the American Waterfront, is beautifully illuminated, and there’s a fantastic display of fireworks arranged to their special anniversary theme song, Brand New Day, to enjoy.

Meet Rare Disney Characters

Meet Stitch and other favourite Disney characters at the Arabian Coast

Have you heard of Duffy, Shellie May, Gelatoni, and Stella Lou? These characters, as well as the likes of Ariel herself and the mischievous Jack Sparrow, are exclusive to Tokyo DisneySea for meet and greet sessions. You have to admit, seeing your favorite childhood characters in the flesh is exciting even as an adult. Apart from meeting Disney Characters, the amazing hospitality of Tokyo DisneySea’s extensive cast and crew is second to none, we love that they go the extra mile to ensure your visit remains magical.  

A (More) Unique Proposal Destination

A proposal in front of Cinderella’s Castle in Tokyo Disneyland is romantic – but also definitely overused. Level-up your own proposal game by taking that special someone to Tokyo DisneySea’s American Waterfront and pop the big question by the elegant SS Columbia. Other unique locations include Ariel’s Underwater Sea Castle, particularly beautiful when lit up at night or Jasmine’s Castle in the Arabian Coast.

A one-day Passport to Tokyo DisneySea is priced at ¥7,400 (US$66); a two-day pass for ¥13,200 (US$117) allows you to enjoy both parks in Tokyo Disney Resort. See here for more information and to purchase tickets.

This post is sponsored by Tokyo Disney Resort.