Day 9, Part 2: Nighttime at Tokyo DisneySea

After the show we decided to take a detour through the hotel on our way back out to the park. I was dying to see MiraCosta’s indoor pool, because seeing pix of it online was the first thing about Tokyo DisneySea that hooked me back when it opened.

Along the way we saw…


Getting to the pool and spa is a bit complicated—you have to use two sets of elevators to get to the wing they’re in, and we got kinda lost.

The spa overlooks Tokyo DisneySea’s Venetian canals. I LOVE this wall of windows and wish I’d had time to just hang out here!

The outdoor pool is kinda plain (and small!) compared to the ones at the Florida Disney resorts, but it’s only in use during the summer, so maybe it wasn’t worth theming to the hilt.

Looking back toward the indoor pool

We tried to go back into the hotel without going back through the spa, but the exterior hotel door we tried was locked—d’oh! At least we got this shot:

We weren’t allowed to take pictures of the indoor pool because there were people in it. So we decided to bite the bullet and pay the $22/person to use the pool early the next day before we checked out. I know… we’re crazy… but Patrick loves swimming, and I’m in love with the indoor pool!

Our path back to the main lobby took us through the hotel hall that bridges the entrance to Tokyo DisneySea. This isn’t the greatest shot, but it kinda shows the nifty view into the park from there.

Back in the park, we grabbed a few menu/food shots for the Tokyo Disney PassPorter on our way back to ride Indy.

Oh, it looks like we took a boat to Lost River Delta—probably from the dock in Mediterranean Harbor.

Yucatan Base Camp Grill…

Just the kind of view you want while dining!

We got back to the Temple of the Crystal Skull, flashed our FASTPASSes, darted inside…. and waited for about 40 minutes. I complained loudly the whole time about the “SLOWPASS” line. But Patrick was in picture-taking heaven!

When we FINALLY got off that ride, it was starting to get dark. We swung down through Arabian Coast to check out the show in the Magic Lamp Theater before dinner

This is the place to get tasty coconut soft-serve if it won't spoil yer dinner!

We only have one picture from the Magic Lamp Theater. In the elaborately themed waiting area, there’s a bit of pre-show with an animatronic snake who pops out of this basket.

We got our English translation devices, but we almost needn’t have bothered—this is another attraction that lives up (down?) to its middling reviews. It starts out as a live magic show with a hammy “evil” magician and his apprentice, and then the Genie shows up in a 3-D movie. I’m all for classic comedy, but this was pretty cheesy.

Back out into the Arabian Coast! The double-decker carousel certainly makes a pretty sight at night, but I can’t help wishing they’d put something a little more interesting to do in this area. It has my favorite theming in the whole park, but there’s hardly anything to do there.

I requested that we eat dinner at Sebastian’s Calypso Kitchen, the counter-service place in Mermaid Lagoon, so I could meet my daily scallop-intake requirement.

Mesmerized by the giant clam!

I couldn't get over how elaborate the cast member costumes were for "just" a counter-service restaurant!

I think Patrick was just showing off the zoom on his camera here… Oh wait, no, we liked how they could dispense the perfect amount of soda at the touch of a button!

We each got the Scallop Chowder (only ¥290!). Patrick got the Seafood Pizza (¥630) and I got the Creamy Scallop Croquette sandwich (¥530). It was all pretty dang good, and the prices couldn’t be beat…en.

I kinda feel like this restaurant is the one place where they dropped the ball in the theming department (or maybe ran out of money!). Although the pillars are sculpted to look like they’re covered in barnacles, and the fish lights are kinda cute, it’s mostly just a big box with a mural on the walls. But of course Patrick loved the mural!

Patrick also loved the—what in the heck is he doing?!

Oh yeah, I think that was one of the packets of liquid sweetener we saw everywhere. I dared him to try it!

After dinner we went back to Arabian Coast to ride Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage again cuz we didn’t quite have the song stuck in our heads yet…

Oh that Chandu! What a loveable little rascal!

We decided to check out a few more restaurants for reference. The first one was Miguel’s El Dorado Cantina in Los River Delta.

I still can't get over how much capacity all these restaurants have!

From there, we wound around to Port Discovery to check out Horizon Bay Restaurant.

We weren’t allowed to take pictures of the side of the restaurant where they had character dining. No such thing as a free lunch here!

Up at the top of the hill, we waited in line for the DisneySea Electric Railway, which runs between Port Discovery and American Waterfront. There’s another gorgeous mural in the queue.

As we disembarked in American Waterfront, we realized BraviSEAmo was about to start, so we grabbed a spot on the bridge to Fortress Explorations.

As we waited for the show to start, I was eyeing the popcorn cart at the foot of the bridge, which was selling Marie the Cat buckets. We already had one popcorn bucket we were never gonna use again, so I totally couldn’t justify buying another, but…. its absolutely adorable girliness overpowered me and I dashed down and bought one!

Here's what it looked like the next day at a Duffy photo spot

Unfortunately, the spot we’d chosen for BraviSEAmo turned out to be downwind that night, so not only were we getting rained on, we were sucking in smoke too! But I had a giant tub of warm popcorn 6 inches from my face and was shoveling it down my gullet, so I was happy.

I'm sure whatever was happening at this point was very dramatic!

After the show, we went back to Fortress Explorations for nighttime pictures.

While we were up there, the fireworks show started…

"And now, the thrilling conclusion of Disney Magic in the Sky!!!"

After that we used two sets of FASTPASSes to ride JTTCOTE twice in a row, which will have to be summed up by this photo:

I dunno what it is… do YOU know what it is?

I started to get pretty pooped out, so we spent the remaining time til 10pm shopping for Patrick’s uncle’s birthday present. Along with the hefty budget, we’d been given a list of his Disney favorites, which, we discovered, is also a list of Things You Will Not Find at Tokyo Disney. These include

– Tokyo DisneySea exclusive merchandise
– Conceptual art
– Lithos/ceramics/sculptures
– Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, 20,000 Leagues, Captain EO, Sorcerer Mickey, or Chernabog themed ANYTHING
– Framed limited edition pin sets (OK, we found, like, two)

Nothing in here…

Quick detour to shoot another restaurant!

"Here, Uncle Matt. We couldn't find you anything Sorcerer Mickey, but we brought you some photos of him!"

(OK, yes, I realize there are Sorcerer Mickey stuffed toys in this shot, but he was looking for high-end art pieces)


Out of pictures! That must mean the park closed and we headed back to the room for the night.

Up next: Half-days at Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland, plus checking into the Ambassador Hotel!

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8 Responses
  • Lynsey
    February 8, 2017

    Hi again! Me and my husband plan on staying at the Miracosta for 1 night only (we’re not rich enough for more than that!) and we’re doing 2 days at Disneysea then 1 day at Disneyland. Do you recommend us staying at the Miracosta on our first night at Disneysea or second night? At first I was thinking doing the second night, since we’ll probably be too jammed packed and tired from the first night (we’re planning on doing most of everything at Disneysea on the first day, then re-rides and do finer dining the second day). So then the second day we can be more leisurely and enjoy more of the hotel. But after thinking about it more, maybe the first night would be better so then when we wake up the next morning, we have quick access to the park! So yeah, I’m not positive 🙂 Any advise is greatly appreciated!! Thank you as always <3

    • Carrie
      February 9, 2017

      Interesting… I think I agree that staying there the second night will make it so you can relax and appreciate it more. If you get to the park early enough that first day, the advantage of entering through Mira Costa won’t be as great. That way you can power-tour and then enjoy the resort the following day.

  • Tracy
    May 4, 2014

    We bought the tickets thru a website called Bridge. jpn. They charge a service fee but it’s very reasonable. We also ordered Studio Ghibli museum tickets from them. They are very helpful.

  • tracy ignacio
    April 8, 2014


    I love reading your Tokyo Disney blogs, especially the one about the weddings. Your blog is funny and informative, especially for a Disney fan like me and my family. Our Disney goal is to visit all the Disney Parks all over the world. So far, we visited the ones in LA and Orlando, and the one in Hong Kong. We are scheduled to go to the one in Tokyo in a few weeks. Paris and Shang-hai are on our wish list.

    For our Tokyo trip, we are planning to go on May 1 and 2, but we are not staying at the hotels, only for day trips (of course that means staying until closing time). The dates are right in the middle of Golden Week and I’m quite anxious about the crowds and lines, to say the least.

    I’m trying to book us etickets but the Tokyo Disney website seems to have an issue about our credit card; the website won’t accept them. I’ve checked with the banks, they said we are cleared to charge anything but the cards are still rejected. Did you have any difficulty when you booked your trip?

    If we can’t get our tickets online, do you have other suggestions as to how we can reserve tickets?

    I hope you can help.



    I love your photos, even the blurry ones. They are so candid and seem to express your personality.

    • Carrie
      April 8, 2014

      Hi Tracy! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the report! I think the easiest way to do it is to buy your tickets once you get there, but I know how much anxiety that can induce. If you are staying in a Tokyo-area hotel that has a Good Neighbor (or whatever they call it) relationship with the resorts (like a shuttle) you may be able to buy your tickets there. I don’t want to steer you wrong though, so I highly recommend this message board for Tokyo Disney advice. I’m sure if you posted your question there, you’d get info from some experts that’s more current than mine.

      • tracy ignacio
        April 8, 2014

        Thanks, Carrie!

      • Stephen
        May 3, 2014

        I am having the same issue right now…..did you fix yours? I checked the micechat, couldn’t find any posting about it.

    • Stephen
      May 3, 2014

      I am having the same issue right now…..did you fix yours? I checked the micechat, couldn’t find any posting about it.

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