Mysterious Island & 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

January 21, 2017 Tokyo Disney Sea, Japan

This holiday season, I had the opportunity to visit Tokyo...which is probably the number one place I would choose to visit in the entire world if asked. There are many, many more blog posts to be written about this amazing city, but right now I want to talk about Tokyo Disney Sea and the beautiful Mysterious Island. 

This park may be my second favorite Disney park out of any I've visited, and is in some serious competition with WDW's Animal Kingdom when it comes to attention to detail. There's an American Waterfront, a Mermaid Lagoon, and a beautiful steampunk inspired land called Mysterious Island hidden underneath the large volcano, Mount Prometheus.

Everything in this land takes me back to the books of Jules Verne, especially 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea which also used to be my favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom way back in the day. The giant Nautilus sitting across from the ride brought back so many memories from my childhood and I honestly just wanted to spend the whole day at the dock just staring at it. 

As you can see, I decided to dress up a little Disney Bounding as Captain Nemo. I've been wanting to do this for a while now, and I'm so glad I waited to wear it to Tokyo Disney Sea. I was very surprised that so many cast members actually knew who I was dressed as!

This is the gift shop of the area, and I was very disappointed not to find any 20,000 Leagues merchandise or anything related to Mysterious Island at all. This is not uncommon at Tokyo Disney, unlike Walt Disney World and Disneyland who has merchandise representing every ride and attraction. But hey, no complaints because they have all the Duffy and friends merchandise you could ever want!

I may have fallen a little bit too in love with all of the Nautilus details on EVERYTHING. Trash cans, signs, bathroom signs. Its just the cutest.

And of course, the Captain looking dashing as always.

I see some future cast member Mickey Ears being made from these adorable costumes.

I already sort of knew what to expect from this ride, me being impatient and watching the full ride through on You Tube a few times. It isn't anything like the old submerged version from the Magic Kingdom, and actually, you aren't submerged in water at all. The windows of your submarine are double paned with water and bubbles between them giving you the effect of being underwater. That sounds strange, but it was truly amazing & realistic. 

I won't give away too much and spoil it for you, but I was able to capture some shots of this dark ride.  I fell in love with the little sea serpents!


There is a quick service restaurant that these people are waiting to get into, and I had to push through the crowd to be dorky and take a million photos of this beauty. 

And here's one more little close up just cause. I hope I can visit this land one day in the future. Even though it was very different from the ride I once knew, I truly enjoyed it and was happy to make new memories in this magical place. Now, the only thing really missing was Trader Sam's. I mean, how cute of a photo op would that have been holding a strong drink in a Nautilus shaped cup next to the submarines themselves?! 

1 comment

  1. I havent been to tokyo but it has always been on my bucket list. your picture are so pretty it makes me want to go there right now. thank you so much for sharing your experience


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