My 5 favorite rides in TDS

Welcome to the best theme park in the world. Well, to me at least. The day I stepped through the turnstiles with my two little sisters, I fell in love with this park. The park is just so beautiful. TDS is also known to be a dating place for the Japanese. The attractions, IMO, are catered more for adults than Tokyo Disneyland. There are more thrill rides in this park than it’s neighboring park. Alcohol is served too. This is one theme park whereby I could spend the whole day with a loved one, take in the sights, sounds and enjoy each other’s company without the need to take a single ride.

I remember once, two other friends and I got drunk by the bar in S.S. Columbia. Ahhhhhhh, sweet memories. There were no other patrons at the bar. It was just the 3 of us. 3 musicians waiting for their Fastpass timing for The Tower of Terror to arrive by loading up on alcohol in a Disney theme park. The bartenders were definitely entertained by our shenanigans. At least, we thought they were.

Having a drink in S.S. Columbia. One of the best days I ever had in Tokyo Disneysea. Hmmmmmm, I wonder why?

Anyways, lets get back on point. Romance, adventure and beauty fills the air in TDS. The park itself is the main star and the attractions are it’s songs. Some songs became hits and some were just made to complete the album. Here are the top 5 hits that I love to immerse myself in.

1) Tower of Terror – The best version of Tower of Terror in all of Disney. It separates itself from it’s brothers and sisters in Paris, Anaheim and Orlando. The Twilight Zone series was not popular in Japan, so what did Tokyo Disney do? They rethemed the whole attraction. Made up a new story and it is super. I love this ride so much that my band decided to write a song about it titled, Shiriki Utundu. A tribute to the little critter. The show building, queue, pre-show, up to the ride itself is amazing. A must ride at TDS. Do pay attention to the Shiriki Utundu idol during pre-show. The illusion it creates is fantastic.

* You can listen to Moochie Mac & Superfriends track, Shiriki Utundu, here.

2) Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull – This attraction will take you on an adventure. Great animatronics, great set, great show building, great queue and great ride vehicle. Simply put, a great attraction. It is also equipped to take a ride photo for your party.

3) Toy Story Mania – Technology, interactivity and Disney magic combine to create an attraction that makes you want to come back for more. After I took this ride for the 1st time, I immiediately went online to search for tips to hit the high score and lined up for it again. I see myself taking this attraction many more times, just for the right to claim bragging rights.

4) Journey to The Centre of The Earth – This ride is exclusive to TDS. The ride itself is in Mount Prometheus, the icon for the park. The lava monster animatronic in itself is enough to make me want to take this attraction.

5)  Aquatopia at night РThis might come out as a surprise to a lot of you. Aquatopia is just magical at night. The view is beautiful and if you time it right, you might be able to take a ride on this when the fireworks are happening. Truly magical.

I know that the title of this post is TOP 5 attractions, but I gotto mention 2 more attractions as they are simply breathtaking. Disneysea Electric Railway & Disneysea Transit Steamer at night. I never particularly enjoyed rides like the Big City Vehicles and such, but just like, Aquatopia, the view from this two attractions at night is outstanding. You know the feeling you get when you appreciate a beautiful art piece or listen to an amazing song. When the little hairs on your arms just stand and you feel like you are in love. The view from these two attractions at night, does that for me every time.

The mascot for Tokyo Disneysea’s version of the Tower of Terror. Shiriki Utundu.


My 5 favorite rides in TDL

I grew up on Disney. After having traveled to all Disney theme parks in the world, I have a special connection with Disneyland. It’s where most of my best memories were made, from childhood till now.

My sister, Natasha, and I at Tokyo Disneyland when we were kids

Everyone of my family members have their own special ride. One that they love and have to go on every time we visit the park. My mum’s favorite is The Haunted Mansion. It’s a Small World is not really my thing, but to my little sister, Natasha, it is the one ride that makes her smile from ear to ear. My youngest sister, Nadia, adores Pirates of The Caribbean. My Dad just loves the park as a whole. He will be happy riding on Dumbo. For my wife, she loves Splash Mountain. I proposed to her on that ride, but that is another story for another day.

My sister, Nadia, and I posing in the last row for our ride photo on The Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland Paris . A lot of preparation went into this shot.

I am more of a thrill-seeker. I love roller coasters and experiences that bring butterflies to my stomach like skydiving or bungee jumping. You could say that I am an adrenaline junkie, but somehow when I head back to TDL, my favorite attractions are not necessarily the coasters. The nostalgia of Disneyland gets to me every time I visit the park. The storytelling of some of the attractions are so perfect that it surpasses the adrenaline rush that I get from skydiving or bungee jumping. The way some attractions manage to capture all my senses just blows me away.

Without further ado, I would like to share with you guys my top 5 attractions in Disneyland.

1) Pooh’s Hunny Hunt – Hands down, the best family friendly dark ride in the world. This is always the first attraction that I go get Fastpass for whenever I am in TDL. It beats the other Pooh rides in Hong Kong and the ones in the States. It just blows the competition away. This is a must definitely see attraction when you are visiting TDL. I suggest you guys get Fastpass for this attraction as soon as you enter the park cause they run out fast. This ride is exclusive to TDR.

2) Splash Mountain – The only thrill ride on this list. This is my favorite thrill ride in TDL. Brilliant storytelling, amazing animatronics, a great way to cool down in the summer, great soundtrack, the drop is just amazing and the ride that assisted in me getting married and becoming a father. What’s not to like? They take a ride photo of you during the big drop. Try to keep your face as straight as possible for that. It’s a little harder than you think.

3) Pirates of the Caribbean – A Disney classic. One that has spawned a series of Hollywood Blockbusters. Storytelling at it’s best. One of the few surviving rides that Walt Disney himself came up with. Need I say more?

4) Haunted Mansion – Another Disney classic. The movie didn’t do as well as it’s neighbor’s over at Adventureland, but as a theme park attraction, it is certainly one of the best. Great illusions and Disney’s storytelling at it’s best once again.

5) Peter Pan’s Flight – I used to watch Peter Pan when I was a kid everyday. It is my favorite full length animation. When I went on this ride for the first time as a kid, I was hooked. No pun intended. I remember my Dad sitting with his arms around me on this ride and smiling while he looked at me. I will never forget the love that I felt from him on that occasion while we were on this attraction. This attraction will always have a special place in my heart.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad with my family