Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs ride guide & review

Which Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs ride is the best? Which one is the longest? The shortest? Perhaps even the most thrilling? Find out in our ride guide here!

Fantasy Springs Rapunzel tower on the ride

Fantasy Springs Rapunzel tower on the ride

Tokyo DisneySea’s Fantasy Springs theme park has four exciting new rides to try! But with ride passes scarce on the ground, it’s important to choose carefully – which rides will suit your family best?

Here is our breakdown of each ride so that you can make an informed decision before you arrive. Here is our Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs ride guide!

The Fantasy Springs Rapunzel's Lantern Festival ride

The Fantasy Springs Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival ride

What are the Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs rides?

Here is the Fantasy Springs Rides List:

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Which is the best Fantasy Springs ride?

The most popular ride at Fantasy Springs is currently Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey. The way it is possible to tell (apart from our own personal experience riding the rides!)  is that the most popular ride is the one which books out of both Standby and Premier Access ride passes first – and that’s Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey!

The next most popular ride is Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival, followed by Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure and Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies. But this doesn’t necessarily mean this is the way you should book them!

What is Fantasy’s Springs Frozen ride like?

The Anna and Elsa's Frozen Journey Standby ride entrance

The Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey Standby ride entrance

Frozen is one of Disney’s most popular stories and themes, so this ride was always going to be popular. However, considering that much of the hype around the Fantasy Springs opening was the Rapunzel ride’s main lantern scene, the Frozen ride has proven to be the surprising front runner of the four Fantasy Springs rides.

Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey is a boat ride. It is also what Disney-lovers and other theme park experts call a dark ride, meaning it is contained within a building.

The Anna and Elsa's Frozen Journey ride loading area

The Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey ride loading area

The Frozen ride is a faster moving and longer boat ride than Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival. It sometimes switches from forward moving to moving backwards. There are several interesting Frozen story scenes set to the soundtrack of the famous Disney Frozen movie during the ride. It has one stand-out transformation scene that can be difficult to see if you are sat on the wrong side of the boat (the left side). Overall, this is an excellent ride addition to Disney Sea, and is currently the number one ride choice in Fantasy Springs.

The Anna and Elsa's Frozen Journey ride scene with Olaf, Anna & Sven

The Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey ride scene with Olaf, Anna & Kristoff

Suitable for ages: All ages – can sit a child on your lap

Ride height minimum: None

Ride length: Approximately 6.5 minutes

Good for a rainy day? Yes

The Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey ride is similar to the Disney ride… Pirates of the Caribbean (Tokyo Disneyland) and Frozen Ever After (Walt Disney World)

Extra tip! Sit on the right-hand side of the boat to see the Anna come to life after being frozen transition close-up!

What is Fantasy Springs Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival ride like?

Great for families with younger children and Rapunzel fans everywhere, Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival is widely reviewed as a lovely ride, but “too short” – especially considering the difficulty in procuring a ride pass, sometimes requiring waiting in line for over an hour with a Standby Pass. Therefore whilst a very nice ride, it is regarded by some as coming up short, and so may disappoint the Rapunzel-lovers.

The beginning of Rapunzel's Lantern Festival is outside

The beginning of Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival is outside

The Rapunzel ride begins as an outdoor boat ride so that riders can enjoy Rapunzel’s Tower, complete with an animated Rapunzel leaning out of its window. The ride merges into a dark ride with several charming scenes from the Rapunzel movie story including one where Rapunzel swings around Flynn Rider by her long blonde hair. The ride concludes in the visually spectacular main lantern room scene where Rapunzel and Flynn are sat in a boat singing romantically to each other. They are surrounded with low-hung lanterns and Pascal looking on.

It’s a beautiful scene, but does it make it worthy of the best Fantasy Springs ride accolade? Most agree not – the Rapunzel ride comes in second to Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey, mainly due to it’s length and lack of variation in its story-telling.

Rapunzel's Lantern Festival ride - Rapunzel swinging around Flynn

Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival ride – Rapunzel swinging around Flynn

Suitable for ages: All ages – can sit a child on your lap

Ride height minimum: None

Ride length: Less than 5 minutes

Good for a rainy day? Yes

The Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival ride is similar to the Disney rides… It’s a Small World (Tokyo Disneyland) and Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage (DisneySea)

Extra tip! Sit on the left-hand side of the boat to see the romantic lantern boat scene close-up!

What is Fantasy Springs Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure ride like?

Peter Pan's Never Land Adventure ride entrance at Fantasy Springs

Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure ride entrance at Fantasy Springs

Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure is a 3D dark ride which requires the use of 3D glasses for the full immersive effect. This is the most exciting of all four Fantasy Springs rides but is still quite tame when compared to the more thrilling DisneySea rides.

The inner Peter Pan's Never Land Adventure ride queue

The inner Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure ride queue

On the Peter Pan ride, riders sit in a moving “ship” seat which elevates and moves in front of big screens to give a flying with Peter Pan illusion. As this ride excludes smaller children with its height requirement, and also those who may experience motion sickness it isn’t proving as popular as the boat rides. Nonetheless, it is still reviewed as a very fun ride.

Peter Pan's Never Land Adventure ride loading area

Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure ride loading area

Suitable for ages: Not suitable for those who suffer from motion sickness. Cannot hold child on lap.

Ride height minimum: 102cms height minimum to ride.

Ride length: Approximately 6 minutes

Good for a rainy day? Yes

The Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure ride is similar to the Disney and Universal Studios rides… Soarin’ (DisneySea) and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (Universal Studios, USA)

Fairy Tinker Bell's Busy Buggies ride entrance

Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies ride entrance

What is Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies ride like?

Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies is an outdoor carriage ride which slowly follows a windy track through Pixie Hollow installations of overgrown fauna and fairy homes. The carriage occasionally spins as it travels along the track.

This ride only has a Standby ride queue, and so it is not possible to book a Premier Access ride pass for it – only a Standby Pass.

Whilst no doubt a good ride for small children it is reviewed by some riders as a short and overall uneventful ride lacking in Tinker Bell story characters.

Fairy Tinker Bell's Busy Buggies ride sign

Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies ride sign

I have not personally experienced this ride.

Suitable for ages: Can hold child on lap.

Ride height minimum: None.

Ride length: Approximately 2 minutes.

Good for a rainy day? No, as it is an outdoor ride.

The Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies ride is similar to the Disney and Universal Studios rides…  Yoshi’s Adventure ride (Universal Studios, Japan)

You can take your stroller into the queue at As the Fairy Tinker Bell's Busy Buggies

You can take your stroller into the queue at As the Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies

Now that you’ve learned all about the four new rides in Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs, it’s time to learn how to book them with the best chance of riding as many as possible – in our Fantasy Springs ride strategy feature here!

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Further reading…

You can read more about Fantasy Springs here.

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