Does anyone know of a link to a video of the Sinbad attraction? I know that this site: http://www.jtcent.com/ used to have one but not in a long while. If anyone else knows of a good video of this TDS attraction, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
I usually manage to work it into a business trip so someone else is paying the airfare. Even so, it's an expensive trip because of the park tickets and hotel (minimum $200 a night at one of the non-Disney hotels on the monorail line). And the food is expensive, too!
Having visted the Tokyo Disney Resort this summer I need to point to things out: it is NOT expensive!
The Disney hotels are expensive, but you pay (at least in the case of the Mira Costa) for its unique quality, themeing and location. If you want to get the price down, go for one of the official Resort Hotels (Sheraton, Hilton, ...). These are "luxury" hotels as well, are located next to their own monorail station and are comparable cheaper. But, this is true, there is nothing like a cheap hotel option on-site, even so there was a hotel that looked cheap right on the property of the metro station, between the metro entrance and the welcome center.
About the food: I think the food is very, very, very reasonable priced. Fast food is of a really impressive quality and offers a wide range of choices in the different locastions. Table service restaurants have average prices in most locations but again very good quality.
Overall I went to TDL expecting it to be expensive but realized that it is not - if you enjoy going for a nice dinner expect regular prices as found at other Disney resorts.
Obviously food and drinks are more expensive in some locations (Mira Costa) but that applies to all luxury hotels. Also it is just normal that a drink from a vending machine in Tokyo or even Tokyo tourist attractions like the Ueno Zoo is about 200 yen cheaper than from a sales cart in Tokyo Disney parks. But even then the price is still in the same range as say in DLRP's parks.
So once you are in Japan you can look forward to a pretty much normal priced trip if you frequent the upscale hotels at other Disney resorts. If you are usually staying at the value priced hotels the hotel price will be kind of a shock though.
I absolutely agree that TDL is NOT as expensive as one would think. The hotels on the monorail line are the equivalent of 4 and 5 stars...where can you find a 4 and 5 star hotel in a big city and/or near a tourist site for less than $200 nowadays?
As for the food, again, INSIDE the parks, we found the price of the food to be VERY surprisingly reasonable. Definitely no more money than equivalent meals at WDW or DL, and you get the better theming, better service and better FOOD, period, than stateside.
Park tickets were no more than what people pay for passes at WDW *and* they even have park hopping. I suppose if one has an annual pass and is used to getting into a park "for free," they might consider TDL's passes to be "expensive," but there's also the option of TDL APs, if you go that often.
I am really sorry to hear that - for me Sinbad was the most surprising attraction in Tokyo DisneySEA. I didn't expect much so I was really positively surprised. In fact I would go so far to say it was my preferred ride in that park.
The movement of the AAs was just incredible. Also I loved how you got the stories even if you did not speak any Japanese.
I admit though, that guest numbers at Sinbad were very, very low throughout my visit, everytime I walked past it or rode it (which I did several times).
BUT I think this is not so much due to the ride but the way it is presented from the outside. The facade lacks anything that would draw guests in and looks more like a huge not very interestingly themed backstage wall. With a redesign of the entrance and the entrance plaza attendance should shoot up.