Tokyo Disneyland is one of those places that makes it into any must-see, must-visit lists when it comes to the capital of Japan. However, if you’ve been to any Disney resorts anywhere in the world before, you’d probably know that Disneyland is not something you can’t just easily tick off your bucket list. You need at least one full day to be able to enjoy the park to the fullest, but most people opt for two to make sure they experience all the rides they want, see one or a couple of shows, and get time to shop and eat inside the park. In this article, we’re giving you the top tips to make the most out of your first time at Tokyo Disneyland – including where to get tickets, where to stay, how to arrive there, what rides to prioritize, and more.
1. How to get Tokyo Disneyland tickets?
There are two options when it comes to getting tickets. The first and most convenient way is to book online. Websites like Klook and GoVoyagin allow you to book 1-day and 2-day passes, which you can pay for using your credit card or PayPal, print the tickets at home and bring them with you. One-day tickets cost ¥7400 for adults, while two-day ones go for ¥13,200. The other option is buying them on the spot on the day you’re planning to visit the park. This is not recommended unless you’re still not sure you want to visit and don’t want to be bound to a tight schedule; however, keep in mind you will have to arrive extra early to queue up for the passes.
2. When is the best time to visit Tokyo Disneyland?
It’s pretty hard to choose a ‘best time’ to visit Tokyo Disneyland, but one thing you should be aware of is the times you must avoid at all costs. We’re talking about the Golden Week (April 29th to May 5th) and Obon festival (August 13th to 15th), during which the whole country gets days off, and subsequently, everyone is hitting all the major entertainment spots. Some websites also recommend staying away from the period around New Years, as well as the cherry blossom season, as that is when a lot of foreigners come flooding into Japan.
If you’re looking to catch a particular show (which are seasonal – there are Christmas specials, Easter specials, and more), you might want to plan your whole trip around those times, but if you’re not that much of a Disney freak and are just in it for a good time, you’ll probably enjoy whatever show is on at the time of your visit.
3. How to get to Tokyo Disneyland?
Tokyo Disneyland is located in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, and can easily be reached by train. The nearest station to Disneyland and DisneySea is Maihama station, which is located on the Keiyo and Musashino lines. There are plenty of resources you can use to find out the fastest or cheapest route to Maihama, including apps like Hyperdia. To get from the station to the park, all you have to do is follow the crowd – as 99% of the people getting off, there are headed to Disney resort. To get around Disneyland and DisneySea, you can use the Disney Resort line (adult fare ¥260, child fare ¥130). The DR Line station is located right next to Maihama station, and the train stops at both the Disneyland and the DisneySea entrances.
4. I heard the queues are insane! Is there any way around that?
Before heading into Tokyo Disneyland, you should come to terms with the idea of queueing for rides and tickets. There is no real way around that – save for the rides that allow you to get Fast Passes. Fash Pass is a system that allows you to use your Disneyland pass to get a designated time slow during which you can use a certain ride without queuing up – but you will have to line up to get the Fast Pass itself. The Fast Pass is only available on certain rides, and in the case of Disneyland, they are Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek!, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Haunted Mansion. Depending on how crowded the park is, you should be able to get on three to five rides in a day using Fast Passes, while still catching a show and grabbing a bite to eat.
5. Where to eat at Tokyo Disneyland?
Again, you have two options here. Either bring a bento or snacks with you and eat them in the designated picnic area or enjoy the experience to the fullest and drop by one of the Disney Resort restaurants. Be warned that you might have to make a reservation if you’re particularly interested in a certain place, to save the time you’d otherwise waste in line. Needless to say, the food at Tokyo Disneyland is nothing out of the ordinary – save for the Monster Inc. alien mochi and the famous flavored popcorn. You’re mostly paying for the experience and presentation, but it might be worth a shot if you’re a hardcore Disney fan. Food prices at Disney Resort are fairly decent – roughly ¥1500 per meal-and-drink combo.
6. Is it worth staying at the Tokyo Disneyland hotels?
Only if you’re there for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, or if money is really not an issue for you. Tokyo Disneyland hotels range in prices from ¥20,000 to ¥50,000 per night for a standard room, which is way more expensive than your average hotel. Sure, you do get to wake up to the view of Cinderella’s castle, but we’re not sure you want to drop half a thousand bucks just for that. Our recommendation is to just visit Disneyland during the day, even if you get a two-day pass – you can use the money you’d be wasting on the hotel to shop and eat all you want.
7. What are some things no one tells you about Tokyo Disneyland?
One – you should come to the park early. The earlier you come, the more attractions you’ll be able to experience and enjoy. Don’t expect to get on every ride in one day – choose three to four rides and go for the Fast Passes, so you can enjoy other attraction in between the rides. Be ready to stay in line more than anything else, and get comfortable clothes/shoes that won’t leave you with blisters after hours of standing.
Tokyo Disneyland is a wonderful place to spend one or two full days of your Japan trip. Just make sure you get your tickets in advance, and do your research on the rides and attraction you want to experience ahead of time, so you can make the most out of your time there.
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