Disneyland Tokyo

Disneyland Tokyo: all the information at a glance!

Disneyland Tokyo is really top notch! We previously visited the Disney parks in Paris and Orlando, but the parks at the Tokyo Disney Resort are also super to visit. We visited two days of Disneyland Tokyo and two days of Tokyo DisneySea. In this blog, we will discuss the Disneyland Tokyo theme park and give you all the information you need to visit this fantastic theme park in Japan. 

Disneyland Tokyo
Disneyland Tokyo

Tickets Disneyland Tokyo

We purchased tickets through Klook’s website a few days before we visited the Disney Tokyo parks. We already read on the Internet that through the official website of Disney Tokyo it could be difficult to pay with a foreign credit card, and through this organization the tickets were the same price than on the official website.

We were sent the tickets right away and we put the QR codes into the Disney Tokyo App (more on this in a moment). Then we could use the QR codes in the app to access the park. Super simple, then.

Disneyland Tokyo
Disneyland Tokyo

Tokyo Disney Resort app

The Tokyo Disney Resort app is one that you must install on your phone beforehand, though. You can link your tickets to your account here, and you have a lot of information about the park in the app. We use this app throughout the day at the amusement park, for example, to see what the wait times are at the attractions and also for the map of the park. You can see exactly by the blue dot where you are in the park and thus how to walk.

In addition, you can request certain access to shows and Disney characters through the app (entry request) and you can also request premier access for certain attractions here. We visited Disneyland Tokyo with the 40th anniversary and then they also had fastpasses that you could request through the app, but this was temporary.

One thing that is a drawback of the amusement park is that there is almost no WIFI in the park. We therefore pre-purchased a Japanese SIM card for a few tens through this website. Here we purchased a subscription for 8 days with unlimited internet. So we had unlimited access to the Internet in the park.

Disneyland Tokyo
Disneyland Tokyo

General information Disneyland Tokyo

When you visit the Disneyland Tokyo theme park, there are a number of things you should keep in mind.

  • The official times of the amusement park are not correct. They say that the park opens at 9 o’clock, for example, but it is often earlier as in our case, for example, at 8:30. Incidentally, hotel guests at the Disney parks may enter the amusement park 15 minutes earlier (i.e., at 8:15 a.m.). This allows them to be the first to walk to the popular attractions, where there are many wait times during the day.
  • So make sure you are at the park entrance at least an hour to an hour and a half before the official time of the amusement park. For us, that meant getting up at 5:30 in the morning every day. Then keep in mind that there are already hundreds of other Japanese people at the entrance, but then you will be fairly in the front. If you then walk straight to a popular attraction with a lot of waiting time, you save a lot of time right away.
  • Make a plan in advance. It sounds silly but that’s how you get the most out of your day. Review the map in advance, decide in advance which attractions you definitely want to do, and see in the app the days in advance where the longest wait times are. Then decide in advance which attractions you will go to first.
  • Try using the app right when you are inside to make an entry request for the shows at Disneyland Tokyo. Usually these are gone within half an hour. You can make this request when your tickets are scanned at the box office.
  • Keep in mind that Japanese people easily find a spot on the side of the road an hour and a half before the parades begin in the park. Everyone carries a mat and lays it out, marking out an area. If you want to watch the parade up close, you’ll have to get there early along the side. On some stretches, there are as many as 15 rows of people. The advantage is that everyone also stays seated during the parade, so you can see it reasonably well.
  • Be sure to bring plenty of snacks. You are not allowed to bring food, but snacks are not a problem. The definition of snack is a bit tricky, but we carried cookies, nuts and also sandwiches with cheese, We did put those cheese sandwiches in a side pocket so they were not easily checked. Not once did these rolls get noticed by security because they only looked at the main compartment. Restaurants also tend to be very crowded and we found it a waste of time to stand in line for an hour at a restaurant.
  • Spend your full day. If the park opens at 9 in the morning and does not close until 9 in the evening, use this time fully. Especially in the early morning and late evening, wait times at the various attractions are a lot shorter.
  • If you have enough money to spend, you can also request premier access for the most popular attractions and shows. Then you pay a fee and have to stand in line for a lot less time. We thought this was way too expensive, but if you have enough money you can save a lot of time.

Disney Tokyo amusement park
Disney Tokyo amusement park

attractions of Disneyland Tokyo

Disneyland Tokyo has about 35 attractions spread across seven different themed areas. To visit all the attractions, see some shows and have your picture taken with some Disney characters takes about two days. We describe the various attractions below.

Adventureland:

  • Tiki Room with Stitch: We thought this attraction was hugely disappointing in Orlando, but here we found it quite fun. You sit in a room and all kinds of little birds sing and also Stitch comes by for a moment. A kind of musical performance.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: this attraction was broken when we were there. That sucks, because in Paris and Orlando this was one of our favorite attractions. In a boat, you’ll go through the world of Captain Sparrow.
  • Swiss Family Treehouse: here you can explore a treehouse. Doesn’t amount to super much and you walk right through it.
  • Jungle Cruise: you sail in a boat through the jungle, where you will encounter all kinds of fake jungle animals. Fun to do once, but not a top attraction. Usually the queue is also only a few minutes.
  • Western River Railroad: this is a little train that runs through the park.

World Bazaar:

  • Omnibus: here you ride around the park in a kind of big bus.

Westernland:

  • Country Bear Theater: this is a performance of some bears, who make music. Again, the wait time for the attraction is usually not long. Fine attraction to check out once.
  • Big Thunder Mountain: This is one of the most fun roller coasters in the amusement park. This roller coaster is quite long and this roller coaster is one of our favorite rides in the park, though. There is usually a long line here in the park of at least an hour.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat: you take a ride on a huge boat. Also a fine attraction to do once, but not a super spectacular one.
  • Tom Sawyer Island Rafts: you go across the water on a boat. No more and no less.

Critter Country:

  • Splash Mountain: We also found this to be one of the most fun attractions at Disneyland Tokyo. You sit in a tree trunk and you end the attraction with a big bang down. Along the way, you’ll also see all sorts of cute little figures. This is another attraction that often has a long queue. By the way, you don’t get super wet here.
  • Beaver Brother Explorer Canoes: you sit in a canoe and row around the water. We doubted whether the canoe was now on a track or not.

Fantasyland:

  • Alice’s Tea Party: these are the familiar teacups, rotating on a tray.
  • It’s a small world: this is also one of our favorite attractions of the park. Because you are in large boats, the queue is usually not super long. You sit in a boat and go around the world. Of Holland you see windmills and dolls with wooden shoes. In this attraction you are also sure to spend at least ten minutes to fifteen minutes.
  • Castle Carousel: a carousel with all kinds of figures.
  • Snow White’s Adventure: this dark rider tells the story of Snow White, but we thought it was more of a haunted castle. We saw quite a few young kids startled out of the attraction here. We did like him a lot.
  • Dumbo The Flying Elephant: You spin around in elephants here. An attraction that isn’t super great in our eyes, but often has quite a long line.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight: also a dark ride that tells the story of Peter Pan. You see the story in a bird’s eye view and before you know it, the attraction is over.
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey: basically the same setup as Peter Pan, but it’s about the story of the fairy tale of Pinocchio.
  • Pooh’s Hunny Hunt: this was also one of our favorite attractions, but this is also one of the attractions with the longest queue. It is, of course, about the fairy tale of Winny the Pooh, and the attraction features all kinds of fun special effects.
  • Haunted Mansion: also truly a classic at Disneyworld theme parks. This haunted house when we were there in October was completely transformed into Halloween atmosphere and therefore extra popular. Definitely a fun attraction to visit.
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic: This is in a 3d cinema and the queue here is very short most of the time. We definitely recommend watching it. Just sit back and enjoy Mickey and especially Donald passing by various Disney fairy tales during the movie. Certainly also the special effects (like the one at the end) are absolutely top notch!
  • Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast: by far the most popular attraction in the park and it is also a really beautiful attraction that tells the story of the fairy tale. You sit in a cup and are shown the story in different rooms. This is where 80% of visitors run to at the beginning of the day, because the rest of the day there is a tremendously long line. If you want to avoid these, you have to make sure you get up early or you have to pay for them (premier access in the app).

Toontown:

  • Gadget’s Go Coaster: a small roller coaster for younger kids, despite when we were there there were plenty of adults on this attraction as well.
  • Goofy’s Paint ‘n Play House: you visit Goofy’s house and you can shoot paint in the house here. What else exactly the intention is that we didn’t quite understand.
  • Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse: house of Chip and Dale that you can walk through.
  • Show Park: this is a small playground for the youngest kids.
  • Donalds Boat: here you can visit Donald’s boat. This we ourselves did not think much of.
  • Minnie’s House: we really enjoyed visiting Minnie’s house. Kids can activate different things here such as the cottage oven, for example.
  • Roger Rabbits Car Toon spin: we had low expectations for this attraction, but found it really super fun! You drive a cart around and turn all the way around if you want to.

Tomorrowland:

  • Star Tours: The adventures Continue: you sit in a room and take a spaceship through space. A fun attraction that can also make you nauseous pretty quickly.
  • Stitch Encounter: we saw this in Orlando and saw that Stitch interacts with the visitors. Since we expected this attraction to be in Japanese and would understand little of it, we did not visit this attraction.
  • Space Mountain: one of the famous roller coasters. You mainly ride the roller coaster in the darkness. Definitely a fun attraction if you like roller coasters. It is less spectacular than the attraction in Paris, though.
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster: this attraction was unfortunately broken when we visited the park. A fun attraction though that we did visit in Orlando. You sit in a cart here and are mostly shooting a lot.
  • Monsters Inc Ride & Go Seek: pretty much the same setup as Buzz Lightyear only now you have to use a flashlight and aim at all kinds of targets for points.
  • The Happy Ride with Baymax: an attraction that had quite a queue during the day. You ride in cars over a plate. We didn’t think it was worth standing in line for this for so long.

Disney Tokyo amusement park
Disney Tokyo amusement park

Parades Disneyland Tokyo

You can see several parades in addition to the attractions we described above. We saw all the parades in the two days we were at the amusement park. Here is an overview.

Disney Harmony in Color: the famous parade held in the afternoon. This parade lasted about 20 minutes and is always one of the highlights of a visit to Disney. Of course, all the famous Disney characters pass by in this parade.

Spooky Boo Parade: Because of Halloween, there was also a Halloween parade. We thought it was a fun parade, but not a must-see.

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights: the parade at night with all the lights. This one we really thought was the most beautiful parade (also prettier than during the day). Beautiful lights on all the cars. Highly recommended. You do have to sit along the shore early. We were there about 1.5 hours beforehand and then sat at the front.

Sky Full of Colors: the famous fireworks display at the end of the day. We honestly thought it was a bit disappointing, as the castle, for example, was not really lit up and it was only fireworks. As far as we are concerned, definitely not recommended. Then it’s better to catch another attraction at the end of the day.

Disneyland Tokyo
Disneyland Tokyo

Shows Disneyland Tokyo

In addition to the various parades, you also had three shows you could watch when we visited the park.

Jamboree Mickey! Lets Dance!: this is a dance program for kids. We thought it was the least show of the three. A number of Disney characters including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck dance to music.

Mickeys Magical Music World: If you have little time and want to visit a show, you should definitely visit this show. Wonderful show, passing by many of Disney’s fairy tales. You have to request an Entry Request here (like the rest of the shows) in the app, but this show sold out right away two days in a row. The first show of the day around 11 a.m. did go without an entry request and that way we were still able to attend this wonderful show. We got in line here about 75 minutes before the show and then were able to get in.

Club Mouse Beat: fun dance show featuring various Disney characters. The show lasts about 20 minutes and we liked it.

Shows Disneyland Tokyo
Shows Disneyland Tokyo

Food and drink Disneyland Tokyo

Of course, Disneyland Tokyo has plenty of restaurants in the park. In the Disney app, you can see in advance which restaurants offer what kind of food. We only ate at the restaurant in the evening, because during the day we brought our own lunch. Keep in mind that at some restaurants, wait times for ordering food can be quite long.

So you are officially not allowed to bring food into the park, only drinks and some snacks. Of course, we ourselves had brought that with us in a backpack.

Disney Tokyo amusement park
Disneyland Tokyo

Where to stay in Tokyo?

If you have enough money, then of course you can sleep at Disneyland Tokyo’s hotel. The advantage is that this also allows you to enter fifteen minutes earlier than the rest of the visitors. We ourselves did the same in Paris because the prices were not very different. Of course, in Tokyo you have plenty of accommodations where you can stay.

We ourselves slept in Tokyo at Hotel Lumiere Kasai. This hotel was a 20-minute bus ride away from the amusement park. We could take the bus almost in front of the hotel, so that was great. Otherwise, we had a fine room, with nice beds and a bathroom with a bathtub. We also had an excellent breakfast with it in the morning. For more information about the Hotel Lumiere Kasai, take a look here.

Of course, there are plenty of other hotels. For a list of all hotels in Tokyo, take a look here.

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