Last year I went to Tokyo Disneyland. This was one of the things I was probably the most thrilled about, I mean I absolutely LOVE Disney. I have an annual pass so I can go as much as I want. So needless to say that this time I needed to visit Tokyo Disneyland.
There’s also Disney Sea I would like to visit, but we didn’t have enough time to do both Park, so I figured out starting by “main” one would be better, even though it would have been nice to see Disney Sea as this is something we don’t have in Paris.
First thing first before we get into the details of this journey, you need to get a ticket!
You can easily buy a ticket at the Disney Store in Shibuya. Or on the internet to avoid the queue at the entrance. The Disney Store in Shibuya is also probably one of the cutest Disney stores I ever seen, at least comparing to the one we have in Paris.
It’s super easy to get your ticket there, so I’d recommend going there to buy your ticket to either the main Disneyland Park or Disney Sea this way you don’t have to queue to buy your ticket at the park. A one-day ticket for the Disneyland park cost ¥7,400.
Journey wise, transports in Tokyo being absolutely incredible it was pretty easy for us to get from our hotel in Meguro to Maihama. You can see several itinerary on the official website. Though Disney being a popular destination if you’re going during the summer it might be a little crowded in the train. It might be a little easier to ride the train to Disney during “off-peak” season (does Disney really have an off-peak season though?)
The outside of the park is totally as awesome as the one in Paris, if not more in some ways. Since there’s a little walk from Maihama Station to the entrance you can find along the way near a store a lot of decorations, which are pretty awesome.
I wish I could have had a stamp in my passport!
You can find most of the main characters in Paris such as, Mickey, Minie some of the princesses, walking around the park. At Tokyo Disneyland I found the variety of characters much more INTERESTING and various. I never ever saw Bernard from Bernard and Bianca in Paris nor Pinocchio and nonetheless side characters as the fox.
This was a huge plus. Tokyo Disneyland is mostly about the visual. So, the props, the animation and the decors are the main focus. I mean that’s the case in every Disney around the world, obviously, BUT you actually also wait to have some thrill on the rollercoaster. Well, that wasn’t the case here. Space mountain was fairly…dull to me.
And the queues are MASSIVE the number of people flooding through the park is literally scary, to be honest, sure it was summer, but everything was so crowded, and most of the queues topped to nearly 2h wait or more even for the most simple attraction. This is crazy.
We only managed to do 4 attractions in 7h/8h which really isn’t much. Although we were quite lucky because for one of them we only did 30 minutes of queue.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR JOURNEY TO TOKYO DISNEYLAND :
- Schedule your day – The earlier it starts the better. This way you can avoid the mass. DisneyLand isn’t obviously something you can fully do in one day so if you really want to see and do EVERYTHING. And as I write above, buy you tickets before it will save you a lot of time.
- Check what ride you want to do.Do the most famous ride early in the morning and take advantages of fastpass. Which that you get a fastpass for any ride you want to do later on and in the meantime you can do another ride or anything else you’d like to do.
- Pack your lunch before hand. You can obvisouly also eat at the restaurants in the park, but then again be ready to queue, a lot. Plus if you’re on a budget it’s always better to bring your own food! Same for the drinks the vending machines are much more expensive than the one in the city. But I must say that the Disney designed bottles are really cute !
- Don’t stress it out. It’s crowded, it’s stressing, it’s tiring (especially in the summer with the heat and heavy humidity). But you don’t have to rush all the day between attractions, organise yourself well and take time to enjoy, there’s plenty of awesome decors to look at in the park. Enjoy !
MAIN DIFFERENCIES BETWEEN DISNEYLAND TOKYO AND DISNEYLAND PARIS :
- Castles aren’t the same, here in DisneyLand Paris we have Sleeping Beauty Castle while in Tokyo Disneyland it’s Cinderella’s castle.
- Rollercoasters doesn’t give you as much adrenaline in Tokyo, which makes them seems a little dull to me, for example Space Mountain in Paris does include a looping, in Tokyo the ride is much more chill.
- The stores in the Tokyo one are AWESOME. The choices are wide, the designs of the shirts feels much more unique. And you can pretty much find anything Disney like for your home as well. This is a huge thumb up.
- Toon town ! This is something I particularly enjoyed and I wish we had it in Paris.Tokyo DisneyLand unlike the three other Disneys (USA, France, China) doesn’t have the same kind of contract to Walkt Disney so they get somewhat more freedom. Which makes Tokyo Disney a really interesting place to visit.
Hopefully in the future I will get to visit Tokyo Disney Sea, and obviously the parks in the USA.
Overall, it wasn’t a bad experience it was nice to see a new aesthetic but I still can’t help to feel a little underwhelmed by it… I guess the fact that we got drench at some point, the humidity and the mass didn’t help…
Have you ever been to DisneyLand Tokyo/ Paris or Florida or maybe even China ? If so what did you think about it ? Let me know !
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