Disneyland -Tokyo


Tokyo Disneyland Castle
Tokyo Disneyland

Where we stayed
We stayed at Hotel Mystays Maihama which was a 7 minute walk away from DisneySea and a 20 minute walk from Disneyland. The hotel provided a free shuttle bus that took you to both parks and was very convenient. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk to the Ikspiari shopping mall (which is next to Disneyland). Ikspiari had lots of shops and even a supermarket in the basement where we bought breakfast items most days. To read more about how we got to the hotel from the airport please visit my page about the Airport Limousine bus and getting around Japan 

From MyStays its an easy 20 minute trip into Tokyo Station so we did all our commuting to and from Maihama Train station. The Hotel is clean and the staff are very friendly. Some staff speak very good English.

Buying Tickets
Don’t book Disneyland or DisneySea  tickets during Japanese school  holidays, or weekends. If you can - also avoid Mondays and Fridays as generally kids take those days off of school too. Japan also has ‘Golden Week’ (a week long public holiday cluster first week of May – so avoid that time of year also!). If you google 'Tokyo Disneyland Crowd Calendar' you will find crowd forecasters – so double check with these crowd calendars, or even check previous years crowds on there if your visiting month is not there. 

We have bought E-tickets direct from the official Tokyo Disneyland Website and printed them off at home. The E- ticket guarantees you entry into the park and you can go straight to the entry gate. The E-Ticket also doubles as the ticket to scan for the Fastpasses.  Tokyo Disneyland do limit numbers entering the park, and if its busy that day, they close admission. That is why we bought the E-Ticket.

The official ticket website doesn't always accept foreign credit cards. On our second trip to Tokyo Disneyland we found ourselves in this predicament. Not to worry though - its super easy to buy tickets at the Disney Store in Shibuya and also in Lawsons. The store in Shibuya is a lot of fun though - three floors of Disney merchandise in the heart of Shibuya. The tickets are sold on the third floor and the attendants speak English very well. You just need to know exactly what dates you wish to go.

Tokyo Disneyland Train Station in Japan

Tokyo Disneyland Rides
Tokyo Disneyland has ‘cherry picked’ the best rides from Disneyland Anaheim and Walt Disney World Orlando. Pirates of the Caribbean ride was closed for maintenance for both of our visits (avoid April if desperately want the Pirates ride). Tokyo has all the big rides, and they are mostly the same, except with a Japanese touch. Strangely, the Indiana Jones ride (my favourite ride) is in the sister park, DisneySea which seems a bit odd as its not 'water related'.

One of the most popular rides in Tokyo Disneyland is the Winnie the Pooh ride. You literally enter a storybook, and when you enter the ride, you are in ‘honey pots’ that move quite independently in all four directions, and shift you around from scene to scene. It is very new technology (trackless) and a fun ride and totally different from other Winnie the Pooh rides elsewhere in the world. It is an extremely popular ride with the local population and you might need a Fast Pass for this ride. This was our first 'go to' ride in the park as its very popular.
Tokyo Disneyland Winnie the Pooh ride outside book
The Winnie the  Pooh Ride- Lines can be very long. It is one of the most popular rides in Tokyo
The Monsters Inc ride had a huge line and we waited until very late in the day after getting a Fast pass ticket for it. It was a very bumpy ride and I probably would hesitate to do it again because of it. Not sure if the suspension had gone in my car. The ride is different from the more passive California Adventure park with the same name. The Californian ride however was a lot smoother ride. The Tokyo version you shine ‘flashlights’ anywhere in various scenes and this animates the objects. It is a fun ride.

The Star Tours ride was a lot of fun and the lines were very short. We rode on this ride about 6 times and once I was identified as the ‘spy’. It is all in Japanese, but there really is no dialogue that you really need to know. Also, if you have been to Anaheim Star tours, you will know the general story line. The storyline is updated to incorporate the latest movies. 


The Haunted Mansion ride is nearly identical to the Anaheim Disneyland. When there is a parade happening, it is impossible to get to the ride as its kind of cut off by people waiting for the parade.
Tokyo Disneyland Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion Ride

The Peter Pan ride was a very nice ride. It was closed for maintenance when we went to Anaheim's Disneyland, so we were happy to see the ride here in Tokyo and it’s a really nice ride that we rode on about 3 times. You board flying ‘boats’ and fly over London and Pirate ships etc and there are twinkling starry lights.

Tokyo Disneyland Peter Pan
Peter Pan's Flight, was a fun trip where you travelled by ship, of course

The Jungle Cruise is one of my favourite rides...


Tokyo Disneyland Jungle Cruise Poster


Tom Sawyers Island was great fun at Tokyo Disneyland. You get there by raft and are provided with a map to the island as its quite big. There are lots of rope bridges and areas to explore. The outdoor caves are really good fun but the Injun Joe caves were even cooler. Be warned, my daughter A.J got very scared in the Injun Joe caves – they were deeper then the normal caves (and full of dark displays like pirate treasures, skulls and things). The whole island was terrific to explore. There is a Fort Clemens and Indian Tepees. We actually lost Dear Husband DH temporarily in the Fort Clemens and the caves. 

If the park is extremely busy, Tom Sawyer island is always a good escape to get away from the crowds. Its calmer there and quieter (this is the same for similar islands inside Disney Parks worldwide).

Tokyo Disneyland Tom Sawyers Island
Caves and Mountains to get lost in on Tom Sawyer's Island

Tokyo Disneyland Tom Sawyers Island
These bridges were alot of fun on Tom Sawyer Island

Tokyo Disneyland Tom Sawyers Island Teepee


The Western River Railroad was a surprise ride, near the Jungle Cruise. Other than the usual sights on such a train trip, the ride actually went into this cave area, into a primeval world full of animated dinosaurs! I had not read this in any guidebooks and this ride really was an afterthought to go on for us - but it was so worth riding.

The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents "Aloha E Komo Mai!”, we had seen this (without Stitch), in Anaheim many times as this was daughter A.J’s favourite attraction. We knew what to expect but this attraction was all in Japanese. You can ask for a translater device however, its not really the same as listening to it in your own language though. Other live shows in DisneySea you can also ask for Translator devices, which are handy.

Translater device Tokyo Disneyland
The translation device you are given (you must ask for it though)


 
Tokyo Disneyland Enchanted Tiki room

Tokyo Disneyland Enchanted Tiki room


Paddle-boat Steamer
This is also something that is relaxing inside Tokyo Disneyland. For the best view - head to the top deck on the left hand side.




Tokyo Disneyland Shows
Mostly, Disneyland is such a visual experience, it doesn’t really matter if you don’t understand the language totally, as you understand the meaning. However as a lot of the shows are in Japanese only, if you are short of time and don't know much Japanese, I would strongly suggest you skip all the shows and just do the rides.

Cinderella’s Castle 
Unlike other Disney parks, you can actually go inside the castle and into the throne room, where you can be king or queen for, I don’t know, maybe 30 seconds, until someone else in line gets to sit! You can also try on the glass slipper!

Inside the Castle


Tokyo Disneyland Glass Slipper
Inside the Castle, you can actually try on the glass slipper - and see whether it fits!

Tokyo Disneyland Its a Small World ride
Tokyo Disneyland Its a Small World ride

Tokyo Disneyland Its a Small World ride
Tokyo Disneyland Its a Small World ride




Where to eat?
I really recommend the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall. Read my post about it here.
 
Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall


 

Tokyo Disneyland Pins
Tokyo Disneyland did not have a huge selection of pins like Anaheim Disneyland unfortunately, but you can still get them, particularly anniversary pins like the one below.

Tokyo Disneyland Pin Mickey celebrating Easter

Tokyo Disneyland Pin Mickey and Pluto 33 Years


Tokyo Disneyland Popcorn Containers
Tokyo Disneyland has a rather low supply of Disney Pins. However, it does make up for it by having these Disney Popcorn containers which are unique to this Disneyland. Basically when you buy the container,  you get free popcorn with it. But if you don’t like the popcorn flavour it is selling with, you get a voucher to get the popcorn flavour you want at a different popcorn stall. You can get these popcorn containers refilled too. And the popcorn comes in multiple flavours, some rather unusual including Caramel, Milk Chocolate, Soy Sauce and Butter, Curry, Honey and Black Pepper. There are sometimes other flavours offered like Coconut, Strawberry and Cappuccino but we never saw those. The buckets come in all sorts of characters such as Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, Olaf and more. We bought the R2D2 and the Mickey one.

The Popcorn buckets caused some amusing scenes at Narita Airport Security who wanted to know what on earth we had in our carry-on luggage bag that was shaped like a bowling ball! When we took out the Mickey mouse popcorn bucket there were smiles all round. The popcorn containers are bulky items to be carrying around, so save for later in the day to collect. They don’t seem to run out of them.

Tokyo Disneyland Popcorn
Tokyo Disneyland Popcorn buckets R2D2 and Mickey bucket
The popcorn buckets


Electric Parade

I really recommend seeing this. Its amazing. There are heaps of floats. My favourite was the Genie.




To read more about Japan, please go to:
More on Japan 
36 Tips for Travelling in Japan
Pokemon Cafe, Tokyo 



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