Disney Resort, Tokyo
I was lucky to visit 5 attractions in November of 1993 when was on business in Tokyo. It was a 10th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland.
Tokyo Disneyland is a 465,000 m² theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort, located near Tokyo. Its main gate is directly adjacent to both Maihama Station and Tokyo Disneyland Station. It was the first Disney park to be built outside of the United States and opened on April 15, 1983.
The park was constructed by Walt Disney Imagineering in the same style as Disneyland in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida. It is owned by The Oriental Land Company, which licenses the theme from The Walt Disney Company. Tokyo Disneyland and its companion park, Tokyo DisneySea, are the only Disney parks not owned by The Walt Disney Company.
There are seven themed areas in the park: the World Bazaar; the four classic Disney lands: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrow land; and two mini-lands: Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown.
Getting to Disneyland or Disney Sea Tokyo is really very easy from either Tokyo, Shinjuku or Narita Airport. From Tokyo, it takes about 45 minutes.
You can use the JR Keiyo line to Maihama station, and switch to the Disney resort Line. This little circular loop, covers about 5 km and 4 station stops.
For those going to DisneyLand, there is no need to get onto this internal monorail, as it is only a short walk from JR Maihama station to the Disneyland entrance. However, for those opting for Disney Sea, it is advisable to pay 200 yen to get you there.
Before you go, do click on the picture to check out the unique Mickey Mouse shaped windows and hand straps. You won't be able to stop yourself from smiling all through out this very short ride!
again more walking around the park and picture taking hehehe, with only a few exceptions, Tokyo Disneyland for the most part has the same attractions found in Disneyland and Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom but some of the famed popular attractions have different names like the autopia of LA disney is called the grand circuit raceway here and the Honey I shrank the Audience in LA Disney is called Microadventure here and the Western Railroad here
does not circle the whole park; instead passes through Advenutureland, Frontierland and Critter Country so that Guests pass the Jungle Cruise, the Big Thunder Mountain, an old "mining town", the Rivers of America, the Splash Mountain, and pass through a version of the Primeval World before heading back to the station.
strolling around tokyo disneyland and taking pictures on a full day tour revisit of tokyo disney. the last time I was here was in 1985. It is owned by The Oriental Land Company, which licenses the theme from The Walt Disney Company. Tokyo Disneyland and its companion park, Tokyo DisneySea, are the only Disney parks not owned by The Walt Disney Company. There are seven themed areas in the park, each complementing each other yet unique in their style. Made up of the World Bazaar, the four classic Disney lands: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, and two mini lands, Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown and all in all, the park has 46 attractions as compared to the 28 attractions of hong kong disney or 56 attractions of LA Disney and 62 attractions of Orlando Disney.
the fabulous halloween motif and items available at tokyo disney. I was here in October so the motif in tokyo disney was haloween and I find it ironic since japan is a buddhist country and there is no halloween in buddhism and even in asia but halloween is becoming a popular western import in asia (heck they even celebrate christmas here but only for decorations as they are not obviously a christian country). Here in disney they have lavish haloween themed motifs and decorations and even the souvenirs are halloween themed (see the pictures of the drinking cups and the souvenir items I bought in the pictures of this tip).
shopping and walking around main street. Unlike in other disneylands where the main entrance is called Mainstreet USA, here in tokyo Disney, it is called the World Bazaar. Why? I honestly don't know but the design is about the same as the Mainstreet USA's of other Disney's but noticeably absent are the mainstreet rides like the tram or trolley or the fire engine and there is no Disney Railway at the front of it unlike in other disneylands. this World Bazaar is also the only Mainstreet Disney with a Roof! This gateway area to the Park features shops, restaurants, and even a bank with designs that recall a small American town in the early 1900's. Located just steps from the Main Entrance but far from the everyday world.
the trip to tokyo disney using a JR Keiyo Line Train to Maihama Station. Tokyo disney is about 15 kilometers east of tokyo station and is a 10 minute ride via the Keiyo line, which is a 20 minute walk to various underground pasageways and escalators from the tokyo station. the price one way from tokyo station to Maihama is about 260 yen. Tokyo disney is another 15 minute walk from the maihama station of the JR Keiyo line or you can ride the tokyo disney resort tram to tokyo disney and disney sea but the disney express tram is advisable only in going to disney sea which is located 3 kilometers from maihama station while the tram only lessens the walk to tokyo disney just 5 minutes but costs 100 yen one way.
on a rainy day in tokyo disney, on a whole day tour. the entrance to tokyo disney are the ff:
Tokyo Disney Tickets
1 Day Passport:
You can enter Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disneysea all day long with this ticket, but not both. Includes use of all the attractions:
Adult (18+) ¥5,800
Junior (12-17) ¥5,000
Child (4-11) ¥3,900
Senior (60+) ¥5,100
After 6 Passport:
You can use this ticket from 6:00 PM on weekdays. It is sold from 5:00 PM for ¥3100 (all ages).
You can use this ticket in one of the two parks from 3:00 PM on Saturdays, Sundays, and National Holidays.
Adult (18+) ¥4,700
Junior (12-17) ¥4,100
Child (4-11) ¥3,200 Multi Day Passport:
You can enter one park on the first day, the other park on the second day, and then you may move between the two parks (called "park-hopping") on subsequent days. If you find that you need to upgrade your ticket, you can do so simply by paying the difference; this may be done at the Welcome Center, the park ticket windows, or the hotels. These are perhaps the most economical value possible, as the price per day actually decreases with each day.
Get around Tokyo Disneyland:
The four-station Disney Resort Line monorail connects Maihama Station to Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disneysea and Tokyo Bay NK Hall plus the resort hotels. The fare is ¥200/100 for adults/children and the Passnet stored value card can be used. Note that, if going to Disneyland, it's probably easier and faster to just walk from the station since the Monorail station is still a 5 minute walk from the entrance to tokyo disney!
Disney Sea is awesome. I went having had 5 hours sleep the night before, with a hangover and hyped up on ice tea, coffee and a gatorade type drink. This was one of the best days of my life, spent with my hsband and sister. Disney Sea is cool because it has the newer rides and not as many kids and Disney Land is much more geared towards children. The shows were really cool, especially Legends of Mythica, absolutely amazing.
You have to be organised though! My sister who lived in Tokyo for a little while has been many times so knew the ropes. You have to get the fast passes and plan your rides and shows with where you'll be at what time, look at your map etc etc, but it pays to be organised when you have a fast pass and are walking past hundreds of people in the fast lane queue! No matter how excited you are when you first get there take some time to read the map and the tips before you start.
I don't know what else to say except from my perspective it was a great day. We went early July on a Thursday and it wasn't too busy. I was just so excited about everything and with 2 people i love, the weather was good, no massive queues...I loved it :)
Since I was a little kid I dreamt of visiting Disneyland and as a big kid I finally visited Disneyland. After our bag was searched, Cinderella Castle was the first thing I noticed. Off course we took lots of photos of the castle. Not far from the castle is the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey, the man who made many kids around the world happy.
The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement, Peter Pan one the Disney characters were saying hello to everyone, Donald Duck was quacking, the noise from Mark Twain ferry horn can be heard from long distance, there was Vaudeville music playing, a man playing piano wearing bow tie and funny hat, magic performances, adventure land, castles and mountains to see.
At Disneyland there are plenty of souvenir shops like Penny Arcade, Grand Emporium. We bought a few to take home as memento.
Everything was exciting for us at Disney except you have to wait for hours for a ride. We had to wait almost three hours for Splash Mountain ride but at the end it was worth the wait. At the end of the day we had only three rides, oh well can’t win them all :-( To avoid the long wait my advice is buy express tickets. I am not sure how much extra you have to pay for express tickets, but I reckon it’s worth it.
As for transportation most Hotels around Disney have free transportation service to Disney Resort.
From Tokyo Station, take the JR Keiyo Line to Maihama, which is adjacent to the park.
We bought our 1- Day Passport to Disneyland in Canberra Australia and it cost us $288 AUD for two people.
Adult (18+) ¥5,800
Junior (12-17) ¥5,000
Child (4-11) ¥3,900
Senior (60+) ¥5,100
I'm a Disney World addict. I've been to Disney World more times than I can count. So, when I was planning my trip to Tokyo, I had to include a day trip to Tokyo Sea. We didn't want to devote more than one day to the trip, so we only went to Disney Sea and we didn't enter the main Tokyo Disney park.
From the beginning, I was excited because Disney Sea is one of a kind, there are no other parks like it in all of Disney. We took the train to the Park and transferred to the Disney shuttle. The shuttle was so cute. The windows were Mickey shaped as were the hand grips. Unfortunately, unlike the Disney World parks where all Disney transportation is free, you have to pay for Tokyo Disney shuttles to and from the train station. It was cheap though, only a few hundred yen for two people.
We arrived at the park around 11am and all the fast passes were already sold out. The lines for all the rides were well over an hour long. Thank goodness for the single rider lines, otherwise we may have just left.
I was not impressed with this park. It was very small, the rides were very short, and the lines were too long.
The one thing I wish I had known ahead of time was that it is located on the water (if I had done any research at all, I would have known this). Being on the water, it was FREEZING. I was under-dressed. It led to a miserable night for me (and my BF, who had to listen to me complain...)
I'm glad I went. But I would only recommend this as a day trip to the Disney addicts. For the average person, it would be a complete waste of time and money.
Tokyo Disneyland is a Man Made Attraction originally made to attract tourist. Even though it is just another branch of Disneyland you can still have a lot of fun just like in their main branch in California. There are of things to do and even if it is a big place you'll not be lost because there are many guides. You can buy many souvenirs at an affordable price. The staffs are very friendly and courteous so what are you waiting for come and join the fun at Tokyo Disneyland.
Probably when the park just open in the morning, you have to come to this place to take the FASTPASS ticket, and when waiting, you can go to the next ride wait in line for Raging spirit
Because... a lot of people want to ride these, and I need more than 3 h for waiting in the line (without FASTPASS).
Disney’s FASTPASS is the perfect alternative to waiting in line. Just go to the FASTPASS ticketing machines near the entrance of the FASTPASS attraction you want to ride and insert your Passport ticket to receive your FASTPASS.
Take the kids to Tokyo Disneyland for the day. We have never been to the original Disneyland in California, but read that it is a pretty faithful replica. Try to go on a weekday, as we went on a Sunday and the crowds were thick! If you want a photo with Micky Mouse, be prepared to do battle with the Japanese girls...we couldn't get anywhere near him! Donald Duck and Pinochio were in less demand. Oh, and if you want to go on the rides, get a 'fast pass' or you'll wait for hours!
You have to allocate 1 whole day for either DisneySea or Disneyland so that your schedule will not be too hectic. We chose to go DisneySea because it can only be found in Japan. We started our journey with a ride on the Mickey Mouse monorail...then we watched a jazz performance - "Big Band Beat" at their theatre. Afterwhich, took up some of their rides and went around taking photos.
Do take note of the different schedules of the show times.. At night, don't miss "BraviSEAmo!"- Spectacular effects of musical fountains and fiery effects creating a dramatic tale of a graceful "spirit of water" and powerful"spirit of fire".
There are many great souvenir shops around and all the things are so "kawaii" (cute and nice) that you will be tempted to buy many things from the shop!! End the night with firework display (Not really very spectacular and many locals actually left berfore the fireworks)