Disney Resort, Tokyo
This is the main entrance area of the Disneyland and walk ahead you may see the castle. Check out for the Disney gallery, shops like Movie Premiere showcase, Grand Emporium and New Century Clock Shop.
Attractions are the Pirates of the Caribbean which take a thriling journey back to an age of advanture when pirate roamed the seven seas; Jungle Cruise - venture deep into mysterious, danger filled jungles.
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
You may found lots of F&B almost every part.
Check out for the Crystal Palace Restaurant near the Adventureland. Choose from a fine selection of entrees, side dishes, and desserts in this elegent Victorian-style buffeteria. While Blue Bayou Restaurant offer cajun-style cuisine, seafood, meat dishes, salad and desserts.
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!
The most famous Tokyo amusement park in Chiba. It about 15-20minutes from the central of Tokyo Metropolis. Basically this lanscape divided to 7 portion such as Tomorrowland, Western Land, Cartoon World, Fantasy land, Adventureland and etc... Don't miss out the fireworks and parade at night time about 8pm on the weekends. You can't tour the whole 'land' in 1 day!...
There is another entrance to the DisneySea which is recently open to public. The entrance ticket is about 5500yen for either 'Land' or 'Sea'.
Upon entering Tokyo Disney Sea, I came across the biggest spinning Globes that I had ever seen. It was spectacular!
And what do you know, my luck continued to be good, because one of the first characters that I met at Disney Sea was none other than Minnie Mouse, the girlfriend of Mickey Mouse! It was a great photo opportunity that I couldn't miss.
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!
This most children love. Explore Mickey's home and Movie Barn. Visit with Mickey in person on the set of one of his flims.
Jolly Trolley - Ride from Mickey Avenue to downtown or back on this bobbing, pitching trolley. Must visit if you bring along your kids, perhaps you may skip this section for adult like me:)
This is the part i like most.
Space Mountain - Experience an exciting rocket journey through space
MicroAdventure! - A 3D animation movie. You'll be shrunk to the max at this exciting misadventure at the Imagination Institute. Watch out for the 'dog'....open up your mouth!...you know what's going on!:)
As the newest Disney theme park, Disney Sea opened on September 4, 2001 adjacent to Tokyo Disneyland. The park is loosely themed around the sea and waterfront locations, which is appropriate considering is sits on Tokyo Harbor. The park consists of seven themed areas:
- Mediterranean Harbor
- American Waterfront
- Lost River Delta
- Port Discovery
- Mermaid Lagoon
- Arabian Coast
- Mysterious Island
Just like all other Disney themeparks, it contains a few rollercoaster rides, many kiddie rides, and lots of souvenir shops and restaurants.
My wife and I visited on a Saturday in November (my wife worked hard to convince me to go), and it was absolutely packed. All of the good rides had at least an hour wait. Even the popcorn stalls had long queues! After killing our legs waiting in a couple of long lines, we decided it would be much more pleasant just to walk around. The park is pretty impressive overall, and it looked particularly cheerful all dressed up for Christmas. We finished the night by watching the fireworks show from aboard their fake cruise ship. Very romantic actually.
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 :)
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)
TDL is for all young and young at heart. Most of the rides are those non-heartstopping kind. I was told TDS (DisneySea) has more "adult" rides, and also it is the only Disney location that serves alcohol!
For all first timers, Disneyland is a MUST, especially if you have children. Remember to bring along a book or walkman to entertain yourself whilst queueing - sometimes it takes up to 2 hours for popular rides. For those with kids, bring plenty of sweets/ tid-bits and water.
Get your Fast Pass for BUZZ LIGHTYEAR (a new attraction since Apr'04), and POOH'S HONEY HUNT.
Other recommended attractions are Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World (this is very fun!).
TDL opens at 8.30 am. We were there at 9am on a normal weekday (Thu) and the place was already crowded! We stayed and did our last attraction (Sleeping Beauty castle) at 9.45pm, just before they close for the day.
No matter whether you are children or adult, Disneyland is a fantastic place to spend a day. With the newly opened DISNEYSEA, you can enjoy the fun till night!
This must be the Disney characters & Mickey Mouse! & the Disney Parade