Another park is checked off my list! 5 down and 1 more to go! Tokyo Disneyland was everything I imagined and more! For all the other Disney Fanatics out there, here is an insiders look of the two parks with some great tips if you are planning a trip yourself!
Let’s start off with logistics! The ticket price to experience both parks (Disneyland and DisneySea) is quite low compared to the State’s parks! Although park hopping is discouraged (you can’t even purchase park hoppers unless you stay for 3+ days) you can explore both parks for $115 and do 1 park per day!
If this is your first time at the park, 1 day per park will definitely be sufficient, but if you like to see all the shows/parades, I would recommend doing 3 days! Personally, it’s all about the rides and themes for me, so I don’t really mind missing out on a few shows, especially when I don’t speak Japanese.
Each park is open for 14 hours and we exhausted those hours for sure! We rode every ride in both parks but near the end of each day we were losing our steam! Luckily though, we stayed in a nearby hotel that partners with Disney, but is also affordable! The Hilton Tokyo Bay is a fabulous hotel for visiting the parks and I would highly recommend it to anyone! The staff was so accommodating and welcoming and the location could not be beat! The average nightly price was around $115 and that provided free transportation to the parks and a wonderful park view of the Disneyland castle! The hotel itself had many other amenities such as a Disney shop, small restaurants, and an airport bus for a small fee when it was time to check out! If you are making a visit, here is the link to book Hilton Tokyo Bay.
However, if you aren’t looking to stay on the property, the Maihama Station is located directly at the park and is very easy to get to with public transportation!
Now that we have that stuff out of the way, let’s talk about the fun stuff! First of all, Jensen and I traveled to the park in October which means that all the Halloween decorations were up! Since my birthday is in October and I love fall, this made the park 10 times better for me! The Japanese parks had the best Halloween decorations that I have seen so far and I am so happy that I was able to experience it! Plus, EVERYONE was dressed up which made the days feel extra festive!
As far as the park rides go, the Disneyland park did not have too many rides that were unique, aside from the Winnie the Pooh ride, most the the rides here were identical to what you’d find in the California park. What was really unique was the food here! They have several themed restaurants and many different snack options that you won’t find back home! My favorite restaurants was the Queen of Hearts table, since I am an Alice nerd, and my favorite snack was surprisingly POPCORN!
You would be amazed by the creative flavors that this park has! At Disneyland, the flavors were:
- Milk chocolate
- Soy sauce and butter
And at DisneySea:
- Black pepper
We weren’t able to try all of them, but we did get a souvenir bucket (the have every theme you can think of) and we tried the Blueberry, Curry, Soy Sauce, and the Chocolate! My favorites were the Blueberry and the Curry, but we really liked all of them!
DisneySea is thought to be the best Disney park of them all! Well, I think the rides were great, they weren’t the best that I had been on throughout the parks so far. What really makes this park unbeatable is the theme of it! This park is a true original and sets itself apart from all the other Disney parks that you have been too! The closest park to this one would be Epcot, and it definitely blows Epcot out of the water!
This was the Tokyo Disney park that had some unique rides that you won’t find anywhere else, such as The Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a whole Little Mermaid Land, Venetian Gondolas, and much, much more! And as much as I loved the new rides, some of the classics were still there with small twists such as Tower of Terror, Indiana Jones, and the Haunted Mansion! Another ride that the people in Japan go crazy for is Toy Story Mania! This was the first ride to sell out of Fastpass tickets and can’t be missed! If you are heading to the parks, make sure to get your fastpass here first thing in the morning!
Near the Toy Story area is where I found the cutest snack that I have seen from all the parks! The little green aliens from Toy Story now come in mochi form and are filled with 3 different types of custard! Not only were they delicious, they were adorable! These were a must try for sure!
Overall, I had a very successful Tokyo Disney trip and can already tell that I will be heading back in the future at some point! Even though some of the rides were the same, the themes in this park can’t be beat and Disney once again has outdone themselves! We are looking forward to heading to my last park tomorrow! Disneyland Hong Kong here we come!