My student life here in Japan is at its end and one of the top 5 things I will miss in Japan is Tokyo Disneyland.😭 I just love everything about Disney, you could say I am one of those kids who grew up knowing so much about them, collecting their toys/merchandises, watching almost all the movies they have ever created and go “GAGA” when visiting their theme parks. 😆
I guess I will write about tips when you visit Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea (2 different theme parks) but I might make a separate blog about DisneySea in the future and I hope this can help you guys out.
First things first, pick any day to visit Tokyo Disneyland that does not fall on a holiday or weekend. Based on my observation going on a school day minimizes the chances of having many children on the theme park because they have school but it really does not mean it wont be crowded.
I remember going on a school day in June 2015 and literally I could take better photos because there were lesser people, I dint have to line up for an hour or hours just to buy popcorn or eat in restaurants and I could ride most of the rides twice before lining up for another kind of ride.
I also tried going on Halloween and Christmas Season on days where it was a weekend and schools were on a break, 😣 it was just too crowded and the lines for a ride took almost 2hrs and you have to find the end of the line in order to line up which is so ridiculous especially if you are just lining up for popcorn ( the things we do in Disney).😂
Second it would be good to come to the park early, the earlier the better or as soon as the park opens so that you could accomplish so much and still have time to checkout afternoon shows/parades in case you have missed them in the morning and have the time to shop or just wonder around the park.
Do have breakfast before coming here because with all the fun things you are doing, you would probably forget to eat lunch.
Third make use of the FASTPASS (click on the word to know more about them). These are extremely helpful especially on busy days, when you enter the park I suggest this should be the first thing you do. The interval time to get the next FastPast ticket is 2hours, so take note of the time.
The top 3 rides: Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain are the cool and fun ones in Tokyo Disneyland and where lines are always long and FastPass tickets gets unavailable quickly, so if you want to try all 3 and still get to ride many other rides then queue up for this early in the morning or grab FastPass tickets on these.
Fourth watch out for their adorable character motif meals and snacks. Depending on the season and aside from the ones they produce whole year round, they also make limited edition character shaped meals and snacks which are very photo worthy.👍
Now there are many restaurants around the park that are scattered around in different locations but I do want to recommend eating at the “Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall” located in Fantasyland and only because the restaurant inside and outside is so unique. ❤ Plus who does not want to have an experiencing eating at wonderland?! 😝
It’s no secret from my friends and family that I am crazy for Alice in Wonderland and one of the first few things I did when I entered the park is eat here to take photos.😆
Fifth if you have little kids and your purpose is for them to enjoy the park then I would recommend you to take them at the ToonTown section where they will have so much fun playing with the attractions that are not so wild and crazy.
I guess this part of the park was made for children??? Not that adults wouldn’t enjoy it since the place is so colorful, creative and so many fun buildings/houses and etc to look at but I think mostly adults would visit this part only when they have the time to spare.
Last tip will be about the Once Upon A Time night show at Cinderella’s Castle. I would have to say this is the way to end a magical day and this show is more enjoyable than the night parade or fireworks. Every time I see this it makes me cry (no kidding😢).
The first time I saw this was in Disneyland Paris and as tired as I was with my family, we waited for hours standing as close to the front of the castle as we can in order to have a good view and it was all worth it! Same with Disneyland Japan, I waited an hour just sitting on the ground not too close to the castle but behind the reservation sitting area to view the show.
To get a seat at the reservation area you just have to try your luck in getting a ticket which is found in Tomorrowland Hall. It’s kind of like a lottery thing and they are free but you can only try your luck once and if you can’t acquire one then you can just see the show outside the reservation area which is not that bad at all.
I hope you guys find the tips useful and enjoy your visit at Tokyo Disneyland. ❤