Tokyo Disneyland is the first Disney park in Asia and one the most famous amusement parks in the world. Since being built up to now, Tokyo Disneyland has always been a dream destination of any traveler around the world if they have an opportunity to visit the land of cherry blossoms. So, how to plan a trip to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disneysea? Let’s check it out our Tokyo Disney blog (Disney Tokyo blog, Disneyland Tokyo blog, Disneysea Tokyo blog, Disney Tokyo blog, Tokyo Disneysea blog, Disney Sea Tokyo blog,) with the fullest Tokyo Disneyland guide (Tokyo Disneyland Japan guide, Tokyo Disneyland travel guide) and Tokyo Disneysea guide for the first time from how to get to Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea, what to do, suggested Tokyo Disney itinerary and some useful Tokyo Disney tips to explore all the quintessence of this park with its extremely large scale.
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Tokyo Disney Park (or Tokyo Disney Resort) in Tokyo consists of two main areas: Disneyland and DisneySea, which is so large that you can take a few days to explore, if you not to visit following the way of “look at the flowers while passing on horseback”. If you want to discover all the “quintessence and critical” points, an itinerary of about 2-3 days is reasonable. In this guide, Living Nomads will accompany you from how to plan a trip to Tokyo Disneyland, the best ways to saving costs, the things you need to know as well as useful tips, and most importantly, how to visit, and all the places you need to explore in Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Let’s start!
When is best time to visit Tokyo Disneyland?
The first and most important thing about the experience of visiting Tokyo Disneyland is the best time to go for your trip, right? As a leading Asian amusement park, it can be said that Tokyo Disney Park is always crowded of tourists to visit. Especially, in the weekends and summer, this place is more and more overloaded. In general, if you do not want to be jostled and do not play the games so much, you can choose to go on the days of the week. Well, and have to avoid bad weather days.
In our experience, the end of May is an best time to go to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. At this time, the weather is pleasant, not as intense as the summer and also not as cold as the winter (December – March). Winter in Tokyo, very low temperatures, very cold weather and cold winds are not suitable for outdoor sightseeing activities at all.
If you visiting on weekdays, the density of tourists will be less, so you will avoid waiting at the gate or playing games, and also have more space to take pictures.
If you come to Tokyo Disneyland on the right occasions such as Halloween, Easter and Christmas, you will witness the splendidly decorated park according to the theme of each festival. This may also be the most interesting, brilliant, colorful and exciting time of the year. The festive season will often have large celebrations extend in several months with elaborate shows and parades, and many promotions and gifts.
How many days you should spend at Tokyo Disney Resort?
Another thing is equally important. You may wonder how many days I should spend to fully explore Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea? In fact, Tokyo Disney Resort has many types of tour packages: During the day, 2 days, 3 days or even 4 – 5 days. Depending on the “passion” and your travel itinerary you can choose the most suitable tour package. You can buy tours from travel companies like Viator, GetYourGuide… or buy directly from Tokyo Disney Resort (You can refer to here).
If you are a true Disney fan, you will definitely want to spend 4 – 5 days to fully explore everything. However, the average time to visit is 2 days, 1 day for Tokyo Disneyland and 1 day for Tokyo DisneySea is ideal. If you have more time, you can refer the 3 day schedule below as the most ideal according to the experience of visiting Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea is shared the most.
- 1 day for discovering Tokyo Disneyland
- 1 day for exploring Tokyo DisneySea
- The remaining day of the 3 day itinerary is spent for revisiting your favorite places, reviewing interesting shows, or places you’ve missed in two parks.
Tokyo Disney blog: How to buy Tokyo Disney Resort tickets?
In the traditional way, you can buy tickets at the ticket counter at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. But as you know, at peak times this place will be extremely crowded and it is unlikely you can buy tickets after a few hours of queuing.
But now, you don’t need to long queue under the hot or cold of Tokyo. You can reserve tickets online from travel agencies such as Traveloka, Klook or KKday, or reserve directly from Tokyo Disney Resort only in minutes (You can refer to here). You just need to pay in advance, then go to the entrance gate of the park and give out your e-ticket, it also is no need to print tickets in advance as before. The great thing about booking tickets in advance is that you won’t have to queue and have more time for playing.
Entrance tickets to visiting Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea have many types to enter many different zones, you can buy single tickets of each park, or choose to buy Day Passports (1-Day Passport, 2-Day Passport, 3-Day Magic Passport…) or Group Passport, even Annual Passport… Details of all tickets here.
Tokyo Disneyland Japan guide: How to get to Tokyo Disneyland?
When you depart from Toyko, you will need to find a way to travel from central Tokyo to Disneyland park. Tokyo Disneyland is about 17km from the east of central Tokyo, in Urayasu city in Chiba prefecture. Fortunately, you have a lot of options.
From the airport
The easiest and most convenient way is to use Limousine Bus, you can reserve or take it right at the airport with cost about 7USD – 22 USD/way. The travel time from Narita Airport to Tokyo Disney Resort is between 60 and 90 minutes with price of ¥2,450 (~$22 USD) one way and the buses run between 6 AM and 6 PM (See the buses schedule here), while the travel time from Haneda Airport to Disneyland is between 30 and 60 minutes with price of ¥830 (~$7.50 USD) one way (See the buses schedule here). You can also take the Limousine bus back to the airport from any hotel from Tokyo Disney Resort. The main drawback of the Limousine Bus is that the bus stops operating quite early, at 7pm. So if you come to Tokyo late, you have to travel by another way.
Another option is to use a taxi, which is the fastest but also the most expensive. The cost of a taxi ride from Narita Airport to Tokyo Disney Resort can cost about $150, or more than $200 if you traveling from 10 pm to 5 am.
You can also getting from Haneda Airport to Disney Resort by Monorail. Monorail is a spacious, clean and fast public transport in Tokyo. Moving by monorail is also very cheap and helps save costs, so it is often chosen by travelers. The travel time is about 15 minutes with price of 490 yen ($4.6) to Hamamatsucho Station. You can refer to about schedule and tickets here.
From central Tokyo
Getting to Disney Tokyo Park from central Tokyo is quite easy, the journey takes about 25 minutes from central Tokyo. You can use the Japan Rail Pass. The way to go is quite simple:
- From JR Tokyo Station: Take the JR Keiyo Line to JR Maihama Station.
- Get off at JR Maihama Station, this is the main stop whether you want to go to Disneyland or DisneySea park.
Getting around Disney Tokyo: The convenient transportation way in Disney Park is by monorail with 4 stops: Resort Gateway Station (located next to Maihama Station), Tokyo Disneyland Station, Bayside Station (where concentrates all non-Disney hotels) and Tokyo Station DisneySea. See details of station and schedule here.
Tokyo Disney guide: What is a Fastpass ticket?
Most of amusement parks around the world offer FastPass, and simply say FastPass is known as a ticket to help you get through long waiting lines. FastPass system at Disney Tokyo helps visitors make the most of the time to explore the park, so you should take advantage of it when you just arrive at the park.
How to get FastPass at Tokyo Disneyland? FastPass ticket vending machines are located next to the entrances and you only need to scan the QR code on your printed e-ticket to receive FastPass with the specified time printed on it.
The machine will issue FastPass tickets showing a specific time frame for a certain game. For example, the ticket is recorded at 12:45 – 13:45, which means you will need to return to this game at this time frame and you will join the queue FastPass that always has fewer people.
However, there are some things to note that FastPass has a limited number, for popular games, the quantity of FastPass will run out very quickly. Moreover, you can only receive 1 FastPass every 2 hours, and with a certain number. Therefore, if you have learned and known your favorite game at Disney Park, you must take advantage of time to get FastPass of that game first.
Games that accept FastPass at Tokyo Disneyland:
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- It’s A Small World
- Pooh’s Hunny Hunt
- Haunted Mansion
- Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
- Space Mountain
- Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
- Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek!
Games that accept FastPass at Tokyo DisneySea:
- Toy Story Mania
- Tower of Terror
- Journey to the Center of the Earth
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Nemo & Friends SeaRider
- Raging Spirits
- Mermaid Lagoon Theater
- Magic Lamp Theater
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (depending on time)
Tokyo Disney blog: How to visit Tokyo Disney Resort?
The most important part of the journey has come. Now it’s really time to start the exploration of Disneyland and DisneySea in Tokyo. You must spend at least one day for each Disneyland and DisneySea park, the trip will be complete. Don’t forget to take advantage of time.
Tokyo Disneyland has 7 main areas, together we will explore each area below.
World Bazaar is the first area you will come when entering Tokyo Disneyland. When you just arrive here, you will feel like you are lost in a town in the US in the early 20th century. World Bazaar is mainly restaurants and souvenir shops. So, you can buy some Disney accessories and costumes here, such as legendary Mickey mouse ears, but according to our Tokyo Disneyland travel experience, you don’t spend too much time here.
The most prominent place in the World Bazaar is definitely the Disney fairytale castle. If you dream about the castle that often appearing at the beginning of Walt Disney films, you will see firsthand this castle right at Disneyland. Around the castle is home to many parades of cartoon characters. These parades take place several times a day so it is an opportunity for you to interact and take photos with your favorite Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Cinderella …