Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth. It’s a magical place for everyone, young and old, with parks around the world, each with their own special flair. While travelling through Japan, David and realised we had a free day in Tokyo at the end of our trip. Neither of us had ever visited a Disneyland park so it only made sense that we venture out to Tokyo’s very own.
Here’s how to survive your visit to the world of Disney.
- Plan your arrival
Japan’s Disneyland is famous for its night time light parade and each night the park closes with fireworks, as it does at every Disneyland around the world. If you’re planning to stay the night and you don’t want to line up for tickets, get there later in the morning. Visiting last minute, we didn’t book tickets online but we arrived at 11am and walked straight in! If you do want to get there early, book your tickets online so you can avoid any lines at the ticket booths.
- Consider a fast pass
Lines at the park can be excruciatingly long, especially if you’re planning on getting there later in the day. Our trick was to join the lines for the rides when the parade was on. The parade comes along a few times a day so you don’t have to miss it and you’ll get to enjoy much shorter lines.But if you don’t want to worry about being strategic, purchase a fast pass. The passes allow you to move to the front of the line. You can purchase passes for specific rides if you don’t want to spend too much extra money, or buy a whole day pass. Otherwise, grab yourself a snack and wait in line. The average wait time for us was about 40 minutes so it wasn’t too bad.
- Embrace the rain
Ever notice how much people hate the rain? Bring a poncho or an umbrella and head to the park anyway! Most of the rides are indoors or undercover and will continue to run despite the wet weather. We were lucky enough to enjoy a sunny and warm day but a rainy evening so we went on the majority of the rides then.
- Bring cash
There are ATMs at the park but they don’t accept all international bank cards. Head to a 7-Eleven or a currency exchange before you get to the front gates so you don’t get stuck without money. Eftpos machines at the ticket gates may also decline your international bank card so come prepared. We were lucky enough to be carrying enough cash to last the entire day but we were hoping to use our cards for part of it.
- Eat popcorn
Food is surprisingly well priced at the park. It’s expensive compared to the Japanese average, but compared to Sydney prices it’s really not too bad. Tokyo’s Disneyland is famous for its variety of popcorn flavours. Hint: my favourite snack was the churro lightsabers near the Star Wars ride!
- BYO food
Want to save money on food and forgo the popcorn? Bring your own food and drink to cut down on your spending money. We brought our own water so all we had to buy was lunch and dinner. Plus I love ice cream so it meant more money for ice cream.
- Buy your return train ticket as well
When you purchase your metro train ticket to the park, be sure to purchase a return as well. It will save you from having to line up and do it later. You’ll thank yourself for it when you get to the train station at 10pm and hop straight on a train home, especially if it’s raining!
What do you love most about Disneyland? Which parks have you been to? Let me know in the comments below!