During my Internship in Japan with Zentern I have of course had time to explore. My first stop was Disney! Japan has two Disney parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. They are both a full day affair so I would suggest taking a day for both but if you’re pressed for time here is a rundown of each.
To avoid queueing in the ticket line when you arrive, purchasing tickets in advance is a real time-saver. This can be done either in select Disney stores, including the Shibuya store. They have a separate counter for ticket sales and the staff will help you select the correct park and day. The second way to purchase your ticket is at a Lawson convenience store using the Loppi machine. This is completely in Japanese but is not too hard and the staff will assist if you’re stuck, just follow the prompts, make sure you select the right park and date. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets upon arrival.
Based on the Anaheim Disneyland park featuring Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, TDL features the classic characters including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, Beauty and the Beast and Monster’s Inc. The areas include Toon Town, Fantasyland, Critter Country, Westernland, Adventureland, World Bazaar and Tomorrowland.
This is an original, Japan-exclusive park which is different from any park in the world. The park was inspired by myths and legends of the sea and is built around a huge man-made body of water and a man-made volcano that spouts real fire. TDS is slightly more geared toward an older audience, with scarier rides and a license to serve alcohol. Characters and classic Disney movies featured include The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Duffy the Disney Bear and Cruella de Ville. The lands featured in TDS are American Waterfront, Port Discovery, Lost River Delta, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Mysterious Island and Mediterranean Harbour.
For this post we’ll be covering Tokyo Disneyland, with DisneySea coming soon!
When you first arrive, head for whichever ride you want to do the most and grab a fastpass. Lines can get very long and a fastpass ticket allows you to go straight in at a later time, keep in mind you can only get one fastpass at a time and have to wait around 2 hours to get a second. If you prefer an adrenaline charged ride then head for Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain or Splash Mountain. Tame rides include Pirates of the Caribbean, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, Jungle River Cruise and It’s a Small World.
There are stage shows to watch, some of which including One Man’s Dream II require a lotto ticket to view. You can try your luck in the Town Hall of Tomorrowland on the left of Space Mountain, alternatively there are various shows which do not require a lotto including Mickey’s Philharmagic and Let’s Party Gras! As well as shows, the parades at TDL are spectacular with Dreaming Up! Being a real highlight. Once the sun goes down, Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights is one that can’t be missed with millions of lights on spectacular floats.
TDL features a great variety of food, from traditional Japanese to American-style burgers and fries. There’s something to suit everyone including vegetarian options and budget-friendly snacks. One of the most popular foods is the Little Green Men Alien Mochi which are filled with chocolate, custard and strawberry cream. Mochi is a popular Japanese dessert so these are a unique food only found in Tokyo Disney Resort.
Overall, your day at Tokyo Disneyland can be tailored to suit whatever you prefer to do and will be a whole lot of fun! If you’re doing an internship in Tokyo, this is an easy and unforgettable day trip.