TOKYO DISNEY RESORT
Dreams Do Come True
THE QUICK FIX
Tokyo Disney Resort brings out the kid in all of us and is unlike any of its sister parks around the world in terms of food, attractions, and service. It is without a doubt worth a stop on any trip to Japan or Tokyo. Let the magic of Disney whisk you away for an unforgettable trip to the two theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, that will leave you feeling like you're 5 again.
As is typical for Japanese culture, the food at Tokyo Disney Resort is second to none. For those who are used to American Disney parks prices, you'll be happy to know that everything from your pick me ups to full service meals tended to be a little cheaper in comparison to their American counterparts. Some of our highlights included a Green Tea Shaved Ice with a Toy Story Alien on top, as well as a Minnie Mouse shaped popsicle! Tokyo Disney is also incredibly well known for their popcorn that it's a fad in itself. Look out for many regular visitors sporting limited edition themed popcorn containers with designs ranging from Stitch to Duffy the Disney Bear. Check out the one I purchased of R2D2! Make sure to pick one up and fill it with their many unique flavours available all throughout the parks. My personal favourites included Curry, White Chocolate, and Soy Sauce and Butter!
As is normal but even more evident at Tokyo Disney Resort, due to the general lack of space in Japan, Disney owned hotels are breathtaking, but likely over budget for most visitors. These hotels make a fantastic option if you're willing to spend, or you're making this the trip of a lifetime. However for most, I would recommend looking at nearby Disney Partner or Disney Good Neighbour Hotels. While you will not get early access to the parks, these hotels are often much more affordable and share similar perks as the Disney hotels, such as a free shuttle bus to the parks and ticket sales services.
What you may want to see and do at the parks is completely personal, and can vary depending on many factors, such as how much time you have, what level of 'thrill' you are looking for, and even how early you can get up in the morning! There is simply too much to cover even though there are only two parks. Because of this, I would recommend pre-planning a shortlist of things you must do, and anything else from there is a bonus. Be efficient, but not too ambitious with your scheduling. Wait times can be long. For shows and entertainment, many locals will stand in line for 2+ hours before the doors even open!
Here are a few of the attractions I would not miss at each respective park. It is intentionally short as it is mostly a list of things my family and I did and loved, as well as things that are unique to Tokyo Disney and can't be found at any other Disney park in the world.
Pooh's Hunny Hunt
Monster's Inc Ride & Go Seek!
Journey to the Center of the Earth
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull
Nemo & Friends SeaRider
Aside from the pre-planning, staying on schedule, and the exhaustion that can come from visiting any theme park, take the time to really savour the moment. Tokyo Disney Resort is incredibly special. You won't be able to see everything on your visit (which is just an excuse to come back), but make the most of what you do get to do while you're there, regardless of if it's one ride or ten. Tell Mickey I said hi!