I can't go to Tokyo without visiting Tokyo Disneyland! It was actually my mom who wanted to visit but because Disneyland is one of the most picturesque places on earth, how can I resist? There are two Disneyland parks in Tokyo: Disneyland and Disney Sea. We decided to visit Disneyland because we wanted to compare it with other Disneyland parks we have visited. My mom has been to the ones in California and Hong Kong and I have only been to the latter. Honestly, there isn't any difference. Everything is just the same! So I therefore conclude that visiting one Disneyland in your lifetime is enough (and because of the fact that their food is ridiculously expensive!). Or maybe two because Disney Sea as I heard is a whole different theme park than your regular Disneyland.
If you are going to Tokyo, Japan here is a quick guide/helpful tips to Disneyland:
- To get there, board the JR Keiyo line and get off at Maihama station. You can board the Disneyland train to go to Disney Sea or even to the main entrance of Disneyland or you can just walk. We preferred walking because it comes with sigh seeing.
- Come in a little later than the opening time. The queue at the entrance can be super long as the crowd awaits for the opening. We got to the main entrance at around 10AM and there were no queues! We were able to buy our tickets instantly as we got to the gate and went in without having to line.
- Eat early lunch or late lunch because the queue can become crazy long. But don't worry because the restaurants have plenty of seating.
- Prices in Disneyland restaurants are hella expensive. And your're not allowed to bring food inside. But there are plenty of drinking fountain all over the theme park so you don't have to worry about being dehydrated (free water is still free and it helps you save loads as bottled water is also very expensive).
- The queue of the rides isn't that long so a fast pass is unnecessary. The longest line we had to wait was about 30 minutes. That is nothing compared to the 2.5 hours I had to wait in Universal Studios.
- If you are going during summer, bring a rain coat or a change of clothes of you plan on watching the street shows. They usually have water shows during summer and you can get soaking wet.
- Prioritize the rides that you would very much want to experience because the theme park is huge and there are so many rides to choose from that one whole day may not be enough if you want to experience all. Prioritize which ones you really want and which you are okay not to experience. Personally, my favorites would be the "It's A Small World" because of the cute dolls, "Pirates of the Caribbean" because of how real Johnny Depp looked like, and the "River Cruise" which is my all-time favorite Disneyland ride.
- For souvenirs, buy their pins! I bought about 4 different Disney pins that I never saw in Hong Kong Disneyland. Japan in general is the land of pins and you will definitely find some really cute Disney character pins here. Surprisingly, they are not that expensive (1,000Yen or about 400.00PHP).
I had so much fun taking pictures of the place but I was a bit grumpy that day that I didn't want my picture to be taken. I don't recall why I was being a nuisance that day but I had fun walking around, taking pictures, enjoying the rides.