Disney Resort Tokyo

All Things Disney Resort Tokyo – Part 1

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The Disney Resort Tokyo is comprised of two creative and unique parks. Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea.

In this article we are going to walk you through the first of the two Disney Resort Tokyo with Tokyo Disneyland!

The Disney Resort Tokyo is located 15 minutes from downtown Tokyo by train. It is one of the world’s largest amusement parks.

Is Tokyo Disneyland open, we recently wrote about it here.

Disney Resort Tokyo

A few fun facts:

  • Neither of the Disney Resort Tokyo’s are owned by the Walt Disney Company but by The Oriental Land Company. However, Disney has creative control over both Disney Resorts Tokyo.
  • Tokyo Disneyland opened it’s doors on April 15th, 1983, taking about three years and $1.5 million to create.
  • Fuse the Happiest Place on Earth with Japanese attention to detail and you will get a most magical experience. The official slogan is “Where dreams come true.”
  • One of the details in this Disney Resort Tokyo is the Hidden Mickey’s all over the place, they even have soap dispensed in the shape of Mickey ears.
  • The top snack is popcorn and boy do they have flavors!

There are 39 total attractions, two of which are exclusive to Tokyo Disney; Pooh’s Hunny Hunt and Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek!

But more on this later….

A few things you should know about this Disney Resort Tokyo

Tickets have to be reserved in advance, they open on Wednesdays at 2pm for the following month. The cost has gone up twice in the past year especially during peak months. You can expect to spend anywhere from $41.50-65 (4400-7400 Yen) for kids age 4-17 and $65-78 (7400-8900 Yen) for Adults.

By our American Disney standards this is on the cheap side.

However, the prices keep rising, so in Japan they are feeling it like we are with our Disneyland and WDW prices going up up up.

FastPasses are still available on the app FREE OF CHARGE (say WHAAATT?!) or at kiosks at the entrance to the rides. Rides only have certain times available for FastPass use, so you have to be quick to get a slot. You have a one hour window to come back and get in line, be sure to set an alarm so you don’t miss it. If using the app (highly suggested) it will also tell you when you can get your next FastPass. It’s an easy to use, time saving system in this park.

Let’s break down Disney Resort Tokyo and it’s seven distinct lands.

In World Bazaar where Main street meets Center street you will be transported back to small town America of many years ago. Club 33 is also rumored to be here. Take a ride on the Omnibus or take your chances in the Penny Arcade. If you are hungry while visiting this part of the Disney Resort Tokyo, it has seven restaurants to choose from. You can delight in Ice Cream to Waffles to Tempura at Hokusai Restaurant.

Disney Resort Tokyo

Adventureland

Adventureland finds you in New Orleans but add in a side of jungle. It is the home of many Disney favorites like Jungle Cruise: Wildlife Expeditions, Swiss Family Treehouse, The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch presents “Aloha E komo Mai!” and Pirates of the Caribbean. Don’t leave Adventureland before taking a ride on the Western River Railroad, a real steam train that takes you around the wilderness. It also has eleven restaurants from Chinese noodles at China Voyager to churros at the Parkside Wagon to the Famous Blue Bayou overlooking Pirates of the Caribbean.

Another fantastic part of this Disney Resort Tokyo is the shows. In Adventureland you can see Let’s Party Gras! A show with Mickey and friends inspired by a Mardi Gras Carnival or Mickey’s Rainbow Luau which is located at the Polynesian Terrace Restaurant. Reservations are required for most shows, so plan ahead.

Westernland

Walking into Westernland you will feel like you are in the American West in the 19th century. Along with the Westernland Shootin’ Gallery, Country Bear Theater, Mark Twain Riverboats and Tom Sawyer Island Rafts you can’t miss Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The story of the ride is that a big disaster happened in a small town and the trains are haunted by ghosts! In the American Disney theme parks, the disaster was an earthquake. At Tokyo Disneyland, the story is a little different, here the disaster was a tsunami.

You’ll enjoy churros, western style dishes, snacks and more at this areas six restaurants. Catch another show at the Horeshoe Roundup performed at the Diamond Horseshoe or Mickey and Company at The Diamond Horseshoe where you can enjoy a meal throughout as well.

Critter Country

Critter Country is packed with water fun, take a ride on Splash Mountain or get some exercise on the Beaver Brother’s Explorer Canoes. You’ll also find a great spot in Grandma Sara’s Kitchen serving dishes like omelets over rice or just grab a snack at Rackety’s Raccoon Saloon.

Fantasyland

Fantasyland is pure bliss with Princesses and nostalgic Disney everywhere. Take your time in Fantasyland and enjoy Alice’s Tea Party, It’s a Small World, Castle Carrousel, Snow White’s Adventures, Cinderella’s Fairy Take Hall, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Poohs Hunny Hunt, Haunted Mansion or Mickey’s PhilharMagic. You will also find the NEW Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, take a ride in a large teacup and be immersed in the beautiful story that is the tale as old as time.

Disney Resort TokyoWe Nerds love food, and Fantasyland is full of it, with pizza at Captain Hooks Galley or grab steak or fish at the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall. You’ll also find refreshing beverages and ice cream throughout the land. Be sure to swing by La Taverne de Gaston it has croissants, sweets and other pastries. Catch the all NEW Mickey’s Magical Music World Show with Disney friends in music and dance.

Disney Resort Tokyo

Toontown

Toontown is full of well…TOONS! Jump on board Gadget’s Go Coaster, play to win in Goofy’s Paint and Play, climb Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse, go to Toon Park, sail on Donald’s Boat, stop in Minnie’s House or take a spin on Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. In Toontown it is snacks on snacks on snacks. Popcorn, drinks, long naan, sandwiches and even Mickey’s Trailer which offers spring rolls. This is a great town for the littles in your life.

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland gives you all the things you could possibly want from attractions to the food to the club. We Nerds love Star Wars so the Star Tours: The Adventures Continue is a great place for us to start. Tomorrowland also has Stitch Encounter, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, The Happy Ride with Baymax, Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek!, a family favorite!

Disney Resort Tokyo

It also has a plethora of options for food consumption like pizza, popcorn, ice cream, hamburgers, rice bowls and more at one of its six restaurant choices. Mickey and his friends bring the heat with Club Mouse Beat a 25 minutes live performance at Club Mickey, this is a must see.

Disney Tokyo Parades

Did someone say parades?? Disney Tokyo has two amazing parades throughout the park; Dreaming Up! Mickey and his friends take guests to a world of fantasy and imagination and Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights. Stay until it’s dark and check out the Disney Light the Night fireworks show.

Have we enticed you to take a trip….

NERD TIP: First-time visitors to Japan may be surprised to find out that free public wi-fi isn’t that widely available. We would recommend bringing a pocket wi-fi or travel sim card, they have these available at the airport as well. Waiting in line can take a while so having that available wi-fi is a huge plus.

NERD TIP TWO: Don’t forget to bring a phone charger with you or a portable backup battery charger, the days will be packed with fun and we are sure you want to document it all.

If you are thinking of taking a trip to Tokyo, we have you covered with planning. We have broken down the steps you will need here.

You can also purchase the Nerds guide to Disney Tokyo on Amazon.

We hope part 1 of our Disney Resort Tokyo leaves you wanting more AND makes you want to travel. Check back for Part 2 on all things Tokyo DisneySea!

Read part two of our Disneyland Tokyo review

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