When in Japan: Tokyo Disneyland

Theme parks aren't just for kids and teens. The truth is, there's always a place for young at heart inside the theme parks especially in Tokyo Disneyland, Japan.

Asians are said to be huge fans of theme parks. Admittedly, I'm one of them. In fact, Tokyo Disneyland is the second Disneyland franchise that I visited after seeing Hong Kong Disneyland in 2006.

Tokyo Disneyland is divided into 7 areas namely: World Bazaar, Adventureland, Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown, and Tomorrowland with each area having its respective theme.

But among all the attractions in the park, I was in awe the most by Cinderella’s Castle.
The street parades at daytime are also must-sees. They usually on schedule so it's best to check Tokyo Disneyland's website for more details.

Tip: Find your seat as early as 30 minutes before the parade start time. Everyone gathers up to catch this parade so it can get really jam-packed. Bring a mat or newspaper to cover as you might end up sitting on the floor.


The daytime parade called “Happiness is Here” ran for around 30 minutes. It was a showcase of dance by Disney characters on beautiful floats!


At night, don’t miss the "Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights," a spectacular parade of lights featuring the glowing floats ridden by different Disney characters.

Note: Standing, using lengthy tripods, monopods, and anything else that may obstruct the view may be prohibited during the parade. Also, unused wheelchairs and strollers may be folded. This is to consider the ones viewing at the back and at the benches.

Food choices aren't a problem inside the park. Restaurants and food stands are all over the area, but expect everything to be quite expensive. We ate lunch at Lunch Plaza where the cheapest meals are served. I ordered this Mickey Mouse platter for ¥1,050 (PHP 460). I find it pricey but somehow I got what I paid for. I find it so cute that even the food containers are Disney inspired!


Unfortunately, all live shows at Tokyo Disneyland don't have English translations yet (only in Japanese), and so we skipped them. Nevertheless, there were other activities in the park that we enjoyed.

It's best to spend the day at Tokyo Disneyland until closing time. The presentation at Cinderella’s Castle is a must-see. The fireworks display was also set behind the castle, giving a very dramatic show at night!

Entrance fees:
A one-day pass costs:
¥ 7,400 (PHP 3,250) for adults
¥ 6,700 (PHP 2,937) for senior citizens
¥ 4,800 (PHP 2,103) for children 4-11 years old

The fee is inclusive of all the rides, shows, and attractions inside the park.
Tip: It's best to reserve and purchase online to avoid the queue especially on weekends and holidays.

In our case, we fell in line at the park without any reservation. Even if we went on a Tuesday at opening time, there was still a long line that took us around 20-30 minutes.

Operating hours:
8:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily (but schedule may vary). It's best to check the park operation calendar always.

How to get there:
Tokyo Disneyland can be easily accessed by train. The Maihama station is the nearest station, which is served by 2 lines, namely JR Keiyo Line and JR Musashino Line. Once at Maihama Station, it may take around 5-10 minutes walk to reach the main gate.
There's also a Disney Resort Line in the area, an exclusive monorail that links Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Sea, and Disney Hotels for the convenience of those who are going to other Disney attractions aside from Tokyo Disneyland. Metro and subway passes used in ordinary Tokyo lines may also be used in this line.
Tokyo Disneyland
Address: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031 Japan
Phone: +81 45-330-5211
Website: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/




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