I recently had the pleasure of visiting one of the top destinations on my Wanderlist- Tokyo, Japan! There were SO many things to do and not much time. But visiting Tokyo Disneyland was a must. After overcoming a few communication issues and getting lost on the metro (which is completely silent btw). I’d finally arrived at Tokyo’s version of The Happiest Place on Earth.
Approaching Tokyo Disneyland I felt right at home. The first thing I saw was a passport and it symbolized where I was at in life. A Digital Nomad traveling through Asia, my only form of identification, my passport. And look! Mickey and I are both California kids!
I promptly paid my $70 admission fee which was compared to $117 at Disneyland, was a steal. And I was ready to explore a whole new world! First stop, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
I loved how free I felt in this faux wrap dress. I’m pretty petite and it hit at the perfect place. I was able to get on and off the rides without worrying that someone would get a sneak peek. I was also able to show my Disney-pride in an understated way. Both Mickey and Minnie are a part of the all-over print of the dress. You just have to look closely.
Tokyo Disneyland Tips:
- Check the weather. It rained the day I’d originally planned to go. So I had to rearrange my schedule so I could enjoy the Happiest Place on Earth and not be a wet mess.
- Take the Bus. As I bought my ticket for the airport bus I overheard a couple buying bus tickets to Disneyland. They paid around $10 roundtrip and were dropped off directly at the park. I, on the other hand, got lost for hours trying to figure out where to go. The truth is, English is not commonly spoken in Japan. So asking a stranger, or even the person at the ticket counter how to get…ANYWHERE is a challenge. Save yourself a headache and buy a bus ticket.
- Wear comfy shoes. Don’t let the photos fool you! I wore these sneaks for the photos, then put on my super comfy and lightweight runners. Amusement parks are NO joke when it comes to getting in your daily steps. I’d say I walked at least 5 miles and my feet hated me the next day.
I see what’s happening here! You’ve noticed the Moana print on my Romper and it’s great. Ok…I’m still obsessed with the music from Moana and Adventureland was the perfect place to blend in with the scenery. I live for anything with pockets, so this was romper was perfect. It fit like a dream and didn’t ride up when I walked which is always a nightmare because, chub rub!
There was an awesome Polynesian performance going on just before I took these photos which helped create a fun and jovial atmosphere. This section has tiki torches everywhere and is home to The Enchanted Tiki Room and the Swiss Family Treehouse which look incredible at night. I went on the Jungle Cruise and the Pirates of the Carribean in this area. Be prepared, almost all of the audio is in Japanese which is cool and unexpected in a place that feels so familiar. Even though it’s on the other side of the world.
Tokyo Disneyland Tips:
- Get the English park map when you enter. It shows you exactly where all the rides are and where the food is. It also tells you the different popcorn flavors and where to get them.
- What popcorn flavors you ask? How about Milk Chocolate, Honey, and Caramel to name a few. I’d say Milk Chocolate was my favorite and Soy Sauce & Butter was my least favorite. The most impressive part, you could buy a collectible popcorn bucket/purse. Each popcorn location was in a different location and nearly every location had a different bucket. The popcorn vendor in Fantasyland had Dumbo buckets. While the vendor in Adventureland had Cinderella’s Carriage. The one in Tomorrowland had Darth Vader shaped buckets. It was just a few bucks more to get the bucket and you get a free refill.
- And since we’re on the subject of food, I generally found the cost of eating much more affordable than Disneyland in L.A. I headed to Camp Woodchuck Kitchen in Westernland for lunch and the Chicken and Waffle Sandwich was delicious and came with fries and a drink for under $15. Later in the day I had an ice cream at Ice Cream Cones in the World Bazaar section. It was about $3 for two scoops.
What can I say except, you’re welcome!?
Tokyo Disneyland Tips:
- Buy your souvenirs early and store them in a locker. The stores are a MAD HOUSE! Complete shelves will be empty in the blink of an eye and it’s nearly impossible to walk around due to the crowd. There is a shop right before the admission gate. Get your goodies there, enter the park and store your things in a locker. Then enjoy the park.
- Get your first FASTPASS as soon as you get there because you have to wait until you use that one before you can get another one. I used a FASTPASS Thunder Mountain. I wish I’d remembered to grab one for Space Mountain cause that line was ridiculous!
Tokyo Disneyland gave me LIFE! I felt like the big kid that I am and would highly recommend visiting if you’re planning a trip to Tokyo. Have you been to Tokyo Disneyland? Share your thoughts in the comments below.