Disneyland Tokyo: attractions, parades and clean toilets
After a fantastic day in ‘Universal Studios‘ in Singapore, I was ready for a new theme park. I was so happy to find out that you can find Disneyland in Tokyo! Jeroen was a bit less enthusiastic, but in our last weekend in this city, we walked around in our Disney outfits.
Disneyland Paris has two parks, ‘Disneyland Park’ and ‘Walt Disney Studios Park’. In Tokyo, you also have two parks, but instead of the studios you have here ‘DisneySea’. We were told that this was not much different than the main park, so we decided to skip ‘DisneySea’. Also, we bought tickets that were valid after three o’clock in the afternoon, so we paid 5400 yen (€54) instead of 7400 yen (€20). We used the morning to visit ‘Teamlab Planets’.
Take the subway to the ‘Keiyo Line’ / ‘Musashino Line’ and get out at the ‘Maihama’ stop. From there it speaks for itself how to get into the park. We arrived a bit earlier and had time to walk around. This is great fun to do as there are several boutiques where you can go for Japanese souvenirs and of course for all Disney stuff. Before you enter the park, you can store your gifts in a locker so you don’t have to walk around with them all day.
Jeroen and I walked through the park in our normal clothes and not in a Disney outfit. I was glad we went here at all so I didn’t ask for matching clothes. We were quite out of tune when it turned out that everyone (read: children, couples, parents, friends and grandparents) was walking around in Disney outfits. So no Disney clothes for us but just jeans and a dress. Of course, that didn’t spoil the fun, but it was funny to see how obsessed the people here are with Disneyland.
The park was open until ten o’clock in the evening so we had exactly seven hours to run through the park. Because of the waiting times and the different shows and attractions, I thought half a day was pretty short. I must emphasize that I speak for myself. But I can also say that we both loved it and were impressed with all the details, shows, attractions and parades.
The whole week in Tokyo we didn’t have the idea that there are so many people here until we arrived in Disneyland. Everywhere you looked there were people, children and queues of sometimes more than two hours. So it was busy, but it was good to handle. It is so incredibly well organized, everyone is helping you going in the right direction and telling you how long the queue is. And another huge plus: the toilets are clean! Really, enjoy it!
We’ve been to a few attractions and we’ve been impressed with everything. Everything has been worked out in detail (unlike Disneyland Paris, which we thought was quite dilapidated and old the last time) so you don’t have enough time to see everything. The parade is also a huge spectacle without an end coming to it. And in the evening they do it all over again.
One hour in advance, people are allowed to sit on the side of the track and wait for the parade. Apparently, everyone is prepared for this, because mats appeared from all the bags. People sit here quietly, making it easy for us to stand behind the crowd. The employees of the park keep a close eye on everything and make sure that when there is a hole in the parade, visitors can quickly cross over.
A spectacular day where I could easily have walked around for another day. The food is the same in all amusement parks: greasy! But that’s part of it. For €30 you buy a nice keychain for home and then it’s time to take the subway back to the hotel. The end went a bit less smoothly, we were not the only ones who wanted to go home. But that is part of the ‘experience’, right?