Mr. Selfish and I were looking most forward to visiting Tokyo DisneySea but when we looked at the ticket prices, we figured we would also go to Tokyo Disneyland.
A 1-day pass to either park costs 6,200 yen. However, there is no park hopper option for a 1-day pass. Nevertheless, you can buy an after-6pm pass for the second park, which costs 3,300 yen. Together, a 1-day pass and an after-6pm pass costs 9,500 yen, whereas a 2-day pass costs 10,700 yen. Since it wasn’t much of a price difference, we decided to purchase a 2-day pass.
Tokyo Disneyland is very similar to California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Magic Kingdom. It was built in 1983 and is the third most visited park after its stateside counterparts. The park has seven areas: the World Bazaar, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Mickey’s Toontown, Tomorrowland, Critter Country, and Westernland.
Upon entering the park, you pass through the World Bazaar, which is similar to Main Street, U.S.A. This area mostly has shops and restaurants. Once again, we took a few photos and made our way to the areas with rides.
Cinderella and Prince Charming were a bit taken aback by my perfect English. I guess they’re used to all of the giggling Japanese girls.
We headed to Fantasyland primarily to go to Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, which we had heard was the most distinct and best ride at Tokyo Disneyland. Although the wait was ridiculously long and the ride was out of fast passes, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt was indeed the best ride on which we went. You are in a car that spins around to different Pooh scenes. It is quite well done.
I was so excited to go into Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall, which is in the castle, since I loved Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland Paris. Unfortunately, the line was long, and the hall was not that impressive. It mostly had different scenes from the movie created through different mediums. I found the outside of the castle to be better than the inside hall.
Mr. Selfish and I also went on Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, It’s a Small World, and Haunted Mansion (which was oddly located in Fantasyland). Pinocchio was very similar to the other children cartoon based rides found in Fantasyland. Small World and Haunted Mansion were all very similar to their stateside versions.
Next, we went to Adventureland. We were quite disappointed that Pirates of the Caribbean was closed. Perhaps, they were updating it to add Johnny Depp. In any case, we rode the Jungle Cruise, which was entirely in Japanese. Unlike in Hong Kong, there was no option to take the English boat. It was probably the language barrier but I didn’t feel like our tour guide was cracking as many corny jokes. At least, the rest of the occupants in the boat, who were Japanese, did not seem to be laughing. Then again, that might be because the jokes were so corny.
We then made our way to Mickey’s Toontown, which is based on the film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”? and has a counterpart at California’s Disneyland. Although this area was primarily for character meet and greet, Mr. Selfish and I really enjoyed the ride Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. It was similar to Pooh’s Hunny Hunt with spinning cars but with a darker Roger Rabbit theme.
Mr. Selfish and I rode a couple of rides in Tomorrowland – Monsters, Inc.’s Ride and Go Seek! and Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters. The Monsters, Inc. ride is original to Tokyo Disneyland and is a flashlight tag ride. Basically, you find monsters and Boo with your flashlight. It was a cute ride but I actually prefer Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters as a shooting ride. The Buzz ride was similar to all of the other ones we’ve ridden and still fun.
We then went to Critter Country to ride Splash Mountain. It was mostly similar to its stateside counterparts and entirely awesome (as usual).
The black and white polka dot sweater in the picture above on the bottom right is me. It was getting late and I didn’t want to get wet. Fortunately, our log was well-balanced, and the splash wasn’t too bad.
By the time we reached Westernland, it was completely dark. We rode Big Thunder Mountain, which was similar to its counterpart in Orlando. The version in Disneyland Paris is still the best thus far.
Here’s my last shot of the castle at night:
Tokyo Disneyland was a fun park but man, it was crazy crowded! We went on a weekday that was not a holiday, and the wait times were still outrageous for virtually every ride. In comparison to Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo Disneyland was probably at least two or three times as crowded. If you only have time for one park in Tokyo, I would definitely recommend DisneySea over Disneyland. Not only is it really different and less crowded, but they serve alcohol there!