Sunday, April 1, 2018

10 Tips You Should Know Before Visiting Tokyo DisneySea / Disneyland

10 Tips You Should Know Before Visiting Tokyo DisneySea Disneyland | www.bigdreamerblog.com
Hi, Dreamers! Today I'm gonna share some tips you should know before visiting Tokyo DisneySea and DisneyLand. These are based on my own experience so I wish it can be helpful for you ;) So, before anything else, just decided which one you want to go first. It depends on your itinerary and budget, if it's possible to visit both, why choose one? lol. If you want to visit both, you can buy a 2 Day Pass. If you want to choose one, then you can choose Tokyo DisneySea because it's the one and only in the world. But! Personally I was happier when I was in Tokyo Disneyland, so in the end it's back on personal preferences. 
First thing first, decide on your visit date. Tokyo DisneySea and Disneyland are actually crowded year-around, but you can minimize it by choosing the right time to visit. Avoid weekend (obviously), peak holiday season, and also Golden Week because those will be the most-packed period to visit. I visited it on Wednesday and Thursday, and it's super crowded! You can also check the crowd calendar first before deciding. Just translate the page to your language and you will get the idea ;)
Buy your ticket online, you can purchase it on the official website or any travel agents site (mine was bought at Klook). By buying your ticket online, you don't have to waste time at the long queue. The down side is, you won't get the cute Disney ticket. Your ticket will be the boring print-out paper that you must print before visiting. Seriously, make sure to print your online ticket because you don't want to waste so much time finding printer and wasting your precious time in DisneySea/ Disneyland. All you need is the barcode actually (for entrance and fast pass).
Disney Resort Line Ticket | www.bigdreamerblog.com

To get to Tokyo Disney Resort by train, you'll stop at Maihama station, then take Disney Resort Line to reach Tokyo DisneySea and RUN to the Disneyland. Actually both can be reached by the monorail, but it's faster to just run to the Disneyland, lol. The monorail costs 260 yen for adults and 130 yen for children.
Tips Tokyo DisneySea Disneyland | www. bigdreamerblog.com
Come maximum 1 hour before the park opens. It's opened at 8/9 AM so make sure to be there at least 7 AM. When I arrived, it's already so crowded! So you need to come before 7 AM to be in the front line, lol. Some hacks to survive the queue: 
1. Bring portable chair. OMG some Japanese brought some chair to sit while waiting in the line. I want!! hahaha. 
2. Bring snacks. Bought your breakfast and eat it while waiting in the line, or candy to kill your boredom. 
3. BRING YOU FRIEND!! lol. I went to both DisneySea and Disneyland alone so queuing was actually pretty boring :")
Toymania Morning Madness | www.bigdreamerblog.com
When the gate is opened, people are running, rushing to get their fastpass. The staffs were telling people to slow down, but they just ignoring them lol. This is why you should know which attraction is your priority, so you can rush to the location and get your fastpass.
Tips to Visit DisneySea Disneyland Fastpass | www.bigdreamerblog.com
Fastpass is Tokyo DisneySea/Land system that allows to "book" your seat on certain attraction.  It will minimize the amount of time waiting in line by assigning you a specific time to enter the attraction. For example, you get your Fastpass for Tower of Terror at 15.15~16.00 then you NEED to come to the attraction around that assigned time. Then you use that waiting time to enjoy another attractions or doing anything else like taking photos or shopping. Note that to get your next Fastpass, you need to wait for another 2 hours after the first Fastpass. Sorry can't show you any photos because all my photos taken by phone are lost :((

** To know more about this Fastpass, you can read it on their official website ;)
Still related to the previous point, try to plan your visit beforehand. You can check the park map and attractions on their website (DisneySea // DisneyLand). Find your possibly most-wanted attractions to ride, then plan the order of your Fastpass. Use the free time in between to queue for another less-crowded attractions.
Disneysea Disneyland Single Rider Attractions | www.bigdreamerblog.com
Splash Mountain at Disneyland is one of the Single Rider Attraction!
Use Single Rider! If you have no problem riding the attractions alone or separate with your friends, get to the single rider line to enter the attractions. You will pass the loooong queue and entering in no time. How it's working: A group of friends are riding that attraction then there's one empty seat. That's your seat! Something like that. It's only available on certain attractions tho.
Disneyland Daytime Happiness is Here Parade | www.bigdreamerblog.com
Don't miss out the parades. There are some parades in one day, depending on the event. In Tokyo DisneySea, I could just enjoy one parade at night, Fantasmic. There were no special event so no day parade :(( But then in Tokyo Disneyland I was able to experience both daytime (Happiness is Here) and nighttime (Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights) parade and my breath was taking away!!! I was extremely happy that I couldn't stop thank God, hahaha. Will tell you more about these parades on another post dedicated to Tokyo DisneySea and Disneyland each.
DisneySea Fantasmic Parade | www.bigdreamerblog.com
Tips: Tag your place around 30~45 minutes before the parade starts. You can check the parade schedule on the map you got at the park. Well, you will actually know it's going to start when you see people are busy to find their perfect spot to enjoy the parade.
DisneySea Turkey Leg | www.bigdreamerblog.com
Turns out, Tokyo DisneySea/ Disneyland allows you to bring your own lunch/ bento from home. The restaurants at lunch/dinner time is extremely packed and you need to queue super long to get your food/table. I didn't know this on the first day (DisneySea) and guess what, I didn't eat any proper meal that day (because the restaurants were too crowded), I just ate some snacks and felt like dying at night because I was super hungry. Fortunately, I could have a proper meal on the next day at Disneyland, I had burger set around 10 or 11 AM, the burger is in Mickey Mouse shape but guess what? Didn't take photos with camera, only phone and then the photos are gone. CRY.
Tips: Eat your meal before lunch time. You can also book your table at the restaurant 2-3 hours before your meal time. If you're okay, just buy snacks like hot dog or any food that can be eaten while walking ;)
Tips to Visit DisneySea Disneyland Happiest Place on Earth | www.bigdreamerblog.com
Last but not least, just BE HAPPY! It's the happiest place on earth anyway. Don't rush anything, it's IMPOSSIBLE to try all the attractions nor exploring every corner of the park because it's huge (and crowded!) Just focus on some attractions you like the most, plan your fast pass, and ENJOY! I personally plan to go back tho, hahaha. Oh, you can also go Disney characters hunting, find the hidden Mickey Mouse (I had no idea about this!), try various popcorn flavors, collect the popcorn bucket, jelly bean bucket, eat their cute snacks, do whatever you want to make you happy πŸ’–

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