Last year, my girlfriend and I were originally planning a trip to Boracai which unfortunately went sideways. The weather turned, we cancelled our reservations, and I ate a $300 service fee. We did, however, make plans to visit the Mickey’s Japanese home. We made reservations at a hotel near Tokyo Bay, well outside the confines of the city, and spent two days at the Happiest Place on Earth (or Japan?).
Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983 as the first Disney Park to be opened outside of the United States. Just like the original Disneyland, it’s split into two parks: Disneyland and DisneySea. We headed over to the Disney store in Tokyo and picked up two passes to each park, one for day two and one for day three. Having never visited Disney World or the other parks outside of Disneyland, we weren’t sure what to expect. When we finally got there, it was almost like stepping back home. The park held almost all the classics like Peter Pan’s Flight and Winnie the Pooh along with other different attractions like Cinderella’s Castle (as opposed to Sleeping Beauty’s in Anaheim).
Tokyo Disneyland held a few new surprises, for example all the different flavors of churros scattered throughout the park. Each area holds a few flavor and while they weren’t exactly cheap, they were very delicious. In addition, we’d never seen Cinderella’s Castle before since the Anaheim park is occupied by Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. It was small touches like these in addition to new rides that kept our experience fresh but familiar.
DisneySea, on the other hand, is filled with set piece experiences. The entire park is built on the sea front on a bay which has been taken into the design of the park. The huge volcano located at the center of the park by the Journey to the Center of the Earth and 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea is awesome to just look at. And the rest of the park doesn’t disappoint, most of what my girlfriend and I did at the park was to just wander around and look at all the awesome areas from Agrabah to Ariel’s Grotto. Each part of the park held new experiences and new worlds to explore, like falling asleep in front of the television and dreaming about scenes from a movie.
I wish I could say that we went on every ride since most were new to us, we really spent most of the day just walking around and enjoying the sets and scenes. We were still tired from the previous day’s treks but more than anything it was exciting just walking around in Agrabah.
For anyone planning on making the trip, I’d suggest find a hotel located in a nearby area with shuttle service to the park. It’s not exactly the easiest place to get to and takes a while by subway. Both parks are pretty big with more than enough stuff to see and do, but I’m glad we took our time getting around and enjoying our time. While there are hotels close to the park (and one inside DisneySea!), they were way to pricey for us to even consider. We wandered about after the park closed and explored a few of them but in the end we went our way back to our own hotel.