How To Buy Tokyo Disney Tickets
How To Buy Tokyo Disney Tickets
Theme park tickets at Tokyo Disney are different from those in the US parks. The two biggest differences are how Tokyo Disney does park hopping and the cost of the tickets. There is also the question of do you purchase the tickets online in advance or get them once you arrive at Tokyo Disney? This post covers all of these items and more. When we took our first trip to Tokyo Disney, we did not spend a lot of time looking into the park tickets. Luckily we were going for 7 days during a not busy time of year. We hope the information below can help you make an informed decision for your visit to Tokyo Disney.
No Park Hopping On Days 1 and 2
At most Disney theme parks, you have the option to purchase tickets with park hoppers. A park hopper option means that you can switch between all of the different Disney theme parks whenever you want. This option allows you to visit more than one theme park on a given day.
Park hopping at Tokyo Disney is very easy to do. There are two parks and they are connected by an easy-to-use monorail. However, Tokyo Disney doesn’t offer the park hopper option the way that Disney in the US does. Regardless of the length of your ticket, you cannot park hop on day one or two of your ticket. This means that if you purchase a 2 day park ticket, you can only enter one individual park each day. Furthermore, you need to select which Tokyo Disney theme park you will go to on which day at the time you purchase the ticket. So for example, you could do DisneySea on day one of your ticket and Disneyland on day two.
If you purchase a 3 or 4 day ticket, on days 3 and 4 of the ticket, you are able to park hop between the two Tokyo Disney parks as much as you like. But days one and two you are constrained to one park.
Ticket Benefit If You Stay At A Disney-owned Hotel
If you stay at one of the Disney-owned hotels (Hotel MiraCosta, Disneyland Hotel, or Ambassador Hotel), you can purchase an exclusive Multi-Day Passport Special tickets. These special park tickets allow hotel guest to park hop starting on day one. Yes, this is an awesome benefit. Staying at one of the hotels is the only way we know of to gain access to these special tickets.
The Multi-Day Passport tickets are available for 2-day, 3-day, or 4-day tickets. This aspect is one of the main benefits of staying at one of these Disney hotels. The Multi-Day Passport Special is different from regular Multi-Day Passports because it allows you to go freely from one Park to the other from your very first day. If you are only able to visit Tokyo Disney for 2 days, having the park hopper option both days is a game changer.
The Multi-Day Passport Special tickets are slightly higher in prices. The 4-day Passport Special Ticket currently is 24,000 yen, compared to 22,400 yen for the not special ticket. 1,600 yen is about $14 with today’s exchange rate, so it a relatively minor cost given the benefits you gain.
Night Only Tickets
Nighttime tickets may be of interest if you just want to explore the parks for a few hours one night or see multiple parks in one day. There is a Starlight Passport ticket which allows you to enter one park after 3pm on weekends and holidays (about $49). There is also the After 6 Passport which allows you to enter one park after 6pm on weekdays (about $38).
4 Day Maximum
Tokyo Disney does not sell theme park tickets longer than 4 days. We think 4 days as the ideal amount of time for a Disney fan to visit the Tokyo Disney Resort. If you are a photographer or really love the details, you could go for 7 days like we did on our first trip. If you visit Tokyo Disney for more than 4 days, your only option is to purchase a 4 day ticket and an addition ticket for the extra days. Alternatively, if you are going for a really long trip or multiple times during the year, you could also purchase an annual pass.
Cost of Park Tickets
Currently, the theme park tickets for the Tokyo Disney resort are substantially less than Disney World or Disneyland in the US. A 4-day park ticket to Tokyo Disney with no park hopping on day 1 or 2 currently costs 22,400 yen or about $205. At Disneyland in California, a 4-day ticket with no park hopping currently costs $325 ($380 with park hopping). At WDW, a 4-day ticket for the end of April with no park hopping costs around $467 with tax ($552 with park hopping). Disney World tickets also vary by arrival date, so the ticket price can be higher or lower. The current prices for Tokyo Disney tickets and ordering online can be found here.
Purchasing Online Vs Purchasing In Person
We have booked two trips to Tokyo Disney. Our first trip was this past January and our second trip is at the beginning of May 2019. When we went in January, it was a relatively quiet part of the year, so we decided to purchase the tickets in person. One reason we decided to wait was because we were not sure which park we would want to visit first. Waiting to purchase until the day of gave us that flexibility.
The night that we arrived in Tokyo we stayed at the Hilton Tokyo Bay. One downside of this hotel is that you cannot purchase theme park tickets at the hotel with a credit card. We didn’t bring a lot of cash with us, so purchasing the tickets with cash wasn’t a good option for us. Our first theme park day, we switched hotels to the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel which is located next door to the Hilton. The Sheraton did allow the purchase of tickets with credit cards. They have a special Disney counter for guests at the hotel. So we checked into the hotel, got the tickets, and went to the park.
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For our second trip, we purchased our tickets online. You need to have a Disney account to be able to login and purchase the tickets. The Tokyo Disney website for purchasing tickets online is very straight forward. As we mentioned above, you will have to select your dates and parks when placing your order. Once you complete your purchase, you can print the tickets out at the end of the purchase or log into your account later and print the tickets.
If you purchase online, your transaction will only be approved for certain credit cards. The first credit card we tried to use was denied because it didn’t have the proper verification needed for the Japanese system. If you get this warning, either try a different credit card or call your credit card provider to see if they can provide access for the purchase.
The biggest downside of purchasing online is you have a paper copy of your ticket. If you purchase the ticket in person, you get the normal paper ticket which is prettier and smaller. Overall the in-person purchased ticket is a bit easier to deal with in the parks rather than a piece of paper. Even with this downside, we still preferred the online option for our second trip. It allowed us to avoid having to wait at the hotel or the park to purchase tickets. Also, once tickets are sold out for a certain day, you are not able to get a ticket into the park. While we don’t believe this happens very often, we didn’t want to chance it happening during our May trip since we are going during a peak time of the year.
What We Did For Our Trips
For our 7 day trip in January, we purchased a 4-day ticket. We were staying at the Sheraton, so we did not get to park hop on days 1 and 2. With the general ticket, we were able to park hop on days 3 and 4. For the last 3 days of our trip, we were staying on Disney property. With being at a Disney hotel, we were able to purchase Multi-Day Passport Special tickets. With these tickets we were able to park hop for our last 3 days.
For our second trip to Tokyo Disney, we are spending 5 days at the park. We opted to do a 4 day ticket for our first 4 days and then a single day ticket for our last day. Since we have already been to Tokyo Disney, having to select the park for our last day was a bit easier because we knew we wanted to end our trip in Tokyo Sea.
While we have not yet used our online purchased tickets at Tokyo Disney, our recommendation still is to purchase your Tokyo Disney Park tickets online. The online purchase process was easy and it takes away a lot of the stress with getting the tickets. If you are staying at one of the 3 Disney-owned properties, we strongly recommend getting the Multi-Day Passport Special tickets. The slightly higher cost is definitely worth it to get the park hopper benefit from day 1. If you have any questions about the theme park tickets or if you have any experience with Tokyo Disney theme park tickets, please add a comment below!
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