Top 5 Reasons Adults Should Go To Tokyo Disney
Top 5 Reasons Adults Should Go To Tokyo Disney
It is an understatement to say that Jeff and I had a great time at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Many people have asked us: Is it worth the long flight? The answer is yes. If you are a Disney fan, we would wager that you will love Tokyo Disney. Here are our top 5 reasons adults should go to Tokyo Disney.
1) Easy & Low Stress
Visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort was extremely easy. If you are hesitant about going because of possible language barriers or fears about being in a foreign country, let us try to ease your concerns.
There are a ton of signs in English! The airport, bus, and all parts of Tokyo Disney had signs in both English and Japanese. This includes all of the menus that we encountered. Most of the people we spoke with knew enough English to figure out whatever we needed. When at Disney, if a cast member was not sure what we were asking, they were able to find someone that spoke enough English to be able to help. The only Japanese Jeff and I know are hello, thank you, and goodbye. Even with the language differences, we had zero problems.
Transportation to and from Tokyo Disney and within Tokyo Disney is also very easy. We flew into the Narita Airport (bonus – from the US no visa is required!) and took the Airport Limousine Bus. Buying bus tickets and the ride to the park could not have went any smoother. The bus was clean, safe, and very convenient.
There are a variety of hotel options surrounding the Tokyo Disney monorail, which allow for easy transportation on the monorail to and from the parks. The monorail is very simple. It has 4 stops and runs in one direction, so it is nearly impossible to get lost. One thing we were very impressed with in Tokyo was the punctuality of the transportation. Everything arrived on time and was extremely reliable. This relieved any potential travel stress.
We have detailed information about booking the bus, getting monorail tickets, and the hotels we stayed at (all along the Tokyo Disney monorail) here.
Going to any Disney park is an expensive vacation. However, Tokyo Disney may not be as expensive as you think. The flight will probably be one of your biggest costs. We booked our flight on airline points, so it was essentially free. If you have airline miles, this is a great excuse to use them. If you do not have airline miles, we recommend keeping an eye out for cheap flight deals. We know someone that just booked a round trip to Tokyo for under $500 (out of New York). If you have flexible dates and/or are willing to take a layover, it may be possible to get your flight for even less.
Once you are in Tokyo, the transportation, park tickets, and food are all extremely reasonably priced. The hour long bus ride from the airport to the hotel costs about $17 each way. The monorail ticket for unlimited rides for 4 days costs about $13. Best of all, a 4 day park ticket that allows you to park hop on days 3 and 4, currently costs about $200. This is substantially less than the US Disney ticket prices.
Tokyo Disney snacks are amazing (more on this to follow), but they are also reasonably priced. Most snacks ranged from $3-$5. These include popcorn, mochi, and chicken buns. Drink prices, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, were also very reasonable. For example, most bottled beverages at the carts were about $2.
A big way to save money is to go during the off season. Jeff and I departed on January 3 and returned on January 11. The parks were a bit cold (high of around 45 degrees), but it was worth it given the low crowds and cheaper hotel prices. The Disney-owned hotels are a bit pricey. We would recommend saving money by staying at one of the Disney Official hotels, which are located a short walk from the monorail.
The Disney Official hotels are a fraction of the cost of the Disney-owned hotels. The Hilton was about $140 per night for us and the Sheraton was about $190 per night. The only real tradeoff is you don’t get the Disney details in the hotel rooms or the Happy 15 extra time in the mornings (though this definitely isn’t necessary during the off season). The hotels are very nice and in a great location, so if you are on a budget, this is an easy trade-off. For more details on the hotels we stayed at and tours of the rooms, see our previous post here.
3) Cast Members
While most Disney World and Disneyland cast members are extremely hard working and friendly, the cast members in Tokyo took it to a whole different level. Every single person we interacted with was extremely friendly and helpful. The cast members loading the rides also had a ton of energy. Honestly, we weren’t sure how they could be so enthusiastic and friendly all of the time. It was impressive. Their positivity was addictive and added to our happiness and fun at the parks.
The cast members were also extremely good at charades. When you were loading onto a ride, or at a show, the cast members mastered hand signals so that you knew exactly what they wanted. From taking off a backpack to no photos, they had it down – even if you don’t know any Japanese.
The cast members are part of your Disney experience. For Tokyo Disney, we would say they are a huge asset and make the experience even more enjoyable.
4) Details and Atmosphere
The two Tokyo Disney parks both have an amazing amount of detail included in them. While the Disneyland park is similar to Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea and the details within are a completely new experience. Being able to explore all of the details and have so many new and magical experiences is one of the best parts of going to Tokyo Disney. If you’re an adult that loves Disney details, you won’t be disappointed.
The details help create an amazing atmosphere at the Tokyo Disney Resort. You truly get the full Disney experience of escaping to somewhere magical. Have you ever been at Disney World and had the magic break for a second because multiple people cut a line or push you to get to a ride queue first? While the cast members at Tokyo Disney are the best we have encountered, we were also impressed by our experience with the other guests at the parks. There was no pushing or rude crowding to get to rides. We didn’t see any line cutting. Honestly, the overall respect that guests had for each other was amazing.
What makes Tokyo Disney such an enjoyable experience? For parades, the first three rows are dedicated to people that would like to sit and then guests that want to stand, can stand behind them. This made getting a spot and waiting for a parade simple and stress free. There was no pushing or blocking people’s view. No random person that didn’t want to follow the rules and kneel to block people. Everyone just slowly filled in spots, sat or stood accordingly, and waited for the parade to start. Once the parade started, everyone stayed just as they were and enjoyed the show. How is this not a thing in the US!?
For the parades, you are not allowed to hold a phone (or ipad) over your head because it could block someone’s view. When we were in shows, guests were asked to take of mouse ears or large hats that may block the view of people behind them. These things sound so minor, but it made a huge difference in creating a magical environment and an enjoyable experience.
As a side note, we are not sure of the normal breakdown of where guests at Tokyo Disney are from. While we were at Tokyo Disney, we would guess that only about 5-10% of the guests spoke English as their native language (from the US, Australia, UK etc.).
5) The Disney theme park experience
While all of the things we mentioned above are things that tend to matter more for adults, Disney adults are still kids at heart. Luckily Tokyo Disney has plenty of awesome rides, shows, and food to have all of that covered. Many of the rides in Tokyo Disneyland are similar to the classic rides at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom or Disneyland in California. However, some of the rides have subtle differences. For example, Splash Mountain has scenes that are not included in the ride at Disney World. There are also some great rides that are unique to Tokyo Disney, such as Pooh’s Honey Hunt and Journey to the Center of the Earth.
The shows and parades at both parks are really good. Big Band Beat is a musical show based on the New York jazz scene and is unlike any other Disney show we have seen. The Tokyo Disneyland daytime and nighttime parades are also really well done. The Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights is awesome and has everything (and more) that we miss from the retired Spectromagic Magic parade at Disney World.
The food is also really good. There are a ton of different snack to try. We especially recommend trying the different popcorns and grabbing at least one order of mochi. There are also a variety of quick-service and sit down options at both parks. More details about the Tokyo Food can be found here.
If you’re an adult and you love Disney, Tokyo Disney should 100% be on your bucket list. It is worth the long flight. Everything from the details to the cast members to the ease of the entire trip makes it an AMAZING Disney vacation.
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