Escape Travel consultant Lucy Condon recently returned from a Disney-filled adventure in Japan. Taking in all the rides, attractions and characters of both Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea, she has come home armed with magical tips and stories to share. Whether you’re planning your own trip to Tokyo or you’re looking to know more about Disneyland around the world, Lucy gives us the rundown.
Tell us a little bit about each park? How are they different? Disneyland is all about the traditional Disney culture we’ve all come to know and love. In the centre of each Disneyland you’ll find one of the princess’s castles. In Japan, it’s Cinderella’s castle, and in Anaheim, it’s Sleeping Beauty’s castle. A bit out of the ordinary is Disney Sea in Japan – here you’ll find a volcano in the middle which erupts at random! You can hear it from a mile away!
How long did you spend at each park? You’ll need all day, from open to close. Be sure to have a big feed before entering the park but there’s plenty of cafes and places to eat.
Do you have any insider tips for first time visitors? The Fastpass works great! Especially for the popular rides like Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Disney Sea) and Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters (Disneyland). But also, don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes because you’ll be on your feet all day. My friend and I bought brand new converse only the day before we wore them to Disneyland. We still talk about how much we regret that!
Favourite rides or favourite land? Toy Story Mania at Disney Sea is a lot of fun for the kids – and there are plenty of silly hats you can buy there which make for excellent souvenirs. Also at Disney Sea is a little mermaid section, Mermaid Lagoon, which is awesome for the young at heart. My favourite land at Disneyland would definitely be Tomorrowland – here you’ll find the best ride ever, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, and Space Mountain. Fantasyland is also a must-see, where you’ll find the classics for the kids such as Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. For those seeking a bit more thrill, check out Adventureland.
Must see attraction/shows? Fantasmic! It’s an incredible show full of special effects with giant water screens, lights, lasers, fire and of course, lots of magic and Disney characters.
Best way to get to and from the park? The train in would definitely be the best way to get to Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea.
Advice on what to bring? Jumpers because as the sun goes down so will the temperature. Sunscreen and water too because you will be spending a lot of time out in the sun and waiting in line for most attractions.
Advice on what to eat? Mickey Mouse waffles and maybe even try the buffet when the night parade is on. At Disney Sea you can also find a variety of different flavoured popcorns – make sure you try the curry flavoured popcorn!
Anything else you would like to add? Disney is a great day out for young and old alike provided you plan in advance, find out what times characters have meet-and-greet opportunities and Fastpass the big attractions.