5 Things You Should Know Before Going To Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea
1. Buy your tickets in advance
Getting your tickets at the gate on the day itself is not a good idea. On busy days they may stop selling tickets at the door to avoid overcrowding, and that would be a major bummer. It’s easy to avoid all that hassle by getting your tickets in advance. You can purchase them online, or to drop by one of the Disney stores in Shibuya and Odaiba a few days prior your visit.
2. Go early
The gates open at 9am on weekdays and 8am on weekends. Getting there 90 minutes before opening time is the sweet spot, but the earlier the better, so you can get a head start when the mad dash begins for the Fastpasses.
Why would you want to do that? Because FastPasses will save you literally hours lining up for the more popular attractions (Monsters Inc. Ride and Go Seek and Space Mountain in Disneyland; Toy Story Mania and Journey to the Centre of the Earth in DisneySea, based on my experience).
3. Get a mobile internet connection
The easiest and cheapest way to get connected is via one of those portable WiFi hotspots that you can rent online. This one’s optional, but highly recommended. Disneyland and DisneySea Japan has a web app that shows wait times for all the attractions in real time. If you want to hop on as many rides as you can, this is a godsend because it helps plan your next move.
4. Don’t take the train back
Take the bus instead of the train back to your hotel. There are buses from both Disneyland and Sea that go to every major area in Tokyo. It only costs a little more than the train and is absolutely worth it. No train crowds, transfers and lugging around all those souvenirs you bought. Instead, you’ll get to take a nice nap on the bus and wake up feeling refreshed.
5. Do it last
We would suggest that you do Disneyland or DisneySea last, at the end of your itinerary. Because then you can head directly to the airport from the hotel, which is much nearer than downtown Tokyo, and maximize your time in the area and have a great and memorable vacation in Japan!