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6 Tips for Tokyo Disneyland with the Family

Tokyo, Japan

1. Buy the right tickets
Choose the four-day magic passport. We spent two days at each park comfortably, with time to relax in the afternoon or to linger longer over lunch.

2. Go on a weekday and avoid peak seasons
This is our recommendation for all Disney parks but especially so for Tokyo. With a population of around 13 million, Tokyo is the most populous city of Japan. Always aim to get to the parks before opening time and head to the most popular rides first and use the Fastpass system whenever you can. The parks gets busier as the day progresses so head to the less popular rides later in the day.


3. Stay in a Disney or Disney-affiliated hotel
Staying close by to Disneyland means you save time travelling to and from the park. It also comes in handy when the children need an afternoon nap back at the hotel or if the whole family needs a rest before heading back to see the not-to-be-missed fireworks show at night. Disney-affiliated hotels usually have a Disney store, Disney-themed rooms and a shuttle service to and from the park. We stayed four nights at Hilton Tokyo Bay.

Disney Themed Food

4. Try the Disney-themed food
In my opinion Tokyo has the best themed food options of all the Disney Parks around the world. Food plays a major role at all the Disney parks and by no means is it ever an afterthought. You will find plenty of Western culture food as well as local cuisine options. Kids will love the Mickey-shaped pizza, Mike’s melon bread and Mickey-shaped churros. The Gyoza sausage bun is a must-try. As in all the restaurants in Japan you will find plated-up plastic food displays so you can see what you're ordering.

Popcorn bucket

5. Buy a popcorn bucket
Popcorn is a major attraction at Tokyo Disneyland. Popcorn stations are located all over the park and are featured on the Park map. Several different flavours are available and change according to the season. We were there for Christmas so white chocolate popcorn was the limited edition flavour. Choose a special popcorn bucket, hang it around your neck for the day and have it refilled with your next flavour of choice for a small fee. Popcorn buckets can be taken on the rides with you and is a handy snack to have while waiting in line.

crazy hats from behind

6. Get a crazy hat
Wearing a Mickey ears hat at all the Disney parks is a must for our family. Unlike the Disney parks in the USA you won't find any traditional-style hats here. As we discovered, the crazy hats are all the rage in Tokyo and we had so much fun with them. I always let my boys choose their own hat and they wear it proudly. Make sure you take a selfie and a family shadow picture with your hats on.

Always fun for all ages, a visit to Disneyland will be an adventure you'll remember forever.

From Disney to New York City this fun loving travel bug family is always planning or going on their next trip somewhere in the world. They are Melbourne foodies at heart so food always plays a crucial role when travelling. See their blog at Snowflakes, Palm Trees & Pretzels.

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