Now anyone that knows me and Lauren know that we bloody love Disney, and if we are spending a day in Disneyland we will be there the second it opens, so off we go at the crack of dawn to be there at 8am. From Shinjuku you can get the JR Chuo line to Tokyo station then change for the JR Keiyo line to Maihama Station, which is the Disney stop. The change over in Tokyo station is a good 10 minute walk, so this journey takes about 45 minutes.
It’s a short walk from the Station to the Disneyland gates. So first impressions, we’ve never seen so many people in fancy dress. Sure novelty headgear and kids in character outfits is common at all parks, but here there was full blown families dressed in matching outfits. My fave was a whole Donald Duck family!
Given it was October the park was kitted out for Halloween but rather than focussing on the villains from the films it was more cute pumpkins and ghosts. We would later find out that Japanese people are a lot more fond of the more cute and funny cartoon characters than the princesses and princes.
A lot of the rides were similar to their other counterparts across the globe. We start at Tomorrowland to ride Monsters Inc (ride around with a flashlight trying to find Boo) and Space Mountain. Probably the tamest Space Mountain out of all the parks, you sit in pairs a bit like the California version.
We then move up to the Haunted Mansion, which was amazing to see in all it’s Nightmare Before Christmas glory. Last year I was at the Florida DisneyWorld Parks but they don’t transform the Haunted Mansion. This was one of my favourite rides of the day, even if I couldn’t understand what Jack was saying.
Moving round to Adventureland and Westernland we check out the queue for Big Thunder Mountain but the size of the queue was off putting so we go back to the start and explore Main Street USA.
Unlike the rest of the parks, Tokyo’s Main Street is completely sheltered which felt a bit weird, it wasn’t all one straight line too so felt completely different to all other parks. It contained all the same kind of stores though, and this really cute Art of Animation exhibition.
Cinderella’s castle has a huge open concourse and despite being a busy day, the front of the castle is so vast it never feels annoyingly busy, then again even if it was rammed the Japanese are so polite I can’t imagine it ever feeling stressful.
We head to get a good spot of the first parade of the day and again, the politeness is surprising. Everyone is sat on the streets, 3 or 4 rows deep before standing. A cute little family invited us to sit on their mat at the front with them. The Happiness Is Here Parade spans characters from Disney and Pixar classics, and we were attracting a lot of character attention being the only English people around, which made some great photos.
Not only did the characters love us but so did the crowds, now it might be something to do with being pale, blonde and dressed like princesses ( compete with crowns) but girls would stop us to call us ‘kawaii’ (cute) and ask for photos. At one point about 10 girls swamped us as I held a butterfly outside the castle.
Anyway back to the castle. You can walk through and explore Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall which goes through her story before ending with a glass slipper and throne to pose with.
As we leave the castle we found Prince Charming and Prince Phillip, and for some reason I lost all ability to do anything other than giggle throughout the whole experience, so big shout out to Lauren for holding the conversation there.
One unique aspect to the Tokyo park is popcorn. Yes, popcorn. Scattered around the park is a number of different popcorn stalls, all selling different flavours and collectible tubs, and the Japanese are literally queuing for like half an hour just for these deliciously smelling stalls.
Fantasyland is pretty standard as far as all the parks go, Dumbo, Peter Pan, Snow White and It’s A Small World inhabit the area we pass through on our way to Toon Town.
The only other Toon Town I’ve come across was the California Disney. Full of fun photo ops, plenty of characters and the Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin ride.
Time for another parade, this time Mickey’s Halloween Harvest. I would say this isn’t one you’re missing out on if you don’t have time to sit through it.
As the park is situated on Tokyo’s Bay it’s actually a lot cooler than Mainland Tokyo so I venture to the shops to find anything that can keep me warm, I was expecting some mental fleece but I actually found this super cute bomber jacket!
Cute cartoon cupcakes in Toon Town.
We quickly ride Pirates Of The Caribbean before heading to find a great spot for Dreamlights, the Electrical Light Parade.
I’m sure it’s pretty obvious why the electrical parades are my favourite, they floats are just so magical. Plus I’m all about the fact that Tokyo seems to love Aladdin, my fave film with multiple floats in both parades today.
Big Thunder Mountain apparently had a 10 minute wait so we run over thinking we’ll have time to quickly ride before the fireworks. Well that queue time was wrong and 20mins later the fireworks are due to start and we’re stood there thinking we were going to miss out. As our car sets off around the track, so do the fireworks and oh my god that was actually the best experience ever, riding around the track with views of the castle and fireworks was the perfect end to the day.
Walking back to the castle for Once Upon A Time we decide to see what the fuss is with the popcorn after spotting some empty stands, I try chocolate and Lauren tried Caramel and oh my god, the caramel was incredible.
Once Upon A Time was primarily a light show on the castle, but a lot of the songs and narration was surprisingly in English. There wasn’t too many fireworks as they must’ve been what we saw from Thunder Mountain but still, it was the perfect end to our Disney Day.