Being the big Disney fan that I am, of course I spent the last full day of our trip to Tokyo exploring Tokyo Disneyland. We had already visited Tokyo Disney Sea earlier in our trip and I was ready to enjoy the original park. Tokyo Disneyland is set up much like the Disneyland in California, with many of the usual lands branching off from a central hub. Opposite Cinderella’s Castle (above), lies the World Bazaar (shown below), a covered shopping and dining street that has many of the favorites from the Main Streets of the U.S. parks.
Tokyo Disney’s Adventureland is similar to the Anaheim version but incorporates New Orleans Square. Here you can ride the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean, climb the Swiss Family Treehouse and watch The Enchanted Tiki Room, featuring Stitch.
Westernland is the Tokyo counterpart to Anaheim Disney’s Frontierland. The River of America, Mark Twain Riverboat, Tom Sawyer Island, Big Thunder Mountain and Country Bear Theater have all been recreated, as well as the western style shops and merchandise. You can buy cowboy hats and Native American inspired shawls then head over to the shooting gallery to test your aim. I happened to love the Country Bear Jamboree as a child and it is gone from Anaheim Disneyland so I was thrilled to catch the show here. They were showing the Vacation Hoedown version of the show, and I don’t know as many of the songs so I don’t enjoy it as much, but the characters are the same so I was happy to see them again.
Next door to Westernland is Critter Country, which is home to Splash Mountain and Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes. Splash Mountain is a bit too thrilling for my sweetie so we skipped this portion of the park and moved on to Fantasyland.
Tokyo Disneyland’s Fantasyland hosts a nice mix of old favorites, such as It’s A Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White’s Adventures, Dumbo and many more. Unlike Hong Kong Disneyland, which excludes the Haunted Mansion for cultural reasons, Tokyo features the Haunted Mansion prominently. The building and line remind me of the Haunted House in Orlando’s Magic Kingdom. We were there in October so the Haunted Mansion had the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay.
One of the most popular rides at Tokyo Disneyland is Pooh’s Hunny Hunt. This a dark ride with a trackless ride system so the hunny pots move around, switching places with one another and spinning around to give a unique perspective of the scenes. A computer randomly moves the pots through the ride so each time you ride, you will receive a slightly different journey. We love this ride in its traditional form, and Tokyo’s unique take on the world of Winnie the Pooh makes for one of the best rides in any Disney park. We queued up first thing in the morning and still waited over an hour, and we would do it again. It’s just that good.
Alice’s Tea Party is the spinning cup ride found at other Disney parks. There are teapot vending machines nearby, along with statues of the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit. The Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall serves western-style main dishes and desserts, cafeteria style. The main draw here is the absolutely charming theming and decor.
We just had a piece of cake. We really wanted to eat here but weren’t very hungry. Maybe next time we will try some of the main dishes here.
We spent the least amount of time in Tomorrowland. My husband won’t go on Space Mountain so we skipped it, but we always take at least one ride on Star Tours. We did a Fast Pass for the crazy popular Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek! This is a dark ride featuring scenes from the Monsters, Inc. universe, with an interactive element. The ride cars are equipped with flashlights that riders point at various objects in each scene. Monsters reveal themselves or items move about when hit by the light. This ride is cute, but I don’t really understand why this ride has such long queues. Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland also has Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, Stitch Encounter in Japanese only, Grand Circuit Raceway and StarJets.
I love the nostalgia that visiting Disneyland brings. It helps ease some of my homesickness and reminds me of childhood and my mother so any time at Disney is usually enjoyable for me. Tokyo Disneyland was a fantastic day trip for us and we will definitely go back. I think the park is about equal to the Anaheim park in terms of rides, but perhaps even better at parades and shows. I’ll be sharing some of my parade and show photos next week.