Tokyo Disneyland, located in Chiba, Japan, opened in 1983 as the first Disney Park built outside the United States. In September 2001, the resort expanded with Tokyo DisneySea.
Tokyo Disneyland is made up of seven themed lands: Step through the entrance and you’ll be greeted with the ‘World Bazaar’ collection of shops and restaurants, which leads to the iconic Cinderella Castle at the centre. The arcade is styled as an old American town and is very popular with visitors, especially the Japanese who are fond of Disney apparel.
Popular rides such as ‘Big Thunder Mountain’ (above), ‘Space Mountain’ and ‘It’s A Small World’ all feature, however, it’s ‘Pooh’s Hunny Hunt’ (below) in ‘Fantasyland’ that is unique for Tokyo. Board a hunny pot and join the loveable bear in a trackless, immersive search for honey. The experience is very cool and a definite must ride.
It should be noted that queues in the Tokyo parks are especially long, but thankfully orderly and efficient – in true Japanese fashion.
The food is also exceptional. Expect to queue for around 20 minutes in ‘Toontown’ for the finest roasted chicken in a Chinese bun perfectly shaped as Mickey’s hands (above). With fries and a drink, the set costs a reasonable ¥930 (US$42).
Meet and greet Mickey or Minnie in their respective houses, and there are plenty of other characters roaming freely for more photo opportunities as well; we strolled past Elsa from Frozen and some of the Toy Story cast.