Taking a trip down memory lane, I reminisce the time my father was moved by his company to Japan for 4 years. We were fortunate that the firm allowed his family to be with him during the sojourn.
I will never forget the time my father treated us to Tokyo Disneyland not once but twice. It was the most wonderful and amazing days of my life. Each experience was unique.
At the onset, I knew the park is enormous. A day is not enough to explore the whole lot, there are long queues at the popular attraction sites. Time is precious, I have lots of places and characters I want to see and rides I want to experience.
So, I charmed my way into the planning stage of the trip. No one complained and everybody gave a smile and a nod on my suggestions. It’s a kid’s day after all.
It is not a good idea to get tickets on the day itself. You have to deal with long lines and on busy days they stop selling to avoid overcrowding, a major bummer.
Get your tickets in advance by purchasing online or drop by their Disneyland stores in Shibuya or Odaiba. A pre-purchased ticket will guaranty your entry and there’s no need to line up.
The early bird catches the worm
Trust me on this one, come in early to get a head start when the mad dash for the Fast Passes begin. It’ll save you time lining up at the popular attractions like Monsters, Inc. Ride and GoSeek, Space Mountain, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Toy Story, Star Tours; the Adventures Continue and more.
On weekdays the gates open at 9 am and 8 am on weekends, this varies depending on the Disney website. There is no sweet spot, earlier the better.
A mobile internet connection will help
This is highly recommended, Tokyo Disneyland has a web app that displays wait times in actual time. This will help you plan your next move to get to as many rides as you can. You’ll know which rides have the shortest waiting time, which Fast Passes to gun for and avoid trekking from one side to another only to end up with long queues.
On my second trip to Disneyland, I was able to complete my bucket list of places to visit, rides and fuzzy characters to see. And everything is recorded in still images and video which I look into when I want to recall happy moments in my kid’s life.