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Disneyland Japan, or Tokyo Disneyland, is the world’s third busiest theme park. Opened in 1983, it’s the first Disney park outside of the United States and the anchor of the Tokyo Disney experience. The complex includes Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea and the Ikspiarai shopping and entertainment complex.
Like other Disney parks, Disneyland Tokyo is divided into themed lands. World Bazaar (similar to Main Street USA) , Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Critter Country and Toontown all contain rides, shows and features aligned with their theme. Live shows and daily parades augment each land’s experience.
Here’s a small sampling of what you can experience if you spend a couple days at Disneyland Japan.
While many of the themed rides are similar to those in Disney’s US parks (Space Mountain, the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean), some of the classics have been given a unique translation. Pooh’s Hunny Hunt operates on a trackless system, allowing ride cars to interact and offering an experience like no other. Understandably, this is one of the park’s most popular attractions.
Adding to the fun, Tokyo Disneyland contains some classic attractions (Tom Sawyer’s Cabin, Country Bear Theater) that no longer operate in the US, making this a must see stop for Disney aficionados.
The park accommodates its location in the world’s largest city with spacious walk ways to handle high numbers of visitors.
Even the smallest attractions draw large crowds, so Disney’s FastPass system is a great help here. With timed ride tickets, guests can visit other attractions while waiting and bypass lines when their turn comes up.
Western River Railroad makes a loop among 3 different lands and offers spectacular views of several attractions, not to mention a rest for tired feet.
The Disney Resort Line Monorail offers a cool and comfortable ride around the park and to other resort venues.
Visiting Tokyo Disneyland
Japanese is the park’s primary language, although help for English speakers is available. Most crew members don’t speak English so riders are directed via standardized finger signals.
Bus service is available to from Narita International Airport, but most visitors arrive via train from Tokyo Station. Tokyo Disneyland is accessible by car via Route 357.
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