Tokyo Disneyland is often seen as a clone of Disneyland Park. For this reason, many consider skipping the park altogether—usually in lieu of Disney Sea—when they’re in Japan. While it’s true that they’re similar, the Japanese version does have several things that set it apart from the one in Anaheim.
Before we go into that, though, let’s briefly go over the two different parks.
- Tokyo Disneyland
- Disneyland Park
- 1. The People are Polite
- 2. You can Send Special Postcards/Letters From Inside the Park
- 3. There are a Couple of Rides That You Can’t Find Anywhere Else
- 4. They Sell a Variety of Unique Snacks
- 5. There’s a Walk-in Attraction Inside the Cinderella Castle
- 6. You Can Collect Shiny Souvenir Medallions
- 7. They Sell Cute Things That You Can’t Find Anywhere Else
- Opened on April 15, 1983
- Occupies 115 acres
- Features Cinderella’s castle
- Has approx. 50 attractions
- Hosted over 16.6 million visitors in 2017
- Opened on July 17, 1955
- Occupies 85 acres (soon to be 100 acres with Star Wars expansion)
- Features Sleeping Beauty’s castle
- Has 53 attractions as of 2017
- Hosted over 18.3 million visitors in 2017
As you can see, Tokyo Disneyland is both newer, and slightly bigger than Disneyland Park. Perhaps one of the most noticeable differences, however, is the castle. In Japan, there’s the Cinderella castle, whereas in Anaheim, there is the Sleeping Beauty castle.
Now that we know more about the parks, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you might want to visit Tokyo Disneyland.
1. The People are Polite
Etiquette is a big thing in Japan. Considering that, it’s not surprising to know that most of the people at Tokyo Disneyland are incredibly polite. Not just the cast members—whom are eager to help despite the language barrier—but the guests as well. Even though the park is always crowded, things like budging or shoving in line are almost non-existent. In fact, the lines tend to be super orderly.
2. You can Send Special Postcards/Letters From Inside the Park
Did you know that you can send letters and postcards from inside Disneyland? Even in Anaheim, there are a number of mailboxes scattered throughout the park (yes, they’re not just decorations!). There’s one big difference, however—in Japan, the things that you send will be imprinted with a special Tokyo Disneyland design. For instance, they gave out commemorative stamps for their 2018 Frozen Fantasy event.
3. There are a Couple of Rides That You Can’t Find Anywhere Else
Sure, Tokyo Disneyland may be a “copy” of Disneyland Park, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any unique rides. As a matter of fact, there are two—one of which is the most popular attraction in Fantasyland. Based on the adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt follows the loveable bear as he embarks on a whimsical journey for honey. Even if you’re not a fan of the original stories, you may still want to give it a go—after all, there’s a reason for the lineup!
Aside from that, there’s Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek in Tomorrowland. An interactive ride, it features a game of “flashlight tag”, where you point a flashlight at various objects as you travel through Monstropolis. In response, various effects will be triggered such as the reveal of a monster. In a way, it’s similar to Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters—but without the scoring system.
4. They Sell a Variety of Unique Snacks
If you’re a foodie, be sure to check out the different snacks that they sell at the park—many of which you can’t find anywhere else! For instance, they sell Stormtrooper Mochis that come in three flavors—milk and caramel, berry, and custard. Some of the other things that you might want try include Mickey/Minnie Mouse ice bars, Mike Wazowski melon buns, sea salt ice cream monakas, pizza spring rolls, shrimp buns, and Mickey handwiches.
5. There’s a Walk-in Attraction Inside the Cinderella Castle
Inside the Cinderella castle, there’s a walk-in attraction called Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall—a neat little place that features many things from the movie. Walking through the corridor, you’ll notice several different murals, all of which depict scenes from the story. The main highlight, however, is the Grand Hall, where you’ll have a chance to take a picture on the royal throne. In addition to that, you’ll also find Cinderella’s glass slipper, as well as special paintings that reveal hidden messages when you take their picture with flash.
6. You Can Collect Shiny Souvenir Medallions
Souvenir Medallions are one of the things that you can collect at Tokyo Disneyland. While you can find them at other Disney parks, the ones here are particularly shiny. Unlike the U.S., where you have to provide your own penny—which is then pressed into the desired pattern—the Japanese machines use their own copper planchets. What does this mean? This means that each of the medallions will be “brand new”—that is, you won’t have to worry about them being tarnished or moldy (which can be an issue at the American parks if you use tarnished or moldy pennies)!
7. They Sell Cute Things That You Can’t Find Anywhere Else
If you think the stuff they sell at Disneyland Park is cute, wait till you go to Tokyo Disneyland—their merchandise is truly on a different level. Take, for instance, their headbands. In addition to selling classic “Mickey Ears”—which are available in a variety of designs—they sell ones that feature other characters such as Chip and Dale, Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, Mike Wazowski—even the White Rabbit! Not only headbands, but they sell cute jewellery, clothing, stationery, and kitchenware as well!