Whether your kids are still in preschool or they're already teens, the magic of Disneyland Tokyo is sure to enchant them. Like the other Disney parks, an iconic Cinderella castle greets you as you arrive in the park, thus transporting you into a fairytale land right away.
When you're planning your trip, here are some things to know.
Planning your days - When you arrive, look for the guest services center located not far from the entrance. There you'll find maps of the park that point out attractions appropriate for kids of various ages, as well as the locations of restrooms and other amenities you and the kids might need. At 1,500 acres, the park is quite large -- so if you're traveling with little ones, consider breaking your Disney experience into several days, or stay in one of the Disney hotels adjacent to park, where it's easier to get in and out for the kids' afternoon naps. And as always, make a plan about where you'll meet each other or what to do should someone get lost.
Assistance in English - The primary language in the park is naturally Japanese. A lot of information will be available in English, but if you need more help while in the parks, look for the Disney cast members with the Mickey Mouse-shaped button that say "English" on them.
Eating in the park - Inside the park you'll find a host of restaurants, cafes and stands with both Japanese and Western food for snacking and meals. If you want to bring some of your own food for the family -- especially those picky eaters among you -- the park also offers a picnic area.
Ride without waiting - Disneyland Tokyo requires parents or people 16 or over to ride moving rides with kids age 7 and under, so plan your days accordingly. Like other Disney parks, Disneyland Tokyo's rides can have long lines -- so also like other parks, use the "Fast Pass" system to reserve your ride times.
No matter what your kids' ages, you and your family will find many rides to ride, characters to meet and memories to be had when you visit Disneyland Tokyo.
Under Three is Free - Great news if your children are aged under three you will not need a Park ticket for admission? The Disney Park offers lots of attractions that you can enjoy with very young children.
Quickly hire a stoller - There are strollers / push chairs available for rent inside the Park, so you can just bring your baby! Its a great solution if you have child that just is'nt making the distance and needs a little rest!
Friendly Staff - When it does happen it can be a panic for all however the staff are trained to handle lost children, it does happen . You can contact the nearest Cast Member who can get in touch with facilities both inside and outside the Park and so can help reunite you and your child.
Why should the kids have all the fun - At either Park, parents or guardians can take advantage of the Alternate Ride System when they want to enjoy an attraction that their child cannot board due to age or height restrictions. As long as there are two or more guardians for the child, this system allows one guardian to ride while the other waits with the child, and then switch. Please contact a Cast Member at the attraction entrance for more information.
As a father of two, I know that having a big, bulky DSLR with me whilst trying to carry one of my kids or push the pram isn’t my idea of fun...