You can see why from the colourful facade , the happy smiles, the fun rides, the infectious music and the awesome parades. However if you bring a young child to Tokyo Disneyland, there might be periods when they get a little restless or tired especially when snaking queues of up to 2 hours is common.
With not one but two hyper active boys on tow to Disneyland, it is a challenge to survive 12 hours at Tokyo Disneyland. Nonetheless we did it!
Here are some tips from our experience on how to survive Tokyo Disneyland with young kids
Be at the park early for Character Meet and Greet
Be at the park early and you could catch quite a few characters roaming about for photo shoot. Catch the roaming characters instead of those with long queues to maximize your time. Waiting one hour in line for a photo with Mickey might not be a child's cup of tea.
Go for rides with the shortest queue
Tokyo Disneyland is synonymous with super long queue. When you see a ride with queue of 20 mins or less, just go for it. You will never know if the queue builds up and you might end up waiting longer. Unless you would like to be bombarded with 'why so long' complains even 30s from the kids, this strategy works.
Take the fast pass
Allocate a whole day at Disneyland
Forget about planning half a day stay at Disneyland. We spend almost 12 hours there and it is not enough. It is almost impossible to cover all the attractions. If you intend to do so, you might like to allocate 2 days at Disneyland.
It's not about rides and parades
Head to Toon Town to have fun for the kids. There are interesting spots with zero queues for the it. Head for Goofy's Paint and Play house, Donald's Boat and Toon Park . There are also other areas of the park that is worth exploring. So start exploring!
Strollers are excellent for kids who gets too tired from walking or afternoon naps. It is also useful to hang bags and stuff for the day. It is a must have if you want to save your arms for the day.
Grab a popcorn bucket
Mr Potato Head was our target for this trip. There are different flavors of popcorn found around the park, check the park map for the locations.
Kids friendly food
Ask for an English Map
The maps displayed are in Japanese. You can actually ask for an English Map at the entrance. It is useful as it comes with timing for shows too. We took the Japanese Map and ended up wandering aimlessly for a while.
Planning is always good except when it comes to Disneyland. Forget about planning which rides to sit first or what shows to watch. With the long queues at the attractions, any plans can easily go astray. Add the children unpredictable nature, it is best to go with an open mind and ride with the flow.