Tokyo Disneyland November 2017

After roaming around Shibuya & Harajuku on our first day, our second day was all things Disney. We checked into the Tokyo Disneyland hotel & got situated in our Beauty & the Beast suite. *I am majorly patting myself on the back for keeping that a secret from my Mom*. On the itinerary we created for her, we put a dummy hotel in so staying there was a complete surprise as was the themed room.

The Tokyo Disneyland Hotel has a few character themed rooms to choose from, but ultimately we went with Beauty & the Beast (the details were just too cute). Staying at a Disney hotel has a few perks for the parks:

  • Guaranteed entry into the parks. Major, as they can hit capacity.
  • Happy 15 : 15 mins early into the parks. Doesn’t sound like much, but it’ll allow you an early fast pass & one extra attraction.
  • Delivery of purchases made in the park back to your hotel (so freaking helpful if you plan on shopping a lot)
  • Exclusive products available for purchase only by guests of the hotel. When we went they had an exclusive Mickey tote bag & coin purses.

After religiously reading Chris’s blog & Tom’s posts, we got our 1 day itinerary down. I honestly think we would have missed so much had it not been for their detailed posts. For my fellow Disneyland goers, you’ll get a kick out of this. The must-do rides are Pooh’s Honey Hunt & Monster’s Inc. Hide & Go Seek. Yes. Rides that are usually no more than 20mins (that’s generous for Pooh) can get up to 3 hr waits at Tokyo Disney! All with good reason as both rides differ greatly from our home park. Pooh’s Honey Hunt is a trackless ride, very similar to Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters at CA Adventures. At one point as you’re following Tigger the entire room/ride shakes up & down, dancing around in unison. The queue for this one was the cutest.

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After riding Pooh’s Honey Hunt we headed over to Space Mountain. Which by the way, is really weird without music. The track was different so it was disorienting riding a roller coaster in the dark, purely silent. After riding a few other rides, it was finally time for our fast passes as Monster’s Inc. Hide & Go Seek! The queue for this one was pulled straight from the movie.

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The ride was super cute & interactive. Each seat had a flashlight attached, similar to Buzz’s Astro Blasters at Disneyland. As you shined the flashlight on Monster’s Inc. helmets, they revealed a hiding monster (& sometimes Boo!).

I loved that we visited during the Christmas season, everything was decorated accordingly. I didn’t snap as many photos of the set-ups as I thought, but here are some of my favorites shots showcasing the decor, attractions, & my cute ass kid.

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Thanks to our months of planning, we were able to hit all the rides we wanted with time to spare. The best part for me was walking around & taking it all in, and..the shopping. More on that in a later post. The stores were jam packed, with the hot items being out-of-this-world headgear and stuffed animal keychains to put onto backpacks. I loved the little display they had for Sid from Toy Story & all the plastic displays to show you exactly what comes with your purchase. Here are a few more shots from our trip, including some of the yummy foods we tried.

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For those who are curious, here is the list of attractions we hit up in order (must do’s because they were different than our home park/had short lines:

  • Pooh’s Honey Hunt
  • Space Mountain
  • Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Snow White’s Adventure’s
  • Alice’s Tea Party
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Country Bear Theater (twice, we loved it!)
  • Monster’s Inc Ride & Go Seek
  • Star Tours

ROOM BREAK

  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirate of the Caribbean

When all is said & done, I cannot *wait* to go back to this park.

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