Recently, I visited Tokyo Disney Resort and I couldn’t wait to share my experiences with you—whether you’re planning an international trip or just dreaming of the global Disney parks! There were a lot of difference and similarities between TDR and WDW, but a few things stood out… so here are my top 10 Things from Tokyo Disney Resort that would “Plus” WDW!
1 – MICKEY SHAPED EVERYTHING!
From churros to pastries to hand soap, there is no end to Mickey-shaped stuff at TDR. Most of these are everyday things given a Mickey makeover—it seems like a simple way to add more magic!
2 – NEMO & FRIENDS SEARIDER!
This ride was my surprise hit at TDR—and it would fit in perfectly at EPCOT’s The Seas with Nemo & Friends to give that pavilion an e-Ticket attraction on like The Land has with Soarin’ Around the World.
3 – ROAMING CHARACTERS!
At TDR, a few very popular characters have designated meet-and-greets but everyone else just roams around—this adds atmosphere to the land, spontaneity to your visit, and gives the option to meet someone new every me! On our trip, there was virtually no wait to meet most of these characters.
4 – NIGHTTIME PARADE!
Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights was even better than The Main Street Electrical Parade and it made me homesick more than ever for my beloved nightime parade.
5 – AN INDOOR LAND!
Mermaid Lagoon is almost entirely indoors (2 rides are outside but all others—plus a show, playground, shop, and restaurant—are inside). This is perfect for taking a break from the heat, the cold, or the rain—and allows impressive, immersive theming around the clock. I originally theorized Pandora would be built this way to allow for a permanent nigh me- glowing-plants experience.
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6 – TRACKLESS RIDES!
Pooh’s Hunny Hunt really is all it’s cracked up to be—this groundbreaking trackless attraction is an incredible upgrade to the dark ride concept. Luckily, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is coming to EPCOT in 2021 and uses the same type of system.
7 – NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS!
Tokyo Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is a clone of Magic Kingdom’s and they have the Halloween/Christmas overlay made popular at Disneyland in California. There’s no reason not to bring it to Florida too!
8 – MORE RIDES!
Magic Kingdom is jam-packed with rides. The other parks at WDW … not so much. As exciting as Pandora, Toy Story Land, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are, they only add two measly rides to their respetive parks. I miss lands with 4–7 rides like in the good old days—and TDR really delivers on that front with as many rides in two parks as we have in four.
9 – CHARACTERS ON “IT’S A SMALL WORLD”!
Disneyland added characters into their appropriate countries on “it’s a small world” in 2008 and TDR followed suit in 2018. I hope it doesn’t take a decade for those adorable dolls to arrive in Magic Kingdom!
10 – LIMITED TIME MERCH AND FOOD!
TDR excels at creating loads of limited time merch and food selections. We’ve seen a bit of this with the rose gold/millennial pink/iridescent/potion purple craze at WDW but at TDR there’s always something new and special to mark your trips, and zero chance of gift shop fatigue with so much new to see and buy!
Read my full recap of our experience at Tokyo Disney Resort (including Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Ikspiari, and The Hilton Tokyo Bay) in our March 2019 issue, available now!
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