Recently, I was able to go on a trip with a group of friends to an iconic place in not only Tokyo, but in the world:
The Tokyo Disney Resort
The resort is super easy to get to, and it’s only about 30 minutes away from the Shirokane Takanawa (the station right near Temple Japan’s Azabu Hall). The resort also offers discounted tickets for students, which I happily purchased.
When exiting the JR Subway station nearest to the Tokyo Disney Resort, you’ll have to board the Disney Monorail to travel to the parks. It’s not difficult to find, especially with it’s Mickey Mouse shaped windows.
Goofy was so happy to get a shot with the TUJ students Megan Smith, Carlos Casademont, and even me! Goofy was wearing his DisneySea attire.
Goofy waited for 5 minutes until America rotated into view on the globe, so that he could correctly point to where Temple Main Campus was. His guesses of China, South Africa, and the Philippines were a bit off, but he finally got it right.
Disney Tokyo Resort is made up of two parks: DisneySea and Disneyland. Here is DisneySea, which is based off of the model of Walt Disney World Orlando’s Epcot. This park does not feature all the countries of the world, and also incorporates many water rides.
Temple Japan students Megan Smith and Carlos Casademont stop for a photo in front of Disney Sea. This is the largest park in the Tokyo Disney Resort, and even has a giant volcano in the middle!
In Disney Sea, it’s name implies that it is more water-based, so it would be necessary to add an Ariel section to this park. Here is Ariel’s castle, which has a huge area inside with rides and games.
TUJ student Megan Smith successfully found her future boyfriend, Prince Eric from “The Little Mermaid.” She was quite smitten when she found him.
One of Ariel’s collectibles in her cave in Ariel’s castle.
In this playground in Ariel’s Castle, they reenact the scene from “The Little Mermaid” where Ariel sings in her cave with her collectibles.
TUJ student Carlos Casademont rings the bell in Ariel’s cave, just like in the movie “The Little Mermaid.”
In the Tokyo Disney Resort, you can journey on a quest to find all the hidden Mickey’s around the park. This one here was difficult to find, but we found him hovering just over the keystone.
Disneyland would not be complete without Cinderella’s Castle. In the Disneyland park in Tokyo Disney Resort, it features most of the same things from Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Orlando.
TUJ students Carlos Casademont, Megan Smith, and I got a shot in front of Cinderella’s castle just before they closed off the pavilion for a parade.
One of the biggest movies from Disney currently is “Frozen,” which Japan is still absolutely in love with. Until the end of March, Disneyland is hosting many Frozen oriented aspects of the park, including games, food, and balloons.
In Disneyland, there are two main parades that happen during the day. This parade happened around noon time, and featured most of the princesses and even Minnie Mouse.
Woody isn’t eating people, it’s just a ride! This is the entrance for one of the Toy Story rides in the Tokyo Disney Resort, specifically Disneyland. On a busy day, the lines can get up to 3 hours long!
The Electrical Parade at any Disney Resort is a sight to see! Sadly, the only resorts around the world to still host this parade are Walt Disney World Orlando and Tokyo Disneyland.
Each of the floats in the parade were incredibly intricate, and consists of thousands of lights. Most of the floats featured the characters sayings, and all were in English.
Sleeping Beauty graced the parade by leading the way around the park. Her wings didn’t just only glow, but they moved as well!
Iconic characters like Sully, Mike, and Boo from “Monster’s Inc.” even made it in the parade. However, they were about 10 times larger than in the movie.
Overall, the trip was amazing! I definetly think it is worth it for any Disney fan. I would advise that there are very long lines, and all the attractions are not always offered in English, but it is easy enough to understand. I hope to go again someday!