TOKYO DISNEY RESORT: A Budget Travel Guide

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TOKYO DISNEY RESORT: A Budget Travel Guide
2 Days and 1 Night for Php 12K

Disneyland – The Happiest Place on Earth!

On my trip to Japan, this was a to do list – growing up with Disney Movies, I knew I this will truly be a Magical Experience, and it WAS the BEST! The crazy rides, the adorable characters, the themed comfort rooms, the jaw-dropping parades – it left me smiling so BIG, it didn’t ruin my day even though I got lost at almost midnight (but that’s another story >,<)

Tokyo Disney Resort has 2 Attractions: Disney Land and Disney Sea. A One Day Pass is JPY 7400 but a Two Day Pass saves you JPY 1600 because it costs JPY 13200.

To buy a ticket you can purchase via Klook, buy on the day at the park or at Disney Stores in Japan.

Tokyo Disney Land or Tokyo Disney Sea?

On my first draft of itinerary, this was the question I asked my Japanese teacher but I was torn and decided to go to both.

Tokyo Disney Land – is the classic Disney. Great for Kids and people who grew up with watching Disney Movies. I actually cried when I hugged Mickey Mouse and while the show was ongoing (with all those Disney Characters and the Pretty Princesses).

Tokyo Disney Sea – this is the most unique Disney Theme Park in the world. Good for adults or the older generation! This theme park is gorgeous and it’s so BIG. The shows on the water were one of a kind. The night show has actually been the best I have ever seen and yes more tears were flowing.

Better to go on Disney Land on your first day and Disney Sea the next. This is because Disney Sea is so amazing it might ruin your expectations of Disney Land.

If I were to have only one day: I will choose Disney Sea
Because of the amazing design, more crazy rides, and great shows! Note that you can experience Disney Land in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and USA.

Tokyo Disney Land

Tokyo Disney Land

As you enter, you can ask for a guide map, they have English and also it includes a schedule of that day’s show

There are 7 areas:
* World Bazaar
* Tommorowland
* Toon Town
* Fantasy Land
* Critter Country
* Western land
* Adventureland

There are countless of rides, shops and food stalls per area. It blends well with each section’s theme (especially the comfort room).

My top 5 rides are
1. Splash Mountain
2. Space Mountain
3. Big Thunder Mountain
4. Monster’s Inc Ride and Go Seek
5. Star Tours

I wasn’t able to ride Pooh’s Hunny Hunt and It’s a small World because they were under maintenance, but Pooh’s ride is very popular.

> Use Fast Pass and Single Rider opportunities to wait less. Some rides has a waiting time for more than an hour (I actually did this for Space Mountain) because there were many people during the time I came.

> Before going there, you might check what rides are available and download a Tokyo Disney Waiting Time App to know the ride’s waiting time and fast pass availability.

> There are two parades: on the afternoon and at night. They are different and if it’s your first time, you should watch this – so memorable and you’ll be so happy to see a lot of Disney characters


Tokyo Disney Sea

From Maihama Station, you need to walk to the Disney Resort Line and ride a monorail to go to TDS JPY 260.

There are 7 areas:
* Mediterranean Harbor
* Mysterious Island
* Mermaid Lagoon
* Arabian Coast
* Lost River Delta
* Port Discovery
* American Coast

There are countless of rides, shops and food stalls per area. It blends well with each section’s theme (especially the comfort room).

My top 5 rides/ activities are
1. Haunted Mansion
2. Nemo Sea Rider and Friends 
3. Mermaid Lagoon Theater 
4. Raging Spirits
5. Journey to the Center of the Earth

There are two kind shows: on the morning/afternoon (repeated thrice on different times) and at night (just once). They are different and if it’s your first time, you should watch this – so memorable and you’ll be so happy to see a lot of Disney characters. The show had a minimum of 20 minutes.

> Be on front of the harbor an hour before the show, if you’re not too early, you might not have a good spot. This is worth watching and waiting especially the night show. It was THE BEST I have ever seen. Graphics, Characters dancing mixed with great Music and well timed Fireworks (My happy tears were flowing)

> Fireworks are sometimes done after the evening show, but due to some weather conditions it might not go through. FYI: My Disney Sea experience had a cancelled firework show, the good thing the night show had fireworks too!

How to spend about Php 12K / JPY 24K / USD 240 for 2 Days and 1 night

P.S. I traveled solo and stayed 2 nights instead of one

> Tickets:
Tokyo Disney has two attractions Disney Land and Disney Sea
One Day Pass – JPY 7400
Two Day Pass – JPY 13200
Three Day Magic Passport – JPY 17800
Four Day Magic Passport – JPY 22400
After 6pm – JPY 4200

I suggest buying a 2 day ticket
(Tokyo Disney Land then Tokyo Disney Sea)

> Accommodation:
If you want to spend less than Php 1500 / USD30, I suggest AirBnB
(If you don’t have an account register here and get a discount on your first stay)
I stayed at an apartment one bus ride to/from Tokyo Disney (about 20 minutes). It costed me about Php 1,153 per night and if you were a couple or group, you could save more.
It’s better to stay near Disney because if you stay in Tokyo, time would be spent on commuting. And it’s tiring to wake up really early in the morning and go home late at night.

> Food and Water
Food is very expensive in Tokyo Disney, so budget it with this: (Max Amount to Save)
JPY 500 – Breakfast (Buy in Convenience Stores)
JPY 1500 – Lunch
JPY 1500 – Dinner
It’s better to eat lunch early and take-out dinner while waiting for the show.
I bought a JPY 1090 omu rice lunch, 780 yogurt (because hey have a freebie cup) and 800 dinner on Day 1. On Day 2, I got Tacos and just ate Onigiri for a late Dinner.
There are many water stations in Tokyo Disney, you may bring water tumbler.
You can check the menu at Tokyo Disney Resort website.
> From Maihama station, you can walk to Tokyo Disney Land
But since Tokyo Disney Sea is too far, you can ride the Disney Rail for JPY 260.
It’s a great experience too – the windows are shaped like Mickey Mouse and so are the handles

> Bus
I took a bus from Maihama Station to the room I rented

> Lockers
Since I was bringing all of my luggage before going to my rented room, I used the lockers in Disney Land – it costs JPY 700 for the Big/Medium sized ones and JPY 300 for small ones.

If you have more questions, feel free to ask me.
I’ll be making another post about Tips and Tricks in Tokyo Disney.

Tokyo Disney Resort Expenses
Tokyo Disney Resort Pin

Comments (14)

  • cheerfultrails

    May 28, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Disneyland is everyone’s favourite and a must visit place. Thanks for the budgeting tips. Will bookmark it for my future visit to this amazingly fun place😀

    1. Lyza P

      May 31, 2018 at 12:11 AM

      You’re welcome! Have fun there!

  • Farrah

    May 28, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    Japan is my fave country so far. And always yes to disneyland, it is a happy place indeed. This is pretty amazing that you managed 2D1N trip to Tokyo from Philippines. Is it enough?

    1. Lyza P

      May 28, 2018 at 1:13 PM

      I spent 2days for Tokyo Disney and 4 days for Tokyo 🙂 check out my other article Tokyo: Budget Travel Guide

  • Nafisa Habib

    May 27, 2018 at 8:12 PM

    Disney Sea sounds to me more fun and interesting than Disney Land. Cool you explored both and had so much fun. Cute photos 🙂

    1. Lyza P

      May 31, 2018 at 12:12 AM

      Disney sea is amazing! Thank you 🙂

  • Alison

    May 27, 2018 at 8:06 AM

    I love your breakdown of expenses! We are going to Japan next year, and being a big Disney lover, I am trying to sneak Tokyo Disney into our itinerary. Good to know it can be done fairly inexpensively!

    1. Lyza P

      May 27, 2018 at 9:23 AM

      It can be! Hope you enjoy your trip!

  • Valentini

    May 27, 2018 at 6:43 AM

    I have been to Paris Disneyland twice but never in Japanese one!! Looks cheaper than the European! I will definitely plan a visit to the Sea Park!

    1. Lyza P

      May 31, 2018 at 12:13 AM

      You should!
      You can do both for a more magical experienc!

  • Gie

    May 21, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    So you visited Tokyo Disney Sea solo?? wow! I travel solo, but I don’t visit theme parks as I feel that it’s better with friends or family.. 😀 But maybe I’ll try it one day

    1. Lyza P

      May 21, 2018 at 9:39 PM

      I visited both Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea solo 🙂 it was a one time experience so I’d rather do it alone than not experience it! You should try, you can do whatever you want!

  • Dia Jin

    May 20, 2018 at 11:07 PM

    wow what an amazing and extensive guide! I always hear how Japan is dreadfully expensive. This is great help if I ever decide to visit the disney resort! Thank you for taking the time to write this up:)

    1. Lyza P

      May 21, 2018 at 9:15 PM

      Tokyo Disney is amazing! It’s not that expensive especially if you know how to budget 🙂 I hope you do visit!

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