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Chiba: Tokyo Disneyland

Located in Urayasu-shi, Chiba Prefecture in Japan, Tokyo Disneyland (東京ディズニーランド Tōkyō Dizunīrando) is a 115-acre theme park. It is also the first Disney park to be built outside the United States.

Tokyo Disneyland was first constructed in 1980 and was opened on April 15, 1983. The park was constructed by Walt Disney Imagineering in the same style as that of Disneyland in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida. With only a few exceptions, Tokyo Disneyland has the same attractions as that of their Western counterpart. 
The different rides and attractions of the theme park are distributed in the seven themed areas in the park. These areas are:
The Cinderella Castle
Cinderella's seal in front of the castle
  • Adventureland
  • Westernland
  • Fantasyland
  • Tomorrowland
  • World Bazaar
  • Critter Country
  • Mickey's Toontown
Here's what we experienced:
Haunted Mansion at Fantasyland
Pooh's Honey Hunt at Fantasyland
Pooh's Honey Hunt at Fantasyland
Pinocchio's Daring Journey at Fantasyland
Donald's boat at Toontown
Chip 'n Dale's Treehouse at Toontown
Goofy's Paint and Playhouse at Toontown
Swiss Family Treehouse at Adventureland
Western River Railroad at Adventureland
Jungle Cruise: Wildlife Expedition at Adventureland
Pirates of the Carribean at Adventureland
Big Thunder Mountain at Westernland
Mark Twain's Riverboat at Westernland
Big Thunder Mountain at Westernland
Tom Sawyer Island Rafts at Westernland
Critter Country

StarJets at Tomorrowland
Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters at Tomorrowland

The park is known for its wide open spaces, Disney story-based rides, and not to mention the Cinderella Castle (The icon of Tokyo Disneyland). In 2013, Tokyo Disneyland welcomed 17.2 million visitors, making it the world's second most visited theme park in the world.
Cinderella's castle up close 
The colorful tile mosaic of Cinderella's story found in her castle
Daytime Parade "Happiness is Here"
Cinderella with her castle at the background
We visited Tokyo Disneyland during the first and third day of our 3-day Tokyo-Chiba trip which is also the 18th and 20th day of  our stay in Japan. Although I have seen the park from pictures in the internet, I have never expected it to be that beautiful.

Cinderella's Castle at night
Nighttime Parade "Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights"

What I liked most about the theme park is the night parade. The lights from the floats and dancers make the event very magical.

Since entrance fees change without notice, click this LINK to view the latest price and to reserve a ticket to Tokyo Disneyland. 

Getting there: 

From Haneda Airport, ride the Direct bus going to Tokyo Disney Resort. Travel time is about 45 minutes. 

You could also take the Tokyo Monorail from Haneda Airport to Hamamatsucho Station (23 minutes ride) then transfer to the JR Yamanote Line (6 minutes ride) then transfer to either the JR Keiyo or JR Musashino Line going to Maihama Station (15 minutes ride).

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  1. All these Disneyland pics made me wanna go back to my childhood days. You literally took me there. I have plans to visit Hongkong Disneyland this year end. Hopefully that happens. The parade, the rides and all the Disney charactersin this post looks so lively. Thanks a lot for sharing:)

    1. Hello Hetal. Wow that sounds nice. I would love to see your photos of HK Disneyland. I haven't been there though.

  2. Disneyland has been on my bucket list since ages. I bet it's on most travelers list. I actually didn't know there was one in bad..I'm glad to know as Tokyo is so much closer than US..This article is really helpful in terms of the information provided. Hope to visit soon!

    1. There is also one in Hongkong and another in Shanghai. =) You should visit them all. =)

  3. I have never been to any Disneyland! I'm usually not a huge fan of theme parks because of the artificiality of it and most of all the pricey tickets. But Disneyland is a whole new attraction. I wish I'd see this and the Hogwarts theme park!

    1. Hi Sam. The Hogwarts theme park is in Universal Studios. Been there too and loved it.

  4. i have never been to a theme based park of this stature hence was interested to read through ur article , i had read about another mega theme park in Japan , which was also iconic in stature called USJ .. have u been there ?

    1. Hi sumit walia. Yes, I have visited the top 3 mega theme parks in Japan.
      I've been to USJ and DisneySea also. =)

  5. I thought I already outgrew my I-want-to-visit-Disneyland phase of my life but, apparently, I haven’t yet. I guess we will always yearn to visot Disneyland no matter how old we get.

    1. That's true Jonathan. I thought it was only for my daughter but I was the one who enjoyed it the most. Hahahaha.

  6. I like the place, it's very beautiful
    thank you for the meaning, very helpful


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