You might think that Disneyland is a purely American theme park, but the truth is far from it. Tokyo Disneyland is a showcase of Japan’s technology and wonder in one condensed area. One recommendation I’d give is to stay in a Tokyo Disneyland hotel. The morning rush of traffic from Tokyo is unbearable. Tokyo Disneyland has accommodating for all, young and old. There are characters roaming the streets all the time, and the theme is still as Disney as ever. So the kids will still be able to see all their favorite characters.
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What rides you consider the ‘best’ depends entirely on your age and personality. Now I’m not saying that parents can’t be thrill seekers, but you don’t see an awful lot of them on the more thrilling rides, and kids don’t like being stuck on the ‘teacups ride’ with their mums all day. So grab your tokyo flights and experience what I believe are the top 5 rides in Tokyo Disneyland:
This is not a ride for the feint hearted, and is a classic Disney ride at every one of their theme parks around the world. You are launched into the darkness of space with twists and turns that jerk you left to right. This ride probably has the best cleaning crew, if you know what I mean. Parents who want to show their kids they are brave enough to go on this ride, be careful it’s not your average roller coaster. One more tip: don’t fill the kids up on junk food before attempting this ride, it’s something you will regret.
Another classic Disney ride is ‘Splash Mountain’ at Tokyo Disney World. This is described by Tokyo Disney outside the ride, as the “steepest and wettest ride Disney has to offer.” I know you may think this is something that people will understand becasue of the name ‘splash mountain’ but it seems to pass a lot of people by. If you are going to give this ride a go, try it out earlier in the day so that you have time to dry off.
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For a change in pace, head over to the ‘Jungle Cruise.’ This one is more for the younger ones, but even so – parents seem to love it. The cinematography of the ride is beautiful, and the lush waterfalls and plants are to marvel at.
Although this ride’s audio is entirely in Japanese, the effects are outstanding which helps make it as thrilling and scary as ever. But the amount of screaming children on this ride is an indication that it’s not for young children.
The final thrill ride at Tokyo Disney Land is Thunder Mountain. The driverless train roars around a series of tunnels and canyons, and it’s certainly not one for the light hearted. But get into the line early because the wait can be long. This is an experience you won’t forget.
Tom Wilson+ – loved his time in Japan and hopes you do to.