The Best Rides and Attractions at Tokyo Disneyland

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The Best Rides and Attractions at Tokyo Disneyland

Often claimed to be the best Disney theme park outside of the US, Tokyo Disneyland is a classic example of where Japanese intuition and impeccable service has created something exceptional in Tokyo's entertainment scene. The park is one of the most popular escapes in Asia and perfect for spending a couple of days exploring while you're visiting Japan. There's so much to do and see here however it can be difficult to fit everything into a day or two's schedule.

To save you time deciding which rides are worth your valuable time, here's our roundup of the best rides and attractions at Tokyo Disneyland.

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The Best Rides and Attractions at Tokyo Disneyland

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain Disneyland TokyoSplash Mountain ride at Disneyland Tokyo

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Gently cruising along in a log flume, Splash Mountain takes visitors through a story from Disney's Song of the South film before ending with a sudden splash, just in case you were getting too relaxed. A popular Disneyland ride in the US parks, Tokyo's version adds a few improved details to this classic favorite that can be clearly seen right from when you're queuing up. Some of the details here are worth paying attention to. The show is also slightly longer at Tokyo Disneyland than other parks and you don't quite get as wet at the end.

Splash Mountain is usually quite popular so it's recommended to get a FastPass for the ride or to take the single rider queue if you're not up for waiting too long. Which can often mean only needing to queue for about 15 minutes compared to a wait of an hour or longer.

Pooh’s Hunny Hunt

Pooh's Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland

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Fantasyland's dark ride is based off the ever-popular 'The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh' you'll find at parks around the world. Pooh’s Hunny Hunt is very much different however, packed full of incredible effects and visual scenes to keep anyone entertained. The audio is in Japanese here but the dialogue isn't needed to follow the story and doesn't effect enjoyment if you don't understand the local language.

As one of the most popular rides in the park, and one of our personal favorites, it's highly recommended to get a FastPass for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt if you can.

Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast Tokyo Disneyland

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Tokyo Disney's brand spanking new ride is well worth making the trip for, even if you've been to the park before the new ride opened. The visuals and scenes on this giant teacup ride are stunning and captivate guests even before they've entered the beautiful new castle. The intricate detail inside is remarkable and everything a Beauty and the Beast fan could hope for.

The Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast just opened recently at the end of September 2020 and is expected to become one of the most popular rides at Tokyo Disney Resort.

Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion at Tokyo Disneyland

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Another popular 'dark ride' from Fantasyland, Haunted Mansion never fails to entertain guests. If you're not keen on scary effects and movies, don't fret, Haunted Mansion is still very much 'Disneyfied' with ghosts and characters singing joyfully in the backgrounds. The ride is fairly similar to those you'll find at the original Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom taking guests through the mansion and its "999 happy haunts."

Top Tips for Tokyo Disneyland

Don't forget to stay till the evening to check out the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights, featuring huge floats covered in millions of sparkling LED lights, the parade really is a stunning climax to a day spent at the park. It really captures the incredible atmosphere that Disneyland parks around the world are so famous and well-loved for.

Make sure to avoid Japanese holidays such as Golden Week for Tokyo Disneyland. As everyone gets the time off work during this period, the park can be nauseatingly crowded.

Wi-fi is pretty scarce at Tokyo Disney Resort, you'll only be able to connect to it around the Park Main Entrance area, if you're going to need internet, it's best to get a pocket wifi.

Tokyo Disneyland is mainly focused on classic rides and themes from Tokyo DIsneyland. If it's not your first time visiting Disneyland, consider instead heading to Tokyo DisneySea, which is completely unique and unlike any Disney-themed park you'll find around the world.