Like every doting parent, I want my kids to be the happiest especially on their birthdays. And the happiest place on Earth is none other than Disneyland!
Read on as we share more details about our one-day itinerary at Tokyo Disneyland in Japan. The route we took may not be the most ideal, but it worked out for us. We also visited Tokyo DisneySea, the one and only in the world. You can read about our DisneySea one-day itinerary here.
Summary of Itinerary
- Request Personalised Birthday Sticker
- Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (Fantasyland)
- Alice’s Tea Party (Fantasyland)
- Gadget’s Go Coaster (Toontown)
- Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Treehouse (Fantasyland)
- Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House (Toontown)
- Donald’s Boat (Toontown)
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin (Toontown)
- Churro Raccoon Salon (Critter Country)
- Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes (Critter Country)
- Get FASTPASS for Splash Mountain
- The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents “Aloha E Komo Mai!” (Adventureland)
- Park Side Wagon (Adventureland)
- Pirates of the Caribbean (Adventureland)
- FASTPASS for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (Tomorrowland)
- Pan Galactic Pizza Port (Tomorrowland)
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (Tomorrowland)
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Fantasyland)
- Splash Mountain (Critter Country)
- Snow White’s Adventure (Fantasyland)
- Check the crowd calendar (We used TDR Explorers guide here). Some days are more crowded than other days, especially so during weekends and festive periods. If your travel dates are fixed, looking at the crowd calendar could give you some mental preparation. The reality is that crowds are inevitable, so just take it as part of the Disney experience.
- Check the park operating hours. Park opening and closing times are subject to changes. On certain days, the park closes early at 7 pm and yet park tickets are the same price as every other day. If you want to stretch your dollar, don’t forget to check the park operating hours from the Tokyo Disney official website.
- Take note of the attractions that are temporarily closed. Some attractions may be down for maintenance or upgrading. You may have a checklist of attractions that you really want to try out. To avoid disappointment, visit the Tokyo Disney official website for the list of attractions that are closed on the day of the visit.
Starting off in Fantasyland
Okay, but why? Just because we dressed up our birthday girl in a princess dress. Plus, the castle served as the perfect background for a commemorative photo. Hee! Hee!
Fantasyland is located in the far North from the entrance. It was also a good idea to head there first when the park just opened as the crowd has yet to reach there.
There are three popular attractions here – Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, “it’s a small world” and Haunted Mansion. FASTPASS tickets are available for all three attractions mentioned. If you’re not familiar with Disney’s FASTPASS system, you can read more about it in our DisneySea guide.
Most blogs advise visitors to grab the FASTPASS tickets for these attractions as early as possible. It’s a serious business, I tell ya. There were already long lines for the tickets just after 20 mins the park was opened.
Honestly, we didn’t want to start our day waiting in long lines. Our first attraction was Pinocchio’s Daring Journey where we boarded a mining car. No waiting at all.
Shortly after, we spun around in giant
Toontown for the little ones
Toontown is the play zone of Disneyland, designed with the little ones in mind.
We were excited for youngest kiddo to be able to enjoy most if not all the attractions in
Luckily, the park was still empty. We didn’t wait long before we hopped onto Gadget’s Go Coaster. It’s a popular junior roller coaster suitable for the whole family, young and old.
We ventured around Toontown a little more. The kids enjoyed exploring Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Treasure Treehouse and Donald’s Boat. Both attractions fall under the category of playgrounds. To be honest, kids are easily contented with just playgrounds. With a little imagination, they can play pretend for hours. I can’t say the same for adults, however.
We tried out Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House too. This attraction isn’t a playground per
Next, we checked out Roger Rabbits Car Toon Spin. Finally, it was somewhat more exciting than the last couple of attractions earlier.
By now, it’s almost noon and we could see that the park was filling up with more visitors.
Critter Country, the smallest land
Right beside Toontown, you would find Critter Country. The most popular attraction here would be Splash Mountain, a boat ride with a big drop at the end. Apparently, Critter Country was specifically created when Splash Mountain opened.
While I went ahead to get the FASTPASS tickets for Splash Mountain, the rest of the gang visited the tiny wishing well nearby. Truth be told, we are a family of suckers for wishing wells. It would be blasphemous to pass one and not make a wish!
Besides Splash Mountain, I
Don’t forget to pop by Churro Raccoon Salon. They serve the best churros, sprinkled with the prettiest purple sugars dipped in vanilla ice cream.
Adventureland where adventure awaits
From Critter Country, we strolled to Adventureland. We checked out The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents “Aloha E Komo Mai!”. Although this is a musical show in Japanese, it turned out to be rather captivating visually and audibly.
The next attraction we went was Pirates of the Caribbean. I understand why most blogs would say that this is a must do boat ride in Disneyland because it was honestly that good.
Tomorrowland for space action
Once we reached Tomorrowland, we headed straight to the FASTPASS ticketing machines for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.
Instead of waiting in line for the attraction, we were spared some time to enjoy a meal at Pan Galactic Pizza Port.
Towards the end of the day
After Star Tours, we traced our way back to Fantasyland and towards the direction where Critter Country was. Since we still had some time before our next FASTPASS entry time, we sat in for Mickey’s PhilharMagic show. It was actually boring enough for my youngest to fall asleep. Regardless, we didn’t mind sitting through the show to rest our feet.
On our way to Critter Country, we even caught a few glimpses of the outdoor parade.
By the time we’re done with Splash Mountain, it was already dark. We headed back to Fantasyland and ended our day with the last attraction, Snow White’s Adventure.
For the rest of the evening, we sauntered through World Bazaar and took many pictures until we reached the main entrance of the park.
Goodbye, Tokyo Disneyland!
Well, it’s impossible to cover all the attractions within a day. We had to say goodbye too soon.
That said, you might want to consider getting a two-day pass during your visit. Now, are you ready for a fun-filled family day with your kids?