I have a confession!
I’m an amusement park junkie and when it comes to going to theme parks, I simply would just take the guide upon entering the park and then mentally marked out which are the rides and attractions I want to visit (usually roller-coaster and simulation rides) and dive straight into. Back then there was no kid yet, so I could flit from attraction to attraction with ease. No problems on skipping meals and eating on-the-go just to queue for rides or get the adrenaline rush from those sky-dropping rides.
I didn’t quite think this day would come. Me actually doing research on how to maximise our time at theme parks. But with a 2+ year old toddler in tow, I guess this step is necessary in order to fully immerse and to allow the little one enjoy the experience without stressing the parents.
I guess we learned it the hard way earlier this year when we headed to Disneyland with the Little Bow Family. Starry-eyed, we thought we could conquer it all, as in take all those rides! The girls will have a smashing good time and we could stay the entire day taking ride after ride. We were proven wrong as we headed to Disneyland on a public holiday so virtually the entire world was there! We didn’t check out the rides nor the restaurants there so we ended up feeling a little lost in the park. It was still fun nonetheless and I don’t think the girls even knew the difference but lesson learned!
I guess I was inspired after Mama Janice shared her Japan itinerary with us and I was floored by the amount of prep-work that goes into it. So since I do have some time before we head up there. Turns out we are going to be there on another Public Holiday, so massive crowds will be expected! I hope this list will come in handy in narrowing down the rides that Bubba can take and the things that we can do given the limited time that we are there.
list of attractions suitable for kids under 3
in tokyo disneyland
There are a total of 28 rides out of the 40 rides that children under 3 can take accompanied by either their parents or grandparents. So I decided to list them down here so that it’s easy to narrow down the section that you want to visit when those gates at Tokyo Disneyland open! Marked in blue are the attractions that we are hoping to take so I hope to be able to review them in a blog-post some time in October.
|Section||Name of ride||Attraction Type||Duration||Seating Capacity|
|Adventureland||Western River Railroad||Transportation, Loud sounds, Go through darkness,||about 15 mins||140 persons per train|
|Jungle Cruise: Wildlife Expeditions||Transportation, Go through darkness||about 10 minutes||32 persons per train|
|The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents “Aloha E Komo Mai!”||Theater type, OK on rainy days, Loud sounds, Go through darkness||about 10 minutes||318 persons|
|Westernland||Country Bear Theater||Theater type, OK on rainy days,||about 15 – 17 minutes||306 persons|
|Mark Twain Riverboat||Transportation, ideal to go in evening||about 12 minutes||475 persons|
|Tom Sawyer Island Rafts||Transportation||about 1.5 – 3 minutes||55 persons per raft|
|Fantasyland||Alice’s Tea Party||Rotates/ Spins||about 1.5 minutes||4 persons per cup|
|It’s a Small World||Boat ride||about 10 minutes||20 persons per boat|
|Castle Carousel||Rotates/ Spins, must be able to sit without assistance||about 2 minutes||72 persons|
|Dumbo The Flying Elephant||Rotates/ Spins, must be able to sit without assistance||about 1.5 minutes||2 persons per vehicle|
|Pinocchio’s Daring Journey||Transportation, Go through darkness,||about 2 minutes||4 persons per vehicle|
|Peter Pan’s Flight||Transportation, Go through darkness, cannot ride with child on lap||about 2.5 minutes||2 persons per galleon|
|Pooh’s Hunny Hunt (FP Attraction)||Transportation, Loud sounds, Go through darkness, Cannot ride with child on lap||about 4.5 minutes||5 persons per hunny pot|
|Mickey’s PhilharMagic||Theater type, 3D film effects, OK on rainy days, Loud sounds, Go through darkness,||about 15 min. (Show Duration: about 11 min.)||454 persons|
Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House
|Experiential Attractions, OK on rainy days,||about 1.5 min||8 persons per applicator|
|Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse||Experiential Attraction|
|Toon Park||Experiential Attraction|
|Donald’s Boat||Experiential Attraction|
|Minnie’s House||Experiential Attraction|
|Tommorowland||Stitch Encounter||Theater type, OK on rainy days, Loud sounds, Go through darkness||about 12 mins||160 persons|
|Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters (FP Attraction)||Loud sounds, Go through darkness||about 4 mins||3 persons per vehicle|
|Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek!||Transportation, Loud sounds, Go through darkness, Cannot ride with child on lap||about 4 mins||3 persons per car|
parades and shows
Not to be missed this time would be the famed Daytime Parade “Happiness is Here”. Again, there’s something magical about parades and being upfront with all the characters. Oh which reminds me, I need to pack a ground sheet for the trip!! If memory does not fail me, the parade is about 3pm but do check their daily schedule. Crowds start lining the parade route as early as 1pm odd so if you want a good view, that’s probably what you need to do as well.
We missed the evening parade the last time which starts at 7pm as it was way too cold and the girls were already tired. This time round, I hope Bubba will have enough energy to last.
Flavours and Location
I’m planning to bring these popcorn buckets that we got from our last trip along for this trip and fill them instead. Purchase of a new bucket is about 1,600 yen and refills (if you bring your own bucket) is almost less than half the price. I can’t recall so I will update after our trip!
|Popcorn Flavours||Location in Disneyland||Personal Rating|
|Caramel||In front of Sweetheart Café|
|Next to The Gazebo|
|In front of the Polynesian Terrace Restaurant|
|Soy Sauce & Butter||In front of Café Orleans||2/5
Acquired taste, can give it a miss for other flavours
|In front of the dock for Mark Twain Restaurant|
|Next to Treausre Cornet|
|Curry||Next to Trading Post|
|Salt||Next to Chuck Wagon|
|Milk Chocolate||Next to Castle Carousel|
|Honey||In front of Pooh’s Hunny Hunt||5/5
Bubba loves this! Us too!
There are a total of 46 restaurants located inside the park. Our last trip saw Bubba snacking on ice-cream, chips, popcorn and all things junk plus her staple of milk. I tried to feed her some child-friendly curry rice but that was rejected over a bag of corn chips. At the end of the day, I felt so bad for feeding her with all this junk food here’s a list of short-listed restaurants / cafes that we are planning to head to to fuel up.
|Location in Disneyland||Restaurant||Description||Price|
|World Bazaar||Great American Waffle Company||Disney character motif, Mickey-shaped, Sweets for takeout||1000 yen or less|
|Center Street Coffeehouse||Breakfast menu, Meat Patty, Disney character motif||From 1000 – 2000 yen|
|Westernland||The Diamond Horseshoe||Course meal / Set meal, Disney character motif, Mickey-shaped||From 2000 – 5000 yen|
|Plaza Pavilion Restaurant||Children’s menu available||From 1000 – 2000 yen|
|Critter County||Rackety’s Raccoon Saloon||Mickey-shaped, Snack for takeout, Sweets for takeout, Hot Dog, Churro / Tipo Torta, Ice Cream||1000 yen or less|
|Fantasy Land||Queen of Hearts Banquet Hal||Children’s menu available||From 1000 – 2000 yen|
|Tomorrow Land||Tomorrowland Terrace||Hamburger / Sandwich, Disney character motif, Mickey-shaped, Soup||1000 yen or less|
Disneyland in Tokyo is a shopper’s paradise. There are a total of 46 different stores scattered throughout the park catering to virtually your every need. Our last trip saw us stocking up on Mickey shaped chips, pasta chips and Winnie the Pooh shaped cookies and Mickey Mouse stuffed toy for the Bub. Mama Libby bagged some really cool stuff from the stores there so this trip, here are the specialty shops that I will definitely be keeping a lookout for!
It’s like only 3 shops so hopefully the Man won’t grumble. Hehe..
|Location in Disneyland||Store||Description|
|World Bazaar||The Home Store||Interior products, Snacks, Umbrellas, Rain ponchos, Digital media, Battery charger for mobile phones, Batteries, Disposable diapers, Stockings, Pocket tissues, Ice packs|
|Fantasy Land||Pooh Corner||Interior products, Snacks, Stationery, Items for babies / small children, Umbrellas, Ice packs|
|Baby Mine||Items for babies / small children, Umbrellas, Rain ponchos, Rain cover for strollers, Disposable diapers, Stockings, Pocket tissues, Ice packs|
Okay, 1 down and 2 more theme parks (Tokyo Disney Sea and Universal Studios Osaka) left to research. I’m getting all pumped up about our Disney trip. Bubba’s got her costume this time round so I’m hoping she will be cooperative enough to put it on. Wish us luck!
Note: Information taken from Tokyo Disney site.