I'm sure, given the opportunity, I'd go and love every second, but you're really not selling it to me Bryan.......
If you really want to write an article about FastPass in Tokyo then explain how to use the system without the loophole!
I agree with the other posters comment. This article doesn't make me want to visit Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. Forget it!
I can't imagine putting that much time into a day that is supposed to be fun and relaxing.
You must be pretty brave to visit Japan. I would have next day aired my Soeks Geiger counter to you just so you could take a couple of readings. They don't measure in microsieverts over there any more, it's millisieverts....
The only attraction I waited more than an hour to ride was Monsters Inc., which I foolishly left for late in the day.
So if you long for the days before Fastpass led people to hyperschedule every freaking moment of their day in a Disney theme park, here's another reason to love Tokyo Disney. Your "best" case scenario there is to get a couple Fastpasses. Then it's old-fashioned stand-by queues for the rest of the day.
Better yet, with big crowds sucked into Fastpass queues, you can blow through a ton of great attractions first thing in the morning, if you arrive at the turnstiles early enough and beeline straight for the big stuff. I knocked off 20K, Raging Sprits and Journey twice early in the day at DisneySea.
Of course, I understand that the 1.5 hours is "extra time" before the park opens, so if you were going to run out of time during park hours, adding 1.5 hours of wait time could be worth it.
I suspect the same thing as Robert - less Fastpasses are distributed in Tokyo, so that plays a part. Plus, cast members are crazy-efficient. However, I saved more than 45 minutes with most of my Fastpasses. Monsters Inc. was often a 2-hour wait, Star Tours was almost constantly 90 minutes, ditto Splash, Big Thunder and Pooh. In DisneySea, Tower of Terror was near the 2-hour mark from 9:30 until close and Journey hovered at 80-90 minutes for most of the day. This was not high season, so we reaped the benefits of the moderate crowds with many 5-minute (or less) waits at attractions that were not offering Fastpass (either that day or ever) - Sindbad, StormRider, 20,000 Leagues, Aquatopia, Pirates, Snow White, Roger Rabbit and more.