Published: October 7, 2013 at 4:56 PMGreat article! I enjoyed reading every line of it and how the language barrier isn't always a huge burden in the Japanese parks. Glad you two had a wonderful time overseas! I hope to visit both USJ and TDR sometime in the next decade!
Published: October 7, 2013 at 6:40 PMHow were the crowds compared to the Florida versions of the parks?
Published: October 7, 2013 at 7:46 PMI loved going on the Raging Spirits coaster, in the Latin American-themed Lost River Delta land. The ride attendants yell "Adios, Amigos" - in a heavy Japanese accent - as your train leaves the station. I can't begin to describe or recreate Japanese-accented Spanish, but it's not to be missed. ;^)
When my train got back, I decided to say something in Spanish back to the CMs in the load station (thanks, have a nice day, or something like that), and, of course, they looked at me as if I were speaking Martian. Good times.
Published: October 7, 2013 at 11:03 PMI've traveled internationally multiple times for work and have never worried about the language barrier. Even though I only speak English, I've always been accompanied by work colleagues who spoke the local language natively. However, when contemplating a solo trip to a foreign theme park, my concerns over the language barrier go up exponentially. Thanks for the great article and demonstrating that with some basic planning and common sense, it can be done and still be enjoyable.
Published: October 8, 2013 at 5:09 AMGlad you liked the article, guys!
@24.144... We visited in early July, right before the summer "busy season" begins (when most Japanese schools go on break). For shoulder season, it was comparable to the U.S. parks. That said, some Fastpasses and show tickets were still hard to come by (something I wrote about for TPI: http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/201308/3624/)
@Robert - Funny stuff. That reminds me of when we were in line for Raging Spirits. A group of Japanese teenagers in front of us were repeatedly using "Adios" as a greeting for anyone they saw and laughing themselves silly.
Published: October 8, 2013 at 7:38 AMWhat a great article. I appreciate your insight and experiences. My wife and I have discussed such a trip and language was our biggest concern. I had found a video of the Jungle Cruise in English at Tokyo Disneyland on Youtube and thought maybe they did cruises in English. Perhaps that was just a special cruise that was recorded.
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Published: October 8, 2013 at 11:43 AMHaving been lucky enough to visit all the big Florida theme parks, my daughter now lives in Japan near Tokyo and I think I should pay her a visit! I've not been too fussed about visiting Japan up to now, but Disney and Universal? Book me a flight!
Published: October 8, 2013 at 2:39 PMOooh! I just loved this column. I do not think I will ever be able to afford to go to Japan (certainly not until my kids are out of the house) so I kind of depend on columns like this to know what the Japanese parks are like. This column made me feel like I was there! Excellent writing and such a fun treat for the day. Write more about Japan please!!!!
Published: October 8, 2013 at 5:09 PMThis was an early Christmas gift. Thank you, it was incredibly helpful for me, who in the not too distant future will start planning a trip to these theme parks in Japan. I have learned more about these parks from your columns here on TPI than anywhere else.
Now I know they speak Spanish in the Indy ride and in that surrounding area in DisneySea. Who knew?! As someone who speaks fluent Spanish, it sure is going to be crazy to hear Spanish in a Disney theme park in Japan!
Published: October 11, 2013 at 2:13 PMgreat review! i went to tokyo disney and tokyo disneysea last year and i had a blast. the language barrier was no issue 99% of the time. everything described is on point with what i experienced. i have to say, these two parks were my favorite disney parks out of all the disney parks. the only parks i haven't been to are the two in paris. the tokyo parks were just so clean, everyone was so friendly, the children were so well behaved and the castmembers worked so well together to make sure the lines moved efficiently. i can't say the same for hk disney.
on another note, i can speak cantonese so it was nice to be able to understand and experience hk disneyland in cantonese.
i can't wait for shanghai disney. too bad i can't speak/understand mandarin. that should be an interesting theme park visit.