Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland

Disney's first theme park outside the United States, Tokyo Disneyland opened April 15, 1983 and drew nearly 18 million visitors in 2019, making it the third most-visited theme park in the world. Though Tokyo Disneyland looks much like Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, there are several notable differences: World Bazaar, covered by a glass-and-steel canopy, occupies the Main Street space, while Westernland replaces Frontierland. An expansion in 2020 added a new "Beauty and the Beast"-themed area to Fantasyland, along with new attractions in Toontown and Tomorrowland.

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Top 10

  1. Enchanted Tale of Beauty of the Beast
    Trackless dark ride in Fantasyland
  2. Pooh's Hunny Hunt
    Trackless dark ride in Fantasyland
  3. Splash Mountain
    "Song of the South"-themed log flume ride located in Critter Country. (Unlike with the U.S. versions, there are no announced plans to change this installation to a "The Princess and the Frog" theme.) Height requirement: 40 inches.
  4. Haunted Mansion
    Dark ride located in Fantasyland. Changes to the "Holiday Nightmare" overlay at Christmas. (If you wanted to see Disneyland's "Nightmare Before Christmas" overlay on Disney World's version of the Mansion, this is it.)
  5. Monsters Inc. Ride and Go Seek
    Interactive dark ride in Tomorrowland
  6. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    Outdoor family roller coaster located in Frontierland. Height requirement: 40 inches
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean
    Indoor boat ride located in Adventureland
  8. Space Mountain
    Indoor family roller coaster located in Tomorrowland. Height requirement: 40 inches
  9. It's a Small World
    Indoor boat ride located in Fantasyland
  10. Jungle Cruise
    Narrated, outdoor boat ride located in Westernland

In addition to the new Beauty and the Beast ride, Tokyo Disneyland in 2020 added The Happy Ride with Baymax in Tomorrowland - Disney's first ride themed to "Big Hero 6," though the spinner ride is basically a clone of Alien Swirling Saucers and Mater's Junkyard Jamboree.

One of the park's unique features is its Western River Railroad, which circles Adventureland and Westernland, instead of the entire park.


Tokyo Disneyland's parade is Dreaming Up. Other shows include Country Bear Theater, The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents 'Aloha E Komo Mai!', and Mickey's PhilharMagic. Meet-and-greets include the new Minnie's Style Studio in Toontown.

New this year is Mickey's Magical Music World, a live musical in the park's new Fantasyland Forest Theatre.


Top recommendations

  • Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall
    "Alice in Wonderland"-themed cafeteria in Fantasyland
  • Grandma Sara's Kitchen
    Counter service located next to Splash Mountain in Critter Country
  • Pan Galactic Pizza Port
    Counter service pizzas in Tomorrowland - made in the PZ-5000 pizza-making machine, run by Tony Solaroni from the Spumoni Galaxy


To reach the Tokyo Disney Resort, take the JR (Japan Railway) Keiyo Line/Musashino Line to Maihama Station. Or take a bus from Narita Airport, purchasing your ticket at the Airport Limousine Bus Ticket Counter in the Narita Airport Arrival Lobby.