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    Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report with Tips! (Day 4 - Final Day!)

    Hello! I'm new to the boards and was recommended by Malin to come here and share my trip to Tokyo Disneyland! I already have some days written up and shared on disboards.

    I have some tips/tricks for those that are on a budget. My trip report is done on my blog because of the videos and photos I have. I find it easier to navigate if everything has their own post!

    I'm copying right from my other post on the other site. I hope you all enjoy it and I'm more than happy to answer any questions or anything! There are 4 days total!

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    Yesterday (June 20th) I returned from a 2 week visit to Tokyo, Japan! I was supposed to be there for a month but some personal things came up and had to return home early. But in any case I got to visit Tokyo Disneyland for 4 days total! Spent two days in each park. It was a fantastic time and was my 2nd Disney Trip this year! My first trip was to WDW in May as a graduation present.

    Visiting Disneyland was not part of my original plan when I booked this visit back in March. After my very first visit to WDW in May I *had* to visit Tokyo Disneyland. My friend and I made it work and it was money well spent.

    About myself:

    I am a recent University Graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.Sc in Computer Science. I recently fell in love with Disney again after "growing" out of it in my teens and early 20s. Now I am fascinated with Disney once more and loving every minute. Japan has always fascinated me and back in 2003-2004 I decided to do a Student Exchange to the prefecture of Tochigi for 6 months as a High School student. It was the best 6 months ever! This past trip was to visit some of my old friends that I met while living there.

    Past Trip Report

    If you wish you can read my past trip report here. It's all about my very first visit to WDW. Plenty of photos and videos to keep you entertained. Don't mind the bad grammar and spelling. I'm a Computer Science major not an English, heh.

    About this trip report

    Of course this will include all the fun things I did in Disneyland along with some tips that I thought of to save some money (who doesn't want to save money) and on how to make your visit to Tokyo Disneyland as painless as possible so you can take in everything there is to offer! Visiting Japan is very expensive and saving money means you can spend more in the Gift Shops!

    I will post links to my blog to keep my trip report easier to find and read. I also love to include music and videos in my posts which is a bit harder and messier to do here.

    There's also a nice trip report by lurkyloo over on her trip report. I will try not to overlap any of the tips she gave

    If there is anything you wish to know about Japan please feel free to ask! About TDL or Japan in general.

    Trip Reports

    Day 1 - Tokyo DisneySea - Fat Hobbit Tokyo DisneySea (June 12th, 2010)

    Day 2 - Tokyo Disneyland - Fat Hobbit Tokyo Disneyland (June 14th, 2010) - Hidden Mickeys and Easter Eggs! With full video of Parades!!

    Day 3 - Tokyo DisneySea Round 2 - Fat Hobbit Tokyo DisneySea Day 2 (June 15th, 2010) – Attack of Chip - Loaded with two GREAT videos! I'm attacked by Chip!

    Day 4 - Tokyo Disneyland Round 2 - Fat Hobbit Tokyo Disneyland Day 2 (June 16th, 2010) ? Final Day in TDL - Videos of the Easter Celebration Parade and Electrical Parade Dreamlights and more!

    Where else to find me

    Twitter - Chris Nilghe (burninlover) on Twitter
    My Fat Hobbit Blog - Fat Hobbit
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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report

    Money Saving Tips

    Cash

    Best thing to do is to have enough cash on hand to pay for your meals and anything else other than Park Tickets and Gifts. Take out money from ATMs from any 7-11 or Post Office. If you can avoid it do not do it at the Airport it'll be expensive with the fees.

    Pay for your Park Tickets and Gifts with your credit card. The fees associated with your credit card will be cheaper than taking money out of an ATM or exchanging.

    My cash on hand was: 20,000 yen which is about $220.

    Train

    Get to Tokyo Station (which is on the Yamanote line) and take the Keiyo Line (red) right to Maihama. Any of the major train stations will have English on the route board if you cannot read Japanese.

    Depending on where you are traveling from the cost will vary from 200 yen to over 1000 yen. But if you are in the Tokyo Area it won't be very much.

    If you are on resort then the only train you'll really need to take is they Disney train to get to DisneySea. Depending on where you are in the resort. There will be clearly labeled signs everywhere for you.

    Gifts

    Use your credit card to make purchases. Try and bundle your purchases together as much as possible to make the amount of fees you pay on your credit card a bit lower than if you make multiple purchases.

    For little nick nack purchases that are rather generic such as pencils, pens, cases, small bags, small towels, and stickers you can skip those in the Disney Resort and purchase them off resort at any 100 Yen Shop in Japan. They sell tons of Official Disney products for 100 yen a piece. They won't have any special items that are sold only in the parks or are seasonal (such as the Easter Celebration items). They also won't have bigger items such as plush, cups, pins, and mickey ears.

    If possible visit one of these 100 yen shops before going to Disneyland and you can buy some items there. Then there's no worrying about "wonder if I can find this at the 100 yen shop". I was able to get over 20 Disney Items for 2000 yen and it's all the same to those people you buy them for. You won't have to spent a lot of money to get everyone something from Disney!

    Cell Phone

    I rented a cell phone since the charges for my iPhone through Rogers Canada was extremely high and over priced. I rented a Softbank phone for 250 yen a day.

    * Incoming texts and calls were free
    * Sending international texts were 150 yen each
    * Sending local SMS were 15 yen
    * Sending email was 1 yen per packet (which was about 128 bytes). It's rather confusing and a very different way to charge than we do in North America

    You can check out the website here. You can book the phone online and pick it up at the airport. Then when you are done just simply drop it off at any Softbank place in Narita Airport.

    Hotel

    While visiting Japan we did not stay on resort. We did a combination of Couch Surfing and a Hostel.

    The hostel we stayed at was Aizuya Inn which was very cheap. It varies on how many people are staying with you, how many nights, and how big of a room you want.

    For two of us staying for 4 nights was 6,000 yen a night for a 4.5 tatami mat room. It's a traditional Japanese room where you sleep on a futon. The washroom, kitchen, and common area are shared. The showers are 100 yen for 5 minutes.

    It is located in Minami-Senju which is a bit of a way from Tokyo Disneyland but very easy to reach by train. There are also many other hostels in Tokyo. This is the one we stayed at and it was enjoyable. The staff were very nice and all spoke English. They are very helpful with any questions you have.

    This is only for those that are a bit more adventurous and are willing to out of their comfort zone in order to save money. It also gives you a feel for how the Japanese live!

    Another method we used was Couch Surfing where you stay with people in their home for free. We used CouchSurfing.org to find a few places to stay.

    Please Note: It is very hard to find a host in Tokyo since it is a very busy place everyone wants to visit from around the world. If you choose this route try and request a place to stay well in advance or if you don't mind traveling a little bit find someone who is just outside of Tokyo. One host we used was just outside Chiba.

    Again this is for adventurous people and that are willing to step outside of their comfort zone.

    I wouldn't recommend this for those traveling with children.

    With a combination of these two methods we were able to save enough money to pay for our Disney Passport Tickets!

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report

    Park Tips

    Before you head to the Park
    Before you head to the park check out the Official Tokyo Disneyland website for information on operation hours and attraction closures. Tokyo Disney Resort: Resort Today

    You can plan your attack better if you know which attractions are closed and when the park opens. Sometimes without warning the park will open later.

    Which days to go?
    Depends on your preference.

    Weekdays
    If you enjoy days where it's not overly busy then go during the week. This is when it is "slow". There are over 32 million in Tokyo alone so the definition of slow is loosely defined here. You will encounter line ups of about 30-60mins on average if you do not have a fast pass. I would get there for park open or shortly there after to ensure you can get some fast passes. Three of the days we went was during the week and fast passes for the most popular attractions were gone by early afternoon and the rest were gone before 4pm.

    Weekends
    I would try and avoid Saturday and Sunday if you can. The parks will be wall to wall people. All the fast passes will be gone before noon and some are gone within the first hour of being open. Prepare yourself for 60-120 min wait times for even the least popular attractions and even higher wait times for the more popular rides.

    If you wish to visit the Duffy Bear store (DisneySea Only) you will have to get a ticket that allows you to come back at a certain time to get into the store. There are a few other stores in DisneySea that sell Duffy Bears but I believe they only sell certain ones. Even then the wait to get into those stores will be a wait.

    Parades/Shows
    Before each Parade or Show check the pamphlet that you are given when entering the park. If you weren't given one simply go to Guest Relations or the gate and ask for one. They will know that you want an English Map right away. So don't worry if you can't speak Japanese.

    Line up for a show at least a good hour or at the very latest half an hour before the show starts. The lines will get super long and you may not get in.

    For Parades they are done a bit differently in Japan than North America. If it is a sunny day you will be asked to sit down to watch the show. For the bigger parades I advise you to get a spot an hour before. People sitting up much more room than people standing up. The good spots along the route will be the first to go. If it is raining you do not have to sit, unless you want to.

    What should I bring to the park?

    Everyone in Japan takes a bag of some sort with them. I'm not the type of person to bring a bag but after my first day in Tokyo Disneyland I brought my backpack. You can put food and drinks in there from outside the park. You can save yourself some money buy bringing your own bottle of water and some snacks. They do check bags but not as throughly as in Disney World. They will open your bag take a quick peek and that's it.

    Also if you can bring an umbrella and a raincoat. The umbrella can be used in the rain or when it's sunny. Sitting in the sun waiting for a parade with an umbrella is nice. Raincoats are sold in the park for 500 yen a piece for a plain plastic one. Or you can get fancy and purchase a Mickey or Minnie Raincoat but it'll cost you 2500 yen. You can get a cheap umbrella and raincoat in any Japanese store really cheap. Don't worry about feeling awkward or weird if you use these. Everyone in Japan uses them on a regular basis.

    If you want to be hip and cool then when you finally purchase your Duffy bear from DisneySea make sure to have it stick out of your bag to show everyone how Japanese you are! It's so fun to see how many people do this. I got myself a Duffy Bear and did the same thing!

    Weather

    As like every other Disney Park everything is subject to change depending on the weather. If you go to the park during the Rainy season which is June/July then expect a few shows to be cancelled or altered. The only parade that was cancelled due to rain was the Electrical Parade and the nightly fireworks. Everything else was altered to fit the weather. When the fireworks in Disneyland were cancelled due to wind there was a small appearance by Mickey and friends dancing in their raincoats and umbrellas! It was super cute.

    Attractions to get Fast Passes for RIGHT AWAY

    DisneySea - Indiana Jones, Tower of Terror, & Storm Rider
    Disneyland - Monsters Inc. Hide and Go Seek (these were gone within an hour of park open), Pooh's Honey Hunt, & Space Mountain

    Some of the attractions in Disneyland do not take fast passes compared to Disney World. Such as Snow White, Peter Pan, and It's A Small World.

    An hour before closing time you can walk onto almost any ride. But you would have to go quickly to get in some of your favorite rides before closing.

    Hope these tips help! If I can think of any more of if anyone thinks I'm missing anything I'll add em!

    Should I know Japanese?

    It's not a necessity for visiting the park. The cast members that need to know English will. Such as those selling Park Passes and Guest Relations will know English. For ordering food everything is displayed in English below the Japanese. Even then the person taking your order will pull out a menu for you to point at if they can't understand you.

    For rides before going onto the attraction they will *always* ask how many people. So just use your fingers to show how many people. Most times they will tell you in English what number and show you on their fingers.

    Most of the attractions and parades will be in Japanese. So you may not understand a lot of it. Don't worry it's still incredibly enjoyable!

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report

    Thank you for posting. Most of the information you provided has already been covered here many times over, but it's nice to have it all put together in such condensed form.

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report

    Hey Corbisblue great to see you posting on here. Once again amazing trip report. The pictures and videos were very cool and its really getting me in the mood for my upcoming trip. 49 days to go

    We have a lot of Members going away very soon. So your thread is most welcomed. Hope it can be of some help to people. Like TDLFAN says most of the information has been posted over and over again but is all over the place in the various thousands of threads we have made over the years. So its a great help to have all the information together in one place.

    Very suprised to see no one else comment on the trip report. May be missed with all the other great advice being given in your thread. The links again are here.

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    Fat Hobbit Tokyo DisneySea (June 12th, 2010)

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    Day 3 - Tokyo DisneySea Round 2 - Fat Hobbit Tokyo DisneySea Day 2 (June 15th, 2010) – Attack of Chip - Loaded with two GREAT videos! I'm attacked by Chip!

    Thanks for joining us on here and welcome to MiceChat

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report

    Quote Originally Posted by Malin View Post
    Hey Corbisblue great to see you posting on here. Once again amazing trip report. The pictures and videos were very cool and its really getting me in the mood for my upcoming trip. 49 days to go

    We have a lot of Members going away very soon. So your thread is most welcomed. Hope it can be of some help to people. Like TDLFAN says most of the information has been posted over and over again but is all over the place in the various thousands of threads we have made over the years. So its a great help to have all the information together in one place.

    Very suprised to see no one else comment on the trip report. May be missed with all the other great advice being given in your thread. The links again are here.

    Thanks for joining us on here and welcome to MiceChat
    Thank you for the kind words. I still have ONE more day left. Just keeping everyone in suspense! The parades give me goosebumps each time I watch them.
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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report

    Nice write up, looking forward to see how it ends, I wanna go in a year or two, and most likely be on a budget!

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report

    Great report so far! I'm looking forward to more.
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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report

    GOOD!
    Itīs great to hints on how to plan a cheap stay in Tokyo and visit to Disney there. Most people think that Japan has to be too expansive and that it is hard to travel there. Japan is easy and for EVERYBODY. All it takes is will.
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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report

    Your advice on getting FastPasses at DisneySea is a bit off: Journey to the Center of the Earth or Tower of Terror are the first places you should go. Because Indy is all the way at the back of the park, you can grab a FastPass at Journey on the way to Indy, which will still be a walk-on at that point.

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report

    Itīs great to hints on how to plan a cheap stay in Tokyo and visit to Disney there. Most people think that Japan has to be too expansive and that it is hard to travel there. Japan is easy and for EVERYBODY. All it takes is will.
    Thats because everyone insist on staying in expensive hotels like MiraCosta. Flights are no more expensive than other Asia destinations like Bangkok and Singapore, at least from the UK anyway. You can pick up some great combined deals by checking out sites like Expedia too. The only thing in Japan that cost me money when visiting is Disney.
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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report

    Great tips for those who want to save some money- Yes, just about everything in Japan can add up very, very quickly if you don't do a little research.

    I've never thought about trying one of those really small rooms myself since I want some sort of comfort and don't really care about sharing bathrooms/showers-but it is a great way for others to be able to afford the chance to visit Japan and TDR.

    If I ever did try out one of those rooms- where would I put all of my shopping??

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report

    Quote Originally Posted by Fukai View Post
    Your advice on getting FastPasses at DisneySea is a bit off: Journey to the Center of the Earth or Tower of Terror are the first places you should go. Because Indy is all the way at the back of the park, you can grab a FastPass at Journey on the way to Indy, which will still be a walk-on at that point.
    My advice is my point of view and you have to take it how you want. It's what I experienced and I just shared what I thought. Also when I was there JTCE was closed so I never got to see it.
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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report

    Thank you for all the nice feedback everyone! I'll be posting the last day in a couple of days here. Need to upload the rest of the videos to YouTube.
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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland on a Budget Trip Report

    I ALWAYS love to read TRs from Tokyo! I really appreciated seeing the video of Pooh's Hunny Hunt. Thanks so much, and I'm looking forward to your next installment.
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