New Attractions at Disneyland and Tips for the Best Disney Experience
The wonderful world of Tokyo Disney Resort just got even more magical, with new attractions and experiences added at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea over the past three years. As one of Japan's most popular locations, drawing close to 32.5 million combined visitors annually pre-Covid, the theme park welcomes visitors again with exciting expansions.
For an unforgettable and stress-free vacation, here is a nifty guide to help you plan your next trip to Tokyo Disney Resort!
3 New and Revamped Attractions at Tokyo Disneyland to Try in 2023
1. The Happy Ride With Baymax
Join a care robot developed by Hiro that looks just like Baymax and his friends on a wild musical ride that swirls riders around at unpredictable speeds! This is the world’s first attraction focused on Big Hero 6, which was released in Japan as “Baymax”. Accompanied by up-tempo music, this family-friendly ride is sure to make everyone happy.
2. Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast
Board magical teacups that dance to the rhythm of well-known music from the popular animated film Beauty and the Beast. Journey through iconic scenes that feature impressive animatronics and experience the story of Belle and the Beast come to life!
3. Minnie's Style Studio
Get up close to Minnie Mouse in her very own studio, where you get a photo opportunity with the beloved Disney character herself! As a fashion designer, Minnie Mouse will welcome guests while wearing her latest designs that change every season.
Another new nighttime entertainment or show worth queuing up for is ‘Believe! Sea of Dreams’, the brand-new spectacular visual feast at night featuring immersive technologies and dynamic performances!
*Note that certain attractions and shows require an Entry Pass for admission. This is for crowd control and is like a virtual queuing system, which can easily be managed on the Disney Resort App.
5 Tips and Hacks to Plan an Unforgettable Disney Experience
Buy tickets directly through the Tokyo Disney Resort website
To better manage the crowd after the pandemic, tickets are currently not sold at their physical ticketing booths. As of February 2023, only fixed-date tickets can be purchased. The easiest way to get a fixed-date ticket is through the official Tokyo Disney Resort reservation website or other booking websites, where you can purchase up to 2 months in advance. Open Tickets or those without a specified admission date, multi-day tickets, and annual passes are not available for purchase at the moment.
The 1-Day Passport is the best choice for those who want to optimise their experience, but there are also cheaper later-entry and night passes if you do not plan to spend the whole day at the theme park.
Bring pens and a notebook for autographs
Besides the eagerly anticipated photo opportunities, create more memories by having your favourite Disney characters sign your very own autograph book during meet-and-greet sessions! Collecting autographs as you go through the Disney parks is a lot of fun and will become a personalised treasured keepsake after the trip.
Have some snacks to keep hunger at bay
Snack away while you explore the parks. While bringing in food is reserved only for those who have special dietary needs, the park also sells a variety of snacks. Make sure you’re hydrated and have a bottle of water ready with you.
For more substantial meals, both parks have some really amazing restaurants that elevate the Disney experience.
Enjoy an exciting menu of international cuisine at Magellan’s, a magnificent themed restaurant at Tokyo DisneySea, or step into the fantasy world of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and have a feast at the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall at Tokyo Disneyland!
Get Disney Premier Access
While visitors still need to queue up at attractions and greeting facilities, you can avail yourself of Disney Premier Access, which allows guests to book access to certain attractions ahead of time. Some of the attractions that can be accessed through this pass are Splash Mountain, The Happy Ride with Baymax, and Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast.
Downloading the Tokyo Disney Resort App on your smartphone in advance is also recommended, and Entry Requests can conveniently be made once you enter the Park!
More is better than less
To fully enjoy the Disney experience, bring as many items as you need to stay comfortable and store them in the many lockers located inside and outside the park. A mobile power bank, portable fan (for summer), ponchos, towels, and heating pads (for winter) are just some of the essentials. Remember to bring a picnic-style mat or plastic sheet to sit on while waiting for the parade to start too!
Tokyo Disney Resort will also celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a big bang from 15 April 2023 to 31 March 2024! With the theme “Dream-Go-Round”, there will be special entertainment programs, colourful garlands and decorations, limited-edition merchandise and special menus for everyone to enjoy.