Whether you're visiting Tokyo Disneyland for the first time, or you're a regular visitor, there are plenty of interesting facts you'll want to know about. This article will cover some of them.
Located in Tokyo Disneyland, World Bazaar is a themed shopping area, complete with restaurants, shops and attractions. This is a great way to begin your visit, especially if you are trying to find your way around the park.
The World Bazaar at Tokyo Disneyland is a cross-shaped layout, which makes navigation much easier. It links three themed "Lands": Westernland, Adventureland, and Tomorrowland.
The layout of the World Bazaar at Tokyo Disneyland is very similar to the one at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. The major difference is that it doesn't have the train station at the entrance. However, there is still a steam powered railway running through Westernland.
The World Bazaar at Tokyo Disney is a fun place to shop, with an overwhelming number of stores. Guests can find everything from Japanese cuisine to plush toys.
Located behind Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, Toontown is a cartoon town that is populated by the carTOON characters. The buildings are all designed in an exaggerated cartoon style, with rounded edges and bright colors.
The town is home to a couple of attractions, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin and Goofy's Paint n Play House. Both are unique to Tokyo and allow visitors to meet the cartoon characters.
In addition to the rides, Toontown is home to Huey, Dewey, and Louie's Good Time Cafe, a counter service restaurant that serves pizza and sandwiches. The cafe also features outdoor seating.
The Jolly Trolley is a cute attraction that offers an alternative way to travel around Toontown. This ride takes eight passengers on a one-way trip around the town. The ride lasts for two and a half minutes.
Ports of Call
Located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, Tokyo DisneySea opened its doors in 2001. It's one of the best theme parks in the world. Compared to its global counterparts, it's much more mature in style, and features rides and attractions suitable for all ages. It also has more table service restaurants than its Disneyland counterpart.
The park has seven themed zones, or "ports of call", that are inspired by famous harbours and seaside locations from around the world. There's the Arabian Coast, the Swiss Family Treehouse, Mermaid Lagoon, Western River Railroad, the Lost River Delta, and the American Waterfront. There's also the new Frozen Kingdom, which is based on the Frozen movie.
The park also has a few notable attractions. One is the Fantasmic Nighttime Show, which features lasers and fireworks. The other is the Journey to the Center of the Earth, an underground volcano and vehicle ride.
Pooh's Hunny Hunt
Located in Tokyo Disneyland, Pooh's Hunny Hunt is one of the most popular attractions at the park. It features a trackless ride system that is unique to the park. The attraction was opened in September 2000. It is based on the 1977 Disney animated film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
After a brief introduction to the Pooh story, guests enter Rabbit's Howse, a building that has many references to the stories. Several pages from the storybook are displayed on a wall. There are also illustrations.
Guests then enter a house that is decorated to look like a garden shed. Among the items on display are a large book with a picture and an accompanying written introduction. There is also a large queue area that is divided by concrete pages from the storybook.
Suspension of disbelief
Despite a plethora of themed attractions, the Tokyo Disney Resort has managed to keep the crowds at bay. The aforementioned pandemic has seen to that. The big name attractions, like the Magical Kingdom have been relegated to the rearseat, while the park's lesser known sister properties have been given the heave-ho. In an effort to ward off the plague, the powers that be have decided to dial back the old school shenanigans to a palatable degree. This has led to the closure of several attractions and the detainment of the happiest princess in town. It's a shame, as this particular incarnation of Disneyland is one of the few places where a visitor can be certain that they are in the company of the good old boys. The park's latest scare may be a blessing in disguise, however, as it allows the Parks to refocus its attention on the more profitable parts of the operation.