Ever wondered if you could do a Disney park in Japan while flying in on the same day? The answer is YES, YOU CAN!
If you are an avid Disney fan who owns many Disney ears (like me) or simply curious to see what the hype is all about, here’s your guide to doing Tokyo Disney in a single day.
Finding cheap flights to Tokyo from Daegu during a weekend is relatively easy. T’way Air is the MVP for affordable flights and provides many direct routes to Tokyo from Daegu. Also, their customer service is incredible. The best customer service I have ever experienced with any airline.
The great thing is that there are direct buses from Narita Airport that will take you Disneyland or DisneySea. The bus stop depends on which terminal you arrive in.
Terminal 1: Bus Stop No. 5
Terminal 2: Bus Stop No. 12
Terminal 3: Bus stop No. 6
The buses come every 30 minutes and take about an hour to an hour and a half (depending on traffic) to get to Disney.
A one-way ticket will cost you 1,800¥ (17,500W)
If you’ve been to Disneyland before, I would opt for DisneySea.
I recommend Disneyland if you’ve never been. DisneySea has a bit more of an adult vibe with bigger rides, alcohol, and a park unique to Japan. If you’ve been to Disneyland before, I would opt for DisneySea. It’s so lovely during the day and breathtaking during the evening. Also, you can catch some excellent shows in the lagoon.
If you are going the same day you fly in, you’ll probably not be able to get fast passes for the rides. I recommend you purchase starlight tickets. These tickets will give you entry to one of the parks for a discounted price of 5,400¥ (52,500W).
You can only buy the tickets on the Disney website if you’re card is 3-D secure. Mine wasn’t and after calling the bank I still wasn’t able to purchase the tickets in advance. No worries though, there was no line at the park, and we got in at precisely 3pm.
However, if you feel more comfortable buying the tickets in advance, try the klook website. Unfortunately, you can’t get starlight passports on the site. They are sold at the full price of 6,900¥ (67,000W).
You could return to DisneySea, check out the other park, or even head into the city and enjoy a bit of Tokyo.
If you are planning on going back to Narita that same night (which is what I did), you cannot stay until the park closes. This is because the trains stop running and returning to the airport becomes a hassle. A taxi is always an option, but according to the internet, the fee is astronomically expensive.
We left the park by 9:30pm and rode a series of trains to get back to our accommodation, which was inside the airport.
I don’t recommend this. If your trip is specifically to visit Disney, I suggest booking a place to sleep near the park and catching the bus early to Narita the next day. You could return to DisneySea, check out the other park, or even head into the city and enjoy a bit of Tokyo.
If you need to get back to Narita the night of your trip, these are the trains to take:
1.Get on the Sports Park [Urayasu Maihama] subway stop (located 5 minutes away from DisneySea)
2. Get off at Urayasu Station.
3. Take the Tozai Line towards Toyo-Katsutadai
4. Get off at Toyo-Katsutadai
5. Walk to Katsutadai Station
6. Take Keisei Line Limited Express towards Narita-Airport
7. Get off at Narita Airport Terminal 2-3
VOILA! You have done Tokyo Disney in a day! I suggest going with other Disney fans because the experience will be a hundred times more fun. Don’t forget your gear!
Written and Photographed by Jo Hao