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Tokyo Disneyland Guide: 10 Essential (And Muslim-Friendly!) Tips For An Amazing Adventure

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Have Halal Will Travel  •  Jun 11, 2015

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Updated: 6 Dec 2019 If you’re a first-timer to Japan, there’s a good chance you’ll be visiting the famous Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea! From thrilling rides and meeting Disney characters to exciting parades and cute merchandise, you’re in for the best time of your life as you go on this magical journey 😄 Credit: GIPHY Visiting both parks comes highly recommended but if you want a more classic Disney experience, then Tokyo Disneyland is your answer! We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks that you should know to enhance your Disney experience and since Tokyo DisneySea is unique on its own, we have a separate guide that you should check out as well if you’re thinking of visiting the two parks.
How to get to Tokyo Disneyland
Before we get into the details, here’s a brief guide on getting to Tokyo Disneyland. Alight at Maihama Station on the JR (Japan Railway) Keiyo Line/Musashino Line. From Maihama Station, walk for 5 minutes to the main entrance of Tokyo Disneyland.
1. Book Your Tokyo Disneyland Ticket In Advance
 When travelling to popular attractions, queues are unavoidable and Tokyo Disneyland is no exception. Long lines are an absolute nightmare for any traveller, especially when it’s the peak travel season. However, there’s a way for you to skip the exhausting queues and that’s by booking in advance with Changi Recommends! With pre-purchased tickets, all you have to do is pick up the tickets at Maihama Station anywhere between 8.30am to 1pm before visiting the park and then walk straight into Tokyo Disneyland without queueing up.  If you prefer to maximise your day by entering the park closer to its opening time (check the park calendar for opening hours as it may vary across different days), plan to arrive earlier so you can be the first few visitors to obtain your ticket.  #HHWTTip: If you’re looking for more ways to cut down on your expenses, then why not make reservations for your accommodation ahead of time as well? After a day’s worth of adventure, a comfy hotel room is the perfect end to your fun-filled experience. Book your home away from home using our promo code HOTELHHWT10 to enjoy 20% off your hotel bookings made by 31 Jan 2020 for check in by 31 May 2020 (with a minimum spending of SGD500).
2. Check The Park Calendar
As a rule of thumb, avoid visiting Tokyo Disneyland during the weekends and public holidays. Also, visiting any one of the Disney parks during the Golden Week (usually between end-April to mid-May) is another period where making a trip to the park isn’t the best idea.  #HHWTTrip: Consider checking the crowd forecast before deciding which day to visit the theme park!
3. Dine At Red Lobster in Tokyo Disney Resort
Credit: Food Diversity  Replenish the energy you spent screaming on fun rides by dining at Red Lobster at Tokyo Disney Resort. Now offering a Muslim-friendly menu, Muslim travellers can make their way to this eatery that’s situated at Ikspiari, a shopping mall located between Maihama station and the Disney Ambassador Hotel.
Credit: Food Diversity Muslim-friendly menu at Red Lobster, Tokyo Disney Resort:
  • Beef bowl
  • Butter chicken curry
  • Vegetable penne
Since Red Lobster is located outside the park, make sure to have your hand stamped when you exit so that you’ll be able to return again later on the same day. Upon re-entry, enter through the admission gates. Do note that a valid park ticket and a handstamp are required upon your return.  Halal status:  Muslim-friendly menu available. All ingredients in the Muslim-friendly menu are from halal-certified suppliers and although it’s prepared in the same kitchen as non-halal meals, separate kitchenware is used to prepare the meals. Do note that dining utensils are the same as non-halal meals but you can request for disposable utensils.  While the park does not have any eateries serving halal meals at the moment, there are some eateries with seafood and vegetarian options.  Disclaimer: Do note that the following eateries may serve pork and alcohol on their menu. We recommend that you dine at your own discretion.
Tokyo Disneyland has a few seafood and vegetarian food options:
  • Pan Galactic Pizza Port - Seafood cream calzone
  • Eastside Cafe - Vegetarian course
Halal status: While these eateries serve seafood and vegetarian options, do note that cross-contamination may occur since it's prepared in the same kitchen as non-halal meals. Also, we recommend that you check with the staff to confirm that there are no meat derivatives in the food. Dining utensils used are also the same as non-halal meals. We recommend that you dine at your discretion.
4. Perform Prayers In Tokyo Disneyland
Located by the entrance of the park, drop by Main Street House and request for a prayer spot. The friendly staff will assist you in providing a space so you can perform your prayers in peace. Taking a moment to recharge after all the fun you had is certainly rewarding. #HHWTTip:  Do remember to bring your own prayer mat, Qibla compass and garments.   
5. Beat The Queues With A FASTPASS
The reality of visiting Tokyo Disneyland is that you’re going to queue a lot especially when it comes to the more popular rides and attractions. FASTPASS is a great way to skip ahead of long lines and save your precious time.  Visitors can get a FASTPASS from the ticket machine at certain attractions in the theme park. Each pass will state a fixed timing where you can return to enjoy the ride. However, do note that you’re only able to obtain the FASTPASS for the next ride after you’ve completed the one you currently have on hand. 
There are 8 FASTPASS attractions at Tokyo Disneyland:
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Pooh’s Hunny Hut
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
  • Space Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
  • Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek!
Feeling overwhelmed about which rides to prioritise? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our very own FASTPASS battle strategy:
  • Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek! Is an extremely popular ride at Tokyo Disneyland. So make your way to this attraction for your first FASTPASS. After that, get into the standby queue for Pooh’s Hunny Hut.
  •  After Pooh’s Hunny Hut, head over to Splash Mountain to join the standby queue. 
  • Your FASTPASS will state the time when you obtain your next one, so take note of the time and get ready to grab your next FASTPASS then!
  • Remember to check the schedule for show timings, wait times or if a ride has been temporarily closed by using your Wi-Fi (more about this soon!). This way, you’ll be able to strategically plan which FASTPASS ticket to get next.
  • From our past experiences, FASTPASS tickets for Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Pooh’s Hunny Hut and Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek! Run out the fastest, so do try to get these as early as you can!
6. Secure Your Wi-Fi Before Arriving In Japan
In Tokyo Disneyland, Wi-Fi is only available in selected areas throughout the park and valid for 15 minutes in each session. So, instead of having to reconnect hundreds of times to check wait times of different attractions, it’s so much easier to get yourself ChangiWifi in advance, if you’re travelling from Singapore! To ensure that you’re all set even before embarking on your trip, book your WiFi router ahead of time with Changi Recommends . This way, you can collect it at any one of their booths across all of Changi Airport’s terminals. With ChangWifi, you’ll not only have seamless connection but also high-speed unlimited data. Using this service, you can get updates of wait times and snap all the Insta-worthy spots of the park to your heart’s content.  #HWWTTip: Travelling by 30 Apr 2020? Use promo code 10OFFHALAL to cut down on travel expenses and enjoy a hassle-free trip. Do note that you have to book by 29 Feb 2020 with a minimum of 4 rental days in Japan.
7. Watch Special Shows Using The Lottery System
Credit: @coro0118 on Instagram Similar to Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo Disneyland has special shows where you can get reserved seats. You can queue up for the first show, but winning a reserved seat to the show’s other timings can help you make the most out of your day. With only one attempt given, make your way to Tomorrowland Hall where the lottery is located at and try your luck! Choose from one of the two specials shows that provide reserved seats by lottery:
  • One Man’s Dream II - The Magic Lives On
  • Let’s Party Gras!
8. Arrive Early For Parades And Shows
 Tokyo Disneyland is known for its iconic parades and shows, which is why you can expect a huge crowd gathered park-wide to witness the spectacle. Join the early birds to stake out the best viewing spots so you can comfortably enjoy the parades and take some cool photos.  One of the main highlights is the Dreaming Up! Daytime parade where you’ll see Mickey and his Disney friends waving to the crowd. There’s also a nighttime parade called Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights, if you decide to come with your After 6 Passport (where you spend your evenings at Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea on weekdays after 6PM).
9. Avoid Park Visits On Launch Days Of Seasonal Merchandise
Disney merchandise is one of the must-haves whenever you make a trip to Tokyo Disneyland. With that being said, it has been known that people intentionally visit the park just for these items, especially the more popular characters that are released during seasonal times like Christmas, Spring, Halloween and Tanabata Festival. Products that are available only within a limited time are guaranteed to attract a huge crowd, so it’s better to avoid visiting the park on launch days.  If you happen to miss the seasonal lineup, there are still other awesome souvenirs you can take home! With 43 shops across the theme park, release your inner shopaholic by browsing through the various t-shirts, soft toys and more! 
10. Try Out Different Flavoured Popcorn
It’s not very often that you get to try various popcorn flavours but at Tokyo Disneyland, you can find them easily! Do check with the park for the ingredients used as the flavours may change from time to time. If you want to be on the safer side, go for Muslim-friendly flavours like the salt or honey flavoured popcorn.
What makes these delicious popcorn even more tempting is the extremely cool refillable popcorn buckets. Each popcorn cart features different bucket designs, so check out the different carts to find the bucket you like before you make your purchase.  #HHWTTip: If you plan on getting a few rounds of popcorn, we recommend getting the adorable popcorn buckets as refills are more valuable for money!
BONUS: Make Your Trip A Stress-Free Vacation
Travel has many positive perks - admiring new places, tasting foreign food and meeting friendly locals. However, we’re here to gently remind you that not all travelling experiences are like a bed of roses. Unfortunate situations can happen and there’s no telling when or how they may occur. To ensure that you’re prepared for any travel nightmares, we recommend getting Hyfe Assure Travel Insurance from Changi Recommends . With this plan, you’ll get a comprehensive coverage for all travel-related incidents, including loss of personal money and documents. If that happens, you can get instant claims of up to SGD200* at Changi Recommends’ counters.  *Disclaimer: While Changi Recommends is offering SGD200 instant claim from their counters, you might need to provide official documentation for specific travel-related incidents. For instance, if you’re claiming for the loss of identification card, you must make a police report first before submitting your claim.  #HHWTTip: Just a few clicks away from purchasing HyfeAssure Travel Insurance? use promo code HHWTHYFE19 to get 60% off from any ASEAN, Asia and Worldwide plans (valid until 31 Dec 2019) And there you have it! The tips and tricks you’ll need for your trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Now that you’re armed with this handy guide, all that’s left to do is to enjoy yourself at “The Happiest Place On Earth” 😃 This article is brought to you by Changi Recommends.