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11 Reasons to Stay At The Beach Club Resort, WDW Orlando Florida

Beach Club Resort WDW Florida

11 Reasons to Stay At The Beach Club Resort, WDW Orlando Florida

Enjoy New England-style elegance and easy access to theme parks at The Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Beach Club Resort WDW Florida

The Beach Club Resort is a deluxe category resort at Walt Disney World. The light, bright and airy resort is the perfect base for a theme park holiday due to its many perks.

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Shared amenities

The resort shares many amenities with its more formal sister, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, which expands its offerings of recreational activities and eateries.

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Early Entry into the theme parks

Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels can take advantage of a 30-minute early entry into Walt Disney World theme parks every day.

Valid theme park admission, park reservation and Resort ID are required.

Walking distance to Epcot

One of the best features of Disney’s Beach Club Resort is its close proximity to Epcot. The resort is a 10-minute walk from the International Gateway entrance of the World Showcase at Epcot.

Friendship launch to Disney Hollywood Studios

Take the Friendship boat to Disney Hollywood Studios. The Friendship service is shared with the other Crescent Lake resorts and can take up to 20 minutes.

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Disney Bus Transportation

Most areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort—including theme parks, water parks, Disney Resort hotels and the Disney Springs area—are accessible by complimentary bus transportation. The bus stop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is located across the canal, between the entrance to the Resort hotel and the Convention Center.

Ride the Disney Skyliner

Cruise around Walt Disney World Resort in an aerial gondola. These themed gondolas are a 10 minute walk from the Beach Club Resort, outside the entrance to Epcot.

Swim at Stormalong Bay

The incredible 3-acre water wonderland at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a solid reason for staying at the resort on its own! Stormalong Bay is an incredible outdoor recreation area featuring a life-size shipwreck, pools, lagoons, one of the highest hotel waterslides at WDW, a lazy river, two kiddie pools and three whirlpool spas.

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Guests of the hotel can access the three all-ages pools (each with a whirlpool spa) located throughout Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts.

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Beaches & Cream Soda Shop

This retro-themed soda shop and ice cream parlor is the place to grab a meal or one of their famous desserts, including the “Kitchen Sink”, which is a huge bowl in the shape of a kitchen sink, filled with ice cream, cookies, candy, cake, whipped cream and fruit.

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Offering nostalgic favourites such as flavored sodas, malted milkshakes plus burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches and old fashioned sundaes, the Soda Shop is a popular spot so make sure to book well in advance.

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Light and airy rooms

Disney’s Beach Club Resort has a wide range of rooms and suites that sleep up to six adults, rooms and suites with Club-Level Service that sleep up to 7 adults, deluxe studios (sleep up to 5 adults) and 1- and 2-Bedroom Villas (sleep up to 8 adults).

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Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast

Enjoy a fun character dining experience at Cape May Cafe with Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast.

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Beach Club Marketplace

Start your day with a breakfast sandwich or Mickey waffles. Then fuel up on lunch and dinner with a selection of macaroni and cheese dishes, hot or cold sandwiches, or refreshing salads. You can also buy basic snacks and drinks and a wide range of souvenirs.

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Beach Club Resort
1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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Hotel Review: Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal Studios Cabana Bay Resort Florida

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Enjoy the retro-themed Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort on your next trip to Universal Orlando, Florida.

Universal Studios Cabana Bay Resort Florida

With mid-tier pricing placing this hotel in the “value” category, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort provides excellent value for money with an excellent on-site location, fun 1950s-theming and plenty of amenities to make your stay endlessly fun.

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Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort features two massive pools including a waterslide and a lazy river, 10-lane bowling alley, Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and select attractions at Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park, one hour before the theme parks open.

Guests of ALL Universal Orlando Resort Hotels enjoy:

One hour early admission into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay with Early Park Admission (you must have valid theme park tickets to access this).

Free water taxis or shuttle bus service from Universal’s hotels to the parks.

Most of Universal’s hotels and parks are connected with paths if you feel like walking.

Charge purchases across the Resort to your room key card.

Free merchandise delivery from resort shops to your Universal hotel.

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Resort Amenities 

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort features family suites that sleep up to six, complete with a kitchenette, and standard rooms that sleep up to four. The hotel is within walking distance of both Universal Orlando theme parks and the Universal CityWalk™ dining and entertainment complex.

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Recreation

Cabana Courtyard
The Cabana Courtyard is home to a huge swimming pool with dive tower-themed water slide, outdoor billiard tables, chess and checker tables, bag toss games, shaded picnic tables, a large fire pit, and the Atomic Tonic poolside bar. Note: this area is closed in winter.

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Lazy River Courtyard
The Lazy River Courtyard features a sparkling swimming pool with a lazy river (tubes available for purchase), the poolside The Hideaway Bar & Grille, two fire pits and outdoor seating. Note: this area is closed in winter.

Game Room
Game-O-Rama is a fun place to play high-tech arcade games and old school classics.

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Galaxy Bowl
The hotel’s Galaxy Bowl on the 2nd floor of the hotel’s lobby building features 10 lanes of ten-pin bowling alleys and a table service restaurant.

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Loews Loves Kids Program
The Loews Loves Kids Programs makes travel with kids fun and easy with lending libraries of games to childproofing kits.

Where to eat

The resort has a few food options: The Bayliner Diner food court for quick meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Galaxy Bowl Restaurant in the hotel’s bowling alley, Starbucks® for coffee and snacks, Swizzle Lounge in the lobby for cocktails, and Atomic Tonic and The Hideaway Bar & Grille offer poolside refreshments and snacks during the pool open seasons. You can even have fresh pizza delivered right to your room.

During our stay, we ate at the Bayliner Diner food court. The food court offers easy and fast breakfast, lunch or dinner options.

The Deli Station has deli sandwich on fresh baked bread along with a variety of bakery items. The International Station offers dishes from around the world. The Pizza Station offers home-style pizza and homemade pasta. The Burger Station has hot sandwiches, cold shakes, and burgers. Make your own fresh salads at the “build your own” Salad Station. There is also a Dessert Station featuring soft serve frozen yogurt cups with your choice of toppings, ICEE treats, and candy, If you’re on the run, visit the “Grab and Go” section where you can pick up snacks, cold sandwiches, pre-made salads and other items.

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Check in: 4 PM | Check out: 11 AM
Overnight Guest Parking
Self-Parking: $18 plus tax per vehicle, per night
All guestrooms are non-smoking
Complimentary Wi-Fi in all public space and guestrooms
Pack’n Play: Complimentary Pack’n Plays are available upon request.
Extra Person Charges: An additional charge of $20 per extra adult applies for more than 2 adult guests per room.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
6550 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL 32819, United States
+1 407-503-4000

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3-Day Family Kangaroo Island Itinerary

Kangaroo Island

3-Day Family Kangaroo Island Itinerary

See abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery with this Kangaroo Island Itinerary.

Kangaroo Island Itinerary

Kangaroo Island sits off the coast of South Australia and is Australia’s third-largest Island.

Best known as home to wildlife such as Kangaroos, Sea lions, Koalas, Echidnas, Wallabies, Goannas, marine mammals and many species of birdlife, the island is teeming with wildlife as well as breathtaking beaches and the famous jaw-dropping scenery inside the Flinders Chase National Park.

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It is possible to spend as little as one day on the island to to see the highlights, or a few days like we did to see a lot more. Visitors wanting to really relax and soak in the island ambiance stay a week or longer.

How to get there

The Kangaroo Island Ferry from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island is the most common way to get to the island. Cape Jervis is an 1 hr 45 min drive from Adelaide. The Kangaroo Island Ferry takes 45 minutes to make the journey. There are multiple departures daily, however they do book up in advance so make your ferry booking as soon as you know you are going.

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Kangaroo Island Sealink also operate daily coach transfer from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island. Island Transfers connections are available to/from Penneshaw to American River and Kingscote.

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Another option is to take a 30 minute flight from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island Airport.

Getting around

Kangaroo Island is huge! You will need a car or to book bus tours to get around the island.

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If you are flying into Adelaide like we did, you can hire a car from Adelaide airport and take it on the ferry with you. Generally a 4WD is not needed, however if there is rain forecast I highly suggest getting the 4WD as roads flood on the island making it difficult to get around unless you have a 4WD.

You can also hire a car once you get onto the island or take a Kangaroo Island Tour.

Where to stay

We stayed in Kingscote, the largest town on the island. We chose the location for its variety of cafes and grocery store, plus we wanted accommodation that was self catering for our own comfort.

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While it has also been recommended to stay at various locations on the island as there is a lot of driving involved, we had a lot of rain during our stay and had to pivot our plans frequently, so we were glad in the end that we chose the one fairly-central accommodation as a result.

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Aurora Ozone Hotel

We stayed four nights at the Aurora Ozone Hotel in Kingscote. The hotel is ideally located directly opposite the beach and has a range of standard rooms and self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom apartments. We stayed in the penthouse which had tow bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen and living room. The hotel included a full breakfast and was only a few steps away from the grocery store, shops and restaurants.

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3-Day Family Kangaroo Island Itinerary

Day 1

Take the Kangaroo Island Ferry, then drive to Kingscote for lunch. There are several cute cafe options, and we really enjoyed the friendly ambiance of the Lighthouse Cafe and their delicious burgers and all-day breakfast.

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Emu Bay

Next drive to Emu Bay. The beach in this little town is one of the most popular on the island due to its clear waters, long shoreline, and the fact it is one of the few Kangaroo Island beaches with direct vehicle access.

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Drop by the Emu Bay Lavender Farm on your way back to your accommodation, trying some of their famous giant scones and picking up locally-made products.

Day 2

Seal Bay

Drive to Seal Bay to take the 10am Guided Tour. Arrive with plenty of time before the tour so you can take the self-guided walk along the boardwalks beforehand.

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Book your tour in advance to make sure your spot on the tour is guaranteed.

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The Seal Bay Guided tour takes visitors into the heart of the endangered Australian sea lion colony that live on Kangaroo Island.

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The 45 minute tour is a remarkable opportunity to learn about these endan­gered ani­mals while they swim, rest and play only a few metres away.

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Tour times: 9:15am, 10:00am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm

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Book your tour here.

Raptor Domain

Next, hope back in the car to take the short drive to the Raptor Domain, to make their 11:30am Free-Flight Birds of Prey Presentation.

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Raptor Domain rescues many orphaned, injured and sick birds each year. Unfortunately not all birds are able to go back to the wild so many remain at Raptor Domain where they are ambassadors to help create awareness and appreciation for their species and their habitats.

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The free-flight Birds of Prey presentation is an incredible way to learn about some of australia’s most remarkable birds up close, including barn owls, kookaburras, wedge-tailed eagles, cockatoos, black kites and more.

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No need to pre-book tickets. You can get your tickets on arrival. The only pre-bookings that are essential are our private sessions. Please arrive 15-20 mins before the start of the show to guarantee your spot. If you can’t make the 11:30 show, it runs again at 2:30pm.

Get more information on the Raptor Domain.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

Next, head to nearby Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park for a light lunch at their kiosk, before looking around the park and meeting some of the resident animals.

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Located three kilometres past Parndana in the centre of Kangaroo Island, the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park is set over 50 acres and home to over 500 animals. It’s a lovely, laid back place to spend time with some of Australia’s unique wildlife such as kangaroos (including the Kangaroo Island Kangaroo), wallabies, koalas, penguins wombats, cassowaries, dingoes, reptiles, birds, echidnas, and much more.

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The Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park has been rescuing and raising injured and orphaned wildlife for many years with a lot of the animals that call the park home having been raised from joeys, orphaned after car accidents, dog attacks and extreme weather.

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In January 2020 the Kangaroo Island Koala and Wildlife Rescue Centre was established in response to the devastating bushfires that ravaged Kangaroo Island.

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During the following months over 600 koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, goannas, birds and possums come through the rescue centre in need of critical care for burns, dehydration and starvation.

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Animals that were able to be saved were treated and released back to the wild. Some of the joeys that were orphaned during those months were unable to be released and remained at the park.

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Get more information on visiting the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

Penneshaw Penguin Centre

After dark, head over to Penneshaw Penguin Centre to take the Kangaroo Island Little-Penguin Tour.

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Join the friendly penguin guides on this 60 minute evening walk to search for the world’s smallest penguins and other wildlife using wildlife-friendly torches.

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There are approximately 15 breeding pairs of little penguins living in Penneshaw and the sightings vary on each tour. We were lucky and saw plenty of baby and adult penguins on our tour.

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Find out more about the Penneshaw Penguin Centre.

Day 3

Flinders Chase National Park and Ravine Des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area

Leave your accommodation early to make the long drive to Flinders Chase National Park. The park fee to enter is $13 pp.

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The park has lim­it­ed toi­lets, there is no food or drink avail­able for pur­chase through­out the park.

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Vivonne Bay Gen­er­al Store is the clos­est sup­pli­er of food, drinks and fuel and the West­ern KI Car­a­van Park sells basic food, drinks and ice cream. We chose to enter the park as soon as it opened and to leave around lunch time and head to the Vivonne Bay Gen­er­al Store for lunch.

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Flinders Chase Nation­al Park is a must-visit in any Kangaroo Island itinerary to see the icon­ic Remark­able Rocks, Admi­rals Arch and a long-nosed fur seal colony.

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Recently re-opened after the devastating bushfires of 2019/2020 burnt 96 per cent of the park (the park was closed while the boardwalks were rebuilt) the park shows the resilience of nature, as well as the destruction the fires left behind them.

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Goan­nas, koalas, eagles, kan­ga­roos and echid­nas are reg­u­lar­ly spot­ted in the park (sadly we saw none but also visited on an extremely cold, wet winters day.

Remarkable Rocks

Sit­ting high on ancient rocky plat­forms above the sea, the surreal shapes and extraordinary colours of the Remark­able Rocks pro­vide extra­or­di­nary pho­to oppor­tu­ni­ties as well as being  fun to climb.

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Admi­rals Arch at Cape du Couedic

Admi­rals Arch at Cape du Couedic is an impres­sive rock arch, as well as home to a massive colony of long-nosed fur seals.

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Get more information on Flinders Chase National Park.

Vivonne Bay Gen­er­al Store

We stopped at the Vivonne Bay Gen­er­al Store for lunch on our way out of the Flinders Ranges National Park. The store has a decent range of quick food and is the easiest place to stop on the drive back across the island.

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Island Beehive

The Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee Co (formerly known as the Island Beehive) is a family owned and operated business based in Kingscote on Kangaroo Island.

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Kangaroo Island is the oldest bee sanctuary in the world. Ligurian bees were bought to the island from Italy in 1881, and was declared a sanctuary in 1885. The bees were selected because of their mild temperament, gentleness and productivity. Due to their geographic isolation, they have been protected from disease and breeding with other races of honey bee, as a consequence the Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee is the purest strain of Ligurian bee remaining in the world.

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Take a factory tour to learn about hives and honey, or take a look in the shop and see some of the bees in action and buy some local produce and gifts to take home. The honey ice cream is incredible!

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Get more info on the Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee Co.

 

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‘Ohana Best Friends Character Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch

‘Ohana Best Friends Character Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch

Ohana Polynesian Resort

The ‘Ohana restaurant inside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort serves Polynesian-themed family-style meals.

Ohana Polynesian Resort

We loved the ‘Ohana character breakfast, called the “Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch”, an American breakfast feast influenced by Polynesian flavors, with visits from Disney characters.

Ohana Polynesian Resort

Breakfast is served “family-style”, which means platters of food for sharing.

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Breakfast selections include scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, Stitch and Mickey waffles, ham with pineapple, a variety of fresh fruits and assorted breads.

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As we had vegetarians in the party, our meals were served individually rather than on larger platters. We received “Impossible” meat substitutes.

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While enjoying breakfast, Disney Friends visit walk around the tables, signing autographs and posing for photos. On our visit we had Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Goofy.

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Read more about dining at ‘Ohana.

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6 Reasons to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Polynesian Resort

6 Reasons to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Enjoy the spirit of the South Pacific at the Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Located near Magic Kingdom park, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a Disney Deluxe Resort hotel with beaches, pools, shops and several dining options.

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is known for its island ambiance, with tropical palms and lush vegetation.

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The resort is quite spread out, with rooms spread among several buildings, so it can be a bit of a walk to get from your room to the main building and amenities and to transport to the parks.

There are plenty of great reasons to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Early Park Entry

Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels and select other hotels can take advantage of a 30-minute early entry into Walt Disney World theme parks every day.

Valid theme park admission, park reservation and Resort ID are required. Get more info here.

Access to the Resort Monorail

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is situated on the Resort Monorail. The free Walt Disney World Monorail System has 3 separate lines that travel throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is two stops away from the Magic Kingdom park and three stops to return.

The Monorail is, in our experience, the fastest way to get around Walt Disney World.

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The Resort Monorail makes the following stops:

Magic Kingdom park
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)
The EPCOT Monorail and the Express Monorail originate at the TTC and offer express round-trip service to EPCOT and Magic Kingdom park.

Two excellent pools

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has some of the best pools out of the Walt Disney World hotels.

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Lava Pool
Make a splash at this pool which features a towering volcano, a waterfall and a thrilling 142 foot-long waterslide. A zero-depth entry point, similar to a beach, slopes gently into the pool making for easy entry and exit. Nearby, a lounge and bar offer refreshments and snacks.

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Oasis Pool
Nestled amid a lush garden, this all-ages leisure pool promises a more tranquil swim for those looking to relax and unwind.

Polynesian Village Campfire Activities

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort offers a range of activities around the grounds, our favourite being the marshmallow roasting over campfire.
Located on Seven Seas Lagoon Beach 6:30-7:30pm – Monday, Wednesday, Friday

DOLE Whip from Pineapple Lanai

Dole Whip Polynesian Resort

A huge plus for us was the delicious frozen DOLE Whip on tap at the resort from Pineapple Lanai, located just outside the great Ceremonial House.

‘Ohana Restaurant On-Site

Ohana Polynesian Resort

The ‘Ohana restaurant inside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort serves Polynesian-themed family-style meals.

We loved the Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch, an American breakfast feast influenced by Polynesian flavors, with visits from Disney characters.

Read more about our experience at the ‘Ohana Character Breakfast.

Ohana Polynesian Resort

Room types offered at this Resort

Rooms and Suites (sleep up to 5 adults)
Rooms and Suites with Club-Level Service (sleep up to 5 adults)
Deluxe Studios (sleep up to 5 adults)
Bungalows (sleep up to 8 adults)
Bungalows feature a fully-equipped kitchen, so you can prepare meals and snacks from the comfort of your villa, separate bedrooms, a washer and dryer, a private deck and plunge pool.

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We stayed in a Deluxe Studio, with the benefit over a standard room being the additional bathroom and a kitchenette which helped us make make meals in our room.

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Deluxe Studios feature a sleeper sofa, one queen bed and one pull-down bed.

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Direct Transport Options

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort offers the following transport options:
Monorail
Ferryboat (Ferryboats connect Magic Kingdom park to the Transportation and Ticket Center.)
Bus (Catch the bus to Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and other hotels.)

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Best Tokyo DisneySea Tips

Tokyo DisneySea

Best Tokyo DisneySea Tips

Get Tokyo DisneySea tips to make your trip fun and memorable.

Tokyo DisneySea is located in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, about an hour from the centre of Tokyo, Japan. It opened on 4 September 2001. Tokyo DisneySea is owned by The Oriental Land Company, with intellectual property licensed from The Walt Disney Company. Tokyo Disneyland and its companion park, Tokyo DisneySea, are the only Disney parks in the world not owned or operated by The Walt Disney Company in any capacity.

Tokyo DisneySea

As of 2019, Tokyo DisneySea is the fourth-most visited theme park in the world and the second-most visited in Japan behind its sister park Tokyo Disneyland.

Tokyo DisneySea

Upon opening, Tokyo DisneySea became the ninth park of the twelve worldwide Disney theme parks to open. It has an overall nautical exploration theme.

Getting to Tokyo DisneySea

The park is easily accessed by train. Catch the train to Maihama Station and then the resort monorail to the Tokyo DisneySea Station.

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Stay Onsite

One of the biggest reasons for this is because hotel guests get early entry into the parks and their own special entry gates. The early entry was only 15 minutes at time of writing (May 2023) however this combined with a special entrance for hotel guests only meant we were able to get inside the park quickly and ahead of the general crowd and had ridden our first ride before most people were able to pass through the entry gates.

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Offical hotel guests receive a special paper pass at check in that grants early access for each subsequent day of their stay (not available on day of check in). You will need to nominate at check in which park you wish to enter each day to be given a pass specific to the park.

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We stayed at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and loved it. You can read about our stay here. If you stay at the MiraCosta, the hotel is actually inside the park, the closest location you can get to Tokyo DisneySea. Photo above of the hotel from inside DisneySea!

Buy your tickets in advance

The tickets can be tricky to buy from the direct Japanese website, so I suggest if you are struggling to buy them from a third party like Klook (which is what we did). Klook also often has sales and you can purchase the park passes a bit cheaper through them.

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At the time of writing (May 2023) single day passes are all that is available to each park, and you must choose which park to visit – no park-hopper tickets are available. The parks can sell out so I highly suggest booking tickets well in advance. If you stay at a Disney hotel, you are guaranteed entry to the parks however even if the parks sell out.

Arrive Early

The reason getting into the park as quickly as possible matters so much at Tokyo DisneySea is the lack of any kind of fastpass system. The only ways to skip queues are either to take the single rider line where offered and ride by yourself, or to purchase Premier Access for the most popular rides where offered. More on Premier Access further into this article!

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Photo of our special entry and line above, when the general entry was a good 50 people long at the same time.

So the best way to avoid spending most of your day lining up is to get into the park as quickly as you can and getting to the most popular rides early in the day.

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If you do not have early hotel access then I would advise arriving REALLY early like an hour early. If you can’t arrive that early than you’re best off arriving later in the day and just preparing yourself queue for rides and not get on many of them. Even with early entry I advise arriving at the gates about 45 minutes before the park opens.

Visit on a weekday

As the majority of visitors to Tokyo DisneySea are locals, weekends, school holidays and public holidays are the busiest times to attend. If you can visit the parks on a typical weekday, the parks are much less busy.

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Make a plan for your day

Research what rides you want to get on in advance, look at the map of the park and plan where you are going to go first and subsequently. I advise knocking out all of the popular rides that you want to do first thing in the morning in an orderly fashion – pick the ride you want to start with and then the next that is closest to it and so on so you are moving around the park in a circle vs trekking back and forth and walking needlessly.

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The food places get busy as the day goes on so I advise starting your day early and breaking for an early lunch.

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If you wish to dine at a restaurant in the park, bookings open at 10am (JST) one month in advance. You can also try to book at 10am once you are inside the park.

Download the Tokyo Disney Resort App

I highly recommend doing this in advance. The app is useful for its map alone. You can also scan your tickets into the app as soon as you enter the park and then purchase Premier Access to certain attractions and events to reduce your wait time for popular rides and entertainment. See below for more details on Premier Access.

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You can also use the app to lock in a time to visit popular shops like the ones that sell Duffy & Friends merch.

Have a ride strategy

If you have been to other Disney parks or plan to do so soon, then I highly recommend prioritising the rides that are unique to Tokyo DisneySea.

The unique rides not to miss are:

Journey To The Center of the Earth (a Jules Verne-inspired attraction that uses a similar ride system to Test Track at Epcot, with guests boarding “steam-powered” mine vehicles before embarking on trip to the planet’s core.)
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (a submarine ride based on the Jules Verne book)
Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage (a boat ride similar to It’s a Small World, based on the popular Sinbad stories)

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We also enjoyed Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull (which is similar to the Anaheim version but themed to the Crystal Skull movie (and entirely in Japanese), the two story carousel in the Arabian area and Sourin’, which is also almost identical to the version in Anaheim except for the entry which has cool projections / animations on the walls and the end of the Sourin’ video which flies over Tokyo.

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The most popular rides in the park are:

Toy Story Mania (basically identical to other versions)
Sourin’
Journey to the Center of the Earth

If you have been to the other parks I wouldn’t pay for the Premier Access passes to Sourin’ or Toy Story Mania, nor would I line up for the crazy wait times to ride them. If you must, however, then I suggest heading to these rides early or purchasing them on Premier Access.

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Buy Premier Access

Premier Access is currently the only way to skip queues for rides at Tokyo DisneySea. This service, available for a fee, will allow guests to select designated times to be admitted to and enjoy certain experiences. Premier Access best accessed through the Tokyo Disney Resort mobile app, which I highly recommend downloading in advance.

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  • Each park ticket can be used to purchase one Disney Premier Access at a time.
  • Guests ages 3 and under will be able to access the experience with an accompanying person who has purchased Disney Premier Access.
  • You will be able to purchase Disney Premier Access for another attraction 60 minutes after purchasing Disney Premier Access, or after the start time of your purchased Disney Premier Access, whichever is earlier.
  • If you would like to purchase Disney Premier Access for the same attraction again, you may do so after using the Disney Premier Access you have purchased or after the designated time to use your Disney Premier Access has passed.
  • Disney Premier Access can be purchased by using the Tokyo Disney Resort App.
  • Only credit cards are accepted as method of payment. Please see here for information about the credit cards accepted.
  • Guests who do not have the Tokyo Disney Resort App or a credit card will be able to purchase Disney Premier Access at Main Street House (at Tokyo Disneyland) or Guest Relations (at Tokyo DisneySea).
  • Disney Premier Access is available in limited numbers and may sell out. Please check the Tokyo Disney Resort App in advance for availability.
  • To make bookings and purchases you must log in with a registered Disney Account. If you do not have a Disney Account, please register from here (user registration on the bookings/purchases page).
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Using Premier Access to View a Parade / Show

Guests can select a designated time for admission in advance, and enjoy parades or shows from a designated viewing area.
  • You will be able to purchase Disney Premier Access for another parade or show 60 minutes after purchasing Disney Premier Access, or after the admission time of your purchased Disney Premier Access (for parades or shows,) whichever is earlier.
  • For certain parades and shows, the location for viewing performances within the viewing area will be specified in advance. On your day of visit, please view the performance from the specified location with a corresponding number at your feet. (The number indicating your specified location will be displayed on the screen of your device after you have completed your purchase of Disney Premier Access.)

Toy Story Mania!
Tower of Terror
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Soaring: Fantastic Flight

Disney Premier Access Experience Price
Parade/Show Believe! Sea of Dreams 2,500 yen per access
Attractions Soaring: Fantastic Flight 2,000 yen per access
Toy Story Mania! 2,000 yen per access
Tower of Terror 1,500 yen per access
Journey to the Center of the Earth 1,500 yen per access

How to buy Premier Access

Premier Access is available once your tickets have been scanned upon entry into the park. Most tickets need to be printed and presented on arrival for scanning, such as those purchased through third party vendors such as Klook (which is what we did).
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Once your paper ticket has been scanned and you are in the park, one person in the party should scan all the tickets into their mobile app and control the Premier Access bookings for the entire party. It’s easy enough to scan the tickets into the app while walking to your first ride, then select from the Premier Access menu which attraction or show you wish to purchase.

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Visit the Mermaid Lagoon

While this is very much geared towards younger children, I highly suggest checking it out even if you have older kids or no kids. The exterior facade is made to look like the Palace of King Triton, with the inside designed to resemble an underwater world with rides, play areas and places to eat. The detail in this area is incredible and visitors of all ages will enjoy a stroll around the lagoon.

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Try the popcorn

Popcorn is the most popular snack at Tokyo Disney Resort! Not only is the popcorn unique and available in crazy flavours found nowhere else, but Disney’s popcorn buckets are also pretty special and worth taking home as a souvenir. They are often ‘limited’ and only sold at specific locations within a park, with most buckets not likely be found at other Disney parks.

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The buckets are typically pretty pricey, with an average cost of ¥2,600 to ¥3,400. You can buy popcorn without a souvenir bucket for vastly less. Flavours on offer include Honey, Strawberry Milk, Cookies & Cream, Matcha White Chocolate, Curry, Garlic Shrimp.

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Eat all the food

While the green mochi Toy Story Aliens are the most instagrammed snack at Tokyo Disney Resort, I highly recommend trying a bit of everything!

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We loved the churros, which are also available in a wide variety of exciting flavours, and the celebration drinks, which come with cubes of jelly in them.

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We also loved the tropical ice blocks! They are amazing.

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When it comes to dining, you can make a reservation at a restaurant or you can play it by ear at a quick service food spot. This is what we chose to do since we don’t like being tied to reservations and we had a fantastic quick service lunch at Zambini Brothers’ Ristorante squeezed in between rides.

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Try a vending machine

The Tokyo Disney Resort vending machines are insanely cute! The drinks inside are themed to the parks.

Meet or watch the characters

The characters are typically available in large numbers towards the front of the park rather than being scheduled for short periods allover the park.

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It’s possible to see and meet a huge number of characters all in the one area. We were so excited to see characters we’ve never seen at any other park including the entire cast from Pinocchio.

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Buy the all Merch

The merch at Tokyo Disneyland is definitely different to the American parks! The Duffy and Friends line is only available at the Asian parks (you will need to use the app to reserve your spot to enter the store inside the park, it is so popular).

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The ears are also different and extremely cute (and cheaper than the American ones!) as are the souvenirs like little bento and cutlery boxes. There are also cute pins that are stamped Tokyo Disney Resort so unable to be bought anywhere else.

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I also loved the tote bags specific to the park and cute little plushes that are bought to hang off them. You will see locals with their bags covered in these plushies.

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Use the Disney photographers

The photographer system works differently in Tokyo. You cannot get a digital copy of a photo unless you have a Japanese mailing address (do not ask me why). The photographers will take a photo on their cameras and give you a paper ticket to collect the print later in the day to purchase if you choose to do so. The photographer will also take photos for you on your own camera.

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Watch the parades and shows

Tokyo DisneySea is not just about rides, it’s also about the entertainment. I highly recommend looking at the schedule and seeing at least one parade or show during your time at the park.

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The Japanese locals love the shows and parades and get a spot a good 30-60mins before they start, so I highly suggest doing the same if you want to be able to see well. You can also book a time and seat for some entertainment using the app after entering the park.

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Best Tokyo Disneyland Tips

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Best Tokyo Disneyland Tips

Get Tokyo Disneyland tips to make your trip fun and memorable.

Tokyo Disneyland is located in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, about an hour from the centre of Tokyo, Japan. It was the first Disney park to be built outside the United States, it opening on April 15, 1983.

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Tokyo Disneyland is owned by The Oriental Land Company, which licenses intellectual property from The Walt Disney Company. Tokyo Disneyland and its companion park, Tokyo DisneySea, are the only Disney parks in the world not owned or operated by The Walt Disney Company in any capacity.

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The park is known for its extensive open spaces to accommodate the large crowds that visit the park. It is definitely very noticeable how well the park is designed to accommodate people comfortably compared to its American counterparts.

As of 2019, Tokyo Disneyland is the most visited theme park in Japan and the third-most visited theme park in the world behind Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort.

Getting to Tokyo Disneyland

The park is easily accessed by train. Its main gate is directly adjacent to both Maihama Station and Tokyo Disneyland Station.

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Stay Onsite

One of the biggest reasons for this is because hotel guests get early entry into the parks and their own special entry gates. The early entry was only 15 minutes at time of writing (May 2023) however this combined with a special entrance for hotel guests only meant we were able to get inside the park quickly and ahead of the general crowd and had ridden our first ride before most people were able to pass through the entry gates.

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Offical hotel guests receive a special paper pass at check in that grants early access for each subsequent day of their stay (not available on day of check in). You will need to nominate at check in which park you wish to enter each day to be given a pass specific to the park.

We stayed at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and loved it. You can read about our stay here.

Buy your tickets in advance

The tickets can be tricky to buy from the direct Japanese website, so I suggest if you are struggling to buy them from a third party like Klook (which is what we did). Klook also often has sales and you can purchase the park passes a bit cheaper through them.

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At the time of writing (May 2023) single day passes are all that is available to each park, and you must choose which park to visit – no park-hopper tickets are available. The parks can sell out so I highly suggest booking tickets well in advance. If you stay at a Disney hotel, you are guaranteed entry to the parks however even if the parks sell out.

Arrive Early

The reason getting into the park as quickly as possible matters so much at Tokyo Disneyland is the lack of any kind of fastpass system. The only ways to skip queues are either to take the single rider line where offered and ride by yourself, or to purchase Premier Access for the most popular rides where offered. More on Premier Access further into this article!

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So the best way to avoid spending most of your day lining up is to get into the park as quickly as you can and getting to the most popular rides early in the day.

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If you do not have early hotel access then I would advise arriving REALLY early like an hour early. If you can’t arrive that early than you’re best off arriving later in the day and just preparing yourself queue for rides and not get on many of them. Even with early entry I advise arriving at the gates about 45 minutes before the park opens.

Visit on a weekday

As the majority of visitors to Tokyo Disneyland are locals, weekends, school holidays and public holidays are the busiest times to attend. If you can visit the parks on a typical week day, the parks are much less busy.

Tokyo Disneyland

Make a plan for your day

Research what rides you want to get on in advance, look at the map of the park and plan where you are going to go first and subsequently. I advise knocking out all of the popular rides that you want to do first thing in the morning in an orderly fashion – pick the ride you want to start with and then the next that is closest to it and so on so you are moving around the park in a circle vs trekking back and forth and walking needlessly.

Tokyo Disneyland

The food places get busy as the day goes on so I advise starting your day early and breaking for an early lunch.

If you wish to dine at a restaurant in the park, bookings open at 10am (JST) one month in advance. You can also try to book at 10am once you are inside the park.

Download the Tokyo Disney Resort App

I highly recommend doing this in advance. The app is useful for its map alone. You can also scan your tickets into the app as soon as you enter the park and then purchase Premier Access to certain attractions and events to reduce your wait time for popular rides and entertainment. See below for more details on Premier Access.

Tokyo Disneyland

You can also use the app to lock in a time to visit popular shops like the ones that sell Duffy & Friends merch.

Have a ride strategy

I highly recommend prioritising the rides that are unique to Tokyo Disneyland – these are also the most popular rides:

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Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast (this ride is next level amazing)The Happy Ride with Baymax (Super cute but not worth lining up for a long time to do)
Pooh’s Honey Hunt (Super cute and gets busy)
Monsters, Inc. Hide & Go Seek (Incredible animatronics and also gets very busy)

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We also enjoyed
Space Mountain (Basically identical to the one in Disneyland Anaheim, much less jerky than the version in WDW Florida)
Big Thunder Railroad (Our favourite of the Big Thunders out of Tokyo, Anaheim and WDW.)

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Our ride strategy was to purchase Premier Access to the Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast for 12pm since most people head there at park opening, and instead to head to Pooh’s Hunny Hunt which is not available on Premier Access.

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After Pooh’s Hunny Hunt we head to The Happy Ride with Baymax, then Monsters, Inc. Hide & Go Seek, Space Mountain and Big Thunder Railroad, knocking out all the main rides by lunch time with a max of 15-20 min queuing per ride. We ate at a quick service restaurant and then head to Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast.

Buy Premier Access

Premier Access is currently the only way to skip queues for rides at Tokyo Disneyland. This service, available for a fee, will allow guests to select designated times to be admitted to and enjoy certain experiences. Premier Access best accessed through the Tokyo Disney Resort mobile app, which I highly recommend downloading in advance.

Tokyo Disneyland

  • Each park ticket can be used to purchase one Disney Premier Access at a time.
  • Guests ages 3 and under will be able to access the experience with an accompanying person who has purchased Disney Premier Access.
  • You will be able to purchase Disney Premier Access for another attraction 60 minutes after purchasing Disney Premier Access, or after the start time of your purchased Disney Premier Access, whichever is earlier.
  • If you would like to purchase Disney Premier Access for the same attraction again, you may do so after using the Disney Premier Access you have purchased or after the designated time to use your Disney Premier Access has passed.
  • Disney Premier Access can be purchased by using the Tokyo Disney Resort App.
  • Only credit cards are accepted as method of payment. Please see here for information about the credit cards accepted.
  • Guests who do not have the Tokyo Disney Resort App or a credit card will be able to purchase Disney Premier Access at Main Street House (at Tokyo Disneyland) or Guest Relations (at Tokyo DisneySea).
  • Disney Premier Access is available in limited numbers and may sell out. Please check the Tokyo Disney Resort App in advance for availability.
  • To make bookings and purchases you must log in with a registered Disney Account. If you do not have a Disney Account, please register from here (user registration on the bookings/purchases page).
  • Disney Premier Access Experience Price
    Parade/Show Disney Harmony in Color 2,500 yen per access
    Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights 2,500 yen per access
    Attractions Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast 2,000 yen per access
    The Happy Ride with Baymax 1,500 yen per access
    Splash Mountain 1,500 yen per access
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Using Premier Access to View a Parade / Show

Guests can select a designated time for admission in advance, and enjoy parades or shows from a designated viewing area.
  • You will be able to purchase Disney Premier Access for another parade or show 60 minutes after purchasing Disney Premier Access, or after the admission time of your purchased Disney Premier Access (for parades or shows,) whichever is earlier.
  • For certain parades and shows, the location for viewing performances within the viewing area will be specified in advance. On your day of visit, please view the performance from the specified location with a corresponding number at your feet. (The number indicating your specified location will be displayed on the screen of your device after you have completed your purchase of Disney Premier Access.)

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How to buy Premier Access

Premier Access is available once your tickets have been scanned upon entry into the park. Most tickets need to be printed and presented on arrival for scanning, such as those purchased through third party vendors such as Klook (which is what we did).
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Once your paper ticket has been scanned and you are in the park, one person in the party should scan all the tickets into their mobile app and control the Premier Access bookings for the entire party. It’s easy enough to scan the tickets into the app while walking to your first ride, then select from the Premier Access menu which attraction or show you wish to purchase.

Tokyo Disneyland

Try the popcorn

Popcorn is the most popular snack at Tokyo Disney Resort! Not only is the popcorn unique and available in crazy flavours found nowhere else, but Disney’s popcorn buckets are also pretty special and worth taking home as a souvenir.

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They are often ‘limited’ and only sold at specific locations within a park, with most buckets not likely be found at other Disney parks.

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The buckets are typically pretty pricey, with an average cost of ¥2,600 to ¥3,400. You can buy popcorn without a souvenir bucket for vastly less. Flavours on offer include Honey, Strawberry Milk, Cookies & Cream, Matcha White Chocolate, Curry, Garlic Shrimp.

Tokyo Disneyland

Eat all the food

While the green mochi Toy Story Aliens are the most instagrammed snack at Tokyo Disney Resort, I highly recommend trying a bit of everything!

Tokyo Disneyland

We loved the churros, which are also available in a wide variety of exciting flavours, and the celebration drinks, which come with cubes of jelly in them.

Tokyo Disneyland

We also loved the tropical ice blocks! They are amazing.

Tokyo Disneyland

When it comes to dining, you can make a reservation at a restaurant or you can play it by ear at a quick service food spot. This is what we chose to do since we don’t like being tied to reservations and we had a fantastic lunch squeezed in between rides.

Tokyo Disneyland

Try a vending machine

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The Tokyo Disney Resort vending machines are insanely cute! The drinks inside are themed to the parks.

Meet or watch the characters

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The characters are typically available in large numbers towards the front of the park rather than being scheduled for short periods allover the park.

Tokyo Disneyland

It’s possible to see and meet a huge number of characters all in the one area. We were so excited to see characters we’ve never seen at any other park including Marie.

Tokyo Disneyland

Watch the glass blowers

Inside the Cinderella Castle is a shop where you can purchase glass souvenirs.

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What is even more special is that the glass blower works inside the shop so you can watch him while you’re browsing.

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I highly recommend taking home a glass souvenir if you have the luggage space.

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Buy the all Merch

The merch at Tokyo Disneyland is definitely different to the American parks! The Duffy and Friends line is only available at the Asian parks (you will need to use the app to reserve your spot to enter the store inside the park, it is so popular).

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

The ears are also different and extremely cute (and cheaper than the American ones!) as are the souverniers like little bento and cutlery boxes.

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There are also cute pins that are stamped Tokyo Disney Resort so unable to be bought anywhere else.

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I also loved the tote bags specific to the park and cute little plushes that are bought to hang off them. You will see locals with their bags covered in these plushies.

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Use the Disney photographers

The photographer system works differently in Tokyo. You cannot get a digital copy of a photo unless you have a Japanese mailing address (do not ask me why). The photographers will take a photo on their cameras and give you a paper ticket to collect the print later in the day to purchase if you choose to do so. The photographer will also take photos for you on your own camera.

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6 Reasons To Stay at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

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6 Reasons To Stay at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

When we travel to a Disney park we love to stay at the official Disney hotels where possible. The added benefits of staying at a Disney hotel plus being in the Disney “bubble” for our entire stay makes every trip that big more magical.

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There are different perks to staying at each Disney resort around the world: here is why you should stay at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel on your next trip to Japan (if your budget allows).

The closest hotel to Tokyo Disneyland

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Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is the closest hotel to the entrance of Tokyo Disneyland. The ease of walking out of the doors and straight through security and then the entrance gate, and then also how fast and easy it is to get back to the hotel again at the end of a day at the park is a huge perk that can’t be underestimated in my opinion. To us, this alone makes it worth the stay.

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It’s also very easy to get to Tokyo DisneySea. The monorail is a few steps from the door and takes you directly to DisneySea in 7 minutes.

Adorably Themed Rooms

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While the standard room is Victorian-themed in-line with the theming of the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, there are ultra adorable themed rooms as well. Choose from Tinker Bell, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella.

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We chose the Alice in Wonderland room for our stay. While it did cost significantly more for a themed room, we had no regrets.

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Our room was filled with Alice in Wonderland-themed furniture and motifs of the Queen of Hearts, the Card Soldiers, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat. In addition to two regular beds, this room has a trundle bed that can be pulled out.

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Free room amenities to take home

I looooove the free hotel-themed take home items! Each day these items were replenished as well so we had plenty to take home as souvenirs and gifts.

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Toothbrush
Room slippers
Amenity kit (cotton swabs, cotton balls, hair elastic)
Re-usable hotel-themed shopping bag
Complimentary Mineral Water
Children’s slippers
Children’s toothbrush
Children’s mug

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You can use the complimentary pyjamas (for adults) in the room and request children’s sizes, however these must stay at the hotel.

Disney Hotels Exclusives

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Special products are available for purchase to Guests staying at a Deluxe Type Disney Hotel (Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta). I bought one of these tote bags and clip on toys as a special momento of our stay.

Guaranteed admission to the Parks

One major benefit if you visit in peak season is that guests of the hotel are guaranteed admission to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, even when admission is being restricted due to high attendance.

“Happy Entry” Early Park Entry

Guests staying at a Disney hotel are be eligible for “Happy Entry,” a Disney hotel benefit that allows Guests to enter Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea through a Special Entrance for Disney hotel guests 15 minutes earlier than other Guests.

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When checking into the hotel you will be asked what days you have purchased park tickets for and be given a little paper slip per person per day for 15 minute early admission to the parks. Note that not every park is available for early entry each day and the schedule is not published anywhere that we were able to find, and also that this benefit is not available on the day of check-in but is available on the day of check-out.

Park admission time for Guests staying at a Disney hotel is shown on the Special Entrance Pass.

Good to know before you go

How to book a Tokyo Disneyland Resort hotel

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Bookings are open from 11am (JST) three months in advance through the Tokyo Disney Resort Online Reservations & Tickets website. Up to five consecutive nights and three rooms can be booked per booking.

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Go here to reserve your room.

A helpful guide to booking your room is here.

Hotel information

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Check-in: 3pm Checkout: 12pm. You will not be able to check in early so there is no point in asking.

The hotel features restaurants which need to be booked in advance of your stay for optimal days and times. It is difficult to book on arrival as the restaurants are busy and book up well in advance.

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There is a small convenience store with very basic food items and necessities however the prices are high. There is a 7-Eleven a 15 min walk from the hotel that is well stocked and reasonably-priced.

You can purchase quick meals from the convenience store and ask the staff to heat them up for you at the counter after payment.

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Room categories

All 706 guest rooms feature designs of the Disney Characters. Guest rooms are divided into four categories. Rooms with a view of Tokyo Disneyland are categorized as Park View, and the ones with a frontal view of Tokyo Disneyland as Park Grand View.
Concierge Rooms and Suites come with breakfast, and also include access to an exclusive lounge offering check-in/checkout and beverage services.

Themed rooms are located at the back of the hotel and do not have a view of the park. Ours had a view of this beautiful garden.

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Cancellation fees and booking changes

This was confusing to us so it’s worth mentioning. If you want to start your stay earlier than dates you have already booked, you must cancel your existing booking and book a new room from scratch. You cannot add dates onto the start of your booking.

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You may cancel your booking and have your deposit refunded as per these conditions:

・If a cancellation is made prior to the following dates when a cancellation fee will be charged, the full amount of the deposit paid will be refunded.
・If a cancellation is made after the following dates when a cancellation fee will be charged, the deposit minus the cancellation fee will be refunded in accordance with the conditions of accommodation contract of each hotel.

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

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Disney Ambassador Hotel
Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
-14 to 8 days before your stay: 10,000 yen per room
-7 to 2 days before your stay: 20,000 yen per room
-Day before, on the day of your stay, or no-show: 30,000 yen per room

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Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel
-14 to 8 days before your stay: 5,000 yen per room
-7 to 2 days before your stay: 10,000 yen per room
-Day before, on the day of your stay, or no-show: 15,000 yen per room

https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/hotel/tdh.html

A First-timer’s Guide to Visiting Disneyland California

A first-timer's guide to Disneyland California

First time visiting Disneyland California? This Disneyland guide has everything you need to  plan a successful trip to the happiest place on Earth.

Disneyland is located in Anaheim, California. It actually consists of two parks, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. The two parks are only a few metres away from each other so it’s very easy to visit both parks on the same day and to stay in a hotel that is close to both park entrances.

Disneyland opened in 1955 and was the first theme park opened by The Walt Disney Company. It is the only park that was designed and constructed under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself. While there are now parks in Orlando, Paris, Shanghai, Toyko and Hong Kong, California’s Disneyland is the true original park and is referred to by many as having the most “Disney magic”.

A First-timer’s Guide to Visiting Disneyland California

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What age is best for Disneyland?

Honestly, any age! Disneyland caters to all ages from 0-100 as long as you love Disney. I’ve been as an adult without kids, with a 2 year old, 4-year-old, 7-year-old, 9-year-old and most recently 11-year-old. Each time is different but equally enjoyable.

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What time of year should we go?

Disneyland is gorgeous to visit all-year round. They have special seasonal events around Halloween and Christmas in particular, making these two times of year a really special time to visit. Check out the crowds at the time of year you’re considering visiting at this website – if you can visit during a slower time, I would suggest doing so. We have visited twice in June or July and both times it has been very hot and very busy.

Where should we stay?

There are so many choices! Disneyland have their own hotels that are on the park grounds and give you special benefits – the biggest two being early entry into the parks every day (30 minutes before general admission) and a special entry to Disney California Adventure Park through Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa so you’ll never have to line up. There is also now an entrance straight into Disney California Adventure Park from Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at Disneyland California

While the Disneyland hotels also offer other great features that carry the Disney magic to all areas of your stay, they are also the pricey accomodation option – so if you’re on a budget you’ll want to consider staying at a “good neighbor” hotel instead.

All the benefits of staying at a Disneyland hotel

We have stayed at the Grand Californian Hotel and loved it. You can read our review of the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa here.

We have stayed at three different “good neighbor” hotels, the Howard Johnson Hotel and Water Park, the Carousel Inn and Suites and the Grand Legacy at the Park. All three were half the price of the Disneyland hotels and had excellent locations – directly across the road from Disneyland, making our commute each morning a mere 5 minutes walk.

You can read our review of the Howard Johnson Hotel and Water Park here and of the Grand Legacy at the Park here.

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How long should we stay for?

We have stayed for three days twice and four days once (with the Halloween party taking up one day). We spent one day each at Disneyland and California Adventure park, and one day hopping between the two. Ideally I would suggest going for five days as we always feel like there’s never enough time to fit in everything.

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What’s “early entry”?

Guests of the Disney hotels can enter either Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park 30 minutes early every day. Not all areas of the parks are open however at this time so plan your ride strategy accordingly. The big headliner rides are NOT open for early morning entry. See what is currently available here before your trip.

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What is “rope drop”

If you talk to any regular Disney park goers and you will hear them talk about “rope drop”. This is the time when visitors in the park are allowed to enter and speedily make their way to their first ride of the day at park opening. Disneyland cast members usually have an actual rope up to hold crowds back and drop it, hence “rope drop”. A major strategy to get on rides that otherwise have a long line is to “rope drop” it, AKA line up as early as you can before the park opens, and then when the rope drops, get to the big popular ride quickly so you can ride it without lining up or paying extra.

What tickets should we get?

You have a choice between single park passes, which allow you entry into one park per day, or “park hoppers” which let you go back and forth between the parks. If you buy multi day passes (which is the cheapest way to buy tickets), you will have to choose between the two types, you can’t mix and match. With older kids, I’d recommend park hoppers, particularly if you will be there three days. I found a full day at each park was perfect, plus that extra day to jump between the two and finish up a few things we missed or wanted to do again.

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I always advise buying tickets at least a few days in advance. While the queues have always been short to buy tickets when we’ve arrived, it just cuts out one extra step to get into the park. When you buy a ticket online you can choose an eTicket which you then present on your phone (or printed out) at the gates for entry.

More info on ticket types and prices

Park Reservations

Since Covid, park reservations have been required to enter the park on the day, even after a ticket has been purchased. Once you have bought your tickets, link them to your Disneyland account and select which park you want to start at for each day of your trip. You can change the park reservation up till the night before so don’t worry if you initially book one park but then change your mind before your trip. Just cancel the reservation and book the other park.

You must have a park reservation to enter on the day and parks do reach capacity during busy times, so book your reservations as soon as you book your tickets if possible and then change them alter if needs be.

Get all the info you need on the park ticket booking and reservation system.

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What time of day should I arrive?

The parks open at different times throughout the year – anywhere between 8am and 10am.  My best advice on getting the most out of a Disneyland day is to arrive well before the park opens. At least 30 minutes. It can take quite a while to get through security, and also through the gates. When you use your tickets for the first time, you will have a photo taken and linked online to your pass, and you will need to sign the tickets they give you – all making the entry process that much longer.

We enjoyed the early mornings the most as there were the fewest people in the park, so lines were shorter.

Check the Disneyland calendar here to find out what time the park opens for your visit.

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How do I plan a day at Disneyland?

My best advice is to plan to do all the rides first thing in the morning. As soon as the gates open, go straight to the rides you want to do the most that are the most popular rides, and either do the rides immediately, or book a Lightening Lane (see more below) to return and do the ride later without having to line up to do so.

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We typically spend the first three hours just doing all of the rides, then take a break for lunch and spend the afternoons watching shows, meeting characters, shopping, eating ice cream, and watching the parades.

Find out the height requirement for rides in advance and plan accordingly!

This site gives you the average wait time for each ride, so you can see which ones are the most popular.

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Skip the queues with Genie+

Genie+ is a fee-based add-on to the standard Disney Genie in-app planning tool which is built into the Disneyland mobile app. We don’t find Disney Genie at all useful so we only use the app for the Genie+ service. Disney genie is supposed to help visitors curate their day by giving custom recommendations based on their preferences, however we prefer to just look at the ride wait time screen on the app and base our decisions on that. If you want to give the free Disney Genie planning tool a go however, instructions on how to use it are here.

In a nutshell, Genie+ lets you skip the general stand by line for certain popular attractions. It has replaced the old FASTPASS and MAXPASS systems.

Genie+ is a paid addition to your Disneyland ticket. You can buy it at the same time as you buy your park tickets or each day ad hok. Genie+ at writing costs $25USD per ticket per day. For this cost you will be able to skip the general stand by queue and instead use a special Lightening Lane entrance on certain rides at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park. You can also download your PhotoPass and ride photos at no extra cost.

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How to use Genie+

Purchase Genie+ at the same time as your park tickets in advance or from midnight the day you want to enter the park. You will be able to book your first Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane attraction on the Dinseyland app after you scan into the park and the park officially opens.

Once you’ve redeemed your initial selection (or the arrival window has passed), you can use the Disney Genie service Tip Board or My Day itinerary to see when you’re eligible to make another selection. You can make selections, one at a time, all day up to regular park closing, subject to availability and limited to one Lightning Lane selection per attraction per day.

Lightening Lane ride selections are not available for a few big headliner rides at each park – these must be bought separately as an Individual Lightening Lane for an additional per person fee.

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What is Individual Lightening Lane (ILL)

For the headliner rides that aren’t included in Genie+, guests may purchase and select the next available arrival window for up to two attractions per day, for an additional individual fee. All guests with valid theme park admission and park reservations can purchase the Individual Lightening Lane (ILL) rides —with or without Disney Genie+ service.

Pricing for individual purchase of Lightning Lane entrance arrival windows will vary by date and attraction, and purchase is subject to limited availability. Be sure to check the Disneyland app on the day of your visit for current prices and attraction availability.

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How to Purchase Individual Lightening Lane

Upon entering a theme park, you can make individual purchases within the Disney Genie Service Tip Board or My Day itinerary in the Disneyland app, (subject to availability). You can purchase individual selections for up to 2 different attractions per day. Note: Lightning Lane entry for these attractions will only be available to purchase individually and are not included with Disney Genie+ service.

At time of writing, rides that needed an ILL to skip the queue included Rise of the Resistance, Radiator Spring Racers and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Rollercoaster. You can still line up for these rides however and not pay an additional fee, you will just need to include this in your rides strategy and run straight to these rides to line up when the park opens.

Read more about Genie+, Lightening Lane and Individual Lightening Lanes here.

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What are some tips for watching the parades?

The parades are incredibly popular, with people staking out their front row spots over 45 minutes before the parade begins. If you watch carefully around the park from an hour before the parades start, Disneyland staff will begin marking out the areas for crowd control. Grab a spot on a bench or on the gutter edge and either all sit with some snacks and wait, or leave one adult there while the rest of the family entertain themselves in other ways while you’re waiting.

The parades wind their way from the back of the park to the front, so if the start time is 4:30pm, it will reach around the front of the park around 4:45-4:50pm.

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Can we take food and drink into the park?

Yes you can. Take a large refillable water bottle – you can refill with water at any drink station through out the parks. You can also ask for cups of ice water at any restaurant/fast food outlet. You are allowed to take whatever food and snacks you like into the park, which is a great way to cut down on costs.

We didn’t take many snacks with us as we were staying at a very basic hotel with nowhere to keep food, however we did take in little bags of nuts and things like that to keep us going.

Food inside the parks

If you’re like us and travel to get to the Disney parks, you’re likely to not have much in the way of food to take in and will be buying your food all day. The food outlets are a mix of sit down and quick service (takeaway) and there is not a really good amount of food for people who have allergies plus plant-based vegan options.

I highly recommend eating outside popular meal times to avoid lining up and struggling to find a seat, ordering using the mobile app for the same reason, or booking a sit-down meal.

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Our all -time favourite quick meal at the parks is the grilled cheese and tomato soup at Jolly Holliday in Disneyland. It’s delicious!

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Should I take a stroller?

If your child fits in one, absolutely yes. Many hours of walking will tired even older children. There is stroller parking at every ride, and every restaurant/facility is stroller-accessible. I also like having a stroller to put our stuff in, like water bottles and snacks, and the canopy provides much needed shade during the heat.

Effective May 1, 2019, strollers that are greater than 31” in width and 52” in length will be prohibited. Stroller wagons will also be prohibited.

Read about Disneyland’s stroller restrictions here.

Should I use the Disneyland photographers?

Personally, I always utilise the Disneyland photography service, called PhotoPass. For an additional fee you can download all of the images taken by the Disneyland photographers.  The photographers are scattered around both parks all throughout the day and take some really great quality photos – with the entire family in them! I love that I can get out whole family in the same shot with zero effort, and I also like to leave my giant SLR camera at home and just take my point and shoot with me, knowing the Disneyland photographers will have their excellent cameras to snap portraits for me that save me lugging around my behemoth for the day.

Having said that, the PhotoPass photos are very much hit or miss and I do tend to get a lot of photos back that are out of focus, so I would suggest asking the photographer to take a photo on your phone as well as using their camera.

At time of editing (March 2023), purchasing Genie+ for $25 per person, per day also gives you the PhotoPass images.

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When getting your photo taken, you can either download the Disneyland app to your phone and present the app to the photographer and add the photos to your account, or the photographer will give you a small card with a bar code that you can then add into your account yourself later on.

You can take the cards to a Disneyland PhotoPass store to buy the images at the park, or log into the Disneyland PhotoPass website later to buy and download them.

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How do I keep on top of what’s happening during the day?

I love the excellent (free) Disneyland app. It allowed me to see the wait times on every ride, has a map with a compass so you know where you are, and also shows what characters are where for meet and greets, where food outlets and bathrooms are, and times for entertainment such as shows and parades.

How do I meet characters at Disneyland?

Characters roam around the parks all day. Some have designated spots and times that you can find either on the app or by asking at Guest Services inside the park. The core characters such as Minnie, Mickey and friends and the princesses have designated places where they can be found.

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Others simply roam and you have to be lucky to spot them, such as Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter, and Mary Poppins. If you want an easy way to meet lots of the characters all together, book in for a character Breakfast or dinner.

What are the character dining options?

There are five character dining options at Disneyland. One is inside the park: Minnie & Friends at the Plaza Inn, which is available for breakfast/brunch. This character dining experience requires a park ticket to attend.

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Minnie & Friends is our top pick as it has the most variety and volume of characters. We met Minnie Mouse, plus core Disney faves like Donald Duck, Hook and Chip & Dale, Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore. Peter Pan, Rafiki and other lesser characters also feature.

Review of Minnie & Friends at the Plaza Inn

Outside the park there are three options:

Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel, which is open for breakfast and dinner. This is the only character dining experience which is open for dinner. We met Mickey, Minnie, Chip, Dale, Pluto and Goofy.

Review of Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel

Mickey’s Tales of Adventures at the Grand Californian. This is a fun buffet experience with Mickey, Minnie, Chip, Dale and Pluto. Breakfast/brunch only.

Review of Mickey’s Tales of Adventure at the Grand Californian

Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast and Brunch at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Daisy and Stitch are at this dining experience.

More info on Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast  and Brunch here.

Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at the Napa Rose, Grand Californian. This is the only princess-themed dining experience. It’s a pricey meal with plenty of interactions and take-home gifts.

More info the Princess Breakfast here.

Book in for a character Breakfast or dinner here.

How do I meet the Disney princesses?

You can meet three princesses at any time of day at the Fantasy Faire inside Fantasyland, Disneyland. The princesses change regularly so you won’t know which ones will be there until you go inside.

The princesses are in seperate rooms and you walk around to meet them one at a time. You can also happen upon princesses outside Cinderella’s Castle – we found Aurora this way. As of Jan 2018, this is the only way to meet multiple princesses at the same venue.

Princesses also roam around the park. Check the app to see where they will appear and when.

You can also book in for the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at the Napa Rose, Grand Californian. This is the only princess-themed dining experience. It’s a pricey meal with plenty of interactions and take-home gifts.

More info the Princess Breakfast here.

What about Anna and Elsa?

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The sisters are located inside the Animation Academy in California Adventure Park, and are the only princesses you meet together. We really enjoyed meeting Anna and Elsa – they have a great repartee together, making the sisters a really fun duo to chat with.

What is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique?

This is a must (but pricey) experience for little girls who want a princess makeover. You can read about our experience and more info on the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique here.

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I want to visit Star Wars Land

Star Wars land is located in Disneyland. Get all the info you need about Star Wars land rides and attractions here.

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Where to go for a break from the crowds

The crowds can be incredibly overwhelming in both parks. My favourite spots to escape the crowds are Tom Sawyer’s Island in Disneyland Park (and island reached by a raft with tunnels to explore), the The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (a forest-themed play area) and the Animation Academy (where you can learn to draw Disney characters and visit the Beast’s library) at Disney California Adventure.

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What services does Disneyland offer for disabilities?

Disneyland has a range of services and guide for people living with disabilities. The service most people are interested in is the Disability Access Pass (DAS) which allows people unable to queue for the rides the ability to wait elsewhere for their ride and return at a designated time and use the Lightening Lane queue to board the ride. You can pre-register for this service in advance through a video interview or in person on arrival at Disneyland.

I highly recommend pre-registering as you will then be able to select two rides per day to pre-book for your party to enjoy. Once you are in the park and using the DAS, you can select one ride at a time similar to the Genie+ booking system. One differences is that once you book a DAS ride selection, you can use it at any time that day once your booking window commences. Genie+ ride selections expire after an hour if they’re not used.

Do I need Genie+ and DAS?

With both tools you will be on and off rides all day with pretty much minimal wait times, however the DAS operates so similarly to the Genie+ that I don’t think it’s a necessary additional purchase myself.

What is the World of Colour nighttime spectacular?

World of Color is an evening show inside Disney California Adventure Park, which is generally on either once or twice per night. Jets of water shoot into the air, with lasers shooting colors and video montages from classic Disney movies onto the water “movie screen”. It’s a magnificent production well worth watching.

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In order to enter the reserved viewing areas, Guests must present one of the following:

A valid virtual queue selection for World of Color (one per Guest)
A valid voucher from a World of Color dining package or World of Color Dessert Party (one per Guest). We highly enjoyed the World of Color Dessert Party (read our review here).

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Diamond Head Crater Hike, Hawaii

Diamond Head Crater Hike Hawaii

Diamond Head Crater Hike

Enjoy panoramic views of the Waikiki shoreline on the Diamond Head Crater Hike. Follow the rugged trail up to the top of an extinct volcano.

The Diamond Head Summit Trail or Diamond Head Crater Hike is a short trail in Diamond Head State Monument.

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From the parking lot on the crater floor, the trail to the summit is 0.8 mile (1.3 km) one way and climbs 560 feet (171 m) in elevation.

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There is a paved concrete walkway for a distance of 0.2 miles at the start of the hike. After this, the the trail becomes uneven and steep, requiring caution and appropriate footwear.

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There are steep stairways on the trail and one section of the trail goes through a long, narrow tunnel (which is lighted).

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The trail length is 1.6 miles (round trip). Estimated time to complete the trail is 2 hours.

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The walk is classed as “moderate” in difficulty. There are some very steep sections.

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The Diamond Head Crater Hike was built in 1908 as part of Oʻahu’s coastal defense system. At the summit of Leʻahi (Hawaiian name for Diamond Head Crater), you’ll find bunkers on the crater rim and a navigational lighthouse built in 1917 along the coast outside the crater. You may catch a glimpse of passing humpback whales.

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Directions
The trailhead is adjacent to the parking lot within Diamond Head State Monument. The entrance is off Diamond Head Road between Makapu’u Avenue and 18th Avenue, Honolulu. Fees apply for parking.

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Due to the popularity of the Diamond Head hike, bookings are required. Book here.

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Additional Information
No bikes
No dogs
Stay on the trail
Restrooms available in carpark
Picnic tables
Concession stand

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Read more about Diamond Head Summit Trail

 

More things to do in Hawaii

Visit Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa.
Read what to expect when visiting
Aualni, a Disney Resort and Spa.
Tips for visiting the
Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu.
Hike to the top of an extinct volcano on the Diamond Head Crater Trail.
Enjoy a fancy afternoon tea at the Moana Surfrider.
See where the Jurassic park movies were filmed on an ATV tour at Kualoa Ranch.

Read about the best things to do on Maui.
Visit the
Surfing Goat Dairy on Maui.
Check out turtles at the
Maui Ocean Center.
Drive to the
summit of Haleakala on Maui.

Find the best things to do in Hilo, Hawaii
Visit Coconut Island, Hilo
Enjoy Liluokalani Gardens in Hilo
See the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakula Bay
Get a glimpse of the past at the Waikoloa Petroglyphs
Get the best things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii
See a volcano up close at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Visit Rainbow Falls, Hilo
See a majestic waterfall at Akaka State Park, Hilo Hawaii
See turtles on
Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii
Swim with giants on a manta ray night snorkel, Hawaii
See lava and land at the foot of a waterfall on a
helicopter tour
Hold a seahorse at Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm Kona Hawaii