We spent the weekend very productively, visiting Tokyo Disneyland. We had perfect weather even though it rained cats and dogs the day before. But since this is not our first time, we have learned a few tricks we would like to share. So I will be writing the following blog posts over the next few weeks:
Let me give you some tips before I continue:
* They do not serve alcohol in Tokyo Disneylabd, but they do in Tokyo Disney Sea. But if you want a beer, the hotel bar is both more pleasant and better priced.
* The food in the Japanese Disney parks would be considered goirmet fare by American standards, but it is not great compared to what you find outside. A big breakfast in the hotel, light lunch in the park, lots of popcorn (which are great), and dinner in the hotel or Tokyo is the model.
* The best value souvenirs are the T-shirts. Our kids have used theirs for close to a year almost every day and they still look good.
* Call the hotel before you get there (unless you are staying in a Disney hotel), and ask about the schedule for the bus to Maihama station. Saves you the monorail (and shuttle bus) ride. Although the buses leave from the circular concourse in front of the station, which is not so nice if it rains. However, you can use the Suica/Pasmo card on the monorail.
* You can buy park tickets and passes from the concierge of the hotel, but you have to pay cash. And they will not let you charge it to your room.
So here is what I will be writing about from our trip:
* Why partner hotels are a better deal than the Disney hotels - with one exception.
* Guide for visiting Tokyo Disneyland with kids.
* What you absolutely need to bring for your Tokyo Disneyland visit - and how to use it the Japanese way.
* Disney Sea - an introduction (personally, I am a big fan, and my kids asked me to go to Disney Sea next time!)
Anything else you want me to write about? Drop a line in the comments, tweet me @wisterianw, or Facebook as Wisterian Watertree!
I am Wisterian Watertree, recently moved from Tokyo to Sendai, previously of Bangkong and Honolulu. I write about travel, especially with our three beautiful kids (two girls and one boy, soon turning seven - yes. they are triplets). Travel is education and fun rolled into one, and if you are like me, that is something you want to give to your kids. If you want more tips and want to find out when I will publish something, get it from my email list. If you want to be personal, drop me a note on firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you want general tips, follow me on Twitter @wisterianw.