Visiting Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disney Sea is an affordable dream, believe it or not. But wait, you might say, with tickets upwards of 6,900 yen for a single day and meals ranging from 1,500 yen to 2,000 yen, the side-by-side Disneyland resorts seem like a rather expensive place to spend the afternoon. And you would be right. Disneyland resorts are expensive. There is (almost) no way around it!
You can buy tickets one of two ways, either the day of at the park or online. We recommend using this booking site for Tokyo Disney tickets, with their eticket you go straight in without lining up. Also if you’re planning on seeing both Disney Sea and Tokyo Disneyland then get the 2 day pass combo to save yourself about ¥1,000. And if you want an easy hassle free trip to Tokyo Disney (which is actually located quite a way outside of Tokyo!), check out these (not quite so cheap) private taxi + Disneyland/Sea one-day passort deals.
And read on for some additional tips to help you save more money…
1. Buy an “After 6” or “Starlight” Passport.
- The Starlight Passport cost 5,400 yen for Adults (18+), 4,700 yen for Junior (12 – 17), and 3,500 yen for Children (11 and under). It is valid after 3pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays. To check the validity of days, click here.
- The After 6 Passport goes for a flat fee of 4,200 yen for Adults, Juniors, and Children. It is valid after 6pm, Monday – Friday (except national holidays). To check the validity of days, click here.
The regular tickets are 7,400 yen for Adults, 6,400 yen for Juniors, and 4,800 yen for Children (as of Jan 2017). They grant you all day access in one of the parks. However, if you don’t necessarily want to spend all day in the park, try getting one of the evening passes. There are less crowds at night, so you can get through the attractions much quicker.
Also, you can occasionally get special discounts on regular priced tickets from January to April with a student ID. If you’re over 60, you can get a discounted ticket (with ID). Entrance is free for children under the age of 3.
2. Borrow stuff from friends:
I know you think you’re probably the kind of person who can avoid temptation. Maybe you are. But if you’re like most of us and get easily tempted by fancy Disney apparel, it is best to borrow, beg, or otherwise acquire Disney hats, shirts, bags, and souvenir popcorn buckets before you get to the park.
Borrow a Disney hat from a friend. I feel like the Disney parks are designed to make you want to buy an overpriced hat that you wear proudly for the day, then never touch again. Trust me, your friends probably have silly hats and Disney shirts hiding in their closets. Ask around; you might be surprised what people will let you borrow. Last time I went I borrowed two matching shirts and a Stitch hat.
Borrow a souvenir bucket from a friend. Refills for souvenir buckets is quite a bit cheaper (for more popcorn) than buying a paper bag. You can get twice the popcorn for nearly the same price. Plus, the souvenir bucket hangs nicely around your neck. You can get a couple refills of delicious Disney caramel popcorn without paying too much.
3. Bring your own food and water to Disney Sea.
Every time I got to Disneyland, I bring a couple onigiri rice balls, a bento box, and a couple bottles of water. The tea and water bottles inside of the park are typically 500 yen for 500mL, or 300 yen for 250mL. It’s expensive…
One warning: be careful with alcohol inside the park.
I accidentally brought in two cans of beer last time I went. While my friend and I were eating our smuggled bento lunch boxes sipping beers, we realized that alcohol is not served in Tokyo Disneyland, only in Tokyo DisneySea.
So bring your own food and water, but don’t bring alcohol. Or if you do, disguise it well.
4. Eat lunch at the Disneyland park.
I know this contradicts what number 3 says, but you really should eat a “late” lunch at the Disneyland resorts. The lunch dishes are about half the cost of the dinner menu. If you’re staying the whole day, I’ve found the easiest way to cut costs and stay full is to pack a bento box lunch, a couple water bottles, and snacks–and lock them in a locker (along with your coats) until the evening. By then, your older beverages should be depleted, you will be hungry, and you will be cold.
The dinner dishes at the Disney parks are much more expensive than the lunch dishes.
5. Avoid “busy” days.
This won’t actually save money (technically), but will allow you to get the most out of your yen. Try to avoid: weekends, New Year’s rush (December 31st, January 1st – 5th), Golden Week (April 29th – May 5th), Obon (August 13th – 15th), and any of the other Japanese national holidays. For a full list of holidays, click here.
Bonus Tip: Cheap Hotels Nearby
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay we’ve got that covered too—see our article: cheap hotels near Tokyo Disneyland.
Bonus Tip #2: Coming Straight From Tokyo Narita Airport
If you’ve planned to come to disney (or a nearby hotel) direct from Narita airport, save some money and hassle on your airport transfer, read our guide on getting from Narita Airport to Tokyo Disneyland.
|Name:||Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea Resorts|
|Pricing info:||4,200 yen - 6,900 yen for adults|
|Address:||1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan|
|Business hours:||8:00am - 10:00pm|
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