Visiting Tokyo Disneyland with toddler (incl best rides for toddlers)

Visiting Tokyo Disneyland with toddler (incl best rides for toddlers)

Everyone has a different opinion about the best age for children to have their first Disney experience! We were in Tokyo with our toddler and couldn’t resist the draw of taking our toddler to on her first trip to Disney. Who knew when we would get chance to go back again but was Tokyo Disney toddler friendly? The answer for us had to be yes  so we have put together our Tokyo Disney Guide to help you have a great time at Tokyo Disney with your toddler.

Updated: October 2019

Tips for visiting Tokyo Disneyland with toddlers

Check the Crowd Calendar before Visiting

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We were really lucky with our visits to Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea as we really didn’t experience any long queues but I have heard that these parks can get exceptionally busy especially if you are travelling in holidays or weekends. If you have any flexibility I would advise a mid week visit and also checking the crowd calendar before you visit. The crowd calendar is a bit confusing as it is in Japanese however it is colour coded so be sure to look for least crowded days. Most people seem to recommend this as the most accurate and is the one we used when we booked our trip. Since our trip I also found the following crowd calendar in English however it only has dates for 6 months in advance.  

Should I stay onsite at Tokyo Disneyland with toddlers? 

I think the on site vs offsite Disneyland hotel question is one that comes up no matter what park you are visiting in the world. We did both options during our stay and actually had  a great time even when we commuted into the park from central Tokyo when we were staying at the Conrad.

As with everywhere the main reason to stay off-site for Tokyo Disneyland is that it can be much cheaper as there are plenty more budget options in central Tokyo. However depending on where you are located you might have a long journey on public transport to get to the park and you will inevitable be travelling during at least a little bit of Tokyo rush hour and might mean you have a very early start if you want to get to the park for rope drop (as we recommend). 

However, if you are only planning on going to the park once during your Tokyo with toddlers itinerary you might want to stick to one hotel for your entire trip to save disruption in which case a more central location is probably going to be easiest so you aren’t travelling into Tokyo every day. 

For onsite hotels at Tokyo Disneyland there are two options – official Disneyland hotels and on-site non Disney hotels. 

There are four hotels at Tokyo Disneyland 

This hotels all offer great Disney theming, are close to the park and have some character dining options available such as Chef Mickey at the Ambassador). Perhaps the most unique of all of the hotels however is the Miracosta as it is actually the only hotel in the world to actually be INSIDE a park and some rooms come with exceptional park view. This hotel is especially good for those concentrating on visiting Disneysea rather than Disneyland. 

There aren’t Early Magic Hours per se as you get in Florida and at Disneyland Paris. However if you are a guest at one of the above hotels you get access to the Happy 15 Entry which is similar to Early Magic Hours. This gives you access to the park 30 minutes before official opening via a special entrance. During this time some attractions may be open but you can also use this time to get your first fast passes. 

If you want to stay on the Disney resort but want to save money then a great option is to stay at a Disney Resort Official Resort that isn’t run by Disney specifically. There are several hotels which fall into this category which are: 

This parks are exceptionally close to the park and there is a free shuttle bus service to the park for guests. These are a great compromise for those that want a more budget stay on the Disney Resort. 

Overall if you can afford it and are planning to spend more than one day at Tokyo Disneyland parks I would recommend staying on site at either an official Disney hotel or a partner hotel especially if you are travelling to Disney with toddlers. If you only have one day and can’t decide between Disneyland vs Disneysea check out this guide and our toddler guide to Disneysea. 

Should I book tickets in advance for Tokyo Disneyland? 

If you are staying on site at Tokyo Disneyland with toddlers be sure to check whether tickets are included with your room. If there are not or you are staying off site then it is e book your Tokyo Disneyland tickets in advance to avoid the queues and make sure you are inside the park for the rope drop. 

There are several ticket options available which are: 

Please note: Children aged three and younger are free so they won’t require a paid for ticket. 

How easy is it to get to Tokyo Disney with a toddler? Public Transport and the Tokyo Disney Train

On our first visit to the Disney complex we were staying in central Tokyo and had to use a combination of subway and then use the Tokyo Disney Train to transfer to the park. We were slightly concerned about using the public transit system with our stroller but actually found it very easy to do even with our stroller. Just be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to get to the park so you can be there for the rope drop. 

On our second visit we were staying on the Tokyo Disney complex at the Sheraton Grande (not an official Disneyland hotel but on the Tokyo Disneyland monorail system so getting to the parks was very quick in the morning.

We found both options  very easy to navigate with the toddler.

For more toddler friendly thing to do in Tokyo check out this guide! 

Tokyo Disneyland stroller required?

Is a stroller required at Tokyo Disneyland? It can be tempting to leave behind a stroller when travelling to Disney especially if you have already stopped using it on a day to day basis but my advice is always take a stroller to Disney with toddlers whatever park you are travelling to. Days at Disney are long, exciting and tiring and you will be happy to have it with you. 

Tokyo Disneyland is very stroller friendly as the park is flat and very easy to navigate around with a stroller. There are stroller parks next to every ride at Tokyo Disney. I left my stroller without concern however one of my top tips for using stroller parks at Disney is to have a stroller lock like this one  with you as an extra security measure. Be sure you don’t leave any valuables in the stroller. 

 

Tokyo Disneyland Stroller Required?

Tokyo Disneyland Stroller Required?

If you haven’t got a stroller with you or travelling to the park without one and regret your decision there are also strollers for rent. The rental strollers cost around  700 yen per day.

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Make Use of the Baby Centre 

If you are travelling to Tokyo Disneyland with infants then be sure to make use of the baby centre for changes, feeding times if you want and also to give them a bit of down time away from the excitement of the park. There are two baby centres as far as I am aware one in toon town and another at the main entrance. 

What to do in Tokyo Disneyland in the rain? 

We visited Tokyo Disneysea the day after a typhoon so it was a bit wet. In severe rain some rides may shut or entire parks if a typhoon hits. However if you have some rain don’t panic as there are plenty of indoor things to do at Tokyo Disneyland in the rain. Our main advice as with any park is to a poncho with you. If you can buy this in advance it will be cheaper than having to buy one in the park. 

What are the best Tokyo Disneyland rides for toddlers

Whenever you are thinking about what is the right age for Disney I think one of the main concerns is how many rides your child can go on. What we found when we visited was that there are actually lots of Tokyo Disneyland rides for toddlers. 

List of Tokyo Disneyland rides for Toddlers

Fantasyland Tokyo Disneyland rides for Toddlers

Teacups - Best Tokyo Disneyland Rides for Toddlers

Teacups – Best Tokyo Disneyland Rides for Toddlers

  • Alice’s Tea Party
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • it’s a small world 
  • Peter Pan’s Flight 
  • Castle Carousel 
  • Snow WHite’s Adventures  – might be a bit scary for some. 
  • Pooh’s Hunny Hunt – FASTPASS Available be sure to grab this so your toddler doesn’t wait in a long queue 
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey 
  • Snow White’s Grotto – 

Other toddler friendly attractions in this area include exploring Cinderella’s castle. 

Toontown 

There is only one ride for toddlers in Toontown – Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin but there are some great experiential attractions for toddlers including 

  • Goofy’s House Paint
  • Chip and Dale’s Tree House 
  • Toon Park – a playground aimed at toddlers and preschoolers. 
  • Donald’s Boat
  • Minnie’s House

Tomorrowland

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters – FASTPASS Available be sure to grab one at the start of they. 
  • Monster’s Inc Ride and Go Seek – FASTPASS Available be sure to grab one at the start of they. 

Adventureland

  • Jungle Cruise 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – this ride has no height restriction however this might be too scary for toddlers at Tokyo Disney. 

Other toddler friendly attractions in Adventureland include The Enchanted Tiki Room with Stitch 

Westernland

Best Tokyo Disneyland Rides for toddlers - Steamboat

  • Mark Twain River Boat 
  • Tom Sawyer Rafts (raft boat) 

This area also has the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House which also has no height restrictions. 

There is also the Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes in Critter Country. This can be done by young children provided they can sit up without assistance. I would also advise this is only one for toddlers that can sit still for duration. We didn’t do this as I could just see my daughter wanting to sit on my lap halfway through the experience. 

Tips for Tokyo Disneyland rides with Toddlers 

  • Grab your fast passes – rides with fast passes and are suitable for toddlers are Winnie’s Hunny Hunt, Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters and the Monsters Inc Ride and Go Seek. Be sure to get a fastness as soon as you enter the park and grab another once you are finished the first ride to cut down wait times with a toddler 
  • Save Short Queues for Later in the day – rides we found with a short queue were the carousel, teacups and Dumbo. 
  • Check the Website – This website has updates in realtime in English for current waits at each of the rides. 

We didn’t use any of the fast passes as we didn’t feel the need to try any of the popular rides but would recommend using them if you wish to see a show

Best Things to do at Tokyo Disneyland for toddlers 

Tokyo Disneyland Parades

Tokyo Disneyland with toddlers

Tokyo Disneyland with toddlers

I don’t think that I have ever experienced such a toddler friendly parade simply for the organisation and politeness of the Japanese. An hour before the parade starts people start congregating along the route but the unusual thing about Tokyo Disney is people sit down for the parade which means that your toddler’s view of the parade will be unobscured. The parade songs were mostly sung in English but even if they weren’t the spectacle would still be enjoyed.

The Parade - one of the best things at Tokyo Disneyland for toddlers

The Parade – one of the best things at Tokyo Disneyland for toddlers

Tips for Visiting Tokyo Disneyland with toddlers

Tips for Visiting Tokyo Disneyland with toddlers

Family Friendly Restaurants at Tokyo Disneyland 

Some of the foods and restaurants are different to what you would get in western parks. There was a pizzeria but they had some bizarre toppings such as seafood and chicken, beetroot and pumpkin. There was a hotdog restaurant and an Italian that provided sit down meals which we thoroughly enjoyed but if your toddler is on the fussy side I would take snacks with you.

On the snack side, popcorn is a huge hit in Japan. Have a wonder round the different vendors as you will find a variety of flavours from chocolate to curry.

And of course there are plenty of places selling the obligatory ice cream!

What to eat at Tokyo Disneyland

What to eat at Tokyo Disneyland

Character Meetings at Tokyo Disneyland 

One of my favourite things about Tokyo Disney were how many character experiences there were that didn’t need to be booked or required long queues. We enjoy watching characters from Pinnochio riding the teacups to all of the characters congregated ub the square. The only queues were for photos with Mickey and Minnie and they weren’t too long.

Meeting Daisy - Best Things to do at Tokyo Disneyland with toddlers

Meeting Daisy – Best Things to do at Tokyo Disneyland with toddlers

Meeting Donald - Best Things to do at Tokyo Disneyland for toddlers

Meeting Donald – Best Things to do at Tokyo Disneyland for toddlers

Is Tokyo Disney toddler friendly?

Given the amount of rides, frequent parades and ample opportunities for character interactions Tokyo Disney is very toddler friendly.  In fact I would go as far as to say this is the perfect place to have your little one’s first Disney experience.

If you want to book your tickets in advance we recommend using this link! 

FAQS 

What are the best Tokyo Disneyland rides for infants? 

If you are visiting Tokyo Disneyland with infants most of the toddler friendly rides can be done with an infant on the proviso that they can sit unaccompanied. 

Have you been to Tokyo Disney? What would your recommendations be for visiting with a toddler or young children?


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37 Comments

  1. October 11, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    We’ve only been to the one in Paris, would love to visit Disney in Tokyo too, since Japan has long been on our list of countries to visit ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. October 11, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Gives me all the more reasons to fit in Japan on the bucket list ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks like the adults had heaps of fun too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. October 11, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    I’ve never actually been to Disney but the bigger parks do often sound quite overwhelming, this sounds ideal with little ones. And having no queues for the character experiences/meets is even better.

  4. October 11, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Sounds a great place to visit! Anything Disney looks fab. Great informative post

  5. October 12, 2017 / 8:09 am

    I have not been to Tokyo Disney but having been to Paris and Florida I think they are very similar in terms of rides and character meets. Looks like you had an amazing time

  6. October 12, 2017 / 10:48 am

    Oh wow, it looks great here. I have never been to Disney before but would love to take my Daughter one day. Lovely pictures.

  7. October 12, 2017 / 10:56 am

    I had no idea there was a Disney in Tokyo! It looks like lots of fun for toddlers and I like that it is pushchair friendly too ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. October 12, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    I have only been to the Florida one, but I was surprised at how toddler friendly it was in general. I have no idea why we didn’t consider visiting when we were in Tokyo! I wish we had now! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. October 12, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    I love that everyone sits for the parade, much better than the other Disney parks where it is hard to see. It sounds like such a magical place to visit with toddlers xx

  10. October 12, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    I imagine a lot of people would wonder whether they could take toddlers to a Disney park so it’s useful to know that the one in Tokyo is so toddler friendly. The parade looks especially good for little ones. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  11. October 12, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    It sounds like it has a lot to offer young children. We went to Disney Land Paris and found there was lots of rides etc suitable for a toddler

  12. October 12, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Curry popcorn! Beetroot pizzas! Take me there. It sounds as though there are tons of lovely, gentle rides fo toddlers, too.

  13. October 13, 2017 / 8:19 am

    I didn’t even know there was a Tokyo Disney! Should like it’s perfect for toddlers x

  14. October 13, 2017 / 11:15 am

    how civilised that you can sit for the parade I absolutely love that idea and so much nicer for toddlers too!

  15. October 13, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    We haven’t done Disney yet as my concern was that my girls were/are too young to appreciate it. This has definitely got me thinking differently.

  16. October 13, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    So jealous you went. It looks fab. I love the fact that everyone sits down during the parades x

  17. October 13, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    never mind being toddler friendly …looks like the adults had just as much fun:)

  18. October 14, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    Looks like you had a lot of fun at Tokyo Disney. Thanks for taking one for the team to discover all of the tips! #FarawayFiles

  19. October 14, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    We so want to visit Japan and Tokyo and it’s great to know we can do it with a toddler!

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      I must admit that I didnโ€™t try it. I use to work in a cinema as a student and donโ€™t really eat popcorn after that ?

  20. October 17, 2017 / 8:29 am

    What fantastic family fun! And from the photos, it looks as though Mummy was having the time of her life ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’re yet to take the boys to a Disney Park. I’ve always thought they were a bit big and overwhelming. But the Toyko one sounds a winner! #familytraveltips

  21. October 17, 2017 / 11:55 am

    I haven’t been to Tokyo Disney but I have taken two young children to Disney World three times and Disneyland in California once. I am definitely in the “take your kids while they’re young” camp. Regardless of age, they have both found something that they loved each time they go. #citytripping

  22. October 17, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I love this post! Even though I don’t travel with kids, I think it’s a pretty great compliment of information here, especially because Disney parks are “generally” designed for kids. I am hoping to visit Tokyo soon, and hope that this would be one of my stops!

  23. October 18, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Sounds like a great experience for all ages, toddlers too! Only been to Paris Disney park but there are so many to choose between. Tokyo is now on my radar!
    #citytripping

  24. October 19, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    How lovely that everyone sits down for the parade. I think that is so polite and kind and obviously great for a toddler. It sounds like you had a very enjoyable trip. Itโ€™s good to that the wait for Minnie and Mickey wasnโ€™t too long either. #familytraveltips

  25. October 26, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    Love these photos. Look like you guys have so much fun there. Never thought there was a Disney in Tokyo!

  26. October 29, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Ahh that’s lovely to hear, I actually found Tokyo pretty difficult to navigate myself. We were only there for 24 hours. Exhausted and with no idea of Japanese so it was pretty tough. If we go again with the girls I’d definitely take them to Disney because it would be a break from the hustle and bustle of central Tokyo. I love the fact they sit down for the parade, perfect for toddlers and just synonymous with the wonderfully polite character of the Japanese. Thanks for linking up to #FamilyTravelTips
    Nat.x

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