Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo Disney Resort

If you haven’t visited all of the Disney theme parks around the world, know that there is one that is above them all in terms of the service experience. It’s the Tokyo Disney Resort. I’ve spent extensive time there and it’s worthy of the investment to go visit.

Let’s take a look:

Tokyo Disneyland

Most know the resort as Tokyo Disneyland. That’s the original park, and it offers the best of Disneyland as well as Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. For instance you find Cinderella castle from Magic Kingdom:

You know your Disney parks when you can tell the difference between Cinderella castles in Tokyo and Florida. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

But you see Pirates of the Caribbean as it’s largely staged at Disneyland:

In many ways, the quality of ride experience surpasses Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

There are also attractions like no other. One of those is Pooh’s Honey Hunt, which is a trackless system. It is above anything else.

Woozles and Heffalumps have their own ride vehicle in Pooh’s Honey Hunt. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Tokyo Disney Sea

As impressive as Tokyo Disneyland is, it sits in the shadow of Tokyo Disney Sea, which is considered by many the best designed theme park of all time. The centerpiece of this park is not a castle, but Mt. Prometheus, home of Nemo and two attractions, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth.

The Nautilus sits in the lagoon at the foot of Mt. Prometheus. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Many of the attractions are unique to this park and can only be found here. Others are variations of familiar attractions found at Disney, but are more elaborate than anything you find stateside. This includes Tower of Terror,

The unusual Moorish architecture is just a prelude to the unusual happenings inside the Tower of Terror. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

And Midway Mania.

The entrance to Toy Story Mania is a testimony that Tokyo Disney never takes the short route in creating an amazing experience. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Tokyo Disney Resort

Beyond the park are several resorts to include the elaborate Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. While not as sprawling, this hotel stands above and beyond even Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. Luxurious and expensive. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Another favorite is the Hotel Mira Costa which sits at the entrance to Tokyo Disney Sea.

The hotel wraps around the entire courtyard entrance to Mediterranean Harbor. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

More hotels complement this resort, as does their own shopping district, Ikispiari. A monorail system wraps around all of it.

Ikspiari mall offers an alternative to the parks. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

In the weeks and months to come we will highlight more from this resort. Stay tuned, because the more you know about Tokyo Disney, the more you will likely visit.