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Old 02-19-2013, 09:43 PM   #16
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Thank you for all this information. My daughter is headed over to Tokyo to stay with our friends this summer for 2-3weeks in June. They have TDL on the schedule of things to and I was wondering how much cash (American dollars) to send with her for 1 or 2 days at TDL.
I'd say $250 if you're including the cost of tickets into that (a 2 day ticket is about $140 I believe), there's the monorail which is a few dollars, food if she wants to eat at the nice restaurants, maybe closer to $300
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:33 PM   #17
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Discount tix and English language by CM

Chris, thanks for this post, I put *** next to my answers to separate them out.

* Are the parks as nice as WDW or DL? In my opinion and the opinion of many others who visited, they're actually much nicer in many ways. The quality of the attractions is actually much higher with more intricate details or ride systems that are more advanced than anything we have in the U.S.. The cleanliness and friendliness of the staff is also very very high (but the same can be said for most of Tokyo itself!)

***Great attention to detail and cleanliness which is typical in Japan.


* Do they offer park discounts often?
This I am not too familiar with. One thing you have to keep in mind is that TDR is NOT owned or operated by Disney. It is owned by the Oriental Land Company. They license everything from Disney but run things their way (ironically a BETTER way these days than Disney itself).

***They sometimes have seasonal discount specials for locals...and for out of towners, they often have discounts if you are over 45 years old (I think that was the cutoff age, either that or 50)



* Are they "full day" parks?
VERY much so. Disneyland has a LOT of attractions and DisneySea is so gosh darn beautiful you could spend a whole day just walking around.

***Absolutely agree!!


* Can I use a credit card in most places
I don't believe the food carts allow credit cards, probably only the restaurants. Ironically Japan is VERY cash based. Also, while we're on the subject, if you are off property and you want to use an ATM, look for 7-11 locations or post offices. Those are the only places you may find ATM's which take "western" cards typically.

***The big stores on Main Street take foreign credit cards no problem, otherwise, as Chris said, it's mostly cash. In many of the subway stations, there are Citi ATM machines that take USA debit cards and issue cash (yen).


* Is there a monorail to get around?
Yes, to get between parks and some of the hotels there is a monorail, however due to city transit requirements it is not free. You can buy a pass for the monorail access, or use the same prepaid card for other trains in the Tokyo rail system (Pasmo or Suica). Also, despite the fact that both parks are right next to each other, their entrances are FAR apart, so you will need a monorail to get between them.

***Trains to and from Tokyo are easy and not a hassle.

* Will I have problems if I don't speak any Japanese?
Rarely will you have any issues within TDR. Most CM's speak at least some english or will happily find someone who will help you out. This is also what you'll probably find in Tokyo itself, people are very helpful to foreigners and quite pleasant in general. Having said that, realize that literally 95% of the guests at TDR are Japanese. Since TDR is not owned by Disney, but by Oriental Land Company, they don't get to advertise outside of their own borders, which is why you don't hear about TDR much internationally.
Of course, learning the basic greetings of Konnichiwa (Hello) and Arigatou Gozaimasi (Thank you very much) helps out. Japanese people are EXTREMELY POLITE in practically all situations, so doing this will really help you "fit in".

***Should not have a problem...if you ask a CM a question and they don't understand the question or have an answer they can explain in English, they will radio someone who comes over and answers you in English, very accommodating and helpful. Also, when waiting in lines, etc. the CM's are masters at making you understand their guidance with very graceful hand movements....they are good at making people sit down for example when waiting for parades so others behind you can see...helping to ensure everyone has a good time.

Also, most of the signs in TDR are in english. As for the attractions, admittedly most are in Japanese, but the storylines are often pretty basic. If you attend shows, you can get a translation device that follows along with the story (although I am not a "show" person, so I haven't personally tried one).

***I used the translation device for Aladdin just to see how it worked and it was fine. Kind of like closed captions on TV.


* Can I grab snacks to eat and walk around with?

You can buy snacks like the famous popcorn in many different flavors around the parks, but for some reason Japanese people DO NOT walk around while eating food. I doubt they'd "frown on you" for doing so, but it just isn't something that they do.

***Definitely the famous popcorn is carry and eat!


***One thing I also want to add is electrical outlets to charge a device are not to be found, but you can buy batteries or portable chargers at the Main Street Photo store.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:54 PM   #18
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:12 PM   #19
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Benefits for Disney Hotel Guests?

I hear that guests of the Disney , Miracosta and Ambassador Hotels get many perks. Such as Fast Passes, complimentary Monorail tickets, and the ability to get into the parks early if you stay at any of the main three Disney Hotels. Does one hotel in particular offer more, or better goodies? Can anyone who's stayed at the Resort recently please confirm any of this?

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No FastPasses, at least for Ambassador guests.

You do get early entry (if I understand correctly, the Ambassador and Disneyland Hotel for TDL and the MiraCosta for TDS). But note that early entry means by 10-15 minutes, so it's really functions to position you to be at the front of the pack when the park officially opens, rather than to actually do anything during that time.

Because it is connected to the parks by buses (which are just about as efficient as the monorail), it seems Ambassador guests do not get a monorail pass. That may not be the case for the other hotels, which are near monorail stations (and rely on the monorail for access to the other park).
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:11 PM   #21
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Thank you! Now when you say front of the line...does that mean hotel guests get to go through the gates 10-15 mins before, and wait in the main plaza area until rope drop? I'm curious to see exactly how this works cause it doesn't seem to be much of a perk.
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Now when you say front of the line...does that mean hotel guests get to go through the gates 10-15 mins before, and wait in the main plaza area until rope drop?
For TDL, there is a separate line for hotel guests (in the center of the entrance plaza). You'll be let in 10-15 minutes before the rest of the guests. You can enter Main Street/World Bazaar and go part-way into the lands. On the Tomorrowland side, the internal rope drop at official opening time is just north of Space Mountain, which means that you could get a Fastpass for Monsters, Inc. or Space Mountain on the way (most of the crowd is headed to Pooh in Fantasyland when the park officially opens). On one occasion Monsters, Inc. was open to ride, but I'm not sure if that's typical.

I don't have personal experience with hotel entry at TDS, but understand that MiraCosta guests are allowed to enter the park early through the hotel entrance but are held in the Mediterranean Harbor area until official opening time.
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Hm, that's no fun if you're just held back and don't get a chance to ride any attractions or even get Fast Passes.
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Hm, that's no fun if you're just held back and don't get a chance to ride any attractions or even get Fast Passes.
It may not be "fun" but the head start is a perk. Rope drop in Tokyo is a sight to behold - unlike in the U.S., there are no apparent restrictions on running, etc., and all the normal rules of polite Japanese behavior go out the window.
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LOL. It can't be as bad as Early Entry into Carsland at Disneyland. People have no manners !
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Jsilvers is right, it's a pretty big advantage! One thing the makes it separate from the US parks parks is that people full out run. On top of that people are organized and many times work in groups whether to get FP (assigning tickets to the fastest runner) or to get a good position for a show or greeting (have the fast group run and slower people carry the bags with equipment). I have a video of when people start running in from inside TDS from one time that we used early entry and will try to upload it so you can see but it is a little scary.
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Hi DreamSweetsLove, could you please explain more about the Japanese site you posted regarding crowds?

We are planing to visit Disney Sea on May 28 and Disneyland on May 29. For both days, I see a small green box that has the number 18 in it - what does this mean?

There are also numbers under the green box: a red 25/a blue 17 - what does this mean?

And I know there is a highlighted box regarding FPs but have no clue what it says.

Any help will be much appreciated.

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Hi DreamSweetsLove, could you please explain more about the Japanese site you posted regarding crowds?

We are planing to visit Disney Sea on May 28 and Disneyland on May 29. For both days, I see a small green box that has the number 18 in it - what does this mean?

There are also numbers under the green box: a red 25/a blue 17 - what does this mean?

And I know there is a highlighted box regarding FPs but have no clue what it says.

Any help will be much appreciated.

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The red and blue number should be the high and low temperature for that day. The box in the middle is the crowd estimate, so 18 would be about 18, 000 people. For the Standby/FP chart the times at the top are the max wait times and time chart is an estimation of what time FP's given at the machines run out and can be used for. Notice Toy story Mania FP is gone within the first hour. Raging FP's are given out until fairly late on weekdays but on weekends 20,000 leagues and Storm Rider are the last to run out.
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Thank you DreamSweetsLove!
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