Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

Queensland is the home of theme parks in Australia, and if you want to have the Hollywood experience during your visit to Queensland, why not spend a day at Movie World Gold Coast? Filled with thrill rides, an area just for the kids, tons of shopping and plenty of entertainment to keep all ages happy! Russell and I spent around four hours exploring Movie World Gold Coast, but if you’re visiting with a family or have never been before, make sure to set aside an entire day to take in the magic of Hollywood in Australia’s very own Queensland.

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

I’ve included a ton of awesome tips and advice in this post, including how to get to Movie World, where to buy tickets and how much they cost, as well as info on all of the rides and attractions! Grab a pen and paper, because if you’re planning a visit to Movie World Gold Coast, you’ll need these tips!

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

How to Get to Movie World Gold Coast

If you’ve read my previously published article about WetnWild Gold Coast, you can use those same directions to get to Movie World, as they’re right next to each other! However, here’s the information if you missed that post:

Getting to Movie World by Car from Surfers Paradise – Head down Gold Coast Highway, then turn onto Smith Street and follow the signs. You’ll need to leave the Highway at Exit 60, then continue following the signs to Movie World. The best way to ensure you’re heading in the right direction, is by using Google Maps.


Getting to Movie World by Car from Brisbane – If you’re driving to Movie World from Brisbane, follow the signs to the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast. Take Exit 60 and once you get closer to Movie World, there will be signs directing you. Again, use Google Maps to ensure you’re heading in the right direction!

Getting to Movie World by Bus from Surfers Paradise – If you’re staying in Surfers Paradise, you’ll see buses driving around that say ‘Movie World’ across the front. From what I could tell (we drove ourselves from Surfers Paradise, meaning we didn’t need to take a bus) they tend to make quite frequent stops in multiple places around Surfers Paradise. Your best bet is heading to Cavill Mall and asking at one of the Information booths, where the best stop to wait at is. There may be a small fee, so just ask the bus driver before boarding if you’re unsure. Catching a bus is the easiest way of getting to Movie World if you don’t have access to a car.

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

Opening Times

Throughout the year, Movie World Gold Coast is open from 9:30am until 5pm. The gates to the theme park open at 9:30, but the rides don’t open until 10am. This gives visitors a chance to find a park, purchase a locker if needed and line up for one of the awesome, unmissable rides. We arrived at around 9:45am, headed straight for the Superman Escape ride, and was able to go on twice in a row! It definitely pays to arrive early and line up straight away.

Ticket Prices for Movie World Gold Coast

There are a few different ticket options available when it comes to purchasing tickets for Movie World Gold Coast. As I mentioned earlier, all of Australia’s major theme parks are located on the Gold Coast. If you plan to visit all of Queensland’s theme parks during your stay, purchasing a multi-day ticket is the best option.

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

Along with Movie World, there are three other theme parks and attractions under the Village Roadshow brand: WetnWild, Sea World and Paradise Country. You can purchase tickets that include entry into all four theme parks, or choose to only visit the parks you’re interested in. We opted for the 2 Day Multi-Park Pass and spent a day each at Movie World and WetnWild.

Related: WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia’s Biggest & Best Water Park

1 Day Ticket to Movie World – Adult: $79.99 | Child: $69.99
This ticket will get you into Movie World for one day only

2 Day Multi-Park Pass – Adult: $89.99 | Child: $79.99
This pass will get you into Movie World and one other park of your choice over two consecutive days

3 Day Super Pass – Adult & Child: $99.99
This pass will get you into any three parks over three consecutive days


14 Day Mega Pass – Adult & Child: $109.99
This pass will get you into all four parks over fourteen consecutive days

6 Month Super Pass – Adult & Child: $104.99
This pass will get you into any three parks over a six month period

12 Month Super Pass – Adult & Child: $109.99
This pass will get you into any three parks over a twelve month period


If you’re staying on the Gold Coast for a short period of time, we recommend choosing the pass or ticket that suits the amount of time you’ll be visiting for. If you’re staying for an extended period of time or relocating to Queensland, it’s much better value purchasing one of six or twelve month Super Passes, as you’ll be able to come back and won’t have to keep paying for a new ticket!

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

What to Wear to Movie World Gold Coast

Before deciding what to wear to Movie World, remember that the weather in Queensland can be brutal, especially during summer. We visited on a 23 degree celsius day, the sun was scorching and it wasn’t even summer yet. Queensland is called the Sunshine State for a reason! I originally arrived at Movie World in a tank top, but after about an hour, changed into the t-shirt I had brought with me – yay for planning ahead!

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

I suggest wearing a t-shirt and bringing a hat to wear while walking around the park. You’ll obviously need to take the hat off before going on rides, but I promise you’ll be glad you have it! Don’t forget sunscreen, either. Oh yeah, and wear comfortable shoes! I suggest enclosed shoes, otherwise you’ll need to take them off while on rides. You’ll be doing a lot of walking too, so comfortable shoes are the best option!

Food & Shopping at Movie World Gold Coast

There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and quick snack carts to purchase food throughout your day at Movie World Gold Coast. From a Ben & Jerry’s store with a ton of flavours to choose from to Ricks Cafe, an all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta and salad buffet. For the over 18’s reading this, you can even purchase alcohol at Movie World – with a valid Passport or ID, of course! You’ll also find well-known and delicious theme park snacks like churros, ice cream, popcorn and more!

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

As for shopping, there are a ton of retail outlets to buy all sorts of souvenirs. From Superman Escape, Warner Bros, Harry Potter, Scooby Doo and all things DC, there’s something for everyone! Souvenirs and Warner Bros merchandise are quite pricey though, so if you’re hoping to go home with some awesome Movie World Gold Coast souvenirs, bring plenty of money!

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

Rides at Movie World Gold Coast

DC Rivals Hypercoaster – Movie World’s brand new rollercoaster, and the only Hypercoaster in the Southern Hemisphere, DC Rivals has been highly anticipated. We were lucky enough to ride this while at Movie World, and it definitely is quite an adrenaline rush! Reaching speeds of up to 115km/h, you’ll experience a ton of twists and turns along the 1.4km track – which is almost double the length of any other ride on the Gold Coast! Riders must be at least 7 years of age and a minimum of 130cm tall. Learn more about the DC Rivals Hypercoaster, here!

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Arkham Asylum – The world’s first Arkham Asylum themed rollercoaster. Reaching speeds of up to 85km/h, you’ll be faced with five inversions on this updated Movie World coaster. For an extra $5, visitors can purchase Virtual Reality, for an entirely different Arkham Asylum experience! Riders must be between 140cm and 200cm tall.

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

Superman Escape – The absolute best ride at Movie World Gold Coast, without a doubt. Superman Escape will take you from zero to 100km per hour in just two seconds. Your nerves and adrenaline will be pumping while you wait for Superman to blast you outside and up into the sky! Riders must be between 140cm and 196cm tall. This is Russell’s favourite rollercoaster of all time, and coming in as second for me (behind Space Mountain), it’s definitely a must!

Note: There are no storage cubes at this ride, as you disembark in a different place than where you got on the ride. Therefore, unless you have a member of your group who does not wish to ride Superman Escape, you’ll need to place your belongings in one of the $2 lockers located outside the ride.

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

Batwing Spaceshot – Wait anxiously as you’re shot 60 metres into the sky at terrifying speeds, with an epic view of Movie World. Personally, this type of ride isn’t my thing. Even looking at photos of it makes me queasy. But if you don’t get physically ill at the thought of a 60 metre free-fall, give it a go! Riders must be at least 123cm tall.

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster – Speed around sharp turns and plenty of Scooby Doo spookiness on the Spooky Coaster. You’ll be in darkness, not knowing when the next drop or backwards ride is going to happen! This is definitely one of the best rides at Movie World Gold Coast, so make sure you don’t miss out! Riders must be at least 110cm tall.

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

Wild West Falls – Flying through the Wild West on a wooden wagon train, you’ll soar past tons of ghost towns on your journey. This ride was closed for maintenance when we visited, but it’s one of Russell’s favourite Movie World rollercoasters. Riders must be at least 95cm tall.

Note: Wild West Falls is a part water coaster, so be prepared to get wet!

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

Not the Wild West Falls ride, but a fake coffin for kids to hide in! Plus some 25 year olds who wanted to be totally touristy.

Green Lantern Coaster – Take on the steepest inverted drop in the Southern Hemisphere, on the Green Lantern Coaster at Movie World Gold Coast! Reaching top speeds of 66km per hour, you’re bound to have a blast. Riders must be at least 140cm tall.


Doomsday Destroyer – Another ‘nope, no thanks’ rides for myself and Russell, but if you enjoy the idea of looping around in a huge circle, high up into the air, then swing by the Doomsday Destroyer ride! See what I did there? Riders must be totally insane to ride (I’m kidding. Sort of) and of a somewhat mature height. I was unable to find the actual height requirements for this one, so I improvised.

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

Family Rides & Fun at Movie World Gold Coast

Kids WB Fun Zone – Hang out with all the Looney Tunes TV show characters: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester and more! There are also a variety of rides, rollercoasters and water zones just for the kids. If you’re not a child or do not have children, maybe avoid this area. Tons of screaming and definitely a place where headaches are born!

Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

Justice League 3D – Don’t miss the Justice League Interactive 3D ride! Tons of fun for all members of the family, and absolutely all ages! Riders between 90cm and 110cm tall must be accompanied by an adult.


Road Runner Rollercoaster – Embark on a chase through the Arizona Desert, on the family fun Road Runner Rollercoaster. This one is perfect for the kids, reaching top speeds of 40km per hour. Riders must be at least 110cm tall.

Other Information & Things You Should Know

  • Lockers are available for a cost of between $10 and $20 per day. They’re located next to the Movie World Photo Centre.
  • You are not allowed to bring any packed lunch or beverages other than water into Movie World Gold Coast. Only fruit and bottled water are allowed. Visitors with allergies or food for babies and small children are the only exceptions to this rule!
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera! There are tons of photo opportunities throughout the park, plus the occasional Superhero or Looney Tunes character walking around during the day.
  • Arrive early to get on all the best rides before anyone else! As I mentioned earlier, the park opens at 9:30am, but the rides don’t open until 10am. This gives you half an hour to wait in line for your favourite ride, and get on once or twice before the queues start to grow.
  • Reminder: Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and a hat!

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Movie World Gold Coast is a ton of fun for people of all ages. There’s something for everyone, and if you’re a fan of thrill rides, you’ll be in for an exciting day! Click here to head to the Movie World website for more information and sneak peak videos of most of the rides.

Have you visited Movie World Gold Coast? What was your favourite ride? Tell me in the comments below!

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Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia’s Biggest & Best Water Park

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia’s Biggest & Best Water Park

Queensland is the home of theme parks in Australia. WetnWild is one of two water parks on the Gold Coast (the other being White Water World, which we didn’t visit) and it’s a ton of fun for people of all ages! WetnWild Gold Coast has a great mixture of both thrill rides, relaxing pools to float around in, and kids versions of some of the most popular bigger rides.


Russell and I spent a few hours at WetnWild, and we managed to hit up all of the rides more than once. To get the most out of your day, it’s best to plan ahead and be prepared. I’ve come up with this fab guide to help first time visitors to WetnWild Gold Coast, have a day to remember at Queensland’s biggest and best water park!

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WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia’s Biggest & Best Water Park

How to Get to WetnWild Gold Coast

WetnWild is super easy to find, whether you’re coming from Surfers Paradise or Brisbane and beyond. The best two ways to get to WetnWild are by car or bus. If you have already hired a car for your stay in Queensland, or are from Australia and have your own car, this is probably the best option. But don’t worry, even if you don’t have access to a car, taking the bus is easy too!

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

By Car from Surfers Paradise – Drive down the Gold Coast Highway, head onto Smith Street and follow the signs. You’ll need to leave the highway at exit 60, and follow the signs to WetnWild.

By Car from Brisbane – If you’re driving from Brisbane, follow the signs to the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast. Again, take exit 60 to WetnWild. Once you get closer, there will be signs directing you from Brisbane, too.


By Bus from Surfers Paradise – If you’re staying in Surfers Paradise, you’ll see buses driving around that say ‘WetnWild’ or ‘Movie World’ across the front. It doesn’t really matter which bus you choose, because both parks are right next to each other. But try to keep an eye out for the WetnWild one anyway. There may be a small fee, so just ask the bus driver before boarding if you’re unsure. Catching a bus is the easiest option if you don’t have access to a car.

The best way to ensure you’re heading in the right direction, is to use Google Maps. You’ll have step-by-step directions, from your hotel straight to WetnWild Gold Coast! If you’re taking the bus, ask at an information desk in Surfers Paradise for the bus you will need to take from your hotel.

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Opening Times & Ticket Prices for WetnWild Gold Coast

During summer, WetnWild is open from 10am until 5pm. During the colder months (June until August), the park closes early, at around 3:30pm. WetnWild is open every day of the year except Christmas Day (December 25th) and Anzac Day (April 25th). For updated opening times, click here!


There are a few different options when it comes to purchasing tickets for WetnWild Gold Coast. Like I mentioned earlier, Queensland is Australia’s home of theme parks, all of which are actually located on the Gold Coast – how convenient! If you’re planning to visit all of the theme parks during your stay in Queensland, there are some multi-day tickets available that might be the best option.

Along with WetnWild, there are three other theme parks and attractions under the Village Roadshow brand: Movie World, Sea World and Paradise Country. You can purchase tickets that include entry into all of these theme parks, or pick and choose and only visit the parks you’re interested in! We chose the 2 Day Multi-Park Pass, and spent a day each at WetnWild and Movie World.


1 Day Ticket to WetnWild – Adult: $74.99 | Child: $64.99
This ticket will get you into WetnWild for 1 day only

2 Day Multi-Park Pass – Adult: $89.99 | Child: $79.99 
This pass will get you into WetnWild and 1 other park of your choice over two consecutive days (options are above)

3 Day Super Pass – Adult & Child: $99.99
This pass will get you into any 3 parks over three consecutive days

14 Day Mega Pass – Adult & Child: $109.99
This pass will get you into all 4 parks over 14 consecutive days


6 Month Super Pass – Adult & Child: $104.99
This pass will get you into any 3 parks over a 6 month period

12 Month Super Pass -Adult & Child: $109.99
This pass will get you into any 3 parks over a 12 month period

If you’re only staying on the Gold Coast or in Queensland for a short period of time, choose the pass that suits the length of time you are going to be visiting for. If you’re staying for an extended period of time or relocating to Queensland, it’s much better value purchasing one of the 6 or 12 month Super Passes, as you’ll be able to come back and won’t have to keep paying for a new ticket!

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What to Wear at WetnWild Gold Coast

Since WetnWild is a water park, it’s totally acceptable to walk around in a bathing suit or bikini. If you’re uncomfortable in just a bathing suit, most rides allow guests to wear a t-shirt over the top. Just ask the ride attendant if you’re unsure. Whether or not you choose to wear a t-shirt, always make sure to wear sunscreen and reapply every two hours!

Food & Shopping at WetnWild Gold Coast

There aren’t too many places at WetnWild for food, so keep that in mind when visiting. Near the entrance of the park, you’ll see an outdoor cafe/restaurant, serving quick meals such as burgers and fries. Otherwise, there are plenty of stalls and carts throughout the park where you can buy churros, hot dogs, ice cream and more.


If you’d prefer to not spend money on food during your stay at WetnWild, bring along your own snacks! This is totally allowed, and is the cheapest way to go, especially if you’re visiting with a larger group of people. Food at WetnWild is fairly expensive, so keep that in mind if you plan to spend the whole day enjoying the park.

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

The souvenir stores at WetnWild Gold Coast are located near the entrance of the park, but you’ll find there isn’t too much of a variety. These stores also sell bathers, towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, jewellery and more. Be prepared though, as like food and snacks, souvenirs are quite expensive.

Water Rides at WetnWild Gold Coast

In total, there are 13 water rides at WetnWild Gold Coast. Each one is unique and different in its own way. There are some in darkness, some where you will drop free-fall style into a waterslide and even one called the Tornado, which is pretty self explanatory! Below are all of the water rides and attractions at WetnWild that are included in your park entry ticket, and any restrictions that apply for each individual ride:


Blackhole – A tube waterslide in complete darkness, reaching top speeds of 40km/ph. There are only two riders allowed on the Blackhole. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm, and a maximum combined weight of 180kg. This ride is awesome, is pitch black inside except for some very Space Mountain inspired lights along the sides of the slide!

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Kamikaze – This is a two person tube waterslide, with an almost vertical 11 metre drop. Kamikaze reaches top speeds of up to 50km/ph. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm and a maximum combined weight of 180kg. Don’t forget to smile for the camera!

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Mach 5 – There are two options on the Mach 5: choose to slide down the single rider Jet Streams waterslides or take on the Slidewinders, the two biggest slides in WetnWild. To ride the Jet Streams, riders need to a minimum height of 120cm. Riders need to be at least 110cm and a combined maximum weight of 270kg.

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Tornado – In my opinion, this is the best ride at WetnWild! You’ll begin your epic adventure tubing down a 40 metre long tunnel, before spinning around the Tornado and up and down the sides, water splashing on your face and adrenaline pumping through your body. Up to 4 people can ride the Tornado, however riders must be at least 110cm tall and a maximum combined weight 320kg.

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Constrictor – A snake inspired tube water slide, made for up to 3 riders. Enjoy three tight, 260 degree turns down the length of the Constrictor, at a top speed of up to 50km/ph. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm tall to ride and a combined maximum weight of 270kg.

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Aqua Loop – This slide starts with riders standing on a trap door. You’re then released down a 40 foot drop, into a looping slide at up to 60km/ph. To ride the Aqua Loop, riders need to be a minimum height of 120cm, and between 45kg and 120kg. This ride was under maintenance when Russell and I visited, so unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to experience it.

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Mammoth Falls – A tube ride where you’ll be sent on twists and turns all the way to the bottom. Riders must be at least 100cm tall, and a combined weight of up to 450kg. Between 2 and 4 people can ride Mammoth Falls at once!

River Rapids – This is the perfect ride for groups of people who are undecided about whether they want a fast paced or relaxing water slide experience. There are two enclosed slides, where you’ll be sent flying down to the bottom at top speeds and two open air slides which are perfect for the kids. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm tall and a maximum of 135kg to ride.


Super 8 – This is the perfect ride for families and groups of friends! You’ll race head first down 8 colourful slides, reaching speeds of up to 40km/ph. You’ll even be timed, and see how many of your friends and families you beat to the bottom! Riders must be at least 110cm tall to race.

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Surfrider – This is the only coaster at WetnWild, and although we didn’t go on it ourselves, it looks like a lot of fun! You’ll glide up and down a giant surfboard, while spinning around and being rewarded with awesome views of the park. Riders must be between 140cm and 196cm tall.

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Rides for Families & Kids at WetnWild Gold Coast

There are a few rides and attractions at WetnWild that are perfect for families and younger kids, as a lot of the bigger rides may not be suitable for visitors of all ages.


WetnWild Junior – A zone created just for kids under 10 years of age. They’ll be able to enjoy kid friendly versions of some of the park’s best rides, such as Tornado and Aqua Racers. There’s also a giant tipping bucket of water, a ton of slides and a water playground. To use WetnWild Junior, kids must be no taller than 140cm.

Calypso Beach – This is one of the best attractions at WetnWild! You’ll float around a giant river on colourful tubes or soak in the sun in one of Calypso Beach’s relaxing retreat areas.

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Giant Wave Pool – The perfect place to relax in the refreshing, cool water while you wait for the waves to roll in. There’s a ton of deck chairs and undercover gazebos to take a break from the water, perfect for a family lunch! The waves are on a sequence, so if you’re not comfortable swimming in waves, don’t worry! You can still enjoy the water, and just hop out when the waves start. There are lifeguards standing by, just incase guests get swept up by the waves. If this does happen, put your hand in the air and a lifeguard will jump in right away. We saw this happen during our time at WetnWild, and they acted immediately. You’re in good hands!

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Whirlpool Springs – WetnWild’s very own hot tubs! The perfect place to cool off in summer, or warm up during the colder months of the year. There are a ton of hot tubs for guests to relax in, or swim around in the refreshing water on a hot day.

Other Information & Things you Should Know

  • There are lifeguards at every ride, ensuring the safety of guests and ensuring each person meets the requirements before riding. Calypso Beach has a lifeguard at every turn, so there are plenty of trained professionals ready incase you need some assistance.
  • Be sure to bring sunscreen, but if you do forget, souvenir stores near the entrance of WetnWild Gold Coast do have sunscreen available for purchase.
  • The water is heated at WetnWild Gold Coast, however due to overnight temperatures and other factors, the pools may not always be prime temperatures. Don’t worry though, as soon as you get out and start walking around the park in the sun, you’ll soon warm up!
  • Most of the tube rides, require guests to carry the tubes up to the top themselves. This means that kids may not be able to ride these by themselves, as they will struggle carrying the heavy tubes up multiple flights of stairs. Always make sure kids have an adult to at least carry these tubes to the top, even if they don’t actually take the slide to the bottom.
  • There are lockers available for $10, which will be yours for the entire day. Unless you have somebody with you who will not be going on any rides, and is happy to hold on to bags, purchasing a locker for the day is the best option. You can buy a locked from the Surf Shop, located right near the park entrance.



WetnWild Gold Coast is a lot of fun for people of all ages. There’s definitely something for everyone, and you’re guaranteed to have an awesome day! Remember to reapply sunscreen frequently, and wear a hat when you’re not on the rides. Summer in Australia is brutal, and although we applied sunscreen, Russell and I still got burnt! Learn from our mistakes, and keep reapplying throughout the day!

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Have you visited WetnWild Gold Coast before? What was your favourite ride? Tell me in the comments below!

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Disney Parks Guide: Anaheim’s Disneyland & California Adventure Park

Disney Parks Guide: Anaheim’s Disneyland & California Adventure Park

I’ve always loved anything to do with Disney. When I was a kid, my mum started a hardcover Disney book collection for me, which I still have to this day – I’m now 25 years old! I first visited Anaheim’s Disneyland parks when I was 3 years old, which sadly, I don’t remember actually doing. But I’ve been back quite a few times since then, and it never fails to amaze me.

Although I haven’t visited all of the Disney parks around the world, I like to think that I’ve learnt enough, to share this guide with you all. In this post, you’ll find a ton of useful information, tips and tricks for spending your day (or more) at Anaheim’s Disney Parks. I’ve included the cost for entry of both Disneyland and California Adventure Park, opening times and the best advice we could come up with, for anybody visiting for the first time!


Remember, this guide is for Anaheim’s Disneyland and California Adventure Park only. We have visited Tokyo’s Disney Parks too, though! For that guide, you can click here.

Disney Parks Guide: Anaheim's Disneyland & California Adventure Park

Anaheim’s Disney Parks Guide

Anaheim is home to two Disney parks: Disneyland and California Adventure Park. Disneyland was the first and original Disney park, opening its doors on July 11th 1955. California Adventure Park was born 46 years later, on February 8th 2001. I’ve been lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time at both of Anaheim’s Disney parks, and I can honestly say, Disneyland truly is the Happiest Place on Earth. Here is some general information about Anaheim’s Disney Parks!

Ticket Prices & Opening Times – Disneyland & California Adventure Park

Note: All prices are in US dollars. Click here for a currency converter.

Park Hopper Tickets – Switch Between Both Parks on One Day

1 Day Ticket (Weekdays): Adult $157 – Child $151
1 Day Ticket (Weekends): Adult $165 – Child $159
2 Day Ticket: Adult $244 – Child $232
3 Day Ticket: Adult $315 – Child $303
4 Day Ticket: Adult $335 – Child $320
5 Day Ticket: Adult $350 – Child $335

Regular Park Tickets – One Park Per Day

1 Day Ticket (Weekdays): Adult $97 – Child $91
1 Day Ticket (Weekends): Adult $110 – Child $104
2 Day Ticket: Adult $199 – Child: $187
3 Day Ticket: Adult $270 – Child: $258
4 Day Ticket: Adult $290 – Child: $320
5 Day Ticket: Adult $305 – Child: $290


Tip: It works out to be a lot better value, the more days you choose to spend at the Disney parks. I highly recommend purcahsing the 5 Day Park Hopper ticket. In my opinion, it’s the best value for money, and you’re able to switch between both parks at your own pace. You also aren’t required to visit over five consecutive days, which is perfect if you’re spending an extended period of time in Anaheim.

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Where to Purchase Tickets

The best place to purchase tickets for both Disneyland and California Adventure Park, is on Disney’s website. You’ll be able to choose how many days you want to visit, and whether you want a Park Hopper.

Opening Times – Disneyland & California Adventure Park

The opening times for both Disneyland and California Adventure Park vary, depending on the day you visit and the time of year. During holiday periods and special occasions throughout the year, there are certain activities, events and parties that may change the opening hours for both parks.

As a general guide, Disneyland and California Adventure Park is open from 9am until 9pm each day during the week. On weekends, the park can remain open up until midnight. For up to date opening times, check the monthly events schedule and calendar on Disney’s website closer to the day of your visit!

Tip: If you purchase any of the multi-day tickets, split up your time over each day. For example, on the first day of your visit, arrive in the morning and spend a full day exploring either Disneyland or California Adventure Park. The next time you visit, arrive in the afternoon, so you can enjoy a bit of a sleep in and experience Disneyland’s incredible fireworks display! This will give you a chance to rest (both Disney parks are huge, meaning a LOT of walking) and you’ll also be able to experience the parks at different times during the day.

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Disney Parks Guide: Disneyland Tips & Tricks

Disneyland is wild and wonderful place, no matter how old you are. There are 8 different lands within the park, and each are themed differently. I don’t know about you guys, but I like to be well-informed before visiting new places – and theme parks are no different! This is especially important if you’re planning a visit during peak times throughout the year. This is generally over the summer period, no matter which Disney Park you attend.


That’s where this Disney Parks Guide will come in handy! Disneyland may be the Happiest Place in the World, but it can also be the Busiest Place in the World. If you aren’t prepared, and haven’t had a Disney experience before, it will seem overwhelming. So that’s being said, sit back, relax and maybe grab a notepad and pen. I’m about to share some insider tips about Anahiem’s Disneyland and California Adventure Park. You’re welcome.

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Always arrive at least 30 minutes before the gates open

This applies to both of Anaheim’s Disney parks. The earlier you arrive the better, as you’ll avoid having to wait in line for hours. Just wake up a bit earlier! It will be worth it, trust me.

Make Tomorrowland your first priority

Tomorrowland is home to Space Mountain, which is, in my opinion, the best ride on Earth. Before lining up for the ride, get yourself a Fast Pass Ticket. Simply put your park ticket into one of the machines located outside of Space Mountain, and it will pop out a second ticket with an hour time frame. Once you have your Fast Pass ticket, line up in the regular queue for Space Mountain. Then, during your designated hour, come back and ride it again! This may seem like a lot of effort (it’s really not) but it will definitely be worth it.

Don’t miss It’s a Small World and the Mad Tea Party Tea Cups

Head to Fantasyland and ride the awesome ride with an annoyingly catchy song, It’s a Small World. I also suggest riding the Tea Cups. Unless of course, you get motion sickness easily. Maybe give it a skip if that’s the case.

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It’s a Small World in Disneyland, Anaheim!

Keep an eye out for Disney characters throughout the day

They tend to come out quite often (less frequently and for shorter periods of time during summer), but they’re easy enough to find. Park maps and Disney’s website should have updated times of planned Disney character interactions. If not, you’ll eventually see one of two while walking around the parks!

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When in Disneyland, it’s a must to have a photo with Minnie Mouse!

Purchase some custom embroidered Mickey Mouse ears

These are so awesome, I have two pairs! You can have anything your heart desires, stitched to the back of your Mickey ears, so be creative! From memory, these cost around $14. The price might have changed since I visited back in 2013, but I wouldn’t imagine they’d cost any more than $20. They’re a great gift idea or souvenir for yourself or your kids!

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My very own custom Mickey Mouse ears!

If you have kids, visit Disneyland in the morning

This is even more convenient if you purchase a multi-day Park Hopper ticket. I don’t have kids, but after seeing so many tantrums and sleeping children by 3pm, morning visits definitely seem like the way to go!

Grab a Map when you enter the park

Your map will show you where every single ride and attraction is located within the park, and whether or not they have Fast Passes available. The map also shows where the toilets, ATM’s, smoking areas and first aid centres are located. There are also baby care centres spread out around the park, which you can find by looking at your map!

Get a Free Badge from City Hall

When you first enter Disneyland, use your map to locate City Hall. There are a few free badges available, including ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘My 1st Visit’. I’ve got about 5 First Visit badges, and a couple of Happy Birthday ones. It’s cool having people wish you a happy birthday while waiting in line for rides! It’s also a great souvenir, even if it’s not your birthday or first visit! I’m guilty of both of those. Oops!

Keep an eye out for Pressed Penny Machines

This is a super cheap and fun way to collect souvenirs around the park, and they’re pretty easy to find in each land. Check the stores outside of all your favourite rides – they tend to have themed pennies available!

Bring your own water bottle and snacks

This is a great way to save money, and will come in handy while you wait in those awful long lines. Other than having to pee, there’s nothing worse than being thirsty when you’ve still got 40 minutes left to wait for the next ride. Snacks are also a good idea to keep kids happy, distracted and far less bored.

Don’t leave without riding Indiana Jones in Adventureland

Whether or not you’re a fan of the movies, everything about this ride is awesome. The detail and thought put into the decorations, set and ride itself is incredible. Grab a Fast Pass early in the day, so you don’t miss out!

Use your Magic Morning ticket

This is only available to anybody who purchases one of the Multi Day passes. Your ticket will give you early access to Disneyland, for once day over the duration of your pass. Basically, for one morning, you’ll have (almost) the entire park to yourself and a handful of others. This is a great way to hit up your favourite rides before the long lines start to form. Definitely worth paying for a Multi Day ticket!

Tip: One of my favourite memories at Disneyland, was with my Contiki group back in June 2015. I did the Best of USA tour, and our group spent a full day at Anaheim’s Disneyland and California Adventure Park! Contiki is a great way to see a new city, and make awesome friends at the same time! You can read about my experience on Contiki here.

Disney Parks Guide: California Adventure Park Tips & Tricks

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California Adventure Park entrance gates!

Make Cars Land your first priority

The last time I visited California Adventure Park, Radiator Springs was the most popular ride by far. The wait times were crazy long, and Fast Passes can run out fairly quickly, especially during peak times. So if you’re a Cars fan, definitely make this a priority.

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The set of Radiator Springs ride in Cars Land, California Adventure Park!

California Screamin’ is an absolute must

It’s the only actual rollercoaster across both Disneyland and California Adventure Park, and it’s a LOT of fun. You can get Fast Passes for this ride too, and like Space Mountain, it’s definitely worth it. You’ll be turned upside down, do loops in Mickey Mouse’s ears and have a photo taken at the end that always provides a laugh. Make sure to experience the ride at night too. You’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the entire park, all lit up and sparkly!

Head to Paradise Pier for Instagram worthy shots

This is where everyone gets the classic rollercoaster and ferris wheel photos. It’s the prime location for incredible sunset photos, too. Make the most of the river in front of California Screamin – definitely one of the most Instagrammable spots in the park!

Make use of the Single Rider Lines

This applies to Disneyland too, but generally smaller children aren’t going to want to ride by themselves. For certain rides at California Adventure Park, I definitely suggest making the most of this. You can wait in line with your friends and family, you’ll just have to sit next to somebody you don’t know while on the ride. It’s totally worth it if you’re short on time and want to see as much as possible!

Alcohol is available at some areas in California Adventure Park (For 21 and over only)

Generally Carthay Circle and Paradise Pier are your best bet to enjoy some refreshing lunch time or dinner alcoholic beverages. I didn’t actually know alcohol was available until after I arrived home from my last trip to California Adventure Park. So I’m not sure of the prices or availability when it comes to purchasing alcohol.

Head over to Hollywood Land to experience the refurbished Tower of Terror ride 

It’s now Guardians of the Galaxy, and although I haven’t ridden it myself, it looks amazing! The exterior design is awesome, and if it’s anything like the original Tower of Terror, it will be one you cannot miss!

If you’re a fan of ferris wheels, check out Mickey’s Fun Wheel at Paradise Pier

There are two types of gondolas on the fun wheel: still or swinging. If you’re daring, and aren’t afraid of heights, choose the swinging one. You’ll slide back and forth along the inside of the wheel. Not recommended after eating lunch, though! I’m not too good with heights, but I still found it quite enjoyable! Just quietly, I probably would have preferred the still gondola, but it was still fun!

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Mickey’s Fun Wheel at Paradise Pier, California Adventure Park!

Don’t miss the Pixar Play Parade

If for no other reason, than the fact the parade has the catchiest song ever, and you will definitely have it stuck in your head all day long. All of the Disney characters come out for this awesome parade, interacting with guests and children in particular. There are 5 floats in the parade: Monsters Inc, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life and Toy Story. I definitely recommend scheduling your day around the parade, it’s worth it!

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Both of Anaheim’s Disney parks are definitely worth a visit. I guarantee you’ll have an amazing experience, and make memories that will last a life time. If possible, spend more than a couple of days in Anaheim. There’s a lot to cover across both Disneyland and California Adventure Park, and you’ll want to soak in every single second!

I hope you found this Disney parks guide helpful! Tell me in the comments below, which is your favourite Disney park? What is your favourite ride? I’d love to know!

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Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!

Two Days at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea

Two Days at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea

We are both huge theme park and Disney fans. Once we learned that there is a Disneyland Resort in Japan, we knew we absolutely had to go. Tokyo is home to Disneyland and the most unique Disney park in the world, DisneySea. DisneySea is incredible, and is a place that all Disney fans should visit. If you’re planning a visit to Japan, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea should definitely be on your list.

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Before visiting Japan, we had only visited California’s Disney Parks – Disneyland and California Adventure Park. Although we’ve both been to these parks multiple times, we hadn’t widened our Disney horizons beyond Anaheim. That’s why we decided to spend a day at each of Tokyo’s Disney parks. We chose to visit DisneySea first, then head back the following day for Disneyland!

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How to get to Disney Resort

Japan’s train system is world class. Meaning you can travel between cities in Japan super quick and easily. Disneyland is no different.

JR train line to Maihama Station

If you’re traveling from Shinjuku, Tokyo, Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Shingawa, Yokohama or Akihabara, catch any of the JR train lines at one of the stations above, that is heading to Maihama Station.

Use Google Maps for directions from your hotel to the nearest major station. The Google Maps app will give you step by step directions, including the train(s) you need to catch and the best exits to leave via. It will also give you the direction and how far you’ll need to walk in between.

Pretty handy, huh?

Disney Resort Monorail from Maihama Station

Once you arrive at Maihama Station, you’ll then need to catch the Disney Resort Monorail. The monorail is decked out in Disney, and is super adorable. Even the windows are shaped as Mickey’s head. The monorail will take you directly to the entrances of both Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, so just hop off at your desired park!

The monorail is super easy to find. Just follow the huge crowd of people dressed as Disney characters and you’ll be fine.


Tip: If you have a Japan Rail Pass, you can actually use this to get to the Disney parks. Simply show your JR pass to an officer standing next to any JR entrance gate, and you’ll be let straight through – without having to pay any extra! For more information, here is a detailed explanation of the trains you can catch from the main stations around Tokyo.

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The adorable Mickey shaped handles on the Disney Resort Monorail!

Ticket Prices & Where to Purchase Tickets

There are a few options when it comes to purchasing tickets to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. The ticket you choose to buy depends on whether you want visit just one park or both.

1 day Passport

Adult – 7,400 yen per person
Ages 4 to 11 – 4.800 yen per person
Ages 12 to 17 – 6,400 yen per person

2 day Passport

Adult – 13,200 per person
Ages 4-11 – 8,600 yen per person
Ages 12-17 – 11,600 yen per person

3 day Magic Passport*

Adult – 17,800 yen per person
Ages 4-11 – 11,500 yen per person
Ages 12-17 – 15,500 yen per person

4 day Magic Passport*

Adult – 22,400 per person
Ages 4-11 – 14,400 yen per person
Ages 12-17 – 19,400 yen per person

*A Magic Passport gets you into both park on the 3rd or 4th consecutive day. This allows you to spend the morning at Disneyland, then end the day at DisneySea (or vice versa).

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The best places to purchase tickets

I am about to give you the most important piece of advice I will share throughout this entire post.

Do NOT purchase Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea tickets at the gate.

You will absolutely regret it. The lines are excruciatingly long and you will end up spending a great deal of your time waiting in lines, before you even enter the park. Instead, there are a few ways to purchase tickets before arriving at Japan’s Disney Resort.

Selected Disney Stores around Tokyo

Some of the Disney Stores located throughout Tokyo actually sell Disneyland and DisneySea tickets. Tickets cost the same as everywhere else, and will save you a ton of time on the day. It also means you won’t struggle with an online purchase.

The following stores sell Disney Resort tickets:

  • Shibuya Koen Dori
  • Odaiba Aqua City
  • Ikebukuro Sunshine City Alpa
  • Hachioji Tokyu Square
  • Machida 109
  • Akishima Mori Town

Online

Tickets can be purchased online via the Tokyo Disneyland Resort website. If you’re staying at a hotel, the front desk will more than likely be happy to help you purchase your tickets and print your confirmation or e-ticket.

At selected convenience stores

Family Mart or Lawson convenience stores throughout Tokyo generally sell tickets to a lot of attractions, including Disneyland and DisneySea. If you’re unsure, walk in and ask! Japanese people are some of the friendliest I have ever met, and will almost always go out of their way to help in any way.


We purchased our 2-day passports from the Shibuya Disney Store a few days before our first day at Tokyo Disneyland. This turned out to be a great decision, as it meant we only had to wait in line for 10 minutes, instead of up to an hour. If you aren’t able to purchase tickets online, plan a day in Shibuya and do two things at once!

Disneyland and DisneySea: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve visited Anaheim Disneyland before, Tokyo Disneyland is very similar. It’s laid out pretty much the way way, and you can still walk through and admire Cinderella’s Castle. Mind you, the castle looks totally different! The characters are the same and you can still indulge in dozens of delicious churros.


However, if you’re looking for something a bit different, while still wanting to experience the magic of Disney, we recommend DisneySea.

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Everything about Tokyo DisneySea is amazing. From the props and buildings, to the decorations, rides and attractions. Not to mention the huge river stretching across almost half of DisneySea, from Port Discovery to Mediterranean Harbour. The detail that’s been put into DisneySea is hard to describe, so you’ll just have to check it out for yourself!


In my experience (having been to Anaheim’s Disneyland and California Adventure Park multiple times), DisneySea is completely different. The sheer size of everything around you, like the Journey to the Centre of the Earth volcano, is incredibly impressive and like nothing we have ever seen before.

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Food: Quick Eats & Food Carts

Just like every other theme park in the world (Disney or otherwise), there are food carts absolutely everywhere, catering to almost all of your sweet and savoury food cravings. These are the general snacks you’ll find throughout Disneyland and DisneySea:

Churros – 310 yen
Fried dough pastry, aka the best theme park food on Earth

Popcorn – 310 for a regular box, 1,000 to 2,300 yen for a character souvenir bucket
Flavours: Cappuccino, caramel, milk chocolate, honey, soy sauce, butter and regular salted. The flavours will vary depending on which park you visit, and the land within that park.

Ice cream – 200 yen to 300 yen

Soft drink and water – 200 yen to 300 yen

There are a good range of Japanese and Western food options available at the snack carts throughout Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. Japanese snacks include: steamed buns filled with various meat, dessert steamed buns with strawberries, mochi dumplings filled with custard, and various fried delicacies.


We visited Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea at the end of our month long Japan trip, so we were running a bit low on money. This meant we couldn’t really experiment too much for the different varieties and snacks, and food wasn’t our main priority.

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Food: Restaurants

The restaurants at both of Tokyo’s Disney parks are very similar to any other Disney park you would have been to. They’re all themed, based on which land they are in. Although most sell the same general food options, you might find a bit of variety if you shop around first.


We didn’t spend too much time exploring the restaurants, as we were on the hunt for cheap and quick food. But if you like pizza, french fries, sandwiches, bakery foods, rice, pasta, Japanese cuisine and a lot more, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

As far as theme park food prices go, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are very reasonably priced. You can get a huge cup of french fries for 500 yen, a decent sized slice of pizza for around 450 yen and from what I saw, the fancier meals were better than expected at less than 2,000 yen (they usually include a main meal, drink and a side of some sort).

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Time and money saving food tips

Bring your own snacks

Before arriving at Disneyland or DisneySea, stock up on snacks and drinks at one of Japan’s hundreds of convenience stores. You’re allowed to bring in your own food, so why not make the most of it?


This will not only save you money, but also tons of time throughout the day. The lines for most restaurants at both parks get super long, so bringing your own lunch and snacks will make your day a lot easier! Expect to wait at least half an hour for the most popular popcorn carts!

Bring a water bottle

There are heaps of water fountains located in both parks. Usually you’ll find at least one in each of the different lands, so there’s no shortage of cold water available for free. We were glad we decided to bring our own water bottles, as it saved so much time and money throughout the day!

Eat lunch earlier in the day

Waiting in long lines at a theme park is inevitable. But we were surprised at just how long the lines were at food carts and restaurants around the park. So we suggest eating lunch earlier as opposed to, well, lunch time!

The restaurants in particular remain fairly quiet up until around 11am, so head there earlier in the day to save some time. Every minute counts, especially if you’ve only got one day to explore the park.

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Rides at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea

You’ve made it to the part of this post you’re actually here for: the Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea rides!

It’s no secret that Disneyland in general is a very busy place. No matter which Disney park you visit or what time of the day, you’re gonna have to share the park with other people. I know, it sucks.

The minimum wait time for almost every ride was around 140 minutes. Even more so on the bigger, newer and most popular rides and attractions. Unless you get lucky and visit on a quiet day, this is the general wait time for most rides.


For example, when we visited Disneyland (on a Thursday in winter) we arrived at the park around fifteen minutes before it opened. We would have arrived earlier if it didn’t take an hour to get from our hotel to the park. It just didn’t seem worth getting up at 4am to be there by 6am with everyone else.

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Remember earlier in the post, when we recommended that you don’t purchase your tickets at the gate?

Well, when we arrived at Disneyland, there was a line to even enter the line. The people who hadn’t already purchased their tickets (either online, from a convenience store or a Disney Store) would have been waiting in line for over an hour. That’s just to purchase the ticket.


Guests then need to line up to enter the actual park. Since we pre-purchased our tickets at Shibuya Disney Store, we were directed straight to the second line. This took around twenty minutes to get through. Once the clock struck eight o’clock, the gates opened and thousands of Disneyland guests ran to their favourite ride.

Our plan was to get a Fast Pass for Space Mountain. By the time we finally made it into the park, it was already 8:10am. The line to get a Fast Pass was crazy long, and the standby wait time for Space Mountain was well over 100 minutes.

Moral of this story? Purchase your ticket beforehand, and arrive as early as you can.

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Space Mountain will always be worth the wait.

Tips for using Fast Passes

A Fast Pass is your best bet in getting on most (if not all) of the major rides and attractions. Insert your park ticket into a machine located outside of each ride that has a Fast Passes available. The machine will then print out a ticket with the name of the ride at the top, and an hour time bracket for you to come back later in the day. When you go back during your allotted time, you will be able to breeze past all of the people who have been standing in line for over an hour, and get on the ride in under 10 minutes! Well, most of the time. Sometimes you may have to wait a little longer than expected, but either way, it’s better than 140 minutes.


Note: You can only get one Fast Pass ticket at a time. For example, if you get a Fast Pass for Space Mountain as soon as the gates open, you’ll have to wait a couple of hours until you can get another Fast Pass (for a different ride or the same ride).

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Fast Passes available at Tokyo Disneyland

These are the rides at Tokyo Disneyland that have Fast Passes available. There are only a small number of Fast Passes available for each ride, per day. So to make things easier for you, we’ve sorted the rides below into the different lands throughout Disneyland. You’re welcome.

Westernland

Big Thunder Mountain

Critter Country

Splash Mountain (semi water ride)

Fantasyland

Haunted Mansion
Pooh’s Hunny Hunt (Fast Passes run out fast)

Tomorrowland

Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
Space Mountain (my all time favourite ride. Super fast paced roller coaster in almost complete darkness)
Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
Monster’s Inc. Ride & Go Seek (interactive ride for kids. Fast passes generally run out quick, so get in early to avoid missing out)

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Fast Passes available at Tokyo DisneySea

These are the rides at Tokyo DisneySea that have Fast Passes available. There are only a small number of Fast Passes available for each ride, per day. So to make things easier for you, we’ve sorted the rides below into the different lands throughout DisneySea. You’re welcome.

American Waterfront

Tower of Terror
Toy Story Mania (Fast Passes run out super quick. Get one early to avoid missing out. We missed out and didn’t get to go on this ride, unfortunately)

Lost River Delta

Indiana Jones (super fast roller coaster)
Raging Spirits

Arabian Coast

The Magic Lamp Theatre

Mermaid Lagoon

Mermaid Lagoon Theatre

Mysterious Island

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Journey to the Centre of the Earth

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Age & Height Limits

As you might expect for a theme park, all of the attractions at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea require riders to be of a certain height and sometimes a certain age. To make things easier for you, I’ve included links to both the Disneyland and DisneySea website pages, which list each ride individually, as well as the age and height restrictions for that particular ride.

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Parades

I can’t really give any advice or suggestions in regards to the Disneyland or DisneySea parades and shows, as we prioritised rides over parades. But from what we could tell by queues, the “Big Band Beat” show at DisneySea and the “Happiness is Here” daytime parade at Disneyland are unmissable!

Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea Helpful Tips

Buy food before lining up for a ride

This is a great way to save time while waiting in long lines. We saw people snacking and even eating their lunch while waiting in lines for rides! It’s a pretty convenient way to kill some time, and eat some delicious food.

Get to the park early

If you only have one day at each park, we definitely recommend arriving earlier than 8am (when the park opens). The earlier the better to be honest. You’ll be able to fit more into your day, and won’t risk missing out on Fast Pass tickets.

Plan your day around Fast Passes

Before you arrive at Disneyland or DisneySea, write a list of your must see rides and attractions. Next, write down whether that particular ride is a Fast Pass attraction. When you arrive at the park, head for the ride at the top of your list and grab a Fast Pass. Then, head to number two on your list and wait in the standby line.

By the time you’ve been on that ride, eaten some food and had a look around, it will be time for you to grab your second Fast Pass ticket! Planning your day around Fast Passes is the best way to ensure you experience most (if not all) of the rides and attractions on your list!

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In Conclusion

I hope I’ve given you plenty of tips, to help you make the most of your day at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. The service from every single staff member at Disneyland and DisneySea is absolutely amazing. So if I have left something out, I’m sure any of the friendly Disneyland peeps will be happy to help you out!

The four most important things you need to remember before your visit to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are: get to the park early, plan your day around Fast Pass tickets, bring your own snacks and water bottle, and don’t buy your tickets at the gate. Purchase Disneyland and DisneySea tickets from a Disney Store or convenience store a couple of days before you visit.

If you have any other questions that you would like me to answer, feel free to ask them down below! I’m more than happy to help out! Have you been to Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea? What did you think? I’d love to know!

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Post originally published in March 2017. Updated in January 2018.

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Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan

We are both huge Harry Potter fans. We named our cat Hermione. Do I need to say more? If there was a real life Hogwarts, I’d move in tomorrow. I might be a muggle, but I’m super dedicated to the magical world.

Sadly, though, there isn’t a real life Hogwarts. I have no magical powers, and like other muggles around the world, have to settle with visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’m also a huge nerd.

When Russell and I were planning our trip to Japan, Osaka was at the top of our list. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, a big reason behind that, was because Osaka is home to Japan’s very own Universal Studios.


Whether or not you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you’ll be impressed by all of the beautiful detail that has been put into every inch of the park. From walking down the main street which takes you through Hogsmeade Village; to the amazing and magical Hogwarts Castle, which is truly something to not be missed! It genuinely felt like I was part of the movies!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan

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What we Loved about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Hogwarts Castle

This was definitely our favourite part about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As I mentioned before, the detail is incredible. I took so many photos of the exterior of the castle, even though they all pretty much look exactly the same. But it’s hard not to. It looks exactly like what you see in the movies, and from what we saw while walking through the castle to get to the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey 4K3D ride (more on that next!) the interior is just as amazing!


Note: There is a Hogwarts Castle Walk that you can do, which takes you through the entire castle, giving you a chance to see more than what you would by standing in line for the 4D ride. We didn’t do this though, as the lines were far too long and I also didn’t fully understand what it meant. But you still see quite a bit of the Castle just by standing in line for the Forbidden Journey ride – even if you have an Express Pass!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Osaka, Japan: The Ultimate Guide!

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey 4K3D ride

This ride is something I can almost guarantee you’ve never experienced before. If you’ve been to any of the Universal Studios Theme Parks around the USA or Singapore, you would be familiar with this type of ride. However, of course, Harry Potter takes it to a whole new level! You sit in a regular looking rollercoaster seat, get strapped in, and unless you’ve been on the ride before, you will have NO idea what to expect.


Think Soarin’ Over California from Disney’s California Adventure Park, but a million times better. You fly through Hogwarts Castle, play Quidditch with Harry and his friends, be taken through the Forbidden Forest, almost get attacked by spiders and SO much more. But I don’t want to ruin it for you, so I’ll stop here.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Osaka, Japan: The Ultimate Guide!

Note: If you’re prone to motion sickness, I don’t recommend riding this ride. You do get thrust around in your seat quite a bit, and if you’re already feeling unwell or can’t handle sharp twists and turns and fast motion, it wouldn’t be enjoyable for you or the person you potentially throw up on. But since I don’t suffer from motion sickness, I thought it was one of the best rides I’ve ever been on! Up there with Space Mountain. Yeah, I said it. I went there.


Tip: Make sure you invest in the Express Pass, if nothing else, for the sole reason of getting on this ride in less than 140 minutes (which was the average wait time while we were there – on a freezing cold Tuesday, in the middle of Winter. Trust me, you’ll thank me later. But more on the Express Pass in a bit).

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Osaka, Japan: The Ultimate Guide!

Ollivander’s wand shop

This was one of the coolest experiences at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We had to wait for around 10 minutes before we could enter Ollivander’s, but it was definitely worth it. First we were taken into a room with a group of people, where we heard an introduction in Japanese. Next, we were taken into Ollivander’s Wand Shop. There was a man waiting in the room, ready to blow our minds.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Osaka, Japan: The Ultimate Guide!

Remember the scene from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, where Harry chooses his wand? He picked up multiple wants, and all sorts of things go wrong? Well, Ollivander chose someone from the group of people we were standing with, and acted out that very scene!


He switched between speaking in Japanese to speaking in English so seamlessly, it was hard to keep up. So if you’re thinking of purchasing a wand during your stay at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I recommend you do so at Ollivanders! It’s a much cooler experience than simply buying one at a regular merchandise store.

Butterbeer

Butterbeer is a must when visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There are a few outdoor stalls where you can buy a regular plastic throw-away cup. We decided to splurge and spend 600 yen on a souvenir cup! If you’d rather enjoy your refreshing cup of Butterbeer out of the elements, there are a couple of indoor dining locations. Make a booking or arrive early at the Three Broomsticks, or purchase a takeaway Butterbeer from the Hog’s Head!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Osaka, Japan: The Ultimate Guide!

We purchased ours from the Hog’s Head, then sat outside on the undercover seats nearby. It was an extremely cold day, which meant all of the indoor restaurants were unfortunately taken!

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What we Didn’t Love about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

It is insanely busy

Japan’s Universal Studios was a lot busier than any other theme park that Russell and I have every visited. If you’re planning to purchase a regular ticket, definitely arrive at least an hour before the gates open. The park usually opens at around 8:30am, but there can be specific opening times for each day of the year. So make sure to check the website when it gets closer to your visit!


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section in particular, was hectic. You’ll have to wait in a line for almost everything. From using the toilet to taking a photo with the Weasley’s Flying Car. We didn’t eat inside the park (except a churro), because all of the restaurants and food stalls were far too busy. Try to eat lunch a bit earlier in the day, to avoid the busy midday queues.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Osaka, Japan: The Ultimate Guide!

After cuing in line to have a photo with the Hogwarts Express

It’s a crazy expensive place

We saw so many people lugging around huge Wizarding World of Harry Potter bags filled with everything I wish I could have bought. However, unless you’re rich or have successfully done some serious money saving, be prepared to spend a small fortune on Harry Potter merchandise.


The scarves and wands cost around 5,000 yen, which is pretty standard for theme park souvenirs. Everything is overpriced and has been marked up, because they can. It’s all park of the theme park experience. Just be prepared to pay a little more for Harry Potter souvenirs, and budget a bit more for your day at Universal Studios!

We didn’t buy much. I had my heart set on a Gryffindor scarf and Hermione’s wand, but if I had more money I would have bought so much more.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Osaka, Japan: The Ultimate Guide!

4 Top Tips for Visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Purchase a park Express Pass

Purchasing a Universal Studios Express Pass will be well worth the investment. You’ll definitely be glad you bought it after your first ride. As I mentioned earlier, Harry Potter World is super duper busy. This means, obviously, that all the ride lines are going to be painfully long. But not if you have an Express Pass.


Essentially it’s like Disneyland’s FastPass. But you have to pay extra for it. We chose the Express Pass 7 option, which gave us entry to 7 of the most popular rides, with almost no wait time. I think the longest we had to wait for any ride was 10 minutes. The Express Pass gets you access to rides all around Universal Studios itself – not just the Harry Potter World rides.

So if you would rather spend your day looking around the park, eating delicious food and taking ALL the selfies, I would highly recommend investing in an Express Pass.


Note: There is a limit on how many Express Passes are allocated each day. So if you are intending on purchasing the Express Pass, make sure you arrive at the ticket gate early to guarantee you get one!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Osaka, Japan: The Ultimate Guide!

Bring food and a water bottle with you

Bringing your own snacks and a refillable water bottle is the best way to avoid spending all of your money on overpriced snacks, and waiting in line for food all day. There are a ton of water fountains around the park to refill your water bottle, which is super convenient and helped me drink plenty of water throughout the day.

This is the best advice I can give for families who are planning on visiting the park: save your money and bring your own snacks!

Purchase your tickets before you get to the park

There are a few ways you can purchase your tickets beforehand. Any Lawson Station convenience store around Osaka should sell them. Otherwise, purchase them online and print out your e-ticket – I’m sure most hotels will be happy to help you with this, if you’re a tourist and don’t have access to a printer! This will cut your wait time in half when arriving at the park, which means you can spend more time exploring the magically beautiful Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Osaka, Japan: The Ultimate Guide!

Visit the park on a weekday, during the off-peak season and NOT on any Japanese holidays

This is probably the most important advice I can give to anyone looking to visit Universal Studios Japan in general. We went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on a Tuesday at the beginning of March, during Winter. This particular day was painfully cold, almost unbearably cold. Yet it was still incredibly busy.


To make the most out of your day and avoid spending 8 hours in lines (if you don’t purchase the Express Pass), definitely visit on a weekday. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best days to visit during the week, as they are a lot quieter.


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is an amazing place, with incredible detail put into every inch of the place. All of the staff are super friendly and will do their best to help you find your way around. I finally lived my dream of spending a day at Hogwarts. I’ve even got my very own Hermione’s wand and Gryffindor scarf to remember the magical day I had, back in March 2017.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Osaka, Japan: The Ultimate Guide!

Have you been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? What did you think? Tell me in the comments below! I’d love to read your thoughts on the magical land of Harry Potter!

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Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!