Movie World Queensland: Hollywood on the Gold Coast

Movie World Queensland: Hollywood on the Gold Coast

If you wanna experience Hollywood on the Gold Coast, definitely spend a day at Movie World Queensland. Filled with thrill rides, an area just for the kids, tons of shopping and plenty of entertainment to keep people of all ages happy! We spent around four hours exploring Movie World, but if you’re visiting with family or have never been before, be sure to set aside an entire day to take in the magic of Australia’s very own Warner Bros. Movie World.

We’ve included a ton of awesome tips and advice in this post, including the best way to get to Movie World from popular Queensland locations, where to buy tickets and how much they cost, plus tips on all of the rides and attractions.

Movie World Queensland: Hollywood on the Gold Coast

Getting to Movie World

If you’ve already visited WetnWild on the Gold Coast, the same directions apply when visiting Movie World, because they’re right next to each other! If you haven’t visited either, here are the directions:

Surfers Paradise to Movie World by car

It’s super easy getting from Surfers Paradise to Movie World by car.

Head down Gold Coast Highway, then turn onto Smith Street and follow the signs. Leave the Highway at Exit 60, then keep following the signs to Movie World. Use Google Maps to make sure you’re heading in the right direction!

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Surfers Paradise to Movie World by bus

If you’re staying in Surfers Paradise, you’ll probably see buses driving around that say Movie World across the front. From what we could tell, these buses tend to make quite frequent stops all over Surfers Paradise. We drove ourselves, so we didn’t need to catch a bus.


Your best bet is to head to Cavill Mall and ask where the best place to wait is, at one of the information booths. There might be a small bus fare, so ask the driver before boarding if you’re unsure.

Catching a bus is definitely the easiest way to get to Movie World if you don’t have access to a car!

Brisbane to Movie World by car

If you’re driving to Movie World from Brisbane, follow the signs to the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast. Take Exit 60 on the Highway – once you get closer to Movie World, there will be signs directing you.

Again, use Google Maps to make sure you’re going the right way!

Movie World Opening Hours

Movie World is open from 9:30am until 5pm year round.

The gates to the park open at 9:30am, but the rides stay closed until 10am. This gives visitors a chance to find a park, purchase a locked if needed then line up for one of the awesome, unmissable rides!


We arrived at around 9:45am, headed straight for the Superman Escape ride, and managed to get on twice in a row! It definitely pays to arrive early and line up straight away.

Movie World Ticket Prices

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!

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Single Day Pass

Adults – $79 per person
Children (ages 3 to 13) – $69 per child
Entry – Movie World for one day only

Two Day Pass

Adults and Children – $119 per person
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)
Entry – Two consecutive days to Movie World and Sea World

Village Roadshow Super Pass

Adults and Children – $149 per person
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)
Entry – Seven consecutive days into three parks (Movie World, Sea World and WetnWild Gold Coast)

Village Roadshow Mega Pass

Adults and Children – $179 per person
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)
Entry – Fourteen consecutive days entry into all four parks (Movie World, Sea World, WetnWild and Paradise Country)

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Movie World Experience Prices

If you want to get fully into the Hollywood on the Gold Coast, consider doing one of the awesome experiences created by Movie World Queensland. There’s something for all ages, so no one will miss out!

Prince or Princess of the Parade (Kids Only)

For the ultimate Movie World experience, your child will be crowned and become a Prince or Princess on their very own throne.

Children (ages 4 to 10) – $30 per child
Note – Only available for two children per day, so book in early! Must have a valid entry ticket to participate.

Hollywood Stunt Driver Pit Pass

Go behind the scenes in the Hollywood Stunt Driver show, including backstage access, priority seating, USB recording of the show and an included lunch.

Adults (ages 10+) – $179.99 per person
Note – Must have a valid entry ticket to participate.

Star Tour

With behind the scenes access, Australia’s first roller coaster track walk, reserved parking, VIP seating at the Hollywood Stunt Driver Show (plus meet and greet with the drivers), morning tea, coffee and a delicious lunch – this is the perfect way to see it all at Movie World! You also get unlimited Fast Track to certain rides and a special VIP spot to watch the parade.

Adults and Children – $299 per person
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)

Star Tour & Entry

With behind the scenes access, Australia’s first roller coaster track walk, reserved parking, VIP seating at the Hollywood Stunt Driver Show (plus meet and greet with the drivers), morning tea, coffee and a delicious lunch – this is the perfect way to see it all at Movie World! You also get unlimited Fast Track to certain rides and a special VIP spot to watch the parade.

Adults and Children – $350 per person (includes park entry ticket)
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)

What to Wear to Movie World Gold Coast

Before deciding what to wear to Movie World, keep in mind that the weather in Queensland (and Australia in general) can be brutal, especially during summer.

We visited on a 23 degree celsius day (73 degrees fahrenheit) when the sun was scorching and it wasn’t even summer yet. Queensland is called the Sunshine State for a reason! I was originally wearing a tank top, but changed into a comfy tee about an hour later because the sun  was burning my shoulders.


We suggest wearing a t-shirt and bringing a hat to where while walking around the park. You’ll obviously need to take the hat off before going on rides, but you’ll be glad you have it! Don’t forget sunscreen either, and choose a comfortable pair of shoes. Enclosed shoes are the best, so you don’t have to worry about taking them off while on rides. You’ll also be doing a lot of walking, so the comfier your shoes are, the better!

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Food at Movie World

There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and quick snack carts throughout Movie World, to purchase food during your day. There are also popular theme park snacks like churros (my favourite!), ice cream, popcorn and more.


From Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream to Rick’s Cafe, a pizza, pasta and salad buffet. For you over 18’s and of legal age to consume alcohol, you can purchase booze at Movie World with a valid Passport or ID.

Shopping at Movie World

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 leave with some awesome Movie World Gold Coast souvenirs, bring plenty of money!

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Movie World Rides

DC Rivals Hypercoaster

DC Rivals is Movie World’s brand new rollercoast, and the only Hypercoaster in the Southern Hemisphere. We were lucky enough to ride this, and it is definitely an adrenaline rush.


Reaching speeds of up to 115km per hour, you’ll experience tons of twist and turns along the DC Rivals 1.4km track – which is almost double the length of any other ride on the Gold Coast.

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 7 years of age and a minimum of 130cm tall.

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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!

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be between 140cm and 200cm tall.

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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!

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be between 140cm and 196cm tall.


Note: There are no storage cubes at this ride, because you disembark in a different area than where you got on the ride. Therefore, unless you have someone in your group who doesn’t want to ride Superman Escape, you’ll need to purchase a $2 to store your belongings. The lockers are found right outside the ride.

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Batwing Spaceshot

Wait anxiously as you’re shot 60 metres into the sky at terrifying speeds, albeit 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!

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 123cm tall.

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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.

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 110cm tall.

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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 unfortunately closed for maintenance when we visited, but it’s still one of the best!

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 95cm tall.
Note: Wild West Falls is a part water coaster, so be prepared to get wet!

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Green Lantern Coaster

Take on the steepest inverted drop in the Southern Hemisphere, on the Green Lantern Coaster at Movie World Queensland. Reaching top speeds of 66km per hour, you’re bound to have a blast.

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 140cm tall.

Doomsday Destroyer

Another nope, no thanks rides for us, but if the thought of looping around a huge circle while high in the air, give the Doomsday Destroyer ride a go.

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be totally insane to ride (kidding – sort of) and of a somewhat mature height. We were unable to find the actual height requirements for this one, so we improvised. The staff will tell you whether you’re suitable to ride.

Family Fun at Movie World 

Kids WB Fun Zone

Kids WB Fun Zone is the best place to hang out with 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!

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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!

Ride Restrictions: 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.

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 110cm tall.

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Other Information & Things You Should Know

1) Lockers are available for a cost of between $10 and $20 per day, and are located next to the Movie World Photo Centre.

2) Packed food and drinks are not allowed into Movie World, with the exception of bottled water and fruit. Visitors with allergies, and food for babies and small children, are also exceptions to this rule.


3) Don’t forget your camera! There are tons of photo opportunities throughout the park, plus the occasional Superhero or Looney Tunes characters walking around.

4) Arrive early to get on all of the best rides before anyone else. The park opens at 9:30am but the rides are closed until 10am. This gives you half an hour to line up for your favourite ride, and get on once or twice before the queues start to get longer.

5) Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and a hat – the Australian sun is brutal in summer!

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Movie World Queensland is a ton of fun for people of all ages. There’s something for everyone, and if you love 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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Spend a Day at Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast

Spend a Day at Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast

Queensland is the home of theme parks in Australia. Wet n Wild 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! Wet n Wild on the 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.

We spent a few hours at Wet n Wild, and 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. We’ve come up with this fab guide to help first time visitors to Wet n Wild Gold Coast, have a day to remember at Queensland’s biggest and best water park!

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Getting to Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast is super easy to find, whether you’re coming from Surfers Paradise or Brisbane and beyond. The best two ways to get to Wet n Wild are by car or bus. If you’ve already hired a car for your stay in Queensland, or you’re 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!

Surfers Paradise to Wet n Wild by car

It’s super easy getting from Surfers Paradise to Wet n Wild by car.


Head down Gold Coast Highway, then turn onto Smith Street and follow the signs. Leave the Highway at Exit 60, then keep following the signs to Wet n Wild. Use Google Maps to make sure you’re heading in the right direction!

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Surfers Paradise to Wet n Wild by bus

If you’re staying in Surfers Paradise, you’ll probably see buses driving around that say Wet n Wild across the front. From what we could tell, these buses tend to make quite frequent stops all over Surfers Paradise. We drove ourselves, so we didn’t need to catch a bus.


Your best bet is to head to Cavill Mall and ask where the best place to wait is, at one of the information booths. There might be a small bus fare, so ask the driver before boarding if you’re unsure.

Catching a bus is definitely the easiest way to get to Wet n Wild if you don’t have access to a car!

Brisbane to Wet n Wild

If you’re driving to Wet n Wild from Brisbane, follow the signs to the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast. Take Exit 60 on the Highway – once you get closer to Wet n Wild, there will be signs directing you.

Use Google Maps to make sure you’re going the right way!

Wet n Wild Opening Hours

During summer (December, January and February), Wet n Wild is open from 10am until 5pm every day.
During winter (June, July and August), Wet n Wild closes at around 3:30pm.


Wet n Wild is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and Anzac Day (April 25th). For updated opening times, click here.

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Wet n Wild Ticket Prices

Along with Wet n Wild, there are three other theme parks and attractions under the Village Roadshow brand: Movie WorldSea 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!

Single Day Pass

Adults – $79 per person
Children (ages 3 to 13) – $69 per child
Entry – Wet n Wild for one day only

Village Roadshow Super Pass

Adults and Children – $149 per person
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)
Entry – Seven consecutive days into three parks (Wet n Wild, Movie World and Sea World)

Village Roadshow Mega Pass

Adults and Children – $179 per person
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)
Entry – Fourteen consecutive days entry into all four parks (Wet n Wild, Movie World, Sea World and Paradise Country)

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What to Wear at Wet n Wild

Since Wet n Wild 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 or bikini, most rides allow guests to wear a t-shirt over the top. Just ask the ride attendant if you’re unsure.

Whether you choose to wear a t-shirt or rock the park in just your bikini, be sure to always wear sunscreen and reapply every two hours!

Food at Wet n Wild

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.

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Shopping at Wet n Wild

The souvenir stores at Wet n Wild are located near the entrance of the park, but you’ll find that there isn’t too much of a variety.

These stores also sell bathers, towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, jewellery and more. Be prepared though – souvenirs are quite expensive, just like food and snacks.

Wet n Wild Water Rides

In total, there are 13 water rides at Wet n Wild Gold Coast. Each one is unique in its own way. There are some in total 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 Wet n Wild 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. This ride is awesome, is pitch black inside except for some very Space Mountain inspired lights along the sides of the slide!

Ride Restrictions: There are only two riders allowed on the Blackhole. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm, and a maximum combined weight of 180kg.

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Kamikaze

This is a two person tube waterslide, with an almost vertical 11 metre drop. Kamikaze reaches top speeds of up to 50km/ph. Don’t forget to smile for the camera!

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be a minimum of 110cm and a maximum combined weight of 180kg.

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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.


Ride Restrictions: Riders must be a minimum height of 120cm. Riders need to be at least 110cm and a combined maximum weight of 270kg.

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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.

Ride Restrictions: Up to 4 people can ride the Tornado, however riders must be at least 110cm tall and a maximum combined weight 320kg.

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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.

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be a minimum of 110cm tall to ride and a combined maximum weight of 270kg.

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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. This ride was under maintenance when we visited, so unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to experience it.


Ride Restrictions: To ride the Aqua Loop, riders need to be a minimum height of 120cm, and between 45kg and 120kg.

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Mammoth Falls

A tube ride where you’ll be sent on twists and turns all the way to the bottom. Between 2 and 4 people can ride Mammoth Falls at once!

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 100cm tall, and a combined weight of up to 450kg.

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.

Ride Restrictions: 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!

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 110cm tall to race.

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Surfrider

This is the only coaster at Wet n Wild, 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.


Ride Restrictions: Riders must be between 140cm and 196cm tall.

Family Fun at Wet n Wild

There are a few rides and attractions at Wet n Wild 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.

Ride Restrictions: To use Wet n Wild Junior, kids must be no taller than 140cm.

Calypso Beach

This is one of the best attractions at Wet n Wild! 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 are 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 day at Wet n Wild, and they acted immediately. You’re in good hands!

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Whirlpool Springs

Wet n Wild’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

1) There are lifeguards at every ride, ensuring the safety of guests and making sure each person meets the ride requirements. Calypso Beach has a lifeguard at every turn, so there are plenty of trained professionals ready, just incase you need some assistance.

2) Be sure to bring sunscreen. But, if you do forget, the souvenir stores next to the entrance of Wet n Wild do have sunscreen available for purchase.

3) The water is heated at Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast. However, due to overnight temperatures and other factors, the pools may not always be the perfect temperature. Don’t worry though. As soon as you get out and start walking around the park in the sun, you’ll warm up in no time!


4) Most of the tube rides requires guests to carry the tubes up to the top themselves. This means that some kids might not be able to ride by themselves, as they will struggle to carry the heavy tubes up multiple steep flights of stairs. It’s best for an adult to carry the tubes to the top, even if they don’t take the slide to the bottom.

5) There are lockers available for a daily cost of $10. Unless you have someone with you who won’t be going on any rides and is happy to hang on to everyone’s bags, purchasing a locker is the best options. You can purchase these from the Surf Shop, located right next to the park entrance. 
Wet n Wild 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, we still got burnt! Learn from our mistakes, and keep reapplying throughout the day!

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.

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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!

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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Two Days at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

Two Days at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

We’re both huge theme park and Disney fans. So as soon as we discovered that there is a Disneyland Resort in Japan, it instantly went straight to the top of our bucket list. Japan is home to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. DisneySea is the most unique Disney park in the world, and is absolutely a must-visit during your stay!

Before visiting Japan, we had only been to California’s Disney Parks – Disneyland and California Adventure Park. Although we’ve both visited these parks multiple times, we unfortunately hadn’t widened our Disney horizons beyond Anaheim. That’s why we decided to spend a day at each of Tokyo’s Disney parks, starting with DisneySea!

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Getting to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

Japan’s train system is world class, meaning traveling between cities throughout Japan is super easy. Getting to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea 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’s 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 exit to leave through. It will also give you the direction and how far you’ll need to walk once you exit the station.

Disney Resort Monorail from Maihama Station

Once you arrive at Maihama Station, you’ll then need to catch the Disney Resort Monorail. It’s super easy to find – just follow the huge crowd of people dressed as Disney characters and you’ll be fine.

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!


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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Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea 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 parks on the 3rd or 4th consecutive day. This means you can spend the morning at Disneyland then end the day at DisneySea (or vice versa).

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Where to buy tickets

We are about to give you the most important piece of advice we 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 Disney Stores located throughout Tokyo actually sell Disneyland and DisneySea tickets. Tickets cost the same as everywhere else, but 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 be happy to help you purchase your tickets and print your confirmation or e-ticket.

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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, just walk in and ask! Japanese people are some of the friendliest we 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 and DisneySea. 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 out in Shibuya!

Disneyland and DisneySea: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve visited Anaheim’s Disneyland before, Tokyo Disneyland is very similar. It’s set out pretty much the same way, and you can still walk through and admire Cinderella’s Castle. The castle itself looks totally different, but 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 visiting 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 our experience (having been to Anaheim’s Disneyland and California Adventure Park multiple times), DisneySea is completely different. The sheer size of everything, 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 is a good combination 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.

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Food: Restaurants

The restaurants at both of Tokyo’s Disney parks are very similar to any other Disney park you’ve 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).

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 only have one day to explore the park.

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Rides at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the part of this post you’re actually here for: Tokyo Disneyland and 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 longer on the bigger, newer and most popular rides and attractions. Unless you get lucky and visit on a quiet day, this is the average 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 that 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 their ticket.


Guests then need to line up to enter the actual park. Since we pre-purchased our tickets at Shibuya’s 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. But 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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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 new ticket with the name of the ride at the top, and a one hour time frame for you to come back later in the day.

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When you go back during your allocated time, you’ll 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 might have to wait a little longer than expected, but either way, it’s better than waiting 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

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Critter Country – Splash Mountain (water ride)

Fantasyland – Haunted Mansion, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt (fast passes run out quickly)

Tomorrowland – Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, Space Mountain (my all time favourite ride), Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, Monster’s Inc Ride & Go Seek (interactive ride, fast passes run out fast)

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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)

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Lost River Delta – Indiana Jones (super fast rollercoaster), Raging Spirits

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Arabian Coast – The Magic Lamp Theatre

Mermaid Lagoon – Mermaid Lagoon Theatre

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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, here are the Disneyland and DisneySea website pages, which list each ride individually, as well as the age and height restrictions for that particular ride.

Parades

We 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

We hope we’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 we’ve have left something out, we’re positive that any of the friendly Disneyland team will be happy to help you out!


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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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’re both huge Harry Potter fans. I mean, we named our cat Hermione. Do I need to say more? I know for myself personally, if there was a real life Hogwarts, I’d move in tomorrow. Sadly though, there isn’t a real life Hogwarts. I don’t have any magical powers, and like other muggles around the world, I have to settle on visiting places like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Japan.

When we were planning our trip to Japan, Osaka was at the top of our list. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, a major reason behind that was because Osaka is home to Japan’s very own Universal Studios. Whether you’re a fan of Harry Potter or not, you’ll definitely be impressed with all of the beautiful detail that’s been put into every inch of the park. From walking down Main Street which takes you through Hogsmeade Village, to the amazing Hogwarts Castle, which is truly something not to be missed. 

Keep reading to find out what we loved about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, plus some tips and tricks to help your visit be as fun and smooth sailing as possible!

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Hogwarts Castle

Hogwarts Castle was definitely our favourite part about Harry Potter World. As we mentioned before, the detail is incredible. We took a ridiculous amount of photos of the outside of the castle, even though every photo pretty much looks the same. But you’ll come to realise that it’s super hard not to take so many photos. The castle looks exactly like what you’ve seen in the movies, and from what we saw while walking through the castle, the interior is just as amazing!


Tip: There is a Hogwarts Castle Walk that you can do, which takes you through the entire castle. This gives you the chance to see more than what you would by standing in line for the 4D ride. We didn’t personally do this Castle Walk because the lines were ridiculously long and we also didn’t fully understand what it was. You see quite a lot standing in line for the Forbidden Journey ride, even if you have an Universal Studios Japan Express Pass!

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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey 4K3D ride

This ride is something that we can almost guarantee you’ve never experienced before. If you’ve been to any of the other Universal Studios theme parks across the United States or Singapore, you might be familiar with this type of ride. Of course, however, Harry Potter takes it to a whole new level.


You start by sitting in a regular looking rollercoaster seat. You’re strapped in, and unless you’ve already been on the ride, you’ll have absolutely no idea what to expect. Think Soarin’ over California from Disney’s California Adventure Park, but a million times better. You’ll fly through Hogwarts Castle, play Quiddich with Harry and his friends, be taken through the Forbidden Forest, almost get attacked by spiders and so much more. We don’t wanna ruin it for you, though, so we’ll stop here!

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Note: If you’re prone to motion sickness, we don’t recommend this ride. You will be 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. Since we don’t suffer from motion sickness, we thought it was one of the best rides we’ve ever been on! Definitely up there with Space Mountain. Yeah, I said it. I went there.


Tip: Make sure you invest in the Universal Studios Japan Express Pass, if for no other reason, than getting on this ride in under 140 minutes. This was the average wait time while we were in the park. It was a freezing cold Tuesday in the middle of winter, and the place was packed. Trust us. Get the Express Pass. You can thank us later!

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Ollivander’s Wand Shop

This was definitely one of the coolest experiences at Harry Potter World Japan. We had to wait for around 10 minutes before we were let into Ollivander’s, but it was worth it. First you’ll be taken into a room with a group of fellow Harry Potter fans and be treated to an introduction spoken in Japanese. Next, you’ll be led into Ollivander’s Wand Shop. There’ll be a man waiting and ready to blow your mind.

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Do you remember the scene from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, where Harry chooses his wand? He picks up multiple wands, and all sorts of crazy things happen? Well, Ollivander chooses someone from the group and acts out that very same scene!


He switches between speaking in Japanese and English so incredibly seamlessly, it’s hard to keep up. So if you’re considering purchasing a Harry Potter World wand during your visit, we definitely recommend doing so at Ollivanders. It’s a much cooler experience than simply buying one at a regular merchandise store. Plus, you might be chosen by Ollivander to pick your very own wand!

Butterbeer

Butterbeer is a must when visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Japan. There are a few outdoor stalls where you can buy a regular, plastic throw-away cup. We decided to splurge though, and spent 600 yen on a souvenir cup. If you’d prefer to enjoy your refreshing cup of Butterbeer out of the elements, there are a couple of indoor dining locations. You’ll need to make a booking for the Three Broomsticks, otherwise check out the Hog’s Head!

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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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Not so great parts about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Japan

It is insanely busy

Universal Japan was a lot busier than any other theme park that we’ve 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 different opening times for each day of the year. Make sure to check the website when it gets closer to your visit to be sure.


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.

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 saved a butt load of money, 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, just because they can. It’s all part 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, if you hope to take home a few souvenirs.

I bought a Gryffindor Scarf and Hermione’s Wand, and Russell bought Harry’s wand. If we had more money, we definitely would have bought more, to fuel our (my) Harry Potter obsession!

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4 Tips for Visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

1. Purchase a Universal Studios Japan Express Pass

Purchasing a Universal Studios Japan Express Pass will definitely be worth the investment. After your very first ride, you’ll be super glad you bought it. As we mentioned earlier, Harry Potter World is a super busy place. This means that all of the ride lines are going to be painfully long.

But, if you have an Express Pass, they won’t be bad at all!


The Universal Studios Japan Express Pass is basically like Disneyland’s Fast Pass, 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 around 10 minutes. The Express Pass gives you access to rides all over Universal Studios itself, not just the Harry Potter World rides.

So if you would rather spend your day exploring the park, eating delicious food and taking all of the selfies, we 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 one, be sure to arrive at the ticket gate early to guarantee you get one!

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2. 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 us drink plenty of water throughout the day.

3. 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!

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4. The best time to visit Harry Potter World Japan

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 visited on a Tuesday at the beginning of March, during Winter. This particular day was painfully, 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 Japan 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 Hermione’s wand and a Gryffindor scarf to remember our day at Harry Potter World.


Have you been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Japan? What did you think? Tell us in the comments below! We would love to read your thoughts on the magical land of Harry Potter!

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