Top 10 Things to do in Los Angeles: How to Spend 5 Days in LA

Top 10 Things to do in Los Angeles: How to Spend 5 Days in LA

As far as cities in the United States goes, Los Angeles is up there as one of the best. There are so many things to do in Los Angeles, you’ll hardly know where to start. With an endless amount of activities for all ages, Hollywood parties at every corner (if that’s your thing) and even theme parks, there’s no shortage of entertainment – regardless of how long you’re staying for. I’ve visited Los Angeles many times, and although I prefer to head out and explore more than just the hustle and bustle of Hollywood, it’s hard to deny the awesomeness of feeling like a celebrity while strolling down Hollywood Boulevard.

Top 10 Things to do in Los Angeles: How to Spend 5 Days in LA

Whether you’re planning a short weekend in Los Angeles, a full seven days or even a month or two, there are plenty of options to keep you busy. The following 10 things to do in Los Angeles are some of my personal favourites. Since the last time I visited Los Angeles back in June of 2015, and looking back now, there are many things that I wish I had done. So until the next time I visit the wonderful state of California, these very tourist-y attractions will have to do! Here are 10 of the best, most popular or exciting things to do in Los Angeles, for a 5 day visit!

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Day 1: Explore Hollywood

Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard is a good place to start, on this list of things to do in Los Angeles! I’m willing to bet you have at the very least, seen parts of Hollywood Boulevard in TV shows and movies – right? It may be painfully busy, loud, overwhelming and even a little scary, but Hollywood Boulevard is one of the most famous attractions in the world. With frequent movie premieres, celebrities gracing the streets on a daily basis, expensive boutiques that I can’t afford to shop in and a crap ton of awesome souvenir stores, there’s no shortage of entertainment.

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The Chinese Theatre and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum are must-sees during your time on Hollywood Boulevard. Ignore the ‘characters’ dressed up along the sidewalk, asking innocent passerby for a photo. You’ll be charged a lot of money, and they don’t look anything like the originals. Head straight for the best. Madame Tussauds is filled with extremely real looking celebrities, in their very best wax form. Back in 2013 when I last visited Madame Tussauds, I had selfies with all of my favourites. But by far the best photo I left with, was the one below of myself and Jim Carey.


Madame Tussauds is well worth the $20 (discounted price if you purchase online) and will give you a chance to let out your inner TV and movie geek. Have photos taken in cheesy poses, with all of your favourite celebrities!

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Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of Los Angeles most popular and most-visited attractions. People travel from all over the world to see the 2,500 (and more) stars lining Hollywood Boulevard. With over two thousand of them proudly showcased in the movie hub of America, you’re bound to find your favourite celebrity crush’s star while walking through Hollywood. Walk the 15 blocks down Hollywood Boulevard, then make your way down the 3 blocks of Vine Street to continue your Walk of Fame. Don’t forget to take photos of your favourite celebrities’ stars!

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The Hollywood Sign

The best way to see the Hollywood Sign is on one of the many hikes. I didn’t get a chance to do this last time I visited (you can bet it’s on my bucket list for next time) however I did get to see it from afar at Hollywood & Highland Shopping Centre. There are a few different places to view the sign, including Beachwood Canyon and Griffith Park Observatory. If getting as close as possible to the Hollywood Sign is something you want to do during your stay in LA, ask around to find the best hike or viewing spot at the time!

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Beverly Hills

Although it’s not really my thing, Beverly Hills is filled with billion dollar mansions, proudly owned by the best Hollywood celebrities. I haven’t personally toured through the streets of Beverly Hills, but we did drive past it on the first day of Contiki. With perfectly lined palm trees and lush greenery, it’s easy to see why celebrities flock to Beverly Hills. If you’d like to embark on your very own celeb search, there are actual tours to do so.

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Day 2: Santa Monica & Venice Beach

Before I talk about Santa Monica and Venice, there’s one thing you should know: the two are very different from one another. Personally, Santa Monica is my favourite. From what I’ve heard, you either love or hate Venice Beach, and I guess I can see that. Although Santa Monica is my favourite out of the two, I still appreciate the uniqueness of Venice and definitely love the vibe it brings.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica is located roughly a 30 minute drive from Hollywood Boulevard, and is one of my absolute favourite things to do in Los Angeles. There are a few different ways you can get to Santa Monica from Hollywood, but the fastest and most reliable way would be to catch an Uber. The one way fare will be around $30, but if you’re traveling in a couple or with a group of friends, split the cost and save some cash!

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Santa Monica Pier is one of the most popular attractions in this beautiful beachside town. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen Santa Monica Pier in many TV shows and movies. But just incase you haven’t, here it is:

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Spend some time walking up and down the pier, browsing the stores and trying some delicious….pier….food? I mean, I guess it’s sort of street food. There are a ton of small cafes, restaurant and snack stands to keep your taste buds happy while you stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Don’t forget to walk along Santa Monica Beach, and take an Instagram photo at one of the Surf Lifesaving towers along the shore.

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If you’d prefer something a little further away from the sand and salt water, head to Third Street Promenade – Santa Monica’s most famous shopping and dining district. With tons of well-known stores such as American Eagle, Apple, Victoria’s Secret, Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters, and plenty of cuisines to choose from, you can easily spend a few hours exploring Third Street Promenade. Don’t miss Johnnie’s New York Pizza next to Urban Outfitters for a delicious Italian meal – I had the cheese pizza and it was delightful!

Venice Beach

As I’ve mentioned, Venice Beach is very different to Santa Monica. Not only with the beach itself, the shops and the restaurants, but also the vibe. You’ll notice that it’s a very laid back and hippie-esk of atmosphere, which I really did love. If you’re not used to a very bohemian, sometimes dirty, graffiti covered beach-town with skateboarders flying up and down the boardwalk, maybe give Venice a miss. I would definitely go back again, though, and spend some more time exploring the town. Venice is super unique, and if you visit with an open mind, I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I did!

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Personally, I think if you’re spending some time at Santa Monica, you should take that little detour. If for no other reason, than to compare the two for yourself. But I believe it’s well worth the 10 minute detour by car. I loved the old buildings, colourful street art, laid back locals and bohemian inspired clothing that lined the streets of Venice Beach. Stay and watch a street performance if you’re lucky enough to be there for one. The atmosphere is highly contagious, so stay a while and embrace the unique town!

Day 3: Universal Studios & Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Although both Universal Studios and Warner Bros. are different attractions, they’re super close to one another. You can actually see Warner Bros. from one of the multiple levels at Universal Studios. That means, it’s very possible to do both in one day. It may just mean waking up a little earlier. But trust me, it will be worth it!

Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Visiting Warner Bros. is one of my favourite things to do in Los Angeles. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour or Deluxe Tour will take you to see lots of behind the scenes action from some of your favourite TV shows and movies. You’ll be taken into many of the different backlots and sound stages used in classic television shows and movies such as Gilmore Girls, Friends, Batman and tons more. Back when I visited the last time, my Contiki group even got to sit in the Ellen Degenerous studios. Yep, where they film the show. Sadly Ellen wasn’t there, and we weren’t allowed to sit on her couch. But we did get to stand on the stage! Spoiler alert: the set is super, duper small. Photographs weren’t allowed inside the set, so you’ll just have to take my word for it!

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The gazebo used in many TV shows and movies, but my favourite being from Gilmore Girls! This was back in 2013, and I still adore that show to this day.

There are always new exhibits in the works, and two of the latest (which weren’t there when I visited last, back in June 2015) are Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts and DC Universe. Here you’ll see props and outfits used in both movies and franchises, plus lots of behind the scenes dirt on actors and the movies themselves.


If you’re a huge Friends fan like we are, definitely pay a visit to the Central Perk Cafe. Back when I visited this was only a set, not an actual working cafe. Now you can actually order your very own cup of coffee or quick bite to eat at Central Perk! Bring along your camera – you’re gonna want proof of this!

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As a huge Friends fan, this is definitely one of my favourite memories! Sitting on the couch in Central Perk! #goals

THE STUDIO TOUR
Opening Times
: 8:30am until 3:30pm
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Cost: $65 for adults and $55 for children
Purchase Discounted Tickets: For discounted tickets, head to the the Warner Bros. website and book in advance.

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THE DELUXE TOUR
Opening Times
: 8:30am until 3:30pm
Duration: Approximately 6 hours
Cost: $295 (tour available for ages 8+ only)
Purchase Tickets: Click here to find out more about the Deluxe Tour, and to book tickets.

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Fan of Pretty Little Liars? You may notice the exterior building used as Rosewood High School, during your Warner Bros. Studio Tour! Another awesome highlight for me!

For some more tips and information about Warner Bros, check out this awesome post from Toni at Enchanted Serendipity. She shares tons of exciting photos from Warner Bros, and lots of sneak peak tips for your first visit. Toni’s blog focuses on filming locations from all over the world, and Warner Bros. is one of the best for TV and film fans!

Universal Studios

Universal Studios is hands down, one of the best things to do in Los Angeles. Even more so now that Harry Potter is involved! The last time I visited Hollywood’s Universal Studios was in June 2015 with Contiki. I had previously been multiple times before, so therefore decided not to purchase the VIP Tour Pass like the rest of my Contiki friends, since I had already done the VIP Tour with my family back in 2013. Instead, I walked around the park on my own, went on all of the rides and ate two or twelve churros. Like I said, this was before Hogwarts was built.

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Fast forward to February 2016 when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood opened. You can imagine my sadness, realising that if I visited one year later, I could have spent the day with magical powers, playing Quidditch and drinking Butterbeer. Although I did miss out on Hollywood’s Harry Potter World, I did get the chance to visit Japan’s version. It was as incredible as I had imagined!


Make your way through Hogwarts and embark on the motion simulator ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. You’ll fly down the corridors of Hogwarts to Dumbledore’s office, over the castle and many more magical areas of Hogwarts. Don’t forget to buy yourself some Harry Potter souvenirs, too. When we visited Osaka’s version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I bought myself Hermione’s wand and a Gryffindor scarf. The merchandise is quite expensive, so keep that in mind when planning your day.

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Other than Hogwarts, there’s a lot to see and do at Universal Studios. From the Walking Dead walk-through attraction, to the Fast & the Furious, King Kong, the Simpsons, Transformers 3D, Jurassic Park water ride and more. Don’t forget to bring along your camera, and snap a selfie with Spongebob, Curious George, Scooby Doo and other familiar faces.

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Day 4: Disneyland

Although not amongst the hustle and bustle of Hollywood, Anaheim’s Disneyland is still one of the best things to do in Los Angeles. Not only is Disneyland the Happiest Place on Earth, it’s also one of Rhiannon’s favourite places on Earth. I’ve been to Disneyland more times than I can count, at various times in my life. The first time my family took me to Disneyland, I was three years old. The latest time I visited, I was twenty three years old. I’ve clocked up a lot of hours, walked around the entire park over a hundred times and made an endless amount of wonderful memories at Disneyland. It’s also home to my favourite roller coaster of all time: Space Mountain.

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If you’re a theme park fan or of anything Disney related, don’t leave Los Angeles without visiting Disneyland. I’ve written an entire post about the Happiest Place on Earth, so if you’d like to know more, click here. But for a quick rundown: you’ll need at least one day to explore the full park, arrive early and make the most out of Fast Pass tickets! Don’t know what a Fast Pass ticket is? Click to find out!

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

Day 5: California Adventure Park

Although California Adventure Park is located right next to Disneyland, they are quite different parks. Both are Disney themed, but California Adventure Park is created more with adults in mind. There are fewer rides just for the kids and a handful of semi-thrill rides. California Screamin’ is one of the best, and don’t forget to check out the new Guardians of the Galaxy drop style ride!

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You’ll also find tons of tips and advice for spending a day at California Adventure Park, in this post. Read it carefully before planning your day! There is a lot to see, tons of rides to scream on and plenty of shops and restaurants to enjoy. It’s best to pace yourself!

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

So there you have it, 10 of the best and most popular things to do in Los Angeles. Personally, I love spending as much time as possible exploring theme parks and strolling along California’s amazing beaches. But whether you’re a thrill seeker or a fan of spotting celebrities in the middle of Hollywood, there’s something for everyone in LA!


Have you visited Los Angeles before? What did you love the most? Tell me in the comments below! Or if you have something else to add to this list of things to do in Los Angeles, I’d love to know your thoughts!

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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!

Two Days at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea

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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.

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea: What To Expect + Tips to Help You Plan Your Day!

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)

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea: What To Expect + Tips to Help You Plan Your Day!Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea: What To Expect + Tips to Help You Plan Your Day!

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

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea: What To Expect + Tips to Help You Plan Your Day!Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea: What To Expect + Tips to Help You Plan Your Day!Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea: What To Expect + Tips to Help You Plan Your Day!Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea: What To Expect + Tips to Help You Plan Your Day!

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.

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea: What To Expect + Tips to Help You Plan Your Day!

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!

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea: What To Expect + Tips to Help You Plan Your Day!

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!