Tokyo Disney Resort Tickets & Extras Explained (Simply)

The last time I went to Tokyo Disney Resort, I just kind of rocked up at the entrance, bought a ticket and went in. As I plan my next visit, a lot has changed about how you visit the resort, how you buy tickets, how you get onto rides without big queues, even how you get into some shops and restaurants – and if you want to make the most of your day, you might need to do some planning in advance…

So, here’s my simple guide to understanding how the Tokyo Disney ticketing system – and its extras and add ons – works.

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Where is Tokyo Disney Resort?

Tokyo Disney Resort is located in Chiba, a little over an hour’s train ride from Shinjuku station on the east of Tokyo, and slightly less from Asakusa on the west side.

It consists of two main theme parks.

Tokyo Disneyland: This is the Disneyland of your childhood with a Japanese spin. It contains many rides that will sound familiar like Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and It’s a Small World.

But you’ll also a few unique rides like Pooh’s Hunny Hunt and The Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast.

Tokyo Disneysea: This park’s theming is unique to Japan and based around ocean tales and legends. But you will also find rides similar to those in the US like the Tower of Terror and Soarin’

If you only have time to visit one park, and have visited Disneyland in the US (and aren’t taking small kids), then it’s generally suggested that you pick Disneysea as it is very different from anything any where else in the world.

Tokyo Disney Resort Entry Tickets Explained

All this info, and more, is on the Tokyo Disney Resort website, but, you have to click around round a lot of different places to find it all which is why I thought it might be helpful to have it all in one place. So, let’s get started…

To get into either park you need a basic entry ticket, known as a Park Ticket – and as I write this in early March 2023, you can’t buy same day Tokyo Disney Resort tickets on the gate of the park. You must buy your ticket in advance for a specific date.

Whether this will change after May 8th when Japan downgrades you know what, I’m not sure, but right now, you have to buy your ticket before you rock up to the park.

Tickets for a date go on sale at 2pm Japanese time, two months before the date you want to visit.

So, if you want to visit on May 15th, you can buy your tickets from March 15th. For August 7th, you can buy your tickets from June 7th, etc, etc.

Don’t Stress

Now, unlike Universal Studios which can sell out fast, there’s not so much of a panic to buy your Disney Resort tickets the minute they go on sale – I’m looking at the charts now and even during Golden Week, one of Japan’s busiest travel periods, tickets are still available (but, I’m seeing the same dates sold out for Universal).

However, if you are traveling during busy periods like Golden Week (April 29-May 6), Japanese Spring Break (March 25-April 6) or Christmas and New Year, the earlier you book the better just to be sure.

You can check availability of tickets here.

If you see a circle there’s still plenty left. A triangle means you’ll want to get a move on as they are selling out. A cross means they are sold out. A hypen-like line means they aren’t on sale yet.

Types of Tickets Available

Right now, you must buy tickets to each park separately, there’s no such thing as a Park Hopper or a multi-day ticket currently on sale.

You can buy a one day ticket – which allows you entry to one park from doors opening to doors closing.

If you’re tight on time/money, you can also buy slightly cheaper tickets that let you in the doors later in the day. There’s a weekend pass which allows access from 3pm, or a weekday pass that lets you in from 5pm.

Are Afternoon Tickets a Good Way to Save Money?

Maybe if you live in Tokyo, but if you’re flying thousands of miles to visit the park, they might not be.

The difference between a full day ticket and a 5pm weekday entry is only 3800 yen (US$27, AU$42 or £24).

It’s still money saved I’m aware BUT the lines for rides at any Japanese theme park can be long, and afternoon is when they are usually longest.

I’d only consider getting one of these passes if you’re not that bothered about riding everything and are mostly going to check out the atmosphere, buy some of the amazing Disney-themed foods, get on smaller rides and/or maybe hop on one of the more popular rides before the park closes.

If you want to ride/see everything, you’ll need a whole day.

Where to Buy Tokyo Disney Tickets

There are a few different ways to get Tokyo Disney Tickets. But, if you don’t have a Japanese credit card these are the easiest options.

You can buy them from third party resellers like Klook and Get Your Guide. Both of these are super legit and charge the same price as Disney for tickets.

And for bookings for visits after April 1st 2023, you can now book with foreign credit cards using the English version of the official Tokyo Disney Resort App.

This was only introduced in February 2023 and so, if you downloaded the app before February 1st (like I did) make sure you’ve updated it or you won’t see the Buy Ticket option.

Learned this the hard way!

You also need to create a Disney account before you buy them – or, if you have a Disney account already from, say the US Parks, or in my case it seems Run Disney, you’re already in the system you just need to log in with your normal details.

If you decide at the last minute to go to Disney, and don’t want to use either of those methods, you can also buy tickets at convenience stores like 7-11, Lawson and Family Mart but you might need some help from someone who speaks Japanese.

So far too easy, so now let’s talk about add ons which is where things get a bit more complex as Disney have their own language for their extras!

Understanding the Tokyo Disney Ticket Add Ons

Once you’ve bought your ticket you might think you’re good to go for a day of magical fun – and, technically you are. Woot woot!

But, if you want to make the most of your day, there are a few extras and add ons you need to be aware of that can help you access things faster, and get into certain areas that you might not be able to visit without these add ons.

These include Disney Premier Access, Entry Requests, Standby Passes and Priority Seating. And here’s your Disney dictionary to help you understand them.

What is Tokyo Disney Premier Access?

Premier Access is a way to jump lines. You get a ticket that allows you to come back to a ride at a set time and use a separate, shorter queue. Or, to view shows from a separate area.

If you’re travelled to one of the US Disney Parks, then this is like the new Genie+ System (and kind of like the old Fast Pass) at the US Disney Parks –

Like Genie+ it’s a paid for service, but, the difference is that in Tokyo Disney you pay for each attraction individually – and you can only make bookings once you have entered the park on the day of your visit.

It’s currently available for the following rides and shows

Tokyo Disneyland Premier Access Rides: Splash Mountain, Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, The Happy Ride with Baymax

Tokyo Disneysea Premier Access Rides: Soarin: Fantastic Flight, Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and the nighttime Believe! Sea of Dreams show

Premier Access Costs and Rules

The cost of a Premier Access pass is between 1500-2500 yen – around US$11-18, AU$16-27 or £9-15 – per ride or show. Prices vary depending on the popularity of the ride/show.

You can book Premier Access via the app once you enter the park in the morning.

Choose your order for booking Premier Access carefully as, when you buy one pass, you can’t buy another one for a different ride for another 60 minutes, or, once your access time begins (whichever is sooner). Pick the rides you want to ride most first.

And if you want to ride the same ride twice using Premier Access the rules differ slightly, you can only buy your second pass, once you’ve actually used the first one.

You can however have Premier Access for a show and a ride at the same time. So, if you want to use it for the Believe! Sea of Dreams show, book that as soon as you enter the park.

If You Only Buy One Premier Access Pass

If you only have cash for one Premier Access Park, which should you choose? Well, it’s probably the ride you want to do most, but, if you want to do everything, here’s my suggestions.

In Disneyland: If you have any inclination to ride Beauty and the Beast, book that one. Because it’s the newest ride in the park it has the longest line of anything in both parks right now.

As I sit here, most rides are tracking well below an hour. Splash Mountain is at 70 minutes, but Beauty and the Beast is at 150 – and I’ve seen it go higher.

In DisneySea: Soarin is usually the ride with the longest lines in Disneysea so it might be worth using it for that – it ends slightly differently from the US version. Or, for a more unique ride, use it on Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

What is an Entry Request?

Right now Tokyo Disney is limiting crowds for some shows and, to get into them you need to apply for an Entry Request which will allow you to access the show.

This is free, but, even if you apply the second you walk through the park gates, there’s no guarantee as these are on kind of a lottery system so, even if you see times available, you might not be lucky enough to get one.

Shows this applies to include

In Tokyo Disneyland: Jamobree Mickey: Let’s Dance! Michey’s Magical Music World, Club Mouse Beat

In Tokyo Disneysea: Believe! Sea of Dreams, Big Band Beat: A Special Treat, Jamboree Mickey: Let’s Dance!

This page on the Tokyo Disney website explains how to make an Entry Request.

Some shows will allow people in even without an Entry Request if they aren’t full, so if you don’t get lucky, it’s always worth trying at the door when the show starts, but if it’s something you absolutely want to see, then, apply for an Entry Request to maximise your chances.

Note while Believe! Sea of Dreams is an Entry Request show, this only applies to one viewing area and it can be seen from other areas around the park that don’t need any special access tickets or passes, so don’t panic if you don’t get into that.

If you’re finding this guide helpful, and are also going to visit Universal Studios in Osaka, then you’re going to want to check out our guide explaining Universal Studios tickets too – trying to get your head around what tickets and add ons you might want there makes Disney look easy!

What is a Standby Pass?

Some shops and restaurants in the Disney Parks require you to have a Standby Pass to enter them.

Again, you book these on the app and it will tell you a time to line up in the queue to get into the shop or restaurant.

While it can still be possible to get into the designated shops or restaurants without a standby pass, other days it’s the only way you’re going to get in there – so, it’s worth just booking them in anyway.

Unlike Premier Access, there doesn’t seem to be any rules about how many Standby Passes you can apply for.

Shops That Need Standby Pass

Disneyland: Disney & Co, Adventureland Bazaar Capsule Toys, Kingdom Treasures, Gag Factory (both outlets),Treasure Comet, Planet M.

Disneysea: Il Postino Stationary, Emporio (the biggest shop), Galleria Disney and Aunt Pegs (if you want Duffy Merchandise). Steamboat Mickey’s, Tower of Terror Capsule Toys. McDucks Department Store, Lost River Outfitters, The Sleepy Whale. Mermaid Treasures Capsule Toys

Restaurants that Need a Standby Pass

Disneyland: Sweetheart Cafe, Tomorrowland Terrace,

Disneysea: Zambini Brothers Ristorante, Cape Cod Cookoff, Dockside Diner, New York Deli. Miguel’s El Dorado Cantina, Yucatan Basecamp Grill,

There are still plenty of other shops and dining places around that you can visit without an Standby Pass but, your other option for dining is to book Priority Seating.

What is Priority Seating?

If you’re looking around the restaurants in the Disney Resort, you will notice some of them are marked as having Priority Seating – so, what’s that when it’s at home?

It’s basically like a table reservation in a normal restaurant.

You can book a set time to dine and be seated as fast as possible when you arrive (although you might still have a small wait on busy days or times).

If you want to schedule your day carefully, need to eat at a set time, or have a restaurant you really want to go to, then it’s a good idea to take advantage of Priority Seating.

It opens up to non-hotel guests, at 10am Japan Time one month before the date of your visit and seating bookings close at 11.59 the night before the day of your visit.

Again, you can make these bookings on the Disney Resort App.

Restaurants That Offer Priority Seating

Disneyland: East Side Cafe. Center Street Coffee House, Restaurant Housaki, Crystal Palace Restaurant, Blue Bayou, Polynesian Terrace, The Diamond Horseshoe

Disneysea: Magellan’s, Ristorante di Canalleto, SS Columbia Dining Room, The Teddy Roosevelt Lounge, Restaurant Sakura (main dining room), Horizon Restaurant

A Note About Tokyo Disney Food

Even if you’re not planning on splashing out on sit down meals in the park, you might want to take a look at the menus on the Tokyo Disney website and make some plans as to where to grab things as Tokyo Disney food is next level in its theming (see exhibit A of the Alien Mochi above!).

If they can make a dish into a Mickey, or another character, or incorporate something cute into the design in some way, they will.

I don’t know how many cakes, pastries and ice creams I’m going to have to eat in a day to get all the cuteness in, but I’m willing to find out!

Is the Genie System Available at Tokyo Disney Resort?

Genie is a system that allows you to plug in the rides, shows, restaurants and shops that you want to visit at Walt Disney World in Florida into the app and it’ll come up with a plan of attack for you.

Right now, that system is not available at Tokyo Disney Resort unfortunately, you’ll have to come up with your own touring plans.

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So, I think that’s everything I need to cover in this post trying to explain the Tokyo Disney Ticket system as simply as possible.

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