Tokyo Dis­ney Re­sort

As it cel­e­brates it 35th an­niver­sary, am­ber ja­cobs dis­cov­ers what makes Tokyo Dis­ney Re­sort such an en­chant­ing des­ti­na­tion for fam­i­lies seek­ing thrills, en­ter­tain­ment and fun.

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We cel­e­brate Tokyo Dis­ney Re­sort’s 35th an­niver­sary.

I am greeted by the dis­tinct scent of caramel pop­corn and the sight of the Cin­derella Cas­tle glim­mer­ing in the Tokyo spring sun. Ex­cited kids and adults are wan­der­ing through the World Bazaar with Mickey-shaped candy, wear­ing Dis­ney-themed cos­tumes from shops in the sur­round­ing 20th-cen­tury Amer­i­canstyle build­ings. This is magic, right here.

Hap­pi­ness is here

With ev­ery­one’s favourite rides, char­ac­ters and worlds spread across 14 themed ar­eas, there is no short­age of en­ter­tain­ment at Tokyo Dis­ney Re­sort as it cel­e­brates its 35th an­niver­sary. The high­light, though, has to be the in­cred­i­ble ‘Dream­ing Up!’ pa­rade, which will re­main at the park un­til March 2019. The pa­rade is noth­ing short of mag­i­cal. Kids jig­gle with ex­cite­ment when the first float ar­rives car­ry­ing an en­thu­si­as­tic Mickey Mouse. This is fol­lowed by more lav­ish floats, in­clud­ing one cov­ered in crys­tals and car­ry­ing four beloved princesses: Ra­pun­zel, Snow White, Cin­derella and Sleep­ing Beauty. The pa­rade ends with Mary Pop­pins fly­ing above a minia­ture town while Peter Pan and Wendy per­form aerial ac­ro­bat­ics that leave us daz­zled.

Dis­ney din­ing de­lights

Tokyo Dis­ney Re­sort’s food choices in­clude ev­ery­thing from Western fast food to tra­di­tional Ja­panese cui­sine at Restau­rant Hoku­sai. We dine at the fam­ily-friendly Crys­tal Palace, where I pile my plate high at a buf­fet cater­ing for even the fussi­est lit­tle palates with ev­ery­thing from Ja­panese to Ital­ian. For dessert, we pop into the Choco­late Crunch Shop, a new ad­di­tion to the park. It’s all about Dis­ney’s fa­mous Duck fam­ily, and filled with Don­ald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey and Louie dec­o­ra­tions and mer­chan­dise. But it is the ir­re­sistible choco­late crunch that is the real star. It comes in six flavours in­clud­ing caramel, choco­late and straw­berry short­cake, and I can’t re­sist fill­ing a box to take home.

It’s a Small World

‘It’s a Small World’ is a gen­tle, vis­ually cap­ti­vat­ing in­tro­duc­tion to Tokyo Dis­ney­land’s larger-than-life rides. Ideal for lit­tle ones, even the adults are mes­merised as we glide through tun­nels and hid­den rooms, pass­ing a daz­zling dis­play of an­i­ma­tronic char­ac­ters in in­tri­cately de­tailed set­tings. The first Eu­ro­pean-themed room fea­tures Anna and Elsa from Frozen, who greet us with pirou­ettes as toy sol­diers drum be­side them. The ride has been re­vamped to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary, and the fres­coes and minia­tures through­out are de­signed in homage to the witty and whim­si­cal style of Mary Blair, one of the first prom­i­nent fe­male artists to work for the Walt Dis­ney Com­pany.

Un­der the Sea

Fif­teen years since its con­cep­tion, Tokyo Dis­ney­sea re­mains the only of its kind in the world and is home to more ex­treme rides that older kids will love. It is dark by the time we reach Dis­ney­sea’s Vene­tian-style square and Mount Prometheus glows in­digo at the park’s cen­tre. The set­ting is al­most in­dis­tin­guish­able from a Mediter­ranean port city, aside from the fuzzy car­toon char­ac­ters wan­der­ing the streets. We are treated to the Fan­tas­mic! show, where gi­ant wa­ter screens, laser lights and re­flec­tions bring char­ac­ters to life on wa­ter be­fore mak­ing our way to Mer­maid La­goon.

After­wards, I find my­self bathed in dim blue light at the depths of At­lantica, where kids are climb­ing the ropes and coral, gig­gling at larger-than-life fish stat­ues and ex­plor­ing the se­cret pas­sages of Ariel’s Play­ground.

Be Our Guest

Tokyo Dis­ney Cel­e­bra­tion Ho­tel is the place for fam­i­lies who don’t want to leave the Dis­ney fun at the park. Rooms sleep up to six, and chil­dren will love the themed dec­o­ra­tions in both the ‘Wish’ and ‘Dis­cover’ build­ings.

Upon our ar­rival to the mag­i­cal ho­tel, we are greeted by stat­ues of Mickey and Min­nie, as well as views of the court­yard with il­lu­mi­nated stat­ues and hedges. Each room fol­lows a theme, so after a day of Dis­ney­land de­lights chil­dren can fall asleep with a head full of Dis­ney dreams.

Tokyo Dis­ney Re­sort Re­port Card

Info toky­o­dis­neyre­sort.jp Get­ting there Ja­pan Air­lines flies daily be­tween Syd­ney and Tokyo. Qantas flies from Syd­ney, Bris­bane and Mel­bourne di­rect and Jetstar of­fers di­rect flights from Mel­bourne, Cairns and the Gold Coast, both with con­nect­ing flights from all cap­i­tal cities.

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