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Steam into the Past

Board an old-fashioned steam-powered vessel for a half-mile journey into the heart of the American frontier. 

During the charming, 14-minute trip around Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island , spot delightful sights along the river’s edge, including: 

  • The north bank of the Columbia Gorge, complete with a beautiful waterfront and 5 sparkling waterfalls 
  • A rustic frontier cabin 
  • An idyllic Native American village 
  • A busy beaver at work chewing on the train trestle 
  • Mountain lions relaxing in the sun 
  • The Disneyland Railroad steaming into the wilderness 

Along the way, hear lively narration about a time gone by.

Along the Mississippi

The Mark Twain is an authentic reproduction of the historic vessels that ferried people up and down the mighty Mississippi River. A working steam engine converts the water from the Rivers of America into steam that in turn powers the large paddle that propels the boat. 

Featuring meticulously detailed wood craftsmanship, the 28-foot tall, 105-foot-long riverboat is comprised of 4 pristine decks: 

  • Pilothouse , also known as the top deck, features the wheelhouse and Captain’s Quarters 
  • Promenade Deck includes a salon and a collection of vintage photos and maps 
  • Texas (or Sun) Deck is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors as you float down the river 
  • Main Deck includes the boiler and pistons that run the paddlewheel 

Limited seating is available.

A Tribute to America’s Writer

Walt Disney named the Mark Twain after the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. The famed author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn —and Walt’s personal hero—Clemens was also a riverboat pilot as a young man. 

That experience inspired his pen name: “mark twain” is a boating term that means a vessel is at a safe depth.

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Mark Twain Riverboat

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The Mark Twain Riverboat goes on a gentle cruise around Tom Sawyer Island. That's the same route that the Sailing Ship Columbia and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes take, and I'd suggest choosing only one of these three attractions. You don't need to see that same scenery three times.

What You Need to Know About the Mark Twain Riverboat

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We polled 131 of our readers to find out what they think about the riverboat. 74% of them said It's a must-do or ride it if you have time, making it one of the lower-rated things to do at Disneyland.

  • Location:  Mark Twain Riverboat is in Frontierland
  • Rating:  ★
  • Restrictions:   No height restrictions. Children under age seven years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
  • Ride Time:   12 minutes
  • Recommended for:   Everyone
  • Fun Factor:  Low
  • Wait Factor:  Low    
  • Fear Factor:  Low
  • Herky-Jerky Factor:  Low
  • Nausea Factor:  Low
  • Seating:   You just get on and ride, and you can move around while it's going
  • Accessibility:   This ride is fully accessible, and you can stay in your wheelchair or ECV for the whole thing, but you'll only get onto the lower level. Go to the access gate on the right side of the turnstile or enter through the attraction exit and ask a Cast Member for help.  More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV

How to Have More Fun on the Mark Twain Riverboat

  • If you want to  rest your feet , head for the seats in the front as soon as you get on.
  • This ride  closes before dark
  • Watch the kids.  They may be tempted to climb on the railings and could fall off.
  • If you ask a cast member, the  pilot might let you ride inside with him . This is limited to just a couple of people per trip.

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Fun Facts About Mark Twain Riverboat

Built in 1955, this was the first paddle wheeler built since shortly after 1900. It was built at the Disney Studios, except for the hull which was constructed at a shipyard in San Pedro. But don't let that fool you. It's a working reproduction of the historic vessels that ferried people up and down the mighty Mississippi, with a working steam engine that powers the large paddle, which in turn propels the boat.

The Mark Twain made its first voyage four days before Disneyland opened to the public, for Walt and Lillian Disney's 30th wedding anniversary. 

The Mark Twain was christened by actress   Irene Dunne who starred in the 1936 movie "Showboat" on Disneyland's Opening Day.

The boat is 28 feet tall and 105 feet long, with four decks.

The writer Mark Twain was a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi river when he was younger, and one of Walt Disney's personal heroes, which is why Walt named the boat after him.

A riverboat ride was in the plans from the earliest days, when Walt Disney started the first plans for building an amusement park near Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.

Every Disney theme park throughout the world has their own version of the Mark Twain riverboat. 

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Mark Twain Riverboat

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Last updated: May 3, 2023

At a Glance

This large-capacity paddle-wheel riverboat navigates the waters around Tom Sawyer Island and Fort Wilderness. A beautiful craft, the riverboat provides a lofty perch from which to see Frontierland and New Orleans Square. The Mark Twain, Sailing Ship Columbia , and Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes travel through the Rivers of America. The show scenes include a home for Mike Fink (and one of his keelboats, a former Disneyland attraction) and 26 Audio-Animatronic animals; the audio spiel includes a musical nod to the New Orleans–set The Princess and the Frog.

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One of three boat rides that survey the same real estate. Because the Explorer Canoes are slower in loading and the Columbia operates seasonally, we think the riverboat makes more efficient use of touring time. If you’re not in the mood for a boat ride, many of the same sights can be seen by hiking around Tom Sawyer Island. The riverboat typically operates until 75 minutes before the park closes, except on Fantasmic! performance nights, when the voyages end at 5:45 p.m. If you’re looking for a new experience aboard the Mark Twain, try asking a cast member if you can enjoy the trip from the pilothouse.

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Sailing Down the Rivers of America on the Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland

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Step aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland and embark on a nostalgic journey back in time. This iconic attraction, inspired by the legendary Mississippi paddle-wheel steamboats, offers guests a unique experience that combines history, relaxation, and breathtaking views. The Mark Twain Riverboat, named after the famous American author, Mark Twain, takes you on a leisurely cruise along the scenic Rivers of America.

As you step onto the ornate deck, you’ll be transported to an era when steamboats ruled the waterways. Admire the intricate details of the ship, from the authentic steam-powered engine to the elegant Victorian-inspired decor. Find a comfortable spot on one of the decks and feel the gentle breeze as the boat sets sail.

During the voyage, keep your eyes peeled for the picturesque sights that unfold along the riverbanks. Catch glimpses of Frontierland, New Orleans Square, and Critter Country, as well as stunning wildlife that call the river their home. You may even experience a live performance of traditional American folk music onboard.

Whether you’re a fan of history, Disney, or simply want to relax and enjoy the scenery, the Mark Twain Riverboat offers an enchanting experience for all. Step aboard and let the magic of this classic attraction transport you to a bygone era.

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History of the Mark Twain Riverboat

The Mark Twain Riverboat has a rich history that dates back to its opening on July 17, 1955, the same day Disneyland first opened its doors to the public. It was one of the original attractions at the park and quickly became a beloved favorite among guests. The riverboat was designed to replicate the steam-powered paddle-wheel boats that were a common sight on the Mississippi River during the 19th century.

The name “Mark Twain” was chosen in honor of the famous American author, Samuel Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain. Clemens himself was a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River in his youth and often incorporated his experiences into his writings. The Mark Twain Riverboat serves as a tribute to his legacy and the era he immortalized in his works.

Over the years, the riverboat has undergone several renovations and enhancements to ensure its longevity and maintain its charm. The riverboat just returned from it’s most recent, but very long refurbishment only a few days ago and it looks brand new. Over time, the riverboat has been fitted with modern safety features while preserving its authentic steam-powered engine and vintage aesthetics. The Mark Twain Riverboat continues to be a beloved attraction at Disneyland, offering guests an opportunity to step back in time and experience the magic of a bygone era.

Features of the Mark Twain Riverboat

The Mark Twain Riverboat offers a variety of features that make it a must-visit for Disneyland guests. As you explore the ship, you’ll come across several points of interest that add to the overall experience.

One of the main highlights of the riverboat is the authentic steam-powered engine, which is fully functional and powers the boat along the Rivers of America. The engine is an impressive piece of machinery. It’s a fascinating piece of technology of the past and a testament to the engineering marvels of the time.

The decks of the Mark Twain Riverboat are designed to provide guests with the best views of the surrounding scenery. From the top deck, also called the Pilothouse, you can enjoy panoramic vistas of Disneyland’s Frontierland, New Orleans Square, and Critter Country. The lower deck, also called the Main Deck, offers a more intimate experience, with cozy seating areas where you can relax and take in the sights and sounds of the river. The Main Deck also includes the boiler and pistons that run the paddlewheel.

Throughout the cruise, you may be treated to live performances of traditional American folk music. Talented Disneyland musicians bring the riverboat to life with their melodic tunes, adding to the ambiance and creating a truly immersive experience. It’s a wonderful opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sounds of a bygone era.

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Mark Twain Riverboat Ride Experience

The Mark Twain Riverboat ride experience is a leisurely and serene journey that allows you to unwind and take in the beauty of the Rivers of America. The boat sets sail from the Frontierland dock and takes you on a 14-minute cruise along a half-mile stretch of the river.

As the boat glides through the water, you’ll have ample time to admire the picturesque scenery that unfolds along the riverbanks. Keep your camera ready as you may spot various wildlife species, including birds, ducks, and even the occasional deer. The natural beauty of the surroundings creates a sense of tranquility that is sometimes hard to find in the bustling Disneyland theme park.

The riverboat ride is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the history and lore of the Mississippi River. Along the journey, you’ll come across several displays and signage that provide interesting facts and anecdotes about life on the river. It’s a chance to deepen your understanding of the era that inspired the attraction and gain a newfound appreciation for the role riverboats played in shaping American history.

Mark Twain Riverboat Schedule and Operating Hours

The Mark Twain Riverboat operates throughout the day, with varying schedules depending on the season and park hours. When Fantasmic! returns to the Rivers of America on May 24, 2024 , the Mark Twain Riverboat will sail it’s final cruise each operating day a few hours before the performance. This is not only due to the riverboats appearance in the performance but also so the river can be prepared for the nighttime spectacular. To make sure you have an opportunity to experience the riverboat cruise, check the Disneyland app or Disneyland website for up-to-date operating hours on the day of your visit.

Mark Twain Riverboat Trivia and Fun Facts

Here are some fascinating trivia and fun facts about the Mark Twain Riverboat:

  • The Mark Twain Riverboat is the largest working riverboat in Disneyland, measuring approximately 105 feet in length.
  • The steam-powered engine that propels the riverboat is capable of generating 150 horsepower.
  • The riverboat can carry up to 450 passengers per cruise, making it a popular attraction for large groups and families.
  • The riverboat’s paddlewheel is purely decorative and is not used for propulsion. The boat is actually propelled by underwater thrusters.
  • The Mark Twain Riverboat has been featured in several films and television shows, including the 1989 movie “Parenthood” and the television series “Full House.”

Other Attractions Near the Mark Twain Riverboat

After disembarking from the Mark Twain Riverboat, there are several other attractions nearby that you won’t want to miss. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Adventureland Treehouse: Located only a short distance away in the corner of Adventureland, the Adventureland Treehouse inspired by Walt Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson offers guests a fun opportunity to explore fascinating rooms built by a family who lives in the tree house.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Just a short walk from the riverboat’s dock, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a thrilling coaster-style ride aboard a mine train. It’s the “wildest ride in the wilderness!”
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Located in New Orleans Square, this classic Disneyland attraction takes you on a swashbuckling adventure through a pirate-infested Caribbean island.
  • Tom Sawyer Island: If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, head over to Tom Sawyer Island, located in the middle of the Rivers of America. Explore caves, cross suspension bridges, and enjoy the natural beauty of this hidden gem.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

The Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland offers a timeless and enchanting experience that transports guests to a bygone era. From the moment you step aboard, you’ll be immersed in the rich history and charm of steam-powered paddle-wheel boats making the riverboat a must-visit attraction.

As you cruise along the Rivers of America, take in the picturesque views of Frontierland, New Orleans Square, and Critter Country. Admire the stunning wildlife that call the riverbanks their home and savor the melodies of traditional American folk music. The Mark Twain Riverboat offers a unique blend of relaxation, entertainment, and education that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

So, the next time you find yourself at Disneyland Park, don’t miss the opportunity to step aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat. Allow yourself to be transported to a time when steamboats ruled the waterways, and let the magic of this classic attraction create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Mark Twain Riverboat (Disneyland)

Cast off on a scenic half-mile adventure into the wilds of old America aboard a steam-powered paddler. Board the 19th-century-inspired Mark Twain riverboat nestled in the heart of Frontierland and embark on a relaxing sightseeing voyage around Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island .

Sights to See During this charming, 14-minute journey into America’s early frontier, sharp-eyed explorers can observe a menagerie of sights along the river’s edge, including:

  • The new north bank of the Columbia Gorge, complete with a beautiful waterfront and 5 sparkling waterfalls
  • The rustic cabin of a frontier settler
  • An idyllic Native American village
  • A busy beaver at work chewing on the train trestle
  • A moose enjoying a leisurely lunch
  • A  Haunted Mansion  lurking in the shadows
  • A skunk staring down raccoons
  • Mountain lions relaxing in the sun
  • An osprey guarding its nest
  • The  Disneyland Railroad steaming into the wilderness

Along the way, listen to lively narration about a time when traveling was as much about new discoveries as it was about transportation.

  • The Mark Twain Riverboat is an iconic and historic attraction located in Frontierland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
  • It opened with the park on July 17, 1955, and is named after the famous American author Mark Twain, known for his classic novels like “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
  • The riverboat takes guests on a leisurely and scenic journey along the picturesque Rivers of America, offering beautiful views of Frontierland, New Orleans Square, and Critter Country.
  • One of the unique features of the Mark Twain Riverboat is its authentic steam-powered paddlewheel, which propels the boat along the river, creating a nostalgic and old-fashioned experience.
  • Guests can relax on the upper or lower decks of the riverboat, listen to the onboard narration, and enjoy the peaceful ambiance as they take in the sights and sounds of the river and its surroundings.

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  • Park Area: Disneyland Frontierland
  • Attraction Type: Disney Rides
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  • Year Opened: 1955
  • Replaced: Original Attraction
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Mark Twain Riverboat

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“ Being on the top level affords you an AMAZING view of New Orleans Square, Frontierland and Critter Country. ” in 9 reviews

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“ You will take a 15 to 20 minute journey around the Rivers of America and view so many wonderful things. ” in 24 reviews

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“ But did you know, if you have a group of 4 or less, you can ask to sit in the pilothouse on a trip around Tom Sawyer Island ? ” in 9 reviews

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The Rivers of America has a couple ships that it is known for and the Mark Twain Riverboat is one of them. This can be a fun attraction if you want to see the Rivers of America and even a glimpse of Tom Sawyer island. It's personally something I generally skip, but I can see adults and kids who like boats enjoying this attraction.

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The Mark Twain Riverboat offers you a scenic view as you ride around the "Rivers of America." Make sure to take in the sights on both sides. While off to your right you will get more of a close up view of Tom Sawyer Island, on your left you will pass the sailing ship Columbia. You can also view deer and Native American lookouts and a village as well. The Riverboat operates on a daily schedule and we were able to get on the last ride of the day. Much of the seating is taken up on the ground floor but I personally liked to walk from one side to the other seeing the sites. The Mark Twain riverboat is one of the original rides at Disneyland and was built to represent the steamboats that paddled the muddy Mississippi over a century ago. A description of the steamboat is near where you disembark. It was built to be as authentic as the ones that graced the period. Your ride lasts about 20 minutes and you embark and disembark at the riverboat launch station. The Magic Kingdom counterpart: equal. the Liberty Square riverboat grants us a similiar experience along the Rivers of America. They play a recorded voice of Mark Twain throughout your journey. Due to its proximity and location to Big Thunder Mountain RR and the Haunted Mansion you get some unique views of these attractions along your ride. The Liberty Square riverboat however, tends to be closed a lot of the time I'm there but still makes a great slow ride when you need to slow the pace down. There is usually never a wait to board the steamboat. Hop aboard and enjoy a nice laid back experience. Located in Frontierland in Disneyland.

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The whole time at Disneyland we were talking about these Famous solo riders that come to Disneyland by themselves. I love the idea of this. Yeah, I talk way too much to be alone. People start thinking I'm crazy I need somebody standing next to me to hear all the nonsense that comes out of my brain. My friends were in a deep conversation and this was the first time I ever been on this ride . I just happened to be standing next to a guy that appeared to be standing alone. I couldn't really enjoy the ride because I was coming up with scenarios. Why this man would be on this ride by himself. I thought maybe him and his girlfriend I just got in a fight and he went on Mark Twain, to calm down. I just kept running all these scenarios in my head till I finally just said are you here alone? He replied, yeah, I am . I said one of the infamous solo riders. How is that? He says I'm a keyholder and I come whenever I want. I don't have to wait for anybody I get on real quick it's awesome. I said we've been talking about all the people on Reddit looking for solo riders at Disneyland. Kind of use it for like blind date for the day . He was kind of surprised and didn't know about it. He said I'll have to check that out. He said I have an amazing time Alone, and I thought that was really cool. Yeah, don't depend on somebody else for your happiness ! Go to Disneyland alone if that's what makes you happy . #MarkTwain #SoloRiders

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Nice chill boat ride. Slow and meant for all ages. You can explore the different floors and all the details that the boat has like the portraits and pictures inside. It's a relaxing tour around the Rivers of America and you can see some things you normally don't unless you're taking the train around the park. There's limited seating, just an FYI. I like going on this at night to relax after a long day walking around the parks. Sometimes you can see some of your beloved characters riding the Riverboat, including Princess Tiana!

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Mark Twin Riverboat is a ride at Disneyland in California. Mark Twain River boat will take you on rivers of America, a sightseeing tour aboard a majestic 19th-century paddle boat. This ride is for all ages and there is no height restriction. It's a slow, water ride. There are three different levels on the Mark Twain Riverboat. It's a 14 minute round trip ride. It's really nice to sit and relax on the ride, especially if you've been walking around all day. You can enter the Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland's Frontierland, right across from Thunder Mountain. There is limited seating available.

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It's definitely not the most exciting ride but alternatively it's a good ride to get off your feet that's for sure! The boat goes around in a circle around the Rivers of America (which oddly is only one river). The one part of the boat I didn't know about was the decor below deck which was pretty cool.

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Love this ride very relaxing and great for resting or taking a break from other rides and crowds. Last ride is 9:40pm on the weekends. This circles the Rivers of America. On the left side your view is of Disneyland from Frontierland to New Orleans Square to Critter County all the way around back to Frontierland. On the right side you see all of Tom Sawyer Island aka Pirates Cove. Overall a great ride to experience while at Disneyland.

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This is such a peaceful experience. Any view is great but my personal favorite is any of the levels facing forward. You also get a great view of the crowds and people in the park and this ride gives you a bit of a break from it all. Soak it in and just be in the moment on this ride.

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Mark Twain Riverboat is an attraction, located at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim , California , on which passengers embark on a scenic, 12-minute journey around the Rivers of America . Originally named Mark Twain Steamboat when the park opened in 1955, the stately, 5/8-scale Mississippi stern-wheeler was the first functional riverboat to be built in the United States for fifty years. Other Disney riverboat attractions now appear at Walt Disney World Resort , Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris .

  • 1 Disneyland version
  • 2 Former sights
  • 4.1 Walt Disney World
  • 4.2 Thunder Mesa riverboats (Disneyland Paris)
  • 4.3 Tokyo Disneyland
  • 5 Technical
  • 6 References

Disneyland version [ ]

Passengers wait for the 150-ton, high, long riverboat, which departs every 25 minutes, inside a sheltered area located in the Frontierland section of the park. The waiting area is made to resemble a real riverboat loading area, with cargo deliveries sharing space on the dock. Historic United States flags are displayed at the attraction's entrance.

Upon boarding Mark Twain , passengers are free to move about her three levels. The lower deck's bow has chairs. The upper deck provides a vantage point for viewing landmarks throughout the voyage, there are also a couple bench seats on this level, some indoors and some outside.

The wheelhouse, where Mark Twain' s pilot is stationed, is also located on the upper deck. The lower level of the wheelhouse features a sleeping area and a sink to maintain the illusion of this being the captain's living quarters. At the pilot's discretion, a small number of passengers may be given permission to ride in the wheelhouse for the voyage, after which they are presented with souvenir Pilot Certificates.

The pilot signals the departure and arrival of Mark Twain using a whistle and bell system, along with various signals to other watercraft attractions. Because the riverboat travels along an I-beam guide rail throughout the ride, the pilot does not maneuver the ship. Instead, the pilot serves as lookout for other river traffic, such as Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes and the Rafts to Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island , and communicates his observations with the boiler engineer. The boiler engineer is stationed on the bottom deck towards the stern. This is where the throttle and reverser are located. From here, the boiler engineer controls the speed and direction of the riverboat. Steam from the boiler is used to power the paddle wheels and thus pushes the craft along its guide-way.

The voyage on the Rivers of America around Tom Sawyer Island features pre-recorded narration by a riverboat guide voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft , Mark Twain ( Peter Renaday ), who speaks of his days piloting a riverboat, and by the (not present) "captain" of the ship, voiced by Disney voice actor Stephen Stanton . The narration playback, operated by the pilot via a control panel in the pilot house, points out the following sights:

  • Haunted Mansion
  • Splash Mountain
  • Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes landing
  • Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Mike Fink 's Cabin
  • Lakota Chief, raising hand in welcome
  • A shaman telling a native folktale
  • Lakota Village
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Sacred aboriginal burial ground
  • Animals and abandoned mine cars
  • Big Thunder Falls

On most days, Mark Twain begins operation as soon the park opens. On days when Fantasmic! is being performed, the riverboat, which plays a role in the show, will close a couple of hours before showtime. On other nights, Mark Twain will run through the evening, using a high intensity rooftop spotlight to point out sights, with the final trip beginning about thirty minutes before park closing. A sign at the loading area will list the day's last trip.

Former sights [ ]

There are a few former sights that the boat passed along the river. The Burning Settler's Cabin which used propane to simulate burning was one. The pipe that fed propane to the burner failed in the early 2000s and has not been relit. There were plans in 2007 to replace the failed feed and again have the cabin burn. However, the Pirate's Lair at Tom Sawyer Island modifications affected these plans. As of now, the burn marks have been removed, the holes patched and the area cleaned up. The front lawn area now has a table, picnic-like decorations and clothes on a clothes line. What makes this odd is while the rest of Tom Sawyer Island appears as if it has been invaded by pirates, this part of the island is the only thing not pirate themed.

Along with the Cabin, the Gullywhumper, one of Disneyland's extinct Keel Boats is now scenery along the river's bank. A mine train from the old Nature's Wonderland attraction was also used as scenery. The Mine Train is on its original track and used to border Cascade Peak, a man-made fiberglass hill complete with waterfall which was bulldozed in 1998. The train was removed in June 2010 for restoration. Also, one of the rafts to Tom Sawyer's Island was marooned just in front of the no longer burning cabin and is now scenery.

History [ ]

A Mississippi steamboat was included in the plans for the first Disney amusement park that was to be built across the street from his Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. Although this park was abandoned in favor of the much larger Disneyland , the plan for having a riverboat attraction was retained.

Because Mark Twain was the first functional paddlewheeler built in the United States in fifty years, the WED designers conducted extensive research to build it like riverboats were built in the heyday of steam powered ships. The decks were assembled at the Disney Studios at Burbank, while the 105-foot hull was constructed at Todd Shipyards, Los Angeles Division, San Pedro, California (where portions of Columbia were built years later). [1]

Joe Fowler , Disneyland's construction supervisor and a former navy admiral, insisted on creating a drydock for the ship along what was to be the Rivers of America. Walt Disney , dismayed at how much land was taken up by the massive excavation, referred to the drydock first as "Joe's Ditch", and then later, "Fowler's Harbor", the name by which it goes by today. However, Disney remained a supporter of the riverboat itself, funding its construction out of his own pocket when corporate funds fell short. On the first "fill-the-river" day, the water that was pumped into the Rivers of America soaked through the riverbed. Fowler quickly found a supply of clay to replace the soil stabilizer used to line the river, and the second "fill-the-river" day was successful.

Mark Twain had her maiden voyage on July 13, 1955, four days before the park officially opened, for a private party celebrating Walt and Lillian Disney 's 30th wedding anniversary. Before the party, as Fowler was checking to make sure everything would be ready for the 300 invited guests, he found Lillian sweeping the decks of debris and joined in to help her.

Disneyland's opening day brought further problems for Mark Twain . Actress Irene Dunne, star of the movie Showboat , had trouble breaking a bottle of water (from many major American rivers) across the vessel's bow for her christening on Dateline Disney . During the riverboat's first official voyage, when the crowd moved to one side of the boat to view a passing scene of an Indian encampment or other sight, the boat would list from the side and water poured over the deck, as no one had determined Mark Twain' s maximum safe passenger capacity.

This oversight caused Mark Twain to almost capsize on a voyage a few days later when ride operators continued to wave more than 500 guests on board until the deck neared the water line. As the ship traversed the sparsely vegetated river route, it came loose from its track and got stuck in the muddy banks. Immediately, the park established a maximum capacity of 300 passengers, which remains in effect today.

After a rough start, Mark Twain has had a successful 68-year-career as a theme park attraction. During its first few years of operation, passengers could buy a non-alcoholic mint julep aboard or listen to card and checker players re-enact dialogue of that era. Occasionally the Disneyland band would play music on the lower deck bow to entertain both the passengers and the theme park visitors on the river banks. [2]

Mark Twain underwent a major refurbishment during the Spring of 1995, during which all the decks and the boiler were replaced. September 24, 1995 saw the first and only Disney Fantasyland Wedding, to this day, to be held on an attraction, in theme clothing. A local Orange County couple, Kevin and Patricia Sullivan exchanged vows on the bow of the boat as she circled the Rivers of America. The groom's father Ed Sullivan, a 50-year Disney veteran, donned the classic Mark Twain costume for the once in a lifetime ceremony. The couple sealed their vows by pulling the ships steam whistle together. From atop the upper most deck, the couple let loose ropes, unfurling a ship sized JUST MARRIED banner across the stern.

When the Rivers of America was drained in 2002, the boat was noted to have considerable hull damage. It underwent a refurbishment in 2004 to repair the hull, which included replacing the keel. [3] For the park's 50th Anniversary celebration in 2005, a new, more colorful paint job was applied to the durable riverboat.

On January 11, 2016, the Mark Twain Riverboat, along with the other attractions and shows along the Rivers of America, would close temporarily for the construction of a Star Wars -themed land . These attractions reopened on July 29, 2017. [4] [5] [6]

Other Disney theme park riverboats [ ]

Walt disney world [ ].

The Magic Kingdom theme park in Bay Lake, Florida at one time featured two riverboats: Admiral Joe Fowler , a sternwheeler named for Disneyland's construction supervisor, and Richard F. Irvine , a sternwheeler named for a WED executive. There is now one riverboat: the Liberty Belle .

Admiral Joe Fowler served from October 2, 1971, one day after park opening, until the Fall of 1980, when it was retired after less than ten years of operation and it got accidentally destroyed after falling from a crane onto its drydock. [7]

Richard F. Irvine came into service on May 20, 1973 but was renamed The Liberty Belle in 1996 after everything except for the hull, boiler, and engines was stripped off, and an all-new superstructure was constructed from aluminum and vinyl.

Thunder Mesa riverboats (Disneyland Paris) [ ]

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The Grim Reaper tows the Mark Twain. c. 2003

The Frontierland area of Disneyland Park has the unique distinction of featuring two riverboats, Mark Twain and Molly Brown . Each riverboat features a recorded conversation between the Captain and Mark Twain or Molly Brown. Since the storyline takes place in the fictional town of Thunder Mesa, most of the spiel deals with the sights of Big Thunder Mountain , Phantom Manor , Wilderness Island, Smuggler's Cove, an old snoring fisherman, and a geyser field containing dinosaur remains.

  • Mark Twain is based on the Anaheim Park's original riverboat, a sternwheeler.
  • Molly Brown , named for Titanic -survivor Molly Brown, is the only sidewheeler in a Disney Park.

On May 16, 2005, Molly Brown' s engine overheated as the boat rounded the corner at the back of the Rivers of the Far West. Although there was no visible fire, smoke damaged the ship and her engines, rendering her immobile. Guests were ferried ashore by the River Rogue Keelboats. The engine system was badly damaged and Molly Brown remained out of operation for many months, while Mark Twains ongoing refurbishment at the dry dock was finished. In September 2005, Molly Brown was moved to the dry dock, and in March 2006, Mark Twain finally resumed operation from Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing. However, it was not until September that Molly Brown' s long refurbishment finally began, and was completed in late April 2007. [8]

Yet, in 2010, Molly Brown had to be rebuilt from scratch. On March 25, 2011, she was back in business, with a new recording of Molly Brown's speech in English, which used to be in French. The Mark Twain hasn’t operated since 2011, and has spent most of that time sitting in dry dock. [9] In 2014, MiceAge reported that the Mark Twain was falling apart due to lack of maintenance, and is in danger of scrapping.

For years, it was a regular Halloween tradition to have a giant Grim Reaper barge tow the Mark Twain along the river route, as part of a seasonal retheme of Frontierland to "Halloweenland".

Tokyo Disneyland [ ]

Tokyo Disneyland 's Mark Twain riverboat is so large that it is required by law to be registered. Its home port is listed as Urayasu. From the time of its opening until September 2006 its sponsor was Nippon Suisan Kaisha.

Technical [ ]

Mark Twain riverboat burns biodiesel fuel to heat its boiler, continuously heating water into steam, which is then routed to two pistons that turn the paddlewheel. Spent exhaust is then routed back to the boiler.

The riverboat is guided through the Rivers of America via an I-beam track, which is hidden under the green and brown dyed river water.

The boat draws only in of water, for the river is relatively shallow. At its deepest point it is no more than 8 feet near the switch at Fowler's Harbor, where it resides when not in operation.

The boat uses clean, fresh water from a tank on board to prevent contaminants from the water in the Rivers of America from fouling the boiler.

References [ ]

  • ↑ " Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation, Los Angeles Division. Long-Range Facilities Plan. Contract MA-8O-SAC-O1O29 " (31 July 1981).  
  • ↑ Wadley, Carma (October 21, 2005). " Man who sank the Mark Twain ", Deseret Morning News . Retrieved on 16 October 2006 .  
  • ↑ Mark Twain Riverboat . RideRefurbs.com (February 4, 2004). Archived from the original on 2006-09-19. Retrieved on 2006-10-18.
  • ↑ " Season of the Force Begins November 16 at Disneyland Park in Southern California ".
  • ↑ Glover, Erin (July 28, 2016). " Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America Attractions to Reopen Summer 2017 at Disneyland Park ". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved on July 28, 2016.
  • ↑ " Disneyland Railroad, Rivers of America Attractions Set to Reopen Saturday After Yearlong Closure ".
  • ↑ " Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat ". Walt Dated World. Retrieved on 2006-10-17.
  • ↑ " Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing ". Retrieved on 2006-10-16.
  • ↑ " 10 Abandoned Disney Attractions that are "Standing but not Operating" ". themeparktourist.com . Theme Park Tourist. Retrieved on 21 October 2014.
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Disneyland Statistics – Daily & Yearly Attendance, Size, Operating Info

Disneyland Statistics – Daily & Yearly Attendance, Size, Operating Info

Disneyland is the first Disney park that opened in Anaheim, California in 1955. Since its opening, the resort has expanded and is now home to two theme parks, three Disneyland Resort hotels, and the shopping and dining district called Downtown Disney.

Below, we have gathered statistics on the resort's size and different areas, attendance figures, hotels, holidays, construction and early years, and more for your reference. All statistics on this page have been verified with multiple sources and in most instances have been verified via a release directly from Disneyland.

In 2022, Disneyland's total amount of visitors between Disneyland Park (16,881,000) and Disney California Adventure (9,000,000) amounted to 25,881,000 annually for the resort, and based on those numbers, an average of 70,907 guests at the Disneyland Resort every single day between Disneyland Park (46,249) and Disney California Adventure Park (24,658) .

At Walt Disney World, 47,060,000 visitors attended a theme park at the resort in 2022. The parks broke out in attendance to have Magic Kingdom: 17,133,000, Animal Kingdom: 9,027,000, EPCOT: 10,000,000, and Hollywood Studios: 10,900,000. Between Walt Disney World's 47,060,000 visitors in 2022 and Disneyland's 25,881,000, the combined total between Walt Disney World and Disneyland for the total number of visitors at the Disney theme park in the United States was 72,941,000 .

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Disneyland Size Today

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Disneyland consists of 490 acres. On that property are two Disney-owned theme parks, three Disney-owned hotels, and the shopping and dining district called Downtown Disney.

Disneyland Park has nine themed lands: Main Street U.S.A., Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Mickey's Toontown, Critter Country, New Orleans Square, and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge was the largest single-themed land expansion in Disneyland park history at 14 acres.

Disney California Adventure has eight themed lands: Buena Vista Street, Hollywood Land, Avengers Campus, Grizzly Peak, Pixar Pier, Paradise Garden Park, Cars Land, and San Fransokyo Square.

The Downtown Disney District is 20 acres in size with more than 300,000 square feet of retail space.

Disneyland Attendance Figures in Recent Years

Disneyland Park Attendance

YearDisneyland Park Attendance
202216,881,000
20218,573,000
20203,674,000
201918,666,000

Disneyland Park Average Daily Visitors (calculated from above data):

  • Disneyland Park Average Daily Visitors in 2022: 46,249
  • Disneyland Park Average Daily Visitors in 2021: 23,488
  • Disneyland Park Average Daily Visitors in 2020: 10,066
  • Disneyland Park Average Daily Visitors in 2019: 51,140

Disney California Adventure Attendance 

YearDisney California Adventure Park Attendance
20229,000,000
20214,977,000
20201,919,000
20199,861,000

Disney California Adventure Average Daily Visitors (calculated from above data):

  • Disney California Adventure Average Daily Visitors in 2022: 24,658
  • Disney California Adventure Average Daily Visitors in 2021: 13,636
  • Disney California Adventure Average Daily Visitors in 2020: 5,258
  • Disney California Adventure Average Daily Visitors in 2019: 27,016

Disneyland Statistics Today

There are roughly 35,000 Cast Members that work at Disneyland. Disneyland is the largest employer in Orange County, California.

Disneyland Resort cast members speak approximately 32 different languages.

The Disneyland Railroad trains and the Mark Twain Riverboat are powered by biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil from making foods like French Fries in the theme parks. This saves approximately 200,000 gallons of petroleum diesel each year.

There are over 160 food and beverage locations at the resort and there are over 15,000 recipes used. Many of the chefs at the Disneyland Resort graduated from prestigious culinary schools.

Since launching a Food Scraps program in 2013, Disneyland Resort continues to make great strides in recovering food waste. Today, Disneyland Resort diverts over five million pounds of food waste from landfills annually.

More than 3,000 species of plants native to over 40 countries are used in Disneyland horticulture. The landscape at the Disneyland Resort includes approximately 18,000 trees and 125,000 shrubs.

The Jungle Cruise landscaping has evolved over the years since the ride opened in 1955 into a separate ecosystem. The trees planted have created a canopy that allows species of ground plants to grow that wouldn't typically thrive in Southern California. This forest canopy stretches almost 100 feet tall.

Disneyland Resort Hotels

There are roughly 2,400 Hotel Rooms combined at the three Disneyland Resort Hotels. There is about 200,000 square feet of convention and meeting space throughout the Disneyland Resort Hotels.

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa , an AAA Four Diamond Hotel, is Disneyland's most luxurious hotel with its design inspired by the turn-of-the-century California Craftsman movement. It has 948 rooms and 71 Disney Vacation Club Villas. Hotel guests have access to a private entrance to Disney California Adventure that lands them in the Grizzly Peak section of the park. The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa has three pools: the Fountain Pool, the Redwood Pool with a 90-foot-long waterslide that curves around the giant stump of a Redwood tree, and the Mariposa Pool. The hotel has suites, a convention facility, and several dining options including the Napa Rose, Storytellers Cafe, Hearthstone Lounge, and GCH Craftsman Grill.

The Storytellers Cafe offers the Character Dining experience Mickey's Tales of Adventure for breakfast and brunch and a dinner buffet without characters. The award-winning Napa Rose is an upscale dining experience at the hotel with more than 30 certified sommeliers, including advanced sommeliers, and a 17,000-bottle cellar with more than 1,000 different labels and 80 wines available by the glass.

The Disneyland Hotel is an AAA Four Diamond Hotel that was the original hotel built on Disneyland property. It has 973 rooms and one of the largest contiguous convention spaces in the Western United States at 136,000 square feet. The hotel is home to several dining experiences including Goofy's Kitchen, Tangaroa Terrace, Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, and Palm Breeze Bar. The Disneyland Hotel has a pool area with 2 retro-themed pools and 2 waterslides, the approximate 25-foot-high, 180-foot-long Orange Monorail slide and the 13-foot-high, 80-foot-long Yellow Monorail slide. The hotel contains the Discovery Tower, a Disney Vacation Club tower.

Pixar Place Hotel is a 481-room hotel themed to Pixar storytelling. It has dining options including the Great Maple, Sketchpad Cafe, and Small Bytes. The hotel also has the Creators Club, a concierge lounge celebrating the collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and Pixar at Disney parks. The hotel has recreation including a rooftop pool area inspired by Finding Nemo featuring the 186-feet Crush's Surfin' Slide and the Pixar Shorts Court where you can play games inspired by animated Pixar shorts. Guests who are staying at the Pixar Place Hotel can use a private entrance to Disney California Adventure that lands them in the Paradise Gardens Park section of the park.

Disneyland Holidays Statistics

The Resort Enhancement window display team creates seasonal overlays for more than 160 windows around the resort. The window display team is also responsible for approximately 2,000 artificial floral arrangements; 20,000 props in 64 stores and 12,000 props in 32 food locations.

The Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A., stands 60 feet above ground and five feet below ground. It is assembled in November each year, with approximately 1,200 branches; 25,000 pine tip ends; nearly 1,800 custom Victorian-inspired ornaments; 100 candles and over 5,000 LED lights.

Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park celebrates the Pumpkin Festival every autumn, with hundreds of pumpkins on display. No two pumpkins are the same.

During the holiday season at Disneyland Resort, Resort Enhancement cast members decorate with nearly 200 trees, 320 wreaths and 8,000 feet of garland. More than 25,000 poinsettias, cyclamen and flowering plants are placed and planted around the resort for additional festive decoration.

Original Disneyland Construction and Early Years Statistics

Disneyland opened to the public on July 17, 1955.

Initially, Walt Disney purchased the original 160 acres that was Disneyland Park for $879,000. The purchase was announced in May 1954.

The original budget for Disneyland that was shared with the press in 1954 was $9 million. The cost of Disneyland construction ballooned to $17 million by the time the park opened.

When Disneyland was first announced on May 2, 1954, the park was set to feature True Life Adventure Land, Land of Tomorrow, Frontier Land, Fantasy Land, Recreation Land, and Holiday Land.

In that initial press release Walt Disney called the park a “combination world fair, playground, community center and a museum of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy”. That same release stated that the park would eventually employ 500 people.

Critics called the park “Walt's folly” before it opened and predicted that the project would fail.

Disneyland opened with 35 rides and attractions when the park opened. 13 of these rides remain. Disney was limited on budget so many plans were scaled back and last-minute exhibits were installed.

Disneyland opening day was called “black Sunday” because of how many different things went wrong that day. Cement wasn't yet dry in the streets, there weren't enough drinking fountains due to a plumbers strike, and double the amount of people showed up.

28,000 people visited Disneyland on opening day though only 11,000 were invited.

Dave MacPherson was the first guest at Disneyland. He received a lifetime pass and visited the parks yearly until his death in 2018.

Opening Dates For Disneyland Additions

Disneyland Park: July 17, 1955. This was the original Disney park that opened in Anaheim, California.

Disney California Adventure Park: February 8, 2001. It opened as “Disney's California Adventure Park” and in 2010 was renamed to its current name still used today.

Downtown Disney: January 12, 2001. Downtown Disney opened as part of a major expansion to the resort that introduced Disney California Adventure and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

The Disneyland Hotel: October 5, 1955. The Disneyland Hotel opened a few months after Disneyland's opening on July 17, 1955. The hotel was originally owned by Jack Wrather before Disney purchased it in 1988.

Pixar Place Hotel: 1984. The hotel was originally owned by the Tokyu group and opened as the Emerald of Anaheim before it was renamed the Pan Pacific Hotel in 1989. It was purchased by Disney in 1995 and renamed the Disneyland Pacific Hotel. In 2000, its name was changed again to Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel for the expansion that introduced Disney California Adventure. Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel underwent a reimagining and officially reopened as the Pixar Place Hotel on January 30, 2024.

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel: January 2, 2001. The hotel opened as part of the expansion that introduced Downtown Disney and Disney California Adventure to the resort.

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I Visited Tokyo Disneyland — And It Was Absolutely Next-Level Compared To The Disney Parks In America

There are two Disney parks in Japan — and they're considered by many to be the best Disney parks in the world.

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Hi, my name is Raven, and I recently went to Japan for the first time at the end of 2023, and it was absolutely amazing. While I've dreamt of this trip for as long as I can remember, there were two bucket-list places I had to check off my list: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea .

Two people smiling outside Tokyo Disneyland, celebrating its 40th anniversary. The park entrance reads "Tokyo Disneyland" and "Dream Go Round."

To give context: My husband and I spent one day at each park while staying at two different Disney hotels —  Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel  and  Tokyo Disney Resort Toy Story Hotel . 

Since many people are predicted to travel to Japan this year because the yen is at an all-time low, I wanted to provide an ultimate review of my experience at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea that includes tips for the easiest way to buy tickets, the best foods to try, and "little-known" facts that many people may not fully know about the parks. I hope that you're able to take away one thing from this review to help make planning way, way more manageable for you and your family if you ever have the opportunity to go!

People walking towards Cinderella Castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom

I also want to preface that my experience and review of these parks are from the perspective of a 30-something-year-old woman who does not have children. So take any tips and advice with a grain of salt if you plan on traveling with kids. 

A lot of people don't know this but Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are actually not owned by The Walt Disney Company but rather by Oriental Land Co., Ltd , which licenses the parks' characters and attractions from Disney. In fact, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are the only two Disney parks that are 100 percent owned by another company since Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland are nearly split between Disney and the parks' respective governments.

Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, and Monsters, Inc. characters celebrate the launch of "Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek!" at Tokyo Disneyland on April 15, 2009, with park officials

This unique ownership has allowed these two parks to run independently compared to other Disney Parks, which allows for cheaper tickets (which cost between ¥7,900 to ¥10,900 (about $50-$70) and food prices (that are actually pretty tasty), and one-of-a-kind merchandise, rides, and services that you can't find anywhere else.

Through the licensing agreement,  Disney provides its Imagineers and consultants  to design and build Tokyo Disney's theme parks and attractions while receiving a certain percentage of fees and royalties because OLC originally pitched the idea for The Walt Disney Company to come to Japan. So, if you've noticed that Tokyo Disney's attractions, animatronics, and parades hit differently, that's why.

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As for the theme parks themselves, in my opinion, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are next level compared to the other parks in America. A few things I noticed when I was visiting were how pristine everything looked, and the attention to storytelling was simply jaw-dropping, whether it was an attraction, food item, or the overall land area. While we didn't have the opportunity to try every ride or food at both parks (because of jet lag and not enough days), everything we did experience was quite — dare we say — magical (sorry, I had to).

An amusement park water ride with boats designed like submarines navigating through rocky waters. In the background, a themed building appears with people inside

To start, let's dive right into Tokyo Disneyland . If you've been to Disneyland in California or Magic Kingdom in Florida, then you may already have an idea of what this park looks like. Think: classic Disney rides like "it's a small world" and Big Thunder Mountain, with a nearly identical map layout of the different lands, such as Tomorrowland and Fantasyland (although some of the names of the lands are different, such as Frointerland's name was switched to Westernland).

An illustrated map of Tokyo Disneyland showing various attractions, entertainment areas, and amenities. Key areas include Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland

As someone who grew up going to Magic Kingdom, I felt the park's overall vibe was very familiar yet slightly disorienting when we first arrived. Everything nearly looked and felt the same, yet the Japanese culture and hospitality were very apparent throughout every corner of the park — which I absolutely loved. 

As an example, when you walk by the shops, food halls, or rides, cast members with giant Mickey Mouse gloves will wave hello. It warmed my cold American heart every time I saw it happen.

However, even though the park felt mostly the same as Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, there were a few key differences. For instance, Main Street is called World Bazaar, and it's completely covered by a glass Victorian-style conservatory roof (which we could honestly use in Orlando since it rains so much there). Also, there were barely any strollers. (Seriously, my mind was blown.) In Florida, all the parks have large designated sections just for stroller parking. I'm not sure why this wasn't the case at Tokyo Disneyland, but I felt blessed that my shins came out unscathed by the end of each park day.

People walking towards the entrance of Tokyo Disneyland, celebrating its 40th anniversary with festive decorations

Another difference is that there is no railroad train that goes around the park. Since Japanese transportation laws indicate that tickets must be purchased for trains and subways with multiple stops, the train we know and love in America is only stationed in Westernland in Japan.

One of the wildest differences about Tokyo Disneyland is that it feels like you're going back in time because most of the attractions have either kept their original designs or are no longer available to ride in the U.S., like Snow White's Adventure or Splash Mountain. They even still have the "Who Wants a Redhead" section in Pirates of the Caribbean , which was replaced in the other parks. So, if you're looking for a "nostalgic" fix, then Tokyo Disneyland is your park.

People riding log boats at Splash Mountain, an outdoor amusement park water ride with animated characters and steep drops

Here's a list of all the attractions at Tokyo Disneyland:  Western River Railroad ,   Pirates of the Caribbean ,  Jungle Cruise: Wildlife Expeditions ,  Swiss Family Treehouse ,  The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents "Aloha E Komo Mai!" ,  Westernland Shootin' Gallery ,  Country Bear Theater ,  Mark Twain Riverboat ,  Tom Sawyer Island Rafts ,  Big Thunder Mountain ,  Splash Mountain ,  Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes ,  Alice's Tea Party ,  "it's a small world" ,  Castle Carrousel ,  Snow White's Adventures ,  Dumbo The Flying Elephant ,  Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast ,  Peter Pan's Flight ,  Pinocchio's Daring Journey ,  Pooh's Hunny Hunt ,  Haunted Mansion ,  Mickey's PhilharMagic ,  Gadget's Go Coaster ,  Goofy's Paint 'n' Play House ,  Chip 'n Dale's Treehouse ,  Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin ,  Star Tours: The Adventures Continue ,  Stitch Encounter ,  Space Mountain ,  Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters ,  The Happy Ride with Baymax ,  Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek!

Pro tip: If you are interested in riding a specific attraction, make sure to check which rides are available and under construction, before you buy your tickets to avoid disappointment. You can find that list here  for both parks. 

Even though you may feel like you're going back in time, this Disneyland park has a few new-ish park-exclusive rides you don't want to miss, like The Happy Ride with Baymax , Monster's, Inc. Ride & Go , and Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast .

Guests enjoying the Baymax-themed ride at Disneyland, featuring Baymax-shaped cars spinning in a colorful, futuristic environment

Aside from some of the thrill rides, like Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, and Splash Mountain, these three rides are some (if not) the most popular attractions at the park — which means prepare for incredibly long lines (for instance, The Happy Ride with Baymax can be as long as 100 minutes on a slow day). So, just make sure to prioritize riding these attractions when you first get there (which I'll explain how to do later in the story).

If you only have time to go on one ride at the park, though, I cannot stress enough that you have to prioritize the Enchanted Tale of Beauty and The Beast. I don't say this lightly: it's one of the best Disney rides I have ever been on (aside from Rise of the Resistance in Hollywood Studios). To be honest, I was hesitant to initially go on it because I wasn't "impressed" with the full-ride video on YouTube – and boy, was I wrong.

People dressed as Disney cast members in themed uniforms stand in front of the Beast's Castle at Tokyo Disneyland, surrounded by visitors

Here's a synopsis of the ride from the  Tokyo Disneyland website : "Guests board magical cups that 'dance' in rhythm to the well-known music from  Beauty and the Beast   as they take guests through scenes depicting the story of the animated film."

Basically, it's a full-body, first-person experience of the  Beauty and the Beast  movie that will make you as emotional as after finishing a very cathartic therapy session. And while the whole ride is in Japanese, you don't need to know the language to understand what's happening because the ride simply mirrors the structure of the movie.

Similar to Rise of the Resistance, it's a trackless dark ride, but the vehicle resembles the design of Chip's mug, which magically dances during the duration of the attraction. But what makes this ride so special is that you actually feel like you are part of the story because you're not facing "scenes" like you do in the Little Mermaid ride at Epcot . Instead, you're literally in the middle of each scene as the environment and the story unfolds around you. Every detail is crafted to scale, and minimal screens are used throughout the ride, which is usually a feature that pulls me out of most rides as it can feel like a separation between the story and the guests.

Ride with multiple large teacup-shaped cars on a rotating platform in an indoor setting, with people seated inside the teacups

The truth is, no element of this ride feels lazy, from the queue (which is found within Beast's castle) to the animatronic designs and the technical features. Every section of the ride feels intentionally placed to move the story forward seamlessly. If you want a peek at how the ride operates, here's a walkthrough of the ride . 

Pro tip: The one thing I highly recommend is getting a Premier Access Pass (which is like the U.S. Lighting Lane) for this ride (which costs around ¥2000 yen (about $13). The line for this attraction is probably the longest at both parks, as it can average around under three hours, so if you don't have a lot of hours in the day, make sure to budget for this ticket feature.

Another pro tip: If you want the best ride experience, ask the Cast Members if you can sit in the front row of the tea cups. This will enhance the "in-movie" experience I mentioned above. 

Elsa from Frozen stands beside a large horse in a snowy, forested scenery

Another ride I loved was, of course, Space Mountain. But this Space Mountain was unlike the other ones in the States as it has an alien-like theme that amps up the scare factor — and it goes way, way faster. (The top speed in Orlando and California is around 27-28mph, and the top speed in Tokyo is around 30-32 mph.) This speed difference might not seem like a lot, but let me tell you, I thought I was going to fly out of my seat throughout multiple points of the ride. Did I love it? Absolutely. Was I praying to the unknown gods of the universe for three minutes straight to spare my life? 1000 percent.

Note: This version of Space Mountain will be demolished and rebuilt into a whole new Space Mountain attraction starting July 31, 2024 . So, if you plan on going to Tokyo Disneyland soon, make sure you check out this attraction, as the new Space Mountain will not be available to ride until 2027.

A group of people are inside an indoor theme park attraction, walking along a queue path with sci-fi themed decor and dim lighting

While I can go on and on about the attractions, what takes the cake (pun intended) at Tokyo Disneyland is the food. Not only is the food at both parks way better in quality than in the States, but also most of the snacks and meals are packaged with intentional designs that either evoke a story or highlight a cute specific feature of a character (think: Donald Duck's tiny feet or Baymax's adorable face). Plus, it doesn't hurt that the prices are significantly lower than in the States. For instance, while quick service meals are similar in price, drinks are actually included in Tokyo Disney — so you get more bang for your buck. Here are some of the best things I ate at Tokyo Disneyland that you absolutely have to try for yourself:

Person holding a Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream bar and its packaging featuring Mickey Mouse at Tokyo Disney Resort

Mickey and Minnie Ice Bars (¥3.50/$2.20): If you are going to Tokyo Disneyland during the warmer months, you HAVE to get these flavored ice bars. You can think of these like the traditional Mickey ice cream bars found in America since they don't have those at Tokyo Disney. Unlike the treats in America, there was nothing artificially sweet about these two snacks, as you get punched in the face with fresh fruit flavors with every bite. Mickey's flavor was tropical fruit, whereas Minnie's was peach and raspberry, and they're both so, so good and refreshing.

Little Green Men, aka the Alien Mochi (¥400/$2.52): If there's one snack you have to buy at Tokyo Disneyland, it's these dessert mochis. This snack is a wildly popular dessert because it resembles the aliens from the Toy Story movies. Each of the three characters is filled with a different flavored pudding-like custard that will send your tastebuds into outer space . The three cream flavors are custard, strawberry, and chocolate. When I tell you I'm normally not a fan of strawberry-filled flavoring, this is not the case in Japan. Every strawberry dessert I had tasted fresh and not overly sweet or artificial. It was heaven, and I miss it so much.

Turkey Leg (¥900/$5.66): Look, I don't know what they did differently in Japan compared to the States, but these Turkey Legs tasted juicy and were crunchy with two Cs. While I would have liked the leg to be more seasoned, I appreciated that my teeth weren't sinking into a dry carcass.

Here are some other foods you should absolutely try that other people seem to love when they visit Tokyo Disneyland: Mike Wazowski Melon Bread , Mickey-Shaped Churros , Baymax Burger , Mickey Waffle (apparently, they're the best out of all the parks), and Baymax Curry .

Pro tip: Something to note when it comes to allergies at either of the parks: you cannot switch or remove items on any of the food menus. Simply put — you receive what you order without any adjustments. So, if you have any allergies, the Cast Members will give you a special menu to choose from and walk you through every step of the way to make sure you correctly received what you ordered so you don't accidentally receive an item that can cause an allergic reaction. We had to do this for my husband, who has a few allergies, and the whole experience was handled with immense care and thought.

Another thing you absolutely have to check out when you visit Tokyo Disneyland is the parades. Tokyo Disneyland has a few different character-themed parades at any given time, but they have two consistent parades throughout the year: Disney Harmony in Color and Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights .

Mickey Mouse, dressed as a magician, waves atop a colorful float celebrating the 40th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland. Minnie Mouse stands beside him in a red outfit

While my husband and I didn't have the opportunity to watch the Electrical Parade, which is a huge bummer, we did get a peek at the Harmony in Color, and it was a blast to watch. 

The floats themselves are gorgeous and truly larger than life. Want to watch Rapunzel swing from her tower with her hair? Done. Do you crave extravagant costumes that actually add depth to the overall parade? You got it. 

In Japan, parades are taken very seriously. They're a spectacle where families wait hours (and I mean hours) for the show to arrive. Families will save a spot earlier in the day with a picnic-like blanket and hang out until the show arrives.

Another key difference from the U.S. parks is that everyone will sit when the parade floats by, which makes watching the parade (especially for children) a much more enjoyable experience than watching it in the States. (Although, if you prefer to stand, there are specific designated sections for this.)

The technology involved in each of these parades feels groundbreaking, so don't sleep on them. Even if you only have a few minutes to watch, it's a great way to get some downtime while also enjoying something unique about the Tokyo Disneyland culture. 

Group of people, some wearing hats and holding Disney-themed items, seated on the ground in a crowded outdoor area

Next up is Tokyo DisneySea , aka what is believed by many to be the best Disney Park in the world. What makes this park so different from the rest is that it's the only Disney Park that is themed to the "myths and legends of the sea." This means that each of the eight lands has different ports that focus on (or reimagine) the distinct areas of the sea from around the world. (The theme park was originally focused on the " seven seas ," but Fantasy Springs was recently added in June 2024, which now makes it eight.)

Fountain with a large globe centerpiece in a public square, surrounded by benches and buildings. There are a few people walking around

Here is a list of all the ports : Mediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront, Port Discovery, Fantasy Springs, Lost River Delta, Arabian Coast, Mermaid Lagoon, Mysterious Island.

When it comes to Tokyo DisneySea, I highly recommend getting there as early as possible (about an hour or two before the park opens at 9 a.m.). While this is absolutely the case with both parks, the lines at Tokyo DisneySea tend to be longer because most of its attractions (and foods) are unique to the park itself. Because of this, I also recommend looking at the park map beforehand. Even though it may be easier for international guests to navigate Tokyo Disneyland because it has a similar layout to the parks in the States, Tokyo DisneySea marches to the beat of one's own drum due to its multiple water ports.

A detailed map of DisneySEA featuring themed areas like Mediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront, and Mysterious Island, highlighting attractions and amenities

Trust me when I say this is a park you don't want to miss. The overall vibe is a mix between incredibly casual, serene, dangerous, and  wet —  it simply depends on which port you're located in. 

I, for one, loved the variety of this theme park. While each of the lands evokes a water theme, each of the ports does not feel like a repetition of the other. Yes, some ports were way better than others, but I appreciated that each had its own foods and attractions you could explore. Basically, if you're a fan of the World Showcase section of Epcot but wish each land was bigger and had more attractions, then you're going to love Tokyo DisneySea.

Pro tip: This is the kind of park you want to explore both during the day and at night. The mood completely changes when the sun goes down as you watch the lights reflect against the water. Between the Italian villas, the molten volcano, and the streets of New York, it seems like the whole park comes alive at night.

People walk past a tall pumpkin stack decoration shaped like cartoon characters with jack-o'-lantern faces, under an archway with chandeliers

Most of Tokyo DisneySea's attractions are wildly unique. But even if the park has a ride that can be found in the States, the story may be different because it's geared to the Japanese audience and their culture. For instance, while we have Twilight Zone's Tower of Terror in Florida, in DisneySea, the story follows Harrison Hightower the Third, who is a collector of antiques who died at the Hightower Hotel. And even though they have a Soarin' ride, it's called Soaring: Fantastic Flight, and the story follows a fictional aviator named Camellia Falco.

People walk in front of the Tower of Terror attraction at Tokyo DisneySea, surrounded by various booths and shops

Here's a full list of all the attractions at Tokyo DisneySea:  Turtle Talk ,  Tower of Terror ,  DisneySea Electric Railway ,  DisneySea Transit Steamer Line ,  Toy Story Mania! ,  Soaring: Fantastic Flight ,  Fortress Explorations ,  Venetian Gondolas ,  Fortress Explorations“The Leonardo Challenge” ,  Aquatopia ,  Nemo & Friends SeaRider ,  Indiana Jones® Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull ,  Raging Spirits ,  Anna and Elsa's Frozen Journey ,  Rapunzel's Lantern Festival ,  Peter Pan's Never Land Adventure ,  Fairy Tinker Bell's Busy Buggies ,  Caravan Carousel ,  Jasmine's Flying Carpets ,  Sindbad's Storybook Voyage ,  Ariel's Playground ,  Jumpin' Jellyfish ,  Scuttle's Scooters ,  Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster ,  Blowfish Balloon Race ,  The Whirlpool ,  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ,  Journey to the Center of the Earth , 

This is one park I wish I had the opportunity to explore every ride because nearly every attraction had immersive queues and jaw-dropping animatronics. Luckily, though, I got to ride some pretty cool attractions that I think you should give a go. First up: Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Cavern-themed entrance to a ride at Tokyo DisneySea labeled "Journey to the Center of the Earth" with an illuminated red sign

This was the first attraction we rode. We went on the ride right after the park opened —and thank God we took this approach because, by the time we got off the ride, the line was around 180 minutes long... at 10 a.m.

Pro tip: If you don't want to go on this ride right when the park opens, I highly recommend going the Premier Access route, which is about ¥1,500 ($9.44).

What makes this attraction a must-ride is the overall experience from the queue to the attraction. Just like the Beauty and the Beast ride at Tokyo Disneyland, no creative detail is ignored. While the line begins outside a volcano (that actually erupts throughout the day), you eventually enter it, bypassing chemist sets and expedition items from Captain Nemo himself as you learn that he has discovered an unknown world deep underground — which you get to explore by going down an elevator shaft.

People line up at a theme park attraction with industrial-themed decor

While I wouldn't call the ride groundbreaking (another pun, sorry), I would say it's a great mix between the Dinosaur and Expedition Everest rides from Animal Kingdom. It's a scary, adventurous, and drop-dead gorgeous attraction that has one of the most unique ride vehicles I have ever seen. Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention that there's a drop. You've been warned.

Yes, the majority of the park feels like it's made for grown-ups, but there's one area that's created specifically for kids (and the kids at heart): Mermaid Lagoon.

People walk around an imaginative, fantasy-themed Disney amusement park area with whimsical architecture, resembling undersea coral and seashell structures

Listen, call me childish all you want, but this was probably my favorite area in the whole park. If you ever wanted to know what King Triton's Kingdom from The Little Mermaid looks like in real life, then your jaw will drop to the floor the minute you enter this area.

Unlike Ariel's grotto in Magic Kingdom , this entire "port" is imagined as if you are underwater as you slowly descend from the human world to the mermaid world. Once you're inside, the ceiling of the coral-like building is covered with water-like designs, and the room is circumferenced by shells, sea creatures, and underwater plant life. It's wild how breathtaking it looks. 

Since Mermaid Lagoon is completely covered, it's the perfect place to take a pause if you need a break from the weather outside. However, I warn you, you may spend hours here, as it's designed for guests to get lost within the caverns to explore Ariel's world, from her Grotto with Eric's lifesize statue to sea creature attractions, shops and food halls.

Sign for Triton's Kingdom with decorative tridents and seashells against a textured background giving an underwater feel

Even though the attractions within Mermaid Lagoon are all geared toward kids (think carnival-like rides with sea creature vehicles), everyone is encouraged to shop, eat, and explore. There's a map within the Lagoon that highlights all the places you want to see, as most of these areas are interactive in nature. To be honest, it felt kind of like a science center, which I loved.

However, if you get bored with the exploration, you can grab some food at the main restaurant at Sebastian Calypso Kitchen or check out the giant whale shop, which slowly opens and closes its eyes. You heard me. The whale is alive.

A cartoon snail character, Gary, from SpongeBob SquarePants, is smiling with an open mouth. He is in an underwater-themed attraction with seaweed and rocks

Talking about food, Tokyo DisneySea has some incredibly tasty snacks you need to sink your teeth into. Here are some of the best things I think you need to eat:

A hand holds a pink seashell-shaped object in an outdoor setting with greenery and themed lamp posts in the background

Sea Salt Monaka Ice Cream (¥300/$2.00) : To be honest, there is nothing about this snack that I should like. Sea salt vanilla ice cream, raspberry filling, and a thin wafer all sound like "nopes" to me. However, I completely changed my mind after taking one bite of all the flavors combined with a seashell-shaped design.

It's slightly salty, not overly sweet, and it's not completely smothered with the raspberry filling, which I appreciated. Plus, the packaging is adorable, with a mermaid Minnie on the front. Don't sleep on this treat.

Specialty Cocktail with Lychee and Milk (¥780/$4.91) While this alcoholic beverage is no longer available, it was so, so tasty and not overly sweet, especially for a lychee drink.

I wish I could tell you the ingredients that were included, but that's something you will notice throughout the park: when you order certain drinks or desserts, you might not fully know what's inside them — which is one con for people who have allergies. So, always double-check with a Cast Member just to be safe. Most of Tokyo Disney's beverages — alcoholic or non-alcoholic — are incredibly unique and are usually filled with jellies or bobas. While not every single drink will be a hit, I highly recommend being a little adventurous and trying out a few for yourself.

Matcha White Chocolate Popcorn (¥400/$2.52): I love matcha, but I hate white chocolate, yet this combo was so unique and tasty that I couldn't stop eating it. The mix of salty and sweet with a bite of matcha was a nice surprise. I wish there was more matcha flavoring, but I also prefer the umami of matcha. So, if you prefer matcha that's more subtle, this treat is for you.

Pro tip: Tokyo Disney Resort is known for its unique popcorn flavors. Make sure you try a few different flavors to get the full experience. Here's a list of some of the flavors you can try: Black pepper, curry, caramel, berry cheesecake, and honey.

Here are some other foods you should absolutely try that other people seem to love when they visit Tokyo DisneySea: Spicy Smoke Chicken Leg , Mickey Ukiwaman Chicken Bun , Garlic Shrimp Popcorn , Gyoza dog , and Soy Sauce Butter Popcorn .

While Tokyo Disneyland has parades and fireworks, Tokyo DisneySea has water shows and fireworks. You can catch all the shows in the Mediterranean Harbor. Similar to Epcot, DisneySea has a nighttime water show called Believe! Sea of Dreams. While we didn't have the opportunity to watch it, I've heard nothing but amazing things about the show.

Nighttime water show with illuminated projections on floating screens and a water fountain display. Multiple colors and patterns light up the dark sky in the background

While the whole show is in Japanese, you can follow the story of your favorite characters talking about believing in dreams and making their wishes come true. The show involves dozens of water boats that highlight some of the most loved Disney characters. If you want to watch the full show, check it out here .  

One last thing to note: if you plan on going to Tokyo DisneySea soon, you may get to enjoy Fantasy Springs , the newest "port of call" that just opened in 2024. This port is home to the "magical spring leading to a world of Disney fantasy." Within this area, there are four new attractions, three new lands, and a new on-property hotel called the Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel .

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled sit in a boat surrounded by floating lanterns, holding hands and gazing at each other

The three lands are  Frozen Kingdom ,  Rapunzel’s Forest , and  Peter Pan’s Never Land . The four rides are  Anna and Elsa's Frozen Journey ,  Peter Pan's Never Land Adventure ,  Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies , and  Rapunzel's Lantern Festival .

While the good news is that you do have the opportunity to enter the new land, the bad news is that there are some extra steps you need to take, as most guests are unable to just enter whenever they want. If you absolutely want to make sure you get to explore this new park expansion, I highly recommend watching this video from  TDR Explorer . TLDR: There are multiple ways to get in, but some may cost money.

A theme park area resembling a medieval village with stone towers, a bridge over water, and a snowy mountain in the background

Of course, for both parks, we can't forget to talk about souvenirs. Tokyo Disney puts the U.S. parks to shame when it comes to merchandise. Since Japan is all about Kawaii (cute) culture, you can expect to find miniature toys, plushes, and stationery of your favorite rides, foods, and characters. Mickey Ears are at a much lower price than the U.S. parks ($15 compared to $32), and you will find some of the best popcorn buckets ever created here! However, while some merchandise is kawaii in nature, a lot of it is downright practical. I saw so many character-centric soap dispensers, eyeglass holders, coin pouches, handkerchiefs, and more. Pro tip: Tell your bank account you're sorry in advance.

Plush toys of Winnie the Pooh wearing red shirts are displayed in multiple rows on a shelf

While the majority of the merchandise involves Disney characters you already know, there's a Tokyo Disney-specific character named  Duffy that is all over Tokyo Disney Parks. 

Duffy was initially created to be Mickey's teddy bear, which was created by Minnie to keep him company. Since Duffy has gained popularity over the years, the brand has evolved into  Duffy and Friends . 

You won't find Duffy in America because he and his friends can only be found at the Asian Disney theme parks, but if you go to any of the parks, you will find stores designated to just Duffy products. It was a little confusing at first for me because I wasn't expecting Duffy to be this popular, but I understand the hype. Just know that the merchandise is supposed to be cute and cuddly, and if you become a Duffy convertor , let me know. 

Display window showcasing Disney-themed popcorn buckets and souvenir items, including a Mickey-themed pen, a toy store, and a honey pot

As for my overall consensus of both parks: It feels like a huge benefit that these two parks are completely run by Oriental Land Co., Ltd . The fact that the company's whole focus and budget is solely for the parks is very apparent, as it highlights not only the classic films of Disney but also giving love to cuter characters such as Baymax and creating completely new characters of their own. I love how Tokyo Disneyland provides nostalgia and comfort in ways that the U.S. parks have forgotten about and that Tokyo DisneySea amplifies a grown-up feel without diminishing childlike wonder within the avenues of science and nature.

People walking near an ornate arched entrance with intricate designs in a theme park; a group is sitting inside the arch

While the company can absolutely increase the prices of tickets, food, and merchandise just like its U.S. counterparts, it seems they actively choose to keep prices lower to attract more people to the parks, which should be implemented across all Disney parks.

I believe this decision is perfect for larger families who want to have fun but don't want to spend thousands of dollars on a Disney trip. As an adult with no children, though, I felt more joy exploring the parks because I didn't feel like a larger company was trying to take every penny I had in my bank account. Even though I love going to Disney, it's little things like this that will make me wanting to come back again and again.

As for the negatives, the one complaint I will make about Tokyo Disneyland is that some areas do feel a little dated, but I also think this factors into the original '50s and '60s designs and attractions that still take precedence at the park. I just think it can be a weird juxtaposition from the '80s-looking Tomorrowland to the new Beauty and the Beast section that was created in Fantasyland. (Although Tomorrowland is getting revamped soon, so this issue will no longer be a problem.)

Modern building with glass-paneled roof, indoor greenery, and skylights. People are visible through glass walkway above the plants

Another thing I wish was different is the ability to change menu items. While this decision is based on the overall culture of Japan (because it's considered rude to tell the chef you want something different), it can make it harder to find something you like if one ingredient isn't a good fit for your taste buds, especially with people who have allergies. 

Oh, and the lines. The lines are incredibly long, which can impact how much you do in a day. For instance, if you want to try the waffles at Tokyo Disneyland, you can expect to wait around 70 minutes sometimes. Thankfully, Tokyo Disney brought back their version of Fast Pass for their 40th Anniversary (which is free) to help reduce wait times for the attractions, but just like the parks in the U.S., you will most likely have to fork over some cash for the Premier Access passes if you want to ride all the most popular rides.

Crowd of visitors at Disneyland in front of whimsical castle-like building on a sunny day

1. Don't panic if you don't read or speak Japanese. The majority of the park's menus, ride descriptions, announcements, and apps are also translated into English. The only issue you may have is that the rides are in Japanese, and not all Cast Members speak English, which may make it a little hard to navigate if you have specific questions you need answered. My suggestion is to download a translation app and talk to it to help speak with the Cast Members. Even though this might feel weird at first, it's something that a lot of people use even outside of the parks, so do whatever will make your experience much easier for you and them.

Locker Information sign with rules about locker usage at Tokyo Disneyland. Includes guidelines on storage, fee policy, prohibited items, and liability disclaimer

2. While you absolutely can wear "tourist" attire at either of the parks, it's actually quite normal for locals to dress up and go all out with their looks. Think: cute dresses, school uniforms , matching outfits with your friends or significant other, or full Disney-themed ensembles. (Here's a TikTok video as an example.) Bonus tip: If you go during the Halloween season, like we did, you will see guests cosplaying in unbelievable handcrafted costumes . Let's just say I felt completely underdressed when I was there in my shorts and shirt.

Three women dressed as Belle, Snow White, and Jasmine are walking together in an amusement park

Even when some guests wore "basic" outfits, they had a fashion flair to them. The good news is, you absolutely can — and should! — buy some of your Disney gear at the parks to elevate any look. For instance, some of the most popular items we saw were  Mickey sunglasses ,  Baymax  merchandise from Big Hero Six,  and  Popcorn buckets .

However, there is one thing to keep in mind when picking outfits: the "unspoken" modest dress code in Japan. A lot of people in Japan tend to dress more modestly, so you won't see a lot of tank tops, tattoos, or short shorts (and yes, unfortunately, this is mostly geared toward women). But since we went during the fall season, there were a lot of locals who were wearing mini-skirts with long socks, boots, and sweaters, so as long as you're comfortable and happy, I think that's all that matters. 

3. Speaking of attire, there are a few unique items you may want to bring with you that you might not even think of bringing when you visit other Disney parks. Having these items on hand while we were there made the whole experience much, much easier. Pro tip: If you have a lot of things with you, both Tokyo Disney parks have lockers you can rent right in front of the parks. You'll just need cash to use them. A lot of guests use these lockers to keep their luggage there as well, as there are many different sizes to choose from.

Close-up of lockers numbered 5460 and 5458, each secured with a padlock

Here's a list of items I would highly suggest bringing:

• A handkerchief:  A lot of bathrooms in Japan don't actually have paper towels to dry your hands with, so it's pretty common for locals to have a handkerchief or two on them to dry their hands and/or wipe the sweat away if the weather is unbearably hot. 

You can also use this item to "save" a table right before you order food at many of the fast-casual restaurants. (To give context: it's custom to pick a table first before ordering food. Here's a TikTok video to explain further.)

• A small umbrella:  While ponchos are incredibly popular for Disney guests to use at the U.S. parks, you really won't find them at Tokyo Disney because a lot of locals actually have umbrellas with them at all times to 1) block the sun, 2) keep dry from the rain.

• A portable charger:  This is non-negotiable with all the pictures and videos you plan on taking. Trust me. Tokyo Disney does have portable charges that you can rent, but they charge per hour, so if you want to save a little bit of yen, I suggest packing your own.

• A comfortable bag/backpack: Since you will most likely be waiting in long lines at both parks, whether it's for rides or food, I highly suggest bringing a bag that won't hurt your shoulders. 

• A picnic blanket: Only bring this if you love parades and want a front-row seat. The rule of thumb is that if you want to save your spot for a parade, you place a blanket of sorts on the ground as a "marker." No one will touch it, even if you have to step away to grab some food.

• Seasonal Items: Japan's winter and summer months are no joke, so it's vital to bring a small portable fan if you plan on going in the summer or warmer items like jackets, ear muffs, or hand gloves if you plan on going in the winter. The good news is that Tokyo Disney will have a lot of these seasonal items available for purchase if you forget.

• A phone with Wi-Fi capabilities: While it's okay to miss some of the other items from this list, NOT having access to Wi-Fi is not one of them. Whether that means getting a SIM card or a pocket Wi-Fi , you'll need to have access to Wi-Fi to use the Tokyo Disney app for booking rides, reservations, and everything in between because neither DisneySea nor Tokyo Disneyland have Wi-Fi on their properties. 

Pro tip: My husband and I got a pocket Wi-Fi from Japan Wireless , and it works perfectly for both of our phones. The price point was also really great for a two-week trip.

4. When it comes to technology, downloading the Tokyo Disney Resort App is one thing you absolutely should do before going to the parks. Within the app (which can be used in English), you can look at wait times for rides and food (yes, lines can get long for food, too), buy tickets to the parks and passes for the rides, and book reservations. Just like the Disney app in the U.S., registration to a MyDisney Account and a credit card are required.

Screenshot of an iPhone home screen showing the Disney Resort app icon, along with Mail, Safari, and Messages apps in the dock

While I highly suggest familiarizing yourself with the app way before you go to the parks, here are some keywords to know that are different (yet similar) to the ones in other parks that you may find within the app:

1. Disney Premier Access: Similar to the Lighting Lane, these are individual passes you can purchase for a fee within the app for specific rides. Just like the Priority Pass, you will also get to pick a window of time to ride the attraction and be granted to go into a different line that's typically shorter. 

2. Priority Pass: This is similar to the Fast Pass that was once available at U.S. parks, where you can pick a specific window of time to go to an attraction, so you don't have to wait in a regular long line. While this feature is free to use within the app, it was supposed to be a special limited feature for the 40th Anniversary in 2023. It still seems to be available for guests to use, but make sure to double-check the app before you go just to make sure no changes have been made.

3. Entry Request: This requested feature is only used for shows; think of it as a lottery since approval for these shows is picked randomly. The biggest issue is when you make one request to watch a show, you don't have the ability to make another request, even if you don't win the "lottery." However, you can watch some of the shows' first performances without using an Entry Request by waiting in the standby line. Just make sure to get in line right when the park opens. 

4. Standby Pass: This pass is typically used for shops with special merchandise releases or restaurants. However, sometimes, it will be used for attractions. For instance, since Fantasy Springs in Tokyo DisneySea just opened, guests can get Standby Passes for the new attractions in that area.

Once you acquire any of these passes on the app, you'll just need to scan the QR code when your registered time becomes available. 

Pro Tip: If you have a scheduled time to visit an attraction between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., your QR code will become available to scan five minutes before the window time opens. 

5. Okay, now let's talk tickets. I want to preface it right from the start that you cannot — I repeat — you cannot buy Tokyo Disney tickets on park property, as the ticket booths are currently closed. So, if you're thinking: "Well, Raven, how the heck am I supposed to buy tickets from across the world?" I got you.

DisneySEA 1-Day Passport for an adult named rae, valid on September 22, 2023. The ticket features Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in park attire

According to the Tokyo Disney Resort website , there are a few ways you can buy Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea tickets. As previously mentioned, park tickets cost between 7,900 and 10,900 yen (which is about $50-$70). See, I told you the tickets are significantly cheaper. At this time, there are no Park Hopper options; only single-day tickets. Plus, kids under the age of three can go to the park for free.

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One straightforward way is to purchase tickets directly from the official Tokyo Disney Resort website or app. Fixed-date ticket sales open two months in advance on the same day. So, if you're thinking of going to one of the parks on November 20, 2024, you'll be able to purchase tickets on September 20, 2024. 

However, if you're worried about tickets selling out — which can happen around the holidays — you can book a stay at one of the Disney Hotels to be guaranteed entry to the parks, no matter if they're completely sold out. This is one of the major perks of staying on a Disney property. 

Pro Tip: Just be mindful that you'll only receive tickets based on the number of nights you stay at a hotel. This means if you book one night at the Toy Story Hotel, you can only get tickets for one day at a park. 

Also, if you're splitting stays between Disney hotels, this rule works the same (which I learned while I was trying to buy tickets for both park days at our first hotel). Not gonna lie; this was a little frustrating but not a deal-breaker since we were guaranteed tickets either way. We just had to purchase our second-day tickets from the other hotel once we arrived.

Another Tip:  If you purchase tickets at the hotels, you will receive paper tickets, so just make sure to scan them into the app before you head into the parks.

The final way to purchase tickets is through a reputable site called Klook . Klook is a travel website where you can purchase tickets for experiences across the globe. Klook might be a great option if tickets are sold out from the official website, you don't want to stay on property, or if your international credit card is not going through when you're trying to purchase tickets directly from Tokyo Disney (which apparently can happen sometimes).

To be honest, I initially did not feel 100 percent confident using Klook because I wasn't sure if the website was trustworthy, but I purchased Universal Studios Japan tickets from them — because it's nearly impossible to buy tickets directly from the USJ website as an international guest — and they worked perfectly! 

6. WAIT! Before you purchase your tickets, seriously consider the days you want to go. I highly recommend going to Tokyo Disney on a weekday and avoiding holidays if possible because the parks can get extremely crowded during these times. For instance, my husband and I went at the end of September, which meant we still got to experience all of the Halloween decor and experiences without dealing with the holiday crowd.

People walking and enjoying a quaint village setting with cottage-like buildings and a clear sky

Seriously, don't make this mistake. Going during the weekend (even sometimes on a Friday) or when there's a holiday means you may be waiting in extremely long lines, whether it's for food, rides, or shows. So before you purchase your tickets, make sure to check when holidays are happening in Japan (here's a list of them ), and try to purchase tickets from Monday to Thursday.

Pro Tip: Another reason to go Monday through Thursday is that ticket prices are typically much, much lower (unless there's a holiday, of course!). So, you're not only saving time, but you're also saving money. 

7. However, if you plan on staying on Disney property, you have plenty of hotel options to choose from . There are three categories of hotels: Tokyo Disney Resort Official Hotels, Tokyo Disney Resort Partner Hotels, and Tokyo Disney Resort Good Neighbor Hotels. Each provides different benefits, services, and price points.

A colorful building with a playful facade and various vehicle logos. Two cars, one white and one blue, are in front of the building

Here's a full list of the benefits under each hotel category:

Tokyo Disney Resort Official Hotels: These hotels are typically the closest to the Tokyo Disney Parks (aside from the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel, which is about a 15- to 20-minute complimentary shuttle ride). 

When you stay at an official Disney Resort, you gain Happy Entry access to either one or both parks, depending on the hotel. This means you can enter the park 15 minutes earlier than guests who are not staying on Disney properties. 

Pro Tip:  Be mindful that you will not get Happy Entry on check-in days. Also, due to the recent opening of Fantasy Springs, Happy Entry is not available  Tokyo DisneySea on certain days . However, if you want guaranteed access to Fantasy Springs, you can purchase a vacation package or book a stay at the new Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel .

As I mentioned before, you can purchase park tickets directly from the hotel, even if the parks are completely sold out that day.

You can also purchase special merchandise that is only sold at the designated hotels, as well as have special access to restaurants that only hotel guests can reserve.

Rates range from ¥21,500 to ¥500,00 ($139.07 to $3,234.18)

Tokyo Disney Resort Partner Hotels and Tokyo Disney Resort Good Neighbor Hotels:  You can still purchase park tickets for these hotels, but they may not be available if the parks are sold out or in peak season. Also, you may have complimentary shuttle access, but some Good Neighbor hotels may require reservations or be located in Tokyo, so make sure to double-check before you book.

Rates can start as low as ¥10,900 ($70) and go up from there.

*Changes can occur at any time, so make sure to double-check the benefits before you book your stay.

8. While Tokyo might be in the name, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are not actually in Tokyo. Both parks are located in the Chiba prefecture, which is about an hour to an hour and a half from Tokyo or both airports (Haneda and Narita) if you plan on using public transportation.

If you prefer using a taxi service instead, just be mindful that they're incredibly expensive. (Ubers don't operate in Japan.) For example, my husband and I took a taxi directly from Haneda International Airport to our Disney Hotel, and it cost us about $75+ for a 20 to 30-minute drive. I live in New York, and my heart nearly dropped.

9. As for public transportation, Japan's subway system is incredibly efficient, so if you're already staying in or around Tokyo, I highly recommend going this route.

Directions from Shinjuku to Maihama Station on a mapping app, including transit options and times

Tokyo Disney Resort is right off the Maihama Station , which directly connects to Tokyo Station.  So, wherever you're located within Tokyo, your goal is to connect to the  Keiyō Line (which uses the  JE  symbol and connects Tokyo to Chiba)

Tip:  Tokyo Metro Tickets start at 180 yen but can increase to different denominations based on how far you travel. For instance, if you're staying in Shinjuku , the above route can cost you 439 yen (which is about $2.81). I highly recommend adding one of Tokyo's prepaid IC cards to your phone so you can easily scan in and out of the metros. More information about the IC cards is  here .

Once you get to Maihama Station, you'll want to use the Tokyo Resort Line , Disney's monorail system, to head to the parks. If you're exiting Maihama Station, you'll want to head toward Resort Gateway Station, which is to your left, past the Tokyo Disney Resort Welcome Center.

Hand grips shaped like Mickey Mouse ears with yellow straps are hanging in a vehicle, likely a train or bus

Tokyo's monorail system is a giant loop that stops at every Disney hotel and park, just like the monorail in Orlando, Florida. The only difference is that the train service is not free. You will have to pay 300 yen for adults or 150 yen for children once you get to the monorail station. (This is because the monorail is considered "public transportation" in Japan, unlike in the States.) The good news is: You can also use your IC card like any other train station in Japan.

Tip: However, if you plan on using the monorail multiple times a day, I recommend buying a day pass . There are four ticket types, from 1-Day Pass to 4-Day Pass, and the prices start from 700 yen and go up to 1,500 yen. This is also a great souvenir , as the card is hard and usually has a few different limited-edition designs to choose from. 

Once you're on the monorail, just listen for your stop as it's announced. Nearly everything in Tokyo Disney Resort is written or spoken in Japanese and English, so things will be pretty easy to navigate once you're on the property.

Pro Tip:  Make sure to take a picture of yourself using the Mickey handrails. They're famous for a reason. 

What do you think of Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea? Have you been to either of the parks or plan to go in the near future? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below

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A man was found floating in the Rivers of America at Disneyland, but the story and reasoning for the shocking discovery takes a direction that you may not expect as this is not a morbid story by any means.

Disney Park Guests on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park on a clear blue-sky day, where guests were recently banned.

Disneyland, a name synonymous with childhood wonder and imaginative escape, boasts a rich history as colorful and captivating as the stories it brings to life. This iconic theme park, the brainchild of Walt Disney himself, wasn’t born overnight. It stemmed from a desire to create a place where families could share laughter and adventure together.

In the 1930s, Walt Disney, already a renowned animator and filmmaker, noticed a gap in the entertainment landscape.

Amusement parks of the time catered primarily to adults, offering thrill rides and impersonal experiences. Disney envisioned a different kind of park – a place where families could create lasting memories together. Inspiration struck while visiting Griffith Park in Los Angeles with his daughters.

He witnessed parents standing on the sidelines as their children rode carousels and envisioned a park where families could participate in the fun together.

A sleek, modern monorail with a streamlined design glides along an elevated track in a Disney theme park setting. Palm trees and park infrastructure are visible in the background under a partly cloudy sky, marking the exciting new location’s upcoming launch date.

The path from dream to reality was paved with challenges. Disney initially envisioned a park adjacent to his Hollywood studio, but concerns about space and noise pollution forced him to look elsewhere. He ultimately secured a 160-acre plot of land in Anaheim, California, in 1953.

Disney assembled a team of talented designers and engineers, known as “Imagineers,” to translate his vision into a tangible reality. Financing was another hurdle – Disney secured backing from several sponsors, including the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), to bring his dream park to life.

Disneyland officially opened its gates on July 17th, 1955, and it was unlike anything the world had ever seen. The park was divided into themed lands, each transporting guests to a different world:

  • Main Street, U.S.A.: This nostalgic gateway to the park evokes a turn-of-the-century American town, complete with a horse-drawn trolley and charming shops.
  • Adventureland: Inspired by classic adventure tales, Adventureland invites guests to explore jungles, navigate rivers aboard the Jungle Cruise , and discover hidden treasures.
  • Frontierland: A tribute to the Wild West, Frontierland features thrilling rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and classic attractions like the Mark Twain Riverboat.
  • Fantasyland: This whimsical realm, brimming with classic Disney fairytales, allows guests to soar with Peter Pan, explore Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, and embark on enchanting adventures.
  • Tomorrowland: A vision of the future, Tomorrowland showcased futuristic technology and space exploration through attractions like Space Mountain and the Submarine Voyage. Over the years, Tomorrowland has evolved to reflect the ever-changing future.

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The Rivers of America, a winding waterway that seamlessly connects several lands, is more than just a scenic backdrop. Added during Disneyland’s opening year, the Rivers of America serve a multitude of purposes:

  • Transportation: The iconic Mark Twain Riverboat and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes offer guests a leisurely journey along the river, providing stunning views of the park and its various themed lands.
  • Theming: The Rivers of America represent several iconic American rivers, including the Mississippi, Columbia, Potomac, and Rio Grande. The meticulously designed scenery along the riverbanks reflects the diverse ecosystems of these waterways, further immersing guests in the different lands.
  • Entertainment: The Rivers of America are a stage for captivating nighttime spectaculars like Fantasmic! This beloved show features Disney characters, pyrotechnics, and dazzling water effects, creating unforgettable memories for guests.

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Disneyland prioritizes guest safety above all else.

The Rivers of America are meticulously maintained, and strict safety protocols are in place to prevent accidents. Despite the vast number of guests who have visited Disneyland over the years, there have been very few reported incidents of people falling into the rivers. In the rare instances where such an event has occurred, Disney’s highly trained cast members are prepared to respond swiftly and ensure guest safety.

While someone falling into the Rivers of America may be a tragedy, at times, Disney actually sends someone into the water on purpose.

Disneyland expert Jason Schultz recently captured footage of a diver who is trained to perform maintenance on the Mark Twain Riverboat’s track.

And now we go live to the Rivers of America… Personally, I think a Mark Twain 101 should be an instant refund. pic.twitter.com/q9MRUVGDN9 — Jason Schultz (@ArchivistJason) June 29, 2024

It is unclear if there was something immediately wrong with the attraction or if this was a routine maintenance check, but it certainly can be startling to see a body float up in the waters of Disneyland if you are a regular guest looking out into the water.

Especially when there has been an uptick in guests jumping into unchartered waters at Disney.

A troubling new trend involves guests jumping into restricted bodies of water at theme parks. Incidents include visitors sitting in the EPCOT France pavilion fountain while drinking, jumping into the World Showcase lagoon from the Italy pavilion bridge, and leaping off the boat at Tom Sawyer’s Island into the alligator-infested river at Magic Kingdom .

Other examples are a woman swimming shirtless in the Sassagoula River near Port Orleans Resort and a guest jumping into the AquaSphere fountain at the front of Tokyo DisneySea.

A large, green Mickey Mouse-shaped balloon floats in the foreground on the left side. In the background is the Rivers of America at Disneyland Park, with the Mark Twain riverboat.

It is typically difficult to refurbish tracks that are underwater. Attractions such as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which has just opened at Walt Disney World, to a wide array of technical issues, have already been drained multiple times to correct any issues that need maintenance.

With World of Color in Disney California Adventure, each fountain can be pushed up to the surface of the water for maintenance. However, draining the Rivers of America is a much larger task, which is why divers are required.

Have you ever seen a guest or employee in a non-swimmable body of water at a Disney park?

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