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. May 12th & 13th, Travel Day(s)
. May 14th - Tokyo Disneyland
. May 15th - Tokyo DisneySeas
. May 16th - Park Hopping


. May 17th - Ghibli Museum
. May 18th - Tokyo and Kabuki
. May 19th - Home Again

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. Lens Tokyo 2003 Site
. Lens MousePlanet Review
. Original MousePlanet Article

Our Other Trips

. Summer 2006 - England Again
. Summer 2005 - Sailing BVI
. Summer 2004 - Frickin England
. Spring 2003 - Tokyo & Disneyland
. Spring 2001 - WDW Florida
. Spring 2000 - England, Scotland
. Fall 1998 - UK, Disney Paris, QE2

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Page last modified April 26 2014 17:34.

In May 2003 a group of 4 of us paid a visit to Tokyo,
including 3 days at Tokyo Disneyland Resort.

Here is our story.

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The Premise:

The group consisted of two couples hovering around age 40, who have been traveling to Disney Parks for eons together. Len (me), a recently laid off QA engineer, Kelleye, my wife and a programmer as well, Patrick, who's in legal publishing, and Melissa, an English teacher. We all love going to Disney Parks. Kel and I had been to all of them with the exception of the new Disney Studios Park in Paris, and the Tokyo Parks. There were a few of us with less interest in seeing Tokyo Disneyland, but the Disney Sea review posted posted on MousePlanet did the trick of convincing everyone.

All 4 of us have been to WDW several times and Disneyland in CA way too many times to count. Our last big Disney trip was to WDW in 2001. (we did a smaller D-land trip that year as well during Christmas). Info about Tokyo Disneyland on the other hand, is much more difficult to come by on the web unless you can read Japanese. We tend to do ALL of our trip booking via the web so this made planning the trip a challenge!

The Planning:

Our goal was to spend a week in Tokyo, with emphasis placed on TDR. We aimed to do this without breaking the bank, but also not staying in youth hostels. It's a good thing we planned it this way too, for I was laid off in mid-April! If we'd gone totally first class we would have had to cancel!

Early on we picked Mid-May, so as to miss Golden Week (the first week in May) and to miss finals and yearbook deadlines for Melissa. We also wanted to avoid the hot summer months and the really cold winter months. We settled on the week of May 12th - 19th. We got our airline tix thru Orbitz in February, flying economy on United for $620 each, round trip from SFO.

Next we began looking at hotels. We needed one for 4 nights near Tokyo Disneyland and then one near downtown Tokyo. We REALLY wanted to stay at the Mira Costa at DisneySea. We went back and forth on the cost verses the benefits until finally coming to the conclusion (like we always do) when booking a Disney trip... we spend less than a third of our time in the hotel, and 95% of that is sleeping. We'd rather spend the money saved on some good meals or on souvenirs. Instead we chose the Tokyo Bay Hilton. Reasonable rates and still an "Official" hotel with all those perks, guaranteed admission to the parks, monorail pass, Park proximity etc. If you want to book a room there, forget about the official website. It's Japanese only. Go to the main Hilton website or one of the hotel discount sites and make reservations from there. They take all major credit cards and we paid with American Express. We got Bay-view rooms for a little over $200 a night. Still expensive but about half the price of the Mira Costa. We booked those rooms in February as well. For the Tokyo leg we booked another hotel online, as well as the 3 site-seeing tours we decided on.

We took the advice of another posted trip report and planned on using the "Friendly Airport Limousine Bus" service to get to and from Narita Airport. We spent quite a bit of time looking into money issues as we had heard that credit cards were not in as common-use as they are here in the States or in Europe. This had us a little nervous. We also did a lot of reading up on the culture and the language. As we would be using the train system a lot after leaving the TDR area, we printed out maps, and fare sheets for those as well. None of these issues were any big deal once we arrived.