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  • [Question] Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

    Tokyo Disneyland always seems to be packed to the rafters and so busy. Then if you compare this to Disneyland in California, which has higher attendances, it doesn't seem as busy. On top of this, Tokyo Disneyland was better designed to absorb large crowds compared with the original Disneyland. So why does Tokyo Disneyland always seem to be so busy?

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    Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

    Those Annual Attendance numbers which are not official or release by Disney do not reflect the true numbers. The gap between Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea is much wider. That's why the OLC only release a combined figure and not individual numbers. This is why Tokyo Disneyland is and feels much more crowded.
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    • #3
      Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

      Yup: trust your eyeballs. Tokyo Disneyland looks more crowded than Disneyland because it is, almost every day. For anyone who reguarly spends time at the various Disney theme parks around the world, it's quite plain that Tokyo Disneyland is the busiest park in the world, not Disneyland and not The Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.
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      • #4
        Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

        I went to Tokyo Disneyland last year in late January on a cold weekday, and it was packed! I was shocked since I expected few guests like I would in Anaheim, and couldn't believe all the Fastpasses were gone by 1PM for most attractions. Had to wait well over an hour for Splash Mountain on a cold day. And most of the guests were locals, saw absolutely zero Westerners except for my group (including no Asian-Americans, etc. speaking English), and only a small handful of non-Japanese speaking Chinese and/or Korean. Tokyo Disneyland must have the highest attendance clicks of any park in the world, and it's driven by the locals primarily.

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        • #5
          Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

          Keep in mind that the Tokyo area has a LOT more people than Southern California.

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          • #6
            Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

            Hi, it's not always crowded, but understand the sheer amount of population near the park is going to make it more crowded most of the time. We spent 3 days there 7 or 8 years ago at the beginning of October and it was not bad at all. Walked on to many rides, including Splash Mountain. Some rides tend to have longer lines all the time as they do at Disneyland (Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, etc.). They LOVE their parades and shows there so if you are willing to skip those that's always a good time to go on rides.

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            • #7
              Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

              I went in April, just before Golden Week several years ago. It was cool and a little drizzly. We walked on the rides almost the entire 4 days we were there, and at no time did we feel crowded. Apparently the good people of Japan melt in the rain .

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              • #8
                Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

                April, between the end of spring break and Golden Week, is now one of the slowest times of the year. And it's not nearly as cold as February.

                IndyJones: Attendance has increased dramatically in the past 8 years.
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                • #9
                  Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

                  And take note one of my friend who is working at TDR told me that OLC Will cancel the New Years countdown This year and upcoming years.Instead they will do A fireworks show and some character seasons greetings during the event.
                  The reason is that they building something in the resort in order to save electricity to the park
                  and some disaster happens they will have some extra electricity to the park anyone of you didnt notice that TEPCO is raising electricty bills by 8%this year.Because of the 3.11 disaster that hit Tohoku.


                  And back to TDR OLC have done cutbacks on entertainments since last year and upcoming years too.thats you have notice that all seasonal events have always been the same.and OLC needs more visitor to bring more money to the parks so they can bring new and spectacular offerings to experience.And this year they have done it since April 2012 TDR Parks has been in full capacity until now. and sometimes they have live concerts in TDS like ARASHI and other JPOP artists.....

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                  • #10
                    Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

                    Originally posted by Fukai View Post
                    April, between the end of spring break and Golden Week, is now one of the slowest times of the year.
                    I went on April 1, 2009 and it was the single busiest day I've ever seen at a theme park anywhere anytime, and I've been to Disneyland on Christmas Day. It was shocking.

                    I've heard October can be lighter crowds. I'd love to go back, but I've got to find a time when crowds are lower.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

                      All the people who have been urging us to go to TDR are being pretty irresponsible. Even if the resort is as great as they say, there is no doubt that insane crowd levels have a negative impact on the theme park experience. What's the point of spending big bucks to fly halfway around the world, only to be greeted by impossible crowds and wait times, and disappearing fast passes? I guess the OLC couldn't care less about tourism, since they are making lots of money on the locals market.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

                        If you went on April 1 it was during school spring break and of course it was hugely busy! You have to go after spring break but before Golden Week. There is a period of 2 to 3 weeks right in there when the parks are empty.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

                          Originally posted by disneyfann121 View Post
                          What's the point of spending big bucks to fly halfway around the world, only to be greeted by impossible crowds and wait times, and disappearing fast passes? I guess the OLC couldn't care less about tourism, since they are making lots of money on the locals market.
                          Absolutely! I strongly agree that you should stay away.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

                            Part of the issue is how the attendance numbers are calculated. Back when EPCOT Center opened in 1982, Disney decided that the count would go to the park the guest enters first in a day. That has since become the standard metric for multi-park theme park destinations that share admission. Then add in the different admission options. There is no park hopping at the Tokyo Disney resort until the third day of a visit. Annual Passes to both parks at the Tokyo Disney Resort are also more expensive. So what this means is that far more people who count toward Tokyo Disneyland's annual attendance not only entered that park first, but will actually be staying there for most of the day. In California, this is not the case and park hopping is very common. A person could enter Disneyland first, spend an hour there, and then spend the rest of the day at Disney's California Adventure but still have their attendance count only towards Disneyland. Add in the Annual Pass holders who may swing by for only for a few hours, and you have more people who get counted as a click.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

                              Originally posted by Roger55 View Post
                              Absolutely! I strongly agree that you should stay away.
                              You missed the point entirely. My point was that few, if any, posters bother to warn people about the incredible crowding at that resort, and don't give any guidelines about the best time to go. They just rave about the place, and lead people to spend lots of money and walk right into a hellish crowding situation. As I said, irresponsible.

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                              • #16
                                Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

                                Originally posted by disneyfann121 View Post
                                My point was that few, if any, posters bother to warn people about the incredible crowding at that resort, and don't give any guidelines about the best time to go. They just rave about the place, and lead people to spend lots of money and walk right into a hellish crowding situation.
                                The topic of when are the best times to go to TDR is so rare I can see how you might have missed it. I was only able to come up with this scant number of post regarding this topic.


                                http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...post1056837405
                                http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...ring-fall.html
                                http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...ear-visit.html
                                http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...-what-see.html
                                http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...ime-visit.html
                                http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...visit-tdr.html
                                http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...ime-visit.html
                                http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...visit-tdr.html

                                The scarcity of advice and discussion regarding when to visit is appauling and very irresponsible.

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                                • #17
                                  Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

                                  Originally posted by Roger55 View Post
                                  The topic of when are the best times to go to TDR is so rare I can see how you might have missed it. I was only able to come up with this scant number of post regarding this topic.


                                  http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...post1056837405
                                  http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...ring-fall.html
                                  http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...ear-visit.html
                                  http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...-what-see.html
                                  http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...ime-visit.html
                                  http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...visit-tdr.html
                                  http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...ime-visit.html
                                  http://micechat.com/forums/tokyo-dis...visit-tdr.html

                                  The scarcity of advice and discussion regarding when to visit is appauling and very irresponsible.
                                  Those are threads started by people who want the information before they leap into this big, expensive trip. But, all the TDR boosters have to say is "go, go, go, you'll love it", without warning about the crowding. So there must have been a lot of people who didn't ask the question "when is the best time to go?", because they took the boosters at their word.

                                  There are even people in this very thread who say that they visited and got a very bad surprise when it comes to crowding -- and I've read posts in other threads that say the same thing. There must have been lots of people taken in by all the TDR boosterism, and spent a great deal of time and money, only to end up with a trip that wasn't worth all that hassle.

                                  That's what I call irresponsible; if you're going to hype a place to the sky, shouldn't you also mention the very big downsides of going there?

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

                                    Originally posted by disneyfann121 View Post
                                    Those are threads started by people who want the information before they leap into this big, expensive trip. But, all the TDR boosters have to say is "go, go, go, you'll love it", without warning about the crowding. So there must have been a lot of people who didn't ask the question "when is the best time to go?", because they took the boosters at their word.

                                    There are even people in this very thread who say that they visited and got a very bad surprise when it comes to crowding -- and I've read posts in other threads that say the same thing. There must have been lots of people taken in by all the TDR boosterism, and spent a great deal of time and money, only to end up with a trip that wasn't worth all that hassle.

                                    That's what I call irresponsible; if you're going to hype a place to the sky, shouldn't you also mention the very big downsides of going there?
                                    Seriously, anyone who goes on vacation without doing their own research is the one acting irresponsibly, not the person who comes back from their own vacation and raves about it instead of whinging about the downsides!

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

                                      I think we've emphasized the fact that you need to be on line at least 30 to 45 minutes before park opening many many times. That's the single biggest factor in havng a good or bad experience at either park at the Tokyo Disney Resort.

                                      The second factor is knowing what a FastPass is and how to best utilize them.

                                      The third factor is knowing what rides and attractions most interest you, and the order in which you need to see them in order to get the most out of your day.
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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Why is Tokyo Disneyland so crowded compared with Disneyland in CA?

                                        I flew half way around the world from santa monica to Tokyo to experience tokyo Disney Sea knowing full well that the crowds were very different from what we have in Anaheim but I did my research learned about fastpasses , I think it was called Early Entry or Magic Morning. and learned about crowd patterns such as people lining up over an hour early to get in. While on some days especially disneyland lt did feel crowded never did I feel that OMG this place was to full or overhyped . It was totally worth it.
                                        I will say that if you are lucky enough to stay in the Disney owned resorts take advantage of early/magic morning. For the three mornings I did that . I think rode Poohs Hunny Hunt 8 times, Big Thunder Mountain 3 times Space Mountain 3 times .. Peter Pans flight, Haunted Mansion etc. It also gave me time to line up in a fastpass line for anything I didnt do in early morning.
                                        I knew the rest of the day I was going to take in some of the other attractions and shows and utilize fastpass and slow down a bit.
                                        Tokyo Disney Resort is definitely worth visiting crowds or no crowds. Just think like its xmas crowds everyday and use your disney knowledge to maximize your day.

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