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Decrease Costs At Disney’s Greatest Parks!


In terms of planning for Walt Disney World or Disneyland, worth will increase on meals, lodges, park tickets and extra have develop into a reality of life. Including insult to harm, free FastPass+ was changed by paid the Genie+ service and different perks beforehand included with packages have been reduce. (Up to date February 16, 2024.)

Accordingly, “decrease costs” and “Disney Parks” might not look like phrases that go collectively, however it’s true. This put up covers the costs we paid for quite a lot of issues–together with airfare, lodge, meals, merchandise, and extra–that have been decrease than what we paid again in 2019. In fact, the catch is that this wasn’t a visit to Walt Disney World or Disneyland.

Many American followers don’t notice this, however their trip {dollars} go rather a lot additional on the worldwide parks. Not solely are they inexpensive, however they’re residence to unbelievable points of interest and lands like the brand new World of Frozen and Fantasy Springs. Simply check out our Rankings of the Greatest Disney Theme Parks within the World!

Earlier than we delve into this, context is important. We routinely see Walt Disney World or Disneyland followers examine the excessive value of tickets on the U.S. parks to the decrease costs of the Asian parks. Whereas that’s objectively true, it’s additionally not the complete story. Unsurprisingly, the first demographic of Disney Parks in Japan just isn’t Individuals.

There are a pair issues Individuals usually don’t keep in mind when evaluating the numbers. One is main variations in median wages/family revenue, with these numbers being far larger in america. One other is the power of the U.S. greenback. Relative to different currencies, the greenback is extremely robust–to an nearly unprecedented diploma.

Nowhere is that this extra obvious than when contrasting the U.S. greenback to the Japanese yen. Within the final couple of years, the yen has fallen to ranges final seen in 1990. Past that, the true efficient alternate fee of the yen has hit its lowest stage in 50 years. That is largely because of the divergent approaches between central banks in america and Japan.

As of February 2024, the yen is hovering across the 150 stage towards the U.S. greenback, a 3 decade low. To place this into perspective for these are are unfamiliar with touring to Japan or international foreign money, a great/regular rule of thumb was a 100:1 alternate fee. Now, it’s 150:1. I’m no mathematician, however that’s an enormous enchancment. It’s additionally on prime of the decrease baseline costs in Japan.

That is nice information for Individuals touring to Japan. However it’s not objectively nice information across-the-board for everybody. You most likely shouldn’t stroll right into a grocery store in Japan and shout about how “low cost” all the pieces is in there. That gained’t win you a lot associates, because the individuals who dwell in Japan and are paid in yen have a very totally different perspective than yours.

That is particularly the case as actual wages have fallen in Japan for 21 consecutive months, whereas they’ve been rising within the U.S., regardless of inflation. Japan additionally enters 2024 in a technical recession, with fears that the economic system goes to worsen earlier than it will get higher.

There are quite a lot of present and historic explanations as to why that is the case, that are fairly fascinating however past the scope of this put up. To that time, I’d suggest watching this video and googling Japan’s “Misplaced A long time” (plural).

All of this additionally makes evaluating costs on the home parks to the worldwide ones an apples to oranges kinda deal. To make certain, we love Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea and suppose they’re typically higher than the U.S. parks, however drawing that conclusion doesn’t require a disingenuous worth comparability.

We’re going to set all of that apart–however simply know that it’s not an easy comparability. The purpose of this put up isn’t to clarify the why of it, simply that your {dollars} as an American Disney fan can go rather a lot additional at Tokyo Disney Resort than at Walt Disney World or Disneyland.

One ultimate be aware earlier than we start the worth rundown is that we aren’t suggesting {that a} journey to Japan is “low cost” and even one thing that anybody can do. A visit to any Disney park is financially out of attain for a lot of the world’s inhabitants (and at all times has been), so we’re all fairly lucky if we’re ever in a position to go to any Disney park wherever.

Our solely level is that costs on the parks in Japan are cheaper relative to Walt Disney World and Disneyland for Individuals with the means to trip at Disney Parks within the first place. It’s a slim comparability geared toward solely a sliver of the world’s inhabitants, however there’s a good likelihood you’re amongst that demo if you happen to’re studying an English-language Disney weblog primarily based in america.

We’ve got identified previously that these worldwide journeys don’t must be as costly as many individuals assume they’re (see our Suggestions for Saving Cash at Tokyo Disneyland put up), and relying upon your social gathering measurement, a visit to Tokyo might value about the identical and even lower than a trip to Walt Disney World.

In equity, that is usually solely true for these with out a number of kids, those that can journey throughout non-peak occasions, and dwell close to a serious worldwide airport or can save miles or bank card factors for the journey. As with something, your mileage might range.

Airfare – Flights are incessantly seen because the insurmountable impediment for visiting Tokyo Disney Resort. In case you search from a regional airport in West Virginia on Christmas Eve (returning on New 12 months’s Eve), you may conclude that all dates from all airports value $2,471 roundtrip. In fact, that’s not reflective of common flights prices, simply because it wouldn’t be for airfare to Walt Disney World.

For our final journey, flights from Los Angeles have been round $600 whole, flying into Tokyo and out of Osaka. For our upcoming 2024 journey, these prices have elevated to the $800 vary, flying into Osaka and out of Tokyo. Costs typically are up, however we’re additionally extra data-constrained because of the opening of Fantasy Springs.

In perusing the calendar for Fall 2024, spherical journey airfare is in every single place. There are $600 RT dates and in addition $1,000 RT dates. Use Google Flight Search’s versatile calendar function to find out real looking/cheap costs from your own home airport. We’re additionally large followers of airfare alerts–I get emails about one per week for sub-$600 spherical journey flights between Los Angeles and Tokyo.

On the absolute most, the associated fee needs to be LAX-TYO + LAX-your residence airport (and you are able to do a visit Disneyland!). Flights to Japan might be costlier than costs the overwhelming majority of vacationers would pay to get to Walt Disney World. Nevertheless, we are going to nearly totally shut that hole with our subsequent reserving…

Monorail Loop Lodge – For years, we’ve beneficial guests on a finances eschew the Disney-branded lodges in favor of the Tokyo Disney Resort Official Accommodations which might be on-site and supply monorail entry to each parks. To attract a Walt Disney World comparability, these can be like placing the Swan & Dolphin within the Modern’s location.

We’ve got stayed at each single one among these, however favor the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay or the Hilton Tokyo Bay. We normally e-book the latter since Sarah has Hilton Diamond Standing, which will get us free upgrades, breakfast buffet, and concierge lounge entry for meals.

Even with out that, we might say each of those lodges are Deluxe Resorts by Walt Disney World requirements–as long as you get up to date rooms. (If the 2 have been priced precisely the identical, I’d choose Hilton Tokyo Bay over the Modern because the superior lodge.)

Rack charges range tremendously for these lodges, however you’ll be able to anticipate to pay 20,000 yen per weeknight at one of many monorail loop lodges. In doing a spread of pattern searches, I see the Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama, Lodge Okura, and different official on-site lodges costing $101-$128/night time for a lot of weeknights.

Final time, our after tax whole for a 5-night keep at Hilton Tokyo Bay was 97,774 yen. That ended up being just below $144.60 per night time on the time. For Summer time 2024, we’re paying a mean of $180 per night time.

This truly is not that nice of a fee–we’ve paid as little as $99/night time within the final 5 years, and $150/night time was about common for weeknights. (And that was when the yen was a lot stronger.) Lodge costs all through Japan at present appear larger in yen than regular–particularly on weekends, which is probably going as a consequence of delayed pent-up demand.

Park Tickets – As mentioned in our Tokyo Disneyland Low cost Ticket Suggestions for 2024, we had a tough time shopping for tickets through the official Tokyo Disney Resort web site as a consequence of 3-D Safe Authentication. Consequently, we extremely suggest anybody with U.S. bank cards purchase Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea park tickets as far prematurely as potential from Klook.

Full single-day park tickets value 7,900 yen to 10,900 yen for adults. As of February 2024, that’s roughly $52 to $72. Throughout out final journey, we additionally purchased a Weeknight Passport on the entrance gate for ~$30. Tokyo Disney Resort has not but resumed gross sales of multi-day tickets or Annual Passes.

1-Day Passport: Fantasy Springs Magic Ticket – That is the one exception to the cheaper park tickets at Tokyo Disney Resort, because the Fantasy Springs Magic Ticket prices 22,900 to 25,900 yen for adults, or $152 to $172. So mainly, $100 extra per or almost triple the worth of an everyday single day ticket. We purchased these for a day in June 2024.

The distinction, except for the considerably larger worth, is that that is mainly an infinite FastPass for the brand-new Tangled, Peter Pan, and Frozen points of interest (minus Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies) in Fantasy Springs. There’ll in any other case be a free digital queue for the rides (additionally essential to enter the land), or paid FastPass for every particular person journey.

Our guess is that that the ticket, though costly, might be a lifesaver that saves us from having to camp out for hours earlier than park opening. Sadly, these are solely out there to visitors staying at Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Lodge or through an eligible Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Bundle plan.

We did the latter, overpaying for a keep at Toy Story Lodge. Our whole value for that’s $1,187, which incorporates the aforementioned tickets plus regular tickets to Tokyo Disneyland, FastPasses every day, the breakfast buffet at Lotso Backyard Cafe, an evening at Toy Story Lodge, and a bunch of different extras we didn’t actually need. Suffice to say, these trip packages–and even this ticket–are not a great illustration of the way to do Tokyo Disney Resort on a finances.

Disney Premier Entry – Paid FastPass has (sadly) unfold to Japan, and is offered at standard rides and leisure at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. Generally known as Premier Entry, it’s their model of Particular person Lightning Lanes.

We didn’t purchase Premier Entry for any points of interest, as an alternative utilizing early mornings and late nights to knock all the pieces out (together with a number of rides on Enchanted Story of Magnificence and the Beast) with out a lot concern. Nevertheless, we did buy Premier Entry as soon as for “Consider! Sea of Desires” at the price of 2,500 yen for every of us.

I don’t suppose it was value it and wouldn’t do it once more, nor would I like to recommend anybody else purchase it. We did it as peace of thoughts for opening night time of a present we solely had one likelihood to see. Stay and study.

Had we not purchased the Fantasy Springs Magic Tickets, we might pay for Premier Entry in Fantasy Springs at Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey, Rapunzel’s Lantern Competition, and Peter Pan’s By no means Land Journey at a price of two,000 yen or $13.32 per journey. There’s a great likelihood we might’ve carried out that a number of occasions over the course of a number of days…if potential.

Right here’s a rundown of different chosen bills on meals and souvenirs from our final journey to Tokyo Disney Resort…

Christmas Sweaters & Sweatshirts – As a local Michigander, I’ve an affinity for sweaters. That stopped making sense some time in the past, as they’re much less “applicable” for day-to-day life in Orange County (Florida and California). However, I nonetheless bought three Christmas sweaters at Tokyo Disney Resort.

The price of every sweater is ¥5,900. That’s at present $39.29 or roughly half the price of a Spirit Jersey.

Tokyo Disney Resort Hooded Sweatshirt – That is one among my favourite sweatshirts of all time–it’s comfy and shockingly high-quality for the worth, which has at all times been a discount. I’ve purchased two different variations of it previously–there was a brand new colorway I needed to have.

This hoodie is 3,800 yen or ~$25.

Lil’ Rin Rin Christmas Shoulder Bag –  Tokyo Disneyland has a line of vacation merchandise that includes Lil’ Rin Rin, who is known as that for the sound of the bell connected to the tip of his pointed hat and appears like a cross between Mickey Mouse and a gnome. Lil’ Rin Rin is the person.

Little else is thought about this mischievous character, however he’s believed to be a feared troll that roams the Nordic countryside between St. Lucia Day and Christmas. Feared for his (or her) ferocity, Lil’ Rin Rin emerges from his (or her) cave and solely spares the households that go away bowls of porridge outside to appease the urge for food of Lil’ Rin Rin.

The Lil’ Rin Rin shoulder bag value ¥2,900 or $19.31, however can be “value it” even at $1,931.

Baymax Curry – Served on the Middle Road Espresso Home, a desk service restaurant in World Bazaar, the Baymax Curry is nice and mellow butter hen curry and medium-spicy beef curry with chunks of beef.

The Baymax Curry prices ¥1,580. That’s at present $10.52.

Little Inexperienced Mochi and Private Pan Pizza – Pan Galactic Pizza Port is the primary pizza restaurant within the photo voltaic system, organising store as a counter service spot in Tomorrowland at Tokyo Disneyland. Supervisor Tony Solaroni operates the PZ-5000 totally computerized pizza machine and takes orders.

The sausage private pan pizza is ¥740 and the little inexperienced mochi are ¥400. That’s at present a complete of $7.59.

Hungry Bear Curry – One other such curry meal was at Hungry Bear Restaurant in Westernland, which is my favourite counter service spot for curry in both park.

The pork cutlet curry prices ¥1,100 and the hen curry is ¥900. The Pistachio Cream & Pudding with Memento Cup value ¥900. (We purchased each number of these–not for the dessert, however as a result of the little cup is perfectly-sized for espresso.) The whole present value of this all is $19.31.

Crystal Palace Buffet – The three-domed glass constructing is a direct clone of the sit-down Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom. The important thing variations are that no Winnie the Pooh characters are current, and the delicacies is best (in our opinion) at Tokyo Disneyland. Along with meats, sushi and seafood, Crystal Palace additionally has a formidable dessert lineup. The little inexperienced mochi are, to borrow a phrase from Joey, the place we win our a refund.

The Crystal Palace buffet prices 4,500 yen per grownup, which is at present $30.

Gaston’s Feast – In fact we needed to eat all the pieces on the menu at La Taverne de Gaston within the new Magnificence and the Beast space. Pictured right here is the sausage ‘large chunk’ croissant, french toast/grilled cheese sandwich, candy mousse, hunter’s pie, and apple-caramel churro.

Complete value of all the pieces above is 3,200 yen, or $21.31.

Espresso Mugs – On our flight again from Japan, every of our carry-ons have been about 50% mugs and cups. We purchased all kinds of choices at Nakano Broadway, Kyoto vintage outlets, and Starbucks all through Japan. We purchased the 4 mugs above at TDR; the 2 on the left have heat-activated results and all 4 have tactile, dimensional designs. All are microwave and dishwasher protected.

These 4 mugs have been a complete of two,800 yen–at present $18.64.

Finally, it’s a good time for Individuals to go to Japan if you wish to reap the benefits of our stronger foreign money and larger buying energy. As intimated above, the excellent news for Individuals is that this has much less to do with Tokyo Disney Resort having cheap costs and extra concerning the worth of our foreign money and buying energy due to larger wages. Because of this you gained’t simply encounter “low cost” costs on the parks–you’ll discover them just about in every single place you go. That can stay true as long as the alternate fee continues to be traditionally favorable and across the 140 to 150 yen to greenback stage.

This assumes you’re in a position to rating cheap airfare, are comfy touring internationally, and have the will to go to Japan. It’s most likely apparent to common readers, however we’re big followers of Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. For years, we’ve been imploring diehard Disney followers to go to these parks, that are our two favourite theme parks on the planet. They’re a breath of contemporary air for Walt Disney World followers who’ve develop into disillusioned with worth will increase and all of the nickel & diming. (A number of years in the past, we wrote “Wish to Recapture the Disney Magic? Go to Japan,” which underscores all of this.)

With that stated, Tokyo Disney Resort isn’t good–particularly not proper now. Leisure and seasonal choices are nonetheless scaled again, particularly at Tokyo DisneySea. A part of this was (sadly) inevitable because the parks shifted from leisure to capex and opened new points of interest–however one other ingredient is because of the phased reopening being about 18 months behind.

Our hope is that quite a lot of this might be rolled again or in any other case resolved by June 2024 when Fantasy Springs opens. Realistically, the after-effects will most likely linger for a number of years. The ageing inhabitants and immigration compounds issues, resulting in labor shortages. (To make certain, america has an analogous dynamic, however we’re a decade or extra away from it being as pronounced right here as it’s in Japan.)

We’re very a lot trying ahead to returning to Japan in Summer time 2024, and making the most of this dynamic once more. We likewise suggest Japan to first-timers and repeat guests alike at that time. Tokyo Disney Resort not firing on all cylinders remains to be one thing particular, particularly at an efficient low cost because of the weak yen and robust greenback. The one draw back is that it’ll ceaselessly change the way in which you view each different theme park.

Planning a visit to Tokyo Disney Resort? For complete recommendation, the most effective place to begin is our Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea Journey Planning Information! For extra specifics, our TDR Lodge Rankings & Opinions web page covers lodging. Our Restaurant Opinions element the place to dine & snack. To economize on tickets or decide which kind to purchase, learn our Suggestions for Saving Cash put up. Our What to Pack for Disney put up takes a singular have a look at intelligent gadgets to take. Venturing elsewhere in Japan? Seek the advice of our Final Information to Kyoto, Japan and Metropolis Information to Tokyo, Japan.


Have you ever visited Japan within the final couple of years? What was your expertise with the robust greenback and weak yen? Even if you happen to visited pre-closure, what did you’re feeling concerning the worth proposition of Tokyo Disney Resort? Happy with the bang-for-buck you bought out of the journey? Excited to expertise Tokyo Disney Resort within the coming years? Are you delaying your first go to to maximise seeing ‘new stuff’ or shifting it ahead to keep away from the crowds? Any questions we might help you reply? Listening to your suggestions–even if you disagree with us–is each attention-grabbing to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas under within the feedback!