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‘Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure’ is returning for 2024. This bucket list international trip spans 24 days, 6 countries, all 12 Disney theme parks worldwide, and other destinations all for the low, low starting price of $115,000. This post shares details about the second year of this exclusive offering along with our commentary. ( Updated June 1, 2023 .)

Here’s the overview from Adventures by Disney: Embark on a bucket list adventure for 75 ultimate Disney fans! This dream vacation spans 24 days and covers 6 countries, visits to 12 uniquely magical Disney theme parks, as well as 3 iconic landmarks: the Taj Mahal, Pyramids of Giza and Eiffel Tower.

Throughout the ‘Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure’ trip, you’ll stay in world-class accommodations and travel in luxury aboard a VIP-configured Boeing 757, operated by Icelandair, with long-range capabilities that allow for direct flights to maximize your time in each destination. You’ll also enjoy personal access to experts and staff, who provide fun and fact-filled stories enabling you to be immersed in every location you visit.

Booking for the 2024 ‘Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure’ will begin on the following dates:

  • June 12, 2023: Previous Adventures by Disney Guests who have traveled on 3 or more Adventures
  • June 14, 2023: All Previous Adventures by Disney Guests
  • June 16, 2023: Golden Oak Members
  • June 19, 2023: General Public

Dates for the ‘Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure’ are as follows:

  • July 9 to August 1, 2023 – SOLD OUT ( see below)
  • June 16, 2024 to July 9, 2024
  • July 28, 2024 to Aug 20, 2024

Note that there are two 2024 itineraries for the ‘Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure’ instead of one this year. That’s presumably because the inaugural voyage sold out before ever even opening to the general public.

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Last year, pre-sales for the worldwide trip to all Disney theme parks went on sale on June 20 for Adventures by Disney “Adventure Insiders” and most slots were booked at that point. The remaining ~5 slots booked first thing when availability opened for Golden Oak and Club 33.

We were told at the time by a credible source that demand among those residents and members far exceeded available slots, and there was a lengthy waitlist for guests who are interested in booking the experience. The general public on-sale date never happened last year as a result.

In other words, if the 2024 ‘Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure’ is something that “speaks to you,” then you better decide ASAP whether you want to do this or a 5-night stay at Pop Century for your big trip next year. (We’re opting for the ‘middle ground’ and doing Caribbean Beach. To each their own, though.)

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As you can see from our critical commentary below, this Disney Parks Private Jet Adventure holds no appeal for us. We also question why those with the means would do this as opposed to something by an actual luxury brand or a do it yourself trip. However, we never  questioned whether this would sell out last year. With so few slots and so many affluent Disney fans, that much was always a foregone conclusion.

While it’s not for me, I’m curious what level of demand exists for this and how much of that is due to its perceived exclusivity. In other words, if there were 5-10 dates from the outset, would it have booked much more slowly? How many dates could be added before there’s a drop-off?

Perhaps we’ll find out for 2024, but probably not. A grand total of 150 slots still makes this exceedingly scarce. There are literally hundreds of thousands of diehard Disney fans, and all it takes is a  tiny  fraction of them (we’re talking the 1% of the 1%) to make the 2024 ‘Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure’  viable.

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In the meantime, let’s begin with basics for our readers who are heirs to frozen banana stand empires and thus will want to book this new Adventures by Disney itinerary if more dates are added. The trip starts at Disneyland in Anaheim before traveling north to Los Angeles and San Francisco. From there, it heads to Tokyo Disneyland via Alaska, Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Walt Disney World.

Between stops the Asia parks and Disneyland Paris, the private jet will make several detours to 3 iconic landmarks: the Taj Mahal, Pyramids of Giza, and Eiffel Tower. Throughout the trip, you’ll stay in world-class accommodations, including the rare opportunity to be a guest at Summit Skywalker Ranch. Naturally, you’ll travel in luxury via a VIP-configured Boeing 757, operated by Icelandair, with long-range capabilities. Presumably, it also has efficient WiFi for casually gloating about the posh experience via realtime Instagram updates. If not, well… that’s a dealbreaker for me! 

During the Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure, guests will also enjoy personal access to experts and staff, who provide fun and fact-filled stories at every location you visit. This includes tours guided by representatives from Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Co., and more.

Here are some of the trip highlights:

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Here are the accommodations for the Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure:

  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
  • Summit Skywalker Ranch
  • Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
  • Shanghai Disneyland Hotel
  • Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
  • The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
  • Marriott Mena House, Cairo
  • Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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All 9 locations for the Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure:

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We’re guessing most of you reading this are curious about the Disney Parks Around the World – Private Jet Adventure but not serious about booking it. For those who are, you should really consult the official Adventures by Disney page for the full itinerary and pricing .

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Our Commentary

There are two ways to approach this commentary. The first would be treating this trip seriously, breaking down the estimated costs on a line-item basis in order to analyze whether the the Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure is “worth it” from an objective perspective or, if not, how much Disney is marking up the indulgent itinerary. The other would be dismissing it out of hand as ridiculous, and critiquing it from the perspective of optics.

Obviously, we’re going to choose the second route. As much as I’m curious about how much an Around the World trip to Disney destinations might actually cost (perhaps we’ll do the math in a separate post), I don’t think anyone reading this post is seriously sitting in their La-Z-Boy, thinking: “I’m on the fence about this private jet adventure thingie, sure hope Tom does the math so I can decide whether to book!”

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The thing is, I don’t doubt that there’s a market for this type of trip. Honestly, many of Disney’s recent moves have felt like someone inside the company is asking, “how can we be more like Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton?” First came the company-branded residences, now comes the private jet around-the-world itinerary.

I guess you could even say the Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure is a steal of a deal, since the Four Seasons Private Jet Experiences all appear to be priced above $150,000. While both feel like they’re in “Monopoly Money” territory, I’d imagine the target consumer for this type of trip has more trust in Four Seasons to deliver a luxury experience commensurate with the cost. Four Seasons has the experience and expertise with actual luxury offerings.

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For those of you banana stand heirs who are planning on booking this, it’s probably easy to write off criticism as jealousy. While my curiosity has been piqued by past Adventures by Disney itineraries (and we’ve done one long weekend in San Francisco), I honestly struggle to see the appeal in a trip like this even when setting aside the exorbitant cost.

If we had a couple hundred thousand dollars to dedicate to an around the world trip, I’d rather put it together myself. That would give me complete control over the itinerary and, critically, not be subject to sharing the experience with 73 strangers. (The odds are not in your favor that of 73 wealthy people, they’ll all be perfectly tolerable and well-adjusted.)

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That’s the sticking point for me. (Well, that and the WiFi situation. And I guess the cost, if we’re being totally honest.) With other Adventures by Disney itineraries, the argument can be made that there’s value in the ease and efficiency of a group trip for affluent individuals. After all, vacation time is limited and their time has, in theory at least, tremendous value.

The same argument is a harder sell for a month-long trip. These people clearly have time on their hands, and could easily put this together themselves–or hire someone to do it for them.

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Speaking of which, at this point I should plug my own travel planning services, which are actually launching today (total coincidence). For the bargain basement price of $54,997.50, I will take you on a tour of these same places. Please note that won’t feature a private jet but it  will  include us getting lost on the Tokyo Metro and seeing rats at one of my favorite spots near the Eiffel Tower.

But did you really visit Tokyo and Paris if you didn’t get lost in one and see rats in the other? Joking aside, it’s absolutely the imperfections that make travel and exploring new places memorable. Now  that  is an actual adventure and where the magic of travel truly happens.

To that point, I’d also humbly suggest that an around-the-world trip is absolutely the wrong way to explore and experience these destinations in meaningful ways. None of them will be done justice by such cursory and superficial visits. If you have no shortage of time and resources, do these places the right way.

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This Adventures by Disney itinerary feels like it’s less about ease and efficiency and more about coddling people who want to travel the world without really experiencing the world. Those who need the comfort and safety of Disney just to see international theme parks so they can check off every park on their bucket list and boast about the accomplishment.

My reaction was more or less the same to that new subdivision Disney is attaching its brand to on the outskirts of Palm Springs . The main appeal of that area is its rich history, culture, and stunning mid-century modern architecture. It’s a truly amazing place with tremendous charm and appeal. You endure the desert heat and everything else because all of that is so cool. A new subdivision there comes with all of the downside and none of the upside–literally missing the point entirely.

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Setting all of that aside, my bigger concern is one of optics. Disney had to have known that this new Adventures by Disney itinerary would get picked up by every blog and vlog. It’ll become outrage fodder, racking up millions of views on videos and posts–not from people planning on doing the trip, but from those disgusted by its very existence.

Although my commentary above might suggest otherwise, I hold no disdain towards those who can afford to do this. I also don’t begrudge the company for trying to capture some of this lucrative market share. Not that you care, but I am very much pro capitalism–about as far from “eat the rich” as you can get. The analysis here is less taking offense to the existence of this itinerary, and more why any reasonable person would want to do it given what it costs, entails, and the alternatives.

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With regard to corporate optics, there’s probably never a good time to announce a $100,000 private jet tour of the global Disney parks. However, I cannot conceive of a time that’s worse than right now. The company has already nickel and dimed park-goers so much over the last few years, increasing costs and segmenting its theme park offerings in ways that have given rise to backlash from pretty much everyone–but especially those who believe Disney only “caters to the rich” now.

As I’ve stated before, that is categorically false. One-percenters are not booking motel rooms with exterior hallways at the Value or Moderate Resorts. Beyond that, they are largely not visiting Walt Disney World at all, save for rite of passage trips. When they do, they’re more inclined to stay at the Four Seasons Orlando or Ritz-Carlton, although some undoubtedly do stay at Grand Floridian and the Poly.

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I’m so confident in this assertion because it’s a simple numbers game. Sure, there are wealthy Disney fans and casual visitors. However, there are not enough of them to fill the parks and resorts on a daily basis. It’s gotta be the middle and upper middle class, splurging or going into debt. These consumers are literally  the only way Walt Disney World can stay in business. The upper class cannot sustain the parks and resorts.

It’s one thing to sell 75 of these $100,000 private jet trips in a year. It’s another entirely to book over 100,000 guests per day in resorts and theme parks, every single day of the year. It’s a matter of scale–if the number of these private jet trips were increased to 1,000 or even 10,000 (again, in a year–not a day), the company would probably have trouble filling them, too.

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Regardless of that truth, it often feels like Walt Disney World doesn’t care about anyone but the wealthy. There are countless recent examples of this, from simple things like Extended Evening Hours only for Deluxe Resorts to extravagant new VIP tours to Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser’s price tag. (On the plus side, the Halcyon now feels like a downright bargain as compared to this!)

The totality of these recent offerings and changes is alone is enough to alienate many lifelong Disney fans. They understandably have the perception that the company no longer cares about them, and has left behind the middle class in its lust of higher-spending affluent guests. This is not easily quantifiable, but it’s long-term brand damage that very well might outweigh the short-term financial gains of selling under 100 private jet world tours.

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It probably will offer little reassurance, but currently it seems to feel like Disney doesn’t care much about anyone. We recently talked to Club 33 members who were beyond frustrated about service, telephone hold times, and a range of other issues. Disney Vacation Club members are reporting the same, and we’ve also heard from those who booked Adventures by Disney itineraries this year who have had their plans unilaterally changed or cancelled at the last minute, among other things.

This cuts to the crux of my issue with Disney rolling out this and other premium offerings right now. It would be one thing if the company’s parks & resorts division were firing on all cylinders and delivering an exemplary guest experience. That’s not the case. The top priority in the near-term should be fixing what’s broken and improving its customer service before expanding into new horizons and price strata.

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Ultimately, that’s my take on the new Adventures by Disney itinerary, Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure. I understand why Disney is offering this and won’t be the least bit surprised if it sells out quickly. No real issues with any of that on its face.

I do wonder whether Disney should even be going down this path in the first place at a time when they’ve already eroded so much goodwill. This will only accelerate and exacerbate that. My question for the company is essentially the same as for those planning to book this trip: at what cost?! There’s the straightforward monetary component, but also the opportunity cost and so much more.

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Written by Tom Bricker

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I don’t disagree with anything you’ve written, but I do think it leaves out one selling point over doing this trip on your own: Access. At least theoretically, doing a trip like this hosted by Disney could give access to backstage type experiences that some would consider priceless or otherwise unattainable. That kind of access is the only reason I would consider doing any of the VIP park tours or any ABD park trip.

I have considered ABD for some other trips I want to do (Africa specifically) and there the benefit to me is convenience and confidence in the brand – meaning I know through reputation that their guides will be good, the travel logistics are likely to be managed well, etc. So I can see brand confidence as a perceived benefit as well. Disney is going to do a better whirlwind tour of their parks than anyone else will. Ultimately I’ve ruled out ABD because of price, and I enjoy travel planning so not worth the premium. However I can see how those 2 benefits would shine if $$$$ were not an issue and I didn’t want to make much of an effort. (Can I really find a travel planner better than Disney for Disney?)

I also agree on the “not enough time to do justice” point, but a lot of trips are more of a survey of places, then you return to the ones that really interest you. That doesn’t seem like a downside if you have the funds to go back.

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I’m … *somewhat* annoyed that Adventures by Disney isn’t leveraging the free advertising this is generating and putting together an official Asian Disney Parks tour. There’s a Disneyland Paris tour and two Disneyland focused tours for Southern California, but apparently nothing for the Asian parks. I’m not saying such a tour would be affordable for everyone, obviously, but it seems like an obvious spin-off that isn’t being done and leaving money on the table.

Hat tip to Kelly D. for giving us the idea last year that it could make sense as something like this. Now I want an official Disney Asian theme park tour!

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I’m pretty sure the bad optics are on purpose. The upside for Disney is that it gets a lot of attention and it makes their other vacation options seem reasonably priced by comparison, so maybe you’ll be more inclined to spend a little more freely on one of those.

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Okay, I finally found the original post. I’ve been on a few “adventure” trips that included apparently rich people. One owned a company “making” worms for compost piles, one was a lawyer and former mayor of a semi-large American city, several were doctors, some were PhD physicists, one was a retired Air Force commander? Colonel? Some rank where he could blow over half a million in adventure trips since he had retired. My experience with these people is the same as my experience with regular people – some are nut jobs, some have to prove how smart or physically fit they are (always better than you), some are mean, some are sliding into dementia, some have weird obsessions like agility dogs, and some are pretty nice regular people. I would not want to be stuck for a month with them. This Round-the-World adventure sounds like misery to me, especially since I usually have no travel companion. It would be much more fun, and affordable, to put together your own trip. You just wouldn’t get to visit Skywalker Ranch, talk with Imagineers, etc.

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The middle of the summer sounds like the absolute best time to be visiting Florida, Egypt, and central Asia. Exactly when I’d go if I had $115k and could just jet off for a month.

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I didn’t even think about that, but it’s a fantastic point. I can’t speak to the Egypt, but the heat and humidity in China, Hong Kong, and Japan during those months makes Florida feel more like Southern California by comparison!

Southeast Asia in February 2013 was enough to give two people in my group of 14 heat stroke. They don’t even run tours in the summer – plus there is monsoon season!

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Ugh, Egypt in the summer is awful! We were on a budget tour, part of it was spent sailing down the Nile in small feluccas. A member of our group ended up begging for ice cubes from a more upscale tour group. I remember it was 45C. At least it was a dry heat! LOL

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I want to do this trip but plan it myself, my husband already flys private jets so I might catch a break there, but this would for sure be a trip of a lifetime !

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Making this ” sold out ” is just creating a bunch of FOMO.

Who says it is sold out? Disney, Who “purchased ” the tickets? Media outlets, some rich people with time, etc. And truly at what price did they pay for it? We have no transparency that everyone is paying the full price.

It is marketing folks. They needed a win since everything else is in chaos, and some projects have failed (Star Wars overnight hotel experience i.e. ) . And various Disney execs need contracts and raises…..

Some great comments on June 14,15 about the perspective of 20 yr Disney patrons… if you have time take a read. Keep your mind open.

The great thing about capitalism is that if a void is not filled, i.e. people cannot afford, or turn away from Disney parks, some other company or experience will be available to them. Maybe sooner than Disney anticipates…..

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Where do I sign up for the 55K Get Lost Around The World With The Brickers trip? I’m down for that 😉

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Does this trip include TIPS?

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Maybe Disney isn’t catering to the rich as much as they’re catering to the addicts. People of all financial means are hooked on Disney and they’ll make all kinds of concessions to ‘get their fix’.

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This New Disney World Tour Takes You To All 12 Theme Parks In Less Than A Month

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Disney has put together the ultimate travel package for fans of the company’s parks and attractions, but it comes at a hefty price.

Adventures by Disney will take 75 people on a 24-day adventure around the world, stopping at 12 Disney attractions and some of the most iconic landmarks on the globe. 

Hotels, 68 meals, private air travel, and admission to all the attractions are included in the cost, which begins at an eye-popping $109,995 for double-occupancy accommodations. Single rooms can be added for an additional $11,000.

Adventures by Disney has put together an extensive list of trip tips and FAQs , covering everything from health and safety protocols to documentation and travel information.

The trip begins in Southern California on July 9, 2022, and works its way around the globe to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe before finishing in Florida on August 1.

The trip includes adventure guides and local experts at every stop, exclusive access to the parks and exhibits, and a promise of adventure for everybody on the trip.

“On this ultimate Disney experience, all activities will be fun, engaging and specially tailored to appeal to all sorts of adventurers, whether you’re exploring a new destination, on the jet or, of course, amid the magic of a Disney theme park,” Disney promises.

Highlights of the itinerary include:

Southern California

The first 3 days begin in Anaheim, with a welcome dinner in Disneyland and a check-in to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. Day two includes a Walt Disney Studios tour and World of Color viewing, with day three spent at Disneyland and California Adventure.

San Francisco

Days four and five are spent in the Bay Area, with visits to the Walt Disney Family Museum, LucasFilm Campus, and Summit Skywalker Ranch. There will also be wine tasting, a gala dinner, and a Star Wars and Disney trivia night.

After a full day of travel to Japan, guests will have 3 days in Tokyo to visit Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, or experience Walt Disney Imagineering. Guests can also have the option of taking half-day or full-day Kamakura Zen tours.

Next, it’s on to 2 days in China , with guests visiting Shanghai Disneyland and any of a number of other activities in the city, including tours, cooking classes, painting classes, and acrobat shows.

Two days in Hong Kong include visits to Hong Kong Disneyland, tours of the city and region, junk boat cruises, private cooking classes, and more.

Two days are then spent in India , with Agra Fort tours and nature walks available on the first day. The highlight of the second day is sunrise at the Taj Mahal, followed by tours or visits to various tombs or shopping.

Just one day is spent in Egypt , but it is spent visiting the Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx of Giza.

It’s on to France for 3 days, with VIP tours at Walt Disney Studios Park and Disneyland Paris. Guests can also peel off for visits to Paris and the Eiffel Tower, an escape to the Champagne countryside, or tours of the city or region.

The trip finishes in Orlando , with 4 days at Walt Disney World Resort. Visits include the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, the Tri-Circle D Ranch, and more.

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Greg Robertson has worked as an editor and writer for some of the top newspapers and websites in the country, leading him to live all across the country. He now calls Las Vegas home, but has journeyed from the sunshine of California and the rain in Seattle, to the humidity of Arkansas and the snow of Minnesota. His travels have taken him to Puerto Vallarta, Costa Rica, Spain, and the Dominican Republic, but he's happiest at home with his wife, two daughters, and dog.


Hong Kong, Shanghai & Tokyo

  • HONG KONG | Hong Kong Disneyland Park + 3 Hotels
  • CHINA | Shanghai Disneyland Park + 3 Hotels
  • JAPAN | Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea + 6 Hotels 

How many of Disney’s twelve different theme parks have you seen? Die-hard fans know that if you want to visit Disney’s most beautiful and innovative parks, you’ll need a passport! 

Tokyo Disney Resort is home to the 3rd and 4th most visited theme parks in the world. Many Disney experts consider Tokyo DisneySea the greatest Disney park on Earth, and Disney’s newest castle is now charming guests in the adorable Hong Kong Disneyland.  With Shanghai Disneyland’s innovative new attractions, all of Disney’s Asian international parks set a high bar for creative enchantment.

But coming out of the pandemic, visiting Japan and China has become extra tricky. When is the best time to go? Can international guests easily access the Disney parks? What kind of reservations or visas are required?

We know Japan & China.

Chris from Wishful Thinking studied abroad in China and has visited Japan many times. He recently visited all four Asian Disney parks in December 2023.

For 2024 and 2025, we’ve got up-to-date information on the international travel & visa requirements to visit Asia. Post-pandemic international travel to Japan and China has more than rebounded — it’s thriving. Now more than ever, it’s wise to start planning as early as possible. 

We’re happy to help. For free.

Thankfully, Wishful Thinking is more than merely an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. We’re experts about Disney destinations around the world, and we’ve planned detailed trips to Asia for dozens of clients for more than a decade. 

As soon as you’ve got travel dates in mind, it’s smart to start planning. Asia’s Disney destinations sell out months in advance. To learn more, visit our FAQ articles below.


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Updated: May, 2024

For over a decade, Chris from Wishful Thinking has made regular visits to Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea; most recently in December of 2023.

Tokyo’s Fantasy Springs expansion at DisneySea is inspiring Disney fans across the planet. 

Wondering which hotel is best? How many days for sightseeing in Tokyo? How to include visits to Kyoto, Osaka, or Universal Studios Japan? Scroll down for some expert advice.

Fantasy Springs has dramatically raised the bar. Disney’s most exciting, new, state-of-the-art attractions are inspired by Tangled, Frozen and Peter Pan. 

Now’s the time to plan your visit to the Land of the Rising Sun!

Tokyo Disney Resort | FAQ

Curious about Tokyo’s two spectacular theme parks, their five Disney-owned resort hotels, and some of the most creative Imagineering on Earth? Tokyo Disney Resort is preparing to launch Disney’s latest innovations to Tokyo DisneySea at the deeply imaginative new Fantasy Springs.  Disney fans are thrilled to finally see these sights with their own eyes. 

But when we compare it to Disneyland (in California) and Walt Disney World (in Florida), what’s different about Tokyo Disney Resort?  Let’s answer some of the most common questions:

• TIMING | When is the best time to visit Tokyo Disney Resort? How many days do I need? What holidays or days of the week should I avoid? Should I visit Disney before or after some sightseeing in Tokyo? Should I wait for the new Fantasy Springs  buzz to die down? | Get the answers ▸

• FANTASY SPRINGS | What’s required in order to experience the new Tangled, Frozen, and Peter Pan -themed areas at TokyoDisneySea? What attractions & restaurants are best? Fantasy Springs opens on June 6, 2024 — what can we expect? | Get the answers ▸

• HOTELS | What are the best hotels at Tokyo Disney Resort? The Disneyland Hotel, the Hotel MiraCosta, the Toy Story hotel, the Ambassador hotel, or the Celebration hotel? What about the other hotels along the monorail? When will the new Fantasy Springs Hotel open for bookings? | Get the answers  ▸

• TICKETS | How do I get theme park tickets for Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea?  Can I get single-day tickets without a hotel stay? Will North American credit cards work? | Get the answers ▸

• PACKAGES | Is a Package a good value? Is Fantasy Springs access guaranteed for everyone? What are Attraction Tickets? If are packages only available for one or two nights, how can I extend my stay? | Get the answers ▸

• TOURISM | What should I see & do in Tokyo? How many days do I need for sightseeing? How should I get around? What’s the most essential etiquette? | Get the answers  ▸

• TOKYO + SHANGHAI + HONG KONG | What’s the best way to visit all three Asian Disney destinations?  Which should I visit first? How many days do I really need in each location? What’s the best way to schedule this kind of trip? 

These are just the first batch of questions you’re likely to have. Thankfully, we’re experts on travel to Asia, and we’re ready to help you plan every detail of your trip — for free.


The weather’s different, the holidays are different, and the local traffic patterns are very different from North American Disney parks. You won’t want to arrive in Japan and question if you’ve timed it right. How many days do you need to see everything? Is it best to wait to visit after Fantasy Springs opens at Tokyo DisneySea?

When you think about planning your visit, keep these guidelines in mind:

You’ll probably want four days to see the parks. | If you’re a major Disney fan — like many Wishful Thinking clients — you’ll probably want at least four days to properly explore Tokyo Disney’s parks.

Tokyo Disneyland’s shows, restaurants, parades, and shops are completely unique. You’ll want to see them all. Other one-of-a-kind attractions — like their new Beauty & the Beast attraction, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek, and others — are so cool that you’ll want to ride them more than once to notice new details! 

Tokyo DisneySea is Disney’s best theme park. You could easily spend an entire day exploring the astonishing theming without getting on a single ride. Nearly all the attractions at DisneySea are unique to Tokyo; you’ll want more than one ride. Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, The Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Nemo & Friends SeaRider are all originals. Even the Tower of Terror has an entirely unique story.  

On June 6 2024, Fantasy Springs will open at DisneySea. | As you’ll see below, entry for this new state-of-the-art land and its attractions will be limited — especially in the opening months. If seeing Fantasy Springs is a priority for you, be sure to read the next section, below.

Plan for intense jet lag. | If you’re arriving from North or South America, It isn’t wise to visit Disney immediately upon arrival. Why? Because you’ll be dealing with intense jet lag symptoms. For the first two or three days, you’ll feel like you’re sleepwalking. Your body will be saying, “Cannot do this right now. Must. Lie. Down. Immediately.” You’ll be foggy-brained and exhausted. 

Plan for Tokyo sightseeing first. | At the start of your trip, give yourself a few full days in Tokyo. Fill your itinerary with flexible sightseeing plans. Book a comfy, centrally-located hotel where you can sleep in or take mid-day breaks without fearing that you’re wasting the precious time you’re supposed to be in the parks. Save your Disney days until after your body has had some time to adjust. | See our expert tourism tips ▸

Expect massive crowds. | 38 million people live in Tokyo Disney Resort’s backyard. On Saturdays and Sundays — all year long — you’ll see an influx of local families with kids and huge groups of teenagers who crowd the parks. If there’s any way to visit during the week — at least before June — it’s a bit more chill. However, when Fantasy Springs opens, you should expect sold-out peak capacity days every day of the week until the fall. 

Prepare to wait in lines. | At Disney, there are no VIP Tours, and FastPass was discontinued. If you cannot handle waiting in queues, do not go to Tokyo. It’s that simple. The Japanese queue up for everything in Tokyo, even beyond Disney, from train stations to restrooms to ramen shops. That’s how things are in the world’s largest city.

Avoid Japan & China’s major holidays. |  The parks’ busiest periods are during  Golden Week (late April into early May), Obon (August), and the New Year (Dec 31 through early January). Hotel rates are higher throughout the country. historically Chinese New Year brings many vacationers to Japan, and Chinese tourists love Tokyo Disney Resort. The Western holidays of Christmas, Easter, & Halloween don’t bring major crowds — they do, however, bring delightful decorations to the parks.

Tokyo’s weather is similar to Washington, D.C. | Tokyo has four distinct seasons. Summer is hot and humid, fall is cooler and dry. Winter sees frigid temperatures & occasional frozen rain / snow. Spring tends to arrive a bit early, with warm sunshine and springtime showers. Tokyo’s Disney parks are designed for this weather, with more indoor queues than you’ll find in Florida or California. But even sub-zero temperatures don’t drive away crowds — guests show up in their warm winter coats & fuzzy character hats, and make it a fun day with hot cocoa and warm hugs. Extended rainy days — like during a fall typhoon — do tend to inspire the locals to stay home. 

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Curious about the enchanting additions coming to Tokyo Disney Resort’s Fantasy Springs,  opening on  June 6, 2024? If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like to see Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival or sail up into the sky on pirate ship with Peter Pan, get ready for an adventure like no other. Disney’s just announced all new details for Fantasy Springs, its captivating attractions, dining, and more!


A whole new world of Disney magic is now welcoming guests to all-new state-of-the-art attractions, restaurants & entertainment inspired by Tangled, Frozen, and Peter Pan. The eighth themed port at Tokyo DisneySea promises a paradise of enchantment, featuring three waterfront areas: Rapunzel’s Forest, Peter Pan’s Never Land, and Frozen Kingdom.

At last — you’ll see the light! Join  Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival as you sail away on a romantic boat ride, reliving the heartwarming tale of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.  Head to The Snuggly Duckling  for a delicious meal in a brand new restaurant that’s ready to refresh all your ruffians.

Never-grow-up adventures unfold in Peter Pan’s Never Land.  Explore a swashbuckling pirate ship playground, then chow down at Lookout Cookout, the hideout for the Lost Kids.  Peter Pan hosts an all-new one-of-a-kind attraction that soars far beyond Peter Pan’s Flight. Little ones are sure to giggle as they help Tinker Bell deliver packages in Pixie Hollow on the Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies .

Frozen Kingdom beckons you into the unknown on Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey . You’ll relive the heartwarming sisters’ story and enjoy captivating views of fjord cliffs at the  Royal Banquet of Arendelle restaurant. The park’s newest snacks will tempt your tastebuds at Oaken’s OK Foods.


All guests who want to see Fantasy Springs will need a valid park ticket for Tokyo Disney Sea plus at least one of the following:

  • A Standby Pass, which is essentially just like one of Disneyland / WDW’s Virtual Queues — it’s free. You’ll request one in the Tokyo Disney app on the day of your visit after you pass through the turnstiles to the park.
  • Disney Premier Access — which is just like an Individual Lightning Lane — is available for purchase. You may purchase Premier Access for the top attractions inside Fantasy Springs within the app on the day of your visit after you enter the park — or — receive one as a perk of booking a specific Tokyo Disney Resort Vacation Package. As of now, the price is 2,000 JPY per attraction. View the latest updates on Premier Access ▸ 

TDR has announced that guests will only be able to obtain these entry methods after they have passed through the turnstiles. This is one reason why Early Park Entry is being restricted to Tokyo DisneySea; after June 6, only the guests of the Hotel Miracosta and the Fantasy Springs Hotel will have early park entry at DisneySea. (Disney’s said that this is subject to change.) It’s reasonable to assume that not everyone who enters Tokyo DisneySea on a given day will gain access to Fantasy Springs. (If everyone did, guests would lack a strong incentive to purchase Disney’s Premier Access for entry.)


It’s a new type of 1-day ticket that bundles together Tokyo DisneySea theme park entry with a Disney Premier Access pass for Fantasy Springs. It guarantees that you’ll gain entry to the land. Currently, they’re only available to those who book new type of Disney Vacation Package — although they may become available to regular ticket buyers. We’re awaiting details.


Built right into the perimeter of the park, the elegant new Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel brings enchanting luxury accommodations and Art Nouveau to Fantasy Springs. With rooms and restaurants that gaze directly into the land, the Fantasy Springs Restaurant will offering buffet-style dining, La Libellule serves gourmet French cuisine, and Grand Paradis Lounge offers a relaxing salon with wide open windows and one-of-a-kind views. Read on below for more info about Disney’s resort hotels.

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If this is your only chance to visit, you’ll want to be comfortable. Let’s explore the Disney resort hotels — plus the hotels along the Disney resort monorail line. And, let’s discuss why you shouldn’t stay in central Tokyo for your Disney days.


Before you think about where to stay, let’s cover some navigational basics:

Tokyo is huge. | You can easily spend two hours traveling from one side of the city to the other. That’s why you’ll want to stay right near Tokyo Disney Resort during your theme park days. Stay in central Tokyo when you’re sightseeing.

Tokyo Disney Resort is located on the distant southeastern waterfront. | It’s about as far from central Tokyo as Disneyland is from central Los Angeles. It’s in the neighborhood of Urayasu, along the shores of Tokyo Bay. Technically, Urayasu is not in Tokyo — it’s in the neighboring Shiba prefecture. The train station nearest to Tokyo Disney Resort is Maihama .

View the location on Google Maps ▸

Traveling to Tokyo Disney Resort can be a hike. | Depending on which train you catch (and the time of day), reaching Urayasu can take 30 minutes from Tokyo Station, 35 minutes from Shinagawa Station, and 45 minutes (to an hour) from Shinjuku Station, Shibuya Station, and Ikebukuro Station. Like any major city, there are rush hour delays. If you’re traveling here directly from either international airport —  Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND) — trains and shared shuttles are your best transfer options. The Airport Limousine Bus is arguably the easiest, most carefree way to travel, but its schedule is limited — the last departure from Narita can depart as early as 6:00 PM. 

More on traveling from HND  Airport ▸ | More on traveling from NRT Airport ▸

The resort area includes five Disney-owned hotels and six Official Hotels (aka ‘Good Neighbor’ hotels) | All but one of them are accessible along Tokyo Disney Resort’s monorail line. Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel is a quick shuttle ride away.

View the resort hotel map* ▸    * the new Toy Story Hotel is located between map markers 4 and 5


The official owner of Tokyo Disney Resort is the Oriental Land Company (OLC) , which owns and manages the following Disney-themed hotels.

HELPFUL TIP: At each link, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and you’ll be able to view a simple calendar that reveals which dates have rooms remaining and the nightly rate (in Japanese Yen) of the lowest-price available room. As of today, hotel rates and booking are only available 120 days in advance. We’ve got expert tips and advice about how to start planning now; complete this form and we’ll send you three very helpful FAQ guides. Be sure to also see our information about Disney Travel Packages below.

• Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel | Luxury / Deluxe |  Disney’s newest luxury hotel experience is divided into two areas: the Grand Chateau offers Luxury accommodations and amenities (including line-skipping privileges) , while the Fantasy Chateau is classified as a Deluxe hotel. Its three new restaurants will offer beautiful views of the park, and this hotel benefits with unique ticketed access to Fantasy Springs plus the 15-minute early park entry directly into Tokyo DisneySea. | View more details about the hotel ▸ 

• Tokyo Disneyland Hotel | Deluxe | Luxurious, classical, elegant. Similar Victorian-era design as Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, but nicer (if you can believe it) . Located just outside the monorail station entrance to Disneyland park. Some rooms feature views of Cinderella Castle; you may see fireworks in the distance. You’ll find art inspired by Alice in Wonderland, beautifully appointed rooms with subtle theme details, themed suites, and a gorgeous lobby with high-end restaurants and cafes. | View the room availability & rate calendar ▸ 

• Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta | Deluxe | Ornate, sumptuous, opulent. The world’s only hotel located inside a Disney theme park. Baroque design invites you to relax within an 18th-century Italian waterfront village, inspired by Portofino and Venice. Its main façade serves as the entry point to Tokyo DisneySea’s Mediterranean Harbor. Many rooms feature water views of the park’s nightly spectacular. Its recently renovated, sophisticated rooms feature rich brocades, tapestries, and wood-carved furnishings. The stunning domed lobby features fresco paintings and entryways to a collection of delicious restaurants. | View the room availability & rate calendar ▸ 

• Disney Ambassador Hotel | Deluxe | Clever, cool, comfortable. Art deco design evokes 1920’s – 1930’s railway sleeper cars and Atlantic steamships. Although the rooms are simply appointed (on par with a Moderate-level hotel at Walt Disney World) the lobby, pools and common areas feel like a Deluxe resort. Around every corner, you’ll find extravagant details and gleaming artwork from the period. The hotel is located near the back of  Disneyland Park, but it’s a bit too far to walk. Entrances to both parks are just a few minutes away via the monorail. Dining includes a gourmet table service restaurant, a casual diner, and some of Tokyo’s only character dining, Chef Mickey’s. | View the room availability & rate calendar ▸ 

• Toy Story Hotel | Moderate | Colorful, whimsical, imaginative. Tokyo’s newest Disney-themed resort hotel, located right along the monorail line. Think: Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World / Disneyland Paris — the vibe is identical.  Lots of two-dimensional drawings and oversized toy-sized architecture. Rooms are inviting and full of clever details, like an Etch-A-Sketch TV screen and Andy’s iconic bedroom wallpaper: blue sky & white clouds. The hotel’s extensive original merch, kid-friendly play areas, and casual affordable eateries make this family-friendly hotel ideal for guests of all ages.  | View the room availability & rate calendar ▸ 

• Tokyo Celebration Hotel | Value | Fanciful, cute, casual. The only Disney-themed hotel located beyond the resort, about a 15-minute complimentary shuttle drive away. Formerly the Palm & Fountain Terrace Hotel, Oriental Land Company began to transform these hotels a few years ago by adding all-new Disney designs to its rooms, lobbies and pools.  The comfortable rooms are modestly-appointed. The amusing, brightly-colored murals and various bed configurations, however, are designed to appeal to families with young kids. Affordable nightly rates make this hotel one of the most economical lodging choices for Tokyo Disney Resort. | View the room availability & rate calendar ▸ 


In addition to the hotels above, Tokyo Disney Resort also features six official hotels which are located along the resort monorail.   These are similar to what you might know in the USA as Good Neighbor Hotels. OLC doesn’t own or manage them, but they meet the resort’s high standards for cleanliness, service, and amenities. Each of them has an on-site official Tokyo Disney Resort ticket & planning desk.

Two of the hotels are owned by American brands, and are exceptionally accommodating for English-speaking travelers.

HELPFUL TIP | Unlike the Disney hotels above, these hotels may be booked up to 1 year in advance, and Wishful Thinking can set up your hotel reservation .

• Hilton Tokyo Bay | Modern, efficient, familiar. Our top choice for where to stay if you’re not in one of the Disney hotels. This large, recently renovated resort hotel feels like any upscale Hilton you might find back home, with polished marble floors and sleek, modern décor. The Front Desk staff speaks impeccable English. Standard rooms are divided into two design categories — one is more serene and classic, the other more colorful and contemporary — but you can’t go wrong here. The on-site restaurants are big — if a tad bit overpriced — with impressive menus that cater to North American, European, and Asian travelers. Best of all, the hotel’s just a quick monorail ride away from the theme parks. | Get pricing ▸

• Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay | Not currently recommended. Although the hotel formerly was on-par with the Hilton right next door, it’s now overdue for a refresh & refurbishment, and the staff at the Front Desk are not able to communicate in conversational English. After numerous visits (and client feedback) over the 2023 / 2024 travel period, we can’t recommend this hotel, unfortunately. We’ll update this if things improve over the coming year. 


Tokyo’s main sights aren’t near Tokyo Disney Resort. Wishful Thinking has expert tips, first-hand accounts, and we love to recommend and book hotels for our clients in Tokyo.

We’ve got hotels in the best neighborhoods. | Most Tokyo visitors have the easiest, most enjoyable visits when they stay in Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, or Ginza. These neighborhoods are all full of terrific dining, elaborate shopping, and vibrant street life.  I f we had to pick just one neighborhood, we’d probably point you toward Shinjuku. But it’s a tough call; they’re all great. Get pricing for Tokyo hotels ▸ 

You’ll want to stay near a train station. | As we explain below, Tokyo is all about train travel. If possible, select a hotel that’s within a comfortable walking distance of a big train station. 

Compare North American hotel brands vs. Japanese lodging. | If you don’t have a lot of international travel experience, try to minimize your culture shock. A North American hotel chain might be your smartest option. Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, and IHG all have properties in Tokyo, and we’ve got top recommendations within each brand. Their websites, support staff, and on-site front desk staff will work in fluent English. In the guest rooms, you’ll find familiar bed sizes and amenities. If you need to modify / cancel your booking, you’ll be able to rely on English language phone support. When you’re visiting an unfamiliar country, that can help guarantee more restful nights.

However, if you’re an adventurous, seasoned traveler and you’re drawn to unique experiences, consider staying in a  ryokan . These traditional, family-owned lodges are Japan’s most memorable accommodations, particularly in historic locales like Kyoto, Nara, or Osaka. Learn all about ryokan ▸

We have a terrific shortlist of hotels in central Tokyo. | Get pricing at one of our top hotels ▸ 


When should I visit? And how far in advance can I book?

It greatly depends on whether you want a simple hotel stay, a Disney Vacation Package, or if you’d simply like to visit Tokyo Disneyland / Tokyo DisneySea during a longer stay in Tokyo. Tap below and we’ll send you a free, informative FAQ to help you think through all these decisions.

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Having trouble with North American credit cards? Wondering if you should get your theme park tickets before you arrive in Japan? Are theme park reservations required?

Learn the secure & guaranteed way to get Tokyo Disney Resort's theme park tickets

Here’s the main thing you need to know: many of Tokyo Disney Resort’s operations have changed post-pandemic.

That’s especially true of their ticket & reservation systems. Much of what we could tell you today could be different tomorrow. 

Here are the most essential updates (updated May, 2024):

If you’re an overnight guest in one of the Disney resort hotels, Disney instructs you to WAIT to buy theme park tickets through your hotel. |  As Tokyo Disney Resort explains on their helpful FAQ, all Disney resort hotel guests are guaranteed to be able to enter the parks on all their dates of stay (check-in through check-out) even if all the day’s theme park tickets are sold out for non-hotel guests.  However, you should wait to purchase your tickets for a few big reasons: one, you’ll need the type of ticket that includes early park entry. Those tickets aren’t available on the internet. Two, Disney may someday offer other types of tickets that were paused for the pandemic, namely, a park hopper ticket and a multi-day ticket. As of April 2024, only one-park-per-day tickets are being sold.

The Disney resort hotels are:

  • Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
  • Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
  • Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel
  • Disney Ambassador Hotel
  • Tokyo Disney Resort Toy Story Hotel
  • Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel

Guests at the Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel have unique access. | As of April, 2024, guests of this hotel (who are not package holders) have exclusive access to a one-day ticket that includes guaranteed Fantasy Springs entry and reduced wait times at its attractions. Learn more here. Additionally, guests in the Grand Chateau rooms receive extra line-skipping privileges .

If you’re a guest in one of the Tokyo Disney Resort Official Hotels — the ones which are not Disney operated & themed — guests may buy tickets through the hotel. | All guests of the Hilton Tokyo Bay may purchase one-park, one-day tickets in person, in the lobby of the Hilton, even when the tickets are sold out for the general public. Wishful Thinking can book you today into the Hilton, and we highly recommend it. Start here ▸ 

You may buy advance-day tickets online, but you can’t buy tickets more than 60 days in advance. | Currently, online tickets are only valid on the date you select when you purchase them — no additional Theme Park reservations are required. As of now, there are no in-person theme park ticket sales at the parks. You MUST buy your tickets online (or through your Disney-area hotel).

Tickets do not include Genie+ — that’s not how things work in Tokyo. | Instead of FastPass or Genie+, Tokyo Disney Resort offers Premier Access, which any guest may purchase on the day of their visit within the Tokyo Disney Resort app. As of now, Premier Access is only offered on about 3 or 4 attractions per park — here’s the list of attractions and prices. It works almost identically to Individual Lightning Lane purchases at Disneyland in California. You purchase the enhancement after you scan into the park.

Many USA-based credit cards are declined because the Tokyo Disney Resort website and app rely on advanced credit card security called 3D Secure. | The 3D Secure verification is standard for Japan-based banks, but it’s a protocol that isn’t yet standard within the USA. For this reason, many USA-based credit cards will not work if you try to book a hotel or purchase tickets on the Tokyo Disney Resort site. If your card is not working, you need to get a new card. Why? Because you will need a card with this feature when you actually visit Japan. The paid features in the Tokyo Disney Resort app won’t work without one, and many other vendors in Japan require this type of authentication.

Get a card from Revolut. | We highly recommend the safe, secure, internationally-accepted debit cards & credit cards from Revolut, which specializes in international travel . Their exchange rates are tremendous, there are no international transaction fees, and you can even store online balances in multiple currencies — a great strategy if you’d like to buy JPY in advance when the USD is strong. Best of all, their cards support 3D Secure verification.

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Multi-day tickets are still not available. | The 2-day Passport, 3-Day Magic Passport, 5-Day Magic Passport, Annual Passport, and many other long-standing ticket categories are currently not available, and we don’t know when Tokyo Disney Resort may resume the sales of these ticket types. 

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Packages at Tokyo Disney Resort are very different from what you’ll find at Disneyland or Walt Disney World. For starters: they’re more expensive than simple hotel bookings + park tickets. You’re paying for unique perks & privileges . So are they worth it? What are the minimum / maximum number of hotel nights and theme park days? When do Tokyo Disney Resort Travel Packages become available? We’ve got all the nerdy details.

Nothing confounds international visitors more than Tokyo Disney Resort’s Disney Travel Packages.

Why? Because their offerings and restrictions are dramatically different from Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Pay attention to the details we’re sharing here; they matter tremendously.

To begin, it’s important that you recognize a few things about Tokyo Disney Resort:

• The crowds are massive. | Every day of the week. Ignore outdated information online that says that things are only busy on weekends. Not anymore. See what rope drop looks like.

• FastPass doesn’t exist anymore. | Post-pandemic, Tokyo Disney Resort replaced their FastPass system with a new benefit called Premier Access, which any guest may purchase on the day of their visit within the Tokyo Disney Resort app. As of now, Premier Access is only offered on about 3 or 4 attractions per park — here’s the list of attractions and prices. It works almost identically to Individual Lightning Lane purchases at Disneyland in California. You’re waiting in line for everything else. UNLESS you have a Disney Travel Package. 

• Tokyo Disney Resort does not offer VIP tours | This is simply not a thing at Tokyo Disney Resort. Pre-pandemic, the park offered informational tours in Japanese (similar to the Keys to the Kingdom Tour at Magic Kingdom ), but they haven’t returned.

Therefore, knowing that avoiding crowds are the MAIN thing that its guests would want, Tokyo Disney Resort offers exclusive additional line-skipping (and show / parade viewing) privileges within their Disney Travel Packages. But there are severe restrictions:

Packages are ONLY available for a one night stay or a two night stay.

  • A ONE NIGHT package includes TWO DAYS of theme park tickets: Tokyo DisneySea on day one and Tokyo Disneyland on day two.
  • A TWO NIGHT package includes THREE DAYS of theme park tickets: Tokyo DisneySea on day one, Disneyland on day two, and DisneySea again on day three.
  • You cannot modify when you use your tickets; your first ticket MUST be used on your check-in day, and your last ticket MUST be used on your check-out day. For this reason, you will probably not want to begin any Disney Travel Package on the day you arrive in Japan. Thankfully, we’ve got expert recommendations for additional hotels in Tokyo. Get pricing ▸
  • Disney will not permit any guest to purchase two tickets for the dame day — therefore, you CAN NOT simply book back-to-back packages. (That would mean you’d double up on tickets when one package’s check-out day is another package’s check-in day.)
  • As of now — for stays through late 2024 — there are no packages available for longer stays. This is all there is. See our recommendations below about adding a hotel stay to your package.

Currently, package perks include extra line-skipping privileges . This is the sweet gooey center of Disney Travel Packages, and this is why Disney guests are willing to pay more for them. When you book your package, you’ll gain the ability to select from a handful of attractions that are NOT offered as part of Premier Access . Disney simply calls them Attraction Tickets, but they work essentially like a FastPass. They’re available for the ‘2nd tier’ of popular attractions, and they include:


  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek!
  • Pooh’s Hunny Hunt
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue


  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Indiana Jones® Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The Magic Lamp Theater
  • Nemo & Friends SeaRider
  • Raging Spirits
  • Tower of Terror
  • Turtle Talk

See more details about Attraction Tickets included in Vacation Packages ▸ 

What to choose? | When you purchase your package, you’ll make your selection as for which attractions you’d like to use for your benefit. Because the ultra-popular attractions Beauty and the Beast and Soaring; Fantastic Flight are also available via Premier Access, we suggest that you use your perks here for one of these ‘2nd tier’ attractions that are ONLY available to package holders. That’s the best way to maximize the value of your purchase. Buy Beauty & the Beast after you’ve entered Disneyland. And if you’re big into the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.) , don’t miss Soaring: Fantastic Flight. The pre-show is stunning. 

Guaranteed Fantasy Springs Access | As of now, all packages for stays beyond June 6th also include guaranteed entry to the new Fantasy Springs land at Tokyo DisneySea on one of your days. We don’t know how long that benefit will be offered as a package perk, and we don’t know whether future packages might include it. But because this is currently the ONLY way to guarantee that you’ll get into Fantasy Springs, these packages are highly sought after. This also explains why they cost so much.

Most Wishful Thinking clients choose to book a package PLUS an additional hotel stay. As you can imagine, many who journey from abroad want more than a two night stay. We recommend that you obtain an additional hotel reservation — a la carte — and purchase any additional theme park tickets on-site at your Disney hotel. (As you’ll see above, ALL Disney resort hotel guests are guaranteed to be able to purchase theme park tickets for the dates of their stay even if tickets are sold out to the general public.)  Do note, however:

  • Tokyo Disney Resort does NOT guarantee that if you purchase an a la carte hotel stay for the same hotel as your package that you’ll be able to remain in your same room. These decisions are handled on a case-by-case basis after you arrive at your hotel.
  • If you’re in a different room type at the same hotel, Cast Members will transfer your bags for you.
  • If you select to stay at a different Disney resort hotel  — including the Hilton Tokyo Bay or the Sheraton, but excluding the Celebration Hotel — Disney Cast Members will transfer your luggage for free to your next hotel. See details about the luggage delivery service ▸ 

IMPORTANT NOTE ON THE JAPANESE-LANGUAGE SITE | Package type availability and benefits differ between the Japanese-language portal of the site and the English-language portal.  Just as Disneyland has special offers for California residents and Walt Disney World has special offers for Florida residents, Tokyo Disney Resort has special offers for Japan residents. Don’t try to be sneaky and enter the name of your Japan-based lodging; if you cannot enter your legal name, permanent address, and credit card billing address using Japanese characters, you will not qualify for these packages. 

When do Tokyo Disney Resort Disney Vacation Packages become available? | Since early 2024, as the resort prepares for / promotes the new Fantasy Springs expansion, Disney’s been releasing them in monthly ‘dumps.’ Typically, Disney only provides a few days notice as to when the next release is coming, and no one knows how long this release pattern will continue.

Bookmark this page and watch for announcements ▸ 

Can an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner or a travel agent book a package for me? | No. As of now, you are literally the only person on the planet who can book a Tokyo Disney Resort Vacation Package; Disney explicitly forbids others from booking a package on your behalf, and if any agent offers to do this for you, your tickets may be invalidated.

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What CAN Wishful Thinking quote and book for me? | We’re experts on Japan and Tokyo travel, and we can quote / book all your additional hotel stays in Japan, plus guided day tours, private transportation, and phenomenal multi-night guided tours via Adventures by Disney and National Geographic Expeditions. Also, as of spring 2024, we can book a la carte hotel stays at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel — but these are not Disney Travel Packages. You’ll still need to purchase your tickets after arriving at the hotel.

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The world’s biggest metropolis: 20 million people live here. Thankfully, it’s also one of the most hospitable destinations for international travelers. But what are the real must-sees? And how should you get around the city?

Have you ever walked into an incredible party in full-swing and thought, “gosh, if I’d known it was going to be this cool, I would have shown up earlier!” 

That’s what it’s like to visit Japan for the first time. It’s even cooler than you imagine it’s going to be. Most North Americans have only a surface-level knowledge of Japanese cuisine, history, & culture. Research can only get you so far. You simply have to go.

Here are a few of the key things you’ll need to know as you plan your visit to Tokyo:

It’s all about the trains | Getting in a car means you’ll be sitting in traffic, not moving. Taxis & rideshares are very expensive — we’re talking $250+ USD just to get to the airport. Not worth it. Getting around Tokyo — and journeying to cities beyond — is all about train travel. There are 3 major train systems in Tokyo:

  • The Japan Rail (JR) |  A nationwide rail network, kinda like Amtrak in the USA (but far, far better)
  • Tokyo Metro | 9 train lines serving 179 stations
  • Toei Subway | 4 train lines serving 106 stations

Taken together, they form an interconnected web of train lines that service the whole city. Thankfully, an IC (integrated circuit) payment card (like  Suica ) works for all three systems, so it doesn’t really matter which train you use. There are many major train station hubs where you can easily transfer from one train to another: Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Kita-senju and Tokyo Station are the busiest.

Check out this excellent guide to Tokyo’s train systems ▸ 

Bullet trains to other cities | The JR lines also include Japan’s famous bullet trains, known by the Japanese word shinkansen . These high-speed trains are excellent and affordable and provide easy access to cities like Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and Hiroshima. Many theme park fans who visit Tokyo Disney Resort are also interested in Universal Studios Japan in the city of Osaka, which is 3+ hours away by train. 

View shinkansen routes, schedules & tickets ▸

Japan’s trains can be intimidating at first. Soon, you’ll learn that the station signs, onboard announcements, and train schedules are available in English — once you know where to look. Within a few days, you’ll wish that travel in North America was this quick, efficient, and easy to navigate!

Sightseeing: a contrast of ancient & modern | The sights of Tokyo inspire you to appreciate one of the world’s most incredible ancient cultures with a non-stop eye on the future. From Buddhist temples to high-tech shopping, you should give yourself at leas t three full days for sightseeing. Remember, you’ll be very jet-lagged, so don’t plan on overdoing it. Here are the most popular tourist sights for international visitors:

  • Tokyo National Museum | An eye-popping, incredibly curated museum that traces Japan’s history from the shogun to the modern era. More ▸
  • Sensō-ji Temple / Kaminari-mon Gate | Tokyo’s oldest and most spectacular temple, dating back to the year 645. More ▸
  • Meiji-jingū Shrine | A beautiful, picturesque Shinto shrine within a peaceful evergreen park — one of Tokyo’s most-photographed locations. More ▸
  • Ghibli Museum | A family-friendly, incredible museum devoted to the films of the legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke & many more). A must-see, especially for Disney fans. More ▸
  • Shibuya Crossing & Hachikō statue |  The zig-zag pedestrian traffic crossing that you’ll recognize from countless video composites of Tokyo. You might not be familiar with the touching story of the adorable Akita who waited for his dearly-departed master here every day for ten years. More ▸
  • Takeshita-dori street in Harajuku | An alley-style shopping bazaar catering to the latest youth trends. You’ll find cutting-edge fashion and the newest must-have snacks. More ▸
  • Ginza | A tawny neighborhood with impressive department stores offering high-end accessories, housewares, and designer clothing. More ▸
  • Kamakura | The former capital of Japan and an ideal day trip from the city. Visitors flock here to explore its beautiful ancient temples and pose in front of one of Asia’s largest Buddha statues. More ▸
  • Nightlife in Shinjuku  | Among many nightlife districts, Shinjuku is especially energetic and over the top. Check out the  Mario Brothers Go-Kart experience and the must-be-seen-to-be-believed Robot Restaurant . Shinjuku Ni-Chome is where you’ll find a collection of tourist-friendly LGBTQ+ bars and dance clubs. More ▸

Learn Japanese manners and courteous phrases. | Japan is a very, very polite society. To avoid unpleasantness, it’s best to learn the most common Japanese phrases, along with the most essential etiquette:

  • Payment is given & received with two hands. | When greeting a cashier, always present your cash or credit card with two hands, and do the same when receiving it back.  More ▸  
  • Don’t walk & eat / drink at the same time. | Food and drink are meant to be consumed while seated indoors. Even if you place an order ‘to go,’ never eat or drink while walking. You’ll notice that there are virtually no trash cans on public street corners — and this is why. The one spot in Japan where you can probably get away with this? Inside Tokyo Disneyland / Tokyo DisneySea. 
  • Remove your shoes in establishments, if requested. | Many traditional tea shops, restaurants, and ryokan hotels will provide slippers or sandals for you to wear upon entry. Place your shoes in the provided cubby holes and change into the footwear they provide.  More ▸
  • To visit gyms, pools or onsen spas, be cautious about tattoos. | Tattoos are considered disrespectful by traditional Japanese society. If you’ve got large, elaborate tattoos, it’s possible that you may be denied entry to certain gyms, pools, or onsen spa baths. You may want to seek out a tattoo-friendly gym or onsen that has a stated tattoo-friendly policy. Learn more  ▸
  • Learn important, courteous Japanese phrases. | It’s absolutely crucial to learn the Japanese words for please, thank you, hello, goodbye, etc. Here’s a great guide  ▸

This is just the beginning. We’ve got far, far more tips to share.

Wondering where to find the biggest selection of kawaii collectibles, manga , and anime merch? Wondering where to pipe up for some karaoke with the locals?  Want to try fluffy Japanese cloud pancakes, giant multi-colored cones of cotton candy, or the city’s best sushi, omakase, gyoza, ramen & more?

We’ve been to Japan many times, and we’d love to tell you.

If you plan your trip with Wishful Thinking, we can provide a shortlist of our favorite restaurants, the coolest shops, most unique bars, and the best locations to find the hot new food trends. We’ve also got lots of practical tips on how to overcome jet lag, how to set up your WiFi and phone service, how to pay for things, tipping & gratuities, and more. It’s never too early to start planning!

Let’s plan your Japan adventure ▸

Shanghai Disneyland Resort | FAQ

Do I need a visa to enter China if I want to visit Shanghai Disneyland Resort? How many days should I spend in the park? What are the best Shanghai Disneyland resort hotels?  What’s the best way to include a visit to the Great Wall of China? We’ve got answers to the most common questions below.


Shanghai Disneyland is around 11 miles from Shanghai Pudong International Airport. It’s in the Pudong District of Shanghai, just 12 miles from the city center. Most guests take the train.


Shanghai’s weather offers four distinct seasons. Summers are sizzling, and winters can be rather chilly. The sweet spot for visiting? Spring and autumn. Here are the historical average temps.


If you’re a major Disney fan, we recommend at least two full days in the park, plus at least two additional days for sightseeing. If this will be your first destination after flying from North America, schedule your sightseeing days first. Jet lag is going to be absolutely brutal.


Throughout all of China, English is used as a lingua franca for many international guests. English translations are found across Shanghai Disneyland — on signs, maps, restaurant menus, and in-park spiels. Similar to the ways you’ll hear Spanish at Disneyland or Walt Disney World — “¡Por favor manténgase alejado de las puertas!” — you’ll hear English at Shanghai.

Show scripts, attractions, parades, etc., however are exclusively presented in Mandarin Chinese.

If you’re lucky enough to meet a Disney Princess, villain, or MARVEL character, they’ll speak English. Live shows typically have subtitles / supertitles projected along the proscenium with English translations. 

Disney Cast Members have very limited English that’s particular to their role. Attractions hosts will know how to say little more than “How many in your party?” The Disney Resort Hotel Front Desk agents will have much more advanced English vocabulary.Among other guests, it’s common to meet Chinese young adults and teens who speak English and are eager to practice and help. That said, communicating in English can be a challenge because…

Google Translate is blocked in China. All Google-based websites and apps — including Google search, Google Maps and Gmail — are blocked in Mainland China and will not connect to the internet.

There are a few workarounds and things you can do to prepare:

  • Rely on a VPN service like Express VPN
  • Download your native language(s) to your Google Translate app so it’ll work offline
  • Download offline maps for any cities you plan to visit
  • Consider downloading a China-based app with translation function, like Baidu

Considering that Yahoo search, Yahoo mail, and all Meta apps (including Facebook, Instagram, Threads and WhatsApp ) are also blocked in China, you’ll probably need a VPN no matter what — just to simply stay in touch with folks back home! Those with Android operating systems on their cellphones typically experience extra difficulties; some folks purchase an iPhone just for their journey. 

Your real-time experience with the Shanghai Disneyland app and website can be a challenge, especially when it’s sending confirmation emails to your Gmail or Yahoo email address. The best solution is to have plan B’s for everything (like a Hotmail email address). 


It’s best if we set up your theme park tickets with your Disney resort hotel stay. See below.


There are two Disney-owned hotels. The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel is an upscale resort with blissfully charming Art Nouveau décor. It overlooks the beautiful Wishing Star Lake. For a more budget-friendly option, the Toy Story Hotel makes Andy’s room larger-than-life. They’ve each got their own pros & cons, which we’d love to share with you:

Get pricing and expert insights for the Shanghai Disney Resort hotels ▸ 


Just like any other Disney park, dining is a combination of table service, quick service & kiosks. Traditional Chinese cuisine is served in the beautiful Wandering Moon Restaurant , while the Royal Banquet Hall is a must-see fine dining restaurant inside the castle. The Tangled Tree Tavern is a charming quick service spot serving international fare. Sweet treats are available at the Duffy & Friends-inspired Cookie Ann Bakery Café on Mickey Avenue.

After you book your trip , we’ll happily steer you toward the best dining options.


Shanghai Disneyland boasts eight unique themed lands:

Zootopia | The newest land at Shanghai Disneyland opened in December, 2023. It’s laugh-out-loud clever, visually imaginative, and fully-immersive. Zootopia: Hot Pursuit carries guests from icy-cold Tundratown through the Rainforest District and beyond, on a crime-fighting chase alongside Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde .  You can taste a raspberry-flavored Pawpsicle , pick up an oversized donut, and try on some new threads at Fashions by Fru Fru.

Mickey Avenue | Here’s the welcome mat of Shanghai Disneyland. Imagine a Disney character-infused hometown, rather than your typical Main Street, U.S.A. vibe. Pick up your “why yes, I’ve been there” apparel in Avenue M Arcade — their equivalent of the Emporium — where you’ll find a huge selection of unique Disney merchandise. 

Gardens of Imagination | A touch of calm with a dash of imagination, Gardens of Imagination is where you’ll come across the Chinese Zodiac-themed garden, a Disney twist that’s genuinely delightful. Key spots? The Storyteller Statue and the Fantasia Carousel. And, of course, there’s the Enchanted Storybook Castle — it’s the largest one that Disney’s ever built.

Fantasyland | Step into a realm brimming with classic Disney stories. The enchanting Voyage to the Crystal Grotto is a must-do. Kids (and kids at heart) adore Peter Pan’s Flight and the Hunny Pot Spin. 

Adventure Isle | Time for some adrenaline rush. Prehistoric fun meets high-stakes adventure in attractions like the Roaring Rapids and Soaring Over the Horizon. And don’t miss out on the Camp Discovery challenge trails — they’re like full on hiking adventures.

Treasure Cove | All aboard mateys for the one and only fully pirate-themed land across all Disney parks. A must-see? Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure . Widely considered the world’s best Pirates. Discover legends and lore on a real pirate ship: Siren’s Revenge. And don’t miss Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular.

Tomorrowland | Shanghai’s Tomorrowland aims to be actually futuristic. The TRON Lightcycle Power Run is a definite bucket-list item, while the Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue provides an entertaining (if familiar) alternative.

Toy Story Land | It’s time to play along with Woody, Buzz, and friends in this fun-filled setting. Ride high on Slinky Dog Spin, test your courage on Rex’s Racer , or join Woody’s Roundup. Remember to pop by Al’s Toy Barn and grab a bite at the Lotso Lunch Box.


Although Shanghai Disneyland Resort doesn’t offer the vast outdoor recreation activities of Walt Disney World, Shanghai Disneyland’s footprint is unique — it’s the one Disney ‘castle park’ where the main thoroughfare — Mickey Avenue – is located  before the theme park’s turnstiles . In Celebration Square, the Market District and more, you’ll find ample Disney shopping, dining, and entertainment . For a quieter moment, take a stroll around Wishing Star Park to enjoy nature, views, and tranquility.


How much time have you got? Many North Americans only know of a handful of sights — the Great Wall of China, maybe the Forbidden City, or the Xi’an Terracotta War Soldiers. China is a gigantic country with 1/5th of the world’s population. Planning a trip here can be incredibly complicated, even for seasoned travelers. None of these must-see sights are within easy reach from Shanghai.

That’s why we highly recommend the Adventures by Disney trip through China , which includes an unforgettable visit to both Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland.


Explore Hong Kong Discover the vibrant harbor city with an iconic skyline, world-class shops and exciting street scene.

Hong Kong Disneyland & Shanghai Disneyland Check 2 more Disney theme parks off your bucket list as you immerse yourself in Disney magic at China’s Disney theme parks.

Great Wall of China Cable Car Ride Reach new heights as you ride to Mutianyu for an amazing walk atop this iconic structure.

Victoria Peak Be awed by panoramic views of Hong Kong’s stunning skyline and harbor from the top of the mountain.

Beijing’s Ancient & Modern History Tour Walk through centuries of history as you tour this modern city with a rich past.

Beijing’s Temple of Heaven Tour this massive temple built for emperors to worship the god of heaven.

Panda Visit Get a rare peek at China’s cutest residents on a tour of Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Sichuan Opera Enjoy music, acrobatics and the classic face changing act that has delighted audiences for centuries.

Shanghai Acrobat Show Experience the excitement of this acrobatic performance and live rock show.

Lijiang River Guilin Boat Tour Cruise the Li River and take in the scenic landscapes, including the “gumdrop mountains.”

Terracotta Warriors & Horses in Xi’an Marvel at this sculpted army created to protect China’s first emperor in the afterlife.

Explore Shanghai Discover the sprawling skyline, classic architecture and waterfront district of this truly international city.

Tiananmen Square Walking Tour Learn the rich history of this focal point of celebration and protest with a local guide.

Yu Garden Tour in Old Shanghai Find peace and inspiration in this 300-year-old garden sanctuary in the heart of Shanghai.

Get 2024 / 2025 dates and pricing for an Adventures by Disney trip to   China ▸ 


Travelers from 50+ countries — including USA, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom — can enjoy a visa-free visit to China for up to 144 hours if they’re transiting to another country. That’s 6 days. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you enter the country. There are specific restrictions on where you can travel in China and which ports of entry / airports you may use, so it’s very important to study the regulations. Fact check everything.

How it works: upon arrival at the immigration desk in the airport or cruise terminal, you’ll complete a simple form (in English) that includes your lodging address and the reason for your visit. It about 5 minutes to complete.  In addition to your completed form, you will need to present a departure from Shanghai travel confirmation (i.e., a cruise itinerary or a flight confirmation). It’s best to print up this document on paper and have it ready for inspection; the officials will photocopy your confirmation and return it to you. Please note that if you only have the conformation on your phone, the officials will ask you to unlock your device so they can screenshot your phone’s screen. Paper is better.

Learn more about China’s 144-hour visa-free travel policy and review the countries which qualify ▸ 

If you plan to do any sightseeing in mainland China beyond Shanghai, you will you will need a visa . Best to apply for your visa 2 to 3 months before your trip.

If you are ONLY planning to visit Shanghai (for less than 144 hours) and Hong Kong, most international travelers do not need a visa before arrival. See information under Hong Kong, below.

CHINA CONSULAR SERVICES:   For citizens of the USA ▸   |   For citizens of Canada ▸  

List of China consular service websites for other countries ▸ 


The sooner we start, the better prepared you’ll be for the adventure of a lifetime.

Start planning your trip here ▸ 

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort | FAQ

Is it easy to visit Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland in one trip? Yes, and Wishful Thinking knows just how to do it. Let’s dive into common questions about visa entry requirements , Hong Kong’s three Disney resort hotels, sightseeing in Hong Kong, how far in advance you should reserve things, and how to enjoy the brand-new Arendelle – The World of Frozen. This absolute gem of a Disney park has so many delights that aren’t well known in the USA, and it may be the easiest Disney park to visit of them all.


Hong Kong comprises a peninsula and a series of islands off the coast of mainland China. Today, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China — somewhat similar to the way that Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. Although the region operates under the concept of “one country, two systems,” Hong Kong has a separate government, series of freedoms, and protections which are undergoing recent changes .

Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island — the same island where the international airport is located — about 45 minutes (by train) from the more-developed city areas.


Hong Kong is a subtropical climate with four distinct seasons, but summers are extra hot and humid, and winters are generally mild and dry. Here are the historical average temps. If you’re planning to visit Shanghai and Tokyo on the same trip, take note that these three destinations have dramatically different weather — that can make it tricky to pack light.


If you’re a major Disney fan, we recommend at least two full days in the park, plus at least two additional days for sightseeing. If this will be your first destination after flying from North America, schedule your sightseeing days first. Jet lag is rough.


Like Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland is fully bilingual. Shows, songs, parades, and attraction spiels are presented in both English and Cantonese Chinese. Disney’s own Cast Members are conversational in English, although you’ll notice British usage and vocabulary. (Hong Kong’s 150+ years as a British protectorate means that English-language education is extremely common here.) Unlike Shanghai, above, there are no internet blocks in Hong Kong for Google, Google Translate, or Meta-owned apps / websites.

Mandarin Chinese translations are offered throughout the park. 對於講普通話的人來說,您會注意到香港迪士尼樂園內有許多標誌、餐廳菜單和表演字幕.


This is tough for guests from North America to accept, but not only do you not need to worry about planning Hong Kong far in advance, you cannot plan Hong Kong many months in advance. Often times, standalone theme park tickets aren’t even on sale beyond the current month.

Hong Kong Disneyland isn’t open every day.

During less busy times of year, it’s common for the theme park to be closed for one day in the middle of the week (most often on Wednesdays). The park’s opening hours and schedule, however, aren’t typically announced more than about 6 weeks in advance. Hong Kong’s own promotions typically include an ‘Early Bird’ special for bookings that are merely 21-days in advance.

Yes, our version of a last minute booking is their version of an early bird special!

For visitors who plan to fly in from overseas, this makes planning ahead quite difficult. It’s one reason why we suggest giving yourself 4+ days in Hong Kong, allowing for flexibility on exactly which day(s) you visit Hong Kong Disneyland.

Thankfully, Wishful Thinking has expert insights to share; if you get in touch, we can tell you when your travel dates become available , book and help plan your entire Hong Kong adventure. 

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Hong Kong Disneyland is nowhere near as busy as the American Disney parks. For that reason, it’s very easy to simply visit as a spur-of-the-moment decision. You really don’t need to plan out every little detail in advance, fight for dining reservations, or struggle to beat the crowds. If anything, your challenges stem from too few guests: the parks (and some restaurants) aren’t open every day.


Sold out days at Hong Kong Disneyland are extremely rare.

Currently, only 1-day tickets or 2-day tickets are on sale. You can either set up tickets with your Disney resort hotel stay, purchase them on site at the ticket window, buy them directly on Hong Kong Disneyland’s website. Hong Kong Disneyland also offers a number of add-ons, including:

  • Early Park Entry | Gain access to the theme park turnstiles one hour early and enjoy select attractions in Fantasyland and Arendelle – The World of Frozen.
  • Disney Premier Access | Not unlike Genie+ / Lightning Lane, this add-on enhancement typically includes ‘skip the line’ entries for 8 attractions plus two shows, including the terrific fireworks nighttime spectacular, Momentous.

Please note that — when available — guests may also purchase Premier Access on the day of their visit, within the Hong Kong Disneyland app. It’s available for specific attractions, shows, character shows and experiences, like the new Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs or the Anna & Elsa Playhouse in the Woods interactive show.


Some guests stay in Hong Kong for their visit, and simply catch the train (or a taxi) out to Disneyland for the day. If you only anticipate a one-day visit to Hong Kong Disneyland — and if Disney isn’t really the reason for your visit — that may be the easiest way to go. Just buy a ticket for the day and have a great time.

Most Wishful Thinking clients, however, are big Disney fans and want the full immersive experience. If that’s what you’re wishing for, stay in a Disney hotel.

There are three Disney-owned hotels at Hong Kong Disneyland. They’re all right beside one another, along a coastline avenue about a 5-minute drive from the theme park entrance. All three properties are Deluxe-level hotels with similar levels of amenities, accommodations, and pricing. A walkway connects the three hotels to an oceanside jogging path. None of the hotels have a walking path to reach the theme parks. There are no Moderate or Value hotels at Hong Kong Disneyland resort.

Resort Hotel Transportation between the hotels and the theme park is complimentary aboard Disney’s own resort buses. Disney does not offer transportation to / from the Hong Kong Airport. (See our recommendations below.) 

Hotel bedding and amenities are nearly identical to what you’d expect at Disneyland or Walt Disney World; most rooms feature two standard queen-size beds, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, and you’ll find conversational English-speaking Cast Members at the Front Desk. 

Because the location, transportation, and offerings of the three Disney hotels are nearly identical, what makes each one distinct is each hotel’s theme and design .

The Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel | Looks and feels very similar to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World. Inspired by the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego, it’s a Victorian-era, elegant, classy resort hotel with a beautiful multi-story atrium. Accommodations include rooms with water views and the Kingdom Club, upscale club-level rooms with enhanced amenities and an on-site concierge. The Enchanted Garden restaurant offers an elaborate buffet at breakfast, lunch, and dinner with character dining table-side visits from Mickey, Minnie & pals. It’s a beautiful, elaborate hotel. Get pricing ▸ 

Disney Explorers Lodge | Looks and feels almost identical to the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World. With wings and guest rooms themed to different areas on the globe, you’ll encounter whimsical maps, artifacts, sights and sounds from Asia, Oceania, South America and Africa. It’s stylish and tremendously fun, as if you’re in an upscale lodge along a safari route or tropical rainforest getaway. Highly recommended. Get pricing ▸ 

Disney’s Hollywood Hotel | Looks and feels very similar to Tokyo Disney Resort’s Ambassador Hotel, but instead of a nautical / air travel theme, the hotel’s inspired by Disney Hollywood history and art deco décor. Rrecent lobby renovations (in 2023 / 2024) have added style and panache with new art, upgraded furnishings and a swanky new lounge inspired by MARVEL characters, The Archivist . You’ll find a newly-renovated buffet with terrific illustrations and paint-bucket splashes of color at Ink & Paint. Rooms are still being renovated; we recommend waiting to book this property until those room renovations are complete. 

Get pricing and expert insights for the Hong Kong Disneyland resort hotels ▸ 


Many first-time visitors have heard that Hong Kong is the smallest Disney theme park, but are surprised by just how much originality is found inside. This is a true gem of a park, and Disney fans are sure to be charmed.

Grizzly Gulch | You could imagine this fun, interactive land as as a cross between Frontierland and Grizzly Peak in DCA. Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars is far more fun than it looks on a map; the long lengths of its coaster tracks allows for some super fun momentum!

Mystic Manor |  Easily a contender for the title of Walt Disney Imagineering’s greatest dark ride, this fully original one-of-a-kind spook house is a whimsical, comic delight. Meet Lord Henry Mystic, a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers and his adorable, mischievous monkey, Albert. With a score by Danny Elfman and an incredibly immersive atmosphere, this is one attraction you’ll want to ride back-to-back.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle and The Iron Man Experience | Hong Kong Disneyland’s Tomorrowland features a number of MARVEL-themed attractions, restaurants & super hero character meet & greets, but these two attractions are must-sees. The former is similar to Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, but far cooler. The Iron Man Experience is a motion-simulator attraction — similar to Star Tours — that brings you on board Stark Technology transport for an exhilarating flight through the skies of Hong Kong.

Duffy & Friends Play House | You’ve heard about the Asian Disney Parks obsession with Mickey Mouse’s teddy bear, Duffy, and all his adorable friends — but here’s your chance to meet them all. 

Incredible live shows | It’s probably fair to say that Hong Kong Disneyland’s live performers are the highest caliber performing arts ensemble of any Disney park worldwide. Mickey & the Wondrous Book is an absolute must-see, featuring a terrific medley of Disney music favorites, sung by Broadway-level musical theatre performers. Hong Kong’s Festival of the Lion King has an elevated artistry that puts other parks’ versions to shame — another must-see. Moana: A Homecoming Celebration is a children’s-theatre style re-telling of the tale, with zany antics, creative props and lots of laughs. 

Arendelle – the World of Frozen | Is the park’s newest area, and it’s a visual stunner. Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs is a simple, quick coaster aimed at kids (with a thrill level on par with Goofy’s Barnstormer or Gadget’s Go-Coaster). Frozen Ever After is a ‘plussed’ version of the attraction in EPCOT. Far more unique / original is the Playhouse In the Woods , an interactive show where you’ll come face-to-face with Anna & Elsa as they introduce you to the spirits of the forest. You’ll find very good Scandinavian and American cuisine at the Golden Crocus Inn . 


Hong Kong is a fascinating, dynamic city that could easily fill two days of sightseeing fun. You’ll want to zip up to Victoria Peak for jaw-dropping city views — the topography of the region is stunning. At night, you must meander through the bustling stalls of Temple Street Night Market and sample the astonishing array of street food delicacies — the kind of flavors you simply can’t find back home. Don’t miss the chance to catch a ferry ride across Victoria Harbour. See more things to do in Hong Kong ▸ 


Many of our clients ask for advice about which to do first. There’s no one obvious ‘best way’ to do this, but here are a few helpful things to keep in mind:

  • Flights between Shanghai and Hong Kong are plentiful and affordable. | Typical flight time is about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Wishful Thinking does not quote or book air travel, but you may find the best price if you book a multi-city / multi-destination ticket all on one carrier. (That also typically saves you money on baggage allowances.)
  • Hong Kong qualifies as a “non-China” destination when you’re departing mainland China. | If you’re opting for the 144-hour visit (see above under Shanghai), Hong Kong qualifies as a next destination under the visa-waiver program.
  • From most cities, there are more flights into Shanghai than Hong Kong. | That’s especially true if you’re flying from North America. 

Some folks like to plan “the best for last,” but it’s probably a bit too simplistic to say that Hong Kong Disneyland vs. Shanghai Disneyland are better or worse. They’re each absolutely lovely. (That said, Tokyo Disney Resort undeniably has the best Disney parks on earth.)

We highly recommend the Adventures by Disney trip through China , which includes an unforgettable visit to both Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland. Get pricing and dates for an Adventures by Disney trip ▸ 


Unlike mainland China, most visitors do not need to apply for a tourist visa to enter Hong Kong, and most may remain within the territory anywhere from 7 days all the way up to 6 months. Check your own country’s criteria, here. 

As we note above, if you intend to visit Shanghai as well, but plan to stay in Shanghai for less than 144 hours, most international travelers will not need a visa for China before arrival. 


Although Disney does not offer their own transportation, the airport has plentiful taxis and ride share services for easy access to and from the Hong Kong Disneyland area. Taxi services throughout Hong Kong are restricted on where they can travel; taxis that serve Lantau Island are blue and are located in specific pickup locations. Learn more ▸ 


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Disney announces $110,000 international travel package to all 12 of its parks

The 24-day itinerary also includes stops to india's taj mahal, egypt's giza pyramids and the eiffel tower in paris.

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Disneyland in Anaheim, California. All photos: Walt Disney World

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Why go to only one Disney Park, when you can visit them all?

This is now a possibility thanks to Disney's new announcement of a luxury travel package that will allow for an international tour of all 12 of its parks in a private jet for $110,000.

The entertainment conglomerate has 75 spots available for fans to fly on a jet-set tour of its theme parks in California, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Paris and Florida.

Dubbed "Disney Parks Around the World — A Private Jet Adventure", the itinerary will last 24 days in total and, alongside the theme parks, ticket holders will also be taken to the Taj Mahal in India , the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza and the Eiffel Tower.

Disneyland Paris celebrated its 30th anniversary in March. Getty Images

The trip will begin in Anaheim, California at Disneyland Resort and ends in Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort, visiting all the international Disney Parks in between. It also includes 68 different meals which are broken into 23 breakfasts, 22 lunches and 23 dinners.

The trip is currently set for July 9 to August 1, 2023.

"You will travel in luxury aboard a Boeing 757 configured for VIPs, operated by Icelandair, whose long-range allows direct flights to optimise the time spent in each destination," said Disney.

On board the plane, travellers will enjoy personal access to "experts" who will be able to inform them about various aspects of their journey. Meanwhile, "leaders" and other Disney creatives will also meet them at certain points of the route.

They will "provide fun and fact-filled stories enabling you to be immersed in every location you visit," said Disney.

Airfare to and from Los Angeles and back from Orlando are not included.

Booking begins with several tiers. Tickets will first be offered to "previous adventures" who have travelled to more than three Disneyland parks on Monday, then Golden Oak Club members on Friday and finally to the general public on Tuesday, June 28.

The 12 parks that will be visited, at six different locations:

  • Disneyland, Anaheim, California
  • Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim, California
  • Magic Kingdom Park, Bay Lake, Florida
  • Epcot, Bay Lake, Florida
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  • Disneyland Paris
  • Walt Disney Studios Park, Chessy, France
  • Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Shanghai Disneyland
  • Tokyo Disneyland
  • Tokyo DisneySea

Click through the gallery below to see new Avengers Campus in Disneyland Paris

Guests experience Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure in Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park. Photo: Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort

Guests experience Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure in Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park. Photo: Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort

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Complete Guide: All the Disney Parks Around the World A full list of every Disney theme park and Disney destination worldwide

What started out as a single theme park in an old orange grove has blossomed into an international theme park empire encompassing multiple parks, resort campuses, and countries.  Where are all the Disney Parks and how many are there?  Here, we list all the Disney parks around the world, and sort them based on geography, resort area, opening date, and more.

We also list Disney’s non-theme park destinations across the globe, such as Disney cruises, Adventures by Disney, and Disney-developed communities.  Our goal is to create an encyclopedic reference document that lists all of the options to experience a Disney Destination around the world.

How Many Disney Theme Parks Are There Worldwide?

Disney has twelve theme parks located on six resort campuses worldwide.   Six of Disney’s twelve worldwide theme parks are Disneyland-style “castle parks,” while the remaining six are parks that have other themes.  These twelve parks are located in four countries.

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  • Walt Disney Studios Park (to be renamed Disney Adventure World in 2025)

Hong Kong Disneyland Park

Shanghai disneyland.

We go into much greater detail about each of these theme parks and resort campuses below.

How Many Disneylands Are There?

When most people think of a “Disneyland,” they’re thinking of what we might call a “Castle Park.”  These are Disney theme parks which have a castle as their central icon, with various themed lands such as Tomorrowland or Frontierland radiating outward from the castle.  These parks also typically have more rides than other Disney theme parks in the same resort area.

There are six Disney “castle parks” around the world, but only five of them are actually named “Disneyland” — one each in California, Hong Kong, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo.  Florida’s flagship park is called Magic Kingdom .

If, on the other hand, you consider a “Disneyland” to be an entire resort campus that might include multiple theme parks within a few miles of one another, the number is (interestingly enough) still six.  All twelve Disney parks are divided among six resort campuses worldwide.  Only three of the six resort campuses actually have “Disneyland” in their names; the remaining three include only “Disney.”

How Many Countries Have Disney parks?

Disney Parks are located in four countries on three continents.

  • United States (six parks on two resort campuses)
  • France (two parks on one resort campus)
  • China* (two parks on two resort campuses)
  • Japan (two parks on one resort campus)

Note: China’s parks are located in Hong Kong and Shanghai.  Shanghai is considered part of mainland China, while Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China.  Although there is some controversy as to Hong Kong’s autonomy, we have based our list of countries on U.N. Member States .

Which Country Has the Most Disney Theme Parks?

The United States is home to six of the twelve Disney theme parks, by far the most of any country.  The remaining countries with Disney parks are tied for second place, with two each.

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Complete List of Disney Parks Around the World

Below, we go in-depth with key facts and figures about each of the six Disney resort campuses around the world, with details on each of the twelve theme parks along with information on hotels, shopping/dining complexes, and recreation.

Disneyland Resort

Anaheim (near Los Angeles), California, United States

Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle

The Disneyland Resort in California is home to two Disney theme parks, three resort hotels, and a shopping/entertainment/dining district.  The entire resort is approximately 500 acres in size and brings in several million dollars of revenue each day.

It is home to the original Disneyland — the first Disney theme park, and the only Disney theme park completed during Walt Disney’s lifetime.  It is the only Disney park to use the slogan, “The Happiest Place on Earth.”

Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella Castle

Opening Date

July 17, 1955

Themed Lands:

  • Adventureland
  • Critter Country
  • Fantasyland
  • Frontierland
  • Main Street, U.S.A.
  • New Orleans Square
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Tomorrowland

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella Castle

February 8, 2001 (as Disney’s California Adventure )

Themed Lands

  • Avengers Campus
  • Buena Vista Street
  • Grizzly Peak
  • Hollywood Land
  • Paradise Gardens Park
  • Performance Corridor
  • San Fransokyo Square
  • Disneyland Hotel / Villas at Disneyland Hotel
  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa / Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
  • Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel (originally known as Disneyland Pacific Hotel and later Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel )

Shopping/Dining/Entertainment Districts

  • Downtown Disney District

Walt Disney World Resort

Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista (near Orlando / Kissimmee), Florida, United States

Magic Kingdom

The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is home to four Disney theme parks, more than 30 resort hotel / villa / campground accommodations, two water parks , a sports complex, two shopping/entertainment/dining districts, and several other amenities such as golf courses, mini-golf courses, and recreational lakes with water activities.  Walt Disney World is the largest Disney resort campus in the world, covering an astounding 43 square miles or 27,258 acres.  It’s known as “The Most Magical Place on Earth.”

Walt Disney himself originally envisioned his Florida project to be based on a futuristic “City of Tomorrow” in partnership with American industry leaders.  Those plans never came to fruition following Disney’s death in 1966, though the EPCOT theme park serves as a tribute to the concept.  In addition, an on-site neighborhood named Golden Oak boasts multi-million dollar luxury homes, and the nearby town of Celebration was originally designed by Disney.

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella Castle

October 1, 1971

  • Liberty Square
  • Main Street, USA

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella Castle

October 1, 1982 (as EPCOT Center )

  • World Celebration
  • World Discovery
  • World Nature
  • World Showcase

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella Castle

May 1, 1989 (as Disney-MGM Studios )

  • Animation Courtyard
  • Commissary Lane
  • Grand Avenue
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Pixar Place
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Toy Story Land

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella Castle

April 22, 1998

  • Dinoland U.S.A.
  • Discovery Island
  • Pandora – The World of Avatar
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Hotels and Campgrounds

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa (Originally known as  Disney’s Grand Floridian Beach Resort)
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter (Originally known as Disney’s Port Orleans Resort )
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (Originally known as Disney’s Dixie Landings Resort )
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Note: Some of these resort hotels are co-located; for example, BoardWalk Inn and BoardWalk Villas have a central lobby with one check-in desk serving both.  We have listed them separately here (the same way Disney lists them), which some might consider to artificially inflate the hotel count.

Immersive Multi-Day Experience

  • Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser [Closed]

Water Parks

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

Sports Complex

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Golf Courses

  • Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course
  • Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course (standard golf and FootGolf)
  • Disney’s Palm Golf Course

Miniature Golf Courses

  • Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf
  • Fantasia Fairways Miniature Golf
  • Winter Summerland Miniature Golf – Summer Course
  • Winter Summerland Miniature Golf – Winter Course
  • Disney Springs (originally known as Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village and more recently known as Downtown Disney )
  • Disney’s BoardWalk

More Statistics

For even more comprehensive details about the Walt Disney World Resort, visit our Disney World statistics page.

Tokyo Disney Resort

Urayasu (near Tokyo), Chiba, Japan

TDR Tokyo Disneyland

The Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan is home to two Disney theme parks, six resort hotels, and a shopping/entertainment/dining district. The resort is approximately 494 acres in size.

Home to the first international Disney theme park, Tokyo Disney Resort is operated under an agreement between the Walt Disney Company and Oriental Land Company.

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella Castle

April 15, 1983

  • Westernland
  • World Bazaar

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella Castle

September 4, 2001

  • American Waterfront
  • Arabian Coast
  • Fantasy Springs
  • Lost River Delta
  • Mediterranean Harbor
  • Mermaid Lagoon
  • Mysterious Island
  • Port Discovery
  • Disney Ambassador Hotel
  • Tokyo Disney Resort Toy Story Hotel
  • Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel
  • Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
  • Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
  • Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel

Disneyland Paris (originally Euro Disney Resort)

Marne-la-Vallée, Paris, France

DLP Disneyland Paris Castle

Disneyland Paris in France is home to two Disney theme parks, eight resort hotels, a golf course, and a shopping/entertainment/dining district.  The resort area covers approximately 1,700 acres.

Disneyland Paris is home to perhaps the most “storybook”-inspired Disney castle, no doubt due to the fact that Europe has plenty of real castles to compete with Disney’s entry into the genre.  Not only does Disney’s version have more-fanciful architectural elements, but it features La Tanière du Dragon , a dark lair with an 89-foot-long audio-animatronic dragon lurking inside.

The second Paris park, Walt Disney Studios, is undergoing a massive reimagining. By the end of 2025, it will have approximately doubled in size, added new themed lands, and been renamed Disney Adventure World. Additional reworking is underway at the Disney Village and some of the resort’s hotels.

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella Castle

April 12, 1992 (as Euro Disneyland Park )

  • Discoveryland
  • Main Street U.S.A.

Walt Disney Studios Park*

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella Castle

March 16, 2002

  • Production Courtyard
  • Toon Studio
  • Worlds of Pixar

Future Plans:

  • Park to be renamed Disney Adventure World in 2025
  • Park size to approximately double by 2025
  • World of Frozen land to debut in 2025
  • World Premiere Plaza to debut in 2025
  • Adventure Bay are to debut in 2025
  • Disney Davy Crockett Ranch
  • Disney Hotel Cheyenne
  • Disney Hotel New York — The Art of Marvel (Originally known as Disney’s Hotel New York )
  • Disney Hotel Santa Fe
  • Disney Newport Bay Club
  • Disney Sequoia Lodge
  • Disneyland Hotel
  • Les Villages Nature Paris
  • Disney Village (originally known as Festival Disney )
  • Golf Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland

Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, special administrative region of China

HKDL Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland is home to one Disney theme park, three resort hotels, and a recreation complex.  The entire resort is approximately 320 acres in size, the smallest Disney resort campus in the world.  The resort was built on reclaimed land, with Penny’s Bay being filled in to provide space for the park and hotels.

Hong Kong Disneyland Park is the only Disney theme park to boast an extreme makeover of its castle.  In 2016, plans were announced to transform the original Sleeping Beauty Castle , which was 77 feet (23 meters) tall.  The castle closed in 2018; by late 2020, construction had been completed on the park’s new Castle of Magical Dreams , which is 167 feet (51 meters) tall.

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella Castle

September 12, 2005

  • Grizzly Gulch
  • Mystic Point
  • World of Frozen
  • Disney Explorer’s Lodge
  • Disney’s Hollywood Hotel
  • Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Recreation Complex

  • Inspiration Lake

Shanghai Disney Resort

Chuansha New Town, Pudong, Shanghai, China

SHDR Shanghai Disney Resort

The Shanghai Disney Resort in China is home to one Disney theme park, two resort hotels, a shopping/entertainment/dining district, and a nature park.  The entire resort covers approximately 963 acres.

Driven by a desire to be “authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese,” this park is a bit different than other Disney theme parks.  A major feature of the park is the Gardens of Imagination, a large open-air nature space.  It includes the  Garden of the Twelve Friends , which Disney describes as an “oasis where the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac are depicted by popular Disney and Disney-Pixar characters.”

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella Castle

June 16, 2016

  • Adventure Isle
  • Disney-Pixar Toy Story Land
  • Gardens of Imagination
  • Mickey Avenue
  • Treasure Cove
  • Shanghai Disneyland Hotel
  • Toy Story Hotel

Shopping/Dining/Entertainment District

Nature park.

  • Wishing Star Park

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When did each Disney Park open?

The first Disney theme park opened in 1955, and the most recent opening was in 2016.

List of Disney Theme Parks by Opening Date

  • 07/17/1955 — Disneyland (California)
  • 10/01/1971 — Magic Kingdom
  • 10/01/1982 — EPCOT, originally EPCOT Center
  • 04/15/1983 — Tokyo Disneyland
  • 05/01/1989 — Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Orlando), originally Disney-MGM Studios
  • 04/12/1992 — Disneyland Park (Paris), originally Euro Disneyland Park
  • 04/22/1998 — Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • 02/08/2001 — Disney California Adventure, originally Disney’s California Adventure
  • 09/04/2001 — Tokyo DisneySea
  • 03/16/2002 — Walt Disney Studios Park (Paris)
  • 09/12/2005 — Hong Kong Disneyland Park
  • 06/16/2016 — Shanghai Disneyland

What Was the First Disney Theme Park to open?

Disneyland in California was the first Disney theme park to open, in 1955

What Was the Most Recent Disney Theme Park to open?

Shanghai Disneyland was the most recent Disney theme park to open, in 2016.

How Big Are the Disney Theme Parks and Resort Campuses?

Disney resort campuses worldwide range in size from 320 acres to 27,258 acres, with a combined total size of 31,235 acres.  For our purposes, a resort campus is defined as a localized area which contains one or more theme parks, resort hotels, and other resort amenities.

Individual Disney theme parks worldwide range in size from 62 acres to 580 acres, with a combined total size of 2,053 acres.

What Is the Largest Disney Resort Campus in the World?

Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is the largest Disney resort campus in the world, at 27,258 acres in size.

What is the Smallest Disney Resort Campus in the World?

Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest Disney resort campus in the world, at just 320 acres in size.

List of Disney Resort Campuses by Size

  • 320 acres — Hong Kong Disneyland
  • 494 acres — Tokyo Disney Resort
  • 500 acres — Disneyland Resort (California)
  • 963 acres — Shanghai Disney Resort
  • 1,700 acres — Disneyland Paris
  • 27,258 acres — Walt Disney World Resort

What Is the Largest Disney Theme Park in the World?

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the largest Disney theme park in the world, at 580 acres in size.

What is the Smallest Disney Theme Park in the World?

Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris is currently the smallest Disney theme park, at just 62 acres in size. However, it is undergoing an expansion that would approximately double its footprint. Once the expansion is complete (estimated 2025), Hong Kong Disneyland Park would likely become the smallest Disney theme park.

List of Disney Theme Parks by Size

  • 62 acres — Walt Disney Studios Park (Paris) — see size note above
  • 68 acres — Hong Kong Disneyland Park — see size note above
  • 70 acres — Disney California Adventure
  • 85 acres — Disneyland (California)
  • 107 acres — Magic Kingdom (Florida)
  • 115 acres — Tokyo Disneyland
  • 125 acres — Disneyland Park (Paris)
  • 135 acres — Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Florida)
  • 176 acres — Tokyo DisneySea
  • 225 acres — Shanghai Disneyland
  • 305 acres — EPCOT
  • 580 acres — Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Florida)

Note: Theme Park and Resort acreage figures vary widely, based on land acquisitions/sales, classification of areas which are/aren’t developed or accessible to the public, etc.  Our numbers above are based on generally accepted values for each park/resort.

How Many Disney Castles are There?

Six of the twelve Disney theme parks have a castle as their centerpiece icons.  There are also additional smaller castles scattered throughout some parks related to attractions and restaurants.

Is Every Disney Castle Unique?

Magic Kingdom in Florida and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan have virtually identical Cinderella Castles .  There are some minor differences between the two, mainly in terms of decoration/painting, but they are substantially the same building.  These are the only two Disney theme parks that currently have matching castles.

Prior to 2018, Disneyland in California and Hong Kong Disneyland Park had matching Sleeping Beauty Castles , but Hong Kong has since unveiled a unique Enchanted Storybook Castle .

What’s the Shortest Disney Castle in the World?

The centerpiece of Disneyland in California, Sleeping Beauty Castle , is the shortest Disney Castle at 77 feet tall.

What’s the Tallest Disney Castle in the World?

Shanghai Disneyland’s Enchanted Storybook Castle is the tallest Disney Castle in the world, at a height of 200 feet.

List of Disney Castles by Height

  • 77 feet – Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland (California)
  • 167 feet – Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant, Disneyland Park (Paris)
  • 167 feet – Castle of Magical Dreams, Hong Kong Disneyland Park*
  • 189 feet – Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom (Florida)
  • 189 feet – Cinderella Castle, Tokyo Disneyland
  • 200 feet – Enchanted Storybook Castle, Shanghai Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland Park was originally home to Sleeping Beauty Castle, identical in shape and size to the castle at Disneyland (California).  This castle was replaced by the Castle of Magical Dreams, which opened in late 2020.

Can You Visit Every Disney Theme Park in a Single Trip?

It’s certainly possible to visit every Disney theme park in a single trip, but it’ll take some time, planning, and  — of course — money.

The “easiest” way is certainly not the cheapest.  Adventures by Disney offers a whirlwind private jet adventure which includes VIP experiences at each of the twelve Disney theme parks, and all it will cost you is 24 days of your time and about $115,000 per person.

There’s of course nothing stopping a person from planning their own Disney itinerary that includes every park worldwide.  Just note that there’s no single ticket/pass that gets you into every Disney theme park.

What Other Non-Theme Park Disney Destinations Exist?

In addition to the twelve Disney theme parks (located on six resort campuses in four countries), there are several other Disney Destinations.

Standalone Disney Resort Hotels

There are three Disney resort hotels that are not located near any theme parks.

Aulani , a Disney Resort and Spa / Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas

  • Location: Ko Olina, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii, United States
  • Opening Date: August 29, 2011

Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort

  • Location: Longview Island, Hilton Head, South Carolina, United States
  • Opening Date: March 1, 1996

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

  • Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States
  • Opening Date: October 1, 1995

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line has five cruise ships (with three more planned ) which sail from 19 ports around the world.  There are 13 general itinerary types, with multiple variations of each.  Select departures include days (or entire voyages) with special theming.  Disney Cruise Line has led several industry innovations, including the first ever fireworks at sea on select itineraries, as well as an innovative rotational dining concept in which the serving team “follows” diners to a different restaurant each night.

Disney Cruise Ships

Currently Operating:

  • Disney Dream — Maiden Voyage January 26, 2011
  • Disney Fantasy — Maiden Voyage March 31, 2012
  • Disney Magic — Maiden Voyage July 30, 1998
  • Disney Wish — Maiden Voyage July 14, 2022
  • Disney Wonder — Maiden Voyage August 15, 1999

Future Additions:

  • Disney Treasure — New Construction; Maiden Voyage expected in December 2024
  • Disney Adventure (Former Global Dream) — Disney purchased partially-constructed Global Dream ; Maiden Voyage expected in 2025
  • Disney Destiny — New Construction; Maiden Voyage expected in 2025

Disney Cruise Private Island/Ports

  • Castaway Cay , Bahamas
  • Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point (Eleuthera), Bahamas — Opening Summer 2024

Disney Cruise Departure Ports

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Brisbane (Queensland), Australia
  • Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Galveston, Texas
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Melbourne (Victoria), Australia
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • New York, New York
  • Port Canaveral, Florida
  • San Diego, California
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Southampton, England
  • Sydney (New South Wales), Australia
  • Vancouver, Canada

Disney Cruise Ports of Call

  • We maintain a complete list of every port visited by Disney Cruise Line during its cruises.

Disney Cruise Itineraries

  • Australia / New Zealand
  • Pacific Coast
  • Panama Canal
  • South Pacific / Transpacific
  • Transatlantic

Disney Cruise Themed & Holiday Sailings

  • Marvel Day at Sea cruises
  • Halloween on the High Seas cruises
  • Very Merrytime cruises

Adventures by Disney

Adventures by Disney offers dozens of guided tours in around 40 countries on every continent.  Offerings include Land Adventures (traditional guided group tours), Escapes (shorter land adventures), River Cruises , Expedition Cruises, Private Jet Adventures, and Private Adventures.  Most trips are open to families (though minimum age guidelines may apply), but some select departure dates are exclusive to adults.

Each trip includes a fully-planned itinerary, unique personal touches, and occasional specialty VIP/private access to attractions in the destination, all at a single combined price .  At least two Disney employees to serve as Adventure Guides to ensure a hassle-free travel experience.

We maintain a complete list of Adventures by Disney trips and the countries to which they travel .

Disney Vacation Club

Disney operates a timeshare-style vacation ownership program called Disney Vacation Club .  To date, DVC has built 17 resorts; these resorts feature larger, family-style accommodations such as studio, 1-, 2-, and 3- bedroom vacation villas, along with occasional specialty accommodations such as treehouse villas or over-water bungalows.

To become a member, one must purchase a real estate interest in one of the DVC resorts.  Unlike a traditional timeshare which locks owners into the same week / accommodation each year, DVC members receive an annual allotment of so-called “vacation points” which are used to flexibly book resort stays.

These stays are typically at the DVC-owned resorts, but members may also exchange their points to stay at traditional Disney hotels, travel on Disney Cruise Line or with Adventures by Disney, or stay at certain non-Disney owned hotels and timeshares.

For those who seek a more traditional timeshare experience, a limited number of DVC memberships are sold under a “Favorite Weeks” structure (previously called “Guaranteed Weeks”).  Members under this structure are automatically booked in the same accommodation type the same week each year, but still have the option to opt out on a year-by-year basis and instead receive flexible use points for that year.

Most of the DVC-owned resorts are located at Walt Disney World, but five are elsewhere in the United States.  None are located internationally.

DVC Resorts at Walt Disney World in Florida

Dvc resorts elsewhere.

  • Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas — Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii, United States
  • Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort — Longview Island, Hilton Head, South Carolina, United States
  • Disney’s Vero Beach Resort — Vero Beach, Florida, United States
  • Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa — Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California
  • Villas at Disneyland Hotel — Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California

Unoccupied DVC accommodations are also offered on a cash basis to those who are not members.  At Walt Disney World, these are marketed to the public as “Deluxe Villa” accommodations.

Disney-Developed Communities

There are several residential/commercial communities which are not technically Disney vacation destinations but still have significant ties to the Disney company.


Just south of Walt Disney World resort in Osceola County, Florida is the town of Celebration .  This planned community was originally developed by the Walt Disney Company, and sits at the southern tip of Disney World’s major north-south thoroughfare, World Drive.

A portion of the Walt Disney World Resort area in Florida is designated as the Golden Oak neighborhood.  This luxury resort living complex features multi-million dollar homes and offers residents extensive membership perks at the resort.

Storyliving by Disney

Disney has announced a new concept of planned communities . These developments, named Storyliving , will focus on offering Imagineering-inspired amenities and common areas, along with unique programming for its residents through a dedicated staff of Disney Cast Members. At least some of the neighborhoods in each development will have areas devoted to those aged 55+.

  • Cotino : The first Storyliving development to be announced is Cotino in the Rancho Mirage / Palm Springs area of California.
  • Asteria : The second Storyliving development is Asteria , located near Raleigh, North Carolina.

The company says it is also researching other areas for similar communities in the future.

Val d’Europe / Marne-la-Vallée

Val d’Europe is a sector of the planned community Marne-la-Vallée, located near Paris, France.   Marne-la-Vallée as a whole predates Disneyland Paris by several decades, but the Val d’Europe sector was created concurrently with the development of the theme park.  The Disney company had significant input as to Val D’Europe’s development and received land in the area as part of the agreement.

Final Thoughts

Maybe you’re just curious, researching for an upcoming trip, or hoping to become a Disney travel agent so you can book these amazing destinations for others. Whatever the reason, we hope you’ve enjoyed our listing of all the Disney theme parks around the world and our look at other Disney destinations.  As you can see, Disney has offerings all over the world, be they theme parks, cruise ships, guided tours, standalone resorts, or even communities to permanently call home.  So whether your next vacation takes you to Disney World in Florida or all the way to Shanghai, we hope you’ll find a bit of magic wherever you go!

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Witness a stirring spectacle of puppetry, music and more during this reimagined stage show set in Nemo’s vibrant underwater world.

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During your visit, you can:

  • Be dazzled by music, dancing and vivid pageantry during the Festival of Fantasy Parade —a grand tribute to the tales and inhabitants of Fantasyland.
  • Enjoy iconic attractions and experiences across incredible lands—including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train , a swaying family coaster ride that will have you racing through a diamond mine.
  • Rediscover beloved classic Disney attractions such as Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and “it’s a small world.”
  • Delight in family-friendly thrills on ever-popular coasters like Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad .
  • Leave the real world behind for a high-stakes race across the Grid—the dark, computerized world from TRON —on TRON Lightcycle / Run .

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  • Celebrate the magic of nature at Pandora – The World of Avatar . Here, you can fly on the back of a banshee on Avatar Flight of Passage, hike amid floating mountains in the Valley of Mo’Ara and take a mystical boat ride into a bioluminescent rainforest on the Na’vi River Journey.
  • Set off in an open-air vehicle across a lush African savanna teeming with exotic animals on Kilimanjaro Safaris .
  • Speed through the Himalayas on a runaway train while avoiding the Yeti as you conquer Expedition Everest .
  • Wave to beloved Disney Characters as they sail along the Discovery River on fabulous flotillas.
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  • Pack your imagination, switch tracks and take a ride on the cartoon side like never before when you hop aboard Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway .
  • Live your adventure in a galaxy far, far away at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge ! Experience 2 thrilling attractions, build your own droid or lightsaber, savor Batuu’s tasty food and beverages, shop for Star Wars -themed merchandise and more!
  • Discover big fun for kids and grown-ups alike at Toy Story Land . Take a wild ride on Slinky Dog Dash and go for a whirl on Alien Swirling Saucers.
  • Watch in wonder as Mickey Mouse’s dreams come alive in Fantasmic! —an extravagant nighttime musical with stunning effects, dazzling pyrotechnics and more.
  • Celebrate every season at themed festivals featuring fantastic food, live entertainment and more—select dates throughout the year.
  • Blast off on an intergalactic chase with Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Star-Lord on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind —a coaster inspired by the rockin’ movies.
  • Board an ancient Norwegian vessel and be whisked away to the kingdom of Arendelle during a Frozen Ever After adventure.
  • Journey around World Showcase , where you can explore the culture, arts, food and beverages of 11 different countries.

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Early Theme Park Entry Guests of Disney Resort hotels can get a 30-minute jump on their Disney day with early theme park entry —available at all 4 Walt Disney World theme parks. This popular benefit will continue through 2025!

Early theme park entry gives you a head start in the parks, so you’ll have access to select attractions, shops and dining before regular hours. And you can enjoy this benefit on each day of your stay—in any park, subject to capacity.

For early theme park entry, you'll need valid admission and a MagicBand, Disney MagicMobile pass or Key to the World Card. Theme park reservations may be required based on admission type.

Extended Evening Theme Park Hours Guests staying at Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels or Disney Deluxe Villas can enjoy extended evening hours —experiencing select attractions, shops and dining after regular park hours—in select theme parks on select nights. This popular benefit will continue through 2025!

Together with early theme park entry—available to all Disney Resort hotel Guests—you’ll get to arrive earlier and stay later so you can maximize your time in the parks!

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If using a ticket with the Park Hopper option that requires a theme park reservation, please remember that you must enter the park where you made your reservation before you can visit other theme parks.

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With this water park benefit, it’s easy to unwind on the day you arrive. Get ready to zip down thrilling water slides, relax on sandy beaches, float along a lazy river... and let your cares drift away. Learn more about the Walt Disney World water parks .

More details about this benefit will be available in late 2024, and will be shared with you before your stay.

Important Information About This Benefit

  • This benefit is exclusive to registered Guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel with a check-in date from January 1, 2025 through December 31, 2025. All Guests must be on the Resort reservation. View eligible Disney Resort hotels .
  • This benefit is only on the day of check-in, and is valid for admission to either Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park or Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park. Check the park calendar and operating hours closer to your 2025 arrival to plan your check-in day.
  • Usage of this benefit is subject to availability.
  • At this time, a park reservation is not required to visit a water park; however, reservation requirements are subject to change.
  • Water parks are subject to extended rehabilitation, seasonal, capacity and weather closures, or may close for other reasons.
  • Each of our water parks is refurbished annually. These routine maintenance periods are staggered, so our Guests should be able to enjoy at least one water park experience year-round.
  • Water park admission is nontransferable, nonrefundable and has no cash value, and excludes activities/events separately priced or not open to the general public.
  • Parks, attractions and other offerings subject to availability, closures and change or cancellation without notice or liability. No refund or credit given for any such changes or cancellation. Park admission and offerings are not guaranteed.

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MagicBand+ includes all of the features you’ve come to love with MagicBand—and more! Your MagicBand+ can be used to:

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  • Enter theme parks and water parks (with valid admission)
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  • Charge food and merchandise purchases**
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  • Connect Disney PhotoPass images to your Disney account

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Note: Attractions with Lightning Lane entrances are limited in availability, subject to change or closure, may vary by date, and are not guaranteed. To enter a theme park, valid admission is required. A theme park reservation may also be required. Price, terms and entitlements are subject to restrictions, and change or cancellation without notice.

Make Reservations for Dining and More Get ready to dine or unwind! Here’s when you can make reservations for dining and Enchanting Extras Collection experiences :

  • Guests with a Valid Disney Resort Hotel Reservation: Make reservations for your entire length of stay (for up to a 10-night stay) up to 60 days in advance of your arrival! This can help you enjoy streamlined vacation planning , since you can make all your reservations on the same day—rather than checking availability day after day.
  • All Other Guests: Make reservations up to 60 days in advance.

To dine at an in-park, table-service restaurant, a confirmed dining reservation for the total number of Guests—regardless of age—is highly recommended. You will also need valid admission for the same park on that same date for each Guest ages 3 and up. A theme park reservation may be required based on admission type. Learn more.

Dining reservations do not guarantee access to a park, and Park Hopper availability may change daily.

** Credit card must be presented at Disney Resort hotel check-in for purchases with MagicBand. Purchases are charged to your Disney Resort hotel account.

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Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park – Closed for Refurbishment Chill out in a winter wonderland at a one-time ski resort that melted into warm water.

Here, you can:

  • Conquer the slopes of Mount Gushmore on Summit Plummet —one of the world’s tallest and fastest free-fall waterslides.
  • Zoom down other thrilling waterslides, like the Downhill Double Dipper and Slush Gusher .
  • Float along Cross Country Creek , a 3,000-foot-long lazy river.
  • Let your little ones explore Tike’s Peak , a water play area with a snow castle fountain and kid-sized waterslides.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – Now Open! Delight in this tropical paradise that’s been transformed by a legendary storm into an oasis of pure excitement.

  • Ride a wave at Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool —North America’s largest wave pool.
  • Grab a friend and take the plunge down Crush ‘n’ Gusher , featuring thrilling dips and turns.
  • Watch your little ones enjoy a whimsical water playground with pint-sized slides, water cannons and other fun features at Ketchakiddee Creek .
  • Relax as you float along Castaway Creek and take in lush, tropical surroundings.

Important Information Valid water park admission required. Water parks subject to seasonal and weather closures. Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park is currently closed for refurbishment.

Disney Springs

Find happily whatever you’re after at Disney Springs:

  • Delectable dining options to please almost every palate
  • Shopping galore , from unique boutiques to whimsical Disney-themed stores
  • Fun for all ages , with bowling, a movie theater, a carousel and more
  • Live entertainment , including Drawn to Life presented by Cirque du Soleil® and Disney—a first-of-its-kind creative collaboration between 2 iconic memory-makers

Delectable Dining

  • Character dining (with modifications) at Garden Grill Restaurant, Hollywood & Vine, Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera, Chef Mickey’s and more
  • Signature dining where you can celebrate a special occasion in style
  • Counter-service restaurants —ideal for grabbing a quick bite on-the-go
  • Mobile Order at select quick-service restaurants, which enables you to save time by ordering ahead via the My Disney Experience app
  • Spectacular rooftop dining at California Grill, Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera and Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood

When to Make Dining Reservations Get ready to dine! Make advance reservations at select Walt Disney World restaurants.

Enchanting Extras Collection

  • Hands-on Star Wars experiences at Droid Depot and Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers (with valid park admission)
  • In-Room Floral & Gifts , featuring beautiful gift and snack baskets, themed balloon bouquets and enchanting floral arrangements—all designed to celebrate your special moments
  • Capture Your Moment , a personalized photo session with Disney PhotoPass photographers in a Walt Disney World theme park
  • Fascinating tours that take you to special locations at Walt Disney World Resort—including Savor the Savanna and Behind the Seeds

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Walking barefoot across the pink sand to the crystal-clear water ahead, the sun’s rays providing a warm welcome, it’s hard not to think this might be the most beautiful beach I’ve seen.

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And although it seems too good to be real, no magic was conjured to create this stunning natural oasis at the southernmost tip of the island of Eleuthera, although it was Magic that brought us here – the Disney Magic cruise ship, that is.

This slice of paradise is Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, the first new Disney Cruise Line (DCL) island in nearly 25 years and a destination that DCL hopes will share the culture of the Bahamian people with its guests, as well as complement its private island, Disney Castaway Cay.

“Castaway Cay is an imaginary place that our guests get to wash up on, it’s in the Bahamas but it’s very Disney,” says Joseph Gaskins, DCL regional director of public affairs for Bahamas and the Caribbean.

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“What this place allows us to do is have a destination that is inspired by the rich culture, history and heritage of the Bahamas and its natural environment, while still providing our guests with those signature experiences, food and amenities they have come to love about a Disney Cruise Line experience.”

To bring Lookout Cay (pronounced “key”) to life and make the Bahamian aspects genuine, Disney collaborated with the community, hiring nearly 200 locals and having an all-Bahamian leadership team on site.

“Whether it’s in Imagineering, costuming or entertainment, there’s been a real thoughtful approach to including Bahamians and making this experience something that our guests can leave feeling like they’ve had an engagement with Bahamian culture,” says Gaskins, who is Bahamian.

Among the entertainment for DCL guests is RUSH! A Junkanoo Celebration that includes the opportunity for guests to learn about the history and craftsmanship of the colourful and upbeat festival from local artisans at the Goombay Cultural Center.

Andrew Pinder, chairman of the National Junkanoo Committee, says Disney “got it right” in the sharing of the “celebration of our tradition and culture expressed through music and dance, a vibrancy led by a beat that we cherish.”

Other activities for cruise line guests include a beach bash with family games, snorkelling, a gaming pavilion, bike rentals, nature trail, a Junkanoo-inspired water play area, an adults-only stretch of the beach with bars and BBQ, and cabana rentals for both adults and families. Plus, there are port adventures such as tours and catamarans, and shops providing Disney and beach items as well as handmade merchandise by local artisans.

In addition to Disney signature food (burgers, hot dogs), there’s also local-inspired lunch offerings such as Bahamian pigeon peas and rice with marinated chicken, plant-based island curry, and lime-marinated snapper. Coffee locally roasted in Eleuthera is served and a specially made craft beer – Long John Pineapple Pilsner from Pirate Republic Brewing Co. – pays tribute to pineapples, for which Eleuthera is famous.

Situated between the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the archipelago of the Bahamas to west, the property is 900 acres but Disney committed early on to developing only a fraction of it, Gaskins says, and are at less than 16% as they try to minimize impact on the environment.

The first evidence of that goal is the trestle pier, the only one in the Bahamas, he notes. By building out into open water (about a 15-minute walk from ship to shore, followed by a seven–minute tram ride to the beach), no dredging of sensitive coral areas was needed for the ships to come in and the marine life and tides can continue their natural flow.

The site is also 90% solar powered, so there’s little to no effect on the local power grid or water infrastructure.

“We are very self-reliant on this property and focused on renewable energy,” Gaskins says.

The walkways don’t impact the ground environment so guests can move around without rustling the brushes. The pathways also go over the natural dunes that protect against storm surges and hurricanes and are home to plants and animals.

Nature was the inspiration for the shapes of the buildings and the colour schemes, with the patterns on the tops of buildings resembling seashells found along the Bahamian seashore. The paintings underneath were done by Bahamian artists, and the music was created locally as well, with some originals and Disney classics given a Bahamian flair.

Kevin Thomas, senior creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, says the goal of Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point “is for people to walk away with a thirst perhaps to come back or to expand upon what they learned about Bahamians.”

We can confirm we are already dreaming of cruising back to have another Junkanoo dance with Mickey and Minnie and swim again at that beautiful beach.

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Summer can be scorching hot in Florida, but if you can take the heat, you can score some of the best deals of the yea r at Walt Disney World. 

Special three- and four-day Magic Tickets bring prices down to under $100 a day for adults, which at Disney and other theme parks means anyone age 10 and up.

Disneyland in California is also offering a summer promo slashing prices in half for kids ages 3 to 9. Admission is always free for children under the age of 3 at both resorts.

Here’s what to know about saving at Disney parks this summer.

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Disney World tickets vary by date and park. This year, starting prices for one-day, one-park admission for adults range from $109 at Disney's Animal Kingdom to $124 at Magic Kingdom. Next year , the cheapest one-day, one-park adult tickets will cost $119. On most dates, prices are significantly higher than the starting price. 

However, the resort is offering two ticket deals through the summer. The 4-Day, 4-Park Magic Ticket starts at $396, which works out to $99 a day. That includes one day at each of Disney World’s four theme parks, without park-hopping or repeating parks. Tickets are valid through Sept. 22 and must be used within seven days of the start date.

The 3-Day, 3-Park Magic Ticket starts at $267, which works out to $89 a day. It includes one day each at EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, without park-hopping or repeating parks. Admission to Magic Kingdom is not included. Tickets are valid through Sept. 24 and must be used within five days of the start date.

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Guests visiting Monday through Thursday can save the most. Three-day tickets cost $249 for adults and $149 for children, which works out to $83 per day for adults and less than $50 per day for kids with no park hopping. Monday to Thursday tickets may not be used on Fridays or weekends.

Guests who want more flexibility can get 3-day tickets valid any day of the week for $299 per adult (less than $100 per day) and $199 per child (less than $67 per day), without park hopping.

Both types of tickets are valid from June 10 through Sept. 26 and are subject to park reservation availability. Unlike Disney World, Disneyland still requires park reservations for all tickets.

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13 of the Best Hotels in Orlando for Kids

I f you travel with kids, chances are, you’ll be planning a trip to Orlando, Florida at some point. Orlando offers so many things for the entire family, including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove, and Universal Studios.

Regardless of your budget, there are so many great options for kid-friendly hotels in Orlando, Florida. Here are some of our favorites among the best Orlando resorts. We’ve only included hotels that we’ve actually stayed in on this list, so there are many other hotels in Orlando that could absolutely be appropriate for your vacation.

Disclosure: Over the years, I’ve been hosted at some, but not all, of these best family hotels. This post contains affiliate links and a click-through/purchase from one of these links may result in a commission paid to us at no cost to you. I used to be a member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel, but all opinions are my own.

The Best Hotels in Orlando for Kids

Hyatt orlando international airport.

I’d always wanted to stay in a hotel in an airport, and have enjoyed several stays at the Hyatt Orlando International Airport. This hotel, which is located right in the airport terminal, is perfect for a pre-or post-cruise stay. It’s so convenient and offers an outdoor pool and several restaurants.

You’ll also have access to the restaurants in the pre-security area of the airport. Despite the location in the airport, the rooms are actually very comfortable and quiet. I always enjoy my stay there.

In addition to regular stays, the Hyatt Orlando International Airport also offers day stays. If you arrive early at the airport, or have a delayed flight, you’ll be able to pay a day rate to get access to a room for a day. In addition to the room, you’ll also have access to all of the amenities of the hotel. It’s a great way to relax.

Benefits and Features of the Hyatt Orlando International Airport

  • Location inside the airport
  • Convenient for cruises departing from Port Canaveral
  • Day stay rooms available
  • Outdoor pool

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels Orlando Airport

If you’d like to stay by the airport but don’t want to stay IN the airport, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels Orlando Airport is a great option. This hotel offers the great DoubleTree benefits (like complimentary chocolate chip cookies!), in a convenient location at a great price.

It’s located about 10 minutes from Orlando International Airport and 20 minutes from the Orlando theme parks. The hotel also offers an outdoor pool and has a 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle.

I wouldn’t necessarily stay at the DoubleTree for a full vacation (although you definitely could). It is a great spot if you want to be near the airport, however.

Benefits and Features DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels Orlando Airport

  • Very close to the airport
  • Shuttle to the airport
  • Hilton Honors and DoubleTree benefits

Disney Swan and Dolphin Resorts

Located on Disney property, but not owned by Disney, these sister resorts have many of the same benefits that on-property Disney resorts off. These resorts can often have better prices than similar-rated Disney properties, although they do have more of a business-hotel feel.

You’ll have complimentary access to transportation to all of the Disney theme parks. From this resort, you can walk to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and the Boardwalk.

You could definitely spend an entire vacation at these hotels. There’s so much to do and there are some great amenities, including a gorgeous pool area.

Benefits and Features of the Swan and Dolphin Hotels

  • Complimentary Disney transportation
  • Located right on Disney property
  • Comfortable rooms
  • Outdoor pool complex

Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club

If you are looking for an on-property Disney resort that’s conveniently located, you may want to look at Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club. These sister resorts are located near Epcot’s World Showcase entrance and are a quick walk or boat ride away from Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Boardwalk.

There’s also a three-acre pool area called Stormalong Bay, which offers a water slide, lazy river, and sandy bottom pool. It’s definitely one of the best hotel pools in Orlando. These two resorts are considered deluxe Disney resorts and are among some of the most expensive resorts on property.

Other amenities include a fitness center, and arcade, tennis courts, and a salon. There are also several restaurants. Walt Disney World resort hotels also offer free parking at the hotels.

I find the Beach and Yacht Club to be one of the most convenient hotels, because of the walking access to two separate theme parks. But you may also want to plan a free day just to spend some time at the resort because the pool is so fantastic.

Benefits and Features of the Disney Beach and Yacht Club

  • Walkable to Hollywood Studios and EPCOT
  • Amazing outdoor pool area
  • Access to lots of restaurants
  • Beautiful Disney theming

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

This recently renovated resort is one of the best Disney properties for young families. It’s located on the monorail loop, so you can take a monorail to the Magic Kingdom right from the resort. The adjacent Ticket and Transportation Center offers a monorail to EPCOT and a bus service to the Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios .

The Polynesian has multiple swimming pools, several delicious restaurants, and so much more. It’s a big resort, so definitely call to make a request if you have a specific building in mind. Like some of the other Disney Resorts, you could easily spend a full day just at the resort enjoying the pool area.

Benefits and Features of the Disney Polynesian Village Resort

  • Located on the monorail on Disney World property
  • Easy access to some great Disney restaurants
  • Fun theme the whole family will love
  • Fantastic outdoor pool area

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

This Disney Value resort is one of the newest hotels on the property. The theme at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is so kid-friendly, with areas themed after the Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Cars, and the Lion King.

Although it’s a value resort, only one of the sections, the Little Mermaid, has standard hotel rooms. The rest of the resort has some really nice family suites, with a living area, a master bedroom, and a small kitchenette. They offer a lot more space for a family.

Benefits and Features of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Fun Finding Nemo-themed pool
  • Family suites throughout much of the resort
  • Realistic kid-friendly themes
  • Disney Skyliner access to Hollywood Studios and EPCOT

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

In my opinion, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most kid-friendly hotels in Orlando. If you stay here, I’d definitely recommend getting a Savannah-view room, which is a bit more expensive. However, you’ll be able to see animals right from your hotel room’s balcony.

We first stayed there when my kids were little, and they absolutely loved all of the animals. It’s definitely one of my favorite hotels. 

Guests staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge have to take bus transportation to the four theme parks, Disney Springs, and the two water parks. However, it’s worth it because it’s such a unique, beautiful resort.

Benefits and Features of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Unique animal viewing experience (get a savanna view room if you can)
  • Deluxe resort amenities
  • Great restaurants

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Another incredibly convenient hotel for a Walt Disney World vacation is Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This modern resort, located on the monorail loop, is adjacent to the Magic Kingdom, making it a great place to stay if you are planning on spending a lot of time at that park.

The Contemporary has several buildings, including the main tower, the garden wing, and Bay Lake Tower , a Disney Vacation Club property. There are loads of amenities on the property for guests, including pools, an arcade, and multiple restaurants.

Guests are able to take a short walk from the resort right to the Magic Kingdom. This is especially helpful at the end of the night when you’ll be able to go right to your hotel after a long day at the park.

Benefits and Features of Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Walkable to the Magic Kingdom
  • Fun theme with the monorail running right through the center of the main tower
  • Monorail access to EPCOT
  • Great nearby restaurants and dining options

JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

This beautiful property is perfect for a luxury Orlando vacation. The JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, and the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes are sister resorts that share amenities, which include a Greg Norman Signature Golf Course, a Ritz-Carlton spa, a Lazy River, and many fabulous restaurants.

The property sits at the foot of the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, and guests can book a kayaking eco-tour through these tranquil and beautiful waters. My favorite amenity is the lazy river – it’s both peaceful and fun.

Because of the location on the headwaters of the Everglades, it really doesn’t feel like an Orlando hotel. Instead, it feels much more remote. Definitely plan to spend some time relaxing there.

Benefits and Features of the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

  • Beautiful luxury hotel
  • Location right near the headwaters of the Florida Everglades
  • Fun pool complex
  • Fantastic service

Gaylord Palms

I’m a big fan of the Gaylord resort chain and have stayed at four of their current properties. The Gaylord Palms is a beautiful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the Orlando theme parks.

It’s got a small family water park, a space, several restaurants, and a game room, in a family-friendly, relaxing environment. Like the other Gaylord properties, everything is located in a gorgeous atrium, filled with plants.

Benefits and Features of the Gaylord Palms

  • Cypress Springs Water Park
  • Unique atrium hotel
  • Feels like a theme park
  • Lots of restaurant options

Orlando World Center Marriott

This resort is the largest Marriott-branded hotel in the world and one of the busiest hotels that I’ve ever stayed in. However, it doesn’t seem too overwhelming or crowded.

There’s a gorgeous pool area that you could spend a whole day at, with an outdoor swimming pool, water slides, and more. In addition, there are 11 different on-site restaurants including a grab-and-go market, an arcade, a spa, and much, much more. It feels like a small city and is a fun place to stay.

Benefits and Features of the Orlando World Center Marriott

  • Huge hotel with lots of amenities
  • Great water park
  • Fun activities
  • Marriott Bonvoy benefits

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

If your travel plans include Discovery Cove and/or SeaWorld, this resort is extremely convenient. SeaWorld is located right across the street, so you don’t need to drive or take a shuttle. The resort is very comfortable and offers nice-sized rooms (some with views of SeaWorld). There is also a pool area/water park for kids, an arcade, several restaurants, and a spa.

Benefits and Features of the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

  • Across the street from SeaWorld
  • Beautiful lobby and atrium

Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

We stayed at the Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek resort over Thanksgiving and absolutely loved our stay. I opted to upgrade to a Walt Disney World fireworks view room, so we were able to see the fireworks right from our room. The resort is convenient for a Disney stay.

Although it isn’t a Disney property, it’s located within the gates of Walt Disney World. Amenities include a shuttle right to the Walt Disney World theme parks, as well as a beautiful pool area with a lazy river. The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is located adjacent to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

Benefits and Features of the Signia by Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort

  • Located within the Disney World gates
  • Pool complex with lazy river
  • Located adjacent to the Waldorf with access to the spa
  • Lots of great restaurants and bars

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More parents are taking on debt to pay for Disney vacations as prices soar

  • Lending Tree surveyed Americans about how vacationing at Disney World impacts their finances.
  • Nearly 50% of parents with children under 18 go into debt for Disney trips.
  • Respondents said in-park food and beverages were the main budget-busters.

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As prices soar, some parents are emptying their bank accounts for a trip to Disney. Others are maxing out their credit cards.

Disney's expensive prices have been a hot topic among parkgoers recently. They even caused Disney CEO Bob Iger to raise his eyebrows in disbelief.

Disneyland raised ticket prices in 2023 and Disney World is expected to increase costs in 2025.

So Lending Tree surveyed over 2,000 American consumers to understand just how much a trip to Disney's theme parks can impact a family's finances.

What it found is a little concerning.

"Across the 77% of theme park-going parents with kids younger than 18 who've been to Disney, 45% have gone into debt for a Disney trip," the survey found.

That's up from the 2022 Disney debt survey, which found that 30% of parents with children under 18 were going into debt.

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According to the survey, parents with young children had an average debt of almost $2,000.

Despite the financial hit, 59% of parents said they didn't regret the decision.

"For so many parents, taking their kids to Disney is a rite of passage, something they remember fondly from their youth and want to experience with their kids," LendingTree chief credit analyst Matt Schulz said in a statement. "Because of those feelings, they're often willing to take on debt to get there."

Food, transportation, and accommodation are the biggest dents to parents' Disney budgets. The survey found that 65% of respondents with Disney debt said food and beverages cost more than they expected.

Disney World and Disneyland representatives did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

The rising prices at Disney and, well, everywhere, coupled with stifling childcare costs, are already impacting parents across the country, leading some to look for alternatives to Disney.

One husband told BI his family decided to visit Great Wolf Lodge in North Carolina instead of their usual trip to Walt Disney World.

The husband said his children enjoyed Great Wolf Lodge more than their Disney adventures, and it cost less, too.

Have you taken on debt to take a trip to a Disney theme park and want to share your story? If so, reach out to this reporter at [email protected]

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