20 Best Tokyo Disneyland Rides You Shouldn’t Skip for All

The Best Tokyo Disneyland Rides

All Tokyo Disneyland rides make it one of the happiest destinations on earth. There are plenty of iconic indoor and outdoor rides for you to play, along with different interactive attractions.

I’ve explored this amazing theme park with my wife at least 3 times, and each visit was truly enjoyable. In fact, it is high on my list of top things to do in Tokyo that you shouldn’t miss.

So, let me share the 20 best rides and attractions in Tokyo Disneyland that will surely make you want to try them more than once! 😊

Pro-tip: Be sure to buy your Disneyland tickets online here in advance, as the park doesn’t offer on-site purchasing. The tickets sell out quickly, so remember to buy them earlier.

1. Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain, Best Ride at Tokyo Disneyland
Kick off the fun at Splash Mountain

Among the standout rides during your adventure in Tokyo Disneyland, Splash Mountain is a top pick.

This splashing water ride comes with audio-animatronics and 45-degree high-speed drops to entertain you.

Hop aboard the log boat that can cater up to 8 persons. The entire journey lasts for up to 10 minutes.

During your trip, you’ll come across incredible sights that are actually based on the animated Disney film, Song of the South.

2. Space Mountain

Space Mountain
Enjoy the thrill of Space Mountain

Space Mountain is one of Tokyo Disneyland’s most scary rides that should be part of your must-try list.

This thrilling rocket ride is like an indoor roller coaster. It travels you through a galaxy scene at a shockingly high speed.

So, make sure to prepare yourself as the 12-passenger seat ride takes you to the ends of outer space.

Space Mountain Experience

Along the way, there will be sharp curves and even sudden falls to hype up the fun.

It might be a challenge to keep your eyes open, but try your best to catch the remarkable scenery.

3. Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain
The stirring Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain is a classic train roller coaster at Tokyo Disneyland that can accommodate 30 people per train.

This high-speed train ride takes you on an electrifying cave adventure.

Enjoy the thrill while watching the spectacular landscape of the 19th century California gold rush era.

Throughout the ride, there will be a lot of thrilling tilts, drops, and even a 180-degree turn.

4. Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Be in awe with Star Tours

If you’re a Star Wars fan, don’t miss the Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. This amazing ride lets you experience a realistic Star Wars battle.

Get entertained by the epic galactic adventure filled with incredible tech designs. You’ll even find yourself in the middle of an action-filled setting.

Star Tours Experience

So, if you want to unleash your Star Wars fantasy, this 3D motion simulator attraction is top-notch.

The entire ride runs for 4 minutes and caters up to 40 people per vehicle.

5. Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek

Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek, a fun ride in Tokyo Disneyland
A colorful quest at Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek

The Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek is a 4-minute fun ride that is unique in Tokyo Disneyland.

It is a dark yet interactive attraction that is packed with sound effects and fuller-than-life animations.

Once you sit on the tram, you will be transported to the set of the famous movie, Monsters Inc.

Each car accommodates 2 persons. And since this ride-and-go-seek game is dark, you’ll be using flashlights to capture the adorable movie characters.

6. Pooh’s Hunny Hunt

Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, one of Tokyo Disneyland top rides
Be in awe with Pooh’s Hunny Hunt

Tokyo Disneyland rides cover a variety of attractions, but Pooh’s Hunny Hunt is one attraction you shouldn’t skip. It’s a trackless dark ride that rotates for about 4.5 minutes.

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Uniquely, what you’ll be sitting here is a honey pot that accommodates up to 5 persons.

Along the trip, there will be a fun story-telling that complements well with the 3D fine arts.

Relish the ride that transports you from one scene to another before reaching Pooh’s most-awaited Honey Tree!

7. “it’s a small world”

"it's a small world"
Have fun at “it’s a small world”

“it’s a small world” is a water-based boat ride that is bursting with highly-animated designs.

Catch the audio-animatronic dolls dancing, spinning, waving, and even flying around. These adorable miniature statues add more color to the place.

"it's a small world" boat tour
Take delight with the cute and colorful animations

Throughout the 10-minute cruise, the playful chant of the song “It’s a small world” is being played.

This definitely makes the ambience more entertaining. Each boat can take up to 20 people only.

8. Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall

Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall
The ever-fascinating Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall

Step into the magical Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall and get mesmerized by its sophisticated designs.

Inside this beautiful structure are pieces from Cinderella‘s life story. These include some dazzling chandeliers and intricate ceilings.

Painting gallery that highlights different Cinderella scenes
Take a closer look at the beautiful paintings

Along with that, you’ll love the painting gallery that highlights different Cinderella scenes.

The walkthrough exhibit is also surrounded by stunning miniature statues. And of course, the famous glass slipper is also on display.

9. Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters

Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters
Have fun at Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters

Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters is an interactive shooting attraction available within Tokyo Disneyland. This slow ride is very popular among tourists travelling with kids.

Here, you will go on board a space cruiser that can fit up to 3 persons.

Each vehicle comes with laser pistols and a joystick, which you can use along the way.

Experience a 360-degree rotation with the help of the joystick.

And then, shoot Emperor Zurg and his robots using the laser shooters.

10. Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion
Pump up your senses and visit Haunted Mansion

If you want a spooky, dark ride, try the Haunted Mansion. As soon as you enter this ominous gothic mansion, you can already feel the eerie vibes.

Haunted Mansion Experience

There are plenty of ghosts, ghouls, and goblins lurking around. Some of the scary characters are even dancing and hanging, so never let your guard down.

And since this is a slow-moving ride with creepy effects, lighting, and sounds, you won’t get disappointed with the 15-minute adventure.

A total of 2 persons can seat on the Omnimover-style vehicle.

11. Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight
Fly with Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight is also part of the must-visit Tokyo Disneyland attractions, so make sure to ride it.

Peter Pan’s Flight Experience

This place captivates you with its flying ship, which will serve as your transportation to Neverland, London, and Captain Hook’s pirate ship.

Come and see the many wonders of this rail-suspended dark ride that can fit 2 guests per vehicle.

Your adventure begins at the humble home of the Darling family and jumps next to the old, quiet London streets. Thereafter, you will meet Wendy Darling and Captain Hook.

12. Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean
Experience the stunning Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean is another dark boat ride that you shouldn’t miss. Each boat can cater to 20 passengers.

From the name itself, this indoor cruise mimics the popular Disney movie, Pirates of the Caribbean.

You will travel through the world of pirates that is filled with realistic designs and incredible sounds.

Along the way, you will see a lot of creepy-looking characters as well as jolly figures. For sure, you will enjoy this classic water adventure.

13. Western River Railroad

Western River Railroad
The picturesque Western River Railroad

Western River Railroad is a steam train that can accommodate 140 persons.

Unlike other rides, this 15-minute outdoor expedition passes right through other areas in the park. These include Critter Country, Adventureland, Thunder Mountain, and Westernland.

Western River Railroad
Gorgeous views from your seat

While onboard, you’ll catch a glimpse of the daily lives of the Native Americans. The scenic views are also worth-capturing.

And near the end part of the adventure, you will enter a dark area with a lot of dinosaur figures.

14. Dumbo The Flying Elephant

Dumbo The Flying Elephant
Fly with Dumbo The Flying Elephant

Marvel at the blue sky above you as you settle on top of Dumbo The Flying Elephant.

Not too slow and not too fast, this carousel-style ride is definitely a fun way to enjoy the outdoors.

Each Dumbo vehicle can accommodate 2 persons only.

So, whether you’re with your partner or with your kid, you’ll love this steady yet exhilarating trip.

15. Minnie’s House

Minnie’s House
The overly adorable Minnie’s House

Has it crossed your mind to live in a cute, tiny Disney house?

It’s time to make your dreams into reality and enter Minnie’s House.

This gorgeous home is too cute to go unnoticed! Even from afar, you can feel the charm of this small structure.

Inside of Minnie's House
All sorts of cuteness

Go inside the house and be transported into the world of Minnie Mouse!

In the living room, you’ll see pretty things like pink telephone, green sofa, and colourful stack of books. There’s also a kitchen area, a bedroom, and a fireplace.

16. Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast

Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast”
The magical scenes at Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast

No list of top rides at Tokyo Disneyland will be complete without Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast. This new attraction caters to visitors of all ages.

Hop aboard the magical cups and enjoy the realistic acts from the famous movie, Beauty and the Beast.

Throughout the ride, you’ll be enthralled by majestic scenes and magical music. Truly, this is like dream come true for die-hard fans of the animated film.

17. Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Mickey's PhilharMagic
Cheerful vibes from Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Watch Mickey’s PhilharMagic and get a chance to see the fun-filled world of Disney.

This 12-minute show fascinates its audience with realistic scenes and animated effects.

It gathers some of the best animated Disney movies like Mickey Mouse, Coco, the Donald Duck, and more!

And during the 4D performance, you can sing along with your favorite characters. So, don’t miss this spot and have a marvelous time with your family and friends.

18. Gadget’s Go Coaster

Gadget's Go Coaster
Fast-paced Gadget’s Go Coaster

Gadget’s Go Coaster is another fun spot for families. Adorned with vibrant colors, this ride may appear to be all mild and cheerful.

But don’t underestimate the charming designs because this one is quite electrifying!

Get on a fantastic roller coaster journey and prepare yourself for a thrilling experience.

While aboard the seat, enjoy the twists and turns along with the colorful scenes around you.

19. The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents “Aloha E Komo Mai!”

The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents "Aloha E Komo Mai!"
Amazing birds at The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents “Aloha E Komo Mai!

Drop by The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents “Aloha E Komo Mai! and revel in this lively show.

Here, you get to see the four talented Birds of Paradise namely Manu, Mahina, Hau’oli, and Waha Nui.

Follow the entire performance, which is filled with remarkable audio-animatronics.

And of course, enjoy the act of the mischievous yet adorable Stitch from the famous Lilo & Stitch movie!

20. The Happy Ride with Baymax

The Happy Ride with Baymax
Fun experience at The Happy Ride with Baymax

The Happy Ride with Baymax offers you the opportunity to get dragged by Baymax! This is such a rare chance of having this fluffy character as your driver.

And you’ll love the ride even more because of the lively music. Be entertained by the enthralling loops while enjoying the musical vibes!

The Best Tokyo Disneyland Rides and Attractions (Summary)

Thrill Rides:

  • Splash Mountain – Water-based thrill ride
  • Space Mountain – Indoor roller coaster set in space
  • Big Thunder Mountain – Outdoor roller coaster with a mine train theme

Sci-Fi/Futuristic Attractions:

  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue – Space-themed motion simulator ride
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters – Interactive shooting gallery ride set in space
  • The Happy Ride with Baymax – Whirling ride themed after the character Baymax from Big Hero 6

Fantasy and Fairy Tales:

  • Pooh’s Hunny Hunt – Dark ride based on Winnie the Pooh
  • “it’s a small world” – Boat ride featuring various cultures in a whimsical style
  • Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall – Walk-through attraction exploring Cinderella’s story
  • Peter Pan’s Flight – Flying boat ride through scenes from Peter Pan
  • Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast – A ride that brings the “Beauty and the Beast” story to life with scenes from the movie.
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic – 3D film attraction featuring Disney characters

Adventure and Exploration:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean – Boat ride with a pirate theme
  • Western River Railroad – Train ride offering park views
  • Dumbo The Flying Elephant – Aerial carousel ride

Character-Themed Attractions:

  • Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek – Interactive dark ride based on Monsters, Inc
  • Haunted Mansion – Dark ride through a haunted estate
  • Minnie’s House – Walk-through attraction of Minnie Mouse’s house
  • Gadget’s Go Coaster – Roller coaster themed around the character Gadget
  • The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents “Aloha E Komo Mai!” – A musical animatronic show featuring Stitch

Something to Take Note Of:

For non-thrill seekers, give priority to Pooh’s Hunny Hunt and Monsters, Inc. Rider & Go Seek because these rides easily run out.

And for thrill-seekers, then Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain should be your top choices.

Friendly Reminder:

There is no ticketing counter available at Disneyland for purchasing tickets.

You need to book your Disneyland tickets online here before your visit.

After the purchase, you’ll receive an e-ticket in your email. Just scan this e-ticket from your smartphone at the entry gate to access the park.

Remember to secure your park tickets early, as they sell out quickly, especially during peak season.

My Recommendations:

Option 1: DisneySea

If you have more time in Tokyo, it’s recommended that you also go to DisneySea. This is a super beautiful theme park that is located next to Disneyland.

However, I encourage you to allocate another day here because this is quite big and has a lot of attractions to visit.

Go check out my guide to the best Tokyo DisneySea rides to know all the rides and shows that you should try there.

Option 2: Sanrio Puroland

Another suggested place to visit is Hello Kitty Land. Though this is a bit smaller compared to DisneySea, it’s a great place to meet Hello Kitty and Sanrio characters.

Plus, it comes with fun parades and performances that are very suitable for those travelling with kids. You can read my Sanrio Puroland article for more information.

Visiting Singapore soon? Don’t miss the Universal Studios there and consult this guide to the top Universal Studios Singapore rides.

Must-Watch Shows at Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland isn’t just about thrilling and fun rides; there’s a whole world of excitement waiting for you!

So, let me introduce the 4 must-see shows and parades that you should catch while you’re in the park.

1. Mickey’s Magical Music World

Mickey's Magical Music World
Spectacular acts from Mickey’s Magical Music World

Mickey’s Magical Music World welcomes you to a dazzling performance by Mickey Mouse and his friends.

Take joy in the fantastic live show filled with beautiful music and lively dances.

And of course, the magical stage sets make the show more memorable. So, make sure to add this attraction to your plan and be captivated by their brilliant charms.

2. Club Mouse Beat

Club Mouse Beat
Dynamic performances at Club Mouse Beat

Club Mouse Beat is also an entertaining avenue for Disney lovers. Groove to the beat of the music while your beloved characters dance their hearts out.

Here, you can catch them showcasing their talents like there’s no tomorrow.

See them highlight their dancing skills in hip-hop, pop, Latin, and more!

The show runs for around 25 minutes, so better prepare yourselves for a remarkable show!

3. Disney Harmony in Color

Disney Harmony in Color
Tinker Bell dazzles in “Disney Harmony in Color” parade

Disney Harmony in Color is a vibrant daytime parade showcasing beloved Disney characters and celebrating themes of adventure, courage, family bonds, and friendship.

The parade features colorful flower petals and lively music, making it a joyous and exciting experience for all ages.

It lasts 45 minutes and starts at the Park Entrance, goes through World Bazaar, passes Cinderella Castle, and stops at the Plaza.

When you watch, look for Tinker Bell. She is at the front with a colorful costume and rainbow wings.

You will also see characters from movies like Zootopia, Moana, Wreck-It Ralph, and Coco. They ride on bright, fun floats.

Mickey and Minnie in the Parade
Mickey and Minnie shine in vibrant parade attire

At the end of the parade, Mickey Mouse and his friends come out. They end the parade with lots of colors and happiness, creating a heartwarming and cheerful finale.

4. Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights
The magical Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights

Cap off the adventure by watching the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights. This night parade lights up the entire park with vibrant colours and beams.

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights
Brilliant and vivid lights from the floats

Here, you’ll meet the Blue Fairy, together with the Knights of Light. The Casey Junior Train, on the other hand, is occupied by Mickey Mouse and Goofy.

Also crowd favourites are Alice in the Wonderland, Pete’s Dragon, Toy Story, Genie, Cinderella, and Pinocchio.

All these floats are not just mesmerizing but also nostalgic.

Meet Up with Disney Characters

While wandering around the park, you might come across your favourite Disney characters. Here are some spots to meet these adorable figures.

1. Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey

Mickey's House and Meet Mickey
Pop by the Mickey’s House

How about you spend time inside Mickey’s House?

This is another renowned spot in Tokyo Disneyland because it allows you to see the life of Mickey Mouse.

Enjoy the walkthrough tour and learn more about this mischievous and jolly character.

Mickey Mouse Figure
A lifelike figure of Mickey Mouse

Check out his classic collectibles and bunch of treasured possessions!

After that, take a look inside his Movie Barn and watch some of his well-known movie scenes. Then, you’re free to share a photo with Mickey Mouse!

2. Tigger

Take a photo with Tigger

Tigger is very easy to spot because of his orange and black stripes. And of course, just like in the movies, he is also very energetic.

So, don’t be surprised to catch him bouncing all over the place.

3. Eeyore

Spend time with Eeyore

Don’t get intimated with Eeyore’s gloomy appearance.

His worry-eyed face may suggest sadness but he is actually very friendly. That’s why many want to take a photo of him.

Oftentimes, you’ll find him surrounded by a lot of people.

4. Rabbit

The lovely Rabbit

Interact with Rabbit and strike a pose before the crowd gets bigger. This adorable character is such a joy to watch as he entertains visitors with his charms.

5. Piglet

Catch up with Piglet

Another cute character that is always ready to brighten up your day is Piglet. His vibrant color makes him a standout even in a crowd of visitors.

So, admire his presence and don’t forget to capture his delightful smile.

My Tips

There are 6 important things about this park that you should know in advance. These tips will help you make the most out of your visit.

So, let me highlight the key insights through the list below.

Take Note: Remember to purchase your Disneyland tickets online, as there are no ticketing counters available on-site. This is important, so please take note.

1. Know the open and unavailable rides beforehand

There are times when some rides in the park are close for maintenance. So better check Disneyland’s ride closure date in advance so you won’t miss the rides that you want to try on that day.

2. Be informed of the schedule

You can also visit this Disney parade and show schedule website to know the exact showtimes. This will help you plan your trip ahead of time and maximize your tour.

3. Check the waiting time every now and then

To get the updated waiting time of the rides, download the Tokyo Disney Resort App. Using this app, you can prioritize rides with shorter lines and save time.

4. Assess the crowd level

To avoid crowds, consider going to the park on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. These three days are often less crowded than others.

5. Allot 1 day for your trip

To make your visit more efficient, allocate 1 day for Tokyo Disneyland because there are too many things to see and do there.

I personally spent the entire day in the park with my wife because of the abundant entertainment options.

More so, Disneyland is just part of my Tokyo trip. See here for my personal 7-day Tokyo itinerary, which will show you all the places that you should visit. I will also share here the suggested time duration for each place.

6. Transportation

There are 2 best ways to reach the theme park, either by bus or train.

Sometimes, taking the bus is the most convenient option. However, this depends on where you depart.

So, make sure to see this detailed article on how to go to Tokyo Disneyland to assist you in choosing the best transport mode.

Tokyo Disneyland: Priority Pass and Premier Access

Tokyo Disneyland offers two types of passes to help you access fast lanes for popular rides, reducing your wait time.

1. Priority Pass

The Priority Pass is available free of charge. It allows you to book access to certain rides or attractions ahead of time. This way, you bypass the standard queue. It’s like making a reservation for a ride.

To book, use the Tokyo Disney Resort App. The app lets you select eligible rides. However, you can’t choose the time to access the ride. The time will be allocated by the app.

You can get another Priority Pass in two ways. Either after using the previous one, or after a 2-hour period, whichever comes earlier.

Refer to the Priority Pass guide here for usage instructions.

2. Premier Access

Similar to the Priority Pass, Premier Access is typically a paid service that grants immediate or expedited access to attractions.

This pass allows you to choose a specific time for your favorite ride.

You can purchase a Premier Access pass for another ride after 60 minutes of your initial purchase.

Read the Disney Premier Access information to learn more about it.

Visiting Korea? Don’t miss Lotte World Seoul, an exciting theme park for unforgettable fun and adventures!

There are 2 nearby hotels that are the best to stay while in Tokyo Disneyland.

  1. Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel: This hotel offering spacious rooms is just a 2-minute walk to Bayside Station. From there, you can ride the monorail going to Tokyo Disneyland in 9 minutes. It is also directly accessible from both Narita and Haneda Airports via the Airport Limousine bus.
  2. Hilton Tokyo Bay: This is located beside Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel.

2 thoughts on “20 Best Tokyo Disneyland Rides You Shouldn’t Skip for All”

  1. Excellent articles Josh!
    My family just took our first trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida and we loved it so much that we want to go back!
    But we also want to visit Japan, learn about the culture and experience some traditional Japanese activities.
    We didn’t know how many things at Disney Tokyo are so different and unique from Disney Orlando! Now we are talking about adding a couple days to our trip just for Disney Tokyo thanks to your posts!
    Thank you so much.

    • Hi Erah McMullen,

      You’re most welcome. 🙂

      I hope that my guide and sharing tips in here can help you to maximize your trip to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea.

      These 2 attractions are truly amazing and beautiful. Worth to visit!

      Wish you have an enjoyable and great holiday in Tokyo. 🙂



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