Tokyo Disneyland Discount Ticket Tips

These money-saving tips for 2018 discount Tokyo Disneyland tickets will help you find TDL and DisneySea park ticket deals before you head to Japan. This will prevent you from having issues on the days when Tokyo Disney Resort tickets sell-out, and also save you time. We have an exclusive coupon, special deals, and info so you can choose the best Tokyo Disneyland park ticket options for your vacation. (Last updated February 14, 2018.)

Before we get to all that, some good news: Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea park tickets are cheaper and easier to understand than tickets for the U.S. Disney Parks. Aside from the language barrier, the process is far less complicated. Even with that said, there are still ways to save money, and a few things you should know before purchasing your Tokyo Disney Resort park tickets–and we’ve got all of that covered in this post!

If you’re looking for a quick answer about where to safely and easily purchase Tokyo Disney Resort park tickets, we recommend Klook to save money on Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea park tickets. Their tickets discounted, and Disney Tourist Blog readers can take an additional $5 off their first booking on Klook by entering our exclusive discount code KLKDTB at checkout. Plus, it’s easier to navigate Klook than the official (and more expensive) Tokyo Disney Resort website, which has its own quirks due to primarily targeting a Japanese audience…

Tickets at Tokyo Disney Resort are incredibly straightforward. The main options are 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, or 4-day park tickets. If you purchase a 1 or 2-day ticket, it is not a park hopper ticket. If you purchase a 3 or 4-day ticket, days 3 and 4 are always hopper days. With all tickets, you need to specify which park you will be visiting on each of the first two days.

That’s pretty much it. No “Magic Your Way,” no “Park Hopper Plus.” None of that. Of course, there are a few added wrinkles, like Annual Passports (cost prohibitive unless you’re spending over 16 days in the parks, which is the break-even point), Japanese Disney Fan Clubs (probably not for you if you’re reading an English guide), and local discounts (ditto the previous parenthetical).

Two other potential things about which you might want to know are that park tickets are sold at the Disney Stores in Japan and Lawson or Family Mart convenience stores. The tickets are full price at Disney Store, so the only advantage there is buying them during your trip but potentially before you arrive at Tokyo Disney Resort.

The tickets at Lawson and Family Mart are sometimes discounted, but only during the off-season, only on 1-2 day tickets, and typically less than $10 off per ticket. These are sold at self-service kiosks in the store, and are only sold in Japanese. You can try to fumble your way through the menus, but unless you speak Japanese, you’re better off with Klook.

How Many Days?

The big downside to these convenience store ticket kiosks–and Klook, for that matter–is that they only offer 1 or 2-day tickets. If you’ve read our Tokyo Disneyland Planning Guide, you know that we recommend 4-5 days in the parks.

As we say in that guide, Tokyo DisneySea is the best Disney park in the world and Tokyo Disneyland is also near the top (second or third best, if you ask me). Think of them as “fine moonshine.” You have to sip them slowly enough that you have a nice intoxication, because if you drink them in too quickly, you’re likely to go blind. While that’s a half-joke, we really do spend about 5 days in the parks, on average, per trip.

We also spend about that much time in Tokyo…and that much time in Kyoto. In total, our average trip to Japan is around two weeks long. Not everyone is going to have that much time to allocate to vacation, and if you have less time or are only casually interested in Disney, the park days are the days to cut. While we cannot fathom only spending a day at each park, that’s probably more reasonable for most visitors to Japan.

However, we’re also huge Disney geeks. If you’re just happening to stumble upon this post and only intended upon doing a day in each of Japan’s Disney parks (undoubtedly a more sane approach for the average tourist to Japan), the 2-day ticket from Klook is perfect for you. For hardcore Disney fans like us, it’s not the best option. You definitely want to do at least 3 days.

If you’re going for more than 2 days, you might consider purchasing tickets online via the Tokyo Disney Resort Online Reservation & Tickets website. The only American credit card that’s currently accepted is Mastercard, so you’ll need one of those.

If you go this route, you’ll print tickets out upon purchasing them (there’s no digital option). Don’t worry about the warning that they need to be printed on A4 size paper. Unless you’re a serious printing enthusiast, you won’t have that size of paper, nor a printer capable of handling it. The good news is that it doesn’t matter. While Japanese culture is all about its rules, this is one you can safely ignore.

The only reason that size is recommended is so it can be properly folded to fit the FastPass machine scanners. In reality, any size paper (well, within reason), can be folded to fit the FastPass machine readers. We’ve never had any issues.

If you’re going to the parks for 3-4 days and don’t have a Mastercard, just wait until you arrive in Japan to purchase your tickets. Be mindful of the fact that tickets can sell out on the busiest days of the year, so consult our When to Visit Tokyo Disneyland Guide and determine if you’re going during busy season. If so, make arrangements to purchase tickets early in your trip. If not, just buy the morning of your first day in the parks. The vast majority of the time, that’s what we do.

One thing to keep in mind is that if you purchase a 1 or 2-day ticket from Klook, you can upgrade your ticket to a 3 or 4-day ticket by paying the price difference once you’re at Tokyo Disney Resort. This is a good strategy to hedge your bets against tickets selling out.

Beyond these 1-4 day ticket options at Tokyo Disney Resort, there are a few ticket quirks…

Park Hopper Tickets?

In terms of park hopping, it’s not an add-on option. If you buy a ticket of 2 days or less, you cannot park hop. If you buy over 2 days, you automatically get hopping on days 3 and 4. We’ve found this to be ideal, as you don’t need to park hop before then. We really only hop on our last day, typically.

With that said, there is a special park hopper ticket sold exclusively to Tokyo Disney Resort hotel guests called the “Multi-Day Passport Special.” This ticket offers park hopping on every day of a 2-4 day ticket at a slight premium. Even though you’re only paying about $15 extra per ticket, we do not recommend this special passport.

A lot of people have asked us about this ticket, some going as far to question whether they should book a Disney hotel just for access to it. We wouldn’t recommend it to someone already staying at Hotel MiraCosta, let alone would we recommend booking an extravagant hotel package just for this type of ticket. Don’t get us wrong, the Disney hotels in Japan are exceptional, but they are also pricey. They are worth booking as a splurge for reasons totally unrelated to tickets.

The reason we don’t recommend paying extra for this park hopper ticket is because it’s totally unnecessary in all but the most extreme scenarios (we’ll get to those). Both parks have a ton to do, and you can easily spend 2 full days in each park. There is almost no reason to want to park hop on your first day in each park. Put that ~$15 to a few Chandu Tails instead.

Moreover, park hopping is not all that practical. Even though Tokyo DisneySea and Disneyland abut one another, their entrances are not within walking distance of one another. This is not like Disneyland in Anaheim, where an Esplanade and hundred yards or so separates the parks. It takes around 30 minutes and a monorail ride to park hop at Tokyo Disney Resort.

Even though you can park hop on days 3 and 4 of any regular ticket, we have only done this on a handful of occasions in all our time visiting Tokyo Disney Resort. One of those times, the reason we did was because Tokyo DisneySea closed early for a special event called “Valentine’s Nights” which is held select nights in February. Rare events like this is one such ‘extreme scenarios’ that justifies purchasing the special park hopper ticket. (Or, you can just avoid Tokyo DisneySea on the rare event night, which is easy-enough to do.)

Other extreme scenarios are an attraction going down for refurbishment at the very beginning of your trip and wanting to park hop to experience it or wanting to see a particular piece of entertainment numerous times. The refurbishment scenario is rare, but still easily addressed by doing whichever park on that day instead of park hopping. The entertainment concern is odd, as you can still see whatever it is 3 of 4 days on your trip.

Remember, 4 day tickets have park hopping on days 3 and 4. Even if you wanted to see Dreamlights 3 times, you can accomplish that with a normal ticket. See it on your first Tokyo Disneyland day, and then park hop as necessary on days 3 and 4. Even as much as we love Dreamlights, there’s no need to see it 4 times in a single trip.

We know we’re really stressing this ‘skip the park hopper’ bit, but it’s a really common question for us, and we feel it’s important to underscore just how unnecessary the park hopper option is at Tokyo Disney Resort. Readers who are Walt Disney World or Disneyland regulars often have a fondness for park hopping (we do!) in the U.S., but it’s a totally different ballgame in Japan.

Partial Day Tickets

There are a couple of partial day tickets that might be attractive to you. We do not approach these from a money-saving perspective (although you could). Embarrassingly enough, we often take advantage of these with the perspective that 4 days is not enough for us, so how can we add another day?!?

That mentality, coupled with the fact that we almost always arrive at Tokyo Disney Resort on a Sunday afternoon (hotels are expensive Friday and Saturday nights and crowds are heavy, so we usually do Sunday – Friday), at which point we are itching to get into the park.

Enter the ‘After 6’ and ‘Starlight Passport’ tickets. First up is the ‘After 6’ ticket, which is a discounted ticket sold after 6 p.m. on weekdays, except National Holidays. We’ve never purchased this ticket, but it’s similar to the Starlight Passport, except for weekdays. Second, there’s the ‘Starlight Passport,’ which allows entry after 3 p.m. on weekends and National Holidays.

The reason we do not view these tickets from a money-saving perspective is simple: their value is illusory. If you are approaching tickets as a per-hour cost, both of these tickets are actually more expensive than a regular 1-day ticket. You pay less because you get less.

With that said, if you’re arriving late, they can be a suitable option. The reason we’re fans of the Starlight Passport on Sunday afternoons is because it becomes valid right around the precise time weekend crowds are starting to die down (locals need to start catching the JR line back home), which is probably why the ticket is offered in the first place.

One thing we would not recommend is waiting around for this ticket to become valid. If you arrive ~2 hours before this ticket becomes valid, just purchase a full-day ticket. The nominal savings is not worth it, and the wait for the parks to start admitting guests holding these tickets is excruciating. (Trust us–we’ve made that particular mistake before, and will not be making it again!)

Overall, buying tickets for Tokyo Disney Resort is a pretty simple process, so don’t overthink it. If you’re only doing a couple of days, buy a 1-day or 2-day ticket from Klook to save money. (And don’t forget discount code KLKDTB at checkout to save an additional $5!)

If you’re doing 3-4 days and have a Mastercard, buy from home if you can navigate the Tokyo Disney Resort site. Otherwise, wait until you get to the parks and just purchase from the kiosk. If you’re visiting on the weekend during a busy time of the year, you might want to make an effort to buy your tickets a day or two in advance upon arrival into Japan.

If you’re thinking of visiting Japan for the first time and are overwhelmed with planning, definitely check out our Tokyo Disney Resort Planning Guide. It covers much more than the parks, from getting there to WiFi to currency and much, much more. For more photos and an idea of what we did day-by-day during our first visit, read our Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Report.

Your Thoughts

Do you agree or disagree with our advice regarding park tickets at Tokyo Disney Resort? Any suggestions of your own to add? Any questions? Hearing feedback about your experiences is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!


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