It seems that more and more, Guests visiting the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts are becoming increasingly vocal about the priciness of a Disney vacation.
From increased ticket prices and expensive extras like Disney Genie to costly hotel rooms and the removal of Disney’s Magical Express, Disney Guests continually debate the price of a family trip to a Disney theme park.
Well, what if we told you that one Disney Park has found a solution to its visitors’ money woes with a special half-day ticket that enables Guests to enjoy the attractions and entertainment at a lower price?
Every Disney fan dreams of being able to visit every Disney Park around the world and hitting Walt Disney World in Central Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, Disneyland Paris in France, Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, Shanghai Disneyland in China, and Hong Kong Disneyland is the ultimate bucket list Disney adventure. Adventures by Disney recently announced a new magical itinerary dubbed “Adventures by Disney Private Jet,” with its first trip departing to every Disney Park around the world in July of 2023.
The Weeknight Passport is a special ticket offered on evenings for those who can only spend a few hours in the Park – at a reduced price. The Oriental Land Company reintroduced this popular ticket for Tokyo Disneyland Guests under a new name starting July 5, 2022, after the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Park operations and ticket sales.
On weekdays (excluding holidays), Guests can purchase the Weeknight Passport, which replaces the former After-6 Passport. Weeknight Passports allow the Guest to enter either Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea starting from 5 p.m. until the Disney Park closes (currently 9 p.m. daily). Prices vary between ¥4500 ($33.25) and ¥5400 ($39.90) by day. Prices are the same for adults, teenagers, and children over 3. Compare this to 7,900 yen – 9,400 yen for an adult day ticket.
Though popular, as seen in the image taken above at 5 p.m. on the day we used the Weeknight Passport, it was certainly a cheaper and more efficient way to see Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea, particularly for those who are limited in time on their travels. We managed to rise Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, and still watch the parade before the Park closed. Talk about value for money!
On weekends and holidays, the new Early Evening Passport replaces the former Starlight Passport. Just like the former ticket, Guests can enter either park starting at 3 p.m. until close. Prices vary based on age, but adult prices range from ¥6500 ($48.03) to ¥7400 ($54.68).
Currently, both Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea close at 9 p.m. each day, which gives Weeknight Passport holders four hours to enjoy either Park on weekdays and six hours on weekends and holidays for Early Evening Passport Guests. The discounted Disney tickets can be booked via Tokyo Disney Resort’s booking website.
The Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba opened as Tokyo Disneyland in 1983 as the first official Disney theme park outside of the United States. Eventually, the Disney Resort grew with the addition of the Tokyo DisneySea theme park featuring the American Waterfront, and the retail complex Ikspiari. Tokyo Disney Resort is unique in the way it is wholly owned by The Oriental Land Company under license from The Walt Disney Company.
The Resort has recently seen the addition of the Tokyo Disney Resort Toy Story Hotel, which will be the fourth onsite Disney hotel at the Tokyo Disney Resort and its fifth overall. It is also the Resort’s first moderate-priced hotel, joining the value-priced, offsite Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel and the onsite, deluxe-priced Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, Disney Ambassador Hotel, and Hotel MiraCosta.
The new Pixar hotel is located next to the Bayside Station on the Tokyo Disney Resort Line Monorail, which provides access to the Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea theme parks.
Expected to open in 2027, Tokyo Disneyland Park’s Space Mountain and its surrounding area in Tomorrowland will undergo a major renovation with a newly developed plaza. While Guests wait for Space Mountain to open, Guests can ride popular Disney attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain, and Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters at Adventureland, Westernland, and Tomorrowland, respectively. Other lands include the World Bazaar and Critter Country.
And, confirmed at D23, a new land is coming to Tokyo DisneySea – Fantasy Springs. This new Disney Park will showcase three well-loved Walt Disney Animation Studios movies: Peter Pan (1953); Tangled (2010); and Frozen (2013). Four new attractions have been confirmed by the showcasing of four new ride vehicles: Tangled, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Frozen.
So, when you’re planning your Tokyo Disney adventure, don’t forget to factor in these cheaper, half-day tickets that provide a more accessible way to see this unique Disney Resort!