“We Should All Go to Disneyland”, Guests Share Images of Shockingly Empty Park

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Tokyo Disneyland Empty Entrance Area November 2022

Credit: @42ycmf506 on Twitter

We’ve never seen a Disney Park this empty all of a sudden!

pluto with sleeping beauty castle disneyland
Credit: Disney

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The Walt Disney Company has a multitude of popular theme parks across the globe. Ever since Walt Disney’s concept of a “Mickey Mouse Park” turned into the significantly grander Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, other Parks like Orlando, Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort took on the formula with the Magic Kingdom. International Disney Parks scattered all around the world also mimic the original “Disneyland” blueprint, such as the Disneyland Paris Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Shanghai Disney Resort with Shanghai Disneyland, and the Tokyo Disney Resort, which houses the Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea theme parks.

Dreaming up parade Tokyo disney
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They’re so popular, in fact, that it’s not exactly rare for the Disney Parks to struggle with capacity, having to come up with various methods to balance park crowds, such as altering ticketing and pricing, and pivoting to offer fewer/more “valuable” Guests a more “luxurious” experience.

Now though, one Disney Park is experiencing a shocking lack of Guests visiting — and the reason may not be what you expect!

Space Mountain at night at Tokyo Disneyland
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The “Disneyland” experience has always been a major draw, appealing to Guests of all ages. With a multitude of themed lands like Fantasyland and Tomorrowland just a short walk away from each, Guests can truly experience the “worlds of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy” to their hearts content, the way Walt Disney himself envisioned so many years ago.

However at one Disneyland theme park in the Tokyo Disney Resort, crowds have all but vanished — all in favor of another Disney Park!

hotel miracosta exterior and mediterranean harbor from inside tokyo disneysea
Credit: Disney

The Tokyo Disney Resort has two sister parks that share a space in Chiba prefecture, and are both technically owned by the Oriental Land Company, though Imagineering and intellectual properties all fall under Disney’s control — this means that The Walt Disney Company does not handle finances. The entire Resort is encircled by the Tokyo Disney Resort Line monorail, which allows Guests to hop on and off at either Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and the local train, at the JR Maihama Station. This ease of access for local Guests to Park hop as well as get to-and-from local public transport has resulted in many Disney fans in the area picking a Park for the day, knowing that they can always hop over to the other Park whenever they like. However, many Disney die-hards and curious visitors alike are now heading over to the extremely crowded Tokyo DisneySea.

Twitter user @42ycmf506 shared earlier this week about the pretty insane crowd discrepancy at approximately 9 – 10 a.m. in the morning:

← 9:30 Sea    Land 9:40 →
Everyone, we should all go to Disneyland!
#TDR_now

←9:30海 陸 9:40→
みんなランドにも行こうな〜!
#TDR_now

The difference is absolutely shocking — with the post garnering close to a whopping 45k likes — Disney fans, Guests and internet passers-by alike were pretty blown away!

What caused this Disney Parks crowd discrepancy?

Tokyo DisneySea Packed Crowded November 2022
Credit: @42ycmf506 on Twitter

Well, the first and natural conclusion would be the implementation of the brand new nighttime spectacular replacing the previous Fantasmic! show, Believe! Sea of Dreams. The new show has been touted as something absolutely stunning, utilizing new projection mapping technology on the buildings’ facade of Mediterranean Harbor (that actually houses the on-property official Disney Hotel, the Hotel MiraCosta), as well as projections on the side of Tokyo DisneySea’s biggest eye-catcher, the iconic volcano Mount Prometheus, wherein the Journey to the Center of the Earth ride resides. New, LED-paneled float vehicles on the surface of the big central lake replace the older, lower-tech float vehicles that once held Sorcerer Mickey. Guests have been packed like sardines in the evenings along the water’s edge, as the lake is surrounded by a ring of Tokyo DisneySea’s themed lands (or “Ports of Call”). Crowds have become so bad that people have allegedly been hurt, as well as one Guest reporting an epileptic seizure from other Guests’ indiscriminate, dangerous behavior.

believe sea of dreams tokyo disneysea peter pan ship
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However, other Disney fans paint a slightly different picture — with Twitter user @hiroedisney reporting that the image of the Tokyo Disneyland Park does not capture the bag inspection lines that Guests may face:

No, everyone please be careful.
I had to wait 50 minutes for bag inspection today.
It was at Disneyland!! (I’m shouting!)
Everything moves smoothly after the bag inspection, but if you go after 9:00, there’s a possibility that you’ll have to wait for 40-50 minutes!

いや、皆さんこれ気をつけてください。
本日荷物検査50分待ちでした。
ランドです!!(大声!)
荷物検査後はめっちゃすいすいですが、9時以降に行くと40~50分待ちする可能性全然あります!

User @pigg_no agrees, and even calls out the original poster, stating that:

This post’s purpose is to lower the rate of those going into DisneySea by making people think that Disneyland should be the target instead.

Just for the sake of your own comfort, you can’t manipulate other people’s impressions like this

The Disneyland image shows the area after the baggage inspection, whereas the DisneySea one includes the baggage inspection area

The level of congestion is wrong

ランドが狙い目だと思わせて
シーへのイン率を下げるのが目的だろ

あんたが快適に利用する為だけに、こんな印象操作しちゃいけねえよ

ランドは手荷物検査場を過ぎた後
シーは手荷物検査場の前

そりゃ混み具合が違うわな

However, it’s probably no surprise that the Tokyo DisneySea Park is experiencing a huge influx of Guests with the buzz over the new nighttime show — though whether Tokyo Disneyland is also experiencing the same surge in crowds might still be up for debate.

Would you visit a Disney Park based on images you see online? Is it worth the risk? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Tokyo Disneyland resides just a short distance from the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel, and features a similar castle to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, with their own Cinderella Castle. Tokyo Disneyland offers more than one unique attraction, including the Tokyo-exclusive, trackless Winnie the Pooh ride, Pooh’s Honey Hunt, plus Monsters, Inc. “Ride & Go Seek!”. Familiar favorites from other parks include Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, it’s a small world, and Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster. It also houses themed lands like Critter Country, World Bazaar (similar to Main Street USA), Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Westernland, and Toontown.

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