How many days do I need to see everything at TDR? This is one of the questions that I get asked the most. Well, I feel that it's subjective. When are you traveling to the resort? Is it high season or low season? What's your goal at the parks? Is it to soak in the atmosphere and take it free and easy or do you want to experience all attractions before you leave? Is this your 1st time to the resort or have you been to TDR before? All these questions will play a part in the number of days you spend at the resort. Personally, I have been to TDR when it was jam packed and I have also been to the resort when the queue to the major e-ticket rides were a maximum of 30 minutes. I have heard feedback from a lot of people that traveled to TDR and one thing is common. Almost 100% of people that travel to the resort in it's peak period (Golden Week, Summer Vacation, Spring Vacation, Weekends, Christmas season up to New Years, School Holidays and Public Holidays) said they didn't enjoy the resort as much as they thought they would. Most of these people are also first timers to the resort.
For me, now, it doesn't really matter if the parks are packed because I've been there loads of times and I have no qualms with enjoying the parks without taking in any rides. For those who flew halfway across the world to Tokyo and are visiting TDR for their holiday within a holiday, I am guessing that you guys want to take in as much as you can when you visit the parks.
A pretty packed day in Tokyo Disneyland
Special thanks to sfgamchick for the photo
A not so packed day in Tokyo Disneysea
Special thanks to dai-kon for the photo
So how many days should one spend at the parks? First up, plan to hit the parks during the off season, on a weekday. Arrive at the parks early. Have a simple and flexible plan. Prioritize the attractions that you want to take in, the places you want to dine in, make full use of Disney's Fastpass, Priority Seating and Single Rider lines. Knowledge is key when visiting any Disney resort. If you've done your homework and are heading to the parks during the off season, I would say that one full day, per park is sufficient for you to enjoy TDR.
150 minutes bad : (
Special thanks to Shenghung Lin for the photo
10 minutes good : )
Special thanks to gruntzooki for the photo
If for any reason, you can only visit TDR during it's peak period, I would suggest you enter the parks with a plan, but know at the back of your head that you are not going to experience everything. That doesn't mean that you are not going to enjoy the parks. Most of my best memories at the Disney parks are the ones that were unplanned. You just have to lower your expectations, soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the idea that you are in the Happiest place on Earth with the people that you love.