Been a while since my last post! I hope that you’ve mustered the courage since then to take a look at flights to an overseas Disney park! Honestly, it’s not as scary as it seems!
Once you’ve taken that plunge and booked the flights, that’s where the fun of planning begins (for me at least, #planningqueen!).
1) Make sure you get in!
I’m extremely fortunate to have a Singaporean passport, as we do not require visas for most major cities in the world, including the ones in which the Disney parks are located in. With that, comes complacency when I travel, and I almost forgot this major point when writing these tips!
Always check that your passport has a validity of 6 months from your departure date. Most countries require this before even allowing you in! Also, make sure you’ve got the right visa as most countries would need you to apply for them in advance.
2) Get connected
I’m ashamed to admit it but I doubt I’m alone, I can’t get around without the help of Google Maps. Hey! Don’t judge!! Fortunately, our local airport in Singapore offers the service of renting a portable wireless router for any major city. All I have to do is reserve the device before my trip and collect it at the airport before taking my flight. When I land, I switch the device on and *hey, presto!* connected to the digital world again. Why worry about language barriers when you have access to Google Translate?!
So before your trip, be sure to check with your local airport if they offer this service. Alternatively, you can check with the airport that you’re arriving at, if they offer rental of portable wifi devices. Friends have also had their routers delivered to them at their houses before they even leave home, purchased prepaid SIM cards and even collected the router at their hotel receptions.
If you need help getting finding vendors of this service, here are some links to help you out:
Narita Airport (Tokyo) - Just to add, if you stay in an Airbnb in Tokyo, chances are they would include a portable router in your room. Be sure to double check with the person you’re renting the room from. I always like to be safe and get my own after experiences of routers provided being extremely slow or having poor battery life.
Pudong International Airport (Shanghai) - Bonus tip! Be sure to get a VPN before travelling to China. Otherwise, you won’t be able to share those awesome Instagram pics!
3) Next Stop: Disney!
I used to make the mistake of taking the train to my hotel, every time I landed in Tokyo’s Narita Airport. Taxis in Tokyo are insanely expensive, so I didn’t think there was another choice besides squeezing and struggling on the trains. It wasn’t till The Rat told me that there were shuttles (not free though), known as Airport Limousines that could take me to major hotels, including the Disney Resort Hotels. Now, even when I choose to stay in an Airbnb (which I often do), I take the shuttle to a major hotel near to my Airbnb and walk. So much easier! Just deposit your luggage with the friendly people at your respective bus stop just outside of the terminal, hop on the bus and collect your luggage when you get to your destination.
A quick search online seems to show that most of the airports offer such shuttle services to the Disney resorts! Note, however, that most of these buses aren’t adapted for passengers with reduced mobility.
Bonus tip: I normally am willing to pay slightly more for my air ticket to make sure that I land at a favourable time, since most shuttles and transport don’t operate 24/7. If you don’t have a choice, consider staying in an airport hotel for the first night, especially when you’re travelling with elderly or kids!
So there you go! A few more tips to help make your planning process slightly easier! Till next time!
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