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Need Help with Planning an Asian Disney Parks and 2020 Olympics Trip

Discussion in 'Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai' started by Tay, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. Tay

    Tay Active Member

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    Hi everyone. I really need help with budgeting and planning for my trip to the Olympics and all Asian Disney Parks. After finally picking a major to stick with this year, I'll need to do school year round to graduate on time. My graduation date is around the Olympics. It would be a great graduation gift to be able to go to my dream destinations and experience an Olympics after working hard in college.

    I would be going to grad school in the fall so I can't go as crazy as I want to but I'm giving the Disney parks an exception and I want one Kobe steak meal.

    For my park days I would like to stay on Disney property. I wanted to stay at a luxury hotel during the Olympics but I think that's something that could be cut for my budget.

    I'm a picky eater so I doubt I'll spend much on food other than the Kobe steak and snacks in the parks.

    I originally didn't want to take public transportation at all but I'll take it during the Olympics and maybe a few other times. I do plan on going to a lot of Olympic events.

    How many days should I do each resort? How much are Olympic event tickets? Any other cities in Asia I should check out? Any restaurants or places I should check out ? How much should I budget for?
     
  2. BrerJon

    BrerJon Well-Known Member

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    Wow you've got a lot of planning ahead! This forum will help you out with questions, but broadly I'd suggest the following points to start with:

    On hotels - Tokyo is very expensive, and hotel rooms are small, so depending on where you're from a 'luxury' hotel will probably be quite bank breaking, especially during the Olympics, but there are plenty of nice ones and you won't be spending much time in the hotel anyway I suspect as there's so much to see and do.

    For Tokyo Disney, I'd say 3-4 days given how large crowds will probably be you'll need a lot of planning to make the most of it.

    Don't eat the Kobe steak meal at Disney, save that for somewhere in the city where it will be better quality and more reasonably priced.

    On your point about public transportation, Tokyo is a huge city and the only sensible way to get around is by train, it's too large to just do on foot, so you'll be using public transport a lot but the subway is quick and easy to get around.

    As for Olympic tickets, they'll probably go on sale about a year before, so subscribe to Olympic newsletters and keep your eyes open for ticket deals. If it's anything like London or Rio there will be quite a few events, cycling, running etc., that you'll be able to watch without tickets.

    It's impossible at this stage to estimate a budget, especially if you're going to be looking at other cities too, but as you flesh out the trip over the next couple of years you'll get an idea of what is and isn't possible.

    Tokyo is an amazing city, and you've definitely made the right choice in planning a trip!
     
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  3. HRHPrincessAriel

    HRHPrincessAriel Well-Known Member

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    Jeal.ous.
     
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  4. BrianLo

    BrianLo Well-Known Member

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    First big tip, stay in a TDR neighbour hotel such as the Hilton or Sheraton and not a Disney hotel itself.

    I can see the ever so slight desire of having a park view of Tokyo Disney Sea, but it's honestly such a huge waste of money. For all intents and purposes the Hilton and Sheraton are 'on the monorail' hotels.

    I also don't know how you expect to get around without public transit. That's half of the allure of Japan...
     
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  5. Disneysea05

    Disneysea05 Well-Known Member

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    If staying at a Disney hotel in Tokyo is in your budget, just splurge and do it. I really love the Disney hotels in Japan, and stay there whenever I'm able to.
     
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  6. Tay

    Tay Active Member Original Poster

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    I've been busy with school but thanks for the replies everyone.

    I planned on taking Ubers and Taxis instead of public transportation but that'll probably be really expensive.

    I would never get a Kobe steak from Disney lol.

    I plan on staying at Disney hotels during my park visits , not the entire trip.

    I should really stop following the personal shoppers because right now most of my budget is going to Disney.
     
  7. Disneysea05

    Disneysea05 Well-Known Member

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    It's good to hear you're planning on staying at a Disney hotel. Any ideas on which you'd prefer?
     
  8. GiveMeTheMusic

    GiveMeTheMusic Well-Known Member

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    There's no reason to avoid public transportation in Asia, especially Japan. All information is available in English and it's very inexpensive. With smartphone apps navigation has become very simple. Taxis and Ubers are very expensive in Japan (they are not expensive in Hong Kong however - in fact, taxis there were dirt cheap in my estimation).
     
  9. Crazydisneyfanluke

    Crazydisneyfanluke Well-Known Member

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    Book in advance. (as far as you can)
    Prices will increase over time.
    Prices will increase for the Olympics.
    It is really unknown if TDL/TDS will be effected by the Olympics (Boost/Drop in attendance)
     
  10. WishingDisney

    WishingDisney New Member

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    Hi. Are you going with many friends? If going with friends and want to say in a nice hotel within Tokyo DisneySea then you might like MiraCosta hotel. It's very convenient because it is inside DisneySea and close to rail for days when you want to explore outside. Also a few 2020 games will be in Chiba. They are about 35 minutes on the Keiyo Line: "Wrestling, Fencing and Taekwondo competitions will be held at the Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex in Chiba Prefecture" Other Olympic games are farther from Tokyo Disney so you might want to change hotels if you want to see Basketball, Shooting, Sailing, Cycling, or Football. If you and your friend(s) like view from your room at the MiraCosta, you can see Volcano and shows -- you can ask about views before you reserve your room. Not sure if view rooms will be available during Olympics if you don't reserve view room in advance. Tokyo Disney is a little far from shopping. So you might want to move to a hotel closer to shopping. If you watch anime, it's fun to rent a car or hire driver/car to see some places from your favorite anime. If you prefer American hotels, there are many near shops with rates similar to the DisneySea MiraCosta.
     

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