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A podcast for theme park fans who love to travel! We're the longest-running show dedicated to informing you about theme parks in Asia including Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan. Come and travel along with us.

TDR Now Travel Podcast TDR Explorer

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.7 • 58 Ratings

A podcast for theme park fans who love to travel! We're the longest-running show dedicated to informing you about theme parks in Asia including Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan. Come and travel along with us.

    Hong Kong Disneyland's New Castle

    Hong Kong Disneyland's New Castle

    We’re split on what we think about the new Castle of Magical Dreams at Hong Kong Disneyland.



    Trish and I dive into what we both think about Hong Kong Disneyland’s new Castle that opened only a few months ago.



    Hear what we think and argue why we like/dislike the castle in episode 213 of the TDR Now Podcast!








    Support the Podcast & Website
    Make your trip planning to Tokyo Disney Resort & Universal Studios Japan with our premium ebook travel guides! If you want to plan a stress-free vacation, then these are a must.



    Buy your park tickets through Klook and save $4USD off your first order (with a minimum of $50 USD) with code KLKTDREX. Any purchases made through our affiliate links helps keep us going and doesn’t cost you anything extra.
    Thank you so much for listening and remember to rate and subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher!
    If you enjoy the podcast, we’d love it if you could support us on Patreon. Once we reach our goal of $500, we will record an extra 30-minute episode per month where we just answer your questions! Even $1 a month will help us immensely.



    The post Hong Kong Disneyland’s New Castle – Episode 213 appeared first on TDR Explorer.

    • 30 min
    Beauty and the Beast Ride at Tokyo Disneyland

    Beauty and the Beast Ride at Tokyo Disneyland

    The Fantasyland Expansion at Tokyo Disneyland has been opened since September 2020, after being delayed since April. In our last episode of 2020, we go in-depth on Beauty and the Beast, Baymax, and Minnie Mouse at Tokyo Disneyland.



    We discuss Enchanted Tales of Beauty and the Beast and the new Gaston restaurant plus everything else.



    Even talking about what we think about the new lottery system used for wanting to ride Beauty and the Beast.


    Are you planning a trip to Japan?
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    The post Beauty and the Beast Expansion at Tokyo Disneyland – Episode 212 appeared first on TDR Explorer.

    Kingdom Hearts Cafe in Tokyo

    Kingdom Hearts Cafe in Tokyo

    Are there any Kingdom Hearts fans out there? Right now until March 2021, there are a few Kingdom Hearts pop-up cafes in Tokyo and Osaka!



    We headed to the cafe in Shibuya, Tokyo, to give it a try. Listen to our experience of eating the cute food and the merchandise. We’ll also talk about how you can book these types of themed cafes when you’re travelling to Japan.



    Watch our video on YouTube to see what all this fun food looks like!



    Kingdom Hearts also showed up at Tokyo Disney Resort last year with a limited-time themed room and desserts at the Disney Ambassador Hotel.


    Support the Podcast & Website
    Make your trip planning to Tokyo Disney Resort & Universal Studios Japan with our premium ebook travel guides! If you want to plan a stress-free vacation, then these are a must.
    Buy your park tickets through Klook and save $4USD off your first order (with a minimum of $50 USD) with code KLKTDREX. Any purchases made through our affiliate links helps keep us going and doesn’t cost you anything extra.
    Thank you so much for listening and remember to rate and subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher!
    If you enjoy the podcast, we’d love it if you could support us on Patreon. Once we reach our goal of $500, we will record an extra 30-minute episode per month where we just answer your questions! Even $1 a month will help us immensely.

    The post Kingdom Hearts Cafe in Tokyo – Episode 211 appeared first on TDR Explorer.

    • 43 min
    Experiencing Attack on Titan in Oita, Japan

    Experiencing Attack on Titan in Oita, Japan

    Want to see a different part of Japan that’s not talked about much? In our continued side-trip series of podcast episodes, we venture down to the southern island of Kyushu!



    We venture out of the theme parks into a different part of Japan. Especially, if you’re a fan of the massively popular anime, Attack on Titan. The author of the original manga, Hajime Isayama, is from Oita, Japan, in Kyushu (southern part of Japan).



    There are a number of things to do in Hita for fans of the anime.



    https://shingeki-hita.com/



    Trish also talks about the different thermal pools and even the Burning Fields where Mount Yufu is set on fire! Yes, fire.




    http://oitaisan.com/english/heritage/burning-fields-and-grasslands-in-the-southern-foothills-of-mount-yufu/https://www.discover-oita.com/




    This is a place in Japan that needs to be on your list for your next trip!


    Support the Podcast & Website
    Make your trip planning to Tokyo Disney Resort & Universal Studios Japan with our premium ebook travel guides! If you want to plan a stress-free vacation, then these are a must.
    Buy your park tickets through Klook and save $4USD off your first order (with a minimum of $50 USD) with code KLKTDREX. Any purchases made through our affiliate links helps keep us going and doesn’t cost you anything extra.
    Thank you so much for listening and remember to rate and subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher!
    If you enjoy the podcast, we’d love it if you could support us on Patreon. Once we reach our goal of $500, we will record an extra 30-minute episode per month where we just answer your questions! Even $1 a month will help us immensely.

    The post Experiencing Attack on Titan in Oita, Japan – Episode 210 appeared first on TDR Explorer.

    • 35 min
    Christmas Lite at Tokyo Disneyland & Universal Studios Japan

    Christmas Lite at Tokyo Disneyland & Universal Studios Japan

    Both Tokyo Disney Resort and Universal Studios Japan are offering a trimmed-down version of their Christmas events, which we’re dubbing as “Christmas Lite.”



    In this week’s episode of the TDR Now Podcast, we let you know what both of these major theme parks in Japan are doing for the holidays.



    Tokyo Disney Resort isn’t offering their typical Christmas event this year, since all events for the fiscal year were cancelled, but they’re offering a few seasonal things in the Park.



    Meanwhile, Universal Studios Japan is full-on having a Christmas event. Even though it’s on a smaller scale.


    Support the Podcast & Website
    Make your trip planning to Tokyo Disney Resort & Universal Studios Japan with our premium ebook travel guides! If you want to plan a stress-free vacation, then these are a must.
    Buy your park tickets through Klook and save $4USD off your first order (with a minimum of $50 USD) with code KLKTDREX. Any purchases made through our affiliate links helps keep us going and doesn’t cost you anything extra.
    Thank you so much for listening and remember to rate and subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher!
    If you enjoy the podcast, we’d love it if you could support us on Patreon. Once we reach our goal of $500, we will record an extra 30-minute episode per month where we just answer your questions! Even $1 a month will help us immensely.

    The post Christmas Lite 2020 at Tokyo Disney & Universal Studios Japan – Episode 209 appeared first on TDR Explorer.

    • 37 min
    Godzilla Zipline in Japan

    Godzilla Zipline in Japan

    Over on Awaji Island in Japan is a brand new Godzilla Zipline that’s inside the Nijigen no Mori (anime park). In this episode, Chris shares his experience getting to Awaji Island (near Kobe and Osaka in Kansai) and how not to miss your bus stop cause that’ll ruin your day.



    This is the perfect day trip if you’re spending time in the Kansai area including Universal Studios Japan! We’re trying a new format out with having episodes focused on easy day-trips from the major theme parks. Let us know what you think.


    Support the Podcast & Website
    Make your trip planning to Tokyo Disney Resort & Universal Studios Japan with our premium ebook travel guides! If you want to plan a stress-free vacation, then these are a must.
    Buy your park tickets through Klook and save $4USD off your first order (with a minimum of $50 USD) with code KLKTDREX. Any purchases made through our affiliate links helps keep us going and doesn’t cost you anything extra.
    Thank you so much for listening and remember to rate and subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher!
    If you enjoy the podcast, we’d love it if you could support us on Patreon. Once we reach our goal of $500, we will record an extra 30-minute episode per month where we just answer your questions! Even $1 a month will help us immensely.

    The post Godzilla Zipline in Japan – Episode 208 appeared first on TDR Explorer.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

z3bos ,

So Informative

Can’t wait to be able to go to Japan. This show is super useful and hilarious. Went back and listened from the beginning. Interesting to see the evolution of the parks. The USJ info is especially gold.

Disney Ali ,

Fantastically fun and informative!

I started listening to this wonderful podcast in preparation for a trip to Tokyo Disney last May. Between it, the tdrexplorer website and chris’ fabulous ebook, I was fully prepared with a wonderful plan. The TDR team covers everything you’d need to know when visiting. Thank you tdrexplorer for helping plan a most wonderful trip and for letting me join you at TDR in spirit every week! It’s so much fun to keep up with you and TDR from all the way in CA!

Bill Budd ,

Super fun and extremely helpful!!!

Chris and Patricia know a lot about Tokyo Disney and all of the parks! They are fun and personable and always make me laugh. Listening to their podcast inspired me to finally plan my trip to Tokyo Disney Resort. There is so much helpful information in their podcasts they mad me realize how doable the trip is!

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