After a wild Saturday in DisneySea I thought that going to Disneyland on a Monday and it wouldn’t be as busy. I was right that it wasn’t *as* busy as Saturday but it was still packed! I found out later from a friend that it was a holiday for most school children in the Chiba area. Also it was raining all day so a lot of the shows were either cancelled or altered. Which I didn’t mind since we got to see the altered part of shows that are only shown when it’s raining!
When we first arrived in the Park we weren’t expecting to see Fast Passes already gone for attractions. When we arrived at 9:30am the FP for Monster’s Inc. Hide and go Seek were already gone! Which was rather surprising. Upon entering the park you are presented with a street that looks rather familiar to everyone….it’s much shorter than the American counter part and it’s also covered!
Since it was raining like crazy we were glad that we had our trusty umbrellas with us, but we did notice that a lot of people were sporting the raincoats so we decided to find some before we headed off to the attractions. Ended up purchasing 500 yen raincoats, now we could have bought the really awesome ones that look like Mickey/Minnie and had the ears and everything on the hood. But for the amount we were going to be using them the 2500 yen price tag wasn’t justifiable. Once we were ready for the rain we wanted to get some photos of the castle.
Now we were armed and ready for Tokyo Disneyland! First up was grabbing some fast passes, our first stop was Space Mountain. Since we had to wait another hour before we could grab another FP we decided to grab an early lunch/late breakfast in Tomorrowland. When we read the menu outside everything sounded delicious so we went on in.
I highly recommend the chocolate cake if you haven’t already guessed. Also the Mickey Hand bun is the cutest bun I’ve ever seen. After our fantastic lunch (I’m really easy to please) we walked around through the different Theme parks planning out our next Fast Pass. We were going to grab a FP for Pooh’s Honey Hunt but the time was already passed 6pm on them, so we decided to give it a pass and just stand in line for it later.
By the time we walked around the entire park once getting familiar where everything was it was time for the first parade of the day! Tokyo Disneyland’s Easter Wonderland Parade. We parked ourselves in the middle of the park and waited for the parade. Since it was raining we didn’t have to sit down on the ground. Also the parade was much shorter than normal because of the rain. It was still a fantastic parade and the music is great! So great in fact that I had to go buy the CD before I left. Luckily for everyone reading I got full video of the parade!
I got goosebumps watching the parade and I’m not sure why. It was just so much fun watching it and waving to all the characters that waved to me (I like to tell myself that they are waving to me and not the other 20 people around me ha!). You can see at the beginning of the video the Mickey/Minnie raincoats I was talking about. In retro-spec I should have just bought one.
After the fantastic parade we headed on over to Space Mountain for our first attraction of the day. It’s pretty much the same as WDW but there is only one line for everyone. The FP and Standby people eventually meet up into the same line once you get inside.
On our way to Splash Mountain for our next FP we passed very familiar characters that I was not expecting to see in the park, but none the less there they were and their thousands of balloons.
Splash Mountain was just as fun as the WDW version! The ending of the ride (after the drop) was much shorter but it was made much longer after something happened and we got stuck right at the end. We must have heard Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah at least 10 times over while we were in there. We were stuck for a good 10-15 minutes. It was neat how it would switch between Japanese and English.
After sitting for a long period of time I decided that it was a good idea to skip through down the street…..
During my short skipping through the park I noticed something on the ground. My goodness I found a Hidden Mickey! Not hidden very well but I was happy none the less to find one!
Now it was time for the Jubiliation! Parade. This too was altered a bit due to the rain but it was still pretty long. It’s about 17mins long and in two parts. Enjoy!
After the lovely Parade we decided to go Egg Hunting! They had easter eggs hidden all over the park of various characters. These are the ones that we found. They weren’t exactly hard to find.
Once we found some eggs we thought it’d be a good idea to go Canoeing! That was a lot of fun and I got my work out for the day too! Too bad the guy in front of me couldn’t keep a rhythm very well and kept hitting my oar, or maybe it was me that was out of sync? Either way it was a lot of fun. Since we were in the area we took a small raft to Tom Sawyer’s Island! There was a tree house, pump house, a cave (which was actually pretty scary), and a barrel bridge! While we were on the island you could see the Mark Twain Riverboat passing by. I decided to wave to everyone on the boat and I got about half the boat waving back, that was too fun!
Being in the rain all day can take a lot out of you especially if you’re constantly wet. To get out of the rain we lined up a good hour before the next showing of “One Man’s Dream”. We wanted to see it earlier but when we got there half an hour before show time they were telling us that it was already full. Usually this show requires you to enter a “lottery” where you see if you can win tickets to see it. Being the tourist we were we thought that we had to go enter this lottery. While trying to figure out why the lottery ticket dispensers were closed a lovely Cast Member comes up to us and gestures us to follow her. I spoke to her in Japanese but for some reason she didn’t want to respond to me. Guess cause they see so many foreign people going through that it’s just assumed that you can’t speak Japanese. Either way she pointed us to a sign that said we didn’t need to enter the lottery to view the show just line up. So that’s exactly what we did.
The show was outstanding! It’s similar to Fantasmic in that they throw every possible Disney Character at you in a 30min show. It was a live performance in an amphitheater. It was well worth the wait that’s for sure!
We then checked out a bunch more attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, Star Tours, and Pirates. We wanted to check out Monster’s Inc. and Pooh’s Honey Hunt but they both had over 2 hour wait times. We took our chances and said we’d check them out an hour before the park closes and hopefully the crowds would have thinned out.
Had supper and then wandered the gift shops a little bit. The one we checked out was in Cinderella’s Castle. It has the very expensive crystal replicas of various Disney characters. I felt really poor after going in there….be nice to own something like that.
In Japan the sun goes down relatively early. At around 7pm it was completely dark. It was the perfect time to start taking photos of the Castle again!
When we were taking photos of the castle a voice came on the speakers and informed us that due to weather conditions tonight’s performance of Tokyo Disneyland’s Electrical Parade Dreamlights was cancelled, BUT there was going to be a special appearance by Mickey and Friends! They sure know how to keep you happy! After getting over the disappointment of not seeing the Electrical Parade we went and watch Mickey and his friends!
Once we were finished visiting with Mickey and friends we figured the fireworks were going to be cancelled too since it was pretty windy and rainy. We stood in line for Monster’s Inc. Hide and Go Seek. The wait was about an hour, so we had a lot of time to take pictures while we were waiting.
The ride was extremely enjoyable. It is similar to the Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story attractions. You are in a cart and you have flash lights and you have to find all the monsters while you are going through the factory by shining the light on helms that are scattered around. Very enjoyable ride and I can see why it’s so popular (besides being relatively new). While we were waiting for the attraction they decided that they were going to have Fireworks and we missed them by about 10mins! We were kicking ourselves because we really wanted to see them and figured they were going to be cancelled. Goes to show that you should never assume. Ah well.
Next up was Winnie the Pooh’s Honey Hunt! The wait time was ….. ready for it …. 10mins! By now it was about half an hour to closing time and the park was almost empty. All I have to say about the attraction is that it’s probably the trippiest ride you will ever ride on that is related to Disney. What do they put in the honey? Or better yet what does Pooh put in his honey?
Then for those of you that wish to see what the ride looks like on the inside, I got you covered! It’s a rather interesting ride in how it works. I’ll let you see for yourself. We rode it a total of three times!
Once we were done with Pooh it was time to leave, the park was closed for the evening and we were dead tired. So much fun crammed into one day. Yes it did rain all day but we made the best out of it and still had a blast! We still have two more days in the park. The next day we are back in DisneySea then coming back to Disneyland for round 2! Plenty of photos and videos to share.
Today I finally get to go to Tokyo Disney! A good friend of mine invited me to come along with her and her boyfriend for the day. It just happened to be on the busiest day of the week. I figured it couldn’t be *that* busy. Boy was I wrong! We got there shortly after the park opened and the line ups to get into the park were at least 200 people deep for each line. It was just a sea of people. Luckly my friend stood in the line up while I went and bought my passport with her boyfriend. Without me knowing he told the Cast Member it was all of our birthdays, so we each got a Happy Birthday sticker to put on our shirts! My birthday was on the 3rd, hers on the 7th, and his on the 16th! We got a lot of “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” from Cast Members all day and a lot of them were surprised to see that three of us were all celebrating a birthday together.
The train that we had to take to DisneySea was a Disney Train and it had Mickey for the rings to hold onto. Even the windows were shaped like Mickey. Meanwhile various Disney songs were playing in the background.
Our first stop was at Mysterious Island which inside part of the big volcano in the middle of the park. Inside there was 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Sadly Journey was closed for re-imaging. Once we walked through we passed Mermaid Lagoon where all the smaller children rides were inside. Then we finally got to the other end of the park to pick up our fast passes for Indiana Jones and soon after Raging Spirits. Once we got those we headed on over to Port Discovery and waited for an hour to get onto Storm Rider! It’s a simulator that takes you into a storm and you have to do some research about the storm. It was pretty fun and I enjoyed it a lot!
Once we were finished with that our fast passes for the other attractions were up yet so we headed on over to the American Waterfront. We stood in this line that I had no idea what it was for. I asked my friend in Japanese what it was for and she said we had to get a ticket to be able to go into the Duffy store to buy anything. It was *that* busy that we needed tickets to get into the store. I must say this Duffy Bear is the cutest bear on the face of the planet!
Walking around the park I saw various spots where you can set your Duffy bear and take photos of him with a beautiful scenery. I sat and watched countless people take photos of their Duffy bears. I love how the Japanese really get into things no matter what age you are. I would say about 1 in every 3 people in the park that day had something with Duffy on it. My two friends both had Duffy bears, one was Duffy and the other was his girlfriend ShellyMae. The “hip” thing to do was have it stick out of your backpack or bag while you walked around if you were 20 something. I got a smaller Duffy bear and put him on my backpack. Now I felt like I fit in with everyone else!
After becoming part of Japanese Pop Culture we finally headed to our Indian Jones ride! But first we had some Italian Ice, I got me some of that sweet sweet Strawberry flavor! Anything with ice tastes do damned good when it’s +30 and HUMID! When we were in the fast pass line for Indiana Jones I came across something hidden in the walls, it looked rather familiar so I decided to take a photo and you can judge for yourself.
The photo after the Indiana Jones was pretty good too. I cheated the system and just took a photo of it the picture.
Next we checked out the Arabian section where they have the Jasmine carpet attraction, but sadly it was closed along with the Magic Lamp Theatre. There wasn’t much else to do there but go on the carousel. Did manage to get some really nice photos though.
Then we headed back to Mermaid Lagoon and we saw a very familiar character outside with his best friend.
While inside Mermaid Lagoon we went into this gift shop that had a a whales mouth for the entrance, the roof as his rib cage and the floor in the front was pink and squishy like his tongue.
After a few moments in the store I ended up with something very odd on the top of my head, I think it was rather stylish don’t you?
As part of the Spring Festival DisneySea there is a fairy theme within the park. We happened to pass a group of Fairies doing greetings outside of Port Discovery. They even have a boy fairy to ensure they include everyone. Also similar to Epcot’s Flower Festival they had various Disney Characters in flower form throughout the park.
For lunch we ate in New York, and I got myself a nice Turkey Sandwhich and fries. It was a nice break from traditional Japanese food (which I really do love). It was reasonably priced. I paid about $12 for a full meal which is what you would expect in a Theme Park.
Sadly with all the running around and waiting in line for attractions we missed a lot of the performances that happened throughout the day. But we did get to see an altered version of BraviSEAmo! It was altered because of the high winds that night. The fireworks were cancelled though, which really did suck. Did get to catch the tail end of a performance. Here’s a short video of it.
Not all my photos are posted in this post. I have them shared on a public folder on Facebook for you to view.