June 16th is our last and final day in Tokyo Disneyland. After our first day in Disneyland and it was raining all day we just had to come back on a day when it wasn’t raining. We got lucky and it was sunny all day long!
Since it was nice and sunny we took photos of everything we did from the day before. Was a lovely day it was! First stop was Tomorrowland and grabbed fast passes for Space Mountain and went and stood in the Stand-by line for Buzz Lightyear. We checked out Monster’s Inc. Hide and Go Seek but the fast passes were already well into the late afternoon and the line was over 2 hours wait. You really need to be up early to get on that ride quickly. Buzz Lightyear is pretty much identical to Walt Disney World except the guns are not stationary and the targets look slightly different. Also the monsters were all different too. The concept was the same though. While in line we met a lovely British couple there for their Honeymoon. We shared a couple of tips with them and explained the Fast Pass system since they didn’t know how it worked. They were quite lovely. After Buzz we went to Space Mountain and it was still extremely enjoyable and fun!
For lunch we ate in Tomorrowland again and I got the Chicken Sandwich on a Chinese Bun, along with the delicious Chocolate Cake!
We checked out It’s A Small World and when we were walking in that direction we found another Easter Egg. Once we were done with that we went and got a front row seat for the Queen of Hearts Easter Bonnet Parade! It was right in front of the castle and we snagged excellent seats. I got a full video of the entire parade. They get guests to participate in the parade. To do so you have to register somewhere in the park ahead of time. If I would have known a head of time I would have registered!
Once we were done we headed to Fantasyland and found some characters enjoying Tea Time and wishing everyone a Merry Unhappy birthday!
Then we decided to head to Winnie the Pooh’s Honey Hunt since the wait time was only 45mins and the fast passes were into the late evening. It’s still trippy and still super fun! With waiting in line we missed the Jubiliation! Parade but we caught the tail end of it. Thankfully we saw it the other day we were in Disneyland. Of course it was the rainy version but from what I saw they didn’t change too much. I did make sure I got to wave to Chip and Dale (my favorite Disney characters).
Critter Country was next on our hit list and we picked up a Fast Pass for Splash Mountain and headed to Big Thunder Mountain for the 20min wait. We ran into the British couple again and they were enjoying a nice Mickey Bar! Which I got to eat later in the day! I forgot to take a picture of it, it’s a little different than Walt Disney World. The cookie part was brown and oh so delicious.
Once we finished Big Thunder Mountain our Fast Pass was up for Splash Mountain. While you don’t get as wet it was still super fun. We took a photo of us after the drop and we got a little surprise in the background.
We then took a photo of our photo during the drop!
By the time we dried off it was time to find a spot for the Easter Celebration Parade! We stood in about the same spot as we did a few days ago. This time we got the full parade, instead of the rainy version. I loved the music so much that I had to go and buy the CD. I got a full video of the parade!
The CD purchase was the best purchase that I made that day. It was rather expensive (roughly $30) but it was well worth every yen. For supper we decided on good old Hot Dogs and Fries in the World Bazaar. For some odd reason when we were eating we were surrounded by Japanese Business Men that were wearing Mickey Ears and everything. I can’t explain how weird that was. Really wish I got a photo of it.
The sun was starting to set and we wanted to ride the Mark Twain Riverboat Ride. We went to the top of the boat and I waved to everyone I could that was on the shore. It’s amazing how many people will just wave back. I took a video of the whole thing!
By the time we were done the boat ride we went to get a spot for the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights. That’s quite the mouthful. We got a spot in Frontierland and only waited about 40mins and by that time it was completely dark and it was only around 7:30pm. It takes some getting used to with the early evenings in Japan. Again, I got full video of the parade for everyone to enjoy! It’s the one show I really wanted to see and I’m extremely happy that I got to see it! Enjoy!
The parade ended at around 8pm and we only had an hour left before the park closed. We quickly went from ride to ride that we wanted to go on one last time. Thankfully there were no wait times for anything. We rode Winnie the Pooh, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain (twice!), Pirates of the Caribbean, and Splash Mountain (Twice). Big Thunder Mountain is 100 times better in the evening. It’s so dark in that part of the park that you have a hard time seeing the track and when you go through the mountain it’s pitch black. I highly recommend it!
Splash Mountain was the last attraction we did twice that evening. The first time we ended up on the ride with an American family, what were the chances? It was hilarious that we ALL did funny poses on the drop. Then we ran up to the ride once more and made sure we got on the ride ourselves. We then did another pose. The last hour in the park was so much fun since we were running from attraction to attraction trying to cram in as much as we can. I’ll never forget how fun that was! By the time we were done with the attractions is was 9:15pm.
We wanted to grab some photos of the castle before we left, it was a nice clear night! We waited around a bit longer and took our time to leave the park. We wanted to wait for the crowds to thin out at the train station so we were crammed into the train. A couple of the stores were still open so we walked through there and bought some last minute gifts.
Tokyo Disneyland was a great experience and I say it’s a must do for any Disney fan! You’d be crazy not to. I would recommend staying off resort in hostels or cheaper hotels if you are on a budget, and you will also get a feel to how the Japanese live. Make sure you take in Tokyo and area along with Disneyland. Tokyo is a unique city and you will not experience anything like it. Same goes for Tokyo Disneyland. if you want a unique and different vacation or adventure then I highly recommend Tokyo along with Disneyland!
Hope you all enjoyed my trip reports! Sadly I won’t have any more until probably next year when I am planning to head back to Walt Disney World with the family! You can look at more photos on my Facebook Album.
I’m not going to go into great detail about some of the attractions since they are explained in my previous Trip Report to DisneySea. If you need to catch up please read it here.
June 15th 2010 was our 2nd day in Tokyo DisneySea, it wasn’t as busy as the Saturday but it was still pretty packed. It was a nice sunny day without a cloud in the sky! What a difference compared to Disneyland the day before.
Seeing as it wasn’t extremely busy we took out time to walk around the park and decide on what attractions we wanted to go on. We finally decided on grabbing fast passes for Indiana Jones since it had the longest wait time we could see. We then toured around the park looking at all the various theme parks. It’s quite the site to see something so unique to Tokyo.
I remember the Saturday I was in DisneySea and we had to line up to get basically a Fast Pass to go into the official Duffy Store because it was so busy. I was unsure if we still had to do the same thing on a week day. Luckily we did not have to. It was still wall to wall people inside the Duffy store. I absolutely love how enthusiastic the Japanese get over almost anything. If you are living and breathing in Japan there is a really good chance you have a Duffy Bear especially if you’re in the park. You would never see that back in North America. I saw people grabbing Duffy outfits like they were no tomorrow and a Cast Member standing there restocking the shelves as fast as they were being taken. I was debating on purchasing the big stuffed Duffy Bear that was about $45 Canadian. Finally I decided on getting the small keychain sized one. Extremely adorable and possibly the best purchase I made in Tokyo Disneyland!
After that we wanted to catch the Fairies Primavera show around noon, so we strategically planned our next attraction. We waited in line for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which was in Mysterious Island. After that we wanted to have lunch at the restaurant where Duffy was. There weren’t very clear signs indicated (that I could see anyway) that there were two lines for the restaurant. One was for the Character Lunch with Duffy and the other line was for those that just wanted to eat. After waiting in line for about 20 mins we finally caught on and asked a lovely cast member before we left the line. As much as I love Duffy I didn’t want to wait for an hour to eat lunch with him.
We missed the starting of Fairies Primavera so we caught the end of it where we couldn’t see anything. Thankfully there was another show happening later in the day. We then headed “Under The Sea” and went to the Little Mermaid Live Show. It was a lot shorter than I thought it was going to be but regardless it was still a great show. The stage is right in the middle and everyone sits around it and there’s a lot of “floating” characters in the show.
We then used our fast passes and headed on over to Indiana Jones. One the way there we saw some of Tinkerbell’s friends. There was a huge crowd to get their photos taken with them. I snapped a couple of shots of them.
After that we headed all the way back to the American Waterfront to stand in line for The Tower of Terror. On the way there we took photos of the flower arrangements they had set up in the courtyard in front of The Tower of Terror. We also caught a glimpse of not so common Disney characters.
Waiting in line for Tower of Terror wasn’t too bad, we waited about an hour. The story behind the ride is completely different than the one Walt Disney World. Just like the Tower of Terror in Florida I screamed by lungs out on this one. I really do not like the falling feeling at all. I think the photo of us on the ride explains it all.
To calm my nerves we went and went on an attraction in Port Discovery. It was relaxing and quite fun. Each cart does a different path so each time you go on the ride it’s a different ride each time. The wait wasn’t that long, maybe 20mins at the most. After we ran into a familiar face…
After that we walked to the Arabian Coast to take some photos, since there wasn’t much to do in there. Then we headed back down into Ariel’s Groto. Then it was about 40mins before the next showing of Fairies Primavera. We wanted to grab a good spot so we got a nice spot near the hotel in the Harbor.
Before the show started there were cast members setting up little props all over the the harbor. Instead of me explaining the entire show I can let this full video that I took. It was an altered version because of the wind.
After the show we came to the decision that we wanted to extend our passports to a three day so we can head back to Disneyland the next day. We weren’t ready to be finished with Disney. Also we said when are we ever going to have another chance to come here again. One thing we did find is that Guest Services is actually called “Guest Relations”. I’m not sure if it’s the same in all Disney parks around the world but it caused some confusion when I asked a cast member where the Guest Services was in Japanese.
Once we got out passes extended for another day (which was about $25) we headed back to Ariel’s Groto to have supper. I found it rather ironic that their main dish at the quick service restaurant was fish. Before eating I said “I’m sorry Flounder!”. I’m sure not many people around me understood what I said (at least I hope).
After a delicious fishy supper we thought it would be fun to head back to the Indiana Jones Attraction again, this time we got a nice photo of our action shot on the ride.
Then we headed to Raging Spirits. I find it interesting that rides in Japan are toned down a little bit. It’s a neat cultural difference. There was a poor kid puking his guts out after he got off the ride. If you can handle Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World then this coaster is a walk in the park, even if it goes upside down. It’s still a fun ride none the less. Even those that do not enjoy fast coasters will find it enjoyable.
Once we were done with the attraction it did start to rain. Luckily we had out rain coats and umbrella’s from the day before. The one downside to visiting Japan in June is the rain. But it was nice to cool down after a long hot day. We snapped a few photos at night which turned out pretty good I thought.
Then it was time for the night time show BraviSEAmo! I was happy to see the show once again since it’s going to be replaced with Fantasmic! in the near future. This time I was able to get a full video of the performance!
DisneySea is quite the experience, it’s nothing you will see in any other Parks in the world. It’s supposedly more popular with the young adults than Disneyland since the rides are aimed at the older crowd. One of the girls that worked at our hostel said she’s been to DisneySea about fives times and hasn’t been to Disneyland once. Which I found to be pretty interesting. Either way if you are ever in Tokyo and want a break then make sure to check out DisneySea! It’s an amazing and unique experience! Any Disney fan would be absolutely Bonkers! (see what I did there?) if you didn’t go.
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Tomorrow is our final day in Tokyo Disneyland. Where we head back to Disneyland Park and actually get to see the Electrical Parade and the Easter Celebration Parade in full!
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.
We are now in Takasaki, Gunma which is two hours north west of Tokyo. We are couch surfing with an awesome host right. She’s super fun and is really easy going. What a great way to start off our couch surfing experiences!
There’s not a whole lot to do up here in Takasaki. There are a few malls that we’ve checked out and you can climb the side of the mountain near here. It’s a nice change from the busy streets of Tokyo.
We went out for supper with our host and a couple of her friends. We all headed to CoCo Curry which was really really good. I felt sorry for the guy that served us since he got our order wrong the first time and we tried to explain to him what we really wanted. After that it took 5 of us to figure out how to use the japanese parking meters. You pull up over this metal pad and it lifts up to keep your vehicle from driving away without paying.
Another restaurant we visited was a conveyer belt sushi place. If you order special sushi from the touch screen it will be delivered to your table by Shinkansen (bullet train). Here’s the video:
The one shopping centre is in the train station so that’s where we spent a lot of our time. They had everything in there even a Starbucks and McDonald’s. Also somehow half a floor that was between floor 2 and 3.
We went through the cell phone and stereo section. They vast number of models and colours is outstanding and overwhelming. When we get a model of phone we get to chose from 1 or 2 colours. Not here. Same goes for the stereos.
I also got to complete my Lord of the Rings Japanese DVD collection. Back when I lived here in 2003 I bought The Two Towers on DVD when it was released. I bought Fellowship of the Ring and Return of the King used for roughly $15 a piece. I’ve tried cutting down on buying useless media but this is an exception.
We also came across this while we were looking for sunscreen and body wash. I didn’t buy any but I was totally tempted to:
I forgot about our adventure videos in Akihabara too. We found some fighting toys and a wall of monster toys. The videos explain themselves.
Tonight we are heading back to Tokyo and going to be with our second host. We are planning on going to Tokyo Disneyland in the next few days as well. There will be TONS of photo and videos from there that’s for sure!
Today was our first full day in Tokyo. The day before we were pretty tired from our 10.5 hour flight and when we FINALLY reached our Hostel in Minamisenju (南千住) we were tired and were fast asleep by 8pm.
I woke up at 4am and could not get back to sleep for the life of me. After about 3 hours of just browsing the internet on my iPhone I decided it was time to get up and have a shower. It costs 100 yen per 5 mins for a shower. I just dubbed it the “pay-as-you-go” shower.
We were ready and out the door by about 8am. We attempted to eat at our Hostel’s restaurant that is across the street but they were closed. There were different opening times posted in three different areas. Apparently it’s not opening until July. Anyway we just headed to McDonald’s for breakfast since that was one of the very few things open.
Took a train all the way to Shibuya (渋谷) and began to check it out. After leaving one small store this guy, who spoke English, came up to me and asked me to visit his store. Being polite I said I would. It was upstairs and he was selling hip-hop type clothing. Which isn’t my style at all. He kept telling me he would give me a discount if I bought clothes. I said I would try on a pair of shorts that were a size 34. The guy looks at me and says “no you’re a 36” and told me to try them on. I went downstairs to try them on. He kept pressuring me to buy clothes and told me not to worry about the price. He went upstairs while I was “putting on” the shorts. Don told me he was gone upstairs. I put the shorts on the counter and got out of there as fast as I could. That was extremely awkward…
I knew that Lady Gaga was huge in Japan but not 5 stories huge. There’s a billboard of her on the side of one of the buildings and it’s awesome.
Checked out some of the shopping they had for men. It’s quite the experience. The clothes are WAY out of my price range. But if I did have the money I would spend it on the awesome clothes you can find here. Mickey mouse is everywhere….
I really do wish that shopping back home in Canada was this awesome. I’d probably end up buying more clothes than I should. But if there’s a good groove going on….I’d probably buy anything!
Headed on over to the Apple Store just to check it out. It’s the same as all the other Apple Stores but this was a Japanese store so it’s that much cooler! *smirk*
Then we decided to check out the arcade. When we walked into the entrance we were greeted by this very scary looking toy that was moving around on the floor with a ballon in it’s hand….
After all the excitement we decided that it was time to head to Shinjuku (新宿) to check out some of the sights there. This is what we had to walk through to get to the Shibuya Station (渋谷駅).
After getting to Shinjuku and walking around we headed back to our Hostel in Minamisenju. There is still time left in the day so we are going to head back out after getting some much needed rest. Who knows what tomorrow is going to bring!
May 11th – Today was our last full day in Walt Disney World. We decided to do “The Best Of” for the day. Our first stop was Animal Kingdom and the first attraction we hit up was Expedition Everest! My favorite ride out of all the parks. We stopped in the line up area to take photos of all the well done props. Once we were done with that we headed over to Kali Rapids. Remember in Universal Studios how I said how much I loved karma? Seeing as John was bone dry the day before he got completely soaking wet and I was the one dry. He was the unlucky one when we went down the small waterfall and the water went over him. You can’t get much wetter than that.
Next up was the Dinosaur attraction which was just as fun as the first. My inner geek came out when we saw the this sign for a food stand.
We waited for the next showing of Finding Nemo The Musical. It was well worth the wait. I loved the movie and the musical was just as cute. They had fish come into the audience and everything. It’s quite something to check out. You have to do it when you head to Animal Kingdom.
After walking through the park one last time we headed on over to Epcot for lunch. We had lunch in The Land attempted to head on Soarin’ but the line up was up to over an hour and the fast passes were all gone. We got to do it twice the one day so we weren’t too crushed. To make up for it we went to see my good friend Nemo again in his little attraction. It was still cute and I still loved it. It was rather busy and I found out why …
We never saw the Fairies last time so we walked through and took photos of them all. They were really well done and cute. After that we started heading to all the Pavilions one last time. The first was the Mexican Pavilion. We did the attraction again. Then headed over to Norway and did Maelstrom again but did not stick around for the movie. In the Italy Pavilion we were watching this clown do tricks and he was getting small children to throw balls into a hoop. He picked me to throw one of the balls into the hoop. He made it much harder for me by moving the hoop out of the way each time I tried to throw it in. I tried about six times before he walked up to and gave me a small ball the size of a grape fruit and I try again. I miss yet again and he points at the ball and this little boy that was in a stroller that threw the same sized ball into the hoop no problem and laughs at me. I finally get the ball in after the 10th try. I had the entire crowd laughing, it was pretty fun.
We walk though the rest of the Pavilions and walked through the shops one more time to see if there was anything we wanted to pick up. Our last stop was the Canadian Pavilion just to check it out. I found it amusing seeing Canadian candy in there. You’d think they would have it in the US. I wasn’t about to pay $4 for a box of smarties. We watched the Canadian Circle Vision movie hosted by Martin Short. They talked mostly about BC, Ontario, and P.E.I. The Prairies were shown once in a photo of a field and nothing about the Yukon, N.W.T, or Nunavut. It was still an enjoyable show though. I’m just being nit picky.
After that we headed down Boardwalk to check it out and it was nothing too special but was very quiet. There weren’t very many people in that area. We then caught a bus to the Contemporary Resort to take a look around and jump on the Monorail to the Magic Kingdom. Mind you the Contemporary and Magic Kingdom are literally beside each other but we wanted to take the monorail.
Once hitting the Magic Kingdom we hopped on the Train that circles the entire park. It was nice and relaxing. Once we did the circuit we headed off to Tomorrowland and did Space Mountain one more time. We then took the Trolly that went around Tomorrowland. I had no idea it went behind some of the rides so you can see inside them. You get to see inside Space Mountain and can see the carts going around (barely it was so dark). Also got to see inside the Buzz Lightyear attraction too. We hit up a couple more of the attractions one last time before we got our spots for the Wishes fireworks.
It was the perfect way to end the best vacation I have ever had! I had so much fun and I cannot wait to head back. It really is the most magical place on earth. I used to not get too excited about Disney but now that has completely changed. I will be returning very soon! So soon in fact that I will be heading to Tokyo Disneyland in June! I’m going to be in Japan for a month and I will be making a few trips to Disneyland. I hope you all enjoyed my long trip report and I’m looking forward to update it on my trip to Tokyo!
May 10th – Today was the day we headed off resort and venture into Universal Studios. The morning started off pretty rough. We figured that we could take the Linx bus from Downtown Disney and make it to Universal just before they opened. We left a bit too early and there was no active bus to Downtown Disney. Ended up missing the first bus. So then we took the bus to Epcot then took the monorail to the Ticket Centre to take the bus from there. Once we got there the Linx bus showed up but the bus driver told us not to take this specific bus and that another one with the exact same number would be coming shortly. After 30-45 minutes of waiting there was no bus. By this time we’ve already lost over 2 hours to get off resort. We finally just said screw it and went to the Polynesian Resort and took a taxi. We were going to take the Mears transportation from the resort but the lovely woman there told us that it would cost just as much as a taxi and take twice as long since they stop at other resorts before finally going to Universal.
The taxi ride cost us $35 US. Which was cheaper than paying $18 per person by Mears. So for those of you that want to know how to get to Universal from the resorts. Your best bet is probably taking a cab. Less of headache.
After trying for 3 hours to get to Universal we FINALLY get there just after 9:30am. The first part we headed to was Adventure Island. A lot of the shops and stuff weren’t open yet so it felt sorta like a ghost town, granted there were still quite a few people there. Our first ride was The Incredible Hulk. That was a pretty intense roller coaster. Tons of twists and turns. I still had fun none the less. Once we got our blood pumping we did the Spiderman ride. You are put into a small cart and are taken through the story of Spiderman. At one point they make it feel like you are falling when it’s just the screen in front of you moving. I got a little motion sick off of that one.
A lot of the other rides weren’t open yet so we just walked through the park. We checked out the Dudley Do-Right water ride. Which is a rip off of Splash Mountain just a little more wet. We were the only two people on the ride and I got completely soaking wet. When we hit the final drop I took all the water in the face and John behind me was dry as a bone. To take out my anger on getting wet I paid $0.25 to shoot water on riders that passed by on the ride under a bridge. I made sure to get the ones that were dry. I love karma.
Since I was soaking wet we went over to the Jurassic Park attraction. Again I got water all over me. I was already soaking wet so it didn’t really do much. We then headed around and took pictures of what we could see of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Got some nice photos of Hogwarts. I was praying for a soft launch but I knew it wouldn’t happen. There’s always next time.
After that we did some Dr. Seuss rides and stopped for some lunch. The food wasn’t overly great and it was pretty expensive. Not very many choices in an amusement park. Once we were done with our lunch we walked around the park a little bit then we headed on over the other park. This is where we actually used out Express Passes to jump the lines that were starting to get a bit long.
First checked out the Jimmy Neutron attraction. Which was not any fun at all. The guy working the attraction thought it was awesome to put us in the front row which was Stationary Seating. I guess it was fun watching everyone else have fun. We weren’t very impressed with that. Next up was Shrek 4D which was pretty amusing. We also checked out Twister and the Great Disaster. The latter was hosted by the hologram of Christopher Walken. Add him to anything and it’ll make it awesome. At the start they take random people from the crowd and they become part of the stage production. They make them do some funky things in front of a green screen then we all head into a Subway and we act we are extras in the movie. Then the subway starts to flood because of an earthquake. There’s water, fire, and things falling all around you. It was pretty neat. After they show us the trailer for the movie with clips that the random people recorded earlier. My favorite was the old grandma blowing up while she was in the garden.
My other favorite ride was the Simpsons. You were in Krustyland and you were put in a kart that went in front of a huge screen and you zipped around. It was so much fun but got me super dizzy. Either way after that we headed to the Kwik-E-Mart and I almost bought an employee shirt and nametag but it would have cost well over $70.
By this time we were pretty tired and done with Universal. The next time I’d visit would only be for Harry Potter. Everything else I can take it or leave it.
We caught a cab and headed to Downtown Disney to have supper and do some last minute shopping for our families and friends back home. I’m the worst at choosing what lines to pay at. The one I chose this woman was very specific on how she wanted ALL 20+ of her little figurines packed. The poor girl at the register had to wrap each one. These weren’t even glass figures they were plastic and rather tiny. Then the woman wanted individual bags for them. After standing in line for 10mins and watching it NOT move at all I headed over to another register in another part of the store. I was in and out in 2 mins. I walked by the register I was at before and the woman was STILL there. Glad I moved.
After spending a ton of money on my family and friends I bought myself some more Disney pins to feed my newly found addition and bought an ice cube tray that shapes the cubes as Mickey ears. That was my best purchase! Now whenever I’m having a drink I can remember the magic!
It was still relatively early so we walked around Pop Century and took some photos of the resort. It was nice to be able to walk around and see everything.
That was our exciting day at Universal Studios and ending it at Downtown Disney. Tomorrow would be our last day in Disney World. We attempt to visit each park in one day and do our favorite rides before saying goodbye to Mickey.
May 9th – Today we wanted to take it easy so we decided to go to the Typhoon Lagoon water park for the day. Got to sleep in today too since the park did not open later in the morning. First thing we did was cover ourselves from head to toe in sunscreen. It was a nice clear day to go swimming!
The first thing we did was head into the Lazy River to look at all the different parts of the water park. It was a nice change of pace compared to the last four days we just had. After that we got out at the other end of the park and did a couple of the water slides. They were nothing too special, something you’d see at any other water park. Innertubes and a 3 story drop water slide.
Once we had those out of our system we went to the wave pool and stayed in there for a while. The 6 foot waves were tons of fun. I tried to swim to the deep end to hit the waves but inevitably I’d get water up my nose and I’d start choking, taking the fun out of it. Regardless we spent a lot of time in the wave.
Our favorite part of the park was Crushin N’ Gusher. It was a watercoster where you would sit in a 2 or 3 man tube and you would go through what felt like a rollercoaster. You would go down a drop and water would push you back up the hill. It was so much fun that we did it three times! Our first time through we had a photopass person take a photo of us when we hit the end as we were tipping over. She got a picture when my friend’s knee connected with the back of my head. It actually did hurt quite a bit!
We were only at the park until about 3pm since being in the sun that long took a lot out of us. Even the multiple re-applications of our sunscreen did not prevent our shoulders from becoming sunburned.
Tonight was Extended Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom until 1am, that was our plan for the rest of the evening. We did a couple of the smaller rides that we didn’t do during the day because the lines were pretty long. Finally got to check out Snow White and Peter Pan which were both very cute and enjoyable. We also checked out Mickey’s PhillarMagic, which is a 3D show that takes you through various Disney Cartoons.
We did Space Mountain, Monster’s Inc, Big Thunder Mountain, and Splash Mountain multiple times. We got lucky on Big Thunder and Splash Mountain. We went on them during the Wishes fireworks show so we were able to walk right onto the ride. On Splash Mountain we were on the ride ourselves so we decided to do a nice pose for the camera. They also offered us to go again!
We walked around the park a couple times and checked out a couple more attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean. We left just before midnight since we were so exhausted and we had to get up for 6am tomorrow. On the bus back to our Resort we had three adults get into a fight about strollers and there was a lot of yelling and children crying. What a magical way to end the day. At least tomorrow we have Universal Studios to look forward to!