Good day and welcome to the last day of our trip to Disneyland! My name is Duffy the Disney Bear and I will be taking you through our last full day in the Happiest Place on Earth! Chris One mentioned something about helping me write this final part of the report but I insisted that I didn’t need any help! Let’s being shall we?
Once again I woke up before both of the Chris’. When they finally woke up we all decided that we enjoyed the Carnation Cafe so much the day before that we would have breakfast there once more! We arrived right as the park opened and we didn’t race everyone to the attractions but we went right to the Cafe to beat the line up!
Chris One shared his French Toast with Cream Cheese Frosting, and it was absolutely fantastic! It was a taste bud overload. While waiting for the guys to finished eating their breakfast I took some photos of random things around our table. Being a small bear we don’t have to eat very much.
All of us wanted to ride Space Mountain, Pirates, and Haunted Mansion one last time for our trip. We rode them all and had a blast doing so. I was a bit sad knowing that I won’t be riding them for a while. Once we did those we did a little window shopping. Chris One and Two wanted to look at things they wanted so no time would be wasted when we bought everything at the end of the day. Chris One was looking at a fancy new iPad Case that had my best friend on the cover! Chris Two was looking at clothes for his adorable son! It was rather relaxing just looking at all the shops.
After we went and hung out in Toon Town for a bit and took some photos. My best friend likes to have his picture in hidden places everywhere. He’s so silly. I should see if I can hide pictures of me around the parks for people to find!
It was about 10am and we headed over to California Adventure to ride Soarin’, but once again I had to go into the backpack and under the seat, so I never did get to see much. But I did smell oranges and pine trees. One of these days I’ll be big enough to sit in the seats!
It was now time for lunch. Chris Two was craving hot dogs and there’s nothing better than Award Wieners! Chris Two swears that the birds in the area had it out for him. They were diving near his head the entire time we were eating. It was rather hilarious.
Now it was time to go and visit my big brother in Paradise Pier! Chris One was very excited to do so. When my big brother came up to us he was very happy to see me! He’s a bear of very few words so he gave me a kiss on the nose, typical. After the photos he whispered to Chris One to take good care of me. I’m a little brother I hear everything. I told my big brother that I would be back very soon to visit him.
After visiting both of the Chris’ wanted to head on Grizzly Rapids. I requested that I be put into the backpack again. I’m not a fan of wet fur. I could hear them yelling and screaming as they all got wet and I was perfectly dry in the backpack. I overheard them saying that Chris One was the driest of them all near the end. Then all of a sudden the geyser went and completely soaked Chris One head to toe. He went from the driest to the wettest.
Thankfully it was a nice hot day out. Both Chris’ decided to walk around a bit so they could at least dry off a tiny bit. They tried to stay in the sun as much as they could.
Once they were dry we all headed to the Blue Sky Cellar to check out what Disney has in store for Cars Land and the new Little Mermaid attraction. While looking at the displays I noticed something …..
We watched a movie about the new Cars Land and Little Mermaid Attraction. I cannot wait to come back and visit them. They look like so much fun.
Next up was shopping time! Chris and Chris both stocked up on items. Chris One bought a new iPad case, Vinylmations, and of course Pins. Chris Two got some clothes and other random Disney items. Once they were finished giving their next pay cheque to Disney they met up with their friend Jerry and headed for supper at the Taste Pilot’s Grill in California Adventure. I must say I’m a big fan of their burgers, if you want a good burger then make sure to head here!
Once we finished our delicious supper it was time for Jerry to head out. We told him we’d make sure to visit when were back! Next up was elecTRONica once again. This time we have video while we were enjoying our time in The Grid!
Before we got our spots for the fireworks we decided to hit up a few more attractions!
To cap off our wonderful trip to Disneyland we found a perfect spot in the middle of Main Street for the Remember … Dreams Come True fireworks! They were absolutely stunning, it was my first time seeing fireworks and I must say this was probably my favorite part of the entire trip! To top it all off I got to spend it with my two best friends Chris and Chris!
Thank you all for reading this very special trip report. It was my first one and I was super nervous.
Until next time everyone, remember … dreams do come true!
Your Best Friend
Duffy the Disney Bear
I was going to write this part of the trip report but Duffy had so much fun writing the day before. So I decided I’ll let him write them for the rest of the trip. He did ask me that I include some music again so you have a soundtrack to listen to while reading.
After a magical first day I could only imagine what our second day would bring! Little did my two best friends Chris and Chris know I was wide awake at 6am waiting for them to wake up. I was too excited to sleep. Finally they both woke up around 7am and got ready for the day. I asked Chris One what we were going to do for Breakfast and he said we were going to eat in the park! I was ever so excited for this.
We arrived at the park just before 8am and we were waiting with everyone on Main Street. I was very hungry by this point and wanted nothing more than to eat. Chris One and Chris Two wanted to ride Space Mountain before breakfast, so of course I went along for the ride. It did get my heart pumping for the day!
After we headed back to Main Street and got a table at the Carnation Cafe (we got there before it got super busy). Chris One ordered the Mickey Waffle with whipped cream and strawberries. He was kind enough to share it with me, it was delicious! I am a bit worried as to why they would make one of my best friends into a waffle, either way it was tasty!
We went on Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion after breakfast. Taking it easy so we don’t upset our stomachs after such a great breakfast. Also at least with these two rides I can sit beside my friends and actually see things! Unlike Space Mountain.
Once 10am rolled around we all headed over to California Adventure. The first thing we did was grab fast passes for Soarin’. By the time we got there shortly after 10 the line up was already at 30 minutes! I heard Chris One and Chris Two talking about something called California Screamin’ and how they were nervous to ride it. Well they are braver than I am that’s for sure! That was the next ride we all went on. I really didn’t have a choice in the matter, but I got to ride in Chris One’s backpack so I didn’t get to see much. It did sound like a lot of fun and from the photo they took it sure looked fun too.
Next up was Toy Story Mania. Now this had to be one of my favorite rides, why do you ask? It was because I got to wear these stylish glasses and shoot at other toys!
After that they wanted to head to Grizzly River Run. I’m not a fan of getting wet so I asked Chris One if I could ride this one in the backpack. From inside the backpack I heard everyone on the raft singing happy birthday half way through the ride. There were two other people celebrating their birthdays along with Chris Two. So they all ended up singing Happy Birthday while going down the river. The singing was replaced with screaming when I heard the water splash all over everyone and I was nice and dry in the backpack.
Both Chris’ got rather wet. I couldn’t help but to snicker to myself as I was bone dry! Once we were done it was time for Soarin’. Sadly I didn’t get to see anything, but it did sound like a lot of fun!
Now it was lunch time! Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill was on the menu for lunch today. Chris One had chicken tacos while Chris Two had something that was in a corn husk. I shared a little bit of the tacos and then I enjoyed myself in the nice warm California sun while I wanted for the two to finish eating.
It was mid afternoon and we were all pretty tired. We decided that having a nap at the hotel was in order. We were up pretty early and wanted to last until the parks closed!
After a quick 1.5 hour nap we headed back to California Adventure to check out the Aladdin Musical. It was very well done and I enjoyed the improv the Genie did with his dialog. Although I didn’t quite understand what a Charlie Sheen was and how it was winning. That was lost on me. Although both of the Chris’ found it to be quite hilarious. Did like the part where Genie referenced Angry Birds when he flicked Iago away, I’ve seen people playing that game on their fancy iPads and iPhones.
We then headed to Monster’s Inc. to check it out. I enjoyed it very much, it being one of my favorite Pixar films! Then it was time for supper. We decided on Taste Pilots’ Grill. I shared some of the burgers and fries they both ordered. I was bugging Chris One to get a World of Color cup but he didn’t want to.
We took some audio during elecTRONica, so you can listen to it while reading! If you’re listening to music already make sure you pause it, you don’t want to miss this! Also be mindful of the volume of your speakers, this may be LOUD! It was very loud there so I expect the recording to be just as loud!
After being converted back to our normal forms from Programs we headed back to Disneyland to try and catch Fantasmic! Sadly we got there a bit too late and the show was half over. I don’t think we read the times right or something. Either way we didn’t let this get us down! We rode Pirates, Haunted Mansion, and Big Thunder Mountain during the fireworks! Thankfully the lines weren’t very long since most people were watching the Fireworks.
After a very long and exciting day we decided to take the Monorail back to Downtown Disney. My feet were fine since I was in a backpack all day, but both Chris’ were saying their feet are extremely tired. Once we got back to Downtown Disney I fell asleep in Chris One’s backpack.
It was a fantastic day and I’m excited to share with you our last day in the parks. So please come back soon and read it!
Duffy the Disney Bear
Welcome to my special trip report from Disneyland! Normally I do the trip reports myself but Duffy insisted that he did this one for me. It was his first trip to Disneyland with his two bestfriends Chris One and Chris Two. So it was rather special to him. For this trip report Duffy will be taking over and he hopes that you enjoy!
Hello everyone! If you don’t know me my name is Duffy the Disney Bear! It was my first trip to Disneyland with my two best friends and I had a lot of fun. I’m here to share my trip report with you all. I really hope you enjoy it! Lets begin!
First off I decided I wanted to add some music while you read. I chose some of my favorite music from Disneyland. If you want to listen to any of it while listening please do!
The beginning of the trip I do not recall much since Chris One stuffed me inside his checked baggage. I was in there all day on March 2nd from what I remember. I slept most of the time. Thankfully he strapped me in his suitcase so I wouldn’t get banged around!
The next day we finally went to Disneyland! We woke up rather early and decided that we were going to eat at our hotel restaurant. After a nice filling breakfast we headed to our first day in Disneyland around 10am! It was such a nice day out, much better than the -40C we had back home in Saskatoon.
Chris One let me ride in his backpack. I poked me head out so I can see all the action, I wasn’t going to miss this! Our first stop was at Town Hall. I heard Chris One telling his friend Chris Two that they were going to get a Birthday Button for his birthday. There was actually a long line up and there was a huge group of Japanese girls who it was their first time in Disneyland.
First we headed over to Space Mountain and walked right on. I wasn’t allowed to sit beside Chris because they do not make Duffy sized restraints so I was put on the floor. It was my first time there and I could hear both the Chris’ laughing the entire time, it was a lot of fun even though I was on the floor!
After that we headed to Pirates of the Caribbean and walked right on! This time I was able to sit on the seat and see everything! I’m rather confused as to why if you had a ton of gold and coins why you would just sit on them? I’d take those to the bank as soon as I could! My fur did get a little wet too, I kept a small towel in the backpack with me (shhh Chris One doesn’t know) so I could dry off.
Next we all went to the Haunted Mansion. The stretching room scared me but Chris Two assured me that everything was going to be OK. Also someone should warn people about the crazy lady that cuts off the heads of her former husbands. After escaping that crazy lady and her wanting me to come stay with her we headed on over to Big Thunder Railroad. Again another ride that doesn’t have Duffy Sized seats so I had to sit on the floor. It did sound like a lot of fun and I could actually see, unlike Space Mountain. Then it was onto the Matterhorn. Why do these guys keep picking rides I can’t sit in properly?
For lunch we all headed to Tomorrowland and watched the Jedi Academy show. I tried to convince Chris One to let me participate but he said that I was too small and furry to do so. Maybe next year!
After lunch time we took it a bit easier and took a tour of Toontown. I wanted to go visit my best friends Mickey and Minnie but the lines were very long. I’ll give them a call later! After we treated ourselves to some Dole Whip right by the Enchanted Tiki Room!
The rest of the afternoon was spent going on Space Mountain, Pirates, and the Haunted Mansion multiple times. So much fun! I also snapped a few photos myself, I just took Chris One’s camera when he wasn’t looking!
Chris One purchased the World of Color picnic package online which got us food and Fast Passes for the World of Color show in California Adventure. Little does Disney know that I got to see the show for free, since they don’t charge Duffy bears for food or admission. No one tell them please!
Before we went to watch the show Chris One went and bought me a new outfit! It’s rather fitting isn’t it, coming from Canada and all. I’ll have to some how convince him to buy me some more outfits next time we go. After that we headed to Toy Story Mania in California Adventure. I got to sit between the two Chris’ and I watched them shoot pies, rings, darts, and various other items to get points! It looked like a lot of fun and I’m going to convince Chris One to let me play next time! As for who won, Chris won! (I have such a great sense of humor).
It was an hour before World of Color so we went and claimed out spots against the rails in the Blue Section. While Chris One wasn’t looking I took the video camera and shot a short video ….
What a great day with my two bestfriends Chris and Chris! Tomorrow is Day 2 in Disneyland! Please come back and read my next trip report!
Duffy the Disney Bear
EDIT: Tons of people have been searching for Disneyland photos. You can find all Disneyland photos I’ve taken on Flickr.
We are leaving for Disneyland tomorrow! This will be my second trip (my first was back in September 2010) and my best friend’s third trip. He hasn’t been there since about 1998 so it will be a whole new experience this time around. His birthday is in a couple of days so we’re going to be celebrating it in the parks. Will have to make sure to pick him up a button from Town Hall.
It’s extremely cold here in Saskatchewan right now (about -42F with the wind). I’ll be glad to be out of this weather for the rest of the week!
I made up our plan for the three days we’re going to be spending at the parks. We have almost a full day where we aren’t doing the parks. Just going to play it by ear on what we do that day.
The one thing I want to do for sure is taking various pictures of my Duffy bear around both parks. He’s going to be the narrator for our trip report! Will also have to get a photo with him and the real Duffy in CA!
I also made myself a promise that I will treat myself to snacks that I want! Last time I was very tight for money so I only bought meals and no tasty snacks. I may go into a sugar coma by the end of this!
Day 1 – Downtown Disney (March 2nd)
We arrive in LAX around 2 pm, we will grab the bus to Disneyland Resort and when we arrive we have to walk a couple blocks north to our Hotel! We got a pretty decent rate, we’re staying at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Anaheim. Since we aren’t going to any of the parks that day we’ll probably check out Downtown Disney for a while and possibly head down to Huntington Beach or up to Fullerton. I’ve never been in the Ocean before so that might play into our decision. Flew over it many times but never actually put even my toes in it.
Day 2 – Disneyland (March 3rd)
We plan on doing World of Color that night in CA since it’s the only show that’s playing in the two parks that day. We purchased the picnic package so we don’t have to wait in line for the Fast Passes. We are going to spend the entire day in Disneyland.
Mainly will hit up all the attractions and try and get a few pictures with Characters. The ones I’ll have to do for sure are Space Mountain, Pirates, Big Thunder Mountain, Matterhorn, and Haunted Mansion! My friend is a huge Star Wars nerd so we’ll have to watch the Jedi Academy show at some point.
We’ll have to go to CA, probably for lunch or early supper, and pick up our Picnic Package and tickets for World of Color. Depending on what the time is and if we got everything we wanted to be done in Disneyland we may just stay in CA until the show.
Day 3 – California Adventure (March 4th)
Start the day off probably with a bang, get our blood flowing with either California Screamin’ or Hollywood Tower of Terror. Last time California Screamin’ was down the entire day I was there and I was too scared to ride TTT myself. I need someone or something to hold onto when I’m on that ride and I didn’t feel like grabbing a complete stranger! I really dislike the falling feeling but….I do it anyway.
Will have to check out the Aladdin show since it too was closed last time I was there.
Will have to check out elecTRONica that night, I’m a big electronic music fan so I think it’ll be a lot of fun. We might head to Disneyland to see Fantasmic! as well. We will see how the night goes.
Day 4 – The Best Of Disneyland Resort 2011 Edition
Whatever we want to do between the two parks we will do! It’s the BEST OF DISNEYLAND DAY! I can tell you right now I will be riding Space Mountain and the Haunted Mansion. No way I’m leaving without doing those one last time! Hard to say exactly what we’ll do but I know it’ll be damned fun.
To top it all off we are going to see “Remember … Dream Come True” that evening. I think it’s the perfect way to end our stay!
I’m extremely excited for this trip and I know it’s going to be a ton of fun! I’ll update this with my actual trip report when we get back. I’ll have TONS of video and photos to share with you all. Our good friend Duffy will be the narrator of this special trip report.
P.S. Duffy and I are READY TO GO!
Today is day two of my spontaneous trip to Disneyland and today’s park is California Adventure. I wanted to be at the park when it opened but as I already found out the day before that the transit system is not the best. It took me about 2 hours to get to Disneyland. Thankfully there was a lovely girl that helped me with all my transfers since I really had no idea which buses I had to be taking.
After being finally arriving at California Adventure at around 11:30am I was ready to start my solo day! I grabbed a map and started making my way around the park.
The first attraction I came to was Soarin’ so I grabbed a Fast Pass just so I could ride something after I walked around the entire park. When I passed Grizzly River Run it was closed for some reason. It was alright since I didn’t really feel like getting soaked today.
I walked through Paradise Pier and I’d have to say that the view is stunning! See for yourself…
I got into line for Mulholland Madness but my bad luck continued into today. The attraction had some technical issues and they had to get all the stuck guests off the attraction. They asked us to come back later in the day. So I walked around Paradise Pier some more and picked up a Fast Pass for California Screamin’. Sadly the attraction is now closed and being re-themed into another similar attraction.
Walked through A Bug’s Land and walked past the Hollywood Tower of Terror. I wasn’t in the mood for dropping so I skipped that attraction. Also I like to have someone I know sitting beside me so I can grab onto something when you drop. Since I was alone I didn’t want to grab a stranger beside me.
After that I checked out Monsters, Inc. Since a lot of California Adventure is under construction with the new Cars Land and refurbishments of other attractions it was a bit limited on what I could do.
Soarin’ was a lot of fun! I enjoyed it very much in Walt Disney World and I’m glad I got to do it here too. After that I wanted to check out Mickey’s Fun Wheel since from what I saw it looked like a lot of fun! Waiting to get onto the Fun Wheel was far from boring. There were a lot of Japanese Tourist there and the girls were screaming their heads off when the cart would sway back and forth. I found it very amusing. I grabbed some video while on the Fun Wheel and took another video from Paradise Park so you can see how it works!
After the world stopped spinning due to the Fun Wheel I worked up the courage to head on over to California Screamin’. When I walked up you can guess what happened next. It was closed due to technical difficulties and there were people stuck on the attraction. At this point I was a bit tired of getting to an attraction and seeing it closed, but again there’s not much I can do about it. I figured I’d return later in the day and hopefully it would be open then.
I walked around the park a couple more times taking photos and just taking it all in! I bought myself a couple of pins and even got my mother some pins to kick start her collection!
The Pixar Play Parade wasn’t until later in the day so I decided to head to Downtown Disney and check out the hotel. I walked around and I didn’t notice right away but Goofy was walking around the resort acting like he was a guest. He was sitting in chairs, getting up and looking at various things on the wall, and playing around with the DVC Kiosks. It was hilarious! Then a little girl saw him and screamed and ran up to him. I just loved the way he was acting and randomly walking around the resort. Sadly I didn’t get any photos I was too busy watching Goofy doing what he does best.
When Goofy took off to the pool (I couldn’t follow) I headed into Disneyland to try and get on the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain one last time! I grabbed a Fast Pass for Space Mountain and walked to the Haunted Mansion. Again my bad luck continued….it was temporarily closed! I walked around the park a few times checking out the various gift shops and had some food at The Golden Horseshoe.
The characters were running about the park and a few were at the entrance to Disneyland on Main Street USA. Chip was there dressed as a Police Officer and handcuffing people, it was incredibly cute! Pluto, Mickey, and Minnie were there too dressed up in their Halloween costumes.
Now it was time to grab a spot for the Pixar Play Parade! I got a nice spot right in front of A Bug’s Land in the shade. I shared the spot with a lovely family. This was my first parade that I saw where you actually got wet…
It was another successful and fun filled day! The trip was a major success and I enjoyed myself quite a bit. It was one of the best ideas I’ve had (since visiting the other Disney Parks). Now that I have visited 3/5 Resorts I’ll have to see about going to Hong Kong and Paris in the future!
My favorite attraction this trip was hands down the Haunted Mansion Holiday and second place went to Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.
It was a bummer that so many attractions were having technical difficulties but that’s just how it goes. While it was annoying and sometimes disappointing it didn’t hinder my experience! It was still Disney and I loved each and every magical minute. Seeing as how affordable this trip was I could easily do another weekend in the near future. Maybe a visit during Christmas time? Who knows! Hope you all enjoyed my Trip Report! If you haven’t already go and check my out my past trips!
In celebration of my new job I decided to take a very quick trip down to California and check out Disneyland. For those of you that have been following my Trip Reports this is my 3rd Disney Resort this year. I’ve been to Walt Disney World in May 2010 and Tokyo Disneyland in June 2010.
This trip was very spontaneous in that I did not plan this at all. I found out I got the job I wanted on the Tuesday and booked my flights to LAX that same evening. Also bought my 2-Day Park Hopper pass. I was well on my way to Disneyland! I’ve always wanted to see a Disney Park during Halloween and I figured this would be my only chance for a long time. Since I probably won’t be using my holidays during this time of the year.
I arrived in Los Angeles on Friday, September 17 and spent two days there checking out the sites such as Hollywood and Beverly Hills. This trip was spontaneous so there was no time for myself or my friend Patrick to plan what we were going to do on the days we were not in the Parks. It all worked out in the end!
Sunday, September 19th was the first day in Disneyland. Got up extra early so we could make it there for rope drop at 9am. I learned the hard way that transit in California is not exactly the best and we ended up missing a couple buses. After an hour on the busy we made it to Disneyland just before the parks opened!
We got into the park and the very first thing we did was grab Fast Passes for Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and then headed on over to the Haunted Mansion Holiday! The decorations for the Haunted Mansion were absolutely fantastic! It was everything I thought they would be and even more. I’m a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas so this made me extremely excited for this attraction! Going on the attraction was just as good as being outside waiting. I sang along with the songs that played and tried to take in everything that was going by. It had to be hands down my favorite attraction of the entire trip.
I had to stop and take a look at all the nice and subtle decor for Halloween. Main Street USA was dominated by the HUGE Mickey Pumpkin right near the entrance, and at the opposite end where the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey are there’s various smaller pumpkins with characters carved into them. Then you have the lovely Mickey shaped pumpkins made of flowers.
While waiting for our Fast Pass for Space Mountain to start we headed on over the Finding Nemo Submarines. I would have to say that the Finding Nemo Attractions in Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland were much better than this one. While the actual story portion of the attraction was enjoyable the rest was a tad boring.
After that we checked out Captain EO which was right beside Space Mountain. It was extremely retro that it was awesome! Michael always knew how to put on a performance and make you want to join in and dance! The 3D was pretty good too.
Finally we got to check out Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and was it worth the wait! Normally I love this attraction no matter what but the simple ghosts they added during the ride and the change of music made it that much more fun.
After that we grabbed a Fast Pass for Splash Mountain and went on Big Thunder Mountain and It’s A Small World. Normally I’d skip It’s A Small World but my friend had never been on it before so we had to go on it. Splash Mountain got us both pretty soaking wet. It would have been really fun but we had a guy on the ride that was yelling, screaming, and swearing thinking he was being funny, which he wasn’t.
We decided that we wanted to do Space Mountain again so we went and grabbed a Fast Pass for it again. It was for later in the evening so we had plenty of time to go to other attractions and check out the parade in the afternoon.
Headed to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and as soon as we got into line the attraction closed due to some issues, so we headed over to Matterhorn. We got up to the area where you wait to board then the attraction stopped running and we had to wait about another 30 minutes for them to fix the issue. The Cast Members were really nice about the entire thing. They asked if my friend and I wanted to sit together, we both looked at how the seating looked and we both said no. If you sit together the person in front has to sit between the other person’s legs. We’re not exactly small guys and it would have been awkward! It was an enjoyable ride just a typical roller coaster type ride with some really sharp drops. I can see you completely flying out if you didn’t have your seatbelt done up properly.
After that we grabbed a spot near It’s A Small World for the Celebrate! A Street Party. I got a video of the entire performance to share.
I got to catch Jack and Sally near the Haunted Mansion, but sadly when I got into line to get my photo with them they were done their greetings until later in the afternoon. I never did get my photo but at least I got to see them! I’m very easy to please.
After supper (outside of the park) we came back to use our Fast Pass for Space Mountain. Once we got there it was down due to technical difficulties. So we headed on over to Alice in Wonderland which was very enjoyable minus the fact that someone left a door open inside the attraction. During the ride where it was really dark we could see into this utility room which really ruined the mood for me.
Before the fireworks we rode Pirates of the Caribbean which was walk on!
“Remember…Dreams Come True” fireworks show made everything that went wrong today fade into the background. It was absolutely fantastic. I recorded about 98% of the show, made the mistake of thinking it was over when it wasn’t.
I’m not going to go into great detail about some of the attractions since they are explained in my previous Trip Report to Disneyland. If you need to catch up please read it here.
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.