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torsie24
05-14-2010, 03:30 PM
Is it wrong that I keep checking here to see if there's an update? I'm officially insane, right?
If you're insane then I am too! ;)

lurkyloo
05-14-2010, 04:29 PM
I am in love with your report, detailed and engaging! Thanks for taking the time!

Hey, thanks! :goodvibes

I pilfered someone else's picture of a Happy Magic Room to gain admittance to your trip report ;).

Good job! :thumbsup2

TDL looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! I do have to agree that it still seems sort of overwhelming. Do you think what limited language you learned before you went helped decipher some of the signs or helped you navigate your way around? I look at some of the signs/maps in your pictures and I would probably just curl up in a ball and start crying :).

There's no crying in Disney!!! :teeth: No, you really have nothing to worry about—all the signs are in English. Even that really complicated one of the bus routes I shot at the airport had English in there somewhere. To a certain extent, you have to let the spoken form of the language just wash over you and keep an eye peeled for visual clues as to what's being said, but if you can find a sign, you're golden!

Only once on the whole trip did I have a desperately frustrating experience where I couldn't communicate with anyone, and that was trying to buy bullet train tickets. Usually anything we really needed to know was very clear.

WOAH!!!! What an update! I give you MUCH credit for not getting lost..because i certainly would...with unfamiliar suroundings and a language barrier..that would have done me in! Kudos...and I love love love the pictures and details.

I think it helped that I was able to let go of my usual need to control every situation and just trust that I was going to figure stuff out eventually. I never once felt stranded anywhere I went, because it was so easy to just get back on the subway and go "home". Oh wait, OK, there was the part at the end of the trip where the train stopped on the tracks for several hours and we actually *were* stranded, but even that was fairly painlessly resolved... more on that later... ;)

lurkyloo, just FYI, that Tokyo Bay Hotel Toku looks very similar to the Gaylord Palms in Orlando...it's HUGE and is themed to 3 different sections of Florida, The Everglades, St. Augustine and the Keys....I highly recommend checking it out the next time you visit WDW

Very interesting! I've always been curious about Gaylord Palms - guess I'll have to check it out!

OMG what an update! What a crazy day you must have had. The Disney hotels are amazing. I really want to go and stay at one. Plus the monorail there is really cool. How come they are not like that in the states? This really was a trip of a lifetime!

I will say that those cute Mickey-shaped windows are not as easy to see out of as our monorail windows, but otherwise... kawaii!!!


Awsome!

Thanks!


I was just telling DH that I can't believe the Yen rate. When we were there in the 80's, $1 would only buy 175 yen We could never afford to stay on property - now it looks downright cheap - If there ever was a time to go to Tokyo Disney, this is it - I'll have to work on him;) Thanks again for all the details!

Ooh! Oooh! I hope it works! :thumbsup2

No I think the phones are on par. You are always welcome to stay with me in the UK! I

Hey watch out — I might just take you up on that offer! And let me know if you need any Disneyland tips when you get out my way!

Carrie - if you want to do a house swap I'm there!

I've wanted to live in the States since I was about 6. You guys just have such a great way of life. More choice, better service.

Closest I ever got was a few months at UCLA, man I miss it!

Oh wow—well you certainly came to the right place! UCLA has to be one of the most gorgeous spots in LA. And, as with Chilly, I may just take you up on the house swap idea! (But we can't fall in love with fellows from the other country like they did in "The Holiday (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457939/)" because we are both spoken for! :rotfl: Also, you should know that my house would fit in Cameron Diaz's character's garage....)


Yeah all caught up, I had two things to comment on:

1 - love the Minnie Mouse Store
2 - can't remember because I was so blown away by those last photos!

:rotfl: Fair enough!


This is exactly how i am when I read Carrie's reports!! There's just so much to comment on, that when I get to finally comment I forget everything I wanted to say and just say..."Excellent job!" or something like that!

:rotfl2: You guys crack me up! I'm just glad to know you're enjoying it!





(Yup, I'm just catching up. If you have time on your hand, and want to figure out why I haven't been on the dis for a while, check my ptr hehe)

I checked—sounds EXCITING!!! :hyper:



May I copy your picture of the Alice poster?? I'm obsessed with this movie. Well with most Tim Burton movies.

Certainly! I'm glad to know you like it!

Love love loveee this trip report!! So inspiring!

My boyfriend and I are hoping to head to Tokyo/Disney Seas sometime next year,

We want to spend a couple days in Tokyo (probably 3ish) and two days at Disney Seas/DisneyLand Tokyo...

Whats the best way to go about starting to look into/book things?

I think I'm going to go back and add this part to the intro, because I never really talked about how to book the Tokyo Disney hotels.

Your best source of info right now is a combo of the official Disney site (in English) and MiceChat.com's TDS forum. It is extremely easy to book the Disney hotels online, and you don't have to pay a deposit AND you can cancel with no penalty up to 2 weeks out. So if your dates have opened up yet (it's roughly on a 6-month lead time), I say run over there and book rooms just to have them. The Hilton and the Sheraton also let you book w/o a deposit, and the other partner hotels may as well—none of our Tokyo hotels required one except the one we booked thru Expedia.

People bag on Kevin Yee's "Tokyo Disney Made Easy" book. It is kinda outta date, and he spends an hilarious amount of time talking about how you can avoid paying Disney's "high" food prices by eating under the train station, smuggling your own food in, etc. (We found prices to be comparable to WDW food prices and *lower* than Disneyland prices.) However, it gives you a good overview. Hopefully PassPorter's book will be out in time to help you too!


OOOOoooooh, Donald!!

I'm not sure which one I liked best from your last installment... the cute sleepy Donald in the window was fun, but I'm glad it wasn't me in Japan or I might have bought that GIANT plush Donald!!!

Your pictures are spectacular... now I want to go to Japan even more!! Perhaps when they get VRs!!!!! You'll have to come and be our official tour guide!!

That would be amazing! I would love to do that—I would learn Japanese for that, though. I saw SO much Donald stuff over there for you, it isn't even funny. They *love* Donald!


The monorail is soooooooooo cute. And so swanky. Maybe we'd get the same treatment if we paid fees to use it?

That's what I'm thinking...

I've just remembered what my second comment was! The double cuteness of a Disney character dressed as something else is also something common in the UK.

Fabulous! I hope it comes over here at some point—it's too cute!

Carrie I just found your TR and spent the last 2 days reading and all I can say is

WOW!!!

I am loving this trip report! You are so lucky you were able to go to. I hope someday I will be able to as well. Your pictures and detail of the trip is fantastic! Thank you for sharing this with us.

:wave2: Good to see you again! I'm so glad you found the report and are enjoying it!


Your TR is just amazing! I just love looking at all these pictures, and I'm so glad you took the time to take them. I'm really impressed that you were able to get all this touring done before 3, too! You must have been haulin' tail to get to all these places, especially the ones that weren't connected by the monorail or easily-found foot paths.

It never ceased to amaze me how much one can get done in a single day over there. I've decided it's the later store hours combined with the fabulous transportation system.


Yes, western wedding is VERY popular in Japan. They have 2 themes in most cases. One w/ traditional, old style wedding with brides and grooms wearing Kimonos which usually held in a enclosed traditionally decorated room (that's probably why lurkyloo didn't see those kind of weddings) and most big hotels should have it. It's usually a small room and only close families and relatives can get in - usually not friends. And the other is just like western weddings. A lot of times, couples have both in one wedding. Have the traditional wedding with close family members, then have the reception in the western style with gowns, cakes, food and all that. Most girls dream about wearing western gowns for their wedding. The difference is the gowns are not limited to white for the reception. Many brides change gowns a couple of times during the reception and tend to wear more colors. Other popular (but not as common) wedding is couples actually go to Hawaii w/ family and friends and do the real western wedding there. Japanese spends A LOT of money on wedding.

Interesting! I love the idea of wearing a more colorful gown. The only thing that stopped me was not wanting to look like a prom princess or quinceañera participant. But the Japanese brides can really pull it off!

I'm so glad someone has decided to make a us guide book - it's about time, thank you!

Hong Kong next? Please? :)

I've heard HK Disney is pretty small.

Yeah, I'm hoping to go after all the new stuff opens in 2012, and even that doesn't seem like a whole lot. Like WDW's Fantasyland makeover, it sounds like a lot of set dressing and not a lot of new attractions. But you're right—there outta be a guidebook in English!


I just got an email from ideeli, and they have Disney Couture today! It's overload!

Thanks for this! I posted over on my Christmas trippie, but I was able to score a lovely necklace at Ideeli. I'm interested in an invite to the other one too!

Take your time, Carrie! It's always worth the wait!

Is it wrong that I keep checking here to see if there's an update? I'm officially insane, right?

Ahem.... :rolleyes1

If you're insane then I am too!

You guys crack me up! OK, so the deal is I timed how long it took me to do the last update, and it was almost EIGHT HOURS including selecting photos, writing, and preparing the post. The only time I can work on it is the weekends, so I've fallen into a schedule of posting on Sunday night or Monday morning. :thumbsup2

KatGarcia
05-14-2010, 05:34 PM
Why didn't I realize you were doing this TR? I spent the afternoon reading it and enjoying it! Now I have to go make some dinner LOL.

MEK
05-14-2010, 05:49 PM
I still have 5 more pages to catch up on, but I had good intentions of going running tonight before it gets dark. So....I need to tear myself away. So much to comment on....

the amazing stores

the food

the hotel room

the subway

the food

the history

the scenery

the food

the chocolate

the puppets

your cat and its Japanese cousin

the food

the minnie couture

and so much more!

OK....enough,,,,,this TR is sooooooooo great! I shall return!

expatcat
05-16-2010, 03:36 AM
I am loving your trip report! We are off to Tokyo for 5 days at the end of August and you have got photos of all the things I have been planning to go and see! However I have been particularly impressed by all the photos of the different hotel lobbies, so am now planning on using part of our last day (when we won't have a disney passport) to visit the different lobbies!

Can't wait for the next chapter! :worship:

PopArtGal
05-16-2010, 11:57 AM
Carrie!!

I was rereading my D23 Spring 2010 magazine and saw you on page 6. How exciting! hehe

JMcDisney
05-16-2010, 04:23 PM
I was so excited to find this! We are big Carrie and Patrick fans, and had no idea a new episode was coming out!!! And Tokyo DisneySea, no less! So exciting - can't wait for the next posts to dee the inside of the park! Thanks for sharing your vacations. :banana:

lurkyloo
05-16-2010, 09:38 PM
Why didn't I realize you were doing this TR?

Because it's buried in the Tokyo Disney forums and not in the main WDW Trip Report forum—if I'd thought I could get away with it, I woulda put it there! ;) Thanks for joining in!



OK....enough,,,,,this TR is sooooooooo great! I shall return!

Hey, thanks for the kind words! I'm so glad you're enjoying the report!

I am loving your trip report! We are off to Tokyo for 5 days at the end of August and you have got photos of all the things I have been planning to go and see! However I have been particularly impressed by all the photos of the different hotel lobbies, so am now planning on using part of our last day (when we won't have a disney passport) to visit the different lobbies!

Can't wait for the next chapter!

That's great! You're going to have so much fun! I spent hours just wandering around the Ambassador and Mira Costa...

Carrie!!

I was rereading my D23 Spring 2010 magazine and saw you on page 6. How exciting! hehe

Hee hee hee! Now you'll have to let me know if I turn up in any future issues because I switched to the D23 membership without the magazine!

I was so excited to find this! We are big Carrie and Patrick fans, and had no idea a new episode was coming out!!! And Tokyo DisneySea, no less! So exciting - can't wait for the next posts to dee the inside of the park! Thanks for sharing your vacations. :banana:

Hi there! You are so sweet - I'm glad to hear you guys enjoy the trip reports!

lurkyloo
05-16-2010, 09:45 PM
About 15 minutes before my Starlight Pass became valid at 3pm, I started lurking around the entrance to Tokyo Disneyland. This meant I was second in line when they formed an official waiting line, which must've looked pretty silly to all the full-day passholders streaming by us into the park. At precisely 3pm, we all dashed through the gates (which must've looked pretty silly to those standing around inside) and through World Bazaar (a.k.a. Main Street, U.S.A.). My first official picture inside Tokyo Disneyland was….

…A geisha in Doc Martens! OK, so she wasn't really a geisha, and you can't really see the boots, but what a great look!
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Say what you will about Tokyo's covered version of Main Street, but one thing it has all over the ones in the US is actual, working side streets that actually get you places—in this case, directly into Tomorrowland and directly in front of Monsters, Inc.! None of this long-way-round-the-barn stuff you have to do to get to Tomorrowland in Disneyland or the Magic Kingdom.

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As I rounded the corner into Tomorrowland, I saw this and realized, "Whoa, I'd better make a pit stop first!"

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Mission accomplished, I stepped into the The Longest Disney Park Line I Have Ever Waited In EVER, Except For Once When Splash Mountain First Opened And They Hadn't Invented FASTPASS.

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I took a picture of my watch so I could time how long the line actually took me.

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I took a picture of this because I was still excited and interested.

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Since I am out of practice at waiting in line, I hadn't thought to bring something to do. Most of the people around me were playing videogames on PSPs. I had my iPhone, but its combo of ridiculously short battery life and AT&T's ridiculously priced data roaming meant I could only use it for emergencies and the occasional Tweet.

The outdoor queue area has Monstervision, so at least there was that.

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Unfortunately, the video loop gets to feel pretty short when you've been watching it for an hour. I liked that the line was constantly moving, if at a snail's pace, but it meant that you couldn't get too comfy if you came across a bench to sit on or railing to lean against.

Oh look! Posters!!!
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Oooh! Oooh! A door!
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And then, about 45 minutes in, when I had only reached this point…

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… it finally dawned on me that 220 minutes is not 2 hours and 20 minutes—it's THREE HOURS and 40 MINUTES!!! (Perhaps I should have been doing math flashcards in line…)

Fortunately, I was quickly distracted by something new to look at—more posters!

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By this time, the line was finally beginning to round the corner to the front of the building, which meant a change of scenery and some decent people-watching (other than the backs of the heads of the tweens in front of me).


A castmember AND stroller parking? It's a veritable feast for the eyes!
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And then it happened. 70 minutes after I entered the line for Monsters, Inc., I finally got inside the building!

At last! It can't be much longer now…
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WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
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You don't even get to go into the fabulous rotunda when you get inside. Instead, they funnel you off to a side room with another set of switchbacks.


At least there was a poster
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I peered longingly into the rotunda with my camera…

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And then something exciting happened!

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Just kidding—a kid whacked me with his backpack. But we did finally move out into the main room, and judging from this nearly identical shot to the one I took when I entered the building nearly 15 minutes before, it looked like we'd never moved at all!

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lurkyloo
05-16-2010, 09:48 PM
Grasping desperately at something, anything to do, I became obsessed by photographing the beautiful mosaics on the ceiling.

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However, I was still so out-of-it, I didn't even realize these were doors until, like, yesterday.
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(Believe me, this is the edited version. Originally there were dozens of photos…)

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It really did feel like I'd entered a miniature version of the Monsters, Inc. lobby. I was also impressed enough with the CMs costumes to take two blurry photos of them for you:

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When I got close enough to the reception desk, I had fun using the zoom on Patrick's camera to check out what was on the desk.

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(You and me both, sister!)
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The line spirals around inside the rotunda, then goes behind the reception desk and turns left into the load area.

I feel like there should be something else to look at in the center of the room besides, you know, the floor!
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lurkyloo
05-16-2010, 09:52 PM
When you get behind the reception desk, you can see this film running on a big screen. They show it once in English and once in Japanese, but I've created a custom mash-up for you here:


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Translation…

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Translation: "I am ADORABLE!"

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Translation: "You've been in line for 2 hours? You're NUTS!"

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And then, because, you know, why theme when you can slap up a couple posters…

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The end is near!!! No, really—the ride's so short that when you get to the boarding area, the end is actually quite near!

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These shots aren't great, but it gives you an idea what the ride cars look like…. And they look like "kawaii"!!!
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I like to think that in three years of writing Disney trip reports I've gradually learned how not to let my obsession with reporting on the experience keep me from actually experiencing said experience. However, there are times when I still get carried away with the "You Are There!" coverage, and this was one of them. It probably had something to do with my guilt at going on the ride without Patrick, or maybe I watched too much TV or ate too much sugar in my youth. At any rate, like an idiot, I wasted at least the first third of the ride trying to snap pictures of the elaborate show scenes from a herky-jerky ride vehicle.

On the other hand… I got you these!



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When I finally put my camera down, I had a great time! The ride is of course way better than the one in California Adventure, but I wish they didn't whip you through it so fast—I'd love to be able to really absorb all that detail. I will also never again wait 2 hours and 15 minutes to ride it, because, great theming or no, it's still just a Fantasyland-style dark ride, not an E-Ticket.

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So long, suckers! … Oh wait…
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lurkyloo
05-16-2010, 09:58 PM
I didn't notice this til later, but Monsters Inc. is one of only a handful of rides in Tokyo Disney that deposit you in a gift shop. I think this one is the best though—for merchandise and for theming.

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Mixed in with the wares are trophy cases and other "company store" displays…
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I know who I'm going to be for Halloween!
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Toilet paper roll cozy!
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I wish they sold that poster
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My favorite things were the actually useful items, like an official clipboard, the company letterhead, and this Harryhausen's menu-themed folder.

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Wrongly assuming that the shop would also be closed during the ride rehab and that the merchandise couldn't be found elsewhere (what was I thinking? It's Disney!) I went on a bit of a spending spree. Later I got buyer's remorse about spending $120 of a family member's Tokyo Disney souvenir budget on Monsters, Inc. pins, so I returned them all. The transaction was remarkably smooth, considering the clerk didn't speak English and I was mangling words from my phrasebook!

Out front they have another opportunity to take pictures of adorable Japanese kids.
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I'd read all about the carts scattered around the two parks, each selling a different unusual flavor of popcorn (curry, sea salt, honey, etc.) in elaborately themed buckets, some of which can only be found at one cart. There is a huge craze for collecting the popcorn buckets, and you can get them refilled at other carts for slightly less money (but the cheapest way to do it is to skip the bucket and by a ¥300 cardboard box of the stuff!).

I am not really that into popcorn, and the idea of spending upwards of ¥1500 on an otherwise useless plastic bucket sounded pretty silly to me. And then I saw THIS:

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The lid is a Monsters, Inc. helmet! How cute is that?! I'd seen dozens of popcorn buckets while I was in line, and I decided this was the very best one. So if buying a souvenir popcorn bucket was The Thing To Do at Disney, by golly, this was the one I was gonna get.

The carts are notorious for having long lines—sometimes longer than lines for nearby rides! This one wasn't too bad.

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Kawaii!!!
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¥1400 later, I was munching unremarkable caramel corn from a blue hardhat and LOVING IT! The bucket hangs on a strap around your neck like a feedbag. The popcorn is inches from your mouth, and you CANNOT stop shoveling it in!

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As I was meandering and munching, I came across an adorable future anecdote: I always like to tell people about seeing a family pay $$$ to get into Disneyland with their toddler, only to have her immediately take off running after a duck. Well guess what? The experience is universal!

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lurkyloo
05-16-2010, 10:03 PM
Next I got a locker for all my stuff. They cost ¥300 and you have to pay (in coins) every time you take the key out—so you have to be really careful about what you leave and what you keep. I was surprised they didn't have a credit card system like in the US, but I guess it goes back to that whole cash-oriented-society thing.

I resolved not to go on any other rides without Patrick cuz I felt so guilty. I thought I’d wait to see the Dreamlights parade and the fireworks, so in the meantime, I just wandered around trying to get a handle on Tokyo Disneyland.

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I decided that anyone who says you don't need to spend a lot of time in Tokyo Disneyland because it's just like the Magic Kingdom is nuts. It’s like Bizarro Magic Kingdom—nothing's in quite the same place and everything seems just a little off what you remember, kind of like when you dream about a place you've been. You start walking toward the castle, but it takes you twice as long to get there and you have to dodge around a fence behind the Partners statue.


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Adventureland looks like it's going to be the same, but the moment you step through that familiar gate, everything's all turned around.

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(Sorry these pix are so bad—they'll be much better when we get to the part where Patrick had the camera!)

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Don't get me wrong—I loved that it was different! It was a little disorienting to be there for the first time at night, in a huge crowd, but I was glad to find that I hadn't traveled halfway around the world to see a replica of a place I'd already been a bunch of times.

The one place that was eerily familiar was the New Orleans part of Adventureland. Stick a couple of caricature artists in this shot and you're looking at New Orleans Square in Disneyland!

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I poked my head in the Blue Bayou to get a preview.


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I checked out the menu at the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall but knew I'd better not eat there without Patrick cuz the theming was supposed to be amazing.

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Instead I got a "Star-Shaped Bun" (filled with shrimp and pork) at a cart in Tomorrowland—delicious!

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It's hard to see from this angle, but Space Mountain has this dramatic canopied entrance with an escalator.

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lurkyloo
05-16-2010, 10:09 PM
As I swung down through Tomorrowland toward Monsters, Inc., I discovered that even in Tokyo, Star Tours is a walk-on! I couldn't resist and figured Patrick wouldn't be too mad as long as I went back with him.

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OK, you totally can't tell in this underexposed shot, but believe me, the boarding area for Tokyo's Star Tours is far more impressive than the ones in the US.

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The cool thing about Star Tours in Tokyo is that the exit queue is really elaborate, with lots to look at, and, amazingly, it doesn't dump you into a gift shop!

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Doko desuka "gift shop"?
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The exit puts you on the second floor of the building across the way, which has some great views of Tomorrowland.

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I can't believe Star Tours got such a grand building over here
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The only Disney thing I collect is theme park concept art, so I was very excited to check out the Disney Gallery above Main Street.

No photos allowed, so this is all you get
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What a dud—it was nothing more than a few awfully familiar-looking exhibits on the making of a handful of the animated movies. There was no theme park concept art and almost nothing to buy, except some of the same WDCC and Lenox pieces you can get in the US for cheaper. I guess it really is a gallery and not a gift shop of expensive stuff like at Disneyland.

Another place that looked promising was the stationery store, where I thought I would hit the jackpot in my quest for letter sets for Jensey.

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But it was more just a typical Disney gift shop with a few added stationery items, and none of them were as interesting as the sets I found at Ito-ya in Tokyo.

On the other hand, this place really delivered on its promise…

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I headed for the Hub in anticipation of the parade and fireworks, but a cast member was standing in the middle hollering that they'd both been cancelled due to high winds.

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Now that I had all this free time, I decided to treat myself to a sit-down dinner. If only I could have eaten it here…


Look up there—it's Club 33!
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Instead, I let the crowds carry me down Main Street.

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I thought I'd try Restaurant Hokusai, the one traditional Japanese restaurant inside the parks.

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There was a queue area out front but no line, so I took that as a good sign. Until I got inside…


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OK, so there was a 15-minute wait to go upstairs to the restaurant—I could handle that. I checked out the menu.

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lurkyloo
05-16-2010, 10:12 PM
However, once I became The Chosen One and was called to the elevator, I discovered I'd been fooled by the classic Disney queue—there was a whole 'nother waiting room upstairs!

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At that point I thought, "Forget this—I can eat Japanese food anyplace else in Tokyo!" grabbed a couple reference shots, and took off.

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When they saw me taking pictures, the hostesses helpfully brought me a menu to shoot too!

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Down the same street that leads you to Monsters, but on the opposite side of Main Street, I spotted Eastside Café. It had a line of its own, but at least it was entirely visible from the street so you knew what you were in for! The wait was less than 15 minutes.


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The décor is turn-of-the-century American but the cuisine is vaguely Italian. I guess it's sort of comparable to Tony's at the Magic Kingdom, but with more windows and less grease!

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The menu is prix fixe, but there are a ton of choices for each course, and you can skip dessert and pay less. It cost me about $18 for an appetizer, a pasta entrée and a drink that I turned down. It was decent, but nothing to write home about.

Chicken and Mushrooms with Balsamic Sauce
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Pork Ragù special
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After dinner I wandered some more. I was kind of overwhelmed by the crowds and how unfamiliar everything was. When I say the experience felt like a nightmare to me, I don't mean it hyperbolically—I mean it literally felt exactly like actual nightmares I’ve had about going to WDW at the last minute, getting there halfway through the day with no FASTPASSes, not being able to get on any rides, and wandering around stressing about everything I was missing. Except in this case, I was so dang happy to be in Tokyo, and I knew I’d have 5 days at Disney later with Patrick, that I just accepted that it felt weird and went with it!

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The menu at Center Street Coffeehouse, for anyone who's interested and owns nightvision goggles…
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More Thinkway Toy Story merch

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This guy cost $136!!
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lurkyloo
05-16-2010, 10:15 PM
Another thing they do at the Tokyo parks that I love is sell souvenir desserts in real "china" mugs and plates at shockingly reasonable prices!

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Ka….WAiiiiiii!
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I have a pal who collects Little Green Men merchandise, and I'd heard the Japanese were crazy for the characters, so I figured the Buzz Lightyear ride gift shop would be the jackpot. While there was an entire section devoted to the stuff, none of it was terribly interesting. It was all more disposable than collectible.

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(Park pass holders)
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At that point it was getting on toward 9pm so I thought I’d beat the closing rush at 10pm. On my way out I passed the Confectionary shop, which appears to be ground zero for fulfilling the obligations of the Japanese tradition of omiyage. It was wall-to-wall bodies!

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It was an hour before closing, but the shelves were already empty. There were cast members all over the store opening new cases of packaged candy and cookies, but the stuff never even made it to the shelves—people were taking them straight out of the cases!

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The only candy left in the whole store…
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Even crazier, half of the shop is a huge room filled with nothing but rows and rows of cash registers, each with a huge queue of people waiting to pay!

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I would never have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.

As I headed out of the park, I stumbled on the perfect opportunity for a Twitter photo caption contest:

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The eventual winner, submitted by Tw…eeter(?) Em0d:

"Why, Mr Disney these are not mine... well not ALL mine... well... ok, mostly all mine... but... I blame it on the kawaii!"
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So long, Tokyo Disneyland!

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There were already crowds heading toward the train station, but it turned out to be OK – everyone knows what to do to keep the crowd moving, and I got right on a train back to Tokyo. At first I fit in pretty well with the other Disney fans, but as more and more of them got off at each stop, I began to look more and more like a rube with my backpack, camera, and ginormous popcorn bucket hanging from my neck. When I got to Tokyo Station, I discovered first-hand why MiceChatters make such a big deal about the walk from the JR train to the Tokyo Metro – my dogs were barkin’!

As I staggered into my hotel, I not only looked at this sign, I took a picture of it—yet I *still* didn't register what this meant for us (hint: if I had, my dogs would most certainly not have been barkin'!)

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Coming up next: Another jammy-packed day of sightseeing in Tokyo (but then it's back to Disney!)

PrincessShea
05-16-2010, 11:02 PM
On our past WDW trips, whenever DH and I passed Soarin' or TSM and saw a ridiculous wait; DH would always say, "who the heck would wait in that? Nothing is worth 2 hours."

Well, I totally get it now. Because for some, going to WDW is once in a lifetime thing. And if we ever go to TDL, it will be a once in a lifetime thing... and if a ride there shows a 220 minute...welp, we'll be waiting! So I don't blame you at all, even if it wasn't that great of a ride.

And I believe I spied in the candy shop a girl with a Daisy Duck hat!!! :cutie: God they have such fun merchandise there.

A-T-G
05-17-2010, 12:31 AM
OMG! I want to eat everything you've posted and buy just about EVERY SINGLE PIECE of Monsters Merch you've shown. That is sad. Just sad.

DH said to thank you for the pic of the "Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me" 'show' poster - he had no idea he had a drawing in the Tokyo park! You made his night!

Is it wrong to want another update, like NOW?! (I can't talk - I'm due to start my DLP day photos and I'm DRAGGING!).

Just a fantabulous update! I'm going to go back and drool some more!

JMcDisney
05-17-2010, 01:40 AM
So surreal to be in a foreign country and see a doppelganger Magic Kingdom where you wait in line for hours to ride an attraction! For what it's worth, I think you did the right thing documenting the ride for us (and Patrick, since it would be closed before he could see it)!!

Details like Mike's Melon Bread and the photos of the menu really help to see what it would be like to be standing there. And those dresses in the Town Center Fashions window display - Wowsa! And just so cool to see how the candy couldn't even be stocked at the Confectionery before being purchased as gifts!

All of the merchandise shots look like the Mitsukoshi store in Epcot - I have no idea how you can go without mortgaging your house and buying everything you possibly can.

Thank you, thank you again for sharing all of these details with us! I believe I will start planning how we might someday go to Tokyo! :cloud9:

PopArtGal
05-17-2010, 06:18 AM
Really? The magazine is the reason I subscribed! hehe

PopArtGal
05-17-2010, 06:31 AM
I love the mosaic! It looks like Mary Blair's work! And I heart Mary Blair!

Chilly
05-17-2010, 06:53 AM
I sooo hope we can go in 2011. Well done for staying sane in that queue.

Will PM you about Disneyland at some point.

PopArtGal
05-17-2010, 06:59 AM
I love the monsters pencil holder. That would look great on my desk!

disney_princess_85
05-17-2010, 08:46 AM
Great update Carrie!

The merchandise looks sooo good, I think I'll spend far too much money when I eventually get there.

I can't believe you had to queue so long for the Monsters Inc. ride! Although, as someone else pointed out further up, it's not like going to Tokyo Disneyland is a regular occurence for most of us- it has to be done I guess.

Thanks for posting pics of the menus. The lack of vegetarian options is worrying! I would probably have to snack a lot, rather than eat whole meals.

aharbin88
05-17-2010, 09:56 AM
I evidently didn't quote it, but that popcorn-jug-as-feedbag comment almost made me asphyxiate on a strawberry. You would think I would have learned not to eat or drink while reading a lurkyloo TR by now.:upsidedow

I loved the Roz glasses and necklace! Were those actual accessories, or stickers or something like that? :cool2:


I decided that anyone who says you don't need to spend a lot of time in Tokyo Disneyland because it's just like the Magic Kingdom is nuts. It’s like Bizarro Magic Kingdom—nothing's in quite the same place and everything seems just a little off what you remember, kind of like when you dream about a place you've been. You start walking toward the castle, but it takes you twice as long to get there and you have to dodge around a fence behind the Partners statue.


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%204%20Part%202/DSC01225.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%204%20Part%202/DSC01230.jpg

Pardon my ignorance, but whose castle is that? It looks similar to Cinderella's, but I imagine it's for another princess.

I checked out the menu at the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall but knew I'd better not eat there without Patrick cuz the theming was supposed to be amazing.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%204%20Part%202/DSC01243.jpg

Yum! Heart Shaped Meat Patty!!! Nothing like patties of meat formed into cutesy shapes to satisfy you after a hard day at the theme park.


[QUOTE=A-T-G;36672935]

DH said to thank you for the pic of the "Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me" 'show' poster - he had no idea he had a drawing in the Tokyo park! You made his night![/QUOTE}

Your DH drew that poster?

lurkyloo
05-17-2010, 11:58 AM
On our past WDW trips, whenever DH and I passed Soarin' or TSM and saw a ridiculous wait; DH would always say, "who the heck would wait in that? Nothing is worth 2 hours."

Well, I totally get it now. Because for some, going to WDW is once in a lifetime thing. And if we ever go to TDL, it will be a once in a lifetime thing... and if a ride there shows a 220 minute...welp, we'll be waiting!

Exactly! We do the same thing at WDW, and now I finally get why some people are OK with standing in lines.


DH said to thank you for the pic of the "Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me" 'show' poster - he had no idea he had a drawing in the Tokyo park! You made his night!

That's fabulous! So do you guys have a poster-sized version of it at your house? Because they are totally missing the boat on that if they're not making posters of it!



All of the merchandise shots look like the Mitsukoshi store in Epcot - I have no idea how you can go without mortgaging your house and buying everything you possibly can.

It was super-hard not to buy everything. I was even looking at types of souvenirs I would NEVER consider in the US—it was just like "because I can only get this in Tokyo I must have it!"

I love the mosaic! It looks like Mary Blair's work! And I heart Mary Blair!

Me too! :goodvibes

I sooo hope we can go in 2011. Well done for staying sane in that queue.

Will PM you about Disneyland at some point.

Very cool! I hope I have some good tips for you!



Thanks for posting pics of the menus. The lack of vegetarian options is worrying! I would probably have to snack a lot, rather than eat whole meals.

I know some vegetarians eat fish, so in that case, you'd be OK! But yeah... I hear it can be hard for vegetarians. They do have a lot of tofu and egg products, but then again, everything seems to be in a meat-based broth.

I evidently didn't quote it, but that popcorn-jug-as-feedbag comment almost made me asphyxiate on a strawberry.

:banana: Whohoo! I've still got it!


I loved the Roz glasses and necklace! Were those actual accessories, or stickers or something like that?

Actual accessories made of actual plastic! :thumbsup2


Pardon my ignorance, but whose castle is that? It looks similar to Cinderella's, but I imagine it's for another princess.

It is indeed Cinderella's castle, and it's supposed to look just like the Magic Kingdom's castle. I haven't compared them side-by-side yet, but Tokyo's seems more elaborate than WDW's...

JMcDisney
05-17-2010, 12:50 PM
Great update Carrie!

Thanks for posting pics of the menus. The lack of vegetarian options is worrying! I would probably have to snack a lot, rather than eat whole meals.

I totally agree!! I did notice a spaghetti with tomato sauce and vegetables on the East Side Cafe menu, but not too much else.

A-T-G
05-17-2010, 01:21 PM
That's fabulous! So do you guys have a poster-sized version of it at your house? Because they are totally missing the boat on that if they're not making posters of it!

HA! I wish they did! I think he said he did it for an in-house gag and they used it on the ride, too. The fellow he did it for was one of the over-seers for the ride - what a great treat! I'll tell DH he should get them to make posters, as there's a demand!

That update of yours was so amazing! I'm off to attempt a pale substitute on my own TR...

Aburns8
05-17-2010, 01:23 PM
What a great update! And what an action packed day! You must have gone through a memory card with all of the pictures that you took on this day! I have to say you are a brave soul to wait in that line with nothing to do. I loved that popcorn bucket! I would have bought some as well. I loved every minute of that report, I can't wait to read more!

Becx N Gav
05-17-2010, 03:02 PM
Thanks Carrie - I was showing DH the pictures and he asked when we could go there :lmao: I think it was the Green Alien under pants that did it ;)

I love that little Rocky plush - too cute :cutie:

In fact everything is too cute and I would need to re-mortgage the house to afford it all, then there's all that cute stationary in Tokyo :laughing:

The park kind of looked like DLRP but then SM and the castle are totally WDW - so cool.

So did the good neighbour hotel mean you could have got a bus for free? But hey at least you've tried it the DIY way - and you've experienced THE walk :rotfl:

I can't wait to see more - loved all the pictures and I could just picture those fake dessert in our kitchen :cloud9:

SteamboatWillie28
05-17-2010, 08:23 PM
Hey, first i would like to say that I am loving your TR. Second, how are you liking the iphone in Tokyo for quick calls and stuff? Im not completely sure on everything you got to do to get the phone to work in Japan, but do you think that it's worth the extra cash to use your iphone in japan?

Happydog
05-17-2010, 09:27 PM
WOW! That is all I can say -- I can totally understand how it could be really disorienting! I am concerned about that when I go to DL and DCA this fall -- I have not been to DL since I was in my 20s... and with only two days and two kids, I am panicked about getting lost, and getting behind long lines, etc. and all that you mention! But I am not going somewhere totally foreign like you did, so it is good you had those 5 days to really enjoy it!! So many neat things you saw in just one day -- that ride and the wait for Monster's Inc ACK!!!!! :eek: But those mosaics are lovely! I loved the zoom on the desk, and totally cracked up that there was trash in the trashcan! What imagineer decided on the contents! :laughing: Oh and love the popcorn bucket and the kid with the duck story TOO funny SO true. Great idea the "souvenier cups and such" with dessert. That made me laugh - but I wouldn't want to schlep those around the park! Why is it that Mainstreet is covered? Lots of rain? Bummer about the wind... sorry for such a babble of a post! Very enjoyable and so many details! Thanks for sharing! :goodvibes

ChrisFL
05-17-2010, 09:28 PM
Yes, the Tokyo Cinderella Castle is more elaborate...and the big difference is the much darker "bricks" on the lower sections...

They also have these huge turrets:

http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/Castle%202.jpg

Nomi
05-17-2010, 11:27 PM
Wow, I'm loving this TR! Tokyo DL and DS are on the top of my list of places to go in the world, but I'll have to live vicariously through you for now. :cool1: Love all the details you write about, and I can't wait for the rest!

burly
05-18-2010, 12:29 AM
As my sweet southern friend would say, Oh my heck!
I coulda read a novel in that line!
You have our gratitude for sticking it out and getting the Mural shots.;)

Can't wait until you go back!:thumbsup2popcorn::

LittleStinkerbelle
05-18-2010, 08:42 AM
Great update!:worship: Hats off to you for managing that wait for Monsters Inc.! Love, love, love the Rox sundae! The cuteness factor (everywhere!) continues to blow my mind!

mikelan6
05-18-2010, 10:02 AM
Wonderful ... brings back memories of my own trip. I wish I had more time like you did.

Donald'sGirl
05-18-2010, 11:10 AM
Carrie another awesome update with so much detail!! I love the popcorn bucket - its so cute :laughing:

:scared: I can't believe you waited in that line. I would have backed out after an hour but I guess when you think you will probably only be there once in a lifetime its worth it.

Thanks for posting all the menus! I am surprised or maybe I am not at how american they are for being in Tokyo.

Can't wait to read more!

Becx N Gav
05-19-2010, 01:59 AM
Thanks for posting all the menus! I am surprised or maybe I am not at how american they are for being in Tokyo.

Can't wait to read more!

That was one of the initial problems with DLRP - the French weren't too keen on the American themes everywhere (and that you couldn't have wine in the MK!) so they changed a few bits to fit in with the French culture :thumbsup2

Donald'sGirl
05-19-2010, 09:12 AM
That was one of the initial problems with DLRP - the French weren't too keen on the American themes everywhere (and that you couldn't have wine in the MK!) so they changed a few bits to fit in with the French culture :thumbsup2

Ahh I didn't know that. Thanks! :)

disney_princess_85
05-19-2010, 09:26 AM
I know some vegetarians eat fish, so in that case, you'd be OK! But yeah... I hear it can be hard for vegetarians. They do have a lot of tofu and egg products, but then again, everything seems to be in a meat-based broth.

Unfortunately I'm a full vegetarian, not a pescetarian. Looks like I'll be surviving on chips and popcorn! :rotfl:

MA pigletfan
05-19-2010, 10:09 AM
amazing update!!!! LOVE all the pictures and details you shared with us!
That Monsters Inc ride line..holey moley!!! I don't know if I could have waiting that long...but good for your for sticking it out! I love all the Inc. merch!
so much Kawaii!!!!

taylor3297
05-19-2010, 12:37 PM
Unfortunately I'm a full vegetarian, not a pescetarian. Looks like I'll be surviving on chips and popcorn! :rotfl:

Though I noticed the menus didn't have many if any vegetarian options, but when I was in Japan there were many places that a vegetarian could eat. Just let your server know and they will be able to help you. Heck, you can by dried seaweed for a snack. Also there are rice cakes wrapped in seaweed too. I am not a vegetarian but I do like my veggies. I ate a lot of cabbage, corn, rice, and seaweed while I was there. Also if you eat eggs, there are some great egg dishes. Okonomiyaki was one of my favorite dishes which can be served vegetarian style.

omghidanielle
05-19-2010, 12:42 PM
oh man!

this is awesome

steve76
05-19-2010, 01:53 PM
I can't tell you how much I am enjoying your report. Thanks so much and keep it coming!

neckthai
05-19-2010, 04:33 PM
Man, I feel like a thread stalker looking for updates! Once again, great job!

Lorelei528
05-19-2010, 04:38 PM
I covet the Mike Melon Bread.


That is all. :)

rockstargeisha
05-19-2010, 04:43 PM
Just found your TR and what a fantastic one it is! I need one of those Sulley cakes pronto. I can't get over the fact that it's polka dotted like his fur!

Not sure if anyone mentioned this yet but the octopus balls you referred to in an earlier post are called Takoyaki. They are a very popular snack served mostly at festivals. They are usually served with mayonnaise and bonito flakes which are made from the Bonito fish.

Looking forward to more. :cutie:

lurkyloo
05-20-2010, 12:08 PM
HA! I wish they did! I think he said he did it for an in-house gag and they used it on the ride, too. The fellow he did it for was one of the over-seers for the ride - what a great treat! I'll tell DH he should get them to make posters, as there's a demand!

Very cool! :thumbsup2

What a great update! And what an action packed day! You must have gone through a memory card with all of the pictures that you took on this day!

I was constantly worried about running out of camera memory! :scared: We had an 8 GB card and a 16 GB card, and the plan was to dump the photos on DH's computer every night. But then we maxed out his hard drive's memory after the first week! It all worked out OK, though... 5,200+ photos later...



So did the good neighbour hotel mean you could have got a bus for free? But hey at least you've tried it the DIY way - and you've experienced THE walk

Yes! I'm not sure if it would have brought me back, but they had shuttles running from the hotel to the parks every morning! :headache: And the crazy thing is, out of the thousands of hotels in Tokyo, only 15 are Good Neighbor hotels, and we happened to have been booked into one by Subaru's travel agent! :woohoo:

Hey, first i would like to say that I am loving your TR. Second, how are you liking the iphone in Tokyo for quick calls and stuff? Im not completely sure on everything you got to do to get the phone to work in Japan, but do you think that it's worth the extra cash to use your iphone in japan?

Yes! OK, so what I did was buy a 50MB data plan before I left, with the intention of canceling it as soon as I got back, so it would just be the $60 charge. Usually, I go through upwards of 200MB of data per month :scared1: so I was super careful about only using the iPhone for emergency map/web searhes and the occasional Tweet. Well, as it turned out, I was too careful and didn't even use all 50 MB I'd paid for. :headache: The real killer is the phone calls: Even with AT&T's international calling plan ("AT&T World Traveler" @ $5.99/month), they run $1.69/minute, and that's including incoming calls—even to voicemail! I put the fear of God in everyone I knew and was like "DON'T call me or even leave me a message while I'm gone!"

So, basically, if you wanna use your iPhone in Japan, you're gonna get hosed. But you can get less hosed if you're careful about how you use it. :rotfl:

If you don't need an iPhone's functionality, I recommend renting a Japanese cell phone thru http://www.rentafonejapan.com. They send it to your hotel and you just drop it at the desk or in the mail before you leave. It's much cheaper!

I am concerned about that when I go to DL and DCA this fall -- I have not been to DL since I was in my 20s... and with only two days and two kids, I am panicked about getting lost, and getting behind long lines, etc. and all that you mention!

Let me know if I can help! I can guarantee you won't get lost b/c the parks are so much smaller. Lines can be a trick (esp. if you're there on a Sunday when all levels of Annual Passholders are allowed in—check the blockout date schedule!), but if you can get there early in the day and stockpile FASTPASSes, you'll be OK.

Great idea the "souvenier cups and such" with dessert. That made me laugh - but I wouldn't want to schlep those around the park!

Well you know, the Japanese have thought of everythign! When you buy a dessert in a souvenir cup, they also give you a little plastic bag to carry it around in when you're done! And yeah, I believe the reason Main Street is covered is the amount of rain they get (maybe the wind too!).

Yes, the Tokyo Cinderella Castle is more elaborate...and the big difference is the much darker "bricks" on the lower sections...

They also have these huge turrets:

http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/Castle%202.jpg

That's really interesting—thanks!

Wow, I'm loving this TR! Tokyo DL and DS are on the top of my list of places to go in the world, but I'll have to live vicariously through you for now. Love all the details you write about, and I can't wait for the rest!

Glad to hear you're enjoying the report! :goodvibes

As my sweet southern friend would say, Oh my heck!

:rotfl: Totally... now why didn't I think to bring a novel...?


Great update! Hats off to you for managing that wait for Monsters Inc.! Love, love, love the Rox sundae! The cuteness factor (everywhere!) continues to blow my mind!

Seriously. http://cuteoverload.com/ has *nothing* on Tokyo!

Wonderful ... brings back memories of my own trip. I wish I had more time like you did.

Even with nearly 3 weeks, we were wishing for more time too! :rolleyes:


Thanks for posting all the menus! I am surprised or maybe I am not at how american they are for being in Tokyo.

Yeah, I guess it's like the weddings—they figure people go to Disney expecting American-style food, maybe....

That was one of the initial problems with DLRP - the French weren't too keen on the American themes everywhere (and that you couldn't have wine in the MK!) so they changed a few bits to fit in with the French culture

That's the part I'm looking forward to most about DLRP—all those restaurants! :hyper:


amazing update!!!! LOVE all the pictures and details you shared with us!
That Monsters Inc ride line..holey moley!!! I don't know if I could have waiting that long...but good for your for sticking it out! I love all the Inc. merch!
so much Kawaii!!!!

Totally. And I know I never woulda waited in that line if it were anywhere else!

Unfortunately I'm a full vegetarian, not a pescetarian. Looks like I'll be surviving on chips and popcorn!

Though I noticed the menus didn't have many if any vegetarian options, but when I was in Japan there were many places that a vegetarian could eat. Just let your server know and they will be able to help you. Heck, you can by dried seaweed for a snack. Also there are rice cakes wrapped in seaweed too. I am not a vegetarian but I do like my veggies. I ate a lot of cabbage, corn, rice, and seaweed while I was there. Also if you eat eggs, there are some great egg dishes. Okonomiyaki was one of my favorite dishes which can be served vegetarian style.

Ooh! I'm glad to know they do have options for the vegetarians! I was worried about convincing my friend who hates fish she could eat in Japan, but it seemed like there were plenty of options for her too!

oh man!

this is awesome

Thanks!

I can't tell you how much I am enjoying your report. Thanks so much and keep it coming!

Thanks for reading!

Man, I feel like a thread stalker looking for updates! Once again, great job!

Stalk away! It looks like I won't get to the next update til Sunday again, though... :sad1:

I covet the Mike Melon Bread.


That is all.

:rotfl2:



Not sure if anyone mentioned this yet but the octopus balls you referred to in an earlier post are called Takoyaki. They are a very popular snack served mostly at festivals. They are usually served with mayonnaise and bonito flakes which are made from the Bonito fish.

A-ha! I wondered about that, because they were ALL over Ueno park when I went there the next day—was it just because of Cherry Blossom Season, or are there always Takoyaki stands around the park?

Goldeelox9
05-20-2010, 12:38 PM
Great Update! I never wanted to travel to any of the over seas Disney Parks before, but you are making me change my mind.

disney_princess_85
05-20-2010, 12:39 PM
Though I noticed the menus didn't have many if any vegetarian options, but when I was in Japan there were many places that a vegetarian could eat. Just let your server know and they will be able to help you. Heck, you can by dried seaweed for a snack. Also there are rice cakes wrapped in seaweed too. I am not a vegetarian but I do like my veggies. I ate a lot of cabbage, corn, rice, and seaweed while I was there. Also if you eat eggs, there are some great egg dishes. Okonomiyaki was one of my favorite dishes which can be served vegetarian style.

Thank you for the information, it's much appreciated! There is hope for me after all!! :goodvibes

DizneyDogs
05-20-2010, 04:28 PM
World Bazaar is covered to deal with the rain and snow that Tokyo gets - if you do a google image search there are some cool pictures of TDR with snow!

rockstargeisha
05-20-2010, 04:42 PM
A-ha! I wondered about that, because they were ALL over Ueno park when I went there the next day—was it just because of Cherry Blossom Season, or are there always Takoyaki stands around the park?

I'm sure the cherry blossom viewing had something to do with the amount of vendors. I'm not sure if they sell them during "normal" park days. Regardless, I find them pretty tasty!

tracyktn
05-21-2010, 06:23 PM
I am going to Japan for 1st time in about 3 weeks. We will only have 1 day at each disney park though.

Do you know anything about character meals at the hotels or in parks. I want to try and reserve, but not sure how.

I plan to get in line about 1 hour before parks open and head to Monsters 1st in Disney and Journey to Center of Earth 1st at Disney Sea. I will also use fast passes as often as possible. Do you know if you can use fast passes anytime after intitial time, like in the US? (they don't pay attention if you show up later then cut off time on the fastpass).

Any tips you can think of that you wish you knew before you went to the parks, or things that were different then you expected?

I LOVE all the information and photos you are posting.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING!

lurkyloo
05-21-2010, 07:26 PM
World Bazaar is covered to deal with the rain and snow that Tokyo gets - if you do a google image search there are some cool pictures of TDR with snow!

I'm gonna check that out - sounds COOL! On so many levels...:teeth:

I'm sure the cherry blossom viewing had something to do with the amount of vendors. I'm not sure if they sell them during "normal" park days. Regardless, I find them pretty tasty!

OK, I definitely need to try them again—maybe sans topping!



Do you know anything about character meals at the hotels or in parks. I want to try and reserve, but not sure how.

Yes! There's character dining at Chef Mickey's in the Ambassador Hotel, at Crystal Palace in Tokyo Disneyland, and at Horizon Bay Restaurant in Port Discovery at Tokyo DisneySea.

The one at Crystal Palace is breakfast only, and it's not held on days when the park opens at 10am.

The one at Chef Mickey's is held during all three meals, but only hotel guests can go to breakfast.

To make a priority seating, you can call up to one month in advance. Listen to the Japanese recording and wait through the pause to hear it again in English.
The number for park restaurants is : +81-45-683-3333
The number for hotel restaurants is +81-57-006-4333


There are also special character lunch/dinner shows at the Polynesian Terrace Restaurant (Lilo & Stitch at lunch, Mickey & Minnie at dinner) in Adventureland and at Slue Foot Sue's Diamond Horseshoe in Westernland (Woody & Jessie at lunch, Pecos Goofy at dinner). However, you can't make a reservation unless you A) are a Disney hotel guest or B) speak Japanese and can use the Japanese-language site. I also remember reading somewhere that you can't make walk-up reservations for these on the day of—you would have to book the day before, if it's still available. This is further complicated by the fact that if you're only going to each park one day, you won't be able to hop to the other park to make those reservations. :sad1:

The English-language TDR site has all the basic info: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/tdr/english/plan/info/park_reserv.html


Do you know if you can use fast passes anytime after intitial time, like in the US? (they don't pay attention if you show up later then cut off time on the fastpass).

Yes you can! We stockpiled a TON of FASTPASSes.


Any tips you can think of that you wish you knew before you went to the parks, or things that were different then you expected?

Let's see, besides knowing Japanese? :cutie: OK, that one will take some thought... most of the things that didn't go smoothly were due to our being there during Top season, so there was nothing we could have done about them. I'll think about it some more and get back to you!

praisehisname
05-21-2010, 09:38 PM
Oh my goodness, you are certainly making me interested in a trip to Tokyo Disney!!!

I love the way Minnie is looking at Mickey in this picture:
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%204/DSC00859.jpg

tracyktn
05-22-2010, 09:14 AM
You are a wealth of information, THANK YOU!

Ballootoo
05-22-2010, 10:23 AM
I am loving your trip report, Carrie! I must tell you that ever since you posted that Monsters Inc. poster, we've been using "Put that thing back where it came from or so help me...." as our newest family catch phrase. It comes in tremendously handy when my 11 year-old son leaves his legos, silly bandz, cap erasers, video game chips, and other plastic flotsam and jetsam all over the house!!

Can't wait to read more. :yay:

simzac
05-22-2010, 02:42 PM
Nice to see that you really did make it to TDR. I was beginning to think you were foolin us;)

lurkyloo
05-24-2010, 01:38 AM
Oh my goodness, you are certainly making me interested in a trip to Tokyo Disney!!!

I love the way Minnie is looking at Mickey in this picture:

So cute! :lovestruc

You are a wealth of information, THANK YOU!

No problem! :thumbsup2

I am loving your trip report, Carrie! I must tell you that ever since you posted that Monsters Inc. poster, we've been using "Put that thing back where it came from or so help me...." as our newest family catch phrase. It comes in tremendously handy when my 11 year-old son leaves his legos, silly bandz, cap erasers, video game chips, and other plastic flotsam and jetsam all over the house!!

Can't wait to read more. :yay:


:rotfl2: That's hilarious! I remember doing the same thing after the movie came out. That gag was GENIUS!



Nice to see that you really did make it to TDR. I was beginning to think you were foolin us;)

Believe it! :banana:

lurkyloo
05-24-2010, 01:39 AM
Today was my last day of solo sightseeing in Tokyo. My body desperately needed a break from the go-go-go of the past week, but I just couldn’t sit around in the hotel with my feet up on a pillow when there was a whole new city out there waiting for me. So I plastered them in Band-Aid blister blockers and set off for another day of sightseeing.

I’m kind of amazed at how much I was able to accomplish in a day. I dunno if it was the metro helping me out or that I only gave each attraction a cursory look, but I seemed to hit at least three major sights each day. Oh, also – the late hours helped! Although many places don’t open til 10 or 11am, they stay open til 8, even on a Sunday.

So on this Sunday, I set off for the F u k a g a w a Edo Museum in Ryogoku because the Rough Guide said it housed a faithful re-creation of an pre-modern street, with buildings you can walk through and sound effects and even changing ambient light. This was my first time exploring a slightly more suburban area of the city, and it looked like this:

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However, when I got to the museum, it looked like this!

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One problem with the major guidebooks is they only get updated every 2 years, and Rough Guide missed out on the fact that this museum has been closed since July 2009 and won’t reopen til July 2010—d’oh!

But, since it’s easy enough to hop back on the subway, I headed for Ueno instead, where the S h i t a m a c h i Museum offers a similar experience—reconstructed homes and businesses—but this one focused on the common people of the lower wards of Tokyo starting from about the Taishō period (1912–1926) and on.

Ueno station is HUGE, and Ueno Park (where the museum is located) is even HUGER, so it took me a bit to figure out which subway stop and which exit would get me closest to the museum. My Pimsleur Japanese language program spent an entire unit on learning to say "Where is Ueno Park?" and "Where is Ueno Station?" so I was very excited to get to see these in person! Unfortunately, I did such a good job of figuring things out, I never got to practice saying either phrase.


Along the way I spotted…

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I figured I couldn't pass up a chain called "Sweets Paradise," so I got one of the chocolate cream-filled thingies in the middle of the top shelf.

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It was OK but, as I've mentioned, not as sweet as my American palate is used to.

When I got to Ueno Park, I spotted the first of many feral cats we'd see in Tokyo's parks on our trip. I am a sucker for kitties, so like a big goofball I followed it around trying to take its picture.

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"Whatever. Take the dang picture already!"
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The museum is in the southwestern corner of the park on the edge of Shinobazu Pond, which looked more like a lake to me! It's saltwater left from when the sea receded. It was all brown and marshy in March, but I hear it's covered with lotus blossoms in the summer.

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The S h i t a m a c h i Museum
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Admission is ¥300 for adults. Inside the door they had a KidCot station…

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When I walked in, one of the docents heard me butchering Japanese and introduced herself as someone who spoke English. Then she proceeded to lead me on a private tour of the entire museum! It was wonderful – I got so much more out of the exhibits with the background she provided. Unfortunately, I was taking photos, not notes, so my descriptions are going to be kinda sketchy.

What I loved about this museum is that you are encouraged to go inside the exhibits and poke around. There are things in all the drawers and behind the doors. You just have to take your shoes off before entering each exhibit. The bottom floor is devoted to daily life in downtown spaces like shops and tenements. All the artifacts were donated by the public, so the things you see were actually in use at one time.

This is a re-creation of a the house of a merchant who made and sold geta (wooden clogs).

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Out front are a rickshaw and handcart from the old Edo period.

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These are the straps for the clogs.
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My guide very gamely posed for pictures as I snapped away.

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I think she said this was a religious decoration that got added to over each year until it became huge!

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The other side of the first floor contains a replica of a tenement—one building that housed multiple families and their businesses.

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The story is that this part of the building was occupied by a mother and daughter who ran a sweet shop.

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It's like the original Sweets Paradise!
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My guide was so dear to explain and demonstrate everything for me!

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The kitchen

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The pantry?

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lurkyloo
05-24-2010, 01:42 AM
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A coppersmith's workshop.

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Neighborhood shrine.

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You get to pull out a fortune here. In keeping with the Japanese tradition of borrowing things from the Chinese and improving upon them, my fortune was so long that it would require a fortune cookie the size of a basketball.

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No. 18 Good Fortune

You are just like a person which is going to up grade its clothes from hemp to silk. With the lapse of time, you will gradually be getting on the right direction of your life. It's just the time now for you to make best effort. Never miss the chance.

There are many happy events with you. You will be much happier afterward.

You will win a lawsuit.

Sooner the better, for having marriage proposal.

Lost articles can be found. If not, you can get others as substitute.

It's good for moving and building house.

The person you wait for will come. It will bring happy message to you.

It's good both for selling and buying things. Good also for asking or giving advice.

Merchant, other jobs related to money will suit you.

You need to keep in mind that, this oracle has a form of "It's bad if it's old, it's good if it's new."



Whew! It definitely makes me feel better to hear that lost articles can be found and if not, I can get others as a substitute!


Moving on, we came to the toilet. Of course I had to take a picture of the toilet!

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I thought this was really interesting—this was the trash container for the entire building, and it was only emptied once a month! Talk about "reuse, reduce, recycle"!

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Upstairs are more traditional exhibits of artifacts in glass cases, but there is also a table full of antique toys to play with and a few more re-constructed buildings.

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I think this was a pub…

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Pachinko, which is sort of like pinball without the flippers, is still a very popular pastime in Japan.

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This was neat—it's the entrance to a local public bath, which was donated by the owner. You can walk through the door everything—I know this, because I walked back and forth through the door multiple times, to the amusement of fellow museum-goers.


Inside!
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Outside!
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This is where the manager sat…

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I didn't fit here!
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A 1950s home

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Hey, they had milk delivery back then too!

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My grandma had this sewing machine!

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This is where they'd listen for news of Godzilla attacks.

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You can even look inside these boxes. Well, *you* can't b/c I forgot to take a picture!

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This tiny diorama was my favorite thing in the whole museum. It was placed near the souvenir stand, so like a big, ugly American I asked if it were for sale. Um, no. Whoops!

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lurkyloo
05-24-2010, 01:44 AM
And this is a poster depicting adorable animals.
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After I left the S h i t a m a c h i Museum, I set out to explore Ueno Park, starting with the pond and on to the Benten-do temple, then up the hill to the broad avenue lined with cherry trees that would be blooming the next weekend. And that's only about a third of it—the park also houses the Tokyo National Museum, The National Science Museum and The National Museum of Western Art, plus a concert hall and the Ueno Zoo!


The beginnings of some cherry blossoms
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The pond is ringed with pop-up restaurants, complete with counters and seats!

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It's also home to a permanent colony of wild black cormorants and one of the largest bird sanctuaries in Tokyo.

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I love the contrasts in this city!

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The Benten-do temple is on a man-made island, and the causeway that leads to it was lined with food vendors. I'm not sure if it was because of cherry blossom season or if they're always there.

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The kawaiiest waffles

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Later I got to see how the waffles are mass produced, and it's positively Rube Goldbergian!

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Benten-do is dedicated to Benten (a.k.a. Benzaiten) who is the goddess of the arts, knowledge and wisdom. These days people come here to pray for help with exams and money.

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Temples and shrines usually have a well out front where you're supposed to wash your hands before entering.

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Hey! That looks like the lantern in one of my fave pictures from our wedding in Epcot!
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Gratuitous Wedding Photo
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And sometimes there's an incense burner. You light it and stick it in the burner, then fan some of the smoke toward yourself for its healing power.

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You can't go very far inside.

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People stand just at the entrance, bow a few times and pray.

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As I turned around and headed back up the causeway, I decided to try something from one of the food stalls.

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Octoballs!!!

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I settled on something that’s kinda like home-made potato chips – they spiral-slice a potato and thread it on a skewer, then fry it and give it to you to roll in one of four seasonings (BBQ, garlic, soy, and …something else!) It was pretty good, but salty as all get-out.

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Mmmm…. MSG Flavor!

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The pond area of Ueno park is separated from the rest of the park by a street and a hill. If you go up the hill, there are even more temples and/or shrines.

These torii lead to the Gojo and Hanazono fox shrines.
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I didn't take any pictures of the foxes, but don't you worry. Patrick got a bazillion when we went back later in the trip, and I will be sure to bore you with all of them!

lurkyloo
05-24-2010, 01:45 AM
Man, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a temple or a shrine in this joint!
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Continuing on, I found the famous broad avenue lined with cherry trees that you see in all the pictures of cherry blossom viewing at Ueno Park. Consider these the "before" pictures—the blossoms had not quite peaked at that point, but we went back a week later and got to see them in all their glory.


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Not only is Ueno park lousy with shrines, it's even got Shriners!

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Oh wait, OK, Lions Club…

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Just outside Ueno Zoo is a delightfully tacky kiddee carnival with plenty of Disney allusions (or possibly DElusions!)

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Eventually I got to the gate of Ueno Zoo, and since admission was only ¥600, I decided I’d take a pass through. Normally I’d want to do a zoo from opening til closing, but I’d read that this one was kinda old-fashioned and depressing, plus it was s’posed to be wall-to-wall people on weekends. So I decided to just check out certain animals.

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When I was almost to the front of the huge line, I momentarily panicked when I discovered there weren't real people up there selling tickets—it was just vending machines, and they didn't have much English on them. However, I just watched the woman in line in front of me and did what she did.

The place was plastered in signs warning patrons that there are no longer any Giant Pandas in the zoo and explanations that Ling-Ling died in 2008. I guess they get a LOT of disappointed patrons!
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Who says there are no Giant Pandas in Ueno Zoo?
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"Daddy! Daddy! That crazy lady is taking my picture! Don't let her put me in her suitcase full of Japanese kawaii, Daddy!"
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First, I got a locker, which I am happy to report only cost ¥100, and you get to keep the key so you only pay once. So there, Disney!

My absolute favorite animal is the red panda, so I made a beeline for that cage. But I only got to see about 30 seconds of him before he went backstage for a smoke break, never to be seen again for the rest of the day. They should also post signs saying "There are basically no red pandas in Ueno Park Zoo either"!

Instead, I give you the stuffed version of a red panda.

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Also inside the zoo is the Kan'eiji Pagoda (the Rough Guide describes it as "marooned" there), which was part of a temple built in 1639 by the Tokugawa Shogunate to protect the Edo Castle against evil spirits. Only the pagoda and the shrine's bell survived the Battle of Ueno in 1868.

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Another incongruous structure marooned inside the zoo is this Thai pavilion. I suspect it was originally a ploy by Kodak to sell more film at the zoo.

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OK, so elephants weren't at the top of my strategic list, but they had gathered a big crowd because they were stamping and trumpeting, so….


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At photo time, this guy is the Mike Wazowski of the pack…
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All this gibbon needs is a tin cup to rattle along the bars
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lurkyloo
05-24-2010, 01:46 AM
An exotic American prairie dog exhibit!

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I hope they gave them suitably American names, like…

Britney
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Miley
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BoBo
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We'll just censor this one for the Children of the Internets, who are in no danger of leaving the house to go to an actual zoo…
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Rare Flattened Purse Pig in its natural habitat…
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When I got to the first souvenir stand, I knew I was going to have to limit myself to just one stuffed animal or we'd blow our airline luggage allowance before we even got to Disney!

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"Take us home with yooouuuuuu! ALL of us!!!!"
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And then I spotted it—a real, live capybara! And it looked NOTHING like its stuffed counterpart!


First of all, the thing is HUGE! And second of all, it's kinda grouchy-looking!
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To recap...


Real Capybara
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Stuffed Capybara in a Donut
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Real Capybara in a Donut
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Next I stood in a really long line to ride a tram from the upper portion of the zoo to the lower portion (it’s built on a hill, kinda like Universal Studios in California). The line was about three times as long as it would have taken me to just walk down there, but I wanted to take blurry pictures from the tram.

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Couldn't they at least try to make it look like there's ice or something?
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Animal Kingdom this ain't…
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My favorite area on this side was the small mammal house, but it was sure hard to get pix inside. This sign says "This way to the adorable critters. Caution: Cuteness may cause eyeball explosion!

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lurkyloo
05-24-2010, 01:49 AM
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For some reason, mixed in with all the cute little rodents they had these large bobcat-lookin' things called Palla's Cats. Maybe it was to constantly remind the rodents of their mortality…


Ghost cat!
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They also had a curious display of animal doots!

"Hmmm…. I'll have a #2 with a Coke, please!
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My camera would like to show you this photo of some netting
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The sound effect for this photo is "DOINK!"
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Peering through the fence, I could see people on one of Ueno Park's other ponds having fun in swan boats instead of being trapped in a zoo full of adorable animals…

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Another animal I'd never seen before—this one's called a Fossa!
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Brown Lemur
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And then there was the aye-aye. First, let us observe the stuffed animal version of an aye-aye:

Awwwwwwwwww!
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And a photo of the real thing:

Aye-aye-yiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!
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Fortunately, they only had photos of the aye-aye—probably because you cannot even look up on a real one without turning to stone.


View back across the pond toward the restaurant and gift shop
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This one must've looked at himself in the mirror!
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They also had a children’s zoo-within-a-zoo that specifically advertised the petting of six different kinds of animals.

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However, after I ran inside squealing with delight, I discovered you could really only pet a few goats and sheep, and maybe hoist a chicken. Boo!

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Go, chicken, go!!!
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Safe at last….
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These little girls obligingly offered their chickens for a photo op.

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Here's a list of all the animals you're not going to get to see…
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Where's this guy?
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Or how 'bout this one?
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Oh wait—I think he's off taping a Japanese game show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8Kyi0WNg40)…

lurkyloo
05-24-2010, 01:51 AM
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On my way out of the zoo, I had to purchase the requisite stuffed animal. Why can’t they make a stuffed animal of a red panda – which is naturally one of the cutest creatures on earth – that doesn’t look like a deformed raccoon? Instead, I hadda get one of an animal I’m not even that into, just cuz it was the cutest plush they had.

I give you… the Fennec Fox

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After I got out of the zoo, it was only 3:30ish, so I hopped a train for Yanaka Ginza, a more traditional shopping street with mom ‘n’ pop businesses rather than the chains I’d been seeing everyplace. What surprised me was how bustling and well designed the train station out there was—I was expecting it to be a backwater, but they had a very chic food hall where I got more meat on skewers for a snack (did I mention my breakfast was meat on a skewer?).

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Yanaka Ginza was fun—there were some neat old shops mixed in with hip new ones and tiny restaurants.

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When you go in this tea shop, they offer you a free cup of tea!

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I’m embarrassed to admit my favorite shop was Japan's version of our 99-cents Only stores, The ¥100 Shop. There was SO much cute cheap stuff to not buy because I didn’t want to tote it home!

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The hardest to resist were the random pet products with adorable little kitties and doggies on them.

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Among his peers, this poor doggie is constantly teased for being "that piddling puppy from the pet sheet box"!
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What I did buy, once I got back on the street, were a couple of these long donut stick things that come in different flavors and some dipped in chocolate. I liked that they were warm, but, again, they didn’t taste like much to my American taste buds.

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This kitty must've looked at an aye-aye!
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lurkyloo
05-24-2010, 01:52 AM
A clever marketing ploy: Put out an empty dish and it will look like you can't even keep up with the demand!
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Back to the train station…

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I saw this ad in so many train stations and always did a doubletake at the "MUFG" which looks remarkably like another abbreviation that involves an M, an F, and a G….
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I was still kinda interested in staying out, so I stopped off at Shibuya station for a brief look around on my way home, but before I had a chance to take any pictures, I decided my feet needed a rest.

So what did I do when I got back to the hotel? Hoofed it all over the neighborhood looking for an affordable dinner. I finally ended up in a traditional Japanese tempura place that I forgot to take a picture of but made Patrick shoot the next day:

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I forgot about the smoking until after I was seated—the air was practically tactile in there, but I didn't want to make a fuss or be rude and leave, so I stuck it out. They had an English menu but I still ended up getting something that was not what I expected. The bowl of soba noodles was warm instead of cold, but who cares—it was delicious! And the tempura turned out to be a pile of minced and battered shrimp and vegetables all fried together. It was pretty good. I was embarrassed when they brought me a fork halfway through my meal. I guess I shouldn’t have been winding my noodles round my chopsticks like yarn…

After dinner I came went back to the room by way of 7-Eleven, where I picked up a fresh assortment of Japanese candy to try.

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The view…

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I turned on the TV for the first time and look what was on!

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I watched til my favorite scene…

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…and then conked out! I think Patrick didn't get home til after midnight, cuz he was doing this:

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Up Next: Six days at DISNEY!!!

disney_princess_85
05-24-2010, 05:19 AM
Great update Carrie! :)

I love the look of the museum you visited. I prefer immersive experiences opposed to just looking at display after display.

You so saw so many cute things, from the animals in the zoo to the cats and plushes! LOVED the photo of the capybara in a doughnut! Hilarious!!

Bibbidi
05-24-2010, 06:13 AM
Love the update. You have the best trip reports! Can't wait to read about the days at Disney ahead.

woodleygrrl
05-24-2010, 07:20 AM
I am so completely green with envy over your trip! If there is anywhere in the world that I want to visit it is Japan. Great pictures and details. Thank you!

So my question is, with the announcement of Pee-Wee on Broadway, does that mean that you and Patrick are bound for the East Coast sometime soon? Tell, tell, tell...

LittleStinkerbelle
05-24-2010, 07:52 AM
Great update! Is it me or does the faux Dumbo in the carnival photo look like Mrs. Potts?

Going off topic for a minute -- but your TRs are creeping into my daily life:lmao:. I was at the salon the other day and saw a display of new hair products and said to myself, "hey look, those are lurkyloo's wedding colors!" Then I saw the name of the line -- http://www.moroccanoil.com/index.php -- perfect!

Princess_K
05-24-2010, 09:06 AM
I am enjoying this TR so much! I had a lot of catching up to do...I'd been in WDW for a week :) All the photos you post are great. It's like we are visiting vicariously through you!

Disneygrl36
05-24-2010, 10:14 AM
Caught up now after being at the beach.
Love the look of Tokyo DL & all the cuteness & theming there. That line for Monsters Inc was crazy....but I love all the details in the queue. Can't wait to see more.
You sure accomplished alot on your day out & about. The cherry blossoms pics are already gorgeous & now I can't wait to see the ones where they were in full bloom.

Aburns8
05-24-2010, 10:55 AM
Of course I loved the update! Those pictures make me want to go to a zoo! I can't wait to see the cherry blossoms. I can just imagine how amazing they looked. Oh, and I loved Patrick's green outfit he had to wear for the shoot!

Lifelong_Dreamer
05-24-2010, 12:33 PM
Great update, I was laughing like a crazy person at your commentary.

I was amazed by your restraint. I would have been snatching up all that kawaii stuff and come home having to have bought 2 new suitcases to haul it all home. ;)

Donald'sGirl
05-24-2010, 01:33 PM
:cool1: Another great update Carrie! I love the museum and seeing the daily life around Tokyo. Those stuffed animals were so cute. I didn't realize how cute the Japanese like things. It's seems to be everywhere you go :)

Can't wait for another installment!

Lorelei528
05-24-2010, 01:35 PM
I don't have anything cute or quirky to say....just that I LOVED this installment of your TR!

Also, I think it's so cool that you just wandered around all on your own! I have to say, I don't know if I'd be able to do that not knowing the language at all myself! I'm very proud of you!! :goodvibes

Can't wait to hear more! popcorn::

blabbermouth
05-24-2010, 02:33 PM
Ooh, thanks for clearing up the accuracy of the capybara donut! I feel smarter.

Also, I cannot believe you passed up the flying squirrel for the fox... but I imagine it was quite the overwhelming situation.

And that credit card, LOL.

ChrisFL
05-24-2010, 09:13 PM
lurkyloo, you are hilarious!! It's tough to go through the pictures when I'm laughing so much!! :lmao:

I agree about turning to stone.

M.F.G. = manufacturing? lol

beatlesblonde
05-24-2010, 09:58 PM
Great update Carrie! Loved the animal pictures even the not-so-cute ones, although it's hard to turn down a capybara in a doughnut :goodvibes Oh a bonus points for referencing my favorite Youtube video :thumbsup2

kristamil
05-24-2010, 10:30 PM
Thanks to you, Lurkyloo! I giggled my way through this update and I am actually surprised that I didn't wake up my children 'cause it almost got out of control! :lmao: But my mini dachshund, Daisy, did wake up from her slumber to give me a "what the heck" look! :rotfl:

Can't wait to read about your Tokyo Disney adventures!

I will be heading to your "neck of the woods" in just over 2 weeks. My family and I are super excited about our first visit to Disneyland! :banana:

MA pigletfan
05-25-2010, 11:30 AM
Rockin update again!! I am becoming more and more convinced that japan is a place i would love to visit...as long as i do not run into any Aye-Aye!! ;)

PopArtGal
05-25-2010, 06:23 PM
And you were able to only buy 1 stuffed animal? I admire you. I think I would have bought more lol

burly
05-25-2010, 11:55 PM
Carrie, once again may i say how brave i think you are to galavant all around by yourself.
The aye-aye.....bwahahahahahahahaha
I am certain that is something i will pull into conversation.
"whew she just gave me the aye-aye stare!"

Love it as always. and thank you so much.

Kim

MAGICFOR2
05-26-2010, 01:22 AM
Hi Carrie! I loved the museum tour - thanks for sharing. The 1950s home looked just like the 1980s homes I saw in Okinawa. The whole front of the house would slide open and if you walked by you could see in - couldn't help but be curious. My grandma had that sewing machine, too!

So many cute stuffed animals - it would be really hard to choose. I vote for the (guinea pigs?). I wonder what the giant donut on the capibara was all about? I loved the "doink" line! :rotfl2: You are so funny!

A-T-G
05-26-2010, 04:55 AM
AWESOME update! I just love reading all about your adventures! I cannot WAIT to hear more about Disney - mostly because I want to go there SOOOOO much it makes my eyes hurt!

Chilly
05-26-2010, 07:50 AM
Great update Carrie, good work on slipping a wedding photo in. Love that last one of Patrick.

rockstargeisha
05-26-2010, 01:41 PM
Real capybara in a real donut? AHAHAHAHA

Fantastic update as per usual.

MinnieMe67
05-27-2010, 12:24 PM
I also don't have anything even close to clever to say, so I'll just say this... so so so funny!!! Thanks for doing this, yours are really the BEST trip reports!

I have learned when checking out a Lurkyloo update to put off taking a sip of the Dr. Pepper until I am done reading! ;)

Can't wait for your Disney adventures!

Debbie

AmandaSparks730
05-28-2010, 08:26 PM
Hi, Carrie! :)

I've been reading through your past TR's, and lurking heavily on this one!

Can you say "muy kawaii" about all the things in Japan? The stuffed animals, the packages, everything! All so, so very kawaii! Don'tcha wish you had a bunch of huge suitcases and a million dollars to take it all home with you, regardless if you needed it or not?

Looking forward to TDL/DisneySEA!

simzac
05-28-2010, 08:29 PM
I've finally figured out this thread. The OP is trying to set the DIS board record for the longest trip report in history:lmao:

curiouser
05-28-2010, 09:22 PM
I've read this entire TR over the past half of a day and I am so sad that I have reached a point where there are no new updates! Now that the wedding is over we are planning our 1 year anniversary trip to Tokyo and I am totally geeked out over going now.

I, too, lived in London and the first thing I thought when I saw the Mitsukoshi photos was Harrods. (I was a Selfridges girl myself, though!) Something tells me I'll be spending far too much time (and money) in there.

Also, that Stitch/Angel wedding set looks an awful lot like the Donald/Daisy wedding set I bought from HK for our wedding!!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2540/3894448371_d5ab015136.jpg

Happydog
05-28-2010, 09:55 PM
What a wonderful adventure you have been having! The streets of the cities and areas you visited really look neat. Fun places to meander in. Now I can't wait for Disney, of course, but these have been really fun posts. :thumbsup2

kcampbell
05-28-2010, 11:43 PM
Wow Carrie!! I just read the entire thing! There are too many things to comment on so I won't. Instead I'll just say thanks for taking the time to post all this. I love the Japanese culture and it is on our list of countries to visit so hearing about your experiences is just fantastic! Can't wait to hear more about TDL and TDS! :goodvibes

PopArtGal
05-29-2010, 01:31 PM
I'm home with a sprained ankle. I'm bored! I need an update! hehe

MAGICFOR2
05-29-2010, 04:11 PM
I made a comment before about a Tokyo DL stay being cheap - I guess I was doing the math backwards - I just used a conversion calculator - we will still need a bigger vacation budget before we do that one. :goodvibes

praisehisname
05-29-2010, 06:37 PM
That museum is amazing; I love that you got to go inside each exhibit! (I also love that you had to space out the spelling so it didn't get censored! :lmao:)


Along the way I spotted…

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Probably a naive question, but is it common to see places in all English like this?


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I totally would have wanted to buy that, too!


Real Capybara in a Donut
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You're so crazy! :lmao:


And then there was the aye-aye. First, let us observe the stuffed animal version of an aye-aye:

And a photo of the real thing:

I almost choked from laughing! :rotfl2:

PopArtGal
05-29-2010, 06:55 PM
Somehow I prefer the REAL kapybara in a donut to the stuffed one hehe

jsilvers
05-29-2010, 07:58 PM
Probably a naive question, but is it common to see places in all English like this?

It's very, very common to see English in Tokyo. This will mess with your mind, especially if you're fresh off the plane. But it's dangerous to assume that it actually MEANS anything. The subways/trains are almost completely bilingual in their signage, but beyond that, rely on English at your own risk. (English menus are often unintentionally hilarious - but sometimes they mean what they say. I particularly remember one restaurant's listing of "chicken crotch". Given that internal organs apparently are commonly eaten in Japan, I didn't take the risk that it was a mistranslation.)

praisehisname
05-30-2010, 05:24 AM
It's very, very common to see English in Tokyo. This will mess with your mind, especially if you're fresh off the plane. But it's dangerous to assume that it actually MEANS anything. The subways/trains are almost completely bilingual in their signage, but beyond that, rely on English at your own risk. (English menus are often unintentionally hilarious - but sometimes they mean what they say. I particularly remember one restaurant's listing of "chicken crotch". Given that internal organs apparently are commonly eaten in Japan, I didn't take the risk that it was a mistranslation.)

Good to know! Yeah, I don't think I'd want to try that chicken dish, either! :lmao:

lurkyloo
05-30-2010, 11:22 AM
I love the look of the museum you visited. I prefer immersive experiences opposed to just looking at display after display.

Totally—that's why we skipped most of the museums in Tokyo on this trip and just focused on the interactive ones.

Love the update. You have the best trip reports! Can't wait to read about the days at Disney ahead.

Me either! I wish they'd write themselves... :rotfl:


So my question is, with the announcement of Pee-Wee on Broadway, does that mean that you and Patrick are bound for the East Coast sometime soon? Tell, tell, tell...

I wish we knew! Everything's still up in the air, but you can bet I'll be blabbering about it when we know...

Great update! Is it me or does the faux Dumbo in the carnival photo look like Mrs. Potts?

Going off topic for a minute -- but your TRs are creeping into my daily life. I was at the salon the other day and saw a display of new hair products and said to myself, "hey look, those are lurkyloo's wedding colors!" Then I saw the name of the line -- http://www.moroccanoil.com/index.php -- perfect!

:cutie: Those are fabulous! I'll have to try not to buy them just for the colors. Also, I see the Mrs. Potts resemblance too—probably just another way to subtlely rip off Disney...

I am enjoying this TR so much! I had a lot of catching up to do...I'd been in WDW for a week!

Lucky so-and-so! That sounds wonderful!

Caught up now after being at the beach.
Love the look of Tokyo DL & all the cuteness & theming there. That line for Monsters Inc was crazy....but I love all the details in the queue. Can't wait to see more.
You sure accomplished alot on your day out & about. The cherry blossoms pics are already gorgeous & now I can't wait to see the ones where they were in full bloom.

That was the one good thing about being there during a peak season—we actually got to enjoy the thing that was making the place so crowded!

Of course I loved the update! Those pictures make me want to go to a zoo! I can't wait to see the cherry blossoms. I can just imagine how amazing they looked. Oh, and I loved Patrick's green outfit he had to wear for the shoot!

Yeah that was quite something, all right. I guess only the female puppeteers had the bright idea to wear something *under* their suits, so the guys were all self-conscious the whole time!

Great update, I was laughing like a crazy person at your commentary.

I was amazed by your restraint. I would have been snatching up all that kawaii stuff and come home having to have bought 2 new suitcases to haul it all home.

Trust me, for me, this was a spending spree. Especially when we got to Disney. Stuff I'd never look at twice in Florida was flying into my shopping bag just because it was Japanese and this was my only chance to buy it! :teeth:

:cool1: Another great update Carrie! I love the museum and seeing the daily life around Tokyo. Those stuffed animals were so cute. I didn't realize how cute the Japanese like things. It's seems to be everywhere you go

Yes! I love it! It must be wonderful to live in a place where absolutely everything is cute.

I don't have anything cute or quirky to say....just that I LOVED this installment of your TR!

Also, I think it's so cool that you just wandered around all on your own! I have to say, I don't know if I'd be able to do that not knowing the language at all myself! I'm very proud of you!!

Well thanks! But I'll bet that if you were there, you'd be so excited to see and do everything, you'd strike out on your own too! :)


Also, I cannot believe you passed up the flying squirrel for the fox... but I imagine it was quite the overwhelming situation.

Totally — the flying squirrel was my second choice, but I knew I had to put a limit on it or we'd be paying dearly at the airline check-in counter.


M.F.G. = manufacturing? lol

OOOOooooooOOOOhhhh! So *that* is what that means! :teeth:

Great update Carrie! Loved the animal pictures even the not-so-cute ones, although it's hard to turn down a capybara in a doughnut. Oh a bonus points for referencing my favorite Youtube video

I couldn't believe I actually got to see an actual picture of the actual Dramatic Gopher! ;)

Thanks to you, Lurkyloo! I giggled my way through this update and I am actually surprised that I didn't wake up my children 'cause it almost got out of control! But my mini dachshund, Daisy, did wake up from her slumber to give me a "what the heck" look!

My apologies to Daisy... I hope you have a fabulous time at Disneyland—you're going to be here just in time for all the good stuff that's coming up for summer!

Rockin update again!! I am becoming more and more convinced that japan is a place i would love to visit...as long as i do not run into any Aye-Aye!!

Yes, I think they should have warning signs at the border.

And you were able to only buy 1 stuffed animal? I admire you. I think I would have bought more lol

I am a huge sucker for stuffed animals, but then I feel guilty after I buy them because what in the heck am I gonna do with them?

Hi Carrie! I loved the museum tour - thanks for sharing. The 1950s home looked just like the 1980s homes I saw in Okinawa. The whole front of the house would slide open and if you walked by you could see in - couldn't help but be curious.

That is so neat—the one thing I want to be sure we do when we go back is see more homes and rural areas of the country.

Carrie, once again may i say how brave i think you are to galavant all around by yourself.
The aye-aye.....bwahahahahahahahaha
I am certain that is something i will pull into conversation.
"whew she just gave me the aye-aye stare!"

I love it! :lmao:

AWESOME update! I just love reading all about your adventures! I cannot WAIT to hear more about Disney - mostly because I want to go there SOOOOO much it makes my eyes hurt!

Well after you've recovered from Disneyland PARIS you should start planning a trip!

Great update Carrie, good work on slipping a wedding photo in.

:rotfl: Was it too obvious?


Real capybara in a real donut? AHAHAHAHA

And he looks none too pleased to be that donut! :rotfl2:


I also don't have anything even close to clever to say, so I'll just say this... so so so funny!!! Thanks for doing this, yours are really the BEST trip reports!

I have learned when checking out a Lurkyloo update to put off taking a sip of the Dr. Pepper until I am done reading!

Dr. Pepper strikes again! Thanks for the kind words. :goodvibes



Can you say "muy kawaii" about all the things in Japan? The stuffed animals, the packages, everything! All so, so very kawaii! Don'tcha wish you had a bunch of huge suitcases and a million dollars to take it all home with you, regardless if you needed it or not?

Um, yes. AND I would need a solid-gold house in which to display it all!

I've finally figured out this thread. The OP is trying to set the DIS board record for the longest trip report in history

It's not intentional! I think I have a clinically diagnosable disorder relating to photos. This thing would be waaaay shorter if I didn't take so dang many!


I, too, lived in London and the first thing I thought when I saw the Mitsukoshi photos was Harrods. (I was a Selfridges girl myself, though!) Something tells me I'll be spending far too much time (and money) in there.

Exactly! I loved all the big department stores in Tokyo cuz they reminded me of the ones in London, especially Harrod's!

Also, that Stitch/Angel wedding set looks an awful lot like the Donald/Daisy wedding set I bought from HK for our wedding!!

So cute! What a great idea!

What a wonderful adventure you have been having! The streets of the cities and areas you visited really look neat. Fun places to meander in. Now I can't wait for Disney, of course, but these have been really fun posts.

Oh good — I'm glad you're enjoying them!

Wow Carrie!! I just read the entire thing! There are too many things to comment on so I won't. Instead I'll just say thanks for taking the time to post all this. I love the Japanese culture and it is on our list of countries to visit so hearing about your experiences is just fantastic! Can't wait to hear more about TDL and TDS!

Nice to see you over here! :wave2: I can't believe you read the WHOLE thing in one go. :faint: Glad to know you're enjoying, though!

I'm home with a sprained ankle. I'm bored! I need an update! hehe

Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that. I'm typing as fast as my fingers will go....

I made a comment before about a Tokyo DL stay being cheap - I guess I was doing the math backwards - I just used a conversion calculator - we will still need a bigger vacation budget before we do that one.

Dang! But if it makes you feel any better, at Disney, it's only the hotel prices that are insane. Tickets are actually cheaper than in the US parks, and souvenirs and food cost about the same as in Florida (and less than in California). :thumbsup2

That museum is amazing; I love that you got to go inside each exhibit! (I also love that you had to space out the spelling so it didn't get censored!)

I know, right? :lmao: Silly DIS Boards....

[QUOTE=PopArtGal;36810720]Somehow I prefer the REAL kapybara in a donut to the stuffed one hehe

I love how grouchy he looks, like he's sooooooo put-out to have to be sitting in a giant delicious donut.

It's very, very common to see English in Tokyo. This will mess with your mind, especially if you're fresh off the plane. But it's dangerous to assume that it actually MEANS anything. The subways/trains are almost completely bilingual in their signage, but beyond that, rely on English at your own risk. (English menus are often unintentionally hilarious - but sometimes they mean what they say. I particularly remember one restaurant's listing of "chicken crotch". Given that internal organs apparently are commonly eaten in Japan, I didn't take the risk that it was a mistranslation.)

:scared1: Oh my goodness! I guess we were lucky to mostly eat at places with plastic versions of our food to inspect beforehand.

lurkyloo
05-30-2010, 11:32 AM
Hi gang!

This afternoon we and every other 25-to-35-year-old in LA are going to the Hollywood Bowl to see Flight of the Conchords, so although I'm furiously typing away on the update, I won't have time to finish it and post it until tomorrow.

Let's see if I can dig up a good photo to tide you over... OK, here's one of my favorite's that Patrick took in Tokyo Disney Sea.

Arabian Coast and Mermaid Lagoon

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PopArtGal
05-30-2010, 11:37 AM
That picture is beautiful!

Btw, I am planning a trip to Disneyland (in the next few years hehe). So I was thinking. What guide, or guides would you recommend?

praisehisname
05-30-2010, 11:43 AM
I *love* Flight of the Conchords! :goodvibes Enjoy!

kcampbell
05-31-2010, 02:04 PM
Nice to see you over here! :wave2: I can't believe you read the WHOLE thing in one go. :faint: Glad to know you're enjoying, though!


What can I say...insomnia + hilarious writing + awesome pictures = a fast couple of hours of reading! :cutie:

lurkyloo
05-31-2010, 02:35 PM
That picture is beautiful!

Btw, I am planning a trip to Disneyland (in the next few years hehe). So I was thinking. What guide, or guides would you recommend?

Well, of course I am biased, but if you're a super planner like me, you can't beat PassPorter's Disneyland Resort and Southern California Attractions. Actually, come to think of it's that's the only book I've read cuz we've never really needed a guidebook.

I would recommend checking out www.micechat.com, which is kinda like The DIS for Disneyland instead of Disney World. Those people know *everything*!!!


I *love* Flight of the Conchords! :goodvibes Enjoy!

We are the boom kings! :teeth:

What can I say...insomnia + hilarious writing + awesome pictures = a fast couple of hours of reading! :cutie:

:rotfl2:

lurkyloo
05-31-2010, 02:36 PM
Today was Patrick's last day of shooting on the commercials. Since he hadn't stumbled in til 3 that morning, we had time to go to breakfast before he was due back at the studio that day. We decided to see what a traditional American breakfast looked like in Japan, and the guy at the hotel desk suggested a chain called Jonathan's. I have heard it likened to Denny's, but it was way nicer than the last Denny's I went to!

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We still couldn't get over seeing smoking sections in restaurants. As if smoke wasn't going to come billowing into the non-smoking section through those two wide-open doorways!

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Now this, I liked—you just ring the bell any time you want service. Think how much waving and hollering of "Honey! HONEY!!!" that would have saved my grandmother…

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Self-serve beverage station—10 different flavors of tea but no hot chocolate.

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At first glance, it appears to be a typical American breakfast…

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…But why only a shot-glass' worth of syrup?

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Breakfast was pretty good. The pancakes had the consistency of bread, and there was only half a piece of flabby bacon, but the hash browns were AMAZING! Thanks are again in order for the Portuguese, no doubt. Plus, the single tiny piece of bacon was more than made up for by…

SLAB o' TOAST!!!

Knife: [muffled] "Uh, guys? A little help…?"
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Gotta love a place where a bird nest is considered front-page news!
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I was very excited to see that Jonathan's accepts PASMO/Suica as payment!
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According to the guidebook, there was a shrine just up the street from our hotel, so on our way back, we stopped in for a peek.

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I'm sorry—I've rotated this picture all the way around twice, and I still can't find an orientation that won't make you woozy…
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Looks like that traffic cone is trying to insinuate its way into an exhibit on the evolution of the lantern
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lurkyloo
05-31-2010, 02:37 PM
The present Hie-jinja Shrine was built in 1967, but it has existed at various spots in the area since 830. It's a Shinto shrine dedicated to Oyamakui-no-kami, who protects against evil, and in about 2 weeks it will host the Sanno Matsuri festival, one of the most important in Tokyo.

When we were there, I caught a glimpse of the first of four weddings I would see that day!

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Another interesting thing about this shrine is that it was the command center for a 4-day rebellion in 1936, when 1,400 soldiers attempted to wrest power from the increasingly military-controlled government and return it to the emperor.

But the most interesting thing about the shrine to me was that they supposedly let chickens roam the place! But we didn't get to see any…

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If that other photo didn't make you woozy, this one sure will!
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After that Patrick went on his way to the photo shoot, and I grabbed a train to Tokyo Disneyland!

Apparently Hugh Jackman means "sexy" in ANY language!
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This time I was headed to Tokyo Disney to get a tour of the wedding facilities from the Director of Resort Operations and the General Manager of Hotel Miracosta. This was very exciting because I got to peek at three real weddings and was even escorted inside Tokyo Disney Sea for the very first time in order to see a Gondola Wedding processional.

However, if I paste those 200 photos into this update, I will break this message board, so if you're interested, you can read the mini-trip report about it here:


http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2438502


After a whirlwind tour covering Mira Costa, Tokyo Disney Sea and the Ambassador, my hosts deposited me back at Mira Costa and I decided to treat myself to lunch in the hotel.

There's one check in desk for both Silk Road (upscale Chinese food) and Oceano (Mediterranean combo buffet and table service). Oceano's buffet looked like it would be my cheapest option, but I took some pictures of Silk Road first!


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I am not a huge fan of buffets, but I'd been excited about Oceano ever since I saw a picture of the inside.

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Hmmm… that pic doesn't really do it justice—lemme borrow Jack Spence's shot:

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It turns out the restaurant has two separate seating areas. The one pictured above is for those who order the buffet. Behind it is another area where you sit if you're ordering a set menu or a la carte.

The ceiling of the buffet seating area:
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The table-service area:

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I wish I'd snapped a picture of the menus, but as I recall, the set lunch menu was about $52/person, while the lunch buffet was a mere $37/person. Because I am a rabid comparison shopper, I'm sure I did the math on the a la carte options and the buffet still worked out the cheapest.

Off to the buffet!

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If you're a meat-atarian, you can pretty much pass on this entire section of the buffet

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lurkyloo
05-31-2010, 02:39 PM
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Not-so-Hidden-Mickeys!
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There will be more about the dessert display later—consider this your amuse bouche!

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I adored the silverware rest! I wish they had them over here—I can't be the only one out there who shudders when they put silverware directly on a table that's just been swiped with a dirty rag.

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I got a little bit of everything…. everything except vegetables!
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OK, on my second pass I felt guilty and got some vegetables…
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And some more Beef Wellington with an adorable pastry Pooh! Hmmm…. That didn't come out right… Oh boy, now I'm just making it worse!
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I also ate this.

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So the verdict on the food was… pretty dang good! There was nothing that really stood out and made me think I simply had to come back, but it was all fresh and warm and tasty. The baked goods were all textbook examples—the croissants were especially flakey and delicious. I'm gonna chalk that one up to the apparent fascination with French pastry.

It was also a great way to try a bunch of unfamiliar things with no commitment and always have a fallback, so I'd recommend it for picky/wary eaters.

During lunch I caught my first close-up glimpse of Duffy mania. The two women seated next to me had quite a collection amassed on the banquette. While one of them was at the buffet, another diner came over and asked if she could take a picture of the Duffys but was told, "They aren't mine—you'll have to wait until she gets back and ask her." Huh?! So of course then I was bound and determined to get my own, unauthorized shot of them!

Mission accomplished!
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What happened next was sheer dumb luck and, I think, the universe taking pity on me for my previous ill-planned visit to Tokyo Disneyland. In fact, had I known such a thing existed, I would have spent all day agonizing over timing everything perfectly so I'd be inside the restaurant at precisely the right moment, but instead the opportunity just dropped in my lap. A waiter came around and announced that the daytime water show Legend of Mythica was about to take place inside Tokyo Disney Sea, and we were all invited to go out to the restaurant's exclusive viewing platform!

My first (and might I add "wrong") instinct was to skip it so that I wouldn't spoil the surprise of seeing it with Patrick on our first real day inside the park. But then the last few days flashed before my eyes—riding Monsters Inc, bumming around Ikspiari, going into TDS for a wedding—and I realized "In for a penny, in for a pound!"

This isn't a very good pic, but it shows you where everything is in relation.
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OK, so, I'm always on about how the only Disney park entertainment I like is fireworks, and I never waste time watching any of the various other shows, from parades to the various theatrical productions in the parks to the castle and street shows, etc. Well, I don't know if it was the music or the spectacle or just finally getting to experience Tokyo Disney Sea in person, but Legend of Mythica so captivated me that I was almost in tears. Aaaaannnd I took 90 pictures. Gulp!

The show is almost 30 minutes long, though. If you follow these links, you can see the best video I was able to find on YouTube (broken into 4 parts). If you don't have half an hour of your life that you never want back, just play the first video in the background for the music as you scroll through the pictures I took.


Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpExcqSJnOU

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtgN8e_BIpk

Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wVY2411vZU

Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLsHC26hwGg


OK, first there was this beautiful fountain…

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…And then there were fireworks!

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…And then there were crazy Jet-ski guys!

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…And then I remembered my camera had zoom!

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(Sorry the lighting's so bad in these—the only part of the Disney Experience that the Oriental Land Company is not able to control is the trajectory of the sun!)

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…And then these super-elaborate floats came out!

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… And the floats had PEOPLE on them!

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lurkyloo
05-31-2010, 02:40 PM
…And the people had KITES!

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…And the fountain had a LADY in it!

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…And then GOOFY popped out!

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…And Minnie!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01878.jpg

…And Donald! (just for Wazzo)

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01875.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01876.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01879.jpg


…And then Mickey was at the top of the fountain tower!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01880.jpg

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Even Goofy had to shield his eyes at the dazzling spectacle…

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01881.jpg


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lurkyloo
05-31-2010, 02:41 PM
(Sorry—I'm really bad at picking selects)

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01889.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01893.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01895.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01896.jpg


…And then the floats docked and scores of dancers ran off them into the streets of Mediterranean Harbor!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01894.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01897.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01898.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01899.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01900.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01901.jpg


…And then the guys on Jet-skis flew STUNT kites!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01903.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01905.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01907.jpg


…And then ladies appeared at the tippy-top of EVERY float!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01910.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01912.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01914.jpg


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http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01916.jpg


…And then there were more fireworks!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01917.jpg


… And THEN…. Even MORE floats came out, and these ones had crazy huge Animatronic MONSTERS on them!!!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01920.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01921.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01922.jpg


Look out, Donald!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01923.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01924.jpg


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lurkyloo
05-31-2010, 02:42 PM
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01926.jpg


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http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01928.jpg


The hydra-headed guy was my favorite—he was a bad mutha!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01929.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01930.jpg


All hell breaking loose
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01932.jpg


And then, somehow, whatever conflict was supposed to be occurring was expediently resolved in some way that was not clear to me because the show ended swiftly. I'm going to say it was all due to the heroic efforts of Donald because that's all I have pictures of:

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01933.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01934.jpg


Back to the buffet!


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http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01941.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01944.jpg

Still more fruit-sullied desserts
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01939.jpg


This one was being created by a pastry chef at an action station, so I figured I had a pretty good shot at getting it sans fruit.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01942.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01943.jpg


This is what I managed to dig up for the fruit-averse:

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01948.jpg


This I wouldn't have recognized if I hadn't just been on a tour of the wedding reception facilities—it's a Donald napkin fold!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01945.jpg

Another thing I got worked up over was the quality of the drinking glasses. I don't usually eat in places that trust you with glasses that are paper thin.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01953.jpg


I was so excited, I even popped a couple of these sugar cubes in my purse—gawd knows what for, since I don't drink coffee or tea. Instant sugar rush, perhaps?

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01949.jpg


There was also some swiping of these…

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01952.jpg

After lunch I set out to photograph parts of the wedding facilities I'd missed on my whirlwind tour. Those shots are all in the mini-trip report, but here are a few other things I saw.


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01955.jpg

Now I haven't been to Vegas yet, but I thought these were some pretty dang swanky restrooms for a convention center…

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01969.jpg


It's as if they don't even HAVE toilets!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01970.jpg


Real framed art, hanging inside a bathroom stall—wha…?!!!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01971.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01973.jpg

lurkyloo
05-31-2010, 02:42 PM
Back outside, I took a quick ride on the monorail to Ikspiari.

If only the ride were as cool as this poster!
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01990.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01991.jpg


I never get tired of these!
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01992.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01994.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01995.jpg


I shouldn't have bothered shooting this restaurant—it closed a week after we left.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01997.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01996.jpg


I had a lot of fun taking pictures of the restaurants at the Ambassador Hotel. They're all in a row in a wing on the courtyard between the hotel and Ikspiari, and they're all so well themed.


Tick Tock Diner, in particular, is a masterpiece of Imagineering.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01999.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02017.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02001.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02002.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02018.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02003.jpg


It's more of a bakery/sandwich shop than a diner. Here's the menu for you:

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02106.jpg


Empire Grill is like a swanky Art Deco steakhouse.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02004.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02006.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02007.jpg


The set dinner menus are really steep—like $110/person!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02109.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02108.jpg

Here's lunch:

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC04066.jpg



Even Chef Mickey is classy!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02008.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02016.jpg


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http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02010.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02011.jpg

lurkyloo
05-31-2010, 02:43 PM
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02012.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02013.jpg


All the celebrities who've eaten at Chef Mickey:

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02014.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02015.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02110.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC04067.jpg



Hana is the traditional Japanese restaurant.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02019.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02111.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02095.jpg


I don't know if you can read these menus, but I'll throw 'em in:

Dinner:

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02104.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02105.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02113.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02112.jpg

Lunch:

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC04059.jpg


I poked my head in the lobby of the Ambassador. I'll have Patrick's shots of that later in the trip, but here's my attempt at capturing the gorgeous mural of Los Angeles behind the Guest Service desk:

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02020.jpg


The gift shop had some fun items, including Angry Tortilla Chips!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02021.jpg


A-friggin-dorable!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02022.jpg


Loved the art on this cookie box!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02023.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02024.jpg


I am not a huge Beauty & the Beast fan and, as previously mentioned, don't drink tea, but I almost almost ALMOST bought these for being so dang cute!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02025.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02073.jpg


Back to Ikspiari!

Here's the little pavilion where you can have Mickey and Mickey do a ceremonial wedding license signing after your Ambassador Hotel wedding.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02049.jpg


But look at it from the other side and it's smack up against the mall!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02050.jpg


Back over at the Disney Store, they had entertainment in the courtyard.


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02052.jpg

lurkyloo
05-31-2010, 02:44 PM
OK, who wants to go virtual shopping with me? This way to Bon Voyage!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02057.jpg


This was my first trip inside Bon Voyage, and I was surprised by how not-huge it was compared to the World of Disney stores at the American parks. Especially when you consider how much the Japanese like to buy omiyage!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02058.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02076.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02077.jpg


You've heard of walleye? Well this is WallEars! [ba-da-bump! Thank you, thank you—I'm here all week…]

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02059.jpg


I love how crazy-elaborate the ear headbands are. It took me a while to figure out the ears are wearing earrings!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02061.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02062.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02064.jpg


These are clips you wear in your hair! I don't know if I could get away with wearing one even at Walt Disney World…

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02060.jpg



Every time I saw these I had to figure out what they were all over again: character face masks!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02063.jpg

Surprisingly, although we did see many face masks during our trip, we only saw a few people wearing these—even at Disney.


Disney: Serving all your pouch needs!
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02065.jpg


One of the few art/collectible pieces I saw at Disney. Most of the merchandise tends toward the disposable.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02066.jpg


Hankies!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02068.jpg


Keep your feet warm and mop the floor simultaneously!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02069.jpg


They had a sort of "Cutie" version of Ariel that I saw all over the place. Adorbale!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02074.jpg


Cell phone charms. I don't really get these, because who has a cell phone with any kind of antenna from which to hang stuff anymore? I noticed later that newer Japanese cell phones have a slot that you can stick the end of the charm in, but I'm still kinda baffled…

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02075.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02072.jpg


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OK, so, in addition to an aversion to non-firework-related Disney shows, I refuse to wear any Disney-branded clothing. My friends and family already think I'm a Disney nut—why confirm their suspicions? The only thing I own with the name on it is a shirt that says "I got married at Walt Disney World and all I got was this lousy shirt," and I only made it to wangle free desserts on our anniversary trip to WDW. However, if you're sensing the theme here, you will know that in Tokyo, all bets are off.

Suddenly I was gripped by the desire to own a shirt that proved I'd been to Tokyo Disney (actually, this probably all started with the whole Hard Rock Café T-shirt-collecting craze of the '80s). As others had warned us, there is not a whole lot of merchandise at Tokyo Disney that says "Tokyo Disney" on it. So when I spotted this shirt and saw that it was on sale (a sale! Can you believe it? And not just a Disney sale, a TOKYO Disney sale!!!), I had to have it. Even though it is identical to shirts sold at the US parks and waaaaaaay more disco than what I would normally wear.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02085.jpg


Unfortunately, all they had was a size small. Gigantor no FIT in small – RAAAAAWRRRR!!!!!! Fortunately, they also had a sweatshirt. And it was on sale. And it was a medium. Hooray!


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02084.jpg



I couldn't find a dressing room in my 5-second scan of the store, so….

How Gigantor look?
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02070.jpg


Time to check out!

Not sure why I took this one—maybe to show you her cute uniform?

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02082.jpg



I took this one to impress you with the hankies I bought.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02081.jpg


Thoroughly exhausted from my spending spree, I decided to head back toward Ikspiari and look for dinner.


Looks like 4:45pm is the time to go to the Welcome center if you want to avoid crowds!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02087.jpg



Still tempted by the waffle sammich, but…. not this time!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02088.jpg

lurkyloo
05-31-2010, 02:45 PM
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Say, those are the same designs they have on the ceiling of the Disney Soda Fountain in Hollywood
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02093.jpg



When I had lunch at Oceano, they gave me a card for a promotion where you can collect limited edition pins for every two meals you eat at a Disney hotel restaurant (except the one that you had first kinda doesn't count cuz you still need two more after that to get the first pin). The catch (and, no doubt the reason for the promotion) is that you're never at the hotels at lunchtime because you're in the parks, and meal prices almost double at dinnertime. Another catch is that you have to order a buffet or a set or course menu that costs ¥1,900 or more (and it always costs more…). Basically, it is a terrible deal for anyone with even basic math skills, but all day the wheels in my head had been turning trying to figure out how we could get that first pin without going broke.


Pin set
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02115.jpg



¥5,700 first pin
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02116.jpg



My quest led me back to the Ambassador looking for dinner.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02102.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02101.jpg


The *only* reason I was in here was to get you pictures of another fabulous hotel restroom!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02099.jpg


Whoa—another real art piece in a restroom!
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02100.jpg


There's a lovely lounge in the lobby of the Ambassador Hotel where you can get drinks and light snacks. I thought maybe eating there would count for the pin promo, but they didn't have a set menu in the evening. I have no pictures of the place, but I did shoot the fake food!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02096.jpg


I'll take an electric drink, please!
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02097.jpg


I read all the restaurant menus and settled on Hana as the place where I could eat the cheapest (Tick-Tock diner also didn't count toward the pin promo). To refresh your memory, cuz I posted these pix, like, 3 years ago now…


Outside of Hana

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02019.jpg


Inside of Hana

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02111.jpg


I got tempura!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02114.jpg

It was OK, but not, like, the best tempura I've ever had. Back to the train station!

The Ambassador's courtyard is so pretty at night!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02118.jpg


http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02120.jpg


When I got back to Tokyo Station, I realized I still hadn't bought our bullet train tickets to Kyoto for the following week. You can't buy them from outside the country or I would have done this before we left the US. I dunno if I really needed to buy them in advance, but I'm an uber planner, so I figured I should do it while I was in the station.

This turned into an hour-long slog from one end of the ginormous station to the other and back again as I was sent from person to person in search of the shinkansen ticket office. First I got a guy who told me to use the ticket machine, but when I did, it said wouldn’t take credit cards (again… why?!).

Not here…
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02124.jpg


When I asked him again, he told me the same thing. The third time I asked he sent me halfway round the barn to the wrong JR counter…

Not here…
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02128.jpg


The person there sent me in the general direction of the right counter, but I had to stop for more directions a couple times.

Not here, but this *is* where you want to go if you have a Japan Rail Pass you bought in the States and need to exchange it
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02130.jpg


FINALLY, when I’d seriously gone all the way around the, like, five city blocks that comprise Tokyo Station, I found the office and muddled my way thru an order.

Here!!!
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02126.jpg


And this is what it looks like from the other side!
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02127.jpg

I was already wiped out from a day of ambling around Disney, so when I finally found the right ticket counter after 45 minutes of frustration and discovered the guy didn't speak English and that my phrasebook and 2 weeks of language lessons weren't helping me, I was practically in tears. Granted, it was the only time in three weeks when I felt overwhelmed by the language barrier, and I think being utterly exhausted didn't help. The guy at the counter was very persistent, though, and eventually, through sign language and my pigeon Japanese, he figured out that I wanted two reserved seats on the first shinkansen to Kyoto the following Tuesday and that I was very, very tired. Then it was back down to the subway to catch the Marunouchi line for Akasaka.

This little guy cheered me right up!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02129.jpg


When I got back to the room, I started packing for our departure for Disney the next day. What I didn't know is whether we'd be able to go down for park opening and do a full day or have to go down later in the day and wait til Wednesday to go to a park. It all depended on what time Patrick got in from the shoot, and at midnight, things weren't looking good…

What *was* looking good was my souvenir haul for the trip so far!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC02133.jpg

Up Next: Checking into the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel!

omghidanielle
05-31-2010, 03:12 PM
My absolute favorite animal is the red panda, so I made a beeline for that cage. But I only got to see about 30 seconds of him before he went backstage for a smoke break, never to be seen again for the rest of the day. They should also post signs saying "There are basically no red pandas in Ueno Park Zoo either"!

Instead, I give you the stuffed version of a red panda.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%205/DSC01485.jpg



for real, stop being me :lmao:
but seriously
every time we see Red Pandas in a zoo, they are either very much asleep and uninteresting and NOT walking on 2 legs, or missing in action.
what a bunch of jerks!

and 2- we have the same glasses :sad2:

lurkyloo
05-31-2010, 03:32 PM
for real, stop being me :lmao:
but seriously
every time we see Red Pandas in a zoo, they are either very much asleep and uninteresting and NOT walking on 2 legs, or missing in action.
what a bunch of jerks!

OK, you totally have to go to the Santa Barbara Zoo! That's the first place I ever saw a red panda, and we fell in love with him because he was pacing a circuit around his enclosure with such purpose, he seemed very intelligent! Like he was trying to figure a way to bust outta there or something! :rotfl:

and 2- we have the same glasses :sad2:

No way, really? Calvin Klein Style #5585? :3dglasses

PopArtGal
05-31-2010, 03:37 PM
It feels like I would have laughed everytime I'd use that bell lol

oohh pretty wedding. The groom since really happy. The bride...not really hehe

yum! Hugh Jackman!

The floats are so pretty!

PopArtGal
05-31-2010, 04:33 PM
Ohhh I love the fountain with the pretty lady!

And thank goodness I'm going to eat dinner in a few minutes because you got me really hungry :P Except for that squi like thing you ate hehe

I would have bought that cookie box just for the image hehe

I am a tea drinker and would have def. bought Mrs. Pott and Chip ;)

I can't figure out what's on top of you sweatshirt in the souvenir shot. All I can see is chocolate.

Disneygrl36
05-31-2010, 05:21 PM
Wonderful update as usual!!!!:worship:
That is the biggest toast I have ever seen.:rotfl:
So cool that you got to watch the show from the hotel's private viewing area. That show looks AMAZING!!!!!! So colorful & the costumes & the jetskis & the characters in such cute costumes & the tippy top ladies on the floats. WOWZA!!!!!!!!! Now that's what you call puttin' on a show.
The restaurants at the Ambassador look amazing too. That Tick Tock Diner is adorable & Chef Mickey's looks so swanky. I want the Mickey skewer from the cocktail.
I would have had to have Mrs Potts & Chip. I have a Mrs Potts cookie jar. :love: Love the hankies & the pic of your loot.

Can't wait for more. popcorn::

Aburns8
05-31-2010, 05:30 PM
Everything is just so pretty there! It seems much more elaborate than anything Disney here. The water show was amazing, I loved the floats. I think I would have taken a million pictures on that trip myself!

PopArtGal
05-31-2010, 05:38 PM
I'll have to look for good deals on passporter around here. I checked online. Amazon.ca don't have any now. And from the passporter website, the shipping is a bit expensive.

simzac
05-31-2010, 08:11 PM
Your comment about the shirt says it's identical to what you can purchase in the US parks. Did you mean I can purchase a Tokyo Disney shirt at WDW? And I where a xxl. Is it possible to find a TDR shirt in my size? Also love the water show pics. Do you ever put down the camera to just enjoy what you're looking at?

aharbin88
05-31-2010, 09:13 PM
it's a Donald napkin fold!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01945.jpg
Umm... huh?

Tikestoublie
05-31-2010, 09:14 PM
Just found your TR the other day and have been reading through them. They are wonderful and a great way to keep me occupied until our trip to DL in July. The photos are fantastic and I love the way you describe your adventures. Definitely looking forward to more. Someday would love to take my daughter to the TDL but so worried about me and being able to eat. Serious food allergies so no seafood or treenuts. Not being able to convey that scares me. :scared1:


For now, back to your WDW ones. :cool1:

ChrisFL
05-31-2010, 09:49 PM
Everything is just so pretty there! It seems much more elaborate than anything Disney here. The water show was amazing, I loved the floats. I think I would have taken a million pictures on that trip myself!

I agree, TDL is really the top notch resort, even though it's not as big as WDW, the quality of everything is just mind-boggling...the pictures from the Legend of Mythica remind me of that....just incredible...

disney_princess_85
06-01-2010, 05:13 AM
Another great update! :thumbsup2

Again, I am LOVING the merchandise. I saw some Japanese girls wearing those big bows in AK last year- I was seriously jealous! I like the ears with earrings and your glitzy hoodie too.

The water show looks suitably elaborate. Even the desserts are elaborate! So much effort is put into everything and it's really nice to see.

MAGICFOR2
06-01-2010, 09:46 AM
Wow Carrie! I am speechless! That Mystika (?) extravaganza is amazing! Your updates are so thorough, I can almost feel the humidity and smell the Japan smells! The gift shop items are interesting - Mrs. Potts is so cute, she looks like she would jump up and fix the tea for you :cutie: I'm glad you were finally able to get to the right place and get the train tickets - I know how frustrating that was.

steve76
06-01-2010, 02:32 PM
Hmm. I think I'm going to have to re-think my plans (and budget) for my first trip to Tokyo next year. Based on your pictures, I think I'm going to spend the majority of my time eating desserts.

Donald'sGirl
06-01-2010, 03:29 PM
:rotfl2: another great installment! Carrie OMG those desserts at the buffet were making me drool LOL! That show looks so awesome! What a great day.

WooHoo Disney next!! popcorn::

Handbag Lady
06-01-2010, 04:17 PM
I decided that anyone who says you don't need to spend a lot of time in Tokyo Disneyland because it's just like the Magic Kingdom is nuts. It’s like Bizarro Magic Kingdom—nothing's in quite the same place and everything seems just a little off what you remember, kind of like when you dream about a place you've been. You start walking toward the castle, but it takes you twice as long to get there and you have to dodge around a fence behind the Partners statue.



I am playing catch-up but had to stop at this point. This is EXACTLY how I felt the first time I went to WDW's MK in 1998. I was raised at DL, so I know it like my own backyard. The pathway to the Castle isn't direct at WDW, so I told my boyfriend (we got engaged on that trip!) that I felt like I was in another world.

LittleStinkerbelle
06-01-2010, 07:26 PM
Fantastic update! That was some piece of toast -- almost makes up for the stingy serving of syrup (I need to drown my pancakes in syrup, really they're just a vessel for the syrup). I'm not a buffet fan but the one you went to looked really good. And I'll say it again, the cuteness factor is blowing me away.:goodvibes

A-T-G
06-02-2010, 04:20 AM
Awesome friggin' update! I can't WAIT (but, I will...) for more of your trip! Everything looks so neat. The Ambassador looks gorgeous (I picked the right pin at DLRP!) and I want to go to there (now...please?!).

I'm going to go back and look at the fantastic floats again (your pics are beautiful, by-the-by). It's a very impressive parade/show/water-tacular.

lurkyloo
06-02-2010, 03:29 PM
I can't figure out what's on top of you sweatshirt in the souvenir shot. All I can see is chocolate.

That's my 100% Chocolate Cafe hot chocolate! It's flakes of bar chocolate, not powder, and you mix it with about half the amount of milk you would expect, so it's super creamy and rich!


I would have had to have Mrs Potts & Chip. I have a Mrs Potts cookie jar.

Oooh - those would go together so nicely!

Everything is just so pretty there! It seems much more elaborate than anything Disney here. The water show was amazing, I loved the floats. I think I would have taken a million pictures on that trip myself!

Yeah, we never did get over the attention to detail. I guess that's what you get when you spend more money than has ever been spent on any theme park EVER! :rotfl:

I'll have to look for good deals on passporter around here. I checked online. Amazon.ca don't have any now. And from the passporter website, the shipping is a bit expensive.

Dang! I hope Amazon.ca gets it back in, cuz it sounds like that's your best bet for cheap shipping.

Your comment about the shirt says it's identical to what you can purchase in the US parks. Did you mean I can purchase a Tokyo Disney shirt at WDW? And I where a xxl. Is it possible to find a TDR shirt in my size? Also love the water show pics. Do you ever put down the camera to just enjoy what you're looking at?

Yes, I put it down when my husband is nearby to pick it up and do all the shooting. :teeth: You can't get a Tokyo Disneyland sweatshirt in the States, but you can get one that looks just like it that says Disneyland or Walt Disney World on it. :thumbsup2

Umm... huh?

I think it's s'posed to be his hat...

Just found your TR the other day and have been reading through them. They are wonderful and a great way to keep me occupied until our trip to DL in July. The photos are fantastic and I love the way you describe your adventures. Definitely looking forward to more. Someday would love to take my daughter to the TDL but so worried about me and being able to eat. Serious food allergies so no seafood or treenuts. Not being able to convey that scares me.

That IS scary. I think people who don't *like* seafood could get by in Japan, but you'd have to be awfully careful if you really can't touch it at all. Maybe one of the language-instruction companies has come up with some kind of phrase book or picture guide for people with allergies, though.




Again, I am LOVING the merchandise. I saw some Japanese girls wearing those big bows in AK last year- I was seriously jealous!

I was thinking about trying that with my Tokyo Disney merch—I mean, wearing it at WDW or Disneyland. I'm still not convinced one could get away with the Donald/Boo stuffed toy clipped to the head, though. :lmao:

Your updates are so thorough, I can almost feel the humidity and smell the Japan smells!

What a great compliment! That's what I hope to convey, somewhere among all the minutiae... :cutie:

Hmm. I think I'm going to have to re-think my plans (and budget) for my first trip to Tokyo next year. Based on your pictures, I think I'm going to spend the majority of my time eating desserts.

:rotfl2: You've got that right!


another great installment! Carrie OMG those desserts at the buffet were making me drool LOL! That show looks so awesome! What a great day.

Yeah, I loved the presentation of the desserts, too! The attention to detail extends even there...

I am playing catch-up but had to stop at this point. This is EXACTLY how I felt the first time I went to WDW's MK in 1998. I was raised at DL, so I know it like my own backyard. The pathway to the Castle isn't direct at WDW, so I told my boyfriend (we got engaged on that trip!) that I felt like I was in another world.

:goodvibes So you understand! I'm finally getting used to the Magic Kingdom after all these trips, but Tokyo merits another dozen tries! :)


Fantastic update! That was some piece of toast -- almost makes up for the stingy serving of syrup (I need to drown my pancakes in syrup, really they're just a vessel for the syrup).

My thoughts exactly! Also, I once knew a guy who insisted fries were merely a vehicle for catsup, and I can see where he's coming from. For me, it's all about the condiments...


Awesome friggin' update! I can't WAIT (but, I will...) for more of your trip! Everything looks so neat. The Ambassador looks gorgeous (I picked the right pin at DLRP!)

Totally! Patrick loves his Hotel New York pin. I just wish the architecture of that hotel was the same Deco style as the pin. Not a fan of the Michael Graves look....

A-T-G
06-02-2010, 07:56 PM
Totally! Patrick loves his Hotel New York pin. I just wish the architecture of that hotel was the same Deco style as the pin. Not a fan of the Michael Graves look....

Dang! The restaurant pics had me hoping it would be a Deco fantasy...Blurgh. I'll just look at the restaurant pics and imagine it as I want it to be! Also...I took home one of those pins for me, too (they were AWESOME!).

praisehisname
06-03-2010, 07:49 AM
SLAB o' TOAST!!!
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01630.jpg

That is some seriously huge toast! :rotfl:


And some more Beef Wellington with an adorable pastry Pooh! Hmmm…. That didn't come out right… Oh boy, now I'm just making it worse!

:lmao: It was pretty adorable, though! :rolleyes1


A waiter came around and announced that the daytime water show Legend of Mythica was about to take place inside Tokyo Disney Sea, and we were all invited to go out to the restaurant's exclusive viewing platform!

That show looks AMAZING!!! So elaborate! :worship:


Back to the buffet!
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01940.jpg

Mmmm...those desserts look really good! :woohoo:


This I wouldn't have recognized if I hadn't just been on a tour of the wedding reception facilities—it's a Donald napkin fold!
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01945.jpg

I've tried and tried, but I just don't see it. :confused3


Even Chef Mickey is classy!

Do they have the characters there like we do?

beatlesblonde
06-03-2010, 09:43 AM
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01945.jpg


http://s4.hubimg.com/u/766507_f520.jpg

I can kinda see it....I'm sure they're taking some creative liberty there....

A-T-G
06-03-2010, 01:41 PM
I still think that looks more like Goofy's hat...

curiouser
06-03-2010, 06:59 PM
I don't see it. :rotfl: I think they hired the boss' kid and when he wasn't good at folding napkins they said "Umm... yes, we'll just call that one the Donald"

beatlesblonde
06-03-2010, 08:58 PM
I still think that looks more like Goofy's hat...

I agree!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/Tokyo/Day%206/DSC01945.jpg


http://www.catshoes.com/Tubes/Cartoons/goofy003.gif

kcampbell
06-07-2010, 01:59 PM
On the napkin fold....I see Goofy's hat, not Donald. But maybe it's an optical illusion. :confused3 Like when shown a picture some people see a candlestick while others see two faces. :rotfl:

Anyway, what an update! Holy mother of bread Batman! That was a colossal piece of toast!!! I absolutely love how pristine the Disney hotels are and the incredible details in everything over there. When I saw "Tick Tock Diner" I initially thought, "They really do feature lesser characters!" Thinking Tic Toc the croc & not clocks ...oops! :lmao:
You have some serious restraint lady! I think I would've bought up atleast 1/2 of the items in those shops! But totally would've skipped over the headbands with earrings (what!?!) and plush scrunchies (a scrunchy!) :scared1: :rotfl2:

Thanks for linking those Legend of Mythica videos. Your pics were gorgeous, but it was great to see more of the show.

Can't wait for your next installment! :goodvibes

lurkyloo
06-07-2010, 02:27 PM
Do they have the characters there like we do?

Yes! But, interestingly, only hotel guests can go to the character breakfast. Everyone else has to wait til lunch or dinner.


I can kinda see it....I'm sure they're taking some creative liberty there....

I still think that looks more like Goofy's hat...

I don't see it. :rotfl: I think they hired the boss' kid and when he wasn't good at folding napkins they said "Umm... yes, we'll just call that one the Donald"

I agree!



On the napkin fold....I see Goofy's hat, not Donald. But maybe it's an optical illusion. :confused3 Like when shown a picture some people see a candlestick while others see two faces. :rotfl:


OK, you guys—maybe I'm all wet! Maybe it's s'posed to be Goofy. After all, I am something of a character-phobe... :rotfl:

Anyway, what an update! Holy mother of bread Batman! That was a colossal piece of toast!!! I absolutely love how pristine the Disney hotels are and the incredible details in everything over there. When I saw "Tick Tock Diner" I initially thought, "They really do feature lesser characters!" Thinking Tic Toc the croc & not clocks ...oops! :lmao:

Oooh, now that's a good idea! They should at least hide a crocodile in the clock display somewhere!

lurkyloo
06-07-2010, 02:41 PM
So I'm only just uploading the pix for the next installment—we spent 4 days in Vegas for DH's birthday and now my schedule's all off!

In the meantime, here's another fave pic to tide you over...


Indiana Jones & the Temple of the Crystal Skull

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/DSC03015.jpg

DisBride23
06-07-2010, 03:05 PM
:goodvibes great TR Carrie! Can't wait for more!

simzac
06-07-2010, 05:27 PM
So I'm only just uploading the pix for the next installment—we spent 4 days in Vegas for DH's birthday and now my schedule's all off!

In the meantime, here's another fave pic to tide you over...


Indiana Jones & the Temple of the Crystal Skull

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/DSC03015.jpg

So DH's birthday was more important than our update. I see where we rate.;)

ChrisFL
06-07-2010, 08:06 PM
So DH's birthday was more important than our update. I see where we rate.;)

:rotfl:

beatlesblonde
06-07-2010, 08:54 PM
Is there gonna be a Vegas TR? ;)

Becx N Gav
06-08-2010, 02:16 AM
Anyway, what an update! Holy mother of bread Batman! That was a colossal piece of toast!!! I absolutely love how pristine the Disney hotels are and the incredible details in everything over there. When I saw "Tick Tock Diner" I initially thought, "They really do feature lesser characters!" Thinking Tic Toc the croc & not clocks ...oops! :lmao:
You have some serious restraint lady! I think I would've bought up atleast 1/2 of the items in those shops! But totally would've skipped over the headbands with earrings (what!?!) and plush scrunchies (a scrunchy!) :scared1: :rotfl2:

Can't wait for your next installment! :goodvibes

I have a Tigger scrunchy :laughing: And I'd also wear those hair clips - LOVE them :lovestruc

So I'm only just uploading the pix for the next installment—we spent 4 days in Vegas for DH's birthday and now my schedule's all off!

In the meantime, here's another fave pic to tide you over...


Indiana Jones & the Temple of the Crystal Skull

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t63/lurkyloo/DSC03015.jpg

Hope you had a great time :goodvibes

Is there gonna be a Vegas TR? ;)

Give the girl a break - she's already got 2 TR's on the go :lmao: ;)

Chilly
06-08-2010, 03:42 AM
Loved day 6 Carrie, makes me want to go even more, except the last bit with the train tickets, I took french at school so I could order train tickets at DLRP no problem.

Is there gonna be a Vegas TR? ;)

Oh yes please, i'm going there when I go to Disneyland as well. Where did you stay?

Chilly
06-08-2010, 03:43 AM
Give the girl a break - she's already got 2 TR's on the go :lmao: ;)

They are the best TR's though!

A-T-G
06-08-2010, 04:56 AM
Your update will be worth the wait! Did you guys have fun in Vegas? I go every year to visit family - and never do anything touristy. What did you guys do? Anything I shouldn't miss? I'm determined to do SOMETHING on my next trip!

kcampbell
06-08-2010, 01:31 PM
I have a Tigger scrunchy :laughing: And I'd also wear those hair clips - LOVE them :lovestruc


No offense!! I was simply referencing an episode of SATC- it was when Carrie's dating Berger and she criticizes his book saying the main character (a New Yorker) wouldn't be out with a scrunchy in her hair. It's really clever and funny b/c we've all worn our share of scrunchies over the years! If you haven't seen it you totally should: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B-e6UsrOsM :goodvibes

And Carrie- they totally should have a Tic Toc Croc clock in the Tick Tock "restaurant". (Say that 5 times fast! :lmao:)


Now back to your previously scheduled trip report! :thumbsup2

lurkyloo
06-08-2010, 02:01 PM
:goodvibes great TR Carrie! Can't wait for more!

Thanks for hanging in there! :goodvibes

So DH's birthday was more important than our update. I see where we rate.;)

:rotfl:

That's right! You guys rate slightly behind DH's birthday and slightly ahead of doing real work. :lmao:

Is there gonna be a Vegas TR? ;)


Give the girl a break - she's already got 2 TR's on the go :lmao: ;)


Oh yes please, i'm going there when I go to Disneyland as well. Where did you stay?

They are the best TR's though!

:rotfl2: Well, I have to confess it took me a while *not* to be constantly thinking of our Vegas vacation in terms of a trip report, but I am half tempted to do one despite my full plate of other reporting at the moment. DH says he's going to cull the best photos for me, so maybe I can do a mini-photo report.

We stayed at the Wynn in the Encore (http://www.encorelasvegas.com/) tower on a screamin' deal that included free tix to their Cirque du Soleil-style show, Le Reve (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Rêve_(show)). After checking out most of the other casinos up and down the Strip, we decided it was prolly the best place for we non-gamblers, except for maybe Vdara (http://www.vdara.com/) or Aria (http://www.arialasvegas.com/) at the brand-new City Center, which reminds us of Tokyo and is impossibly modern.


Your update will be worth the wait! Did you guys have fun in Vegas? I go every year to visit family - and never do anything touristy. What did you guys do? Anything I shouldn't miss? I'm determined to do SOMETHING on my next trip!

Definitely check out the Neon Museum (http://www.neonmuseum.org/)! They've rescued tons of signs off old demolished casinos and motels and stacked them up in a parking lot (for now, while the museum is closed for the summer). It is a faaaabulous place for photos, and we were kicking ourselves for not stashing The Roots in our luggage when we went.

We also did more typical stuff like the Eiffel Tower (http://www.parislasvegas.com/casinos/paris-las-vegas/casino-misc/eiffel-tower-detail.html) at Paris Las Vegas, the Shark Reef (http://www.sharkreef.com/) at Mandalay Bay (surprisingly great!), the Dolphin Habitat and Secret Garden (http://www.vegas.com/attractions/on_the_strip/secretgarden.html) at the Mirage, and the Lion Habitat (http://www.mgmgrand.com/entertainment/lion-habitat.aspx) at MGM Grand where you can photograph the underside of feeding lions in a glass-roofed walkway.

And, since you're a foodie, you'd love the restaurants we ate at: Daniel Boulud (http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/#dining/dbBrasserie/) in Encore, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire (http://www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas/dining/twist/) in the Mandarin Oriental at City Center, and RM Seafood (http://www.rmseafood.com/) in the bridge between Mandalay Bay and The Luxor (short rib mac 'n' cheese—need I say more?).

I was simply referencing an episode of SATC- it was when Carrie's dating Berger and she criticizes his book saying the main character (a New Yorker) wouldn't be out with a scrunchy in her hair. It's really clever and funny b/c we've all worn our share of scrunchies over the years!

Oh man, watching that clip makes me wanna go back and watch the entire series again! You know, instead of going to see the new movie....

woodleygrrl
06-09-2010, 06:59 AM
Oh man, watching that clip makes me wanna go back and watch the entire series again! You know, instead of going to see the new movie....[/QUOTE]

Do not, I repeat, do not see the new movie. I am a die hard fan of SATC and it was so bad it hurt me. Deep inside. Wait for it on blueray.

LittleStinkerbelle
06-09-2010, 08:43 AM
Aw man, a Vegas trip too -- now I'm even more jealous :rotfl:! I vote for a Vegas trip report -- I'd love to hear about Wynn, etc.:goodvibes

Disneygrl36
06-09-2010, 09:23 AM
I would love to see Vegas through the lurkyloos lens. :teeth: I can't ever decide if I want to go or not. Part of me does for all the really cool hotels if nothing else but part of me is put off by the whole Sin City thing.:lmao:

JMcDisney
06-09-2010, 09:52 PM
I would love to see Vegas through the lurkyloos lens. :teeth: I can't ever decide if I want to go or not. Part of me does for all the really cool hotels if nothing else but part of me is put off by the whole Sin City thing.:lmao:

Oh, I think you should totally go. I thought the EXACT same thing, but when we went to the Grand Canyon we flew into Vegas because it was the closest airport for us, so it made sense to stay there overnight before driving to the Canyon the next day. I loved it so much, we cut a couple days off the Grand Canyon trip and headed back to Vegas! I seriously was grossed out by the whole idea, but walking around and looking at the hotels, shows and shopping is very nice!

A-T-G
06-10-2010, 01:51 AM
Definitely check out the Neon Museum (http://www.neonmuseum.org/)! They've rescued tons of signs off old demolished casinos and motels and stacked them up in a parking lot (for now, while the museum is closed for the summer). It is a faaaabulous place for photos, and we were kicking ourselves for not stashing The Roots in our luggage when we went.

We also did more typical stuff like the Eiffel Tower (http://www.parislasvegas.com/casinos/paris-las-vegas/casino-misc/eiffel-tower-detail.html) at Paris Las Vegas, the Shark Reef (http://www.sharkreef.com/) at Mandalay Bay (surprisingly great!), the Dolphin Habitat and Secret Garden (http://www.vegas.com/attractions/on_the_strip/secretgarden.html) at the Mirage, and the Lion Habitat (http://www.mgmgrand.com/entertainment/lion-habitat.aspx) at MGM Grand where you can photograph the underside of feeding lions in a glass-roofed walkway.

And, since you're a foodie, you'd love the restaurants we ate at: Daniel Boulud (http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/#dining/dbBrasserie/) in Encore, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire (http://www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas/dining/twist/) in the Mandarin Oriental at City Center, and RM Seafood (http://www.rmseafood.com/) in the bridge between Mandalay Bay and The Luxor (short rib mac 'n' cheese—need I say more?).


That sounds like a blast! We'll be heading out there in the fall for a family visit and I'm determined to go see some stuff! I used to take my little sisters out for a looky-loo at whatever new casino popped up - but, we haven't done that since they grew up! Thanks for all the great suggestions! And especially the restaurants! Short rib mac 'n' cheese?! Pass me a fork - and some stretchy pants!

princesslauren6
06-13-2010, 10:43 AM
yayy i have finally caught up!!

soooooo much cool stuff!! you hae done a very good job restraining yourself from buying all the cool stuff you have seen!! the hair bows in the disney store are the cutest, i actually need those in my life!

im enjoying this TR so much, i love all the detail your explaining everything and all the amazing pictures! i never want it to end!!

my fiance and i are going travelling nex year, and our last stop is going to be tokyo, i am super excited to visit tokyo disney so im just loving reading all about it and will be using this TR to help me plan it!!!

MAGICFOR2
06-13-2010, 12:37 PM
I would love to see Vegas through the lurkyloos lens. :teeth: I can't ever decide if I want to go or not. Part of me does for all the really cool hotels if nothing else but part of me is put off by the whole Sin City thing.:lmao:

Hi Melanie! I'm checking in on your HHI TR - just wanted to say that Vegas is both entertaining and sad, but there is tons to see and eat! The Bellagio not only has a huge Dave Chui (?) scultpure, but a shop with his art, too!:thumbsup2

iHEARTflorida
06-13-2010, 06:48 PM
Well, I just spent the past 5+hrs of my life, reading through your TR, and scrolling through your Wedding TR. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G is all I can say. Getting married in Epcot! It looked beautiful and must of cost a bomb!!! Tokyo Disney - I want to go now, those happy magic rooms look soo cool. I want a Mickey Shaped Bread Sandwich!!!

lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:23 PM
Do not, I repeat, do not see the new movie. I am a die hard fan of SATC and it was so bad it hurt me. Deep inside. Wait for it on blueray.

:rotfl: Thanks for the tip!


Aw man, a Vegas trip too -- now I'm even more jealous! I vote for a Vegas trip report -- I'd love to hear about Wynn, etc.:goodvibes

OK—I'll get DH to pull some selects from our pictures!

I would love to see Vegas through the lurkyloos lens. I can't ever decide if I want to go or not. Part of me does for all the really cool hotels if nothing else but part of me is put off by the whole Sin City thing.

Oh, I think you should totally go. I thought the EXACT same thing, but when we went to the Grand Canyon we flew into Vegas because it was the closest airport for us, so it made sense to stay there overnight before driving to the Canyon the next day. I loved it so much, we cut a couple days off the Grand Canyon trip and headed back to Vegas! I seriously was grossed out by the whole idea, but walking around and looking at the hotels, shows and shopping is very nice!

Hi Melanie! I'm checking in on your HHI TR - just wanted to say that Vegas is both entertaining and sad, but there is tons to see and eat!

Exactly! I've always been kinda put off by the Sin City thing, and I did find it both entertaining and sad, but it wasn't as creepy as I'd expected (and this is coming from someone who was afraid to walk down the liquor aisle at the supermarket as a kid! :rotfl2: ). I think there's a lot more non-gaming stuff to do there now!


That sounds like a blast! We'll be heading out there in the fall for a family visit and I'm determined to go see some stuff! I used to take my little sisters out for a looky-loo at whatever new casino popped up - but, we haven't done that since they grew up! Thanks for all the great suggestions! And especially the restaurants! Short rib mac 'n' cheese?! Pass me a fork - and some stretchy pants!

:rotfl: The pants are key!


yayy i have finally caught up!!

OK, are you sitting down? Cuz I have some bad news: I'm about to upload the Mother of All Updates, and you won't be caught up anymore!!! :sad:

But I'm glad to hear the trippie is helping you plan! I haven't mentioned it yet, but I went back in and added info to the Intro post about cell phones, cuz that was another confusing thing for us...



Well, I just spent the past 5+hrs of my life, reading through your TR, and scrolling through your Wedding TR. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G is all I can say. Getting married in Epcot! It looked beautiful and must of cost a bomb!!! Tokyo Disney - I want to go now, those happy magic rooms look soo cool. I want a Mickey Shaped Bread Sandwich!!!

Yay! Thanks for joining in, and thanks for the kind words! Now one thing I must point out—because I am constantly proselytizing about the affordability of Disney weddings—is that our wedding only *looked* like it cost a bomb. We actually spent about 1/3 of the national average! :thumbsup2 Anyway, I'm glad the trippie is making you wanna go to Tokyo! :teeth:

lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:27 PM
OK, just to warn you, this is the longest update in the history of the DIS. I didn't want to break it up over 2 weeks cuz then it'll take even LONGER for me to finish this report, so... here we go!


Tuesday! Our deal was that if Patrick finished shooting at midnight the night before, we’d go to Disneyland, but if he didn't get home til 3am again, we’d go check into our hotel and visit Ikspiari but not do the parks til Wednesday. Well... he got home at 3am.

But when I woke up at 5:30am, I lay there agonizing over whether we should go to the park that day anyway so we could have an extra half-day there, and on a weekday to boot. So I woke Patrick up (I know, more Bad Wife points!) and we dithered some more. We finally decided just to go for it. Also, I, the uber-planner, learned from him, that our hotel had a shuttle straight to Disney! I’d been seeing the Good Neighbor hotel sign all week but never registered what that meant. There are only 15 hotels in all of Tokyo that offer this service, and we just happened to have been booked into one by the ad agency!

So that made it even easier to go ahead with our plans. We packed up all our stuff and checked out. I may or may not have made off with a year's supply of free slippers…

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The bus was a plush motorcoach like the ones they use for Magical Express in Florida.

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They even had Disney propaganda on a video loop—in English!

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The trip is not particularly scenic, but we were super-excited to see what it looked like outside of downtown.

It looked like blurry!
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We got really excited when we spotted the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, our home for the night. I can’t believe I thought it was a Ramada on the trip in from the airport, but, in all fairness, it was dark…

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This is where the buses drop you:

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I left Patrick to wait in this line while I took our luggage and checked into the hotel.


Check-in:

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I was given inactive room keycards and a map to our room location. We were told that the key cards would become active after the 4:30pm check-in time. They will only do this if you give them a "local" phone number on which you can be reached if things change—otherwise, you must go back to the desk and get active keycards at around 4:30pm. We assured them that they could reach us on my US cell phone, though, so they let us do it.

When I went over to buy our park passes at the end of the check-in desk, I was offered several types of passes not available on the TDR website or to the general public. These were:

2-day Park Hopper: ¥11,600
3-day Park Hopper: ¥14,500
4-day Park Hopper: ¥16,600

I wish I'd known about these ahead of time because we wouldn't have locked our schedule in to be all day at each park for the first 2 days. However, I have heard that this is just an occasional offer and they might not always have it.



The line at the park:

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A few characters came out…

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And suddenly everyone was standing!

Oh they look friendly now, but just wait til everyone starts throwing elbows on the way to Pooh's Hunny Hunt!

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I sashayed up bearing breakfast from the hotel sundries shop just a few minutes before park opening—because for some reason they opened it at 8am instead of the 8:30am posted on the web site. Good thing we'd left in plenty of time!

As soon as we passed through the turnstiles, we took off running with the crowds. Ordinarily most of us would have been heading for Monsters, Inc., but since it was closed, we all ran to Pooh's Hunny Hunt.

What I forgot is, I’m in no shape to be sprinting 5+ football fields at 8am! This is where it really hit me how much larger Tokyo Disneyland is than Disneyland and even the Magic Kingdom. My chest was burning and I began to drop back as we rounded the side of the castle—and the guy running next to me actually fell to the ground! The theme to "Chariots of Fire" was playing in my head as Patrick came up from the back of the pack and I passed him the baton (my park pass).

When he got to the FASTPASS machines for Pooh, every single one had someone feeding 10 or 15 park passes into it! FINALLY we got our FASTPASSes and hopped in the standby line, which only took 5 minutes.

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Me: "Don't stop to gawk at the theming! Just grab a picture of it to look at later!"

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The boarding area…

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"Oh man, this ride is already soooo much better than ours…"

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We only got one shot inside the ride, but it turned out pretty dang good considering we never stopped moving.

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I was skeptical—not a huge Pooh fan, frankly—but Pooh's Hunny Hunt really is as spectacular as they say. It wasn’t as frenetic as the spinning cars of Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, and you get spun around to different parts of the rooms each time you ride, so there’s always something new to see. Fabulous!

lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:29 PM
From there, we knew we'd better dash over to Big Thunder Mountain. And by "dash" I mean "amble along, stopping to take a bazillion pictures…"

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Sweet merciful crap—15 minutes after opening, the line was already 70 minutes long, and the line to get a FASTPASS stretched almost to Adventureland!

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Just to give you an idea, here is the end of the line to get a FASTPASS:

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And here is a map showing it in relation to the entrance of Big Thunder:

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Standby Line:

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We already had an FP for Pooh's Hunny Hunt, so we hopped in the standby line. We'd known going in that the parks would be Top Season-crowded, but to actually get there and not be able to tour with off-season ease took some getting used to. However, I gotta say, the standby lines were all managed so efficiently that they were constantly moving. So even though it took us almost an hour to get on the ride, we never had long stretches of standing and wondering when we’d ever get there.

Here is a collection of photos I call "Things Patrick Could See from the Standby Line":


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When we got to the fountain, we made our traditional Big Thunder Mountain wish (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=21635940&postcount=2). Since they only come true if you use a nickel, we were sure to use a ¥5 coin.



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More PSP-playing kids—why didn't we think of that?
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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:30 PM
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(It's going to be like this for most of the day—we didn't get on very many rides, and the lines were long, so we passed the time by exhaustively documenting the ones we did get on!)


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I thought it would be fun to shoot as many popcorn buckets as possible, but it turned out to be more difficult than I thought because they're usually moving!

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The Verdict: Big Thunder was FUN! And it felt longer than the one in the Magic Kingdom (which is already longer than the one at Disneyland). I really wish we'd had a chance to ride it again, but for the rest of the trip it was always out of FASTPASSes by the time we got there, and the standby line was hours long.

By this time our window had opened up so we went to get FASTPASSES for Splash Mountain. No, wait—Patrick went to get FPs and I went to see if I could get a reservation for lunch at Blue Bayou. I'd made all our dining reservations before we left town, but since we'd started the Disney trip a day earlier, they were all for the wrong park days now. However, I needn't have worried: We walked right in to every sit-down restaurant we tried for the whole week! I don't quite get it—the parks were packed, but the table-service restaurants were not. Maybe that kind of dining is not as popular in Japan as it is at the American parks?

What Patrick Saw Along the Way:

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We met up at Haunted Mansion, where the line took about 40 minutes and gave us time to shoot another bazillion pictures.

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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:31 PM
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What happened here?
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Why no, you HAVEN'T seen this angle before… why ever would you think that…?

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The long line also gave me a chance to try my first-ever Disney turkey leg cuz I was starving and it was something Patrick could hop out of line and grab easily. I s'pose now I'll have to try them in the US parks just to compare. We discovered that the flip side of all the crowding and pushing and shoving reported in the Japanese parks is that nobody bats an eye if you get in and out of line to do things like deliver turkey legs for your starving wife!

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Another victim of the aye-aye

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My eye started twitching when I saw this backward parenthesis. …Just when this copy editor was beginning to enjoy her three weeks of not being able to read stuff!

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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:32 PM
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(Sorry—I made Patrick take lots of pix of these cuz they were pink!)

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And we have one inside shot for you….

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So Haunted Mansion was interesting—it felt like a pre-renovation version of WDW’s Haunted Mansion… cuz it is. It was interesting to see what that one used to be like, but it seemed to need more music and sound effects.



After that we browsed the shops around the castle and poked around Tomorrowland. I really wish I remembered more about this part of the day—in fact, I wish I remembered more about Tokyo Disneyland, period. We only spent 1 1/2 days here, and while I wouldn't give up my 2 1/2 days in Tokyo DisneySea for anything, it makes me wish our first trip to the resort had been for 5 full park days instead of 4 days and an Ikspiari day on checkout. But they don't offer more than a 4-day park hopper. However, 4 days will probably feel like enough for a repeat visit.


Popcorn buckets!

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As close as we could get to the Snow White ride…

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Fairy Godmother? More like a FREAKY Godmother!

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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:34 PM
I can't believe I ran all that way!

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We were both quite taken with the entrance to Tomorrowland. I love the color combo!

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Quite, quite taken with it…
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I couldn't pass up this photo op…

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…And I couldn't capture it either—why didn't I shoot from directly in front, down at eye level?

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Looking back toward Tokyo DisneySea…

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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:35 PM
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Patrick pulls in for another day at the dream factory

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Our FASTPASS window was scheduled to open 5 minutes before our reservation at the Blue Bayou, so Patrick waited in the line for FASTPASSes at Space Mountain while I ran over to Adventureland to keep our reservation. I waited in the lobby and they were totally cool about him showing up about 10 minutes late.


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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:36 PM
The Blue Bayou felt a lot like the one at Disneyland, except the front row of tables is closer to the water. Most of our interior shots are not that great. I did some ham-fisted editing in Photobucket so you can see better, but…


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Lunch was great, and not too expensive! I'd heard so much about how pricey the food is at Tokyo Disney, but compared to Disneyland prices, we found it quite reasonable. I mean, look at that menu—even with the exchange rate, those prices are all still 10%-20% less than at the Blue Bayou in Disneyland or Le Cellier in Epcot. And we split a meal, so the bill only came to about ¥30—about what we'd pay at Café Orleans for a couple of Monte Cristos!

In fact, almost all of our table-service meals—even at Magellan's and the SS Columbia Dining Room—turned out to be cheaper than our counter-service meals because we ate at lunchtime and we split meals. If we'd had the sense to split our counter-service meals, we would have saved even more money.

Seafood a la Nage: Shrimp, scallops, and clams in a seafood broth: ¥609

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Salmon, snow crab, and scallops au gratin: ¥1,764

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Dessert Medley – Crème brulee, banana mousse, chocolate pecan tart, fresh fruit: ¥630

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After lunch we poked around the New Orleans Square area. It was eerie how, in certain spots, you would swear you were in Disneyland, but then it would fade out and you'd be back in the Bizzaro World version.


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OK, that's definitely not supposed to be there!

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An interesting choice of merchandise for New Orleans Square

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Off to Adventureland!

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Oh man—if this were Magic Kingdom, those people would be TOTALLY soaked!

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Our destination was the Enchanted Tiki Room. We are big fans of the original version, and we hate the Magic Kingdom's "Under New Management" version with the intensity of a thousand exploding suns. We were hoping Tokyo Disneyland's Stitch-takeover version would at least fall somewhere between the two.

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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:37 PM
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Does that guy have some kind of a frog on his belly, or is he just happy to see us?
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Hmmm… looks like even Stitch didn't want to stay for the show…
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Um… what?
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I held my breath to see if Patrick would get up and start to walk out like he did when we saw The Tiki Room – Under New Management, but he stayed put. Basically, as long as no one utters the phrase "Who turned out the lights," he's good…


Stitch's version of the Tiki Room was much better than Iago's, but it felt like it was missing something. The Stitch animatronic looked great but hardly did anything. I was expecting him to be a little more frisky.


Next, I got to show Patrick a part of Adventureland that I knew he was going to love: the Carl and Russell figures from "Up." You can tell how much he loved it by how many pictures he took!

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I also got a chance to use my Japanese when a group of girls asked us to take their picture in front of the vignette. When they said "Thank you" in English, we asked them how to say "You're welcome" in Japanese. And them Patrick finally figured out the meaning of the only mnemonic device he remembered from his previous trip to Japan: "Don't touch your moustache" stands for "dō itashi ma****e," or "You're welcome"!

Big Thunder FASTPASSes were sold out and we knew we wouldn't be walking on to any other E-Tickets that day, so we made our way to Tomorrowland for that short-line sure bet, Star Tours.


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Cinderella Castle in Tokyo…

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Cinderella Castle in Orlando!

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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:38 PM
As I predicted, Patrick adored the extended queue theming. Hope ya like Star Tours, cuz here come a bazillion pictures of it!

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The loading area…

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The exit queue…


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We still had time before our Splash FASTPASSes were good, so we headed over to Critter Country to explore the counter-service restaurant Grandma Sarah's Kitchen. So you know the kind of children's illustrations that show a cut-away of what it looks like underground where animals or bugs live? Patrick looooves those. This place is like one of those brought to life—it’s like a rabbit warren with little houses in the walls—so Patrick looooooved this restaurant. I was blown away with how much attention to detail they'd invested in a counter-service place—The Hungry Bear should be this cool!

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You enter in the upstairs seating area and then go downstairs for more seating and to place your order.


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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:39 PM
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There's also a small outdoor seating area that overlooks one of the Splash Mountain flumes, so logs go right by your table!

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Finally it was time to ride Splash Mountain. The queue was THE most impressive of any of the three versions we've seen, and I think the ride might be the best too. Every effect was working, the number of characters is second only to Disneyland's, and the whole environment was completely engrossing—you never saw the side lanes where they move logs in and out like you do at Disneyland. Even better, they appeared to have turned off some of the splashier effects due to the cold and cloudy weather, which made the ride that much more pleasant.


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Critter Country is devoted entirely to Splash and Grandma Sarah's Kitchen, but there were a few interesting things to shoot on our way out.

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I wonder if Japanese ducks also prefer Cheetos (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=23724620&postcount=338)


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What the…? Where did THIS fruity nonsense come from?! Well I know I sure as heck didn't buy it!

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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:40 PM
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This is what I bought, mostly for the adorable plate. The cake tasted like… soft!
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I took Patrick back to the Room o' Cash Registers and tried to convince him that they had once been jam-packed with people.

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Then I took him to the sweet shop and described the empty shelves and throngs of tourists. I'm not sure he bought it—the place looked pristine!


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While Patrick's childhood fave was cut-away scenes of life underground, mine was things made out of CANDY!

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Check out the 3-D Winnie the Pooh balloons—why don't we have those?

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Eeeeeeee! Club 33!
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This is one place we'd really have loved to compare, cuz we think its American counterpart is totally overrated

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If these had been for sale, Patrick would have bought two

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This is all we (accidentally) saw of the afternoon parade. Sorry!

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lurkyloo
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At this point we were just killing time until our outrageously late 4:30pm check-in at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. (Well, they let us check in that morning, but our room keycards wouldn't be active til 4:30pm.) I mean, even DVC lets you check in at 4pm!

So we lurked around the lobby and took some more pictures…

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They have a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Tokyo too—apparently the urge to look like a pageant contestant is universal!

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Here's Canna again… we're getting closer, but I think the best photos will come in a few days when we actually eat there.

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I wish we had closeups of all of these rooms… but I'll bet you don't!

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Can you tell Patrick reeeeaally wanted to go upstairs to the room?

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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:42 PM
We were soooo tired from getting up early and going to bed late that we went up to the room (which they'd shown us on a map when we checked in) and tried the door with our key card starting at about 4:28pm. When it still wouldn't open at 4:34pm, I wandered the halls til I found a bellhop and asked her for help.

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Magically, at 4:37pm, our key worked and we got into our opulent park-view room—Disney officially calls it a Standard Superior Room (Park Grand View) (5th-6th Floors). It was practically a suite, with a little hall, a huge main room, a giant shower/tub room, the vanity area, and a separate toilet room.

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The bathroom had a soaking tub and a hand held/stationary shower—no need for a curtain cuz the whole room acted as a shower!

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Soon-to-be-stolen toiletries

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Another year's supply of slippers!

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I don't think you're s'posed to take these…

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This was the absolute coolest amenity in the room, and when we got one at all three Disney hotels, we began to wonder if maybe fruit is a delicacy or in short supply in Japan…?

There was even a finger bowl!

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I sorta feel like we did our Disney hotels backward by starting with the newest. Before, I'd always thought Mira Costa would be my favorite, and then the Disneyland Hotel, and then the Ambassador. But after actually staying in all three, the order got kinda mixed up. Because it's older, Mira Costa's rooms turned out not to be as large or as nice as Tokyo Disneyland's. On the other hand, the Ambassador's rooms turned out to be much nicer than I'd expected, probably because I had this preconceived notion that the Ambassador was going to be weakly themed and generic like the Paradise Pier or Disneyland Hotel in California. More on that later… back to the Disneyland Hotel!

I was really impressed! I am not a huge fan of Victorian décor, but it's very tasteful and understated at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. And the guest amenities more closely mirror those at the American Disney hotels—like the little sundries shop where you could get refrigerated meals and snacks, and the guest laundry room. Neither Mira Costa nor the Ambassador had these. The laundry turned out to be the biggest deal because I had been banking on washing all our clothes halfway through our trip. Unfortunately, I didn't find out that none of the other hotels had a laundry room until we'd checked into Mira Costa (be glad you didn't have to sit next to us at any time in the following weeks!).

The only thing that disappointed me about the hotel was the "Park Grand View." We'd booked so last-minute that it was the only room type left, except for actual suites. Now if I'd bothered to look at a map of the resort beforehand, I would have seen that the hotel does not sit over the entrance to Disneyland like it does in Paris and is all the way behind the monorail station. But I didn't, so I was expecting the Park Grand View to be some fantastic view down Main Street (OK, again, forgetting that there is a ROOF over Main Street!... I was kinda distracted in the weeks leading up to the trip!).

Instead, we saw this:

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With zoom:

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OK, admittedly, it's not like our Dumpster-view room at Wilderness Lodge. But given the choice, there is no WAY I would ever again pay hundreds of extra dollars a night just to see a monorail station and some roofs with a tiny castle in the background. And this is coming from someone who considers the phrase "The hotel is just for sleeping between park-hopping" to be sacrilege—I am all for nice amenities and nice views! At MiraCosta, I would splurge for the park view. Here, I would save my pennies and take whatever is cheapest—you're still in the nicest hotel at the resort!


So what was the first thing we did when we got to the largest room we'd ever see in Japan? Take a nap! This is what it looked like when we woke up:

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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:43 PM
Then it was back out to find some dinner. We headed for the Queen of Hearts banquet hall so Patrick could shoot the amazing theming. (I have to warn you—a lot of our night shots are kinda blurry. This is prolly because I never stop marching Patrick around the parks long enough to get a really good picture… Bad wife!)


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I botched this one in Photobucket—sorry!

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I smell a Facebook profile pic!

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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:44 PM
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We decided to get two meals and each eat half so we could try stuff out. We got the Flank Steak with Gravy and the Fried Seafood Assortment with Tartar Sauce, although it was hard to pass up the unappealingly named Heart-shaped Meat Patty with Tomato-Brown Sauce! (¥1,280)

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That heart-shaped processed cheese is either really cute or really gross!

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Fried Seafood Assortment with Tartar Sauce: ¥1,180 (cake…? what cake?!)

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Flank Steak with Gravy: ¥1,410

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These were really good for counter-service food, and I declared it an all-around great dining experience. After dinner we walked right on to Small World, which was fabulous—and you get so close to the sets!


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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:44 PM
We got off the ride just in time to walk up to the Dreamlights Electrical Parade. Again, I'm not a big parade fan, and I'm sorta mystified by the appeal of SpectroMagic and even the Main Street Electrical Parade. I mean, OK, lights. I like lights! You should see me at Christmas! But these parades always feel kinda cheesy and dated to me, and definitely not as spectacular as they should be considering they're covered in lights. Anyway, after seeing Legend of Mythica rewrite the book on water pageants, I had a hunch this one was going to be good too.


It was starting to rain, but bless that Patrick—he stood out in it to shoot the parade for me while I stood on a porch in Frontierland.

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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:45 PM
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I liked this parade so much that (I can't believe I'm admitting this) later in the trip I actually purchased my first-ever PINS, which depicted two of the floats. But that's only cuz they're made with some kind of magical sparkly stuff that must not be available in the States because I've never ever seen pins this beautiful before!


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Then we cashed in our Pooh FASTPASSes before dashing to Main Street to find a covered spot from which to watch the fireworks.


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OK, so… it's about Tokyo Disney's fireworks… We'd been warned that they just did one show visible from both parks and it wasn't as spectacular as the ones in the States. But we needed to see for ourselves. Plus, this was TOKYO—everything Disney is better here, right? WRONG!!!

The fireworks were HIGH-larious! They only lasted a few minutes, were not synced to the music, and were about as interesting as something put on at a high school football game half-time. If you blink, you miss them. In fact, they even have a voice-over that announces the grand finale because otherwise you will think they are just getting warmed up! It became a running gag whenever we saw the first firework of the night to intone "And NOW… the THRILLING conclusion of 'Disney Magic in the Sky'!!!"


By the time you are done viewing these photos, the actual fireworks show will have been over for 15 minutes


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Ooooh!
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Ahhhhh!
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Oh.
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Huh.
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Yeah…
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"And NOW… the THRILLING conclusion of 'Disney Magic in the Sky'!!!"

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It was actually kind of refreshing to find an Achilles heel among all the unending perfection surrounding us. And it meant we had one less "must-do" on our list every night—another bonus!

Off we went to cash in our Space Mountain FASTPASSes! The queue was great—sort of like the alien version of Disneyland's Space Mountain. The ride was good, but it had no music in the cars and for some reason felt faster than our version.

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lurkyloo
06-13-2010, 07:46 PM
As reported, the park does begin to clear out after Dreamlights, plus the rain was helping. We were able to knock out a bunch of Fantasyland rides before park closing. We may have been imagining it at Space Mountain, but the Fantasyland rides were definitely faster than ours in the States—maybe to help cut down the long lines?


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Kawaii!!!

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Our last ride of the night was Haunted Mansion.

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Then we got to go back to the hotel and take the best showers EVER!

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Night-night, Tokyo Disneyland!
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Up Next: Moving to Hotel MiraCosta + First Day at Tokyo DisneySea!

rockstargeisha
06-13-2010, 08:18 PM
Whew, what an update! That must have taken you a heck of a long time. Thank you again for sharing your trip with us.

First off I am so in love with all the food porn! I can't believe the Japanese have managed to make a cheeseburger patty adorable!

Their Critter Country looks so precious. I love that seating area that looks onto Splash Mtn. riders. So neat!

That hotel room is gorgeous! I love the teacups and toiletries. Is that also a hot water pot I see? How convenient!

Great post!!

JustMickey
06-13-2010, 09:33 PM
Wow, loved this update! I was LOLing at the "Freaky Godmother" and your commentary on the fireworks show! Would love to go there someday.

NessieBird
06-13-2010, 09:44 PM
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The horror....but is that a misspelling in the text of the book? Halfway down, on the near page: "...Winnie ther Pooh..." I can't imagine no one caught that (or it was too late)? I'm unsettled! There are no mistakes at Disney! :cutie:

On another note, your reports are the best! I've lurked and read each one, but never commented before. You're sort of a legend, so...a bit intimidating. Keep up the great work! :yay:

ChrisFL
06-13-2010, 11:31 PM
The horror....but is that a misspelling in the text of the book? Halfway down, on the near page: "...Winnie ther Pooh..." I can't imagine no one caught that (or it was too late)? I'm unsettled! There are no mistakes at Disney! :cutie:

I found this...

http://everything2.com/title/Winnie-ther-Pooh

So I guess it's accurate!

IndayMichelle
06-14-2010, 12:09 AM
I'm done lurking. I had to thank you. My DBF has been trying to convince that we should go to Japan. I didn't want to go because a) it's sooo expensive there, b) he 's been there before, and c) I want our next trip to Asia to be Cambodia or Vietnam.

The I saw your TR. I HAVE TO GO THERE. I told DBF that we could go next year if he would promise me at least two Disney days. It's a go. I'm going next year! And I am going badger you with questions and beg for advice! So excited!

Also, DBF is a CM with the Walt Disney Interactive Media Group and just informed me that we do not get free passes to go, nor do we get a discount at the hotels there. When I asked why, he said it was because the park and property are managed by Disney, but not owned by Disney. How does that work??? Craziness....the mouse doesn't run the joint???

Princess_K
06-14-2010, 12:10 AM
Hi, Carrie -- I thoroughly enjoyed this post and loved all the photos. Your attention to detail is great! Looking forward to the next update!

ChrisFL
06-14-2010, 06:59 AM
Also, DBF is a CM with the Walt Disney Interactive Media Group and just informed me that we do not get free passes to go, nor do we get a discount at the hotels there. When I asked why, he said it was because the park and property are managed by Disney, but not owned by Disney. How does that work??? Craziness....the mouse doesn't run the joint???

Correct. Oriental Land Company owns the parks...the Disney part is actually more like a licensing agreement. CM's from the other parks do not get any privileges at TDL.

Then again, OLC spends a LOT more money on their parks than Disney does on thiers, so I think it's a GOOD thing.

torsie24
06-14-2010, 07:42 AM
Great update! Thank you Carrie. :goodvibes

I can't wait to hear all about DisneySea.

Why oh why can't that awesome light parade come to WDW/DLRP?

onelilspark
06-14-2010, 08:08 AM
When I first read it, I thought it was the skirt steak that came with the tartar sauce :rotfl: My bad.

NessieBird
06-14-2010, 10:24 AM
I found this...

http://everything2.com/title/Winnie-ther-Pooh

So I guess it's accurate!

Phew! Thanks, ChrisFl! I feel much more settled. :thumbsup2

PopArtGal
06-14-2010, 10:32 AM
the fairy godmother looks sooooooooooo frightening!

Tomorowland looks so great!!

Disneygrl36
06-14-2010, 10:55 AM
O M G now that is what you call a mega update!!!!! Great as always.

I am still having a hard time getting used to seeing Main Street with a roof.
That fairy godmother..........couldn't they do that a little better?????:scared1:

Stitch ears on tiki birds? :confused:

Loved, loved, loved the Carl & Russell vignette.:love:

The cutest windows EVER too!!!!

WOW that Queen of Hearts restaurant is AMAZING. Love the theming. So beautiful.

DreamLights..........those floats are simply beautiful....even the big cat butt.:lmao:

Fireworks.........:confused3 I would have expected theirs to be spectacular. Oh well...guess they can't one up the US parks on everything.

Disneyland Hotel looks gorgeous...love all the details in your room & in the lobby.

Thanks for all the time you take to let us live vicariously through you Carrie & for Patricks mad photo skills in capturing it all.

PopArtGal
06-14-2010, 11:02 AM
The queen of hearts restaurant is the cutest! and what about all these desserts in which you get to keep the plate, or cup!!

That "dreamlights" parade looks beautiful!

Chilly
06-14-2010, 11:08 AM
Best update ever!

lurkyloo
06-14-2010, 11:29 AM
That hotel room is gorgeous! I love the teacups and toiletries. Is that also a hot water pot I see? How convenient!

Totally! When it comes to tea, the Japanese have got all your bases covered!

Wow, loved this update! I was LOLing at the "Freaky Godmother" and your commentary on the fireworks show! Would love to go there someday.

:teeth: I calls it as I sees it!



On another note, your reports are the best! I've lurked and read each one, but never commented before. You're sort of a legend, so...a bit intimidating. Keep up the great work! :yay:

Welcome out of lurkdom! :flower3: I love it when people join in the conversation, so I'll have to think of a way to be less intimidating.... Maybe if I posted more pictures of myself first thing in the morning, all disheveled and befuddled...

I found this...

http://everything2.com/title/Winnie-ther-Pooh

So I guess it's accurate!

I'm glad that turned out not to be a typo, cuz I don't think I could handle seeing two in one day!

I'm done lurking. I had to thank you. My DBF has been trying to convince that we should go to Japan. I didn't want to go because a) it's sooo expensive there, b) he 's been there before, and c) I want our next trip to Asia to be Cambodia or Vietnam.

The I saw your TR. I HAVE TO GO THERE. I told DBF that we could go next year if he would promise me at least two Disney days. It's a go. I'm going next year! And I am going badger you with questions and beg for advice! So excited!

Also, DBF is a CM with the Walt Disney Interactive Media Group and just informed me that we do not get free passes to go, nor do we get a discount at the hotels there. When I asked why, he said it was because the park and property are managed by Disney, but not owned by Disney. How does that work??? Craziness....the mouse doesn't run the joint???

Greetings, former lurker! :wave2: I'm so excited that you've been convinced to go to TDR. As ChrisFL explained, it's actually a *good* thing that Disney doesn't manage the Japan parks and it's the reason they are so much better (in many respects) than the other parks around the world.

What I don't understand is how Disney can see the example set by OLC—the pristine parks with constantly updated and enhanced attractions and the hordes of people paying top dollar to see them—and not try to emulate it. If ever there was a classic case of the adage "you have to spend money to make money," this is it! Yet Disney seems to think they need nothing more than a borrowed parade and a recycled fireworks show to compete with the new Harry Potter land at Universal? And they let Future World languish as a hodgepodge of empty buildings with a few character-based patches applied because people still seem to like World Showcase?

Hi, Carrie -- I thoroughly enjoyed this post and loved all the photos. Your attention to detail is great! Looking forward to the next update!

Thanks! Hopefully the next one won't have 450 pictures! :cutie:

Great update! Thank you Carrie.
I can't wait to hear all about DisneySea.

Why oh why can't that awesome light parade come to WDW/DLRP?

I know! I guess it's because, like I was blathering about above, Disney takes an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach. Enough people still come to see creaky old SpectroMagic that they don't think they need anything as cool and expensive as Dreamlights, I guess. And, as an American, I feel I must personally apologize to you for the way they phoned in Walt Disney Studios in Paris! :rotfl:

When I first read it, I thought it was the skirt steak that came with the tartar sauce :rotfl: My bad.

Mmm... steak 'n' tartar sauce..... :crazy2:



DreamLights..........those floats are simply beautiful....even the big cat butt.:lmao:

I KNOW! Having seen some of the Japanese toy cats, I half expected the cheshire cat to have a little x in the back under his tail! :lmao:

The queen of hearts restaurant is the cutest! and what about all these desserts in which you get to keep the plate, or cup!!


Yes! I had to have that cup, although I still have no idea what to do with it besides, you know, drink. Maybe keep rings in it?

Best update ever!

Well thanks! :goodvibes

MA pigletfan
06-14-2010, 12:13 PM
AMAZING update!! I cannot even comment on everything because my post would be too long! Just love the dreamlights..and the pins! I absolutely adored the UP vignette...so darn cute, I wish they would add something "UPish" to WDW somewhere...
The detail in that park..WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

NeverlandClub23
06-14-2010, 01:00 PM
If you REALLY want to impress us how about a "I rode Haunted Mansion in Toyko Disney, Disneyland, AND Disney World in one day" trip report? :rolleyes1

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your TR AND all of Patrick's amazing pictures!! I have one as wallpaper on my computer now (the single pink "poofy" flower) and the lavender tulips to be used in the future. Gorgeous! They look so professional (or at least as professional as the wallpaper pictures that already come attached to the computer ;) ).

jsilvers
06-14-2010, 01:19 PM
Critter Country is devoted entirely to Splash and Grandma Sarah's Kitchen, but there were a few interesting things to shoot on our way out.

Actually, you overlooked the Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes. But a group participation exercise may be problematic if you're not fluent in Japanese...

LittleStinkerbelle
06-14-2010, 02:22 PM
Wow, wow, wow -- fantastic update! I love the Russell and Carl statues. The hotel looks beautiful.

ForAandA
06-14-2010, 03:11 PM
Finally read the first 31 pages! You have such a great writing style. Cannot wait to read more!

MAGICFOR2
06-14-2010, 05:38 PM
Wow amazing update! I don't even know where to start! I'm amazed that TDL is so much like MK. It seems like Disney really got it right with this park! I loved Grandma Sarah's - what a cute place. It seems to be set up like Y&Y. I'm sorry you were disappointed with your park view. I loved seeing all the store fronts and food porn - just everything! Thanks for sharing so many details. Oh, and the Queen of Hearts! :thumbsup2 Patrick is such a ham!:rotfl2:

lurkyloo
06-14-2010, 06:44 PM
AMAZING update!! I cannot even comment on everything because my post would be too long! Just love the dreamlights..and the pins! I absolutely adored the UP vignette...so darn cute, I wish they would add something "UPish" to WDW somewhere...
The detail in that park..WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes! It seems like it would be fairly easy to stick those Up figures in Adventureland someplace—but wouldn't it be cool if they changed Soarin' to be Carl & Russell's flight to Tepu?! (I swiped that idea from my BIL)

If you REALLY want to impress us how about a "I rode Haunted Mansion in Toyko Disney, Disneyland, AND Disney World in one day" trip report?


Hmmm... let's see how that would work... we'd have to either ride it in Tokyo and then fly straight to Florida and back to LA on the same day. Because even if we rode it at 8am when the park opened here, I think with a 4-hour flight and 3-hour time difference... well, we might make it to MK's Haunted Mansion. Now ya got me thinkin! :teeth:

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your TR AND all of Patrick's amazing pictures!! I have one as wallpaper on my computer now (the single pink "poofy" flower) and the lavender tulips to be used in the future. Gorgeous! They look so professional (or at least as professional as the wallpaper pictures that already come attached to the computer ;) ).

Aww... he's gonna be pleased as punch when he hears that! :goodvibes

Actually, you overlooked the Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes. But a group participation exercise may be problematic if you're not fluent in Japanese...

Oh thank gawd we missed those—Patrick would *definitely* have wanted to do them, while I avoid doing actual work inside a theme park whenever possible. :lmao:

Wow, wow, wow -- fantastic update! I love the Russell and Carl statues. The hotel looks beautiful.

Yes! It's definitely one of the nicest we've ever stayed in and allllmost worth the money. :cutie:

Finally read the first 31 pages! You have such a great writing style. Cannot wait to read more!

Bless you for wading through so much! :hug:

WOh, and the Queen of Hearts! :thumbsup2 Patrick is such a ham!:rotfl2:

Tell me about it. :rolleyes:

lurkyloo
06-14-2010, 06:46 PM
I went back and added this to the post, but I thought I'd put it in here too. I realized I didn't describe the hotel check-in procedure—and the not-available-to-the-public tickets we were offered when I went to buy our park passes! Might be helpful to the planners....


When I checked in, I was given inactive room keycards and a map to our room location. We were told that the key cards would become active after the 4:30pm check-in time. They will only do this if you give them a "local" phone number on which you can be reached if things change—otherwise, you must go back to the desk and get active keycards at around 4:30pm. We assured them that they could reach us on my US cell phone, though, so they let us do it.

When I went over to buy our park passes at the end of the check-in desk, I was offered several types of passes not available on the TDR website or to the general public. These were:

2-day Park Hopper: ¥11,600
3-day Park Hopper: ¥14,500
4-day Park Hopper: ¥16,600

I wish I'd known about these ahead of time because we wouldn't have locked our schedule in to be all day at each park for the first 2 days. However, I have heard that this is just an occasional offer and they might not always have it.

Vallie
06-14-2010, 08:46 PM
I'm just in awe!!!

Just a quick question... when would you say is a slower time of year to go to Tokyo Disney/Disney Sea?

Also any helpful planning websites on Tokyo and Tokyo disney you could provide?!

Thanks!

IndayMichelle
06-15-2010, 01:18 AM
When I went over to buy our park passes at the end of the check-in desk, I was offered several types of passes not available on the TDR website or to the general public. These were:

2-day Park Hopper: ¥11,600
3-day Park Hopper: ¥14,500
4-day Park Hopper: ¥16,600


That's a reasonable price. That's less than park hopper passes at DLR. What's the catch? Are there exclusions?

A-T-G
06-15-2010, 04:21 AM
That is truly the MUTHA of all updates! Thanks! I'm itching to go to Tokyo Disney - it's actually the ONLY park(s) DH is really excited about. As long as I let him bankrupt us in Tokyo with toy purchases, I can play at Tokyo DL for as long as I can get him out of work!

Great pics! My compliments to your photographer (he'll be a Root rival in no time). Just stop teasing me with all the pics of adorable desserts on the most covetable plates I've ever seen! Ya killin' me!

Quick question - does the Tiki room in Tokyo Disney serve a Dole Whip Float?

corgi_monster
06-15-2010, 04:50 AM
OMG I love your trip report! I just got back from TDR and your pics are bringing back so many memories. *runs to pull out Duffy and all other TDL paraphernalia*

disney_princess_85
06-16-2010, 05:27 AM
Great update! :worship:

I actually made notes so I wouldn't forget which bits I wanted to mention... sad, right? :rotfl:

HOW amazing is the theming for Grandma Sara's Kitchen and the QoH Banquet Hall?! I love the heart-shaped meat and cheese- shame I can't eat it myself!

The Tokyo Disneyland Hotel looks awesome. The toiletries are so cute.

I like how the Up characters have a (well deserved) place in the park. I hope that MK/DLP/DL follow suit.

The park looks stunning at night. It's quite funny that the fireworks weren't very good. I agree that it's refreshing to see they can't do EVERYTHING better!

emmmms
06-16-2010, 10:43 PM
I can't even believe that post. I was scrolling down one page to get to the place I left off and it took about five minutes as your 10,000 awesome photos flew by. It's okay, though. I made some tea while I waited. :goodvibes

Agreed the fairy godmother is really, really, really, really weird. Can't figure that one out.

And that white appliance in the hotel room, that's a water kettle, right? Because it looks a lot like a rice cooker to me, but that just seems crazy. I know rice is an important part of the culture and all, but still, cooking rice in a hotel room seems overkill. Maybe it can do both? :confused3

Thanks for the update! I had just been hankering for a dose of Tokyo Disney, and you sure delivered!

megan

lurkyloo
06-17-2010, 10:40 AM
I'm just in awe!!!

Just a quick question... when would you say is a slower time of year to go to Tokyo Disney/Disney Sea?

Also any helpful planning websites on Tokyo and Tokyo disney you could provide?!

Thanks!

Hi! Let's see... I go by the seasons listed for each of Tokyo Disney's hotels—they are slightly different by a few days at the different hotels, but basically, they say Value Season is Sundays–Thursdays in all of April and May, except the first week of each month; Sundays–Thursdays in June and the first half of July; Sundays–Thursdays in the last 3 weeks of January, all of February, and the first 3 weeks of March.

Of those times, April seems to have the best weather, so that's prolly when we'll go again. October sounds fun, with good weather and Halloween decorations, but the weekdays are considered Regular season, so a bit pricey-er and more crowded.


That's a reasonable price. That's less than park hopper passes at DLR. What's the catch? Are there exclusions?


No catch or exclusions. They cost a little more than the 4-day pass for the general public, but all tickets cost less than they do in the US. We also found food and souvenir prices to be comparable. Really, it's only the flight and the hotels that kill ya. :)

As long as I let him bankrupt us in Tokyo with toy purchases, I can play at Tokyo DL for as long as I can get him out of work!

:rotfl2:

Quick question - does the Tiki room in Tokyo Disney serve a Dole Whip Float?

Eep! We didn't even look! I know I didn't see a stand for it, but maybe someplace else nearby serves them, like the Polynesian Terrace?

OMG I love your trip report! I just got back from TDR and your pics are bringing back so many memories. *runs to pull out Duffy and all other TDL paraphernalia*

:rotfl: You should have seen me at the local Japanese supermarket when we first got back—I was reverently touching all the Japanese food products and squeaking every time I saw something familiar.


Great update! :worship:

I actually made notes so I wouldn't forget which bits I wanted to mention... sad, right? :rotfl:

I love it! Specific feedback helps me know what people want to see more of!


I can't even believe that post. I was scrolling down one page to get to the place I left off and it took about five minutes as your 10,000 awesome photos flew by. It's okay, though. I made some tea while I waited. :goodvibes

:lmao:

And that white appliance in the hotel room, that's a water kettle, right? Because it looks a lot like a rice cooker to me, but that just seems crazy. I know rice is an important part of the culture and all, but still, cooking rice in a hotel room seems overkill. Maybe it can do both? :confused3

I'm pretty sure it was a tea kettle, but boy could we have saved on meals if it had been a rice cooker! :rotfl:

Aburns8
06-17-2010, 06:44 PM
Wow, what an update! You take the best pictures. And it was great to see Patrick modeling for some of them again :lmao:

I love The Haunted Mansion pics. I like how there were flowers everywhere. Plus, you were brave for trying a turkey leg. Those things make me nauseous. I am also beginning to believe that Japan has much better merchandise than in the states. I am so willing to go over there and having a shopping spree anytime!

Okay, that Fairy Godmother was scary! I guess they couldn't get someone who resembled her so they had to hire someone to wear a mask.

Tomorrowland seems very spacious! It just seems like you don't you don't have to move around like cattle. It is also good to know that The Enchanted Tiki Room isn't as bad as WDW. I love the original (and am glad that DL kept it) and I can't stand Iago's voice. It is like listening to fingernails on a chalkboard.

Those Carl and Russell figures were awesome! I would want to take them home! I also enjoyed your pictures of the window displays. That is one of the areas I always check out when I go to the parks. It seems like their displays are so much better. I just wonder if people in Japan pay more attention to them than we do in America?

They need a Queen of Hearts Banquet in one of the US parks! That was awesome! And the food, minus the heart patty, looked good.

I am glad to hear that the fireworks display was a disappointment. That park couldn't be the best at everything :) . Also, that Dreamlights Parade was awesome! The floats were beautiful! It would be nice if those would comer over here for a little while!

<3myfamily
06-18-2010, 04:27 PM
Coming out of lurkdom to say... WOW! Amazing pictures and amazing report!:thumbsup2

DizneyDogs
06-18-2010, 11:02 PM
I'm just in awe!!!

Just a quick question... when would you say is a slower time of year to go to Tokyo Disney/Disney Sea?

Also any helpful planning websites on Tokyo and Tokyo disney you could provide?!

Thanks!

Just to add to what lurkyloo said you also want to pay attention to their holidays and avoid those times as well. Like Golden Week which is usually the end of April beginning of May it's a mad house there then from what I understand. While Jan and Feb are slow months it's also very cold and this is the time when a lot of rides go into rehab.

For websites:

the official Tokyo website in both English and Japanese has lots of useful info (just use google translator on the Japanese site)
some others I like but they haven't been updated in a while but still give you the basics
http://www.tdrfan.com/
http://www.jtcent.com/main.php

for great aerial shots
www.themeparkguy.com
just type in Tokyo DisneySea or Tokyo Disneyland

this is a great website to see what merchandise has just been released you can click back through the months and see things that they released for certain rides, holidays and events they really go all out on their merchandise
http://magicdelivery.seesaa.net/archives/201005-1.html

DizneyDogs
06-18-2010, 11:57 PM
That's a reasonable price. That's less than park hopper passes at DLR. What's the catch? Are there exclusions?

The prices have actually dropped then what they used to be. For example in 2001 the 4 day pass (with park hopping on days 3 and 4) used to be $175 now it's around $150.

The other thing is they don't charge a separate admission for holiday events (unlike in the states where you have to pay extra for MNSSHP or MVMCP) For Halloween for example they have a special parade, added Halloween day and nighttime shows, fireworks etc. Plus specialized merchandise to fit the theme each year and it doesn't repeat year after year. It's a whole new theme the following year. The other cool thing is they have an elaborate display in front of the castle which changes every year. Here's just an example of the past few years Halloween displays but the whole park is decorated to the nines.

http://www.jtcent.com/disneyland/special/speh07/images/speh07p16.jpg
http://www.jtcent.com/disneyland/special/speh06/images/speh06d057.jpg
http://www.jtcent.com/disneyland/special/speh05/images/speh05d43.jpg

Some of the 2005 Halloween decorations were actually sent to Disneyland Anaheim for their decorations the following year but you had to ride the tram to see them.

The other thing they do is have an event/celebration going on almost all the time. Again there will be an elaborate display in the castle plaza and tons of merchandise and food items to correspond.

MAGICFOR2
06-19-2010, 12:48 AM
The prices have actually dropped then what they used to be. For example in 2001 the 4 day pass (with park hopping on days 3 and 4) used to be $175 now it's around $150.

The other thing is they don't charge a separate admission for holiday events (unlike in the states where you have to pay extra for MNSSHP or MVMCP) For Halloween for example they have a special parade, added Halloween day and nighttime shows, fireworks etc. Plus specialized merchandise to fit the theme each year and it doesn't repeat year after year. It's a whole new theme the following year. The other cool thing is they have an elaborate display in front of the castle which changes every year. Here's just an example of the past few years Halloween displays but the whole park is decorated to the nines.

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Some of the 2005 Halloween decorations were actually sent to Disneyland Anaheim for their decorations the following year but you had to ride the tram to see them.

The other thing they do is have an event/celebration going on almost all the time. Again there will be an elaborate display in the castle plaza and tons of merchandise and food items to correspond.

That's great information - fun pics too! Thanks for sharing.

curiouser
06-19-2010, 05:00 PM
Another great update! I am all-a-flutter at the Queen of Hearts banquet hall! I think I will eat nothing but unbirthday cake there.

So with the shower... did you have to sit on that bucket style thing and shower yourself?

I sympathize with your pain on the inverted quotation marks. The proofreading part of my job has positively ruined me for magazines, etc..

Dommiekazommie
06-20-2010, 07:05 AM
Omg!!! LOVING this report so far! Have spent the last few weeks lurking on tour wedding pj, trip reprt, Haunted mansion, and solo trip Reports. And now i'm all caught up on Tokyo! Phwww. But what am I going to read on the train fo an hour each way on the way to work now? I *heart* the e ticket ap.

So I just wanted to come out of lurkdom and say a hugggge thank you! I'm heading to Tokyo Disney in sepetrmber with my bff an your report is getting me so excited! And teaching me so much. Your much more informative than kevin yeas Tokyo Disney made easy.

When's your passporter e book due out? In dying to get a passprter, but with the exchange rate and shipping to aus, it comes to over $100 on borders and amazon. Still hunting tho, and over here we pay $60 for the 2007 edition in shops. Lol!

Patricks puppets are so cute. You monsters Inc pictures made me giggle out loud. And the animal in the donut! What is that thing?

Thanks again. And thanks for having me!

Can't wait til next Sunday for a new update.

And omg!!! Those sprinkles cupckaes look amazing!

PrincessShea
06-20-2010, 09:16 AM
Leaving Disneyland Paris, I swore off ever visiting non-USA parks again. It's that bad! But now catching up on your TR has me salivating again! You say June is a value month in Tokyo? Hmmm :surfweb: I think I can handle tsunami like rain if it means seeing all the cool stuff you are posting!

Vallie
06-22-2010, 02:05 AM
Hi! Let's see... I go by the seasons listed for each of Tokyo Disney's hotels—they are slightly different by a few days at the different hotels, but basically, they say Value Season is Sundays–Thursdays in all of April and May, except the first week of each month; Sundays–Thursdays in June and the first half of July; Sundays–Thursdays in the last 3 weeks of January, all of February, and the first 3 weeks of March.

Of those times, April seems to have the best weather, so that's prolly when we'll go again. October sounds fun, with good weather and Halloween decorations, but the weekdays are considered Regular season, so a bit pricey-er and more crowded.


Sounds good... I'm moving to Australia for a year in two weeks (eeeep!!) with the boyfriend for teachers college and I have a 4 month break from november-feb so we're trying to get to Tokyo within those months, since we're over on that side of the world! looks like the last 3 weeks of janurary is a good place to start looking into!

Thanks so much :)

lurkyloo
06-23-2010, 03:32 AM
They need a Queen of Hearts Banquet in one of the US parks! That was awesome! And the food, minus the heart patty, looked good.

Also, that Dreamlights Parade was awesome! The floats were beautiful! It would be nice if those would comer over here for a little while!

Agreed on both counts! They should put a Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall in with the Fantasyland expansion... though I guess it'll be nice to see the new thing with Beauty and the Beast. And forget Main Street Electrical Parade - we need a clone of Dreamlights!

Coming out of lurkdom to say... WOW! Amazing pictures and amazing report!:thumbsup2

Greetings! I'm so glad to know you're enjoying it! :goodvibes



this is a great website to see what merchandise has just been released you can click back through the months and see things that they released for certain rides, holidays and events they really go all out on their merchandise
http://magicdelivery.seesaa.net/archives/201005-1.html

Oooh - I need to check that one out. We had to keep tracking down that magazine they release with all the seasonal merch listed.


The other thing they do is have an event/celebration going on almost all the time. Again there will be an elaborate display in the castle plaza and tons of merchandise and food items to correspond.

We definitely noticed this—on the last day of our trip we went back to see what they'd done to change TDS over for spring, and it was jaw-dropping the way the place had been transformed in just a week. I mean, the fountain in Arabian Coast had entirely different sculpted figures!


So with the shower... did you have to sit on that bucket style thing and shower yourself?

:rotfl: We just moved it outta the way and pretended we were using an American shower. But I think the bucket is somehow involved in the scrubbing that goes on before the soaking in the tub.

Phwww. But what am I going to read on the train fo an hour each way on the way to work now?

How about my Christmas report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2200943)? :teeth:

So I just wanted to come out of lurkdom and say a hugggge thank you! I'm heading to Tokyo Disney in sepetrmber with my bff an your report is getting me so excited! And teaching me so much. Your much more informative than kevin yeas Tokyo Disney made easy.

When's your passporter e book due out? In dying to get a passprter, but with the exchange rate and shipping to aus, it comes to over $100 on borders and amazon. Still hunting tho, and over here we pay $60 for the 2007 edition in shops. Lol!!

Yay! I'm glad the report is helpful. The Tokyo Disney PassPorter may not be out before September. But when it does come out, it will be an e-book, so you can easily buy it online for regular US retail price and download it right to your computer! I can't believe the prices you have to pay on Amazon, etc.! :scared1:

Leaving Disneyland Paris, I swore off ever visiting non-USA parks again. It's that bad! But now catching up on your TR has me salivating again! You say June is a value month in Tokyo? Hmmm :surfweb: I think I can handle tsunami like rain if it means seeing all the cool stuff you are posting!


Oh no! Don't let DLP scare you away—I think it's the anomaly! You are gonna adore Tokyo Disney! :goodvibes

Sounds good... I'm moving to Australia for a year in two weeks (eeeep!!) with the boyfriend for teachers college and I have a 4 month break from november-feb so we're trying to get to Tokyo within those months, since we're over on that side of the world! looks like the last 3 weeks of janurary is a good place to start looking into!

Yay! Glad I could help! It sounds like it's pretty easy to get there from Australia. I'd prolly go every chance I could. :lmao: Have fun!

lurkyloo
06-23-2010, 03:33 AM
Today was our first day at Tokyo DisneySea! As I will say time and again in this trip report, this was a moment I had been waiting to experience for 10 years. (Like the one about traveling alllll the way to Japan, this eventually came to be an excuse to do, eat, and buy just about anything over the course of the trip!)

I was sooooo excited to see this masterpiece of Disney Imagineering married to Oriental Land Company's extravagant spending. And I was dying to remember what it felt like to walk into a Disney park I'd never been in before. So why is the first paragraph of my journal entry for this day composed entirely of swears?

Because for all my open-mindedness and going with the flow in the Tokyo portion of our trip, I still had a rigid view of what makes the perfect Disney day—and I forgot that I would no longer be the commando park-touring expert I am in the States. We did so much fun stuff this day, but in between I was ruining it for myself by getting frustrated about not knowing where anything was and the absolute best way to see and do it all! Add to that 8 hours spent in the freezing rain with only a sweatshirt and (eventually) a poncho, and then the realization toward the end of the night that I was getting ill, and I pretty much spent the whole day not enjoying myself because I was stressed out about not enjoying myself! Consider this a cautionary tale…

We woke up early so there would be time to check out of the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and into Hotel Mira Costa and still have 45 minutes or an hour to wait in line before Tokyo DisneySea opened. Checkout went very smoothly (except for the part when I momentarily stopped breathing as I signed a bill for more money than I'd ever spent on a single night in a hotel EVER). We were able to leave all our luggage (and our jackets—what were we thinking?!) with Bell Services to transfer over to Mira Costa. From there, we went to catch the monorail to Tokyo DisneySea/Hotel Mira Costa using the free 3-day monorail passes given to us by Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.

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There are Pasmo/Suica swipers on Disney's monorail station gates
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Today, no Lurkyloos for you, Disneyland!
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I love that they tell you how long til the next monorail. The longest wait I saw was 6 minutes
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More gratuitous pictures of Mickey-shaped hand straps…
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Allow me to demonstrate how one uses a Mickey-shaped monorail hand strap
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My first bad idea of the day was to tell Patrick to go wait in line at the gate while I ran to the hotel to check us in and grab breakfast at Mira Costa's sundries store. This would have been a good idea if we had both had a phone, and I now think we should have just spent the extra dough to keep Patrick's Japanese cell phone for our entire trip. (In fact, I've gone back and edited the second post of this trip report to include a section on using cell phones in Japan, cuz this was another confusing part of planning that required some research.)


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OK, I know it looks huge in this pic, but I was surprised how cramped the lobby was. The ceiling is high, but the circumference of the rotunda is small. Also, the place reeked of cigarette smoke, something we hadn't noticed at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. Maybe cuz it's such close quarters?

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As I checked in, I was offered passes for us to use Mira Costa's private entrance into Tokyo DisneySea—completely unexpected because the Disneyland Hotel won't let you use park-entrance privileges until the morning after you check in—but we couldn't use them because I couldn't call Patrick to get him to hop out of line and meet me. Another thing about check-in: I couldn't get them to give us monorail passes for longer than 2 days, even though Tokyo Disneyland Hotel gave us 3-day passes for a 1-night stay. I was trying to get coverage for our whole trip, since the last night would be at the Ambassador and, I assumed, not include monorail passes because it's not on the monorail (now however, I'm not so sure—they may still give them out since there's a station on the other side of the mall from the hotel).

After I checked in, I located Mira Costa's sundries store, which turned out to be about 1/4 the size of the one at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. It had no refrigerated food and slim pickins in the packaged food department. I think I got us cereal bars. I took the long breezeway from the front of MiraCosta back toward the monorail station and then went downstairs to the gate to look for Patrick. But when I got there, the crowd was a sea of umbrellas and I couldn't find him!

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I darted around bellowing his name and panicking for about 10 minutes before I realized there was ANOTHER entrance on the other side of the monorail station and he might be there. When I ran over there, I found him right away, because in Japan, even Patrick is a giant!

What he was looking at while I was freaking out
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lurkyloo
06-23-2010, 03:34 AM
I passed the rest of our time in line being grumpy, til eventually the race gates opened and we were all dashing into Tokyo DisneySea! I wish we'd stopped to take a picture of this—it was hilarious: As this huge crowd is surging into the park, cast members are standing at various points along the path smiling and waving and politely murmuring things that apparently translate as "Run, please. Everybody run!" and "No walking. You there—pick up the pace!"

While most of the crowd peeled out to the left to go to Tower of Terror, we ran with a smaller group straight to Journey to the Center of the Earth. Patrick's brother got shots of this happening all over again when he was there the next day:

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We did our patented trick of getting FASTPASSes first and then immediately riding the ride—which seems to have been patented in Japan too, because everyone else was doing the same! It was crazy to stand there waiting for Patrick to get FASTPASSes and watch the return times increase every 30 seconds or so.

Because this ride is a journey to the center of the Earth, it is very dark inside, but Patrick managed to get a few pictures of the pre-show areas. The queue usually snakes by a research station and some elaborate display cases, but it was early enough that we bypassed these, much to Patrick's dismay. Little did he know we'd one day spend hours in the queue—plenty of time to take pictures then!



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Most of the queue is upstairs. It takes you to a set of industrial-looking elevators that will lower you miles down into the volcano to catch another ride further down into… the Center of the Earth!

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The elevators are a stroke of genius. The theming is pitch-perfect Jules Verne, and although you're probably only going down a couple of stories, the sound design and lighting changes make you feel like you're really going down as many levels as the indicator shows. The car shakes slightly, you hear the sounds of various kinds of machinery get louder and then softer as you pass them, a little bell whizzes by at each level, and bars of light scan up the walls at each "floor." When the elevator stops, there is a solid crunch, and if you hang back while the other guests spill out into the tunnel, you can hear dirt falling on the roof of the elevator car!

Cast Members stationed near the elevators direct you to one of the two sides of the ramp leading down to the car loading area (kind of like Space Mountain at Disneyland). You really feel like you're now miles under the earth, and you can hear machinery as workers excavate the surrounding caves.

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At the bottom of the ramp they load you onto these amazing vehicles that look like a cross between an ore cart and a train's observation car, with a sort of industrial-strength cow-catcher on the front. Here's a picture of one going into the tunnel. It was super dark so I did a Photobucket hatchet job on it... aw, heck—you still can't tell what it is!

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My first impression of the ride was "loud, fast, and too short" but that changed as we rode it 8 or 9 more times over the next few days. Don't give up on this ride if you're not impressed after one go. Every time you ride it, new details appear, and the thrilling part at the end just gets more and more exhilarating. (It's hard to believe JTTCOE was built on the same platform as Test Track—it is [20,000] leagues beyond Test Track in theming, storytelling, score, thrills… everything!)

Also, the first time we rode, we were sitting in the third row and couldn't really see anything. You have to sit in the front! Before we left I'd polled a couple of Japanese-speaking friends to learn the best way to ask, "May we sit in the front row, please?" But I mangled the pronunciation so badly that none of the CMs knew what I was asking for. We eventually paired it down to "ichiban seki?" which means "First seat?" and got the front row every time!

Our next stop was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The queue is covered but outdoors and spirals around one corner of the lagoon inside Mysterious Island.

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lurkyloo
06-23-2010, 03:35 AM
When we got to the loading area, we must've accidentally asked for our own ride car while trying to ask to sit in “front”—probably since there kinda isn't a "front" in these ride cars—cuz they put us in one all by ourselves. Whoops! The cars are arranged with three benches that seat 2 people each: one in front of the car's center window, and two at opposite angles in the windows on the sides. You see different areas of the sets depending on which window you sit in, so try to ride in a different place each time.

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When I was planning the trip, I kept getting 20,000 Leagues and Journey to the Center of the Earth confused because they were both elaborately themed Jules Verne adventures we don't have in the States. Once you've ridden them, you'll never confuse them. While JTTCOE becomes a thrilling high-speed adventure, 20KL (I think just invented that abbreviation) is a classic elaborately themed dark ride. I'm sure the thrill-seekers think it's boring, and we hardly ever needed FASTPASSes for it, but we adored it. The theming is fantastic, the music is lush and evocative, and [SPOILER?] the dry-for-wet effect is so good, Patrick didn't even know we hadn't actually gone underwater until I mentioned it after our second ride.

Our next step was to make reservations for lunch at Magellan's, the super-fancy Mediterranean restaurant in Fortress Explorations, which hangs off the side of Mount Prometheus.

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From there we ambled over to American Waterfront to pick up FASTPASSes for Tower of Terror.

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We briefly poked into the Tower of Terror gift shop, which is designed to look like it's been set up in the mansion's indoor pool. Plenty more pictures of that later!

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Our next destination was Lost River Delta to do the single-rider line at Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull. Along the way, we were bewitched by the luscious scent of strawberry popcorn emanating from this cart.

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*I* almost bought some, and I don't even like strawberry!


I have never been more thankful to be tall…
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On to Lost River Delta!

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Tokyo DisneySea only offers single rider on three rides—Indy, 20KL and the coaster Raging Spirits—and it isn't always open. In this case, being at TDS in Top Season worked in our favor, cuz on that day, it was open!

The standby line snakes around outside before snaking around even more inside!
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The inside of the temple is stunning. I know I'm repeating myself, but the scale, the interactive bits in the queue, the attention to detail… our minds were being BLOWN!

There's a big hole in the ceiling!
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And here are the remains of all those who fell through the big hole in the ceiling!
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I'll have lots more pictures later in the report, but suffice it to say… sure, I guess you could say Tokyo DisneySea's Indy ride is just like the one in Disneyland—if everything in the one at Disneyland actually WORKED! Did you know that a laser is supposed to shoot out of the giant skull's eye in the main room and blow something up right by your car? I didn't until we rode Indy at TDS. And there's none of this "just paint some stuff and hit it with black light cuz we ran outta moolah" business—everything is carved and sculpted and 3D and, well, finished. There's also a neat alternative effect before the ball scene that just knocked our socks off.

Back outside, we continued along the path toward Arabian Coast, past two elaborately themed counter-service restaurants, right next to each other! This was another difference we noticed in Tokyo: Not only are there at least twice as many restaurants in the parks, but they are all OPEN! Maybe it's because it was Top Season. But I can't help but think that management at the US parks would never put two counter-service restaurants both serving BBQ fare right next to each other and across the river from a ginormous Mexican restaurant, and then theme them all to the hilt. They'd put in one BBQ/TexMex joint and then only open it after noon, on weekends, in the summer….

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Our next stop was Raging Spirits, and off-the-shelf coaster with fabulous curb appeal and not much going on behind the façade, story-wise. People had tried to warn us it was lame, but we had to see it was lame for ourselves. I'm warning you: It's LAME!!!

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The most exciting thing about Raging Spirits is the part where they make FIRE burn in WATER!!!

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lurkyloo
06-23-2010, 03:36 AM
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"Psst! Hey buddy! Don't come in here—it's LAME!"
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Usually I love rollercoasters. Maybe I was soured on the whole thing because the Single Rider Line took about 20 minutes and I'm an entitled single rider (in addition to being an entitled Disneyland annual passholder and an entitled D23 member, along with millions of other entitled Disney fans). But Raging Spirits only lasted something like 2 minutes, and I just wasn't in the mood to get whipped all over the joint in the pouring rain. Plus, the grand finale, a plunge through a steam-filled sinkhole, was one of those "Oh wait—that's it?" moments. I dunno… maybe I shoulda given it another chance like I did JTTCOE. But not in the rain!

Off to Arabian Coast! I was pretty sure this would end up being my favorite land because I love Epcot's Morocco so much. It was just weird to see it in the rain—the weather that day was much better suited to Mysterious Island.

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First stop: Sindbad's Storybook Voyage! I have heard this ride dismissed as an Arabian version of "it's a small world," but I think that's missing the point (and this from someone who actually enjoys small world!). Yes, it's a boat ride past characters singing a song in a round, but that's where the similarities end. For one thing, Sindbad's Storybook Voyage has a plot, with elaborate set pieces and some clever special effects to match. And while these characters are also very stylized, it's in a completely different way. Patrick, who designs characters for a living, was so enchanted by them that this became one of his favorite rides in TDS. Every time we rode it we found something new. The only quirk was hearing Japanese come out of the mouths of Middle Eastern characters—but then think how often English comes out of the mouths of non-English-speaking characters in our parks!

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(Chandu the Tiger was Patrick's favorite—don't tell!)
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Back out into the rainy Arabian Coast!

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lurkyloo
06-23-2010, 03:37 AM
Sindbad's Storybook Exit
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Yes, Patrick may have gone back to purchase this later…
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I have decided that this was THE most elaborate pair of mouse ears I saw in all of Tokyo Disney.
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Double-decker carousel!
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This reminds me a bit of Tusker House!

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I think Casbah Food Court was my favorite themed restaurant in Tokyo DisneySea. It was gorgeous and designed so meticulously you could imagine you really were in an ancient bazaar (minus the squalor!). Unfortunately, every single dish they offered had curry in it—no lunch for me!


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This is the water station!
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We continued on around the river to Triton's Kingdom but didn't stop in.

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Then it was back through the volcano on our way to lunch.

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06-23-2010, 03:38 AM
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Patrick adored photographing this thing!
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We poked into Nautilus Gifts to get me a poncho and some gloves for the rain and the freezing cold. This was where we first noticed something peculiar about the merchandise at Tokyo Disney: Here was a gift shop halfway between Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and it had not one scrap of merchandise themed to either ride! I mean, I think there were some geodes on key chains and maybe a sailor hat or two, but it was mostly just the usual Disney character crap. Patrick's uncle is a big Disneyana collector and dealer, and he said that when the park first opened, they had tons of stuff like we were looking for—models of the Nautilus, replicas of things from the ride, etc.—but it didn't sell (partly because the Japanese don't have enough space to horde collectibles the way we do!). I guess the clientele is more interested in things that are "disposable" and have characters on them.


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It was about time for our lunch reservation at Magellan's, so we headed back to Fortress Explorations. I checked in and waited in the tiny upstairs nook while Patrick ran over to Port Discovery and scored us FASTPASSes for StormRider.


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Magellan's is supposedly the swankiest restaurant in Tokyo DisneySea, although I thought the SS Columbia Dining Room came pretty close. You enter on the upper level and are escorted down below—I almost had an Adventurer's Club flashback at that, though of course all the bawdy fun is missing.

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There seem to be at least three dining rooms, including one that's hidden behind a sliding bookcase—next time we'll ask to eat in there (but with my mangled Japanese, they'll probably escort us to our very own car in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!).

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Instead, we ate in the cozy back room.

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Our room had its own globe, though not as impressive…

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lurkyloo
06-23-2010, 03:39 AM
Dunno if you can read these, but here are the pages of the menu:

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I busted out my calculator and started trying to figure out how cheaply we could get outta there by comparing the set menu and a la carte menu.


Ah, bread… free, free bread!
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Since the a la carte menu choices were basically identical to those on the set menus, we split the cheaper of the two set menus and ordered an extra appetizer. The set menu was ¥2,800 for an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert or ¥3,400 if you wanted Veal Cordon Bleu, Beef Bourguignon, or "Today's Fish." Actually, the prices aren't that bad considering that Walt Disney World's Signature Restaurants only give you an entrée for that amount.


Cream of Pumpkin Soup
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Shrimp and Avocado with Lime Dressing
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Grilled Sangen Pork with Balsamic Sauce
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Crème Brulee
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Patrick liked everything we had. I thought the pork was overcooked, as it almost always is at restaurants, but I'd taken a chance because fine-dining places usually get it right. Everything else was well prepared but nothing on the menu sounded that interesting to me. I can't really get a handle on Magellan's. The service was fabulous, but it's Tokyo Disney—you get great service at the gyoza cart! I was surprised by how limited the menu was, and not in a good "this is what the chef found at the farmers market" way. What's the point of having identical a la carte and course menus? And why are all the choices so old-school "fancy restaurant"? I haven't seen Veal Cordon Bleu and Beef Bourguignon on a menu since the '80s! Maybe it's supposed to go with the Old World feel of the restaurant, although Blue Bayou doesn't serve Caribbean specialties and the SS Columbia Dining Room doesn't offer old-timey ocean liner fare like Beefsteak & Oyster Pie and Pheasant Under Glass.

I definitely need to try Magellan's again and see if I can figure it out… At any rate, we had a pile of FASTPASSES burning a hole in our pocket, so after tea we headed out.

Fistful o' FASTPASSes
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We had a little bit of time to kill before our JTTCOE FPs were good, so we returned to Patrick's favorite photo spot(s)….

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And then we stumbled on Vulcania restaurant. It looks like a cafeteria for all the unseen workers in the caverns of Journey to the Center of the Earth, with dining areas tucked around industrial-strength boilers and other equipment. Patrick was smitten!

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lurkyloo
06-23-2010, 03:40 AM
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Shield your reproductive organs!
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Vulcania serves Chinese food. We ate there later and gave it our "pretty dang good!" seal of approval.

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Looks like lunch wound up in lockdown! Must've started a food fight…
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The "Wanted" poster
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[Hey, you! I can tell you're scrolling!]


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One of the infamous Gyoza Sausage Bun carts…
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And its ubiquitous ginormous line!
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lurkyloo
06-23-2010, 03:41 AM
I think this is the 20KL FASTPASS distribution area…?
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On the lower level of Mysterious Island is a quick-service place called Nautilus Galley.

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I wish you could go inside Nemo's submarine—then there'd be no reason to bother going to Disneyland Paris at all!
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Patrick was taking a picture of the other side of his beloved drilling machine when a CM asked us if we'd like to have our picture taken with it together.


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After our second ride on JTTCOE, we went over to American Waterfront to use out Tower of Terror FASTPASSes.

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Outside the restroom—genius!

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Looking back toward Broadway Music Theater, home of the popular show Big Band Beat.

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I smell a Facebook profile pic!
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lurkyloo
06-23-2010, 03:41 AM
As you may know, the storyline for Tokyo's Tower of Terror is completely different than those of the US TOTs. And if you don't want to know, get that scrolling finger ready…. NOW! Tokyo's ride is a huge hotel owned by a megalomaniacal explorer named Harrison Hightower III (who bears more than a passing resemblance to Imagineer Joe Rhode). The lobby features numerous paintings depicting Hightower plundering various archeological and historical treasures around the globe, usually with a pack of angry indigenous persons hot on his heels.


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Eventually, his nefarious deeds caught up with him when he swiped one artifact too many—a cursed idol called Shiriki Utundu. On New Year's Eve 1899 he was to show off the idol to the public and the press at Hotel Hightower, but when he entered the penthouse elevator, something went horribly wrong. The elevator crashed to the lobby with only the idol still inside, and the hotel was immediately closed to the public. Now, more than 100 years later, it has been reopened for tours given by the New York Historical Society.

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Guests are ushered into a library/drawing room for a presentation that gives more details of the fateful night when Hightower disappeared. It's all in Japanese, but the animated stained glass window and other effects make it pretty clear what happened.

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I dunno whether to spoil the surprise or not, so let me just say that there is an effect in this room that is so astonishing, I still can't figure out how they did it. I mean, I know logically how it is probably accomplished, but I trained my eyes on it the whole time we were in there, every time, and I still did not see any of the "strings" so to speak. It just looks like magic! In fact, anytime we rode TOT for the rest of the trip, it was basically only to see this preshow again (and the queue theming). The actual drop sequence of the ride is quite similar (identical?) to the one at DCA.


After the pre-show, you queue inside a HUGE warehouse containing all the treasures Hightower plundered over the years. The attention to detail in this room is unbelievable.

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I loved the clever labels on his filing system…

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After the ride, you are of course deposited in the gift shop, but even that is a sight to behold. They've done it up like an indoor pool that's been converted to a shop, and if you've ever been to one of the grand old hotels of the early 20th century (like the Biltmore in Downtown LA), you will know what a fantastic job the Imagineers did.


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One side of the old diving board…


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The other side!

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Shiriki Utundu was on EVERYTHING! But the closest we could find to a sculpture/figurine was a bobblehead. They should do a BigFig!

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From the hotel, we wandered around past the Sailing Ship Columbia toward Cape Cod.


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It still boggles my mind how much detail there is in the theming. I mean, there's not even anything to do in these shacks on the docks or the other boats—they're just there to look at!

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lurkyloo
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Cape Cod. Oh it looks quaint and peaceful all right, but lurking underneath the pleasant façade is an insidious compulsion that has gripped the hearts and minds of all its inhabitants, whipping them into a frenzy of mass consumption, and its name is… DUFFY!!!!


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For those of you who are unfamiliar with this particular mania, let me tell you the story that was told to me: Duffy is a rather generic-looking stuffed bear that Disney introduced at Walt Disney World a few years back. It flopped wildly. Nobody wanted a Disney character they'd never heard of who looked like any other, cheaper teddy bear (except for the hidden Mickey in his face, of course). Well, in a masterstroke of marketing genius, somebody shipped all the surplus Duffys to Japan and came up with an elaborate back story that explained Duffy was the personification of Minnie's love for Mickey, whom Minnie sends with Mickey when he goes away on trips. Voila! The Japanese ADORE Duffy. They buy him in all sizes and clothe him in all manner of adorable outfits. He hangs around their necks or pokes out of their purses or is simply carried all over the parks and even downtown Tokyo. In January, Disney introduced Duffy's girlfriend, Shelly Mae, and she set a new Disney record for number of units moved in a day. So now all of Cape Cod appears to be devoted to Duffy, Shelly Mae, their wardrobes, their accessories, and the collecting of these. There's even a walkaround Duffy who—despite the fact that he's modeled on a character that is already a stuffed animal—looks almost nothing like him.


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The scene in the Duffy giftshop was reminiscent of the one at the candy shop on my first night in Tokyo Disneyland, and we couldn't get outta there fast enough. Unfortunately, we never ended up spending much time in Cape Cod cuz there was nothing to do there besides Duffy.

Off to Port Discovery!

After getting burned by Raging Spirits, we decided to take the advice of the many people whose description of Aquatopia was basically "like Autopia, but even more boring." If it hadn't been raining for most of our trip, and if the wait had ever been less than 45 minutes, we prolly would have tried it.

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Too bad nobody warned us about Stormrider.

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Actually, I didn't think it was that bad, but Patrick HATED it. It's a motion simulator ride kind of like, oh, Star Wars meets Soarin'? There's the usual lame excuse to put a bunch of civilians in faux jeopardy on some harebrained expedition that would instantly be scuttled by lawyers and/or government regulatory boards in the real world, and then everything goes predictably wrong and then suddenly it's over. I was just left scratching my head, and I don't think I would have been any more clued even in if I spoke Japanese!

From Port Discovery we took the tunnel back to Mysterious Island.

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I was getting hungry, so we decided to try the Gyoza Buns everybody always talks about. The line was, amazingly, not terribly long, and we were excited to learn that the cart took credit cards.

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I dunno. I like gyoza, but these had some herb or spice in them that I don't like—like bay leaves or something.

By this time, the rain and the freezing cold and the no jacket were starting to catch up with me, as evidenced by this photo…

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… but fortunately, it was approaching check-in time at Hotel MiraCosta, when we would be reunited with our coats!

This time, our key cards worked a few minutes before 4:30pm. We had what Disney calls a Porto Paradiso Side Superior Room Harbor View. The room was laid out identically to the one at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, but with a shorter hall. The shower room also wasn't quite as nice, but MiraCosta is 7 years older.

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Please excuse all the flaming orbs of light in all these pictures—I had to monkey with the contrast in Photobucket to get the rest of the room to show up!

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More soon-to-be-stolen toiletries!
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I will never need to buy slippers again…
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And more free fruit!
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Spa price list
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lurkyloo
06-23-2010, 03:43 AM
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I'm not sure if all the rooms at MiraCosta are smaller than those at the Disneyland Hotel or if it's just that we were in a different category of room. Either way, holy CRAP was our view magnificent!

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We were basically right over the archway that leads into the park. I think this is our room:

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The décor had only the slightest Disney touches, which was fine by us but may disappoint some. Here's the detail on the big carved mirror:


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Mount Prometheus erupts every hour on the hour.

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We freshened up, got our coats and scarves and hats and gloves, and headed back out to shop for souvenirs. Patrick's grandma had given us a generous budget with which to purchase something (or things) for his uncle's birthday present, so we had the enviable task of spending someone else's money on anything cool that caught our eye.


This is the part we forgot to take pictures of on our mad dash into the park—the "lobby" area with its huge globe fountain, and the passageway through the hotel and into Mediterranean Harbor.

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We went looking for dinner and ended up at the table service place Ristorante di Canaletto on the canals in Venice.

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Unfortunately, we encountered our first and only wait at a restaurant—45 minutes—so we went off in search of an alternative.


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We struck gold at The Teddy Roosevelt Lounge aboard the SS Columbia. What a gem! A table service restaurant with reasonable prices and no waits or crowds—kind of like our fave overlooked spot in the Magic Kingdom, The Plaza Restaurant. The theming here is, again, amazing. It doesn't even feel like theming. It feels like you're aboard a meticulously restored ocean liner… what Long Beach's Queen Mary would feel like if somebody would invest a bunch of money in her.

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lurkyloo
06-23-2010, 03:44 AM
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Patrick ordered some kind of melon soda float, I believe… You could pay extra and keep the glass, but we didn't.

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Baked Camembert Cheese with Garlic Toast ¥800
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Roast Beef Sandwich on Graham (wheat bread) served with Fried Potatoes ¥1,260
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Deep-fried Prawn Sandwich on Danish (more like a flattened croissant than a sweet pastry!) served with Fried Potatoes ¥1,200
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We went halvsies on the sandwiches. The roast beef was a little weird cuz it had cocktail sauce on it for some reason (maybe for the horseradish?), but at least the fried prawn sandwich wasn't actually on a Danish—and was delicious!


The stairs up to the SS Columbia Dining Room
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We stopped in at the Sailing Day Buffet to get some pictures for the PassPorter book. They wouldn't let both of us come in without paying, and it turns out the umbrella bags they hand you at the entrance are not just a courtesy, they're mandatory! Keeps the floors dry, I s'pose…

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There's a grand, block-long department store in the American Waterfront called (what else?) McDuck's. It is another place to feed one's Duffy/Shelly Mae addiction.


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We decided that Uncle Matt needed at least some form of Duffy merchandise as a representation of Tokyo Disney custom, so we got him the smallest one we could find.


"Oh yoo're gon' ta buy mah Duffys!!!"
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One thing I didn't get was where people got all the different Duffy costumes—we only saw the same one in every shop!

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We worked our way along the edges of Mediterranean Harbour by going through the various shops. There was one devoted to a peculiar selection of almost-but-not-quite hip clothing and souvnenirs. We'd end up going back there a couple times thinking we'd find something that really interested us, only to leave disappointed.

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lurkyloo
06-23-2010, 03:45 AM
More lovely displays…

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We headed back up to our room for ringside seats at Tokyo DisneySea's nighttime spectacular, Bravesimo. I think it's about the Goddess of Water falling in love with the God of Fire. I wasn't quite as enchanted as I'd been with Legend of Mythica, but it's quite the spectacle, and I liked it in an IllumiNations kind of way. I guess a lot of people are excited to see it get replaced by Fantasmic! later this year, but since I've never been a fan of any "character jamboree" (as I like to call them), I'm kind of sad to see a unique, non-Disney-character-based show disappear.

You can see a wonderful 3-part HD video of BraviSEAmo on YouTube here:

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This guy would give Disneyland's Murphy a run for her money!
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06-23-2010, 03:46 AM
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I'm sure there's a Grand Finale in there somewhere…
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As soon as the show was over, we dashed downstairs to get in our last two FASTPASS rides. Despite the fact that the park was only open til 10pm, we still managed to squeeze in JTTCOE, 20KL, and TOT; a trip on the DisneySea Electric Railway; and a lot more photos of Mysterious Island!

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Journey to the Center of the Earth FASTPASS machines—wicked!

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I guess we went on Indy again!

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Gee, there wasn't even a line at Tower of Terror?

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I smell another Facebook profile pic for Patrick!

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Finally we staggered back up to the room, I had my aforementioned meltdown, and we zonked out. Looking back on it now, I see we still had a ton of fun that day—and it only got better!

Up Next: Second Full Day at Tokyo DisneySea!

Chilly
06-23-2010, 07:26 AM
All I can say is WOW.

Princess_K
06-23-2010, 10:50 AM
After this update, I have a new desire to go to Tokyo. Wow! That place looks amazing. I hate that it might not have gone quite as well as you hoped (with the cold and rain and all!), but it looks like you got to see a lot of things! And what a fabulous view from your room!

burly
06-23-2010, 11:54 AM
:worship:

Ballootoo
06-23-2010, 11:55 AM
Wwwoooowww! I'm speechless! And yet here I am typing something...:lmao:

Between your report and Jack Spence's TDL travelogue from a while back, I guess I need to put this destination on my bucket list. The detailing and over-the-top theming are just so unbelieveable.

Thanks for soldiering on through the rain and cold! I can't wait to see how it gets better.

DizneyDogs
06-23-2010, 12:01 PM
great update! I am getting even more excited for my Sept trip and thanks for posting all the menus too that has really helped since I am picky eater and it's hard to find many details on what they serve.

I also loved the self-imposed rabbit ears on ToT

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06-23-2010, 01:39 PM
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That park looks incredible..and YOUR attention to detail is superb...I am enjoying everything about this report..thank you so much, again, for sharing!

JMcDisney
06-23-2010, 02:07 PM
Monorail wait times! Cool!

That running business is too funny! Sounds like being commando is definitely the thing to do - pack that fun in until it hurts!

Such elaborate theming everywhere - it's so awesome to see all of your pictures! What a great report!
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PrincessShea
06-23-2010, 02:31 PM
Even with the cold, rain, and crabby attitude...I am insanely jealous! So amazing.

MAGICFOR2
06-23-2010, 03:21 PM
Once again, I'm amazed! All of the attention to detail and the theming in each area of your report are crazy! I love that DisneySea is a unique experience, not just a copy of the "other parks." I can't wait to Sea more! Okay, pretend you didn't sea that - somebody stop me!:lmao:

LittleStinkerbelle
06-23-2010, 03:53 PM
Wow! Fantastic update-- I wanna go! Loved seeing their version of ToT. Interesting story about the Duffy phenom. Can't wait to read about day two.

PopArtGal
06-23-2010, 05:10 PM
I know how hard it can be to try to reach someone in Disney that doesn't have a cell phone. It seems like you are just feet away, but you can't find the other.

Yum! Strawberry popcorn!

Sinbad looks cute. I also like Small World by the way.

What does the little Chandu (that Patrick might have purchased) do?

Ok. I love those ears. They may be tacky, but I do lol

PopArtGal
06-23-2010, 05:46 PM
I love the "closed" sign on ToT. My fave ride in WDW. Well I've only been to WDW. No other Disney park.

I don't understand why they changed the story. I think the original story is excellent. I prefer it.

I like how they drew the Incredibles on that shirt!