From Arizona to Japan! Japan and TDR Trip Report Nov 10-24, 2012!

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  1. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Your time away sounds like fun.

    Looks like you had an exhausting day here. Looking forward to the Disney Sea.
     
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  3. disneyobsessed808

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    Let's get this going!

    I'll preface this by saying that DisneySea is an amazingly beautiful park, and is probably my favorite park aside from the original Disneyland. The amount of detail is great, and I just love the Ports theme.

    We woke up bright and early so we could get to the park early. Once we got to Maihama station, we walked to the Ikspiari Tokyo Monorail station to get on the Disneyland Resort monorail. The monorails at TDR are just so much cooler than the US Disney monorails (as most of y'all know), but they aren't free.

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    So we got to the front of the park around a half hour before park opening...and of course, there were already a ton of people in line. The last time we were here, we stayed at the Hilton, so we got to do Early Entrance, which was awesome as the park was nearly empty, and got to ride most of the headliners before the park opened to the general public.

    Since most people here do a mad dash/run once they pass the turnstiles, I power walked as I frantically tried to take pictures.

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    When you first get into the park you enter through Mediterranean Harbor, which is just such a cool area. I've never been to Italy, but this might be as close as I'll get :rofl: Since there aren't many attractions here, we didn't spend much time.

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    We decided to head to where EVERYONE was headed: the American Waterfront.

    We toyed with the idea of trying to get a fastpass for Toy Story Midway Mania, but quickly nixed that idea once we actually got to the entrance and saw this:

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    So instead we went on the Tower of Terror, which we literally walked into immediately. There was no wait.

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    Because Japan doesn't have a Twilight Zone show, the story is that Harrison Hightower was a collector of rare artifacts, but one of the artifacts an idol was cursed and something terrible happened to him. Since then, a historical society has taken over his tower and turned it into a museum of sorts.

    The pre-show here is a lot of fun - There is neat little trick that happens during the pre-show that always leaves me amazed. I asked my friend "How did they do that?" and he just rolls his eyes at me. :rofl: Andy says this story makes more sense than the Twilight Zone story, but I miss being able to say the spiel along with the video. The ride itself seems pretty similar to the California version and does not have a fifth dimension room.

    We then walked to the Lost River Delta, passing through the rest of American Waterfront and Port Discovery.

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    This was another section of the park that we mainly just passed through.

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    We grabbed a fastpass for Indiana Jones (before we realized it had a single rider line) and headed to Raging Spirits. Raging Spirits also had a Single Rider line, but since the wait was only 15 minutes, we just got in the standby.

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    It is a fun little coaster that does have a loop but not the most thrilling I've ever been on. It's so compact that it's almost like a wild mouse coaster, though it has longer cars. One of the fun things about it is that the CMs yell "Adios Amigos" as your car launches.

    Well, I think that's a lot for now, more DS in the next post.
     
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  4. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Thanks for sharing your pictures of Disney Sea. They certainly give me a great perspective for how the land is laid out. The queues on this day seem crazy!
     
  5. LarryFmScotland

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    Great trip report, I'm loving all of it.

    Cheers Larry.
     
  6. disneyobsessed808

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    I've been so bad about not updating this thing. I will finish this report sometime this summer! (I've been going through some personal issues)
     
  7. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Hope you are well. Don't worry about this report....look after yourself!
     
  8. battymum

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    Don't feel bad, once it is done, new readers won't know how long took!
     
  9. stenogoddess

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    Thanks for doing the report! Get to the rest when you can! :goodvibes
     
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    Great TR! :)
     
  11. disneyobsessed808

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    I can't believe this is still on the first page. I will try to recount the rest of the trip and what I remember from the photos.
     
  12. disneyobsessed808

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    So at this point, its been 10 months since I went to Disneyland, so I'm trying to remember as best I can what happened from the order of my pictures on my Facebook album. Here goes nothing.

    The next ride we seemed to have gone on is StormRider. While we waited in line, we got some strawberry popcorn. It was delicious, but very artificial tasting, with that strong scent.

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    StormRider is a fun ride, but not really one of my favorites. Somewhere in between attractions like Honey I shrunk the audience or Captain EO and Soarin or Star Tours, . For some reason, I remember reading here that the ending of Storm Rider is that the audience dies in the end, but that's not what happened at all. I was mildly disappointed.

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    We next used our Fastpasses for Indiana Jones. Heading to the Lost River Delta we saw this cute holiday decorated tree.

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    Now, Indiana Jones is one of the best rides in Disneyland California, but here everything is slightly better on the ride, making it really the perfect attraction in my opinion. The perfect combination of details of a dark ride, plus thrills. The indoor queue here is really amazing. You enter a large temple room whose floor is covered in moldy old skeletons, and the walkway is built above that. I'm not saying this portion is better, but its a great environment.

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    The ride itself is better in a few ways, the same as California but with improved effects like the spear room is soooooo much better than Disneylands, and they have an awesome smoke room effect instead of Disneyland's stupid rat screen effect.

    We then headed to the Arabian Coast area. This is when my camera died, as I forgot to charge my battery (oops), so I had to use my iPhone. We got on the Aladdins Carpet Ride. Here is a terrible selfie picture of me and Andy. Fun Dumbo like ride, though we really liked the murals in the queue

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    After we walked down the coast, and bumped into the Genie.

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    Here are some other pictures of the land

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    The next rides we went on were

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    So we headed to mysterious island.

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    These attractions aren't conducive to pictures inside, so no other pictures here. Journey to the Center of the Earth is probably my favorite attraction at TDS. It is just so fantastically weird - I love the audio animatronics and the different worlds you enter as you journey to the center of the earth. And the last bit of thrill is tons of fun. 20000 leagues is an okay attraction, but the space is so small and the windows are so tiny that it makes it uncomfortable to view everything.

    Okay. Obviously Disney Sea is my favorite park so I have tons more info to share.
     
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  13. disneyobsessed808

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    The next hour or so, we walked by Fortress Explorations. On my last trip to DisneySea, the fortress was being refurbished, so we never got to look at it, so this time we decided to look around, and I am really really glad we did.

    There is just sooooooo much to explore in the fortress, with lots of little nooks and crannies. One of the coolest things, that I did not take a picture of was the camera obscura, a cool room that "puts you inside a camera" as an image of the bay is reflected onto a large table in the middle of the room using mirrors and such.

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    After that it was time for our lunch, we just decided to bring food from home, since there is only one place with vegan options. MMMMMM. More veggie sushi. As we ate, we saw some performers pushing out some huge taiko drums.

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    Another view of Mysterious Island

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    Since we were making good time, we decided to stroll around the American waterfront area, since a friend back home wanted me to pick up a Tippy Blue for him (Duffy's friend).

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    After that, we headed back to the Mediterranean Harbor area and then decided to catch a boat ride to the Lost River Delta area.

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    We spotted C-3PO along the way!

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    Okay, that's it for this post. Next up, Ariel's Grotto, Sinbad's Voyage, and more!
     
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    We walked over to Ariel's Grotto, an indoor land that is primarily geared toward the younger set. We didn't do any attractions per se, but enjoyed appreciating all the details in there. We got some fries from the quick service location inside the whales mouth.

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    A coral Christmas tree.

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    After that we headed to mysterious island for another ride on Journey to the Center of the Earth, then we headed to Sinbad's Voyage, a small world type ride. I'm not a huge fan of the ride but its a decent boat/dark ride with some cute scenes. I do like the little tiger!

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    We then headed around to the harbor, and waited for Fantasmic. We didn't get the best view, but we were able to see enough.

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    I personally was not a fan of the show. It is missing the intimacy of the original at Disneyland. The Harbor is just too big for me to make the show work. There were some neat features, but I missed the original, particularly the music. I'm not really a fan of the shows at DisneySea I guess, because I thought BraviSEAmo was also pretty lame.

    After the show, we headed over to Restaurante di Canaletto, the only place with Vegan options for Andy.

    It's like I was eating with Pooh Bear himself

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    I got a Margherita Pizza and Andy got a pasta. Both were delicious.

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    When we were done with dinner, I think we headed back to Lost River Delta to ride Indy and Raging Spirits again.

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    Then the last thing we did was head over to Midway Mania. The line at this point was 120 minutes and it was an hour before closing, so we figured we might as well try.

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    We absolutely loved the queue. We are used to the boring line at California adventure, so it was cool that we got to step inside of Andy's Room.
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    And most importantly, I won :P
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    Finally it was time to head back home.

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  15. jelloarms

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    Hello fellow Hawaii person! I don't run in to too many Hawaii peeps round this forum. Good to know I am not the only Disney freak on the whole island! I was reading one of the threads on the Tokyo Disney sub forum and found your page from there. I hope to get to Tokyo Disney someday...my family is going next June but I didn't get approved for time off from my job. I did get approved for March vacation time though so I am going to Disney World instead which isn't too shabby of a consolation prize...ha ha!

    That picture of the Fairy Godmother is scary beyond belief! I have met her I. Disney World before where she is a face character. Masked "human" characters always freak me out...Gepetto, Captain Hook, etc...Lilo is the WORST offender when it comes to masked humans...she is supposed to be a little girl but somehow she is taller than me!
     
  16. jelloarms

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    Hello fellow Hawaii person! I don't run in to too many Hawaii peeps round this forum. Good to know I am not the only Disney freak on the whole island! I was reading one of the threads on the Tokyo Disney sub forum and found your page from there. I hope to get to Tokyo Disney someday...my family is going next June but I didn't get approved for time off from my job. I did get approved for March vacation time though so I am going to Disney World instead which isn't too shabby of a consolation prize...ha ha!

    That picture of the Fairy Godmother is scary beyond belief! I have met her I. Disney World before where she is a face character. Masked "human" characters always freak me out...Gepetto, Captain Hook, etc...Lilo is the WORST offender when it comes to masked humans...she is supposed to be a little girl but somehow she is taller than me!
     
  17. disneyobsessed808

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    hello jelloarms. unfortunately, i don't live in hawaii anymore, as i'm pretty much a resident of arizona now. but hawaii will always be my home. tokyo disneyland is tons of fun and definitely visit if you have a chance! wdw is fun too, but i prefer disneyland :P.
     
  18. disneyobsessed808

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    Well I never really finished this trip report, but I've been revisiting it as I think about possibly taking another trip to Tokyo. I've been updating the image addresses too. I like looking back on the trip fondly.

    So I'm going to just add some pictures I had from the remaining parts of the trip. Hope I'm not breaking rules by bumping this.

    The one vinylmation I was looking for on this trip!

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    Ghibli Museum

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    Karaoke

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    Kiddyland

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    Souvenir Roundup

    Rum Raisin, Cinnamon Cookie, Green Tea, Wasabi, Strawberry and Sakura Flavored Kit Kats

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