Hello there! Disney had tired me out so much over the past two days that I had no energy to write. But we are coming down the home stretch, and if I fall any more behind I fear I may never catch up while I'm in this country, and that would stink, so here we go! We decided to do Disney the first two full days in Tokyo because doing Disney on Friday and Saturday was sure to be crowded, so we decided to go Wednesday and Thursday.
Good plan. It was definitely not as crowded as when I went, which was a definite plus. Although on the train ride there, Julie said that "instead of being run over by a pack of 6th graders, we were run over by a pack of businessmen." Also, because we've done a lot of the stuff in Disneyland in Disney World, we decided to go to DisneySea first because it would probably be the most tiring.
When we arrived, we noticed that the celebration theme was "Spring Voyage" and "Easter Wonderland." Upon closer inspection, it seemed to have began in the beginning of April, but it was still a bit strange seeing these (adorable) Disney-shaped eggs around (that was in Disneyland, but I digress).
Anyway, because the last time I was there the fast passes sold out almost immediately, we headed over to the awesome Indiana Jones ride to acquire a fast pass. Happily, because the crowd was not as ridiculous, there were plenty of fast passes to spare. While waiting for our ride time, we went to ride 20k Under the Sea, which Mom and Julie were impressed with.
A sad point of the day: the rollercoaster I had to skip last time, Raging Spirits, was closed. ::shakes fist::
Then, it was almost time for us to be able to buy another fast pass (I was amazed that we were allowed to so quickly) so we waited near the line at Journey to the Center of the Earth so we can get a fast pass (because I wasn't waiting any time for that which I waited 2.5 hours for last time).
Fast pass acquired, we set of to ride Indiana Jones, which the family loved. Julie said that Harrison Ford speaking Japanese was awesome; "a young hot animatronic Harrison Ford like only Japan can do." Both Mom and Julie were also impressed with the awesome animatronics in all the rides.
After this we started heading towards the Aladdin area; what better way to start the fun than by riding Jasmine's Flying Carpets? It was basically the Dumbo ride, but with carpets! Awesome.
One the way through Aladdin Land (Arabian Coast), we saw a few characters: Abu, Jafar, and Genie. We also took a picture with Jafar, which was pretty hilarious. I never know who is under the mask, so I was not sure which language to speak in :p
We were quite hungry, and we wanted to eat in Mermaid Lagoon, so we headed through Arabian Coast towards Triton's Kingdom, which easily stole the show.
::insert ecstatic exclamations from Mom and Julie here::
Also at this point, Julie posed a la Ariel with the rock in the front of the Kingdom. This begins the day-long adventure of "Julie Posing with Things." Mom was also (and still is) very emphatic that Disney World should have a Mermaid Lagoon as awesome as this.
Inside Triton's Kingdom, we had lunch (I had clam shaped bread ;p) and watched the Under the Sea show. Julie also went through the kids play area and posed with the statue of Prince Eric ('Eric, run away with you? This is all so sudden!'). Ursula would also show up in a mirror, and the scary shark would show up in the ship's window. In Triton's Kingdom, we also saw Donald, Goofy, and Pluto in scuba gear, which was cute.
Then we made our way back towards the volcano to ride Journey to the Center of the Earth, which has been ruined for me because I waited so long. However, it was particularly worth it because I forgot the little roller-coaster hill at the end and Mom was screaming and I was laughing and it was hilarious.
We then returned to Arabian Coast, where we rode the two-story carousel (Julie was ready to push children out of the way so she could get on a genie, which was one of the options you could ride). Outside, there was also an awesome band playing various Disney tunes. (We saw a lot of awesome bands actually, as you will see).
At this point, Julie posed with a fountain that had Jasmine on it. Yes.
Then we rode a Sinbad ride, which had a lot of singing and cool animatrons. I've never seen any Sinbad anything, so it was interesting. Then we picked up Julie some Sea Salt popcorn, and Mom and I got some Strawberry popcorn near Storm Rider, which we rode next. (Saying Storm Rider with a Japanese accent is really fun).
One thing we also noticed in Disney Sea is there was a huge amount of teddy bears. Why was this? In Tokyo Disney, there is an original character called Duffy the Disney Bear. I don't know why he was everywhere all of a sudden, my guess is because it was somehow tied to Easter? I don't know, but grown men were carrying around teddy bears everywhere.
After the ride, we were going to take the train to the American Waterfront (::giggle::) when on the way up the hill we saw a couple characters you do not see often: Mr. and Mrs. Incredible. It was awesome. We were determined to get a picture. So, we ended up taking a picture making muscle poses with Mr. Incredible. Mom enjoyed watching us pose with the characters, especially Mr. Incredible (Julie took one with Mrs. Incredible). She also enjoyed the tons of people who also took pictures of us when we posed with Mr. Incredible. We are in many random people's photo albums now, I assure you.
Once at the American Waterfront, we went to check and see what time the Big Band Beat jazz performance was. While perusing the showtimes, Cruella de Vil of all people storms up to a little girl in front of me and yells (in English) What are you staring at?? Scared the crap out of me. Jeez, the characters you see these days! I snuck a creeper picture.
Anyway, so we had an hour or so, so we were off to a boat ride tour of the park! But first I had to pick up the delicious Milk Tea popcorn I could not get before. Yummmmm. The boat ride was nice too. Then, we ate some fried chicken sandwiches in American Waterfront (which was karaage, Japanese fried chicken and not straight up chicken. Julie had chicken nuggets) before heading over to catch the Big Band Beat, which was AWESOME.
First of all, the whole thing, even the dialogue, was in English. Alriiiiight. Itwassoawesome. There was awesome dancing, and singing, and tapdancing, and a live band! It was wonderful. And there were Disney characters in it too! Mickey was fantastic; he could kick ridiculously high, dance, if he had tap shoes on I'm sure he could tap dance, and not only did he play the drums, he dueled with the drummer. It was awesome.
After this, I got an awesome Milk Tea gelato parfait. Yummmmm. Then there was shopping to be had. Julie and I bought ears to wear the next day. However, these are not the ears you are thinking of; they are little clips that you clip into your hair. Julie got Minnie ones, and I got Pooh ones. There are pictures.
We then set up camp around the lake to watch Fantasmic, still awesome and Mom particularly enjoyed. Then we sort of watched fireworks? They were behind a buildingish. Then we headed home. En route to the train, we saw schoolchildren that appeared to be leaving Disneyland, so hopefully we won't see them there? Score.
Day One: Complete!