Tokyo Sights – Tokyo Disneyland ♥
Welcome to the magical land – Tokyo Disneyland!!!!! It’s actually our first time visiting Disneyland hence we were really looking forward to see our childhood characters coming to life right in front of our eyes! But before being able to step into the magical land with Disneyland, we had to fight the morning train crowd to get ourselves to the JR Keiyo Line via the very crowded Tokyo station. Having walked through the HUGE underground space of shopping and eating of the Tokyo station, we were really pretty amazed. Considering we can’t eat or drink on board our trains or inside the train stations in Singapore, we were pretty envious of what we can do at the train stations in Japan. But it sure was a long walk to get from the JR Chuo Line Rapid Train to the JR Keiyo Line to get on the train to the magical land. For more on how to get to Disneyland, you can refer to the directions posted on their official website. (❁´◡`❁)
Got off the train at Maihama station and we proceeded to the Tokyo Disney Resort Welcome Center to deposit our luggage since we will be staying at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel for one night and it was still early for hotel check-in, they allow visitors to deposit their luggage with them before heading off to Disneyland~! We also got our 2-day passport when we booked for our hotel room. ٩(๑´0`๑)۶
Initially we had wanted to book a room with the Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta but unfortunately there was no more available rooms. The MiraCosta is definitely prettier and it has a better view of DisneySea! The Disneyland Hotel was situated outside the gates of Disneyland hence we can only see the entrance of Disneyland while MiraCosta is located within DisneySea itself, making it a much better hotel to stay in. Not forgetting we spotted guests at their balcony watching the Fantasmic, a really lovely night show at the Mediterranean Harbor of DisneySea. But a night’s stay is really costly so chances of going back is near to zero at this moment. Haha! (；゜∀゜)
Heading up to the Disney Resort Line to get ourselves into Disneyland~! Yippee! ♪───Ｏ（≧∇≦）Ｏ────♪
Loads of people got off the train with us at the Tokyo Disneyland Station. Lots of lots of people all around!!! But these are the ones that caught our eyes and it’s no wonder people are wandering about near the entrance to Disneyland itself~! ε٩(๑’ ω’)۶з
With that MANY people and kids around, we have decided not to fight them to have our photos taken with the characters so we just stood at a side and was busily snapping away~! As with most theme parks, the mascots usually have limited amount of time to interact with people since they need their break too, so was pretty sad when they started walking away. (´･_･`)
Christmas decoration and merchandises everywhere you go in Disneyland~!
And lots and lots of people everywhere you go in Disneyland also! Look at the number of prams parked outside the different rides waiting area. And not forgetting the loooooooooong queue.
One Man’s Dream II – The Magic Lives On is a must-watch show in Disneyland. That was the first show we queued for while there. Well to be honest we didn’t take any rides there ‘cos of the scary number of people with the long queues and took the time to walk around the place and tried to catch shows instead. If not for that, I doubt we can even finish exploring Disneyland in a day. To take rides AND enjoy all the shows will probably take more than one day to accomplish that.
Waiting for the show to begin~! Spotted cute girl and cute Disneyland merchandise~! ♥
And here’s showing some photos from the show itself. I have to say it’s pretty weird watching the characters speaking in Japanese since we usually listened to them speak in English. Hehe. I ♥ Mickey and Minnie~! *“*(*^^*)*“*
So after the show, we started walking around Disneyland. The place is HUGE!!!! So I will only post selective number of photos here. If you want more please do refer to my flickr photo set of Disneyland.
Everywhere was so Christmas-y~! ♥
Then it was time for lunch~! There are quite a number of restaurants around but since we were in Toontown, we decided to have food from Good Time Cafe, a place selling burgers and pizzas and what-nots. The queue was terribly long and there was hardly any seats around. So it was only by luck we grabbed some space to sit down and Feng went ahead to get us some cute-looking food. They tasted okie but not fantastic. Haha! It was only to help fill our stomach before our next show. ﾟ.+.( ´ω` )+.*.
After our lunch, we headed out to catch the next performance, the infamous Disney Daytime Parade – Jubilation~! We weren’t that early or late but there were already lots of people readying themselves by sitting on their mat along the parade route. Our position was not too bad since most of the people in front of us were sitting down. (´ㅂ｀)
Here’s sharing some selective photos from the parade~! I ♥ Stitch, so you will definitely see me post photos of Stitch here no matter what. Haha! For others, it’s all over at my flickr~! (´∀｀*)
More Christmas-y feel around the Disneyland before we head over the World Bazaar to catch the Christmas daytime parade~!
Here’s some photos from the special Christmas daytime parade. As you can see, the sky was getting a bit dark, it was not effects from my photo-editing. It was going to rain for the evening/night which luckily didn’t affect the night-time parade in Disneyland.
And here’s the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. (๑´︶`๑)
Well, Disneyland was pretty memorable for me in a way. Not because it’s a magical land of childhood characters coming to life but because it was also disaster land for me. It was kind of like the scariest time I ever had there.
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It started when I realised that I didn’t bring along my extra cards with me as they were all in my luggage in Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku since we only packed one bag with us to only bring the essential items we need for a one night stay with Disneyland. And sadly, I totally forgot about bring my little pouch of extra memory cards for my camera. Thinking that since almost everyone has a camera nowadays, there must be an electronic shop in Disneyland that sells some memory cards or card reader. But unfortunately after searching and asking around, the answer was NO. At this point in time, I was already feeling very very sad and very very demoralised ‘cos that potentially means that I wouldn’t be able to take anymore photos for the night and also at DisneySea tomorrow.
So somehow or another, we found out that along the JR Keiyo Line, there is a shopping centre at the Shin Urayasu Station if I didn’t remember wrongly. I honestly don’t remember which station, which shopping and what shop it was. I only know I have to get to that place and hunt down for memory cards or card readers, that was all that is on my mind at that point in time. It seems like it’s the Shoppers Plaza from my googling around now. It was a miracle to actually find a Best Denki there. It was like finding an oasis in a desert! I was honestly so happy at that point in time. I got myself a card reader and we hurried back to our hotel room to start transferring all the photos into our MacBook Air. I don’t even remember why I didn’t get myself a memory card instead. It was like a whirlwind adventure.
Anyway another sad thing was I totally forgot to bring my extra battery and battery charger. Double disaster. But luckily my battery was able to last me until the end of next day in DisneySea. Phew. So from then on, I always have a checklist to bring those items along if I have to repack my luggage to go to another destination. Feng also got me an electronics bag from Crumpler so that everything electronics goes in that bag and I just need to throw that bag into the luggage and tadah, done. Will never ever forget such a scary experience. :;(∩´﹏`∩);:
Anyway why the rush back to our hotel was ‘cos we want to catch the night-time parade at Disneyland~! Here’s showing some photos from the infamous Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade – Dreamlights~! ♥
It’s yet another must-watch parade while at Disneyland. The parade definitely looks prettier than the photos I took. It was drizzling nearing the end of the night parade so a lot of parents left with their kids and we were able to stand closer and closer to the parade route. Not forgetting the temperature was getting lower as it hits night-time. Sadly once again due to re-packing, we didn’t bring thicker jackets. ｡ﾟ(｡╥﹏╥｡)ﾟ｡
There was then the fireworks show, known as the Disney Magic in the Sky, which can be seen all around Disneyland~! Thank goodness the drizzling didn’t stop the fireworks from happening. ๓(•ω<)๓
No photos of the fireworks but only that of the Disney tower. Besides fireworks, there was also fake snowing~! Everyone was so happy. It’s really a magical land for both adults and kids, Feng and I included!
OMAKASE TIME~! Here’s introducing some MUST-HAVES at either Disneyland or DisneySea in order to blend into the whole Disney culture~!
1. Looking like any Disney characters, you need to have the head accessories~! It’s great for looking cute no matter what age you are!
2. Disney lanyards to put your day pass or whatever you get from Disney itself~! I ♥ our couple lanyard. Cute to the MAX! ✿“ヽ(´︶｀*)ﾉ”✿
3. Not forgetting the number ONE must-have in Disney. ALL POPCORNS! They even had a special popcorn container that you can kept using to refill your popcorn at the different popcorn stations! Of ‘cos it cost money to refill… Haha!
That’s the end of our little adventure with Disneyland, stay tuned for more of the Disneyland Hotel and DisneySea~! (ت)♪