Being a 90’s kid, its only natural that I grow up being a Disney baby. Fond memories of watching Disney Show on Ice show at Araneta Coliseum with my parents every Christmas had been a tradition back then. I also remember how I cried at the cinema when Mufasa died. (who didnt?) That scene scarred me to forever and up to this day it still haunts me. Another scene that I bawled my eyes out is the death of Bambi’s mother. Well, enough of the devastating ones. Of course the wonderful memories with Disney characters outweigh the sad ones. Disney films will always have a place in my heart. They made me see through life differently and it does not hurt to believe in magic in our everyday life. They made me dream dreams and reach for them little by little. After all, “a dream is a wish your heart makes” so wish away!
Imagine my delight when last year when I got to visit Tokyo Disneyland! I really felt like I was a child again as fond memories keep coming back every time I see a Disney character I adored when I was little. I literally cried during the parade of characters! Disneyland made be believe that there really is magic. It is a place for the young and old.
Phoebe and I left their house early to maximize our stay. We rode a bike to Niiza station and then did a couple of train transfers and got off at a station near Disneyland. (I swear Japan’s public transport is so efficient!) The journey took more or less an hour or so. I slept mostly throughout the journey because I got tired the day before because of too much walking.
Disney store outside Disneyland. You can still buy souvenirs after the park closes as the shop close an hour after the park itself.
Tokyo Disneyland entrance
Tokyo Disneyland entrance ticket for adults costs 6400JPY (roughly about 2240PHP). Going inside the park, you will immediately notice groups of people wearing themed or matching Disney ensemble. Friends, family and even couples! I guess Japan really loves its Disney theme parks, huh? 🙂
If you send a letter from Tokyo Disneyland, it will have their commemorative stamp on it. There are different stamps to have depending on their theme.
Father and son hold hands to greet the people with Cinderella’s castle on the background.
cafes located near the park’s entrance to laze around if you get tired but having just one day to go around the park, I don’t think I would just spend it sitting outside cafes pondering upon the mysteries of life.
According to their wikia page, the park features 7 lands, lands include World Bazaar, a variation of Main Street with a glass canopy,Adventureland, Westernland (a renamed Frontierland), Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown and Tomorrowland.
World Bazaar is closer to the entrance and is the first thing you will see. It consists of two intersecting streets that form the entrance to Disneyland. You would find souvenir shops of every kind, cafés and restaurants lining both sides of the streets.
After World Bazaar, TOONTOWN! It was summer when we went there and of course school is closed. The number of people at the park was INSANE! We took advantage of the fast pass and just queue for the rides with the shortest line. Most of the queuing was spent on catching up with my best friend so it was still worth it. God, I miss her so much!
cute couple with matching shirt and shades.
We can find the “Its a small world” ride in the part called FANTASYLAND. This is where dolls keep singing “Its a small world after all” throughout the boat ride. The dolls are dressed up and made to look like people from all nations. I spotted a lone Filipina doll wearing “Saya”, the traditional costume in the Philippines for females.
After this ride, we went to two more attractions in fantasyland (Haunted Mansion and Mickey’s PhilharMagic) but I haven’t got the chance to take a picture.
queue for STAR TOURS, an attraction found in TOMORROWLAND. We used our first fast pass for this. Its an 3D attraction that is Star Wars themed. the story was you are in a “space bus” and enemies are trying to shoot you down.
Inside the “Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch presents Aloha E Komo Mai”. A show mostly for the kids but Phoebe being addicted to stitch, we cannot afford to miss it!
We then boarded the Western River Railroad. We boarded a real steam-powered train for a round trip through Adventureland, Critter Country, and Westernland. The picture above is one of the sights you will see aboard the train. You will also see dinosaurs!
Next up, WESTERNLAND!
We played at the shooting gallery for a while while there was a slight drizzle. We didn’t win any prize though. What a shame.
That is the Mark Twain Riverboat. It is a 3-decker cruise ship that ferries passengers around for the authentic American River tour. At night, the riverboat will be all lit up and pretty! We didn’t ride this one and instead hopped on Tom Sawyer Island Rafts that took us in Tom Sawyer island located at the heart of the lake.
I haven’t gotten to photograph from this point to the rest of the day because it started raining. Camera is more important than pictures. lol. I did use mo phone camera though because its waterproof (yeah right sony! It got damaged in water from a different event. My phone was an Experia Z1 btw)
snacks we got while waiting in line. the left one is an ice cream sandwich and the right one is a turkey leg which costs 430JPY.
After walking around the whole day, we decided to go check out the shops again. Someone got into a shopping spree because of being overwhelmed by so much Disney. I think I went a little broke. lol.
After shopping, we went out to look for a nice spot to watch the Disneyland Electric Parade and the fireworks.
Disney lanterns to light our way out.
All in all, it was a fun experience. Disneyland attractions was geared mostly toward the younger audience. I haven’t gotten the chance to ride the more thrilling rides because of the insanely long queue. Phoebe told me that Disneysea had more exciting attractions. Maybe next time when I return! I will definitely be back!
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