Ian can comment on the culture, cuisine and the overall experience of Japan, I on the other hand will happily share all things Disney!
We went to Disneyland Tokyo on Tuesday. The reviews on TripAdvisor had been very mixed so we weren’t sure what to expect, however we needn’t have worried as we had a really great day. The weather was beautiful, and the kids were able to see and do so much. It didn’t even matter that the Pirates of the Caribbean ride was closed.
The characters were everywhere – the girls are going to write about it in much more detail in their blog soon. We got to meet and talk to so many characters. We did stay away from the shows and performances as they would have all been in Japanese but the American characters chatted brilliantly with us and the non-verbal characters were just as nice.
The Fast Pass times were very late (we didn’t want to return to a ride at 8pm or 10pm) so we just had to join the standard queue and hope for the best. That said, we didn’t wait too long. Even the most popular rides we seemed to wait less than 30minutes. For some, including It’s A Small World and the absolutely fabulous Western River Railroad (which passed realistic dinosaurs), we were on in less than 5 minutes. This meant a full-on day but a great one.
The rides were really good. There were lots we could enjoy as a family which could include Seamus without the girls feeling it was too babyish for them. We hunted for Monsters in the Monsters Inc ride, spun in the Roger Rabbit Toon Spin, and all the kids loved the Gadget’s roller coaster so much we went on it twice. Gentler rides such as Alice in Wonderland’s Teacups, the brilliant Jungle Cruise and the Carousel also went down well. Aoife and I braved the Haunted Mansion and even Orla loved Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster (did you hear her scream where you were?)
The Winnie the Pooh ride was excellent fun and very well done. The quite scary Snow White ride and Pinocchio ride were good. Everyone loved driving the racing cars on the Grand Circuit (Orla drove with Ian in the car, Aoife drove herself and I had a very excited Seamus at the wheel of our vehicle!)
We even got to do many of the rides twice before we left, so were utterly exhausted on the way home – shame the commuters stayed in the priority spots and didn’t give any of the kids a seat 😦
That said, a great day, lots of smiles and a nice time together. Arigato Mr Disney.
We all slept well that night … although Seamus didn’t feel like a lie in the next day and woke very early to tell me all about the lions he saw on the Jungle Cruise ride.