Aaaah... The highlight of my Japan trip! (Actually this is tied with the little snow we experienced in Hakone because it was my first time ever to experience snow)
Being a Disney fan, I decided that it would be cool (even cooler if I can make it come true), to visit Disneyland in different holidays. For the simple reason that Disneyland dramatically transforms as well based on holidays. Thus giving you a different experience every time.
Rain, my sister Chai, my dad, my Aunt Bablou, and I were all very lucky to be able to visit Tokyo Disneyland, thanks to my generous Tita Lourdes who gave us a generous treat! The moment the Japan trip was brought up, I was already set that we would not leave Japan without going to Disneyland! <3
We took 3 train rides from our hotel to Tokyo Disneyland. Because Japan's train lines are a lot and are very clean and organized, it wasn't a hassle commuting by train at all. In fact, it was very quick! Before we knew it, we were there!
I was extra excited for my sister, because this was her first time to go to any Disneyland! I'm sure she will be as starstruck as I was during my first time. (Actually I'm always starstruck every time! This is my 3rd Disneyland experience). Here she is when we got to the "Tokyo Disneyland" arch!
My heart is always giddy with joy when entering a Disneyland park! And yes if I could only take photos of each signage and corner I would.
After getting our tickets, we entered and was greeted by this huge Christmas tree display. Oh, I should probably mention that this was last December 2014. Delayed post!
And after walking past the Christmas tree and the crowd, we finally got to see the castle! The crowd was huge! No wonder. The Christmas Parade was ongoing. This means we get to see Mickey and Minnie and the gang in Christmas outfits! <3
There was so much people that it was hard for Rain to see the parade. My dad carried her on his shoulders :-)
There's Mickey and Minnie!
And the man of the month, Santa Claus!
When the parade was done, that's when we got to see the statue of Walt Disney holding hands with Mickey Mouse. It's always been my dream to see this! I thought this statue was only in Disney World. Happy that I was wrong :-)
Tokyo Disneyland is huge. Well, also because my only point of reference is Hong Kong Disneyland. In fact, upon realizing how big Tokyo Disneyland is, I felt so overwhelmed and I felt sad and frustrated at the same time, knowing that we were only going to be there for just one day. There was so much to do but so little time. But I really couldn't complain. One day in Disneyland is better than zero days.
We haven't had breakfast yet so we went to the first food place we saw. Plaza Restaurant on Tomorrowland. We had these cute Mickey bowls of I think beef curry with egg.
The first ride that we went to was Monsters Inc Ride and Go Seek.
Here's the building from outside. But wait 'till you see the inside!
The dome is just beautiful and looks exactly like the movie.
There was even the reception area where Mike's monster girlfriend works.
Not sure what's inside. But I bet it's loaded with cuteness.
Here's a video from Tokyo Disneyland Website. I'm just going to use theirs because the videos I took are crappy.
The only thing was that during the ride, in my experience, it stopped for like 3 times, everything as well as the music and the scary stuff immediately stopped, then a recorded female voice came on the speakers and said something in Japanese. Of course we couldn't understand. Probably some mechanical error or something. Or maybe someone was trying to stand on the ride? I wish I knew why.
And here's the video also from Disneyland Tokyo. My favorite float? GENIE! :')
While the Disney in the Stars Fireworks was the big finale at Hong Kong Disneyland, in Tokyo Disney, for me, this was definitely the big bang. The Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show. There were so many people that's it was a challenge to see clearly. Maybe if you position yourself further you would get a better view. Anyway, of course I wanted my little Rainbow to see the whole show, so I was carrying her and raising her the whole time. I probably burned tons of calories during the whole duration of the show doing that. But it was soooo totally worth it! Especially during the Tangled part (4:40 in this video that I got from YouTube user Theme Park Review. During this time, my sister and I failed fighting back tears and had goosebumps all over :') Especially at 5:36 when the lanterns were floating up, reminding me of the King and Queen's love for their missing daughter. WAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!! I totally lost it :((( It was just. So. Beautiful.
And then there was the fireworks, which I have to say, was less spectacular compared to Hong Kong Disneyland. But still beautiful non the less :-) Finally, it was almost closing time. This is the time when we checked out the souvenir shops. Being a cellphone casing addict ( it's a sickness really), I was on the lookout for beautiful cases for my then new phone. But unfortunately they didn't have my phone model yet because it was fairly new. I was really bummed because the designs were so pretty!!!
Snow White with the magic mirror (a real mirror)
One shoe can change your life! Can you tell which shoe belongs to which Princess? :-)