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Postby robbalvey » Mon Jan 02, 2006 7:57 am

Day Eleven - Tokyo Disney Sea

So where did we leave off? Oh yes, the countdown party! It was a very bizarre experience hearing the countdown in Japanese. I'll post the video clip of that at some point soon!

We lasted until about 3am and then we realized that if we came back the next morning we probably would have a better time when we were actually awake. See our Countdown tickets were good for something like 26 park hours so we opted to go back to the hotel and get some sleep and then come back to DisneySea the next day.

DisneySea really is one of the best theme parks in the world. It's right up there in my opinion with IOA, Epcot, etc.

And overall the Tokyo Disney Resort is one of the best park complexes in the world. If Walt Disney World operating with the efficiency or clientele that TDL did then hands down WDW would win, but TDL just makes WDW look like a Six Flags park! And if that's the case, can you even image how it makes Paris or even DLR look?

Anyway, let me move onto a few photos.....
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The fireworks were SO HUGE that it dwarfed the castle down to Disneyland's size!
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"Ju, Ku, Hachi, Nana, Roku, Go, Yan, San, Ni, Ichi.....YAY!!!!!!"
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Everyone got a free glowstick. Thank goodness is wasn't "live range chicken" night!
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Once again, something you would NEVER see at an American park. 100,000 people patiently waiting to see the fireworks. No pushing, no shoving, no swearing. Just good behavior and a LOT of it! It's completely mind blowing!
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Even It's a Small World wishes us a happy holiday and a blood curdling new year!
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It's 3am and people are already starting to sleep in warm areas. We didn't see as many people sleeping as we thought, but they were there!
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Bright and early the next morning we make the trek to DisneySea.
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"Happy New Year! How was that 4 1/2 hours of sleep?"
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"What are we so happy about?!?!? It's the crack of dawn, it's zero degrees, we're all wearing 10 layers of clothes, and we're hugging a guy with a fake british accent. WTF?!?!?" =)
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Oh, yeah that's right. We're at DisneySea and this place kicks A$$! We could be getting repeatedly bashed in the nuts with an ironing board and still be having a great time! (Yes, even Elissa and her huge bulge!)
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Before we do anything else....there is a credit here!!!
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"Raging Spirits" is basically a clone of Indiana Jones at Disneyland Paris.
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It goes upside down, and apparently that's a pretty big deal to people who haven't experienced Big Boom Coaster in the snow! =)
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Overall we feared from the reports that this right would be rough as hell. It actually wasn't. Slightly rough at one point, but not bad at all. It's too bad the ride overall is just kind of "meh" and isn't something you'd rush to get back in line for.
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WTF is it with all the crazy popcorn flavors in Japan?!!??
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Our goal was to eat as many as possible.
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For Coaster Enthusiasts, that would NOT be a problem at all!
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Surprise!!! You get a fastpass for Sinbad! Loosely translated that means "Please come ride this....PLEASE!!! Someone! ANYONE!!!!"
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Screw that! It's time for Journey! For those of who who don't know "Journey" is basically Test Track, but with more laval and a really ugly monster! (no, not Robb...a different ugly monster!)
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Here's the cool vehicles that bring you down into the earth.
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And here's the ugly Lava monster! This dude is so scary than I need to carry "Depends" with me just in case!
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"I have only had 10 boxes and popcorn and my ACE card says I need to eat at least another 6 or 7 for my daily quota!"
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Aquatopia - It moves, it turns, it spins and it's totally pointless....but for whatever reason it's REALLY COOL!!!!!
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Tower is looking pretty bad A$$.
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You can see some of the detail and even if this is just the DCA version of the ride, it already craps all over that one! Mainly because it's not in California! :D
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Sun starts to set on this awesome looking park. It's so romantic I always feel like kissing Mark! :o
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Back to Aquotopia because it's just SOOOOOO COOOOOL at night! Blue lights on the water....oooooohh....ahhhhhhhhhh
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There go the little boats spinning round and round making Elissa barf up her plain pasta and mustard.
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"Grrrrr! I am the Raging Spirts fire god dude. Ride me at night and I promise I won't bash your skull apart! GRRRRRRR!!!!!"
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Journey To The Center Of the Earth also looks cool at night because it's got lights and steam and stuff. And that's what makes it cool!
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"I've got the remote control, the paddle ball, my skeleton gloves and that's ALL I NEED!"
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We watched the show "Bravo-Seamo" or whatever the hell it's called. It's weird. Here is a giant squid thing coming out of the firey water. Looks cool, yes, but it's no Illunimations or Fantasmic.
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Nearing the end of the 26 hour event I saw something I thought I'd never see....Disney merchandise shelves PICKED CLEAN! Wow!
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Of course with Elissa the "bag lady" attacking the stores it didn't help the depleating erchandise situation any!
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More people crashed out....you know what that makes them? "Smarter than us!" =)
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"Yes, I know I'm not a 'hat person.' I look stupid with the hat on, and when I take it off it looks like I won the bad hair day trophy of Japan!

Tomorrow....Tokyo Disneyland!!!

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Postby CoasterCrazy » Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:05 am

Journey looks like a fun ride.

I can't wait to see the pictures from TDL.

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Postby Shockwave » Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:11 am

Robb, I know that feeling all too well - hat hair is never good! :lol:

Glad you had a great NYE party, and good call on catching some sleep before you got back to the park tour. Not even I could stay awake that long!

Getting all those cool pictures while I'm at work is great entertainment when it goes quiet. I'm gonna miss these reports when you three fly home!

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Postby robbalvey » Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:36 am

Shockwave wrote:Getting all those cool pictures while I'm at work is great entertainment when it goes quiet. I'm gonna miss these reports when you three fly home!

Well just remember that when we get back in a couple of weeks we'll do daily "full" photo udpates. These forum updates are just a small percentage of the photos we took! I would image we'll have at least 4 to 5 pages of photos from each park once we get them all sorted.

--Robb "That will make your days better again, Tom!" Alvey :P

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Postby coasters 4 me » Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:45 am

Wow!! Disney looks Kick A$$ in Japan!!! I really want to eat some of the Cappucino Popcorn, or even the Black Pepper. And I didnt realize how much detail there was going into ToT. Looks amazing! Great photos.

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Postby Shockwave » Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:48 am

robbalvey wrote:
Shockwave wrote:Getting all those cool pictures while I'm at work is great entertainment when it goes quiet. I'm gonna miss these reports when you three fly home!

Well just remember that when we get back in a couple of weeks we'll do daily "full" photo udpates. These forum updates are just a small percentage of the photos we took! I would image we'll have at least 4 to 5 pages of photos from each park once we get them all sorted.

--Robb "That will make your days better again, Tom!" Alvey :P


Oh yeah, how could I forget about the huge galleries that follow when you arrive back! :lol:

I'm gonna enjoy these photos, because when I move into my new role at work, my internet access will be all but curtailed! :(

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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:52 am

Get back in a couple of weeks? Wow, where else are you going to? (or is that a big secret)
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Postby robbalvey » Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:27 am

No, no...I just meant...."When we get back <pause> in a couple of weeks...." Meaning that we'll start putting up the photo gallery pages in a couple of weeks!

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Postby dandaman » Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:45 am

In that last pic, you look like a cat who just took a bath... not impressed. :lol:
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Postby rollermonkey » Mon Jan 02, 2006 9:49 am

Glad you guys got some sleep! DisneySea looked a like there was actually some people there! TDL was actually less crowded than my Xmas 2003 visit, so even though I didn't get there until 12 and left before 7, we got in several rides including the Haunted Mansion Nightmare Holiday Thingamabob.

The stores were restocked, but so crowded even Mayumi didn't feel like fighting through to buy anything!

What did you guys end up doing today while I was stuck at work?

Have a safe flight back to LaLaLand!

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