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Robb & Elissa Go To Japan & Don't Ride Any Roller Coasters!

Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:43 pm

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Robb & Elissa Go To Japan & Don't Ride Any Roller Coasters!
Part One - Arrival into Tokyo & Disneyland
Part Two - Tokyo DisneySEA Day One!
Part Three - More Tokyo DisneySea & LaLaPort!

Every once in a while it's nice to take a "vacation from your vacations." And that's exactly what we did in Spring of 2019 when Elissa and I took a trip to Japan that was a vacation from our TPR trips! A well deserved one at that!

Interestingly enough, while we did do a lot of theme park stuff (when I say a lot of theme park stuff, I mean we went to Tokyo Disney a lot) along with many other random things in Japan.... but we actually managed to do this entire trip without riding a single roller coaster!!!

:lmao: :lol: :p

And there was even a brand new RMC that had just opened! Nothing stopping us from going to ride... but that just wasn't the focus of this trip (and besides, we knew we were going to be going back to Nagashima Spaland later in the year anyway...)

So join us on this "non-typical" TPR adventure that includes a good amount of Tokyo Disney, a lot of Japanese randomness, but absolutely NO roller coasters! lol

(Well, not that we rode anyway...)

From Orlando to Seattle to Tokyo we go!

Being grown adults, we of course have our favorite plush animals with us! Since Japan seems to be one of the only places I can think of where this is "normal behavior" for adults, let's just say that the Japanese are "our kind of people!"

And let's just talk about Japanese efficiency for a moment... We went from the plane landing, going through Immigration, getting our bags...

...to being on the bus to our hotel in about 24 minutes... Another reason why we love it here!

I do wish more Americans would be aware of their sound leakage! lol

We arrive at the hotel and we are greeted by a robot that is currently on its way to deliver items to guests rooms!

The robot's name is "Harry" and if you need more towels or a pillow, he will bring it to you. We also found out that Universal Orlando has this robot but they could never really get it to work. So it just roams around the lobby and tells stupid jokes. Of course it works in Japan! :)

Guess where I ended up tonight... DUH!

So tonight was the very last night of Tokyo Disneyland's "35 Happiest Celebration" event.

Tokyo Disney LOVES doing park anniversaries, and they do them BIG!

Holy Crap! That's a lot of people for the final night! But everyone is polite and courteous and even though it's a huge crowd, it doesn't "feel" like it.

The projection show is absolutely Amazing!

The volume of confetti was INSANE! Of course it was all cleaned up moments after the show ended! :P

Watch the full video below! This was one of the coolest "temporary" things I've seen Tokyo Disney do! It was just magical!

Speaking about magical...

Dream Lights is my favorite Disney parade ever!

Let me make it known that I am not the biggest "Main Street Electrical Parade" fan (mainly because I had to work it so often at Disneyland)...

But I will 100% stop and watch this version every single night!

I love everything about this parade!

Each of the parade units are magical in their own way with amazing technology!

I will warn you right now that you will see a lot of "Dream Lights" photos throughout this report, so be prepared for it!

Hello Rapunzel! You are my #2! So if things don't work out with Anna & I, you're next in line! :)

Belle, you're #3... I mean, you ended up with a beast, so I've got a shot, right???

Hey Anna... whatcha doing after the parade? *wink* *wink*

We see you Chip n Dale!

This guy right here double fisting those waffle machines is my current favorite cast member in the park!

Please DO NOT MAKE ME CHOOSE between the Strawberry waffle....

...and the chocolate one! YUM!!!

I just love the entire 35 Happiest Celebration area inside World Bazaar. Sad thing is all going away tomorrow!

So if there is one thing that Tokyo Disneyland lacks in... it's "fireworks" shows (I think because of where they are located within the city)... BUT....

Their "Castle Projection Shows?" OMG!!! These are amazing!!!

"Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland" was... well... a "celebration" of attractions at the park! This show was fantastic!

I love that it featured almost every attraction at Tokyo Disneyland!

LIGHT SPEED TO ENDOR! It was weird seeing Star Wars stuff on the castle, but awesome at the same time!

It is hard to tell, but this is Mickey Mouse driving the train of "Big Thunder Mountain" with the Country Bears in the back and it was my favorite thing ever!!!

Just in case you forgot what year anniversary it was!

Honestly the show was AMAZING!!! Watch the entire video below!

I of course had to end my favorite night on one of my favorite Disney attractions ever! Pooh's Hunny Hunt!

Still one of the best trackless dark rides ever made!

Hope you enjoyed the first installment... now...


Click HERE for PART TWO!
Last edited by robbalvey on Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:42 pm.

Re: Robb & Elissa Go To Japan & Don't Ride Any Roller Coaste

Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:55 pm

Mmmmmm Tokyo Disneyland Goodness! Great start to your trip, Robb! The waffles look gorgeous, the Dream Lights Parade looks wonderful...and when you've ridden The Best Pooh of All.... and robot servers! <sighs> I do miss Tokyo and Disneyland/sea, all of it!

Looking forward to lots more cool Disney stuff, Robb! :b :mickey: :airtime:

Re: Robb & Elissa Go To Japan & Don't Ride Any Roller Coaste

Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:06 pm

I miss Japan...good thing we're going back real soon!

Re: Robb & Elissa Go To Japan & Don't Ride Any Roller Coaste

Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:24 pm

I followed along on Twitter while y'all were there. . but so thrilled to see you post this report!

absolutely love the pics from Disney, and that you focused so much on the park this trip fills my heart with joy to read this report.

and you take such fantastic pics too :)

Re: Robb & Elissa Go To Japan & Don't Ride Any Roller Coaste

Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:45 pm

Love. Seeing. New. Japan. Reports. Thanks for posting and love the parade pictures! Excited to see what you guys got up to!

Re: Robb & Elissa Go To Japan & Don't Ride Any Roller Coaste

Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:31 pm

I love all Japan reports. The country intrigues me so much. I can’t wait to go here someday. It will happen!

Re: Robb & Elissa Go To Japan & Don't Ride Any Roller Coaste

Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:45 pm

Oh yea, I remember this trip from your Twitter feed! Great to see photos from it again!


I loved seeing this sign. I wish a version of it could get hung up in my office building. The noise pollution in some corners is off the charts!

Re: Robb & Elissa Go To Japan & Don't Ride Any Roller Coaste

Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:45 pm

Great report! The castle projection show playing homage to Disney attractions sounds really cool.

Re: Robb & Elissa Go To Japan & Don't Ride Any Roller Coaste

Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:10 pm

Woohoo! Japan TRs are always welcome!

Re: Robb & Elissa Go To Japan & Don't Ride Any Roller Coaste

Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:32 am

That Main Street show looks amazing. Then again, all of it looks amazing :lol:
Last edited by coasterbill on Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:32 am.
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