TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

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Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

Postby bert425 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:53 pm

TDL Day 1 pt II
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After our ride, we exited out. . right into the 1st parade of the day, which was passing by right in front: The Halloween themed:

Spooky "Boo" Parade

featuring some wonderful costumes, an addictive soundtrack, and some really cool floats.
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note these guys on this float. . all of the heads rotate to different "scary" sides.
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see?

LOVED IT
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Chip and Dale are super popular in Japan, I'd say. .they were in every parade, in both parks. . I don't recall seeing Pluto at all tho. . . maybe he's not in Japan?

we only caught a few floats, as we had missed part of the parade, but I knew I'd have other chances to see it.
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so we went into It's a Small World.

SO CUTE!!
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and the moving train inside was adorable.
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noted! no dancing in the boat.
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hm. . .may have gotten my fast passes mixed up, because it looks like we headed back to Tomorrowland for Monster's Inc. (so maybe the one we got was really late in the day, and that's why we were able to grab a Pooh one as we walked by , but did standby for Space Mountain & Haunted Mansion).
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the vehicles were really cute (I guess that word would describe a lot of Japan stuff). . but the ride was a little "jerky" in spots, an made for a. . "not super comfortable" ride.

tho it was fun "shooting" things, by using a flashlight instead of a gun.
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Store displays as we roamed across the park towards Adventureland.
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some great photo ops & props out and about for the season in the Main Street area.
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closed off castle, with cranes.

Still, you don't really notice them unless you know they are there.
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ok..THIS is what I'm talking about.

Finally noticed this on the guidemap, and we did manage to try most all of them during our visit.

think my favorite in Disneyland was the Soy Sauce and Butter, tho the Honey was very good too.

Strawberry and the Chocolate both tasted like popcorn dusted in Nestle Quick. . in other words, a few bites went a long way. . .
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Pirates of the Caribbean at Tokyo Disneyland!
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my phone doesn't like taking pics while moving even slightly. . so unfortunately, didn't get a lot of GOOD pics on rides (Haunted Mansion or Monsters Inc), or boat rides (Small World, Pirates). . .but Tokyo Disneyland still has the redhead at auction. . so HAD to share my pic of her, even if blurry.
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towards the end of the ride, we got stopped prior to unload right in front of the incredible Jack Sparrow Animatronic. . so got a decent pic of him.

not a fan of him being added thruout the ride, but seriously, this animatronic is impressive as hell
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This pic is from the wall in Guest Services.

why were we at Guest Services? We'd been sent there by the Cast Members at Blue Bayou Restaurant.

after we got off of Pirates, we peeked in to see if there was a chance to get "standby seating". . but as noted, not a lot of English Spoken. From what we could decipher among me and the Castmembers, is that one had to book thru the app, no standby option is available.

but they told me go up to front Guest Services for English, so Jon and I headed up that way. . . really just to confirm that no standby reservations could be taken.

when we got here, there is one Castmember who deals with any English questions, so after a short wait she called me up and I queried about Blue Bayou.

she explained to me that you have to have a Japanese App to book the restaurants, and she was really sorry. She asked where I was visiting from, and I told her I was visiting from Texas and it was my first time in Japan. .and I was so excited to be here. She then offered to set up the app for me on my phone, using her local information, so we could try to get a table booked - since it turns out that no, there is no way to do "standby"

I can't really load apps on my phone (long story, don't ask. . LOL), but it turned out that Jon has a Disney account already anyways, and she happily loaded the app onto his phone, and showed us how to use it for reservations.

and before we even had left the Guest Services area? we had managed to snag an afternoon lunch reservation at Blue Bayou.

SUCH wonderful guest service - even more incredible that it was from a park that doesn't seem to really cater much to tourists from other Countries. then again, it's Disney, so I shouldn't be surprised.
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oh, she also gave me a sticker when she found out it was my 1st visit :)
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Enchanted Tiki Room invaded by Stitch?

sounds interesting, and it was a lot of fun. .I did it at least 3 times during our trip.

the first time, when approached to ask if I wanted a "translator box" to follow along (since the show is all in Japanese), I accepted. .but honestly, didn't really need it to follow along, and the show was great even in Japanese.
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continuing out of Adventureland into Frontierland.

More fun decorations up.
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another angle of the castle. . also with the cranes mainly out of the way
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we rounded the corner and managed to bump right into the start of the other daytime parade:

"Dreaming Up!"

so we stopped and watched most of this one too.
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the wings moved on this float, and some of the floats were really impressive.
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there's Pluto!
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the "teeter totter" thru the clock went up and down, and Alice (in her cup) slid back and forth along it as it did.
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see?

Cool.
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pic from across the street from us, by Eric (or maybe Brad)
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pic from across the street from us, by Eric (or maybe Brad)
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pic from across the street from us, by Eric (or maybe Brad)
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as the parade finished, we still had some time before our late lunch reservation, so Jon and I headed over to Country Bear Jamboree.
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it's been literally decades since I've seen this show, and while the majority of it was in Japanese? many of the songs, or parts of the songs, were in English.

so it was a wonderful experience, and I saw this twice during our visit too.
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this Witch/Bear was turning the popcorn out in front of the trading post.
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I believe it was the Curry Flavor. . it was .. OK. not bad, but not the best we had.
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oh look. . here's where we went in the Tiki Room.

I must have just snapped a pic of the facade as we walked by earlier.
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and here's Stitch-ie !
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we had met up with William after Country Bears, and we all three went to ride the Disneyland Train - which unlike the USA parks, it doesn't go around the perimeter of the park. . instead sticking to the Critter Country/Frontierland areas.

once again, castmember happy to pose for a pic with me :)
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whee! Me, William, and Jon riding the Tokyo Disneyland Railway (which interestingly enough, the station is on the 2nd floor over the Jungle Cruise station, and right next door to Tiki Room).
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so you get a nice view of the Jungle Cruise river, as you pull out of the station.
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Theming!
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some of these were rigged to move .. just slightly (like an ear, or slightly move it's head).. I like how they did that, to make you question if MAYBE it's real?
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across the Rivers of America, and to Splash Mountain
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this was the station for the Canoes to get over to Tom Sawyer Island.

I didn't go, and actually never made it back to even look at the station.. . so if/when I get back? on my list to do
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as the train comes back around, there really are some incredible views.. it's easy to forget your in a theme park.

that's part of the Mark Twain riverboat going around the corner up there.
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and here's the Mark Twain riverboat at it's dock, returning from it's journey around the river.
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the station for loading/unloading of the Riverboat. . .

had never been on it in the USA parks, but spoiler, I did take a ride on it in Japan.. just not on this day.
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what's this? we're passing right by Big Thunder Mountain.

this train ride is longer than I had been expecting..and really, VERY nice.
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whee!!!
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Dinosaur Bones? what's this?
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Ha !!! the train has an indoor section, that features Dinosaurs.

awesome!

LOL
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even a T-rex vs . . something. . .battle.

so fun.

to be continued in part III
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Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

Postby bert425 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:38 pm

TDL Day 1 part III
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as noted, the train station is above the Jungle Cruise station, so it's possible to get some lovely views from the train.
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hadn't noticed this crashed Stitch ship on the way in. . . saw it as we were leaving the train tho.
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oooo.. Swiss Family Robinson treehouse in Japan?

yes please.
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some nice views from this walkthru.
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after exiting the treehouse, a nice view of the Jungle Cruise (on left)/Train station (on right) combined stations.

it was 3pm (based on the clock there). . so time to head back to Blue Bayou for our lunch reservation. so we split off from William and headed over that way.
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random ghosts thruout the park.
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the Special Menu. . (this is what Jon ended up getting)
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here's the regular menu.

for ~$43 it was very decent food. I was not disappointed in my meal at all.

i ended up having:

Seasonal Soup (which was a tomato / vegetable soup)
Lobster Tail w/ Seafood Gumbo
Pecan Pie w/ Vanilla Ice cream for desert.
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yay.. success at getting into Blue Bayou!
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and tho we weren't seated right on the water? we were only 1 table away, so we very much were pleased with our seating.
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see? look how close!
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ambiance is very similar to the restaurant at the California park.
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my starter veggie soup
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rolls! all you care to eat rolls.. and they were so good.

(and stamped with Mickey's head, as was pointed out to us by our Waiter)
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he was so sweet, and made such a huge effort to converse with us, although he spoke no English. But he was a wonderful waiter.
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Mickey head on a sweet roll.

YUM!
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here is my lobster tail and gumbo
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and Jon's main
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my pecan pie desert looked exactly like the picture in the menu!

that doesn't happen in the United States much. . LOL
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We took our time eating, and by the time we were done, it was starting to turn to evening (all in all from when we "checked in" at the lobby, Blue Bayou took ~ 1 3/4 hours. but it was really good, and I'm so glad we did it.

When we were done i pinged William and we met back up over by Critter Country, to ride Splash Mountain.
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it wasn't dark yet, but the lights were starting to come on and the park coming alive.
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so pretty
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do we look like we're having fun? we were.. really really having fun.
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the Castmember who was directing folks at the entrance was a fun lady who spoke very clear English, and was thrilled to be able to use it. . so she got into a conversation with William about Disneyland in CA. . and she suggested we get single rider passes, and go in that line, since the Splash Mountain line was so long.

so we did.

but not before getting this pic with her.
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and this one. . we really did enjoy chatting with her for a few minutes.
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and when she found out it was my first time at the park, she said "wait a moment" and ran to the little stand at the entrance, and came back with this sticker.

(which amused Elissa, as apparently it's the sticker they give to kids that are finally tall enough to ride. . LOL. . I kept it as a souvenir). :)
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since we were in Single Rider, the way it works in Japan, is they don't just put you in the next open log. they ask those riding if they mind you joining them - and some people do say "no"

we didn't have any issues (I guess because we look like cuddly Americans (or Canadian in Jon's case), and we pretty much got seated with groups in back to back logs. . and the same thing happened at TDS on Indiana Jones).

I ended up in a log full of young ladies that were celebrating one's 18th birthday. They didn't speak a lot of English, but enough that we all sang Happy Birthday to her while on the ride, and chanted "Birthday Party Log!!" during the drop.

here's the pic. . . and just to note, Tokyo Disney was encouraging people to take pictures of the on-ride photos, so although I didn't buy this particular one, the picture was taken with encouragement of the Castmembers by the photo stand.

(Birthday Girl is in the front left, looking scared).
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yeah. . I found my happy place.
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theming out and about in Critter Country
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Fantasy Land at night. Dumbo doing it's thing.
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Pinocchio's journey. . but the only decent pic I have is of the outside mural from the car.
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Mad Hatter's Tea Party is called "Alice's tea party" here, but it's just as fun, and colorfully disorienting as the American versions.
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I see you Carousel. . .will get to you in a bit. that's still quite the line, so can wait till later.
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we crammed in a cup. . from our cup looking out.
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and looking in.
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ok. .I lied. . can't wait.

heh.
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but lots to look at while waiting in line
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the design work in Fantasyland really comes alive at night. . so amazing.
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speaking of amazing. . I mean, a Disney Castle Carousel is always gonna be a classic.
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awwwwww
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the Mansion, which looked great during the day, looks even better at night - even tho lit up, it's harder to see Jack's crashed sled on the roof at night.

(its there in this pic, just to the left of the Smokestacks. .but I think it was more visible during the day)
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ooo.. the ghost atmos-fears around Frontierland look so good lit up at night!
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back at the entrance to Splash Mountain/Critter Country. . . why had we come back here?

Because with the slight slope, it seemed like a great spot to watch:

"Dreamlights: the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade" !
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led by the spectacular Blue Fairy.
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wow
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the 45 year old "Pete" was a little creepy, LOL.. but the gigantic LED Elliot was spectacuar
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as was the Pirates of the Caribbean float
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Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

Postby bert425 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:47 pm

TDL day 1 part IV
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Toy Story!
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Aladdin and Jasmine never looked my way :(
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tho sadder was that the giant Genie float was broken during our visit, and never made an appearance during the 3 parades I saw.

Oh well, another thing to go back for.
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the Tangled float is impressive too
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Donald, Daisy, and the pigs? awesome.
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Chip and Dale
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Lilo and Stitch
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and the 3 Caballeros ?

man, deep bench out tonight. . loving it.
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the parade was wonderful. . really, really loved it.
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and then it was time to head back to bounce some more.

with Pooh's Hunny Hunt

the queue for this ride is incredible, as is the ride itself. . but man, such a great queue.
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Happy Castmembers
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and I remembered to take pics of the ride vehicles this time. .bouncy bouncy.

what hadn't we done yet. . hmm. . we passed Toontown, but hadn't gone in yet. . . so let's head over to:
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Roger Rabbit's Car-toon spin!

which in the evening, after the final parade, was almost a walk on.
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More spooky photo ops in ToonTown.
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tried it. . wasn't my favorite.
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some pumpkin scarecrows out in front of Mickey/Minnie/Goofy's house over in Toon Town.

Possible this is supposed to be Goofy?
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and then it was time for the short-ish, but cute, fireworks display that happens between the two parks (TDL/TDS).

not sure if there would usually have been something going on around the Castle - and it didn't happen because of the construction - or if it's standard that the fireworks happen as a "shared" between the parks.

still, any fireworks are fun to see.
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HA!. . i actually *forgot* that we rode Gadget's Go Coaster. . until I came across the pics while uploading them.

I guess it didn't leave much of an impression, but it looks like it would be a fun-ish ride.
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proof I rode, because I was at the station to take this pic. . LOL
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Minnie Pumpkin Scarecrow (so I guess the one earlier WAS Goofy)

Great decorations
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the mailbox at Mickey's house
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Pumpkin Mickey scarecrow. . .sorcerer version
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Minnie's mailbox
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thanks to Elissa (for identifying it), I'm including this pic of detail from the Big Thunder Mountain queue.

we must have swung by there on our way back to Fantasyland. I honestly couldn't place what it was, but there is a "B" "T" "M" in this mark here. . so that's got to be what it is.
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we were headed here tho. . it was getting close to 9:30 and the park was starting to empty out. So although Peter Pan wasn't a walk on, it was a way shorter line than it had been thruout the day.

as this is among my favorite Disney rides, I was eager to see how the Japanese version was.
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ride vehicles are similar (and have terrible capacity..so that's standard)
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Tink!
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she was buzzing around the loading station.
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this is London, with my fancy iPhone 8, that doesn't photograph movement well. .
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but I really liked how some of the pics came out, so sharing anyways.

who knew Peter Pan had Hyperspace??
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hey... a decent pic from the moving ride

nice neck there Wendy
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we got off Peter Pan about 9:50, so the park is only open for about 10 more minutes.

what should we do? Dumbo? (that's had a long line all day. . but nope it STILL has a line that will make us wait until after park close.. . . so will wait to ride this on Friday).
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yep! we'll get in line for Haunted Mansion Holiday!
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even after a long day, both the Castmembers and myself, are pretty happy & perky.

it's Disney Magic, I tells ya.
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this ride is so, so good. . .
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Park is now closed, and they are gently ushering folks out of Fantasyland and towards the front of the park.

awww. . topiary, that i hadn't noticed earlier by the Carousel.
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I think favorite pic taken today. . just the way the sky and the castle look. .
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stopping on way out to take pics of the displays in the main courtyard in front of the castle.

very fun and spooky!
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Micky Jack-o-Lantern. . fantastic.
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from the display area, looking towards Main Street and the front entrance

love that you can make out the Walt & Mickey silhouette in the center of the pic
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and looking back at the castle.

not fully lit due to construction, but still pretty.
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a few other displays - on the other side of the courtyard. . . such great decorations.
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and then time to head out.
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Postby bert425 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:53 pm

last handful - TDL Day 1
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sad to go, but it had been a really long day, and I'd be back in a couple of days.
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the Monorail station looks so great at night.
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yep.. . I was here.

and I look a little run down now. . LOL
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not bad. . . we were able to hover in the park a good 40 minutes after official close, to take pics, and browse the shops in the front.

but yeah, was fading pretty fast. . luckily, our Hotel was only 1 stop on the Monorail
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random posters in the Monorail while riding back to hotel.
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before heading up to the rooms, Jon and I headed over to the convenience store in the lobby to grab a drink and snack. This gallery store next to it was selling some really nice Disney stuff.

but it was never open when I was actually IN the hotel.

which i guess is the universe saying I don't need it.
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but it was quite nice.

hope you enjoyed looking at the many pics from my 1st day at the Tokyo Disneyland park.

time to get some sleep, as up early tomorrow again, as it was gonna be my 1st time at Tokyo DisneySea, and I was really excited about it!

so saying goodnights, and up to the room to shower and into bed, to dream of Mickey.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:56 pm

Great report! Tokyo really does have the best parades.
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Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

Postby bert425 » Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:12 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! Tokyo really does have the best parades.


agreed!

and tho the weather mostly cooperated with us, threats of storms (and some light drizzle) affected other days. . resulting in my also getting to see the "rain version" of several of the parades.

which was just as adorable! the rain version seemed to be the parades without the marching castmembers between floats (to make the parades quicker), and the characters/castmembers who were in the parade, wearing adorable rain-gear

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Postby PKI Jizzman » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:08 am

Wow those parades will definitely take up a lot of space on your phone! So many pictures to capture. You really did a lot in 1 day at TDL! I can't imagine how even MORE amazing this place will be when those who don't have a Japanese phone are able to make reservations/fastpass/etc on digital.

Ugh I miss that view from the Tokyo Hilton Bay. All of TDR was just so energetic and memorable during the Halloween time. It was impossible not to get caught up in all of the celebrations and activities.

Hearing all of the cast members say "Happy Halloween!!!" was the best. Okay maybe the CMs saying "Yeeeeehawwwww" at Big Thunder might have been the best, haha. Can't wait for more!
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Postby bert425 » Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:08 pm

PKI Jizzman wrote:Wow those parades will definitely take up a lot of space on your phone! So many pictures to capture. You really did a lot in 1 day at TDL! I can't imagine how even MORE amazing this place will be when those who don't have a Japanese phone are able to make reservations/fastpass/etc on digital.

Ugh I miss that view from the Tokyo Hilton Bay. All of TDR was just so energetic and memorable during the Halloween time. It was impossible not to get caught up in all of the celebrations and activities.

Hearing all of the cast members say "Happy Halloween!!!" was the best. Okay maybe the CMs saying "Yeeeeehawwwww" at Big Thunder might have been the best, haha. Can't wait for more!


totally agreed on all of this :)

tho having the app (and Jon having a Disney account already) made things better in terms of we were able to get a booking at Blue Bayou & Magellen (the next day at TDS). . actually meant spending less time at attractions, since we spent 1 1/2-2 hours at each meal.

both were worth it tho, and it really just means need more days to spend at the park.

No luck getting tix to the hard-to-get dinner/show in Frontierland tho. but that was a several hour commitment on the last evening at TDL. . so I guess I'll look at it as a positive that we got a few more rides on Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Mountain instead :)

and yeah, the Parades can use up a lot of pics. sheesh, if I took this many? Imagine how many Brad, or Eric have on their cameras! Luckily, no photography is allowed at the shows, otherwise, i'd have even more pics to go thru, since William, Jon, and I managed to hit almost every "show" that Disney offered - with a couple of exceptions (didn't make it into "One Man's Dream" at TDL, and missed a show at TDS).
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Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

Postby Satans Hockey » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:37 am

Great report! Couldn't agree more about how amazing and happy the staff are there. Not that it ruins Orlando or California by an means but after visiting it really does make me wish they were both more like Tokyo, especially the guests who attend the parks lol

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Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

Postby bert425 » Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:00 pm

Satans Hockey wrote:Great report! Couldn't agree more about how amazing and happy the staff are there. Not that it ruins Orlando or California by an means but after visiting it really does make me wish they were both more like Tokyo, especially the guests who attend the parks lol



thanks :)

and agreed. . . the cast members there were so awesome, and several went out of their way to really help!

not just the Guest Services lady who helped us out with the app in this update, but also multiple folks on the last day who helped me find the Haunted Mansion Candy Holders - that seriously were a scavenger hunt, as they actually weren't where they were supposed to be (in either of the locations) on the printed map.

But those working at those locations sent me to other places who sent me to other places, who sent me to where they were actually being sold! All done with very little English, but with a TON of gusto, and desire to help me find them.

it worked out in my favor they weren't where the pamphlet said they would be, as if they were where the pamphlet stated? bet woulda been sold out and I would have missed my opportunity to pick up a couple! (Jon got some too)
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