Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:47 pm

"Cats in Disney Sea! No darnit, not The Musical..."

C - the third letter of the alphabet, a number that I find as good luck
in any form or combination. So here it is - The Three C's -

Clam-shaped Sandies;
Cats in the Landscape;
Cafe Portofino...

After I met up with David, we went for something to eat, and I had already
looked at the menu at Sebastion's Calypso Kitchen in Mermaid lagoon. We had
some nice sandwiches (with shell shaped bread!) there, and then continued toruing
around the back of the park.

We did re-rides on "Raging Spirits", but as Single Riders, so David was essentially
"on his own" for this one. And he survived, heh heh! I was so proud of him....

Back to the mountain and another "Journey" followed by another undersea adventure,
thanks to "20K". A stop for beverages, and then eventually working our way back to
the front of the park, particularly the Cafe Portofino, which offered a great selection
of chicken and pasta dishes. And Italian beers as well. One of which I did - not - like.
I just found it too "sour" for my tastes, if such a description exists for beer. But I
was able to find something else, that I had had in another part of the park. Whew!

We settled on the outside patio table area of Portofino, with food and drink to
enjoy, and people watch, and volcano watching for fire burps, from hour to hour.
And when we were close to our last FastPass, we headed back to "Jouney," enjoyed
it one more time, then came back to ou patio table, which was still pretty empty.

I also missed taping a sudden downpour that happened when we were eating! It
only lasted for several minutes, but still. It would have made a great little video, lol.

So now, we're back at Cafe Portofino, just having drinks now, and waiting and hoping
that "Fantasmic" will be a 'go' that evening. Happily, it was....
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For our afternoon meal, this was the menu at Sebastion's Calypso Kitchen in Mermaid Lagoon.
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A few examples (I love Japanese fake food!) of the menu. But we were interested in the pork sandwich, so we both went with that.
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Voila - "Dinner is Served" - oops <blush> wrong movie....
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Great shape of the sandwiches! Always adding to the theme, even small things like this, is what Disney does best. (And the sandwich was awesome, too!)
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A nice plant arrangement, outside along a path.
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It says.... "Trust With No Stain". Perhaps for a laundry detergent? :P
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Awww, Goofy is still not getting the fan-love he deserves! <sad>
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Score one for Single Riding! David is happy..and still alive he finds, lol.
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Something nice and cool, back at Base Camp Grill. And look - new headband!
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And look! Cats! A mother and her two kittens were wandering around the landscaping between Raging Spirits and Base Camp Grill. They hung around, and so did a small group of us kitty stalkers, lol.
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I'm sure these three are getting a better deal, than the ones in Disneyland, lol! So much landscaping to get lost in, here.
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These are the two little runts. Never keeping still enough for a pose, heh. Exploring all around... except near us.
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Another shot of Mermaid Lagoon. Mmmmm I love the view of this, daytime and night time.
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Before we hit Journey, I get my usual TDS visit photo, taken with my buddy here. And he's always there!
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And this is it - the best pic David could get of our Fave Monster in all of The Disney Kingdom.
(IMhO) And still not happy with us being there.... (DbM)
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Beautiful lighting effects in the cavern entry area of "Journey".
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Some nice plantings in pots, on our way to Cafe Portofino.
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This is what your first see, when you enter the Cafe. <drools> But we went for pasta dishes instead, with seafood. And drinks.
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Unfortunately, my first Italian beer was not a hit. So I changed to something else, that other parts of the park, were selling as well.
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Ooops - I totally forgot The Food Shot with this one! It was so delish and by my third beer...well, here's the end of it.
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:31 pm

FANTASMIC is a Go! (o: Our last night ends. )o:

So, after zipping up into Mysterious island for a FP'd re-ride of "Journey", we came back down
to where we anted to view Famtasmic! from. Usually, when they cancelled a showing, it was
something like less than fifteen minutes, truth! They go that close, and it must be really
sad for them, since the show is supposed to be AWE-SOME. But with fireworks. And rain/wind
don't let 'the show must go on."

Until this last night we were at the park. Nothing said over the loud speakers, and by five minutes
to the hour, we were really hoping for the best. Then we moved to what turned out to be a
great viewing spot. They rope off an area to the right of the lagoon, near us at the Cafe
Portofino, for wheelchair viewing. We as gp are allowed to stand up to where the rope stops us.

And with twenty feet or so between us and the water's edge...only three wheelchairs. We had
total head clearance of the show, which we were very surprised at, since we just joined the
audience ten minutes before it started. And years ago, i spent up an hour to wait for these
TDS shows, Mythica and BraviSEAmo! Now I know better. :wink:

The show was great, the best part for myself was The Dragon making its appearance. And of
coyrse all those wonderful disney fireworks used through-out the show. Very cool in the Harbour.

After that, we headed back to the hotel, and I just sat staring out the window as lights went
out on attractions here and there in both parks. <sad>

But <HAPPINESS HERE> next week, I'll start going through what I am (in)famous for...
My Souvenirs Haul. And with this kind of tour - it's all mostly about Disney, woo hoo!!!
Can't wait to "show and tell" about everything... :mickey:

(EDIT To Add: David and myself actually saw the original Fantasmic, at DL back in March of 1996.
So it was a real treat seeing this one for our first time, so many years later etc. Very cool.
We also have a couple of park photos taken from the [then] parking lot in front of DL. Memories...)
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Here's where our view of Mt.P was, from the Cafe Portofino.
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David in position, to catch Mt.P when it has a 'burp' or two. (o;
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Success! A rumbly in the tumbly, lol! (DbM)
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Then, a good one! They were very intermittent, though. We couldn't time them apart,
for all the hours we spent there, lol. (DbM)
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After that - Fantasmic starts... (And after this first shot, I just didn't take any more pix of it. I wanted to see it with my own eyes, and NOT through a camera lens. So the rest are from David. xox me)
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(DbM)
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(DbM)
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And..... A Fountain. This reminds me. They should drown That Sorcerer's Hat at the Disney Studios. Just a thought. :P (DbM)
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Brooms - it had to be - broomsss...EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEp. (DbM)
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I think this was where The Dragon shows up. (DbM)
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I love firey BOOMS! (DbM) {firey?}
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SPOILER ALERT... Yeah, I think this where The Dragon...Blows up <shock> (DbM)
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Then it goes nutso-FIREWORKS-crazy! (DbM)
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Then, one more gasp of fire - and it calms down - and it's over.
Perfect. Will see it again, next visit for sure. (DbM)
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:38 pm

~ July 8/13 - Heading Home ~

We had our last breakfast at the lovely Tokyo Hilton
Garden Lounge Restaurant buffet. We'd miss it.

Then, happily, a non-stop flight to home. :b
No running for transfers, or such junk.

(On-Ride Photos to follow...)
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I thought I would try the Japanese "pig snout".....hee hee. It was lotus root, ha!
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<shudders> Thankfully, not ours.
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And we're off, to home!
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Some beuatiful views, through the night/day/night/whatever, lol.
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:45 pm

~ But First, Some On-Ride Photos! ~

We did manage to get a few on-ride photos during the tour,
alhough most of them, natch, were at Disney,. And all the
others were at Fuji and Sea Paradise.

The first three, if you've been following this report along, you
have already seen. The Sea Paradise Park one, we decided
to get as a fridge magnet, then discovered at home, the little
thing could be sat upright on a table, etc! So, it's ON TOP of
the fridge, not on the fridge itself, LOL.

The other two were for walk-throughs at Fuji-Q. The first one was
some kind of "Prison Break" thing we had to gallop through in less
than ten minutes..or/and we lost! <boo hoo> The second one was from
the park's famous walk-through, "Haunted Hospital". And walking
through that attraction was four times as long as "Prison Break", lol!

But it was good and really intense at times. I would do it again.
Even all of those stairs, ha ha.
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:00 pm

And here's the rest of the on-ride photos, mostly at DIsney resort,
with one other photo from Fuji-Q, I am most fond of..... :wink:
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Indy first.
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The whole thing, with the photo. And Indy has a Single Riders Line, too! Raging Spirits as well, and Tower of Terror from time to time, although not advertised on the park maps
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Close-up on all of us in the jeep.
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And WTF is that kid doing behind us???
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Then there's the wet one. The only attraction in Tokyo Disneyland (I believe still) that has the Single Rider line.
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The whole thing.
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Close up on us.
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I love the packaging of this on-ride pic!
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The whole thing. Going.....down?
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Us. Reacting. Golden.
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Takabisha in Fuji-Q has a lovely on-ride photo display card.
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Open, the whole thing.
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Our close up. And don't Elissa and I look OMG excited about riding Takabisha? :P
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Group shot of the back of the photo holders.
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Hilltopper39 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:36 pm

Looks like you had a great time!

Every time I see a report that has some kind of menu for food I can't help but do the Yen to dollar conversion and it still amazes me how relatively "cheap" some of the stuff at the Tokyo parks is. Pork sandwich with french fries and a drink for 900 yen, or about $10? I feel like that meal would be about $15 in Orlando. How do some of the sit down restaurants compare?

Again, thanks for the awesome report, I now want to get to Tokyo worse than ever. One of these days......

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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby David H » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:13 pm

Yeah, I was amazed that reasonably priced -- and tasty! -- food could be had at the Tokyo Disney parks, even if the portions weren't all that big. I really loved the chicken legs they had near Raging Spirits, which helped pass the time. And I also enjoyed the Rueben sandwiches in the NY deli (both in Disneysea), which I'd eat while watching Fantasmic. I had several of each over my days there!

By the way, the rides with single rider can vary. On my visit last Fall, they only had it for one ride in each park: Splash Mountain and Indy. I even double-checked with guest relations to make sure I didn't miss any. For each, you got in the Fastpass line, then split off at the point where you would normally turn in your fastpass.
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby azza29 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:04 pm

That Indy ride photo is really impressive - definitely worth shelling out extra for.

Great TR, by the way - looks like you guys had a fantastic time in Japan!
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:22 pm

^^^ The conversion was really good IMhO, so that 1000 Yen was literally $10 Cdn, at that time.
And there are so many good places in both parks to get everything from flavoured popcorn,
to full meals, and everything else in between to snack on. We didn't do any table service
restaurants in either park, sorry. I still want to do that buffet (Sailing Day Buffet) in Disney Sea, heh heh.

^^ Yeah, I knew that they varied their Single Rider queues depending on the season and the
theme currently happening at the parks. I must say, though, in the three times I have been to
the Tokyo Disney Resort, three Single Rider Line queues always existed: Splash Mountain in DL, and
Raging Spirits and Indy in TDS. I do remember a Single Riders line opening up (from time
to time) at Journey and definitely one at Tower of Terror. All in the timing of the visit, hmm? :wink:

^ Do a TPR Japan Tour! Robb and Elissa (as well as most of the rest of us) are in :lover: with Japan,
and the tours seem to be happening every one-two years now. So start saving up and you're sure
of an amazingly awesome time in Japan!
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Here's a photo I took of Raging Spirits, then totally forgot to transfer it to my trip folders!
I loved the purple crawling all over it, as well as the dark red light on the ride's tracks.
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby azza29 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:11 pm

^Oh, I absolutely intend to! After reading your, Chuck's and Robb's TRs I am completely convinced that this is somewhere I *need* to visit!
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