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Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:12 pm

So here is the situation, I have been traveling with US Airways for many years (back when they were still named America West) so I have accumulated many frequent flyer miles (over a million to be exact). In February it was announced that US Airways (the new American) will be dropping Star Alliance program and switching to One World program which upon inspection has a lot of airlines that just aren't very well known so me and pops started booking trips using our miles on Star Alliance before we couldn't anymore. We booked a week long trip to Japan for the first week of October and I decided why not take the month of October off and visit my wife and daughter in Guangzhou China and while there visit some parks in that region. Enough about my boring story on to the report...


First a few disclaimers...

1. I didn't actually decide on posting a trip report until I got to China so my pictures from Japan are a bit lacking but enough people on TPR have amazing pictures of everything Japan so sorry about that.

2. The camera in the HTC ONE MAX phone is crap (ultra pixels is a crap gimmick, too bad I found out after my trip was finished) so the pictures aren't the best quality like I had hoped. I was fighting with getting good pictures while in China because the camera was having a hard time with the hazy skies and I kept trying different filters so please forgive me for this.


Now to the first group of pictures, pre-Disney...
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Obviously using miles we booked first class on the United 747. Personally I would never pay for first class when business works just the same at a third the price but when in Rome.
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Pops came along for the Japan portion of the trip.
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We arrived the same day Typhoon Phanfone hit Japan, we were delayed in San Francisco for 6 hours so we would arrive just after it hit Tokyo. The captain announced this was the typhoon when we flew over it.
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Honestly my favorite country in the world and I have arrived.
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Our hotel for the stay was the Hilton Tokyo Bay. If you are planning a trip to Tokyo Disney this really is a great alternative to the Disneyland hotel, the room rates are fare, we found this hotel to be slightly more English language friendly than the Disneyland hotel, it is a Disney good neighbor hotel and has all the Disney transportation nearby PLUS if you are a Hilton Honors member you can use your points to book this hotel.
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The room was comfortable with 2 twin beds and plenty of room to move about.
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From our room we could see both Disney parks. The rooms on the other side of the hotel overlook Tokyo Bay.
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The bathroom was nice with everything you would find in an American hotel.
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Including a shower and tub (with a TV)...
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And a western toilet (owning a home in China and traveling there often I have become very happy when I find a Western toilet while in Asia, I still cant get used to the hole in the floor). The controls for the toilet are only in Japanese so know the pictures because I accidently hit the bidet button on my first trip to Japan and what a surprise that was.
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There are these cool "retro" buses that take you from the hotel to the monorail station.
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Nothing says Disney like a giant Mickey head rear window. The tail lights are also "hidden" Mickeys.
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Inside the bus is just like the monorail with Mickey head handles.
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The air vents have that "retro" feel to them.
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:23 am

Our visit to the TDR was 3 days so we bought the 3 day pass (day 1 at Tokyo Disneyland, Day 2 at Tokyo Disneysea and day 3 park hopper between the two parks) I will break this up into two groups the first being Tokyo Disneyland and the second Tokyo Disneysea.

On to Tokyo Disneyland...
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Must take the customary selfie at the entrance to Tokyo Disneyland.
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Tokyo Disney's castle in all its glory.
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Fantasia Mickey welcoming us to the castle.
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Main Street U.S.A. err... Japan
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Love the architecture of the buildings.
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I see this poor little Japanese woman and all I could think was them balloons were gonna carry her away like in the movie UP.
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Mandatory Space Mountain shot.
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Still my favorite dark ride anywhere. Come on American Disney parks, trackless dark rides are the way to go.
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Christopher Robins' room.
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The first "page" as we enter the que.
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Trying to get "artsy fartsy" but the crap camera in the phone just would not allow it.
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The Peter Pan ride is a clone of Disneyland's, but better, because it is in Japan.
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The grand carousel. As you can see the park was very busy, and this was a Tuesday the day after a major Typhoon hit the area.
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Inside Philharmagic.
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Beauty And The Beast display inside Philharmagic.
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It's a Small World was closed "for our future enjoyment" Cough Cough Hint Hint.
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Just a random shot of the plaza while waiting 90 minutes for the Monsters inc. shine a flashlight at things ride. Okay it's called Ride and go Seek.
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Cant be a Disneyland without the Dumbo ride.
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Oh Disney and your perfectly manicured lawns.
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Always on the lookout at Disney parks to where they pay homage to Walt and Roy's father Elias Disney. Found it on a building in Frontierland.
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At Tokyo Disneyland New Orleans Square is actually part of Adventureland which means that Pirates Of The Carribean is located there also.
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The Blue Bayou restaurant is in Tokyo Disneyland and just like its California counterpart you dine on the Pirates Of The Carribean river. Sadly there is no Club 33 here, from what I could see anyway.
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SURE, looks like a perfect photo spot to me.
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It was Halloween time...
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...so the park had its Halloween decorations and displays out...
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...which meant Haunted Mansion Holiday was in full swing.
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To me this is the nicest looking Haunted Mansion of all the Disney parks.
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Love the employee uniforms at Haunted Mansion, they really fit the mood of the ride.
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The attention to detail in the rockwork just for the que is really amazing.
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BOO!!! muahahaha
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Inside the Queen of Hearts banquet hall, it is a cafeteria style restaurant and the food is pretty good. And no it was not off with anyone's head, although it was Halloween time.
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The dining area inside the Queen of Hearts dining hall. It was very visually pleasing.


Warning : the following are just random statues.
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Top 5 wood : 1. the Beast (Kings Island), 2. Wood Coaster (Knights Valley, Shenzhen China), 3. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure), 4. the Voyage (Holiday World) 5. Ghostrider (Knott's Berry Farm)

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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby SharkTums » Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:04 am

Love it so far!!!

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Postby rctneil » Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:23 am

Great report. Thanks for sharing. And yes I agree on Winnie the Pooh being an awesome trackless dark ride.
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:26 am

So just for fun here is a video of Buzz Lightyear speaking Japanese from the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters que.



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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby cfc » Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:12 am

There can never be enough photos of Tokyo Disney on TPR.
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:14 pm

cfc wrote:There can never be enough photos of Tokyo Disney on TPR.


Agreed, I should have said there are enough good quality photos.
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Top 5 wood : 1. the Beast (Kings Island), 2. Wood Coaster (Knights Valley, Shenzhen China), 3. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure), 4. the Voyage (Holiday World) 5. Ghostrider (Knott's Berry Farm)

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Postby la2lvtom » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:09 pm

Here is a video of the full 11 minute journey on the Tokyo Disneyland railroad. I originally shot this video because I found the HD 60fps setting on my phone and I wanted to try it out.


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Top 5 wood : 1. the Beast (Kings Island), 2. Wood Coaster (Knights Valley, Shenzhen China), 3. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure), 4. the Voyage (Holiday World) 5. Ghostrider (Knott's Berry Farm)

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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:54 pm

Alright time to post up pics from Tokyo Disneysea. In this series I will post pics as you go around the park so there will be day and night pictures mixed together, please understand. Now on to the pics...
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Gotta start with the park selfie. Since Disneysea does not have a proper entrance like other parks pops and I took our selfie in front of the medeterranian sea with mount Prometheus in the background.
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As you enter Disneysea (under the Mira Costa hotel) and veer left you pass Medeterranian harbor, The theming in this area is very beautiful.
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Past Medeterranian harbor you come to the American Waterfront section of the park where you come across this amazing looking building, the Tower of Terror.
Top 5 steel : 1. Nemesis (Alton Towers), 2. Millenium Force (Cedar Point), 3. Flying Dinosaur (Universal Studios Japan), 4. Incredible Hulk (IOA), 5. Parrot Coaster (Chimelong Ocean Kingdom)

Top 5 wood : 1. the Beast (Kings Island), 2. Wood Coaster (Knights Valley, Shenzhen China), 3. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure), 4. the Voyage (Holiday World) 5. Ghostrider (Knott's Berry Farm)

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Postby la2lvtom » Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:26 pm

Oops! Note to self do not hit the enter button when arranging photos...

Lets try this again, Disneysea pics part 2...
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The lobby in the Tower of Terror is very nicely detailed.
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The broken elevator shaft, and they just got done carving all that beautiful Italian marble. What a shame.
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the lighting on the building is beautiful at night. I really love this version of the Tower Of Terror, the story is unique and actually it carries over into other sections of the park, The effects are amazing (I stood right next to the statue during the pre-show and still could not see how they did it). I would say this is the best of all the Tower Of Terrors if it wasn't for the OTS seatbelts on the ride portion so I still give the nod to Orlando but if the ride vehicle ever goes to lap bars only this version would be perfect in every detail.
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Tucked away in a corner by Tower Of Terror is the new land, Toyville Trolley Park.
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This new "land" is small but contains a few midway games, the mr. Potato Head carnival barker animatronic and of course Toy Story Mania. This is the new hotness here, 30 minutes after the park is open to the public there is a 4 hour wait for this ride and 90 minutes after the park opens all fast passes for the day have been given out. Word of advice go straight to the fast pass line when the park opens, wait the 40 minutes in the fast pass line then when you get your fast pass you can walk on ToT and Journey since everyone is in line at Toy Story Mania.
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The Toy Story Mania que is much like Orlando's except the mr. Potato Head animatronic is outside in his own area.
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Continuing through the American Waterfront this is the sailing day buffet, its a little pricey but the food is good and various "non-Disney" characters stroll about and interact with guests.
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Welcome to the Port Of New York.
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A large ocean liner within the confines of Disney.
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I present to you the Columbia sailing ship. All this time going to Disneysea I always thought this was a retired working cruise ship but come to find out it was built solely for Disney, another fun fact I came across that I never knew... this park was originally intended to be built in Long Beach, California (I knew that part) and this ship was always planned to be named Columbia as an ode to the Columbia sailing ship at Disneyland.
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From the bow of the ship looking back. And yes I did do the Titanic "king of the world" impersonation.
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From the SS Columbia looking towards Medeterranian harbor.
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From the SS Columbia looking towards American Waterfront.
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From the SS Columbia looking towards Tokyo bay with downtown Tokyo in the background and the Monorail on the other side of the stone breaker wall.
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Most people don't realize there is a second ship in this area, a fishing vessel.
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As you continue walking you come to the Cape Cod portion of American Waterfront. My mother is from Cape Cod, Hyannis Port to be exact (she grew up about a mile from the Kennedy compound), I showed her pics of this area the first time I visited Disneysea and commented it has the same look and feel as where she grew up so good job Disney.
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Cape Cod.
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This is the Town Hall building that houses a counter service restaurant with good ol' fashioned American food. If you enter the door on the left it is a standard seating area but if you enter the door on the right you will be treated to a show featuring Duffy the bear.
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Some of the decorations in the restaurant.
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The cannon in front of Town Hall.
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Cape Cod waterfront, this definitely reminds me of my grandmothers house.
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Cape Cod waterfront.
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Go on up to the lighthouse and take a few minutes to stop and just look out over the water, very peaceful and relaxing.
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Continue walking and you come across the Port Discovery section of the park. There are only 2 rides here and I will get slack for this but they are my favorite rides here at Disneysea, Aquatopia and Storm Rider (plus the station for the Electric Railway.
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This is the show building for Storm Rider which is a big clunky version Star Tours. The ride film is old and grainy, the ride vehicle shakes and rattles as it moves, the pre show is kinda lame plus depending on where you sit you get more wet than on most flume rides but something about this ride just makes me smile from beginning to end.
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The Fast Pass area for Storm Rider is nicely themed to the area.
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All these years and that leak is still there.
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Disney's Electric Railway in front of Mount Prometheus taken from Port Discovery.
Top 5 steel : 1. Nemesis (Alton Towers), 2. Millenium Force (Cedar Point), 3. Flying Dinosaur (Universal Studios Japan), 4. Incredible Hulk (IOA), 5. Parrot Coaster (Chimelong Ocean Kingdom)

Top 5 wood : 1. the Beast (Kings Island), 2. Wood Coaster (Knights Valley, Shenzhen China), 3. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure), 4. the Voyage (Holiday World) 5. Ghostrider (Knott's Berry Farm)

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