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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Japanese Adventure

Postby x2isawesome » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:01 pm

I really hope there is going to be some sort of disney add on or something for the 2013 japan trip because after seeing yet another amazing looking series of pictures from disneysea, I feel my life is not complete unless I see if for myself.
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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Japanese Adventure

Postby larrygator » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:24 pm

^I find it unlikely that a TPR trip to Japan would not include an add-on option to Disney before of after the TPR trip. And if an official add-on is not offered, Elissa will help any participants with the logistics of doing it themselves.
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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Japanese Adventure

Postby OldJJman » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:14 pm

larrygator wrote:^I find it unlikely that a TPR trip to Japan would not include an add-on option to Disney before of after the TPR trip. And if an official add-on is not offered, Elissa will help any participants with the logistics of doing it themselves.


I second that. In fact, I would go so far as to say that any Japan trip w/o a Tokyo Disney option would probably never happen.

(I could be wrong, but I seriously doubt it.)


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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Japanese Adventure

Postby David H » Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:45 pm

And those who've been there will know why!

I mean, it's mainly because of Tokyo Disney that I'm even doing Japan this year. When I first started planning the trip for TPR China, and looking for flights on British Airways partners for award travel, I discovered that there were large fuel surcharges, but not if I took American Airlines, which would mean a Tokyo layover each way. And with the new way they calculate award travel, it was far more miles to book it as one journey on two airlines than to book it as separate legs. Which got me thinking. If I'm going to have to stop in Tokyo and allow time to get my bags and check back in, how could I sit there at the airport so close to Tokyo Disney and not go to the parks? Especially since they would be separate flights anyways, so I could make it a full stop with no penalties. (In fact, quite the opposite.) But that set the ball rolling for what is turning out to be 12 days in Japan both before and after the China trip! In fact, I'm going everywhere on this leg of the TPR Japan trip that Fivv has recounted here.

And it's all because of Disney! I'm very much looking forward to going back. In fact, they will very likely be my last parks of the year. And I'll get to see the whole Halloween lighting and theming package this time, too!

The irony, though, is that I ended up taking so long planning everything with all of the Japan extensions that the flights home on AA booked up for award travel, and I'm now taking Japan Airlines, with a nearly $300 fuel surcharge! At least it's a direct flight, though!

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Japanese Adventure

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:57 am

TDS Rawks!

And thanks for the reminders of why, Divv.

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Japanese Adventure

Postby Hhappy » Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:52 am

Tokyo DisneySea is worth the trip by itself. Just bummed it's so far away..
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Part Twelve: TOKYO DISNEYLAND!

Postby Divv3k » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:25 pm

After a fun evening at Tokyo DisneySea it was time to spend a day at the older neighbour - Tokyo Disneyland!

Being a big fan of Disney's Magic Kingdom style parks I really loved this park a lot. It has great versions all the Magic Kingdom staples as well as a few unique rides thrown in. And then there's one ride which kind of exists in the other parks but really is nothing like the version in Japan...

Pooh's Hunny Hunt is one of the best dark rides in the world. Seriously, it's insane. The trackless system and sheer random fun of the ride just make you laugh and smile from start to finish, it's absolutely incredible!

The new Monsters Inc ride is also good and an interested variation of the shooting dark ride. It certainly attracts a lot of guests!

Seeing as this was a Saturday the park did get very crowded in the afternoon but a few of us took some special steps to avoid getting caught up in the huge lines. Read on...
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It’s an early start but it doesn’t get better in the morning than getting on these monrails!
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Playing the role of Colin today – Paul.
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Despite it being late June, for some reason Tokyo Disney’s Easter event was still going on. Works for me!
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Unlike the other Magic Kingdom’s around the world, instead of Main Street we have World Bazaar here in Tokyo. It’s like Main Street except with the added Japaneseness of a cover!
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First stop today – the unbelievably amazing POOH!!!
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TPDave usually has to visit his own special websites to see pictures of a donkey getting nailed in the behind.
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Haunted Mansion next? Don’t mind if we do!
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Randomly, Fantasyland is the location for Haunted Mansion in Tokyo! Doesn’t make the ride any less good!
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Unfortunately TPDave did not chase any bears into any caves.
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Umm, maybe we better wait until Fast Pass time before trying to get on Big Thunder.
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With the line at Big Thunder in such a gihugic state I finally got to pop my Country Bears cherry!
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Strawberry and Lime Pseudo-Dole Whip? You betcha!
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This is where we managed to valley a boat right before a drop. Well done TPR!
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The pirates animatronics are getting more lifelike by the year!
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Mmm… Waffles…
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I think this ought to cover a waffle or two?
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There’s a different range of waffles to choose from… They’re waffly versatile.
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Never has Mickey’s face tasted so good!!
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Light-o-speed-o!!!
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We got lucky on Japanese Star Tours and got the Death Star ending.
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All over the park there would be these random egg shaped versions of Disney characters. It is Easter after all!
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The big attraction now in Tomrrowland is Monsters Inc. Looks awesome from the outside!
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And the queue looks great too. Being a big fan of the movie it was really cool to walk through the building.
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The ride itself is kind of a shooting dark ride but instead of scores and lasers you shine a torch on things to make them move! It’s good fun, especially for people like me who tend to suck at the usual shooting dark rides.
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OMG, look at that beastly monster! Check out Roz too!
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About halfway through the day we took a little break from Disney to ride an inverted monorail and go on a quick credit run to a little park not too far away...
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Here it is.. Chiba Zoo!
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Yes, we’re awesome!
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It’s more than just a Vekoma – it’s a rare and exclusive Vekoma, like no one’s ever rode before!!
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Cha-ching!
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It's just a Vekoma POV!
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Electronic animal takeover!
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If only Erik were here to tell us exactly what this ride was called…
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OMG, a Big Wheel!
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I see we’re not the only coaster enthusiasts in town…
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Thanks Chiba Zoo! It was a nice break from the crowds at Disney and another chance to experience Tokyo’s awesome public transport system!
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Back to business though and there’s some more Disneyland action to be had!
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Splash Mountain seemed exactly the same as Florida to me. Which meant it was great! Plus we managed to skip a horrendously long standby line by using the little-utilised single rider option.
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How about Japanese Jungle Cruise? Okay!
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TPJungleboy.
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Does anyone have any soldeirs to go with this Pluto egg?? No?
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Paul and Jim do their best to blend in with the locals ahead of the parade.
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Here we go! I think we’re in for a treat!
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Ooh la la! I like this parade! Although it was literally five floats long which was a bit weird. But nevermind because it then meant we had time to head over to…
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Car Toon Spin! I really love the Roger Rabbit movie and having never been to California before I really was quite excited for this!
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Quick, run while they’re still inside!
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Not content with riding the one rollerskater today we were more than happy to double down!
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“Hello, I’m TPDave, trolley, trolley, trolley!”
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OMG, Curry Popcorn tasted fantastic, probably my second favourite flavour in the resort!
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As you can tell, Larry absolutely LOVED Pinocchio!
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And we finish our day at Tokyo Disneyland just as we begun – on Pooh! Seriously it’s incredible. Right up there with the likes of Spider-man when it comes to dark rides.
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Well that was another amazing day at Tokyo Disneyland! But wait! There’s more!

After our second day on the resort our tickets became Park Hopper tickets which means there’s a lot more Tokyo Disney fun to come!
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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Japanese Adventure

Postby David H » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:25 pm

I can't wait to get back to Tokey Disney. Which rides have single rider lines? I don't recall if we noticed any of them when I was there!

Also, I wonder why they only let you park hop on the third day and onward. Probably to entice you to splurge on extra days?

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Japanese Adventure

Postby larrygator » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:43 pm

David H wrote:I can't wait to get back to Tokey Disney. Which rides have single rider lines? I don't recall if we noticed any of them when I was there!

Also, I wonder why they only let you park hop on the third day and onward. Probably to entice you to splurge on extra days?


The following rides are currently listed on the TDL Resort website as having Single Rider Lines
Splash Mountain
Raging Spirits
Tower of Terror (SR line was closed during our visit last year)
Indiana Jones

The Indy Single Rider line is very efficient.

With Japan being such a conservative society, for rides with two abreast seating (Splash Mountain and Raging Spirits) the person with the empty seat next to them has to agree the have a single rider sit next to them. So if there is a group of 3 or 5 the ride operator will ask them if a single rider can sit next to them. We also encountered this same practice at Universal on Space Fantasy. Generally Japanese guys would have no problem with a stranger sitting next to them but women (especially school age) were not always so welcoming of Westerners.
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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Japanese Adventure

Postby BeemerBoy » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:58 pm

They’re waffly versatile.

Well crafted!

Oh, and thanks for the look at the inverted monorail.
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