Well the moment is here.... Tokyo Disneyland!
In the morning we all met one last time to receive our Monorail passes from Elissa. Since Tokyo Disney has to charge for the monorail this card gave us unlimited free access for our remaining days. After this we all made our way to Bayside station to circle the resort to get to the entrance for Disneyland.
When we arrived about an hour before opening there was already a line up but that would significantly grow while we waited. While we waited we planned out how to conquer the park and thanks to some tips from Robb we had a pretty good idea how to do it. Thanks to Sean who volunteered to run our tickets to the Fastpass booths for Monsters Inc. we were able to make our way straight to Star Tours since this was "the new hotness". Star Tours
When we arrived the ride was a walk on but when we exited the line was already an hour and a half. This was the first one I have done and I really liked it. It had all the favorites from the movies (R2D2, 3CPO, Star Fighters and much more) and included stops at some familiar placesRoger Rabbits Car Toon Spin
Since Space Mountain was down for refurbishment we continued on into ToonTown. First was Roger Rabbit's. Luckily there was only a 5 minute wait. It was a completely crazy random fun dark ride. You could even control how much you spin. As we exited the ride went down.Gadget's Go Coaster
Next up was our first credit of Tokyo Disney. This was just your standard Vekoma Roller Skater though but with some fun theming.
Next we were going to do Pooh but the wait was an hour and a half and Fastpasses were gone so we passed by and went to check out the castle. It had a second floor which gave you some different vantage points also had some Cinderella displays. After this we went to use our Monsters Inc. FastPass but the ride was down so we collected a pass for Buzz Lightyear and moved on. The Haunted Mansion
Since it had a 30 minute wait and no Fastpasses that day we just got in line. A bonus for us was the parade started when we entered the line so we got to watch it as we waited. From what I understand it is a copy of the Haunted Mansion from the US parks (I have never been on them). It had the preshow, and all the regular scenes including the graveyard and hitchhiking ghosts. It's a small world
It wouldn't be a visit to Disney with out a ride on this... "It's a world of laughter a world of cheer. A world of hope a world of...." Is it in your head now? Good.Snow White's Adventure
Next we did Snow White and I learned it is a copy of the one that was recently removed from WDW so if you want to ride it you have to go to Tokyo. But the ride was interesting and had all of the favorite characters. Pinocchio's Daring Journey
The next dark ride was Pinocchio. This seemed like the ride system as Snow While and was a trip through the movie. It was a bit creepy and really fun. Splash Mountain
Moving around the park the next ride was Splash Mountain. It already had a large line but thanks to Bill we learned about the single rider line. It only took us about 5 minutes to get on. This was my first Splash Mountain so I didn't know what to expect and didn't realize how soaked you can get. Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters
Next we grabbed a fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain before heading back to Tommorowland to use our Fastpasses. First up was Buzz Lightyear. It is the same as Paris and Hong Kong and just like the others I also get stuck on this one. Monsters Inc.
Finally the ride reopened and I was pretty excited to try this one out. Once in the car you get a flashlight and you move through the scenes trying to find the monsters that are hiding. Pirates of the Caribbean
Next we grabbed lunch at Eastside Café and had some pretty good pasta. While eating we were looking at the map and we realized they had a POTC which we completely forgot about so after our meal that was our next stop. Luckily there was no wait. It was like the other POTC and had Captain Jack Sparrow.Jungle Cruise
Next up was Jungle Cruise. The weird thing is the platform is under the train station but it works. The ride is also going to get some major changes so it was nice to ride it before that happened. There is no English version so to hear the jokes in Japanese added some bonus entertainment.The Enchanted Tiki Room
Next we did the Tiki Room which I was also excited for but unfortunately it was a let down. It seems they removed some of the songs from the original attraction and put in stitch. Peter Pan's Flight
Next we returned to Fantasyland to take a ride on Peter Pan. It was like the other Peter Pan's. The Enchanted Tiki Room
Since lines were long and fastpasses were gone I decided to return to the hotel to take a break. I know I wanted to do the train so we headed there next. With Japanese Law any transportation system with multiple stations (Disney Monorail) have to charge a fare and Disney didn't want to do that in the park so they build a complete circuit rail system which only circles Frontierland and Adventureland unlike the other Disney parks which circle the entire park. The layout offers some good views and I liked it better this way.
After this I went and grabbed a nap at the hotel before returning later in the night. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Our Fastpass times came up so that was our first stop. It is your typical Thunder Mountain and is still a lot of fun. We were waiting for a breakdown though. Winnie the Pooh
Next up was the ride I was most looking forward to at Tokyo Disney. Having done Mystic Manor at the beginning of the trip I was looking forward to seeing what Disney did here with the trackless technology. Luckily the Electric Parade was starting so the wait was down to ten minutes so we hopped in line. The ride has some impressive effects and fun tricks with the cars. The random room at the end was fun besides the crazy number of cars being run which caused the ride to stack in that room.
We than grabbed another ride on The Haunted Mansion before "trying to grab food". One thing I didn't like was the food venues all closed early. After having no luck with finding a open place in Frontierland and Fantasyland I luckily managed to squeeze into the burger place in Tomorrowland before they locked the door. I than had to cross the entire park to meet up with everyone else.
Next we caught the end of the Electrical Parade before heading to the front of the park to browse through the gift shops. After this we returned to the hotel to hang out in the lobby for a bit before heading to bed before resting up for another long day.
Next up we journey to the center of earth, visit Sinbad, and drop in to see Shriki.... Stay tuned.