The Random Writings of Rachel: Tokyo Disneyland Trip Report

Tokyo Disneyland Trip Report

We spent 2 full days at Tokyo Disneyland, including the day of my actual 25th birthday. I got a birthday sticker to wear, which meant that I got dozens of birthday greetings throughout the day from cast members, and felt very special indeed! We'd been warned that July is a ridiculously hot and humid time to be visiting Tokyo, but, after living in the topics for two years, we figured the heat wouldn't bother us. We had several sunny days during our trip, but you'll notice that I'm wearing a jacket all throughout one day--which shows that yep, July was probably a good time to visit Japan for this girl who appreciates hot climates best!

Rides:




Splash Mountain





We followed all of the best Tokyo Disney advice and rode Monster's Inc.Ride & Go Seek and Pooh's Hunny Hunt first of all. Both of which had elaborately themed queues that really helped make an awesome build-up to the actual ride. We had time to try out lots of the rides over the two days in the parks, from the most thrilling to the calmest. A few honored rides even deserved repeats.

Two rides alone we rode three times each: Pirates of the Caribbean (an obvious choice--I've been a fan of the films for more than a decade), and Beaver Brothers' Canoes--which allowed you to paddle a canoe all the way around Tom Sawyer's island. Angel loved the canoes--we enjoy kayaking whenever we get a chance, and paddling the huge canoe with a couple of cast members and a few other guests (the ride was pretty unpopular while we were there), was so much fun and great exercise! We went twice back-to-back, astonishing the crew members, because Angel wanted to sit on the other side of the boat and make sure he got in a workout for his other arm, too. We would have gone back for round 4, only the canoes closed just a little too early for us to make it back in time.

Splash Mountain we rode twice, and Angel enjoyed posing for the ride photo. I was too busy holding onto my tiara and glasses to pose on any of the thrill rides. I beat Angel once on Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters (Hurrah!!) and he beat me once.

Attractions:










A large part of what there is to do in the park doesn't actually involve riding on rides. There are so many walk-through attraction and areas for exploration. We spent a pretty good chunk of time on Tom Sawyer's Island, crossing every bridge, going into every cave, and checking out the cemetery--where, strangely enough, there was a headstone that read: "Sacajawea." Hmmmm.

Tokyo Disneyland does not lack for three houses--the one on Tom Sawyer's Island, Chip & Dale's Treehouse, and of course, the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. I basically wanted to be the Swiss Family Robinson when I was a kid

Characters:




Angel was super excited to take a photo with Esmerelda, and I had a quick conversation with Alice about tea. We also spotted Snow White and her Prince, and Peter Pan and Wendy greeting guests. It was fun to see the characters out and about!

Entertainment: 


We watched both daytime and nighttime parades, with the night parade being by far Angel's favorite (he loves anything as long as it involves thousands of LEDs). I appreciated the parade performer's costumes in the daytime parade. We didn't take a single photo of either parade--as we are very much the type to just sit and enjoy the show, rather than try to scramble to take action shots that probably won't turn out very well.

We watched Minnie Oh! Minnie on our first day in Disneyland--we both agreed that the primary male performer was the star of the show--he had a stunning, powerful voice and really did justice to the Spanish songs in the show. The main female singer, however--her Spanish singing was the kind where it's a little obvious she doesn't actually speak Spanish...or at least it sure sounded like she didn't. Angel loves Spanish songs, but only when done well, so he had mixed feelings on this show.

We watched One Man's Dream 2: The Magic Lives On on our second day in the park. I really enjoyed this one, loving how many scenes from different movies were portrayed in the show. Just before watching the show, Angel had complained that he never saw much about villains in the park, and he wanted to see some villains, so he was really happy that a couple of villains got their time in the limelight during this performance.

We closed out our Tokyo Disney experience by sitting arm-in-arm and watching the evening Castle show on a bench off to the side. It was a lovely, peaceful experience, as there was nearly no one sitting anywhere near us (an angled view is probably not the best for the show--but we loved the experience). The perfect way to finish off my long-dreamed-of Tokyo Disney adventure!

Food: 




By far the most exciting meal of our 2 days in Tokyo Disneyland was my birthday lunch at the Blue Bayou. Being a Pirates of the Caribbean fan, this was a special-occasion must-do for me, and I felt amazingly special at our cozy little table right next to the water. I loved the lanterns and the quiet atmosphere of the restaurant--you almost felt that you really were at a riverside cafe somewhere in Louisiana late at night--instead of in a theme park in Tokyo at midday. I ordered a beef tenderloin, while Angel had gumbo, and we also enjoyed a first course of bread and creamy potato soup--it was a tremendously delicious and filling meal--we didn't end up eating dinner at all that day because we were still full from our late lunch. We aren't normally the type to try 'fancy' sit-down restaurants anywhere, but I'm very glad that we decided to splurge in honor of my birthday--this was such fun and will always be a special memory of how I celebrated turning 25.

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These two days at Tokyo Disneyland certainly met and exceeded all my expectations! I'm so glad I got to spend them with my favorite person. Have you been to Tokyo Disneyland? Do you try to visit theme parks on vacation, or do you avoid them if at all possible?

30 comments:

  1. Looks like you had an amazing time!! Love the little tiara :)

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  2. Anything Disney is a wonderful trip.

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  3. This looks like such a blast! I'm glad everything met your expectations and you had a great birthday celebration!

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  4. I love the idea of a birthday button, how cute and festive! Looks like you had fantastic time!

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  5. Disneyland on birthday is so awesome! You look like Minnie in your cute outfit! I really would love to visit Dinseyland someday. LOVED the photos!!! :)

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  6. LOVEEEEEEEE! Tokyo Disneyland is the one Disney park I HAVE to visit! It's been said it's the best Disney park compared to all the others! Hope you had a great birthday!

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  7. I hope to visit all the Disney Parks at some point in my life but so far have only been to WDW in Florida. Granted, it's ruined all other theme parks for me...Disney service and organization is simply the best!

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  8. How fun! I'd love to visit a Disneyland somewhere besides California.

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  9. This looks like such an amazing trip! Love Angel's face in the Splash Mountain picture...hahaha!

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  10. Looks like an awesome way to spend your birthday! How cool that you got to meet Esmeralda! And I've always wanted to do Blue Bayou in Disneyland, I bet that was really delicious.

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  11. Sounds like an awesome birthday!!!! I'm pretty sure I would've ridden Splash Mountain all day long:)

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  12. I think I about died with the picture of the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse sign. I loved that movie so much as a kid, I watched it all the time, and I really, really wanted to live with them in their epic treehouse. This sounds like such an incredible 25th birthday! Thanks for sharing the excitement of it with all of us-and the awesome picture of you and Angel going down Splash Mountain :)

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  13. 1. Love your red dress! It looks so great on you!
    2. THE SPLASH MOUNTAIN PICTURE. Hilarious.

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  14. What an amazing place to celebrate your birthday! Love the pic of you guys on the Splash Mountain ride!

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  15. Looks like you had a great time! I've been to DIsney World, Disneyland Paris, & Disneyland California. Tokyo is definitely next on my list!!

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  16. What an awesome way to celebrate your birthday! I love this whole post. All the exploring you guys did and the fun rides! And your adorable dress and fancy lunch and the birthday sticker! So much to be excited about. I just love it! :)

    Oh, and Angel's face on Splash Mountain is my fav!! Hahaha!

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  17. This looks so awesome! Looks like you guys had a great trip!

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  18. What a fun birthday adventure! So crazy how similar they make the parks based on these pictures!

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  19. We're planning a trip to Disneyland when the boys are a little older. Looks like there's something for everyone, and a lot for couples to enjoy as well. Glad you two enjoyed yourselves. And yeah, certain things (like someone's voice) can really make or break the show.

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  20. I love this so so much - the tiara is super essential, of course, and that Splash Mountain photo is all you could ask for in a ride photo! :-P Too funny!! This makes me wanna go there!!! Eek!

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  21. This looks like so much fun and a great experience!

    xx,
    Amanda || www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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  22. Joyful belated birthday wishes, sweet dear. What an incredible awesome way to celebrate the start of the second half of your twenties (by far, personally, my favourtite of the two halves of that decade of my own life).

    Tons of hugs & endlessly positive wishes for the coming year of your life!

    ♥ Jessica

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  23. Tokyo Disneyland looks like a lot of fun!

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  24. Happy Birthday!

    I love that picture from Splash Mountain! So hilarious.

    Also, I don't think your shoulders look white and bony. I know you mentioned that in another post so I thought I'd chime in =).

    A sit down restaurant is nice every once in a while and to taste food that reminds you of America, is I'm sure, worth it.

    Glad you had such a great experience.

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  25. Oh man! I must go to Tokyo Disneyland now! This looks so magical!

    That dinner looked so special too. Happy belated birthday!

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  26. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a birthday!

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  27. What a great trip! And an awesome way to spend your birthday.

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  28. I've been to Tokyo Disneyland a couple of time. But never on my birthday! AWWW MAN... I need to add it to my bucket list: Visit Disneyland on my birthday. How magical it must be to have everyone saying Happy birthday to you in the world's happiest place! #MondayEscapes

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  29. What a fantastic way to celebrate turning 25 years old. We love all Disney parks but only had time to do DisneySea when we were in Tokyo. I'm glad to have a chance to enjoy Tokyo Disneyland through your eyes. I would have really enjoyed doing the canoes as they are either absent from the other Disneyland/Worlds I've visited or else advertised but closed.

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  30. You remind me funny time we spent in Disneyland in Paris. It seems that you had great time in Japan too. o) If you will have time, join TRAVEL INSPIRATION link up on my blog.

    Anna xoxo
    www.flostenparadise.com

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