Mickey's Passport

Mickey’s Passport

1.      I was expecting a lot of tourists coming outside of Japan to be in the Resort but eventually concluded that we probably make up less than 5% of the crowd. A lot of people are coming from different parts of Japan and even from Tokyo itself, even on weekdays. They regularly come to Disneyland/DisneySea to get exclusive and seasonal items. Plus, if you get their Annual Passes, going to the park more than 5 times a year makes up for the price of the Annual Passes. And it’s Disneyland! I’d be doing the same if I live there.

School Girls at Disney

School Girls at DisneySea

2.      Schools usually have excursions to Disneyland! Again, these are from different prefectures in Japan so you’ll probably see teens in their uniforms going around the resort. At first, Mavis and I were telling ourselves that these kids skipped their classes but a Japanese friend did confirm that these were school excursions. I would have loved to be in their school!

Minnie Ears Headband

Minnie Ears Headband

3.      You “need” to buy and wear a Disney cap/hat/bonnet/headband of some sort to make you feel that you are in Disneyland. This may not apply to DisneySea. No one is going to blink an eye if you wear the zaniest hat you could find in the resort.

Disney Accesories Galore

Disney Bag and Keychain

4.      To be “in” with the crowd, you should buy stuff in Disney so that you could wear and show off these items in Disney. These can be bags, key chains, ticket holders, trinkets, and what have you. Everybody has to bring and wear some sort of Disney gear. Shops are always filled with people buying expensive stuff.

5.      Long lines are normal and people do line up properly. I didn’t really see any jumping of queues and pushing. There was no boisterous group and people respect rules. If you see people rushing up to the queue ahead of you, they usually belong to a group that was ahead. I did this too when Mavis and Xiane went to line up for a ride while I got Fast Passes. This is acceptable.

Short Skits/Shorts everywhere at 12C

Short Skits/Shorts everywhere at 12C

6.      Tokyo girls are fashionable even when going to Disney. They come in their boots, short skirts/shorts, blond-dyed hair, faux fur coats, glitzy makeup, and shrill little voices. People watching at its best! This is especially true before the parade starts and you’re already seated on the gutter. Or even when in line. Mavis always tells me she’d love to see their fashion when it’s summer as more than 70% of these Tokyo girls were wearing short skirts at 12C temperature! What more could they try to wear when its summer?

7.      Don’t expect to see a lot of people using a DSLR camera. You’re probably a tourist if you do, like us. Since a lot of visitors are returnees, I’m sure they already have tons of photos stored on their PC’s so I didn’t see a lot of people with DSLRs on their neck. If they are bringing camera, these are usually the smaller point-and-shoot or even the newer ones with the smaller interchangeable lens; nothing really bulky.

8.      Some bring roll-on luggage to Disney. As I’ve mentioned before, these are probably stuff that they need to maintain their fashion, probably coats and jackets for the evening? Honestly, I don’t know but you’ll see them.

Notice the similarity?

Notice the similarity?

9.      When these fashionable teens are in groups, they usually have a theme to what they’re wearing or would even dress up very similar to each other including the type of Disney hats/bonnets/head gear they wear.

Churros before the Parade

Churros before the Parade

10.  What is it about Churros that Japanese people like them so much? You’ll see them eat this anywhere. I’d understand the Turkey Leg but the Churros?

Churros, sometimes referred to as a Spanish doughnut, are fried-dough pastry-based snacks, sometimes made from potato dough, that originated in Spain.



Grand Circuit Raceway

Grand Circuit Raceway

Xiane is in there somewhere...

Xiane is in there somewhere...

We went back to Tomorrowland and Mavis and Xiane were able to ride on the Grand Circuit Raceway. We then left Mavis in one of the restaurants so that Xiane and I can ride Space Mountain again. By the time we got out of Space Mountain at 4:55 PM, it was already dark. By this time, Mavis was already tired while Xiane wanted to go back to ToonTown to ride Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. Giving in to Xiane’s request, we went to the other side ToonTown and spent the next hour there. Both Mavis and Xiane didn’t really like Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin especially with the looong wait they had to endure. Xianelle had more fun trying all the silly stuff you can see in the area; from exploding fireworks to manholes that talk.

Roger Rabbit's Fountain

Roger Rabbit's Fountain

Behind is Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

Behind is Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

1 Ton!

10 Tons!

My turn!

My turn!

Anybody got 30,000 Yen to spare?

Anybody got 30,000 Yen to spare?

We left ToonTown at 6:15 and we were still deciding where to go when Xiane saw Snow White’s Adventures in Fantasyland and so we lined up for another 20 minutes. The ride was actually delayed a bit more as a passenger’s cap fell before getting off his cart. The Cast Members manning the ride had to follow protocols and procedures so they didn’t just grab the cap near the track but had to stop everything, call a safety engineer and made sure everything is turned off before getting the cap. Even after that, the safety engineer had to ride and test the track by himself before letting other people ride again. That just shows the importance of safety for them. In other countries, they could just have easily picked up the cap and moved on. As for the ride itself, nothing really fancy and a ride, most teens and adults may want to cross out of their itineraries.

it's a small world at night

it's a small world at night

Enjoying the lights

Enjoying the lights

Mickey's Statue behind Cinderella's Castle

Mickey's Statue behind Cinderella's Castle

We passed thru Cinderella’s Castle and watched as the castle lit up once more to several colors and spotlight. At the near-end, Xiane was all over the area, trying to catch the snow falling from the two pillars in front of the castle.

Cinderella's Castle was a sight to behold at night

Cinderella's Castle was a sight to behold at night

Let it Snow!

Let it Snow!

We were undecided if we were going to watch the Electric Parade but while waiting, Mavis saw another group eating Turkey Legs. This was our last day in Disneyland so we had to try them unless we spend time regretting of not trying them out. I hurried off to Westernland and bought 2 pieces. I don’t remember for how much, probably 500 Yen each? By the time I got back, Mavis decided we just eat the Turkey Legs then go home since we didn’t really have a good location to watch the parade anyway. Remember, to get good seats and location, be on the parade route at least an hour early. By the way, the Turkey Legs were good. Sorry if I don’t have a photo 🙁

And that ends our 4 day Disneyland/DisneySea Adventure! More of our adventures around Tokyo next time.



November 18, 2010 (Thursday) – I got us Fast Passes for Space Mountain while Mavis and Xiane proceeded to the parade route in front of Cinderella’s Castle. We wanted to watch the Jubilation Parade again. Besides, we were getting hungry so Mavis bought us some burgers and churros while Xiane and I munched on some Honey-flavored popcorn we bought near Pooh’s Hunny Hunt. The Jubilation Parade starts at 1:30 PM but the wait of more than an hour was excruciating at all. While waiting for Mavis, Xiane and I got to play word games and I got to take photos of people passing. We got to leisurely eat and enjoyed the weather and the surreal feeling of just being there.

Churros being sold while waiting

Churros being sold while waiting

After the parade, we went directly to Space Mountain. We rode this in Hong Kong before but didn’t really enjoy it then.

The thing is, when we were at HK Disneyland, Xianelle who was only 4 at that time, asked my sister to accompany her to ride Space Mountain. Passing the height requirement, they went in and after 10 minutes, Mavis and I followed. We thought that since the height requirement was good for kids who just turned 4, Space Mountain would be a kiddy ride. By the time Mavis and I abruptly took our first corner turn, we immediately got worried on how Xiane and my sister fared with their ride and kept thinking that Xiane would have been crying the time. Getting off, we straight away looked for them to see that they were ok. My sister was telling us that she was holding Xiane’s hand and was thinking we would be angry at her for letting Xiane ride Space Mountain. Turns out that Xiane enjoyed the ride and was never scared, or that is what she wanted us to believe. This time Xiane and I were sure to enjoy the ride more and kept teasing that Mavis can opt out by taking one of the several Escape Pods (exits) available for those who chicken out. Mavis did survive but swore not to ride Space Mountain again… at least for the day. Xiane and I did get ourselves another set of Fast Passes though.

Mavis and Xiane tried some more Disney Caps going to ToonTown. Xianelle kept insisting we go there so we did. ToonTown was for the little ones and we got to see Mickey’s House, Minnie’s house, Chip and Dale’s Tree House and more. There was a long line to enter Mickey’s House but got in Minnie’s and Chip and Dale’s.

Inside Minnie's House

Inside Minnie's House

Chip and Dale's Tree House

Chip and Dale's Tree House


next: 3rd and last part of our Disneyland Adventure!



Tokyo, Japan 2010 Trip

This is our blog of our 14-day trip to Tokyo, Japan! Itineraries, budget, where to go, what to see and what to do!

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