20 March 2015

東京ディズニーランド ♡ happiness is here

After my last input on the JAPAN tag was rather inofficial, I decided it was about time to go on with the last bits and pieces. My strategy of postponing my updates, just to have an excuse to dwell on memories a little longer, isn't paying off as well as it used to and after 10 days without an update (though this here has been patiently sitting in my draft box for a while) I thought it was about time to revive my blog a bit.

I still remember how I argued with my grand ma, who thought that I was too old to go to Disneyland and after just taking the chance and going when I was in Japan, I kindly have to disagree on a whole new level. Needless to say I am really happy I visited this theme park during my stay and certainly have a bunch of stories to tell and a lot of photos to show from this day. So much actually, that I decided to divide it into two parts. I will link the second one here.


I think Tokyo Disneyland was one of my personal highlights during my time in Japan. The only Disneyland you have in Europe is in France, the Disney Resort Paris but since I didn't go to France yet and the only times when I could see climbs of this themepark in my childhood, was during the commercials on Disney video cassettes when the movie was over but I couldn't find the remote control in time, it had always been my dream to see it with my own eyes at least once.
Tokyo Disney Resort actually includes two different themeparks; the classical Disney Land - that I went to - and another park called Tokyo Disney Sea. I definitely want to go and visit this one the next time I can go to Japan. I heard a lot of super positive feedback about latter, many saying it is {even} better than Tokyo Disneyland.
Getting there is pretty simple, though spending one hour packed in a subway train because it was still rush hour when felix and I departed, wasn't the most pleasant start into the day.
We met at Tokyo Main Station with Sha and two other friends since we would spend the day as a group of five. When you arrive safely at Tokyo Main Station there is hardly anything else to do: the Keiyō line leads directly to Maihama Station - 舞浜駅 - and it only takes about 15minutes until you arrive {even if you don't know where to go you will find signs already there that guide you - Tokyo Main Station is effing huge after all}. From there you can take a super cute extra train called the Disney Resort Line that will bring you over to Tokyo Disney Sea, whereas Tokyo Disney Land is right there in front of you and you can walk over in no time - especially if the weather is so nice and sunny like it was during our visit.

A day pass {for adults} costs ¥6200/person - roughly €45 or about 52USD. In my ears it sounds a bit pricey at first but when you think about it: tickets for a wellness trip or an other amusement park are in the same price-range.

Since the park's design was mainly inspired by its sister parks - Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Hong Kong, as well as the one in Florida {the Magic Kingdom} - you have the same departments/lands to discover: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown. The latter is what we visited first.

Due to the nice weather it was pretty crowded {not as bad as during summer days as I learned later} so we didn't get to see Daisy's and Mickey's interior design skills. It was still really fun to stroll through this super cute neighborhood. In Toontown later on, there was actually a staff member that would take photos of you when you entered the prison. Thank you, staff boy.
If you never went to a heavily visited amusement park like this before the following concept might be as new to you as it was for me: Fastpasses. There are not only cute exteriors that look like child books of Winnie the Pooh and a lot of stores to buy the cutest and partly most useless Disney articles you can imagine - but also a handful of fun attractions like roller coasters and a haunted house, stuff like that. But since you have to stand in line basically half of the day for the most popular rides you can pick up so-called FastPasses. These are small tickets that you get close to the respective attraction, noting a time to which you should return to the site to get into the FastPass line, so that you don't have to spend your magical day in Disneyland, burning in the sun in the vain attempt to get on one of the most promising rides. 
Of course there are some regulations - you can't just get fastpasses for all attractions at the same time - but I don't remember all the details...
However we got fastpasses for Space Mountain since Sha was absolutely crazy over this roller coaster. It was worth it, I have to say.
Spending a whole day at this park full of fun and magical music and nostalgia, you will get hungry sooner or later and next to some convenient fast food restaurants with cute Mickey-Mouse shaped burgers the staple diet in Disneyland is popcorn. I'm honestly not such a big fan of it but the popcorn I ate in Japan - I did several times because of a pretty awesome store in Harajuku - was crazily delicious.
Something else I enjoyed a lot was Cinderella's castle... or rather the castle form Sleeping Beauty with Cinderella's throne room {it's possible I mixed it up again} - I didn't know they were roommates... but it was so pretty and with so much detail. You can't help but feel like a princess yourself.
While we were wandering through the throne room something magically happened. Not only that the throne began to sparkle when you sat down on it... there was another really nice staff member asking us to photograph the wall painting using flash. So here you can see the magic of your camera's flash. I'm apologizing for the spoiler in advance.

Lastly I will end this first part with a shoutout to my dear friend Sha for posing like a pro and making this day so much fun. You go, girl.
See you in part two!
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