I know, I know - I’ve been procrastinating on blogging about my trip, but only because there are so many pictures! I need to get this all down, though, so here goes:
The next day, we headed to Tokyo Disneyland! I love Disneyland, but I would probably love it more if everything weren’t so expensive. We must have spent $300 on Disneyland alone (bus + train tickets to and fro, park admission, as well as a meal) even though we didn’t even buy any souvenirs. This was our most expensive day in Japan by far.
We woke up really early (7, if I recall correctly) so we could have a quick breakfast before catching at 8 a.m bus to Disneyland. The bus depot was quite a walk away from our hotel, so it’s probably a good thing we got such an early start.
V looking understandably excited to be in Disneyland:
I really liked the shops around the entrance! Everything was very colourful and exuded that good old 1950s charm.
This was the first ride we went on! It wasn’t very exciting - all the cars ran on tracks, so we couldn’t even really drive, and it stalled automatically if you got too close to the car in front, so it was basically just a ride for kids. That was okay, though, since we were just killing time until we could use our Fast Pass for Space Mountain.
We also went on this kiddy coaster! Less exciting than it looks, really.
I was also a regular pedobear and snapped a picture of this ridiculously stylish little Japanese girl. But seriously, I want her entire outfit.
And off we are to the castle!
Regular old declaimer, that Mickey.
Of course, we also went to try on stupid hats.
We didn’t get to go on Splash Mountain because of the queue, but we did go on a canoe ride where we actually had to paddle. I kid you not. To be fair, we weren’t paddling all that hard, because we had help in the form of a trusty Park employee, and the lake was very peaceful/picturesque, but it was still way too much work for me.
Observe: PEOPLE PADDLING
US PREPARING TO PADDLE
Mind you, this was advertised as a “ride”.
Our trusty helper. Who, okay, fine, helped to propel us along a fair bit.
Oh, yes: This is the typical queue for the popular rides:
Yeaaaahhhhh. Plus we were there on a weekday.
I like that they have themes for the various areas of the park. This was Wasternland or something.
It was much too hot that day, so we caved and bought a (ridiculously expensive) popsicle:
Another cute restaurant:
Andddd a picture of one of the last rides we went on!
Normally I dig spinning teacups but this time V spun us around so much I actually felt a little sick after the ride was over.
All in all, we went on six (seven?) rides, most of them not pictured here, which was pretty good, considering the queues for most things! We actually had Fast Passes for a couple more, but we were <i>really</i> tired, so we left at about five and gave our passes to a family of four just entering the park as we were leaving. Disneyland is great if you are/have a child, but V and I both agreed that we prefer Everland, mostly because of Disney’s dearth of thrill rides. I guess it would have been more fun if we had the money to buy actual merchandise/souvenirs! I had a great time, though; everyone’s always so happy in theme parks that it’s infectious, plus the air always smells like popcorn.
So! That was Day 2! I took much less photos after this, phew, so Day 3 and so on should be easier (until I get to the Hokkaido posts, anyway).