Sunday, August 14, 2005 by Mariskova
That's our motto for this Tokyo Disneyland trip. Although it's still very very hot these days, we've got to go there now in the middle of summer, or it will be soooo much later. The reason? Hikari's starting school at the end of August. We won't be able to go anywhere, just whenever. Whenever we have time, whenever we want to, whenever we feel like it, or whenever we have some cash to spend -which is very unlikely despite the want and need...
Considering that August 10 is still very hot, we set out quite late; just before noon. But, it was actually raining lightly when we left. We hoped it would stop by the time we arrived in Disneyland. Wishes granted! Not only rain had stopped, but the sun had also shone brightly! Welcome sun burn, sun bath, and of course sun tan -which will be followed by long weeks of complaining on how to less-darken my skin. Never happen, though!
We didn't have extraordinary plans, like experiencing ALL the attractions or watching ALL the shows. We came here to give Hikari an experience, so forget jet coaster riding and the kinds!
When we arrived, Disney's Rock Around The Mouse parade just started. Mickey and the gang appeared as high school students as they danced and performed to '50s era rock and roll (read: John Travolta's Saturday Night's Fever). I managed to tape them, but I was too excited to remember taking pictures of them:(Besides, who could resist the temptation of dancing the Saturday Night's Fever? Then our quest began. After lunch, of course. Check out what we actually did there, aside from getting myself tanned (which I really don't need it).
1) Pooh's Hunny Hunt. We followed Pooh through the Hundred Acre Wood as he hunted for his favorite food. Firstly, we had to conquer a very long queue in front of Pooh's House, of course.
The front side of the Pooh's house and the inside. We rode in a hunny pot to follow Pooh on his journey to find some 'hunny'... Note that the pot moves without cable, and it moves smoothly. Running fast, slow, turning left, right, around. It's just... fantastically superb!
The waiting line took us 1 hour! Thank God, it worthed the attraction! Thank God again, the sun glasses really saved my sweaty-not-at-all-preety face. (who cares?) Okay, kids, down here is Pooh's front window!
2) Next, Hikari and his father rode the Castle Carrousel. The line was short this time. Guess, you don't need to go to Disneyland just to ride a carrousel...
3) And then we returned to Buzz Lightyear's house. Yes, return. We were here first, but the automatic announcement showed that the line would take us 90 minutes, so we went to Pooh's House for a shorter line instead: 60 minutes!?! In Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters, we helped Buzz stop the evil Emperor Zurg! We blasted away all the evil-spirited monsters as we cruised through space in a space car. We were... space warriors! It's true! Then we checked our score on how many monsters we had shot at the exit... Exciting and thrilling!!! It's a rare opportunity to help a hero, right?
Buzz' best friend and his mother on the left picture. And the space warriors on the right trying to take down as many space monsters as possible. "Buzz Lightyear on the rescue! To infinity and beyond.....!!!"
3) We continued walking around the vicinity, trying to spot some places with short queue, or just posing around: Cinderella castle, spacecraft, etc. Got the chance of watching Buzz Lightyear's parade that made Hikari jump up and down with a beaming face, and also Cinderella and Snow White parades. It didn't make me jump up and down, let alone having a beaming face. It was entertaining, though. It's like watching Princess Diary, the Prince and Me, and that sort of movies. Pretty + handsome faces, beautiful dresses, nice carriots, minus the horses.
4) It was almost dark when we climbed aboard a real steam train for a trip around the wilderness at the Western River Railroad.
It is built to be an extraordinary historical excursion around the wilderness because we travel through the supposed-to-be wild American jungle, Indians, old-time train station, and everything that we usually see in the old western movies, minus the cowboys, unfortunately. It's really really a good trip. We also got bonuses of being able to rest for 15 minutes or so on the train, and being able to see the fantastic Primeval World (meaning: Dinosaurs), although I'm not sure what Dinos have got to do in the cowboy world. It's a bonus for Hikari after all, a dino freak!
Okay, time to go home! But, wait! More pictures, please! Coz we're not sure if we can return to this place... I mean, we still have a lot more tourist spots to visit in this country hehehe... Oh, well, we can always go to Dunia Fantasi. It's ALMOST the same. Mind that I emphasized on the world almost. Almost means not the same, of course, but if we close our eyes and imagine.... like Eeyore always says: you only need to use your imagination.
Some pictures are from the official site of Tokyo Disney Resort.