Day 3 - 07/10/09 - Tokyo (Japan)
Today started with an early morning and a different type of breakfast to what we are used to… steamed rice, oranges, bread, and other stuff that we have no idea about.
After breakfast, we walked to the station (in the rain) and caught a train to Tokyo. Once at the station, we knew which train we needed to catch, and soon learnt that this was over a km walk through the station. It was then a 15 minute train trip until we arrived at Tokyo Disneyland.
Our excitement grew as we walked up to the entrance and paid for our tickets (not even the constant rain could dampen our moods). Entering Tokyo Disneyland was just as you would expect… it was jaw-dropping. There was so much to take in, just in the first building, and when you looked out the other end, you were amazed at the beautiful castle in front of you. We decided the best thing to do would be to study the map and try to plan our day accordingly.
"Adventureland" was our first port of call, and began with a Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride. This was a loud, darkish ride through an indoor river with lots of characters which were very lifelike and well made.
Next we were off to "Westernland" for a Jungle Cruise with an over the top guide who was hilarious even though we only understood about 3 words he said to us. The Western River Railroad train was similar to the cruise.
We joined people lining the road and found we were waiting for a Halloween Parade featuring various Disney characters. It was then onto Big Thunder Mountain was a train rollercoaster through and around caves, before finding some lunch and having a small rest.
The next adventure was a raft trip over to Tom Sawyer's Island for a walk around and play in the rain. We decided that after this we were not wet enough, so found our way to Critter Country for Splash Mountain (Rhys and Erica got splashed the most as they were in the front).
"Fantasyland" included Poohs Hunny Hunt, which was one of the most entertaining rides we have been on. The 4 of us were placed a Hunny Pot which had the Hunny Pots bouncing with Tigger. The Pots then moved through other rooms which involved Pooh trying to find Hunny, and our Hunny Pot spinning and swirling all over the place. We then ventured into the Haunted Mansion which involved a room sized lift lowering about 50 of us to the ride. Peter Pan's flight was next and was in "flying" ships.
Upon entering "Toontown", we went on Roger Rabbits Spin City where you got to spin your car yourself, it was the time for Gadget's Go Coaster which was very short but fun.
Then there was "Tomorrowland" which included the Grand Circuit Raceway where you drove go karts around on a track. Space Mountain was the best ride of the day and well worth the 20-30 minute wait. It was a pitch black rollercoaster that went extremely fast. The only problem with this ride was that you had a sore head at the end from being thrown in every direction without warning, but we all (well, maybe not Erica) would have gone straight back in the line for another turn.
Also in "Tomorrowland" was Buzz Lightyear's Astro blaster where you had to blast objects with your laser gun to get points and Scotty just bet Jess (she blames this on the fact that Scotty kept spinning the car on her as she was aiming to fire her laser). After a 45 minute wait, we finally got to the Monsters Inc Ride and Go Seek where you had to use a flashlight to find the monsters.
Next it was off to the stage to see the One Man's Dream show which involved heaps of Disney characters, dancing and singing (some English and some Japanese). Then we rushed to get a good spot for the Electrical Parade which was the highlight of the 9 ½ hour day and well worth the wait.
Day 4 - 08/10/09 - Tokyo (Japan)
Today has been filled with relaxation and a walk down to Electric City and the Anime Centre. We have lost count of how many vending machines we have seen (literally hundreds) in random places along the streets, and filled with everything from cold drinks, food, and coffee in cans.
Tomorrow we will need to locate accommodation for the night and then looking at going to Imperial Palace and gardens in the centre of Tokyo.
Internet connection here is terrible, so we will upload photos once we get a better connection. Typhoon has come and gone and other than a bit of rain the last few days and wind today, there has been no sign from where we are…
Take care - Jess and Scotty