Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! We’re a few hours away from 2012 making its appearance here on the other side of the world.
Yesterday, Chris and I ventured over to Tokyo Disneyland. It’s about an hour and a half away via one train and one bus, so it wasn’t too bad of a trip. When I say an hour and a half, I mean it almost quite literally– Japan’s public transportation system is admirably efficient and on time. If the train billboard says the next train arrives at 5:32, the train is pulling in to the platform a few seconds before 5:32. You could set your watch to it.
Since it was a windy, freezing day in Tokyo, we didn’t pull out the DSLR as much as we wanted to, but I did take a few photos with Instagram, which is one of my favorite photo apps for the iPhone.
We headed into the park and made a beeline (har har) for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, which is my favorite ride at this park! I really have no idea what the characters are saying, but it’s adorable and very much worth the 2-3 hour wait. The ride is trackless and the honey pot you ride in seems to just dance around randomly on the floor.
In addition to the Winnie the Pooh ride being one of the most, if not the most, popular ride in the park, apparently popcorn is a big thing as well. The map has a list of all the popcorn wagons selling awesome flavors you wouldn’t normally find:
Our favorite is a toss up between honey and soy sauce & butter, and we got these special popcorn buckets for each flavor. It seems like EVERYONE at the park had a bucket in different designs!
Both Tokyo Disney Resort theme parks (Disneyland and DisneySea) are super detailed, down to the food. Chris had a fried chicken cutlet on a steamed Chinese bun. When we got it, we realized the bun was in the shape of Mickey’s hands!
Despite the freezing temperatures and massive lines, we were able to go on a few rides that were quite similar to the ones at the Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Space Mountain here has been upgraded since the last time we were here in December 2007, so that was a nice (and somewhat nauseous and nerve-wracking) treat.
It’s a Small World looks pretty similar:
Towards the end of the night, we were able to get a few photos of the castle while most of the guests were watching the Electrical Parade. The main plaza in front of the castle was almost completely empty, yay!
It’s always a fun time visiting a Disney park, even if it’s one you’ve been to over and over again. We totally missed our annual passes from Anaheim DL– and going on a random Tuesday after class, riding Space Mountain three times, grabbing a corn dog, and going home.
Happy New Year, everyone! May your wishes for 2012 come true!
P.S. Don’t forget to enter our Kit Kat Giveaway! We’ll announce the winner on January 2 but you have until 11:59pm Eastern time on January 1 to enter.