Asia Day 8 – Disney Sea Rocks!

by Jenn

So I almost said no to going to a second Disney park in Tokyo — but I’m sure glad Jeff talked me into it!  The park is huge, but managable and there is great attention to detail and theming of different areas.  Really I now think everyone should experience it for themselves.

The morning started with a 20 minute walk to the park after our express metro ride.  It was warm but not bad.  Due to power cut backs, a lot of AC is off so it did get stuffy in some queues, but the park was significantly less busy than yesterday at Disneyland and with fast passes and shorter lines, we got through everything we wanted to pretty easily.

Only hiccup was that we decided to go light and bring one camera and it failed on us part way through so I got fewer photos of genie stuff than I would have liked to.  But dig this – there is a carousel in the Arabian Coast area gives you a chance to ride on multi-colored genies!  Bummed I missed the photo op for my sis, Jeff decided her and I need to make a trip back sometimes (he says he’ll watch George =P ).

Right before the camera crash was the awesomest parade/water show/performance I have ever seen at Disney.  Ok I take that back, but it was awesome!  10 water floats and jet skis and on the back of jet skis at one point was a second guy flying 5 kites at once, omg!  I can’t even describe it except to say it was a whole array of color and show with dancing and characters and I bet a whooooole lotta money went into it!

Food was also up to my Disney food standards – lots of cury – YUM – including cury popcorn which I loved but Jeff hated.  These parks are all about the popcorn.  Yesterday we had soy sauce and butter flavor, today it was cury, then caramel, and then strawberry (twice, because it was that good).  Um, why hasn’t DL California caught onto this amazing pocorn idea.  I’m convinced that anything will taste good on popcorn now – and I usually say I don’t even like the stuff!

Jeff’s most favorite ride of the day was Journey to the Center of the Earth, which we rode twice.  Starts out as a slow ride through, though beautiful, then gets all crazy and speedy and roller coaster-y. =)  The first ride we went on, with a 360 degree loop, was lame for as scary as they made it sound, but I must say it was smooth.  This park just had a lot of cool different things.

My favorite attraction was probably the Ariel show.  With dialogue in Japanese and songs in English, we got most of it – but everyone flys around above you as if swimming while you watch from the ocean floor.  Ariel’s whole land is underground which was a cool escape from the heat and was so cutely done with colorful lighting and rides.

On our way home we finally got to experience a truly packed metro.  Twice I thought “hmm, this is pretty full” and I was apparently wrong because more crammed in.  Didn’t have to hold on, just had to be squished in the swaying mass for a stop or two.  It was pretty fun. =)

We went to the 100 Yen store after that (Japan’s version of the Dollar Tree) and bought a few goodies.  I think Dollar Tree is better but this store is 4 stories and is pretty nuts.

Tomorrow we have decided to stick around here and visit some parks including the Imperial Palace.

Here are the pictures we managed to get today:

Disneyworld Booked!

by Jeff McNeil
Epcot at Disneyworld

Epcot at Disneyworld

WOOHOO!  Disneyworld has been booked!  Jenn and I will be there for a lovely 8 day seven night stay at the economical Disney All-star Music resort.  We have a 7 day pass to all the parks and will be spending tons of time on the rides and pin trading.  This will be the 5th and final Disneyland park we will have traveled to in 12 months.  The first was Disneyland Paris on December 30th 2010.  Second was Disneyland in Anaheim on April 10th 2011.  Our Hong Kong & Tokyo Disneyland dates are set during our asian country trip in late June 2011.  Disneyworld will be the last park to go to and then we will have been to all 5 in one year.  Call us crazy but it is just a good time in a great place.  I would like to say thank you all for giving to our Marriott Honeymoon registry.  That has really paid for 1/2 of the costs of going to all these fun places.  All Jenn and I have to pay for is the airfare and the hotels are free.  I will be posting more photos of our Disneyland updates as they come in.

Honeymoon Trips to Tokyo & Hong Kong

by Jeff McNeil
Courtyard Marriott Tokyo

Courtyard Marriott Tokyo

Thank you to all who have contributed to our Marriott Honeymoon Registry.  Jenn and I have discussed what we wanted to do for a “BIG” trip.  We have decided to go to Tokyo and Hong Kong.  This will be part of a larger overall concept of going to every major Disney Themepark within one year.  During a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim this last month, Jenn and I got to talking about what to do for our year of honeymoons.  The crazy thought came to our mind “What if we traveled to every Disneyland park in the world?”  We laughed it off for a few hours and while on the way out of the park that night, I said “Well we are going to be in Paris and going to Euro Disneyland in December. There are only 3 more parks we have to go to in order for it to happen, Tokyo, Hong Kong & Florida.”  We got excited.  Upon further research, there are some 20+ official “Disney” parks like Epcot, California Adventure, Oceanworld etc.  We narrowed our focus to Disneyland parks with castles, regular Disneylands at leach location.

Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel

Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel

That being said, we have now booked out flight & hotel reservations for Tokyo, Japan & Hong Kong, China.  The Tokyo hotel is a few miles from TokyoDisney, however the subway is easily accessible and leads right there.  We will be staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Ginza.  We will be staying several days in Tokyo to absorb some tourist sights as well as the Disney park.  We will then fly from Tokyo to Hong Kong.  We discussed making 2 trips, but the long and costly flight meant that we could save money if we made it one long trip instead of 2 trans-pacific crossings.  The second stay will be at the Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel.  It is located near the airport which is on a man-made island in Hong Kong harbor.  Here again, public transportation will take us directly to the park.  We will have 4 days here including one at the Hong Kong Disney park.  Jenn and I are very excited about this trip and are looking for tips and suggestions for things to do in Tokyo and Hong Kong on our touring days.  Please reply to the post with your comments or e-mail us directly.

If you are asking yourself, what about Disneyworld or Disneyland?  We are in the process of planning Disneyworld, possibly over Thanksgiving 2011.  No booked hotels or airfare yet, but it will happen.  As for Disneyland, we have annual passes and will for sure go to the park in the next year after we return from Paris.  So no worries on those 2 parks just yet.