Sunday, February 24, 2008

Tokyo Disneyland

Chris and I went to Tokyo Disneyland yesterday :)

We were both surprised the Tokyo Disneyland had most of the U.S. Disneyland rides. We thought it would be a much smaller version of the U.S. Disneyland, but it was very similar...minus some of the authenticity and magical atmosphere of the U.S. Disneyland.

It was a spur of the moment decision to go, and we actually only stayed till around 4:30 in the afternoon because it was so cold outside. It started out to be a warm sunny day, closer to the afternoon the wind started picking up, sky turned dark in some areas, and it became cold very fast. Also, it was very crowded. It was as crowded as a weekend day during the summer at the U.S. Disneyland. We were able to buy churros (20 minute wait), ride the Pirates of the Caribbean (45 min wait), eat lunch at the Blue Bayou restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride (only 20 minute wait), and ride the Buzz Lightyear ride (1.5 hour wait). We had fun while there, but after the Buzz Lightyear ride we decided we should cut the day short and come back on a weekday when it's not so crowded and a little warmer. The cold winds and long lines made it an easy decision to head off early.

Entrance area for Tokyo Disneyland; Castle in the background

Blue Bayou restaurant overlooking the Pirates of the Caribbean ride

cold, windy, sky darkening; Chris trying not to get dust in his eyes

Space Mountain in the background, waiting in line for Buzz Lightyear

On the train home, were packed in like sardines waiting inside the train for 45 minutes before it left the station. Since we didn't speak Japanese and no one around us spoke English, we couldn't understand how long the delay would be and what the reason for the delay was, nor were we able to successfully ask anyone around us the reason for the delay. We watched an episode of 'Chuck' on Chris's IPOD to pass the time. After calling Honda, he was able to find out that the strong winds were keeping the train from leaving, but thankfully we did finally leave the station towards Tokyo station. From the Tokyo station we transferred on another train leaving for the Yokohama station.