[June in Japan] Day 8 in Tokyo DisneyLand

I’ve seem to be on a roll today so here I am, starting another blog entry! (3 July) I’m hoping that this entry won’t take another 3 months to be completed. 😂 It is going to be another long one though because I don’t want to cut it into 2 parts so please bear with me!

I just want to get right into it so here is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 7 in Tokyo DisneySea

We started the day around the same time as the day before, except the weather was much worse.

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It was quite wet and grey in the morning. It was a good thing that I brought my cardigan with me, poor lune was quite cold in her short sleeves shirt.

As mentioned in the previous entry, Tanabata was just around the corner and Tokyo DisneyLand decorated its park to match the theme too.

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It looked like there were a lot of people but that could be because everyone didn’t fancy going out in the rain. There’s a roof over World Bazaar which made walking around in bad weather much easier.

We turned right in World Bazaar and gone into Tomorrowland for our first ride.

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Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek! It is a popular ride and I would recommend getting the FASTPASS for it. But since it was still pretty early, just before 10am, and the weather wasn’t nice, the stand by queue wasn’t too bad for us.

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“Working hard? Or hardly working?” This quote cracks me up because it hits pretty close to home, lol.

It was a pretty fun ride, where you shine a torch on the sensors and set the animatronics in motions. If you are a big fan of Monsters, Inc., you will have a fab time. And even if you aren’t (I because I’m not), I still have a fun time every  time I’ve been on it.

We then walked further into Fantasyland to get a FASTPASS for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt. We still had a bit of time before our time slot so we came out to Castle to snap a few photos.

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It wasn’t pouring per se, but it wasn’t a drizzle either…

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Hello Mr. Walt!

There’s a plaque underneath the statue and here’s what is written on it.

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It definitely is one of my happiest places on Earth!

We then made our way back into Fantasyland for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt!

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The interior is very cute, they make it feels like we are walking into a story book. Super fun ride, I really enjoy it every time.

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Since it was still raining, we popped into Mickey’s PhilharMagic to hide for the rain and see what was the ride like. Turned out, it wasn’t a bad choice to go into to hide from the rain, but it’s not a Must Do for me.

We then walked a little bit into our next ride, which was Peter Pan’s Flight.

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My sister really likes this ride, I quite enjoy it too but it’s not mind blowing or anything to me. I find it a bit funny that it’s a very popular ride in Magic Kingdom. I suppose if you are a fan of the film, you will get a lot of joy out of this ride. Not that I don’t like the ride, I do, but I wouldn’t say it’s on my the Must Do list.

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Anyway, I ate this rice ball while we were queueing to pass the time xD

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And look! My nails glowed in the dark! xDDD

Afterwards, we took a small detour to go to Critter Country to get a FASTPASS for Splash Mountain and I took a picture of one of my favourite corners in Tokyo DisneyLand.

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We then made our way back to Tomorrowland through Fantasyland (we walked by this path many times that day, lol).

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Sights along the way

 

Our next ride is the Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland.

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It’s a pretty fun ride, you have to shot at targets to earn points. I find it difficult to get the aims right so my score isn’t too high but I’m enjoying it more and more!

After that, it was time for lunch (1pm). It was still drizzling as well so we took cover at Queen of Heart’s Banquet Hall.

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The interior decor

It is quite well known to be one of the most themed restaurant in Tokyo Disney Resort, and the food is great here. I first visited in April 2015, with a cousin and a friend. I tried the Rotisserie chicken dish and I was hooked! It is one of the best roast chicken I have ever had.

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Since then, every time I visited Tokyo DisneyLand, this is the restaurant I go to for lunch. And I always have the Rotisserie chicken. 🙂

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I also ordered hot tea as well, because I could never drink too much tea. And look! Disney tea! (It just tasted like black tea, but more expensive because Disney. 😂)

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I also brought the strawberry cake from Ginza with me and it fit with the theming! 😂

We must have spent about an hour in there before we were ready to face the crowd and grey weather once more.

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When we came out, we saw parts of the parade too so here are some photos from that.

And then, it was time for my favourite ride in Tokyo DisneyLand: Splash Mountain.

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Of course we got a FASTPASS xD

I don’t know why, but this is my ultimate favourite ride in DisneyLand. It’s been my top ride since I was 13, I think, and now it’s just for my inner teen that gets giddy every time.

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It’s also not a short ride. As in, you are on the ride for about 5 minutes and it has a story line and it’s a thrill ride! Basically, everything I love in a ride. So every time I visit Tokyo DisneyLand, it’s an absolute must. Even if it’s pouring, I will be on that ride xD

And I have done that before as well. XP

After getting off Splash Mountain, we ventured further back in Critter County and found another restaurant, the Rackety’s Raccoon Saloon. I’ve been on Splash Mountain many times before, but I would head out straightaway after I’ve gotten off the ride. This was the first time I actually went further in.

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Tortilla Cheese Dog

I’m a fan of hot dog so when I saw the Tortilla cheese dog on the menu, I had to give it a go. It was all right and I’m glad I’ve tried it. I won’t get it again though, lol.

We had time to kill before our next FASTPASS so we went back to the Cinderella Castle so lune can have a walk through inside.

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It took a couple of visits before I realised that we could go into the Castle itself. If you are a Cinderella fan, you would love it very much. The attraction itself is called Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall.

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I’m not exactly a huge fan of Cinderella myself (my favourite Disney Princess film is Sleeping Beauty), but I still appreciate the theming and decor inside.

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There’s even a glass slipper for guest to try on as well!

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It’s a shame that the glass slipper is a tad too small for me. xDDD

After that, we went back to Critter County for our next ride, Big Thunder Mountain.

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Big Thunder Mountain is actually one of the star rides in Tokyo DisneyLand. It’s fun and I always aim to go on it every time, but it hasn’t got any dips in the rides so I can’t say I love it.

The last ride on my Must Do list is Star Tours, which is in Tomorrowland. So we walked back that way pass Fantasyland again. 😂

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Since becoming a Star Wars fan (I am a very late bloomer), this ride gives me more and more joy to go on. I mean, I appreciated it before I was a fan but now I can spot all of the Easter eggs!

The ride isn’t that popular in Japan though, and the queue very typically non-existent. I appreciate the 5 minutes stand by queue (which is basically how long it takes to walk into the ride) but I worry about it.

After Star Tours, we had a lot of time left (it was before 5pm). I wanted to stay and see if there will be any firework that night so we took the opportunity to just walk around and take lots of photos. xD

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We walked by World Bazaar and came out to see the Castle once more.

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Since it was the end of June, the roses were still blooming so we took lots of photos of that. The background to my phone is still a picture of the roses with the Castle at the back. 🙂

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Here’s another picture of the Castle.

Afterwards, I wanted some ice-cream and the only place (I think) that sell chocolate soft-serve in Tokyo DisneyLand is the Troubadour Tavern.

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I stumbled upon this while we were walking back to Westernland. One of the cast members must have drawn it to entertain the guests on a rainy day.

Troubadour Tavern is at the border between Fantasyland and Westernland. I actually didn’t know the name of this counter service, I just know where it is and have to open the map up to see what it’s called. 😂

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I only like my ice-cream in chocolate flavour so I would walk back around to get it. 😂 Sorbet, I would eat almost any flavour because I like most fruits. But if it’s cream based, chocolate only. Not even chocolate chip with vanilla ice cream. Chocolate. Only. XP

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Anyway, being the foodie that I am, I also ordered these baked cheese potato  from Captain Hook’s Galley (right next to Troubadour Tavern) to try as well. They were great, but I was so full that I couldn’t finish it. 😂

We decided to go have a look at Toontown so we made our way through Fantasyland once more.

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Pretty flowers as we were walking around.

Now, here’s where my memory is a bit fuzzy. I just remember that another ride I usually go on at DisneyLand is the Haunted Mansion. But I have only one picture of it and it’s a blurry picture of lune taking a picture of the Haunted Mansion. 😂

So I’m not sure if we went on it on our way to Toontown or if it was closed for renovation. I’ve asked lune and will come back to update the answer.

Update: We did go on the Haunted Mansion! I should take better care to take a photo at the entrance to remind myself. 😂

Anyway, we went into Toontown because there is actually another ride to go on: the Gadget’s Go Coaster.

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This is pretty similar to the Barnstormer in Magic Kingdom and that is probably the first roller coaster I’ve ever been on. So I hold the Barnstormer near and dear to my heart, hence the Gadget’s Go Coaster getting similar treatment. I’m surprised that it actually took me this long to go on it! 😂

After the ride, we went around Toontown and took lots of photos.

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There are the Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse (above) and Donald’s Boat (below) where guests can explore.

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There’s also the Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey.

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It’s a Disney Character Greetings place to meet Mickey himself.

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Look at the mailbox!

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There’s also Minnie’s House (above) and Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House (below) where guests can walk through as well.

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Further back, the area is themed to Who Framed Roger Rabbit (I think).

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Until this April, I didn’t know that there’s another ride in there called Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.

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It was still pretty nice to walk around through.

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One of the things I love about Disney Resort is the theming. They do go all out with it and it’s so easy for me to just immerse myself into the different parts.

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I took a picture of this sign because it cracks me up. Dr. I. Teethe! xD

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Castle in the evening

We walked back to the World Bazaar and were just looking around the shops. We then discovered a gallery on top of on the shops where guests can go up and have a look around.

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Sleeping Beauty, my favourite Disney Princess Classic film.

This was another place I discovered during this trip, even though I’d been to Tokyo DisneyLand many times before. The gallery was pretty amazing, especially the drawing board for Sleeping Beauty since I loved this film so much.

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I also discovered other animations that I’d never heard of before, like The Cookie Carnival.

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There are also figurines you can buy as well so I suppose it’s a combination of a gallery and a shop…? I actually can’t remember the name of the shop this was on top of either. All I remember is it’s roughly the opposite of the Penny Arcade…?

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I think due to the windy/cloudy weather, there was no firework that night. It was a good thing we already saw the firework in Tokyo DisneySea from the night before, but it’s a different feel to watch the firework with the Castle backdrop.

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Window display in front of one of the shops in World Bazaar. I love all of the Princess’s shoes!

Anyway, we decided that we should head back to the hotel so we slowly made our way back to the entrance. It’s after 8pm by then and we were both pretty tired.

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Another display from a shop.

One last picture of the Castle, all lit up at night.

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Two last pictures of the Tanabata decorations at night in the World Bazaar.

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A couple of pictures of the entrance of the park at night.

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As we were walking back to the train station, we popped into the huge shop at the front, called Bon Voyage.

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It’s basically the last stop guests can make to make sure that they have bought everything they want. xD

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I have another energy drink to keep me going on the journey back. It takes nearly an hour to travel from Maihama station (Tokyo Disney Resort) to Takadanobaba where we were staying.

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In total, it looks like we’ve walked more than our day in Tokyo DisneySea! We did walk through the path connecting Westernland, Critter County, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland multiple times during that day after all. 😂

 

And look! I only took 5 days to finish this blog post! It’s a massive improvement from 3 months. 😂

There are only 2 more days left of our trip, the other two entries should be much shorter than this one too because I did not take as many photos as I did in Tokyo Disney Resort. xD

 

Hope everybody is having a lovely weekend!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – I went to see Incredibles 2 yesterday and it was, well, incredible! I know that The Incredibles is well loved and after re-watching it last weekend (in preparation for Incredibles 2), I could see why. It is a family film for both children and adult. And Incredibles 2 did not disappoint. The only thing I’d change is to have more Ednar Mode in it! Other than that, a brilliant sequel. Well done Disney and Pixar!

 

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

I didn’t think I would want to make a whole post about Ant-Man and the Wasp but I walked out of the cinema, already outlining my rant.

So I had the chance to see this film today (4 July), the first day it is released in BKK, in a 11.30am showing. (The film started closer to 12noon though.) It’s probably the first MCU film that I was able to go see so early, so I don’t have to be careful with spoilers no more!

I didn’t have that much expectation for it, because the first Ant-Man was so unexpectedly good and I’m still emotionally scarred from Infinity War.

It was such a fantastic surprise to see how enjoyable Ant-Man and the Wasp turned out to be.

Before I go any further, I have to say SPOILERS ALERT. I cannot write about these films without giving anything away so stop reading now if you haven’t seen the film yet!

Also, if you haven’t seen the film yet, I would recommend it. It was such a great summer flick and I would seriously consider going to see it again.

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There will be spoilers from this point on!

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I am still absolutely in love with Paul Rudd‘s Scott Lang. He was still lovable, kooky and such a doting father. Basically the same Scott Lang I fell in love with in the previous installment. His daughter, Cassie, is still adorable and I loved that she still loves him as much as in the previous film and isn’t afraid to stand by his side.

Evangeline Lilly‘s Hope Van Dyne still kicked ass and gave me life. I loved how she did the bulk of the action in this film. Like, Scott Lang would be in seriously trouble without Hope, which is very true in many, many aspects of life.

I still enjoyed Michael Douglas‘s Hank Pym and the addition of both Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne to the MCU GIVE ME LIFE. Especially Michelle Pfeiffer. She is such a talented actress and I cannot wait to see more of her in the MCU. Or, well, if Marvel doesn’t destroy my soul once more that is, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

Michael Peña‘s Luis still provided many the much loved comedic moments in the film. I loved his rambling narration, it’s a signature to the Ant-Man’s franchise now. And I’m glad that there was more of him in this film (I feel). Dave and Kurt were fab too, I’m glad they were all in this film.

Now, plot wise, there was A LOT going on in Ant-Man and the Wasp. And I quite enjoyed it. It didn’t feel like it was too much and when we were reminded of the other ‘side’, I went ‘Oh yeah, there are those guys too.’ It kept the momentum going and I kinda felt like it made the film less predictable somewhat…? Or may be I was just biased, lol. I truly enjoyed the film though so I was fine with the many sub-plots that intertwined together to make one big movie plot.

So it all worked out and everybody that deserved a happy, got their happy ending and I was just feeling all kind of good feelings I like to feel after a good film, when Marvel threw a bucket filled with ice water onto me.

The eff-ing first mid-credit scene.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

(This is the reason why I need to write this post. And please excuse my caps lock but I have to. I have to.)

YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO US MARVEL. YOU CAN’T GIVE US A GOOD, HEARTWARMING FILM THAT WE ALL DESERVED AFTER INFINITY WAR AND THEN TURNED IT INTO ASH. LITERALLY.

YOU CAN’T TURNED 3 OF THEM INTO ASH AND LEAVE SCOTT LANG IN THE QUANTUM REALM AND CUT THE FILM.

YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO US FANS. HAVEN’T WE SUFFERED ENOUGH ALREADY FROM INFINITY WAR? CAN’T WE JUST HAVE ONE FILM TO MAKE US HAPPY AGAIN?

NO. YOU JUST HAD TO CRUSH OUR DREAMS AND MAKE US FEEL AGAIN.

You guys are the worst. Especially when the last line changed from:

“Ant-Man and the Wasp will return.”

to

“Ant-Man and the Wasp will return?”

MY FEELS. YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO MY FEELS AND HEART.

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Eff you, Marvel Studio. Eff. You.

And then the post-credit scene with that giant ant playing the drum? That was just salt to the wound.

Thanks a lot, Marvel. Thanks a lot.

 

*Breathes out*

 

Right, ok, I’m glad I’m able to get that off my chest. Sorry about all of the caps lock and shouting and how I still can’t type the F word in full in my entry. 😂

But I was sitting there, shouting silently ‘F***’ ‘F***’ ‘SHIT’ ‘F***’ ‘SHIT’ on loop after that first mid-credit scene.

I just couldn’t believe they would do that to us. I mean, I should have expected it and people did say to me that this was probably the end game for Ant-Man and the Wasp. I suppose it was my fault for letting my guard down and was just hoping for some feel good MCU film once more. ;_____;

No such luck.

 

So yeah, I came home and had to watch Queer Eye to cheer me up a bit and now I’ve finished all of them so WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE NOW?

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I’m going to go into a corner and nurse my poor fangirl’s heart back now. If I disappear for another 3 months, it’s effing Marvel Studio’s fault.

 

(I don’t know how to close this entry now. 😂)

 

Er, I hope you week is going much better than my feels…?

 

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – I’m scheduling this entry to go up tomorrow because I want to keep the posting to one per day and who knows when I’ll get a new entry up so I need to spread this out. 😂

 

[June in Japan] Day 7 in Tokyo DisneySea

Why, hello again. It is Wednesday night (4 April) so I thought I would try to write some bits up for a new post. Not sure when I’ll get around to finish this so I thought I’ll just add the date I start so I can keep track. 😂

Before I get started on one of the best days of (and one of the reasons why we planned for) this trip, if you haven’t read any of this review before and would like to start from Day 1, here is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 6 in Tokyo (a chill Sunday) 

 

Both lune and I are Disney fans and absolutely love the Disney theme parks. Tokyo Disney Resort is such an ideal destination because there are 2 Disney theme parks within a 6-hour direct flight from Bangkok, with only 2 hours time difference.

And because we are relatively hard-core fans (we like to think we are xD), we started of our journey relatively early. As in aiming to leave our room around 7am so we could be at the park before it opened.

From the time on my phone, we did leave our room around 7am and we both grabbed a quick breakfast from 7/11 on our way to the train station.

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Onigiri with eggs boiled in shoyu. It was very good.

We might have taken the subway train and then switched over to JR line to head to Maihama JR Station because that might have been a quicker route than taking the JR train then having to switch at Tokyo Station…? I seem to remember crowding into the subway with the morning rush hour…

Anyway, we reached the station just after 8am and went to catch the monorail to get to Tokyo DisneySea or TDS.

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The decorations were all about the 15th Anniversary for Tokyo DisneySEA and it was all about wishes and crystals.

The first time I visited TDS, I thought that we could walk from the Maihama JR station to TDS without that much trouble. I didn’t want to ‘waste’ the fare for the ride (and back then it was 250 yen per ride, no matter where you are heading. I believe the fare has gone up to 260 yen now.)

I found out that it was a lot more complicated trying to walk to the TDS and I thought I wouldn’t make it to the park. Thankfully we managed to fumble our way to the entrance without wasting too much time. After that, I always use the Monorail instead. ^^”

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Duffy themed handle on the Monorail.

We must have arrived before or around 8.30am but there were already so many people at the park. 😂

The weather wasn’t too hot and the sky was crystal clear. Definitely a beautiful day to take photos.

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The voyage to search for crystals was what inspired the theme, I think. Hence this huge and beautiful centre piece at the front. I only spared enough time to snap a quick photo though because my main goal for visiting theme parks is the rides and there was one ride I needed to hurry to get the FastPass ticket.

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The decoration at the entrance to the park itself.

If anyone is interested in what TDS park looks like, here is the map of it: Map of Tokyo DisneySea

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There were already people sitting and waiting to see a show by the Mediterranean Harbor!

Lune and I quickly walked and turned left into American Waterfront and found…

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This long queue. 😱😱😱

But did we let this deter us? No, definitely not. (Like I’ve mentioned before, we are relatively hardcore fans. xD) And the ride this queue was for is definitely worth the wait. Mind you, this is only the queue for the FastPass only. The stand-by queue for the ride itself is about 3 hours long on average on a normal day at the park. 😂

Which ride is this?

It’s the Toy Story Mania!

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Here is the FastPass for the ride. I was quite happy that we were able to get the FastPass for it before it ran out! And if you look closely at the time on the bottom right, it tells you when we got this pass. At 8:52am. And the time on this FastPass is already at 17:45-18:45 time slot.

This just goes to show how popular this ride is. And I can confirm that it is worth the hype. I didn’t think much of it before, partly because I’m pretty ambivalent about Toy Story. But the ride is so well known and  there were always super long queues so I never thought that it’d be worth it.

Then during the trip back in April of 2015 where I went to TDS with my cousin and another friend. I thought I really check it out so we basically went to this ride first to get the FastPass (like what we did here) and it should have been a clue to me how great the ride is since the FastPass time was already at 4pm even though we got out FastPass before 10am.

Turns out that it was the only ride to have given out all of its FastPass that day. (The other rides closed their FastPass booth around after lunch because there weren’t that many people there because it was pouring cats and dogs on that day.

And because it was such a wet day, there were no shows for us (boo) so we ended up going back to queue for the stand-by line for Toy Story Mania! twice more. The ride was that good. 😂

Anyway, we got our FastPass this time and so I could finally relaxed and take in the decorations. We visited Tokyo DisneySEA at the end of June so the decorations for Tanabata was up.

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We are still in American Waterfront area.

We each got a card below to write our wish on, and we went to hang it up in the designated area.

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Here is a picture to show how Disney loves to use the theme and adapt it to include their characters. I love it.

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Tanabata princess Minnie

We walked by the Waterfront Park, in front of the Tower of Terror to snap a picture below.

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You can see children playing with the fountains to stay cool as well.

Another thing I always have to do when I find myself in TDS is to get the hot dog in American Waterfront area at a place called Delancey Catering (I just found this out from the website xD it’s actually just a hot dog wagon).

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I don’t think it’s a spectacular hot dog but I love hot dog and I just have to get at least one every time I visit the park. xD

We then made our way around to go to the Lost River Delta area, which is at the back of the park. We must have cut across Mysterious Island, may be to check how long the queue for Journey to the Center of Earth was, and I suppose it was long so we forwent it for now and just use the path to go from the west side to the east side of the park. On the way, we passed by a point where there is a perfect spot to take a photo of the Mermaid Lagoon.

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I absolutely love this picture. It’s got such great lighting from the sun and with that clear, blue sky backdrop. So. Beautiful.

We also passed by the entrance to Arabian Coast and there is a stall for curry flavoured popcorn, which is one of the few flavours I like for popcorn here in Tokyo Disney Resort. 😂

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I got the paper bucket one because there was no way I could finish the huge bucket all by myself.

And then, because it was so hot, we also stopped by the Sultan’s Oasis cafe for some shaved ice to cool down.

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Strawberry and milk shaved ice

I think this was my first, and only, shaved ice (or kagigori in Japanese) during this trip. I love shaved ice and it’s such a great way to cool down on a hot summer’s day. Shaved ice is also very popular in Japan during its summer months but I always find it a tad too expensive. So when the novelty of having kagigori in Japan wore off, I kinda stopped getting them even when I visited during summer.

However, I make it an exception here in TDS. It’s a nice way to stop and take a little break from all of the walking and enjoyed a bit of sweetness and icy snack.

 

Anyway, we soon made it to Lost River Delta and the first ride we went on was Raging Spirits.

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It is advertise as the only ride in Tokyo Disney Resort with a 360 degree loop. There is one but it’s pretty small and it’s actually not that scary. xD We didn’t use a FastPass for this ride. Instead, we used the Single Rider option. It’s for not letting any spare seats go to waste and there is no guarantee how long the wait would be. But the line is always shorter and I think the wait time is shorter than the stand-by queue.

I actually have stood in the cold for this ride, waiting for 2 and a half hours in the stand-by once when I came during Christmas time in 2013. That, was an experience. 😂

 

After Raging Spirits, we then moved to the ride next to it, which Indiana Jones® Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull.

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It is another thrill ride with a FastPass option available. But again, why waste a FastPass when there is a Single Rider option available. ;p It worked out quite well for me and lune this time around.

 

Oh, look! It’s nearly the end of May now (29 May) so this post is 2 months in a making! Let’s see how much I can get done today.

After the Indiana Jones ride, we walked back to Mysterious Island again. On the way, I spotted this plane and the name on it: C-3PO! At first I thought that it’s a reference to Star Wars C-3PO, turns out it’s a plane from Indiana Jones. 😂

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At Mysterious Island, we went on Journey to the Center of the Earth. It’s a ride inside the Volcano in the park. I think we took the standby queue rather than having a FastPass. There is no single rider line here either.

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There are a couple of things to have a look at while you queue up in here and the ride is worth the wait.

After Journey to the Center of the Earth, we went to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This is another attraction with FastPass available but the queue is not long at all for the past few times I’ve been to Tokyo DisneySEA. Sometimes, there are no FastPass available because it’s not needed with the short queue. I’ve been on it when I first visited the park and wasn’t that impressed with the ride. But since it’s lune’s first time here, we went on it.

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After a hot morning, it’s time to refill our energy with this energy drink.

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Grape flavour, very good. Highly recommended!

We also managed to catch a bit of the show in the Harbor as we were walking back towards American Waterfront.

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We went to American Waterfront for this:

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A FastPass for Tower of Terror! We actually waited quite a bit to get a night-time time slot to see the view at night. And we had to aim for a time slot after the night show and fireworks.

After that, we took a stroll down to Cape Cod to get some beautiful photos.

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I love Chip&Dale!

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We made a brief stop at this popcorn stall for a sea salt flavour popcorn as per lune’s request.

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And then we headed into Mermaid Lagoon.

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Hello Ariel!

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Look at this beautiful blue sky backdrop…

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I also have just noticed the small details in Mermaid Lagoon as well. Look at these tiles!

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It’s an indoor area with air conditioning so it’s a nice place to have a sit down during the heat.

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After Mermaid Lagoon, we were on a hunt for lunch. Lune said that she wanted hamburgers. Somehow, we thought that there’s a restaurant in Mediterranean Harbor so we headed back that way.

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Turns out, we were wrong xD This is Cafe Portofino which serves Italian food, lol. It’s my first time eating in a restaurant in Tokyo DisneySea I think. (I normally go for a quick service counter instead.)

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It’s spaghetti with tomato sauce and shrimp. I also ordered a glass of orange juice (I think). It was all delicious!

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Beautiful interior design as well!

After lunch, we took a stroll at the back of the restaurant where it looked like we were in Southern Italy.

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We pretty much have been on all of the rides we want (the ones that are left, we have FastPass for) so we had time to walk around and chill.

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We also took lots and lots of photos xD I also took the opportunity to use my macro lens and snapped a few pictures of the flowers.

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Above are photos with the macro lens. Below are the flowers I took the pictures from.

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We also had time to go outside and take a picture (or two) of this ship from the Tokyo DisneySea’s 15th Anniversary.

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Afterwards, our beautiful, clear blue sky slowly disappeared as you can see from the pictures below…

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Along the border between Mediterranean Harbor and Mysterious Island.

 

We also had some gelato because chocolate gelato. xD

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You might have noticed that we were just chilling around, almost like we were waiting for something right?

We were waiting for this.

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Eeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Below are pictures of some of the interior design inside.

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All of the decor makes us feel like we are really toy-size and are about to step into Andy’s bedroom. The first time I’ve gone inside, I was in awe of the theming. This, is what makes Disney Resort so captivating to me.

And here are our scores! Mine is the red one 😀

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It must have been 6pm or close to that time when we came out and found a seat for the night time show. We then took turns to go buy food for dinner.

I went for a bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese from New York Deli.

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And here is one of my favourite snacks, a caramel filling Tokyo Banana cake.

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We also saw the Volcano erupting! I think this happens everyday, roughly around this same time.

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The sun slowly set as we waited.

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The show that I always made a point to camp out to get the best seat is Fantasmic. I don’t really watch shows or parades at Tokyo Disney Resort anymore other than Fantasmic and the night time firework.

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Such a joy to watch, no matter how many times I’ve seen it before…

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Thank you for another fab show!

 

After Fantasmic, we went to Tower of Terror to use our FastPass. We waited for a time slot that will be after Fantasmic so we can get the night view of the whole resort.

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And we found out that there was some technical difficulty. 😂 It did start running again and they let the fastpass holders go in first. I felt quite bad because other people in the standby queue must have been waiting for long.

And I’m not going to lie, I was a little bit worried that something might have gone wrong while we were on the ride itself as well. 😂 But everything was fine!

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Afterwards, we strolled out of the Tower of Terror to make our way out of the park.

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For all of the times I’ve been to DisneySea, I still haven’t gone into see the Big Band Beat. I may have to try the ballotting in earnest from now on. 😂

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One last shot of the 15th Anniversary ship!

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Bye bye, DisneySea! See you again soon!

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We took the monorail back to Maihama JR station to go back to our hotel.

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Total walking distance overall. This seems to be the average for a day spent in Tokyo DisneySea.

Lune and I had such a great time and it was fab to have the lovely weather for most of the day.

Tomorrow, Tokyo DisneyLand! Don’t know when that entry will be written and posted 😂 but hopefully it won’t take another 3 months. 😂

With love,

From BKK

Holiday

Three months later, here’s another blog post. 😂 Not going to lie, work has been keeping me so busy and I’ve lost the drive to keep this blog updated. Not that there’s a lot of things to write up about, but still.

Anyway, it’s been a whirlwind of, more or less, a year at my new workplace. I actually can’t quite believe that I have completed my first year here already. It’s so great to be living in BKK once more.

My body has been through quite a bit for the past few months. My stomach had enough about a month ago and I had the worst gastritis I ever had because of stress then. I was on rice soup, banana, crackers and ginger tea diet for about 2 weeks.

Then I gradually introduced ‘solid’ food to my diet. I kept having minor setbacks when I overexerted my stomach but then had another bout of a mild case of food poisoning again last Tuesday. It was very frustrating this back and forth.

And then I started having mild stomach cramp again on Saturday but I started to notice that the pain was lower. It kinda felt more like period pain but I normally only have them on my first day. It wasn’t until Monday when the period came (and let me tell you, I have never been so happy to have my period in my life). But the cramp got worst! I actually had to knock back 2 tablets of pain killers, rather than just one like normal.

I’ve eased off the pain killer today and the cramp is back but it is at a more manageable level so hopefully, I’ll be all right tomorrow.

I have really been taking good care of my health, especially my stomach, recently because I have a big trip coming up! Keeping my fingers crossed for everything to go smoothly.

Anyway, now that I’m on my holiday, I have a lot more time to binge on shows people have been recommending me. The latest addiction is Queer Eye.

Oh. My. Goodness.

I loved the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and I am absolutely loving this new, reboot Queer Eye. I am in love with the Fab 5 and I’ve binged through Season 1 and half of Season 2 in two days. Giving myself a break today but I think I’ll finish it by tomorrow.

Then what will I do?!

Also, I’ve finished RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10! Drag Race was the only show I followed consistently in the past few months or so. Season 10 has been so much fun to watch and I’m so happy for the newly crowned winner!

Aquaria really grew on me, I didn’t expect her to be funny! And the looks were fabbbbbb.

Though, my favourite of the season is still Miz Cracker. Her Review with a Jew is something I look forward every week, especially when she had the backstage stories to share with us. She is so funny and I can’t wait to see what she has for us next. Love her so much.

In terms of films I’ve seen since my last entry, here’s the updated list:

Avengers: Infinity War (27 April) – This film destroyed me. Absolutely destroyed me. I am now emotionally scared for life. Urgh. How dare you?!

Avengers: Infinity War (5 May) – Yes, I went to see it again a week later. I don’t know why I did that to myself. Watching it the second time didn’t make me feel any better. TT^TT

Deadpool 2 (15 May) – This film actually healed me somewhat from Infinity War. I laughed so much and was so entertained by it. 2 thumbs up Ryan Reynolds!

Solo: A Star Wars Story (6 June) – As a Star Wars fan, I had to go see this even if I had no expectation for it whatsoever. And it was probably a good thing that I had no expectation because I did have a great time watching it.

I kind of feel sorry for Alden Ehrenreich because there was, and is, no way anyone can be Harrison Ford’s Han Solo but Ehrenreich gave it a fair shot! I didn’t mind mind him being a younger version of Han Solo at all. It was great to see Chewy again and get the back story to how Han and Chewy started their partnership together.

I also enjoyed seeing Woody Harrelson on the big screen and I was surprised to see Daenerys Targaryen aka Emilia Clarke in the film as well! (I avoid all promotion materials when I make up my mind of a film I’d like to watch. Also, I’m so used to see Emilia with platinum blonde hair that I always can’t recognise her at first when I see her as a brunette. I am a bit embarassed to admit that I didn’t realise it was Clarke until I saw her name in the credit. 😂 I mean, I knew that I know this brunette actress with a British accent but there are quite a few of them now.)

(I didn’t not expect to see myself writing this much for Solo, lol.)

Oh! Also, it was a surprised seeing Paul Bettaney in a villainous role and I kept thinking to myself ‘It’s Vision!’ which made me cracked up and sad at the same time while watching it. Thanks a lot Infinity War!

 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (10 June) – This was Chris Pratt’s chance to redeem himself from the shitshow that was Infinity War. And he kind of did. I still loved Blue, especially the parts when she was still young. So. Cute.

Ocean’s 8 (19 June) – Didn’t think I’d get to watch this but I’m so happy that I did. I’ve seen Ocean’s Eleven but isn’t a massive fan so I would have missed any Easter eggs to it. Went out on a Tuesday night with one of my colleagues-turn-friends and we both thoroughly enjoyed the film. It was clichéd but it’s a fun, summer film with an almost all female cast. I loved Cate Blanchett and Rihanna and Anne Hathaway and James Corden in it.

 

And I think we are up to date. I’m hoping to get a few more blog post up before my big trip but we’ll see…

 

Anyway, I hope you all are having a great week so far!

 

With love,

From BKK