Park hopping then off to Tokyo!
Trip Start Apr 14, 2012
8Trip End Apr 28, 2012
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We managed to get a distant shot of a mild example of Duffy madness.
Snapped a pic of Harm in front of her castle and then found some very rare Disney characters, the Fairy Godmother and the mice from Cinderella!
We decided to get a fastpass for Pooh and were surprised to see a 5 minute wait with lines of 10-20 people at each fastpass machine!
While in Fantasyland, we also got a perfectly timed Seven Dwarf march right by us!
Perry was dying to ride the steam train so we let him have his fix.
Here’s a quick video of the steam train and steam ship.
We nabbed a few more castle shots.
We went over to Tomorrowland for lunch because it "sounded" good. When we saw the Mickey plate and Mickey egg, we had to have it! Unfortunately, it tasted like rat food.
We managed to grab a video of the Jungle Cruise for you guys too.
On our way out, we found some more rare characters that you never see in the park like Jiminy Cricket and Thumper!
We checked out the Disneyland Hotel which is right at the entrance. This place is absolutely spectacular!
Then we headed to Disney Sea for one last time. When you enter, you actually go under the Mira Costa Hotel which is an over the top must see hotel. Italian marble everywhere you look. It starts at ~$650/night.
We grabbed a better shot of Hotel Hightower and a cool one of the Raging Spirits ride.
While strolling through the Italian Village, we grabbed a shot of Harm in a garden and the now famous shot of Mike and the kawaii (means cute in Japanese) girls.
Then came Harmony’s most dreaded time, the time to leave Disney…… It was very easy to go back to our hotel, grab our bags, jump on the monorail back to Disney Sea, and hop on a highway bus right in front of Disney Sea which took us straight to Shinjuku Station in the heart of Tokyo.
Being the busiest station in the world with over 1.2 million passengers traveling through there every day, it took us 15 minutes just to navigate the damn thing and figure out how to get out! With that figured out, it was an easy 10 minute walk to our “hotel”. Man, this hotel sucked. It was a Best Western. The room was the size of a closet which was to be expected and the air conditioning barely worked which was also to be expected. What was not to be expected was that it was basically in the red light district surrounded by strip joints and bars as far as the eyes can see. Japanese business men are a strange breed. Since the trains stop at 12am, they basically party all night after work until 5am when the trains start again. Then they go home, shower, change, and hop on another train back to work. So, where do they party until 5am? Right under the Best Western!! Made for a fun 3 nights.
After we checked in, the front desk gave us a great recommendation for dinner. We found it easily and, when we got there, realized it was one of those pay ahead restaurants where you pay for your food in a machine and then give your receipt to your server.