We decided to head for Disneyland after seeing sunny days forecast for Monday and Tuesday. Monday's great weather was the first after consecutive cloudy and rainy days. Aiyoh, seems like all of Japan had the same idea as us. The crowd was just unbelievable. The last time I was in Tokyo Disneyland was 11 years ago, when I was 4 months pregnant with Brian, and even then, the crowd was already terribly bad; but this time, it seems like 100 times worse. Not exaggerating.
Sean's sourpuss face in the photos below pretty much sums up our mood for the day.
At about 10.30am, I headed for Splash Mountain to get a fast pass and the time to return was 830pm! Siao ah. Collected the fast pass for Big Thunder Mountain instead, return time was 530pm. Groannn! Fast passes ran out for the other attractions before noon. To give you an idea of the kind of crowd we're talking about, the wait for Pooh's Honey Hunt was 170min. That's almost 3 hours, and people actually queue for this. We thought that was just crazy.
The shortest queue we found was Pinocchio's Daring Journey, we found out why, cos when the ride ended, we looked at one another and went, "Huh? That was it?" It's like Small World, just not as magical and sweet. I was disappointed to see that Small World was closed; yes, for me, a visit to Disneyland isn't complete without leaving with the small world tune ringing in my head for days after.
Pirates of the Carribean was really good, the Jack Sparrow figures' look so real, exactly like Johnny Depp. This was a new ride to us, as Pooh's Honey Hunt was (which we didn't get to go to). The other rides were the same as those in Paris and Hongkong, which we went to the last two years, so we didn't miss that much despite the horrible crowd.
I spent much of my time people-watching. Loads of people came dressed as Disney characters, I couldn't tell if they were staff or visitors. This Minnie Mouse costume was the standard outfit for most little girls.
Donald Duck and Goofy.
Alice and Cheshire Cat. We saw so many ladies in this blue Alice outfit, guess cos it's a very comfortable costume.
Some night pictures before we left for Shinjuku, where we had dinner at a restaurant on one of the upper floors of Odakyu. We chose the place for Sean, cos it served his favourite Chicken and egg on rice. I had soba while Eddie and Brian had tonkatsu. Tiring day, and hoping for a better one tomorrow at Disneysea.