God must have smiled down upon me, because I live in the close proximity to one of the most magical places on earth… Tokyo Disneyland!
After a morning of speech-contest practice, two of us made a spontaneous trip to the park (one of two Disney parks in Japan: Disneyland and DisneySea) for an afternoon of fun filled adventure! After being greeted by some bronze sculptures of classic characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (Dumbo featured here), you pass the Disneyland resort and enter into the World Bazaar. As you walk past the sweet shops and souvenir stands you come upon Cinderella’s castle, in all its wonder! That is when you really feel like you’re at Disney.
We rode several exciting rides, trying to hit the best ones we could. We began with “Space Mountain” and moved on to “Toon Town” where we took a ride on “Roger Rabbit’s Toon Car Spin”!
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Life in Yachiyo City, Japan
One thing I noticed while at the park was how much everyone gets dressed up. From kids to adults, everyone breaks out their Disney paraphernalia to get in the full spirit. Although, I must say, the costumes of the workers are hand down the best. I caught a shot of the workers at “Pooh’s Huney Hunt” dressed like scouts of the “100 Aker Wood”. We also indulged in the “It’s a Small World” ride before dining with Alice and the Mad Hatter at the “Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall”. My favorite part, however, of this restaurant was the teacup vending machines outside that are displayed here.
We ended the day with the “Haunted Mansion” full of ghosts and ghouls, and a trek with the “Pirates of the Caribbean”! Cinderella’s Castle looked just as beautiful at night as it did during the day, and we were able to peruse the souvenir shop on the way out right before the park closed and rode the train on our way home…