Conquering Tokyo Disneyland

Our trip to Tokyo was planned rather last minute but it wasn’t all that bad given that we are pretty familiar with the city that we called our second home years back. This time round, I had wanted to bring Bubba to Disneyland for I think she’s about the right age to enjoy the cartoon characters and some of the rides. What luck had we that her fave name twin – Sophie Rose and the little Bow Family were all in Tokyo during the same time so we made an epic play-date out of that for the gals.

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The start of our Disneyland adventures were all smiles because we were prepared to brave the crowds and have F.U.N!! But I guess as much as we were mentally prepared, we were not ready for the reality of the craziness behind those iron gates where happiness lies. Haha.. cue dramatic music please

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So in order to avoid the long queues to get our tickets, I purchased our tickets online. Price was the same and it was such a breeze to get them. We decided on a slightly later start to the theme park so met about 10-1030am. We could have gone earlier at 8am when the park opens but that would mean waking the girls up earlier and risk setting a nuclear bomb on ourselves the entire day. Was not ready for that! Plus the girls can’t go on a lot of the fast rides so we took it slow. This also meant that if you were planning on scoring a fast past at that time, don’t as all of them were already gone by the time we arrived with the troop.

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We had planned to bring our own stroller but Mama Libby shared that we could rent it. So we decided to rent our stroller and leave the one we brought along back at the hotel. Why? Their rental strollers can be easily maneuvered around the park. I don’t have to worry about my stroller being stolen when I park it for rides though we do trust the Japanese a lot. Plus side on the rental of strollers? Comes in the adorable Mickey design! What’s not to like as a kid? Stroller comes with a rental fee of 1000 yen that’s not refundable.

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img_7120-1Mama Libby and I specially ordered these bunny capes for the girls and were super pleased when they arrived just in time for the trip! Darling Sophie Rose was dressed in a cute Alice in Wonderland costume! Such fun for little girls to be don in costume characters for Disneyland! I forgot about it so need to make a mental note to buy a costume for Bubba for our next Disney trip (if there’s another one).

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We didn’t realise our Disney outing coincided with a public holiday so the entire world was there. Oops forgot to check the calendar! So queues were doubly or triple the waiting time!! zzz… So word of advice if you are planning a trip to Disneyland, do remember to check if you are going on a public holiday to minimise long waits at rides.

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We tried to send off the men to queue while we walked around the park with the girls. Didn’t think they would last 60 minutes waiting in line. But turns out we can’t do that.. Everyone in the party needed to queue together! So we timed their nap time, strapped them in the Tulas and waited in line. 65 minutes on, we managed one ride over at Peter Pan’s adventure.

img_7121-2The one pic that Mama Libby and I had! With our prized Winnie the Pooh popcorn buckets that she waited in line for 30 minutes!! Honey popcorn was good tho! Give the butter and shoyu popcorn a miss though the Mickey popcorn bucket is super adorable – I couldn’t resist so I got that too (much to the Man’s displeasure).

img_7045The Mickey Mouse parade that comes on at 3.00pm was a highlight for the girls as well. Had intended to get seats by the road but thanks to a diaper incident by the Bub, I only managed to get back at 3pm. So we stood by the streets and the girls sat on their dads shoulders watching the parade. Well, can’t deny that it’s probably the best view ever! Just check out the joy on the Bub’s face when she saw Mickey Mouse from afar!

We had planned to stay on for the night parade but it was getting a tad bit too cold so we bundled them up and headed back to the city.

img_7058Well, how did we do on rides? Total ride count for the day? 4! We sat the Peter Pan ride, It’s a small world boat ride, an old school Western train and the magical carousel. The waiting time for the latter 3 rides were between 20-30 minutes so it wasn’t all that bad.

img_4830-2Had to convince the Bub that horse rides on the carousel was not all that scary! Took a while for her to warm up but helped that we were all there.

img_4825-1All in all, it was a wonderful day spent with our friends at the happiest place on earth!! Will need to plan another trip back again and this time round, we will be better prepared! I will load up the Bub with a proper meal in the morning first. I felt bad for it felt like she was just eating junk the entire day – fries, ice-cream, popcorn, corn chips! I dare say she thought she had scored a Fast Pass for a ‘Eat whatever junk I want if I whine and my Parentals will definitely give it to me kinda day!‘.

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For now, she is super pleased with her Mickey Mouse toy!! Never mind that we are left almost half-dead from the carrying and trying to keep the Bub happy when she was cranky from the crowds. All that really mattered was that the wide grin and that smile that she had on her face when she first laid her eyes on her Mickey Mouse toy and how she remembered who took her on those rides. Aww how precious are these memories that we have of her growing up. Why do they grow up so quickly? That said, we can’t wait for our next Disneyland adventure with her. The next time round, I’m sure she will be asking her Daddy to bring her on the older kids rides. Haha!

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