The kids were absolutely besides themselves to go to Disneyland. It was a short 45 min train ride, with multiple stops from our hotel, so needless to say, we caught a taxi because our stress levels were up and we didn’t feel like navigating Tokyo’s train system knowing what was ahead of us.
Btw… Tokyo has 14 million people, so 45 mins on the train really isn’t that far, even though it sounds it!
I suspect the parents were a bit excited about the day, because the first ride we booked, with the express pass system, without child consultation was Splash Mountain. A ride that neither Charlie nor Ellie wanted to go on because of a fairly significant drop at the end.
With a fair amount of persuasion and manipulation, we managed to convince her that it wouldn’t be that bad. Charlie, however wasn’t going to budge.
We did manage to get Charlie onto Space Mountain, an iconic indoor roller coaster.
In retrospect of all the rides to force your child into, this probably wasn’t the right one. It’s basically a roller coaster that flies around in the dark, at extreme speed. I remember doing it in the US and thinking it’s not so bad. I suspect the crazy Japanese thought, less completely shut the lights off and turn the speed up a fraction – that’ll scare the shit out of everyone.
They were right.
Our favourite ride was Thunder mountain which we did multiple times.
Charlie loved Belle which you basically fly around in giant teacups, through massive rooms, as the story unfolds … in Japanese 🙂 I don’t really understand how they controlled the cups. Given it was in Japanese, I had plenty of time to think about the engineering behind this ride, and I guessed it might have been giant magnets. It’s was pretty amazing tbh.
Another themed ride was Pirates of the Caribbean, which you work your way through a series of stages, in a boat, and eventually make it into a giant warehouse with pirate ship and fake battles. At one point I thought Johnny Depp was doing a cameo candid camera appearance because I was staring at this character for what felt like 5 mins trying to see whether it was real or not.
The locals liked to dress up. Matching outfits, weird costumes but this lady took the cake for most interesting outfit of the day. The two brown things on the table were chipmunks and she was dressed as a baby, in a diaper, with a dummy.
Kudos to Fi for snapping this iconic photo.
Food was typically quirky. The girls had pizza, which is normal, with desert dumplings…not that normal. They arrived like this, and were left like this.
As we walked out of the park, having spent all day there, from 9am to 7pm, and onto the monorail which zipped us back to our hotel right near the park, Ellie said to me;
“Dad, if you could do only one day of your life again what would you do?”
“Not sure Elle what would you do?”
“Today. It was the best day of my life. Thank you.”
I guess dreams do come true.