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    Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    Update: Disney Sea is here: http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66310

    I decided to post my Tokyo Disneyland park experiences in this forum because 1) people might actually see it here (I want to discuss the park with people whose home park is DL and not just TDR_FAN ) and 2) comparisons to the original park are likely to come up anyway.

    This isn't some thread about how much better Tokyo Disneyland is compared to Disneyland. No way. The park has its strengths and weaknesses. I will be brutally honest and nitpick in any way I can.

    I visited Tokyo Disneyland for about 4 hours on Wednesday the 23rd (After 6PM pass) and about 6 hours on Sunday the 27th. It wasn't exactly the focus of the trip, but it was interesting nontheless. Here are my reactions, comparisons, and other observations. Please post your own experiences and comparisons. Click on most pictures to make them bigger! If you get a 404 error then there is no bigger version. Sorry!



    Climate: If you ever go to TDR anywhere near Summer be prepared to take two or three showers per day. It isn't the heat. It's the humidity. You WILL be sticky and miserable after four hours in the park. We took breaks often. We were really really glad we opted for a hotel on resort property. We would have had a horrible time if we couldn't easily leave the park and get to our room in 15 minutes.

    If it isn't hot it's either raining or windy or both. TDR sits right on the ocean and is a horrible location for weather in my opinion. Disneyland wins this one.



    Promotional Theme: At Disneyland we have "The Year of a Million Dreams". At Tokyo Disneyland they are doing "Find Stich!" Basically a Stitch statue is hidden in various areas around the park and I guess you have to go and find him.








    The Japanese guests go crazy over Stitch. At every location where he's "hidden" people are taking massive amounts of pictures. We were watching the Mickey Mouse Revue, an aging animatronic show featuring singing characters. I noticed most people in the crowd were hunched over looking bored. Once a Stitch statue popped up in one of the scenes everyone sat up and broke out their cell phone cameras and starting snapping pictures (I was amazed that nobody used their flash, the scene was well lit). It's crazy. Why the hell did Disney get rid of Chris Sanders again??

    I thought it was a well done promotion and except for putting the Partners statue in Hawaiian garb, the promotion did little to take away from the park. I thought it was way better than Disneyland's current promotion.

    The statues don't move though, which felt kind of cheap. Still, expectations always go down when something is only temporary. I would like to see this in DL as long as they stay away from the castle and Partners. Of course, Stitch would have to wear an eye patch and carry a sword.

    There were also Hawaiian themed shows and parades but I had no interest in seeing them.

    Adventureland

    Anybody who has been to DL's Adventureland knows that it can be cramped and become a huge bottleneck during busy days. It's basically one path that contains Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones, and the Treehouse.

    At TDL it was amazing to see an Adventureland where you actually had room to move.



    This image illustrates it better than any other, but I really dislike the color-coded ground. Basically Adventureland ground is green, Westernland dark red, etc. I'm really glad Disneyland repaved their pavement a few years ago and it looks so much better than TDL.

    Jungle Cruise:



    It's almost identical to DL's except for a section through a temple that's just okay.

    If you know the standard Jungle Cruise jokes then the language barrier won't really be a problem. It looked like they did them all, backside of water, shrunken head ned, etc.

    Even if you don't know Japanese the skippers are very animated compared to the droning sarcastic tone of their American counterparts. During the part where the boat turns to narrowly miss a waterfall, our skipper was halfway out the boat and screaming for dear life. It was very exiting to watch. I would have to say it's a tie between the two versions.

    Pirates of the Carribean: Damn, got there too late. I wanted to ride a copy of the original!





    Damn you Johnny Depp, damn you to hell.

    Tiki Room: I don't know if this is temporary or not but they are currently doing something with the Tiki Room called "Get the Fever". As we have learned in the past, Enchanted Tiki Room remakes can be trainwrecks and after seeing these birds rap in Japanese during the pre-show, I thought we were in for one.



    It actually ended up being an enjoyable show. It starts off with the standard Tiki Room song and the other songs are replaced with contemporary songs with Japanese lyrics. Otherwise the show follows the same basic path but with new music and lighting effects.

    The cast member also got really into it. He was dancing and urging the crowd to clap along with the music. It's not something I'd want to see at DL, but if it's temporary, I give my anal retentive Disney nerd approval.

    Adventureland also has the Swiss Family Treehouse and Western River Railroad, both of which I had no interest in. Come on, the train doesn't go around the whole park? No excuse! It was broken down anyway. There's like six guys staring at it here.



    Westernland

    Big Thunder Mountain:



    By 10AM Sunday the line for Big Thunder was already approaching an hour. When we got Fastpass tickets for it cast members were at the machines taking passports and getting the Fastpass themselves. We also saw this at Space Mountain.

    I wish they would do this at Disneyland. Too often people linger around the Fastpass machines making it a pain to get in and out real quick, the way it's supposed to be! A cast member should be there to assist during busy days and direct them out when they are done, not just stand there and occassionally fix a broken machine.

    On Sunday by the time we got back to ride it the standby line had reached 90 minutes.





    I liked this version a lot better than DL's but my girlfriend disagreed. This version actually has a couple decent drops and a more detailed landscape. One thing I don't like is that you can't see much of the attraction from outside of it. You can see a little bit of it in action from the Mark Twain though.





    Rivers of America: I really enjoyed this area of the park and it illustrates the key difference between the two parks. Where Disneyland is more intimate and cozy, with everything tucked into little corners, Tokyo Disneyland affords guests grand panoramic vistas. These shots of Splash Mountain from the Mark Twain and around the river show just what I mean.





    There is a lot of activity on the river and hopefully with the opening of Pirate island we'll be seeing some scenes like these again at Disneyland.





    We used to have a waterfall on our river



    I wouldn't say that TDL's Rivers of America was that much better than Disneyland's, but I couldn't help but think that an extensive RoA refurb with new animatronic animals and Indians and stuff like that should have been budgeted into Pirate Island. There's just way more to look at at TDL. The views of Splash alone are incredible.



    Tom Sawyer's Island: With the opening of Pirate Island happening just a couple days before, I was excited to see Tom Sawyer's Island. In a park where there were 120 minute waits for Splash Mountain, the island was a little light on the crowds. I guess poor old Tom can't pack 'em in like pirates can.





    It was just nice seeing a TSI without Pirates for a long time.



    Ducks nibble on some moss and cast members shoo them away when it's time to dock a raft.

    Next up is Critter Country and Fantasyland.

    If you have any questions or see something I missed, let me know!
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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    this is my new favorite photo

    i can't wait to see the rest!!
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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    Man this is gonna be so off topic

    Heh you soooooo can't compare the find stitch promotion to year of a million dreams We both agree it's better but stitch is a seasonal promotion that lasts for a couple months, gets its own parade, and parkwide decorations and is just as quickly replaced by the other seasonal promotions that go on each year like their summer events or the season of the heart they had prior, each with their own parades stages shows, parkwide decorations etc.. Year of a million dreams is just a faux of a promotion stretching over a year long with nothing even identifying about it in the parks beyond a couple of brief decorations on main street =P. I don't even think it deserves to be compared to a real park promotional event like the seasonal offerings, halloween, christmas, etc heh.


    Glad you had a good time at TDL =D Did you get into TDS at all?

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    those shots of Splash Mountain from the Rivers of America are amazing! i would go to TDL just to see that view in person!
    pshhh i guess

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    This is an amazingly beautiful park. Thanks for the pictures.
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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    WOWZA!!! I'm glad i asked for a World-Wide Disney Park Adventure Vacation (thats what I'm calling it) as a high school graduation gift next summer! Wow...now i really gotta see this place in person!


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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    Critter Country

    Splash Mountain: Next to Pooh, this is probably the most improved attraction to it's Disneyland counterpart. I love Splash Mountain and seeing TDL's was like experiencing one of my favorites on steroids. The thing is huge. Hills on either side of the main mountain give the structure a kind of mountain range look.





    Critter Country itself is finely detailed. The train passes under this log.



    The train passes right in front of the entire attraction. No tunnels through the attraction here.



    More Critter Country structures.



    The wide open spaces let Splash breathe.





    A shot of where Critter Country transitions into Westernland.











    Where the logs exit the drop. This version barely got us wet. Last time I went on DL's Splash, I got drenched from head to toe.













    The ride itself has many more scenes than DL's, which seems to have been downgraded compared to MK's and TDL's. The loading area is completely enclosed, most likely due to the many days of rain Tokyo gets.

    While on the ride I saw a kid sitting on the rocks with her feet dangling into the attraction and her parents behind her. I hope this isn't a common occurance and cast members try to keep it from happening. I was going to say something but by the time we got off they were gone.

    The only other thing to do is the canoes. Hell no. There's no Pooh here. TDL's version is in Fantasyland.

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    Cinderella Castle: Welp, here are the castle shots.



    I actually like Sleeping Beauty Castle better, but this castle and the surrounding landscaping is very impressive. My girlfriend disagreed and thinks our castle looks puny now.
















































    Next up is what's behind the castle, Fantasyland.

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    Beautiful Thanks for sharing. Really makes me wish I had taken more pics when I went there.

    Oh look! TDL has baby ducks too!

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    Fantasyland

    Fantasyland is strange. Half of it looks roughly like this:







    While the other half has the old Renaissance Faire look.




    I think DL's Fantasyland looks way better and it has Mr. Toad and Alice.

    Haunted Mansion: Haunted Mansion is in Fantasyland. It doesn't really fit. The exterior is attractive though and the ride is almost identical to DL's. They still have the old bride and they incorporate some of the queue into the actual ride. For example, there is a library and instead of the three statues that track you, there are like nine of them. The hallway where the paintings change, they just threw that into the beginning of the ride. After those scenes it goes straight to the hallway with the floating candelabra and follows Disneyland's version.

    "Hurry back..." girl is also incorporated into the ride at the end. If you really want to see some nitpicking, I think she shows up way too soon and should be at the exit instead.

    Their loading area is better themed and looks more like a house than a dark show building. I prefer Disneyland's version in general though, both the exterior and the new attic stuff.

    As far as guests go, I don't think Japanese guests are any more behaved than American ones. Our first night at TDL people were pushing their way through crowds, screaming for no reason, and shining lights, not just camera flashes, but full blown lights in Haunted Mansion. Mothers were changing diapers on benches and a kid were running around naked. What the hell?



    Neat little facade for a restuarant based on Alice in Wonderland. Doesn't exactly make up for the lack of an Alice ride though.



    Didn't have time to go on Small World. I prefer the whites of our version way more. This one looks tacky.



    Pooh's Hunny Hunt: Rats.



    I knew weeks before my trip that it was going to be closed but we couldn't schedule our trip for any other time. I've seen a video of this attraction and it looks miles ahead of our Winnie the Pooh rushjob.



    We didn't spend too much time in Fantasyland. We did see the Mickey Mouse Revue which was a pleasant surprise. We were almost going to pass on it but it had no wait. It was like Country Bear Jamboree but with Mickey Mouse.

    Let me tell you, the Japanese voice actors for Mickey and Donald have come a long way. In the Mickey Mouse Revue they sound like, uhm, you and me. Newer attractions have better voices fortunately.

    Here's the back of the castle.





    Next up is Toontown and Tomorrowland.

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    wow nice pictures, yeah our disneyland castle looks stale compare to this picture.

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    Quote Originally Posted by almandot View Post
    Glad you had a good time at TDL =D Did you get into TDS at all?
    Of course! I spent one full day and two nights there.

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    "Haunted Mansion: Haunted Mansion is in Fantasyland. It doesn't really fit. The exterior is attractive though and the ride is almost identical to DL's. They still have the old bride and they incorporate some of the queue into the actual ride. For example, there is a library and instead of the three statues that track you, there are like nine of them. The hallway where the paintings change, they just threw that into the beginning of the ride. After those scenes it goes straight to the hallway with the floating candelabra and follows Disneyland's version.

    "Hurry back..." girl is also incorporated into the ride at the end. If you really want to see some nitpicking, I think she shows up way too soon and should be at the exit instead."

    Would I be correct in the assumption you have never been to WDW? This is almost an exact copy.
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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    Our Small World looked like that not too long ago. Thankfully it's been fixed since then.

    I badly want to go to TDR. Someday...

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    Re: Tokyo Disneyland Experiences and comparisons to Disneyland 5/23 & 5/27

    Quote Originally Posted by rex22 View Post
    wow nice pictures, yeah our disneyland castle looks stale compare to this picture.
    It's the little castle that could.



    Quote Originally Posted by davewasbaloo View Post

    Would I be correct in the assumption you have never been to WDW? This is almost an exact copy.
    I've never been to WDW, but yes, I do know it's an exact copy.

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