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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    Just before dinner, we headed out to the Mira Costa to soak in the ambience.

    My what a wonderful hotel.



    Even if you are not staying here, you've got to visit it. It's just so beautiful.



    You really feel like you are in Italy.

    The lobby :



    By then, we were really hungry, so after dinner, all tired out, we went back to the hotel for an early night's rest.

    Next up Disneyland !

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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    From the useful advice that everyone gave here, we woke up bright and early and headed to the park way before the park opened.

    As hotel guest, we get to queue at a special area of the entrance.



    I was there about an hour before opening. There was already a decent crowd on the normal queues.



    It was a monday too. Guess there are no "empty" days at TDR.

    Pics of Disneyland Hotel from my queue.



    The Halloween decorations were up, although not officially stage 3 yet. (This was taken on my 3rd day)



    About ten minutes before the gates opened, there was a buzz in the air. The characters came out to greet the guests.

    Eeyore looked so sad, I expected a rain cloud to be following him.



    As usual Mickey and Minnie drew the loudess responses. [my photography skills suck ]



    Then the gates opened and the mad rush began. Some of the guests would just run towards their favourite rides. Others would rush to get pictures taken with their favourite characters. You had to queue to get pictures taken with Pooh and Mickey. The rest were basically free for all.

    It was kinda fun rushing with the rest of them.

    However, you could easily take pictures with the less popular ones, like Robin hood, Friar Tuck, Piglet, etc.

    ..

    to be continued.

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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    The CM seen on the bottom right side of your first picture above at the gate...
    Hmmm...
    I do not recall seeing him before in my previous visit...
    Hmmm...
    Yum...

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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    Thank you so much for posting this!! I'm really enjoying it so far... keep it coming!!

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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    Great Trip Report here and I love how your adding very little in commentry and letting the beautiful pictures tell the story. Looks like you picked a good time to visit too, as the parks don't look to crowded. And one thing that keeps coming up is just how good the TDR Castmembers are at there jobs. Loving it all so far

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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    I love your pictures and your commentary. The character towels in your room are super cool. I cant wait to see more pictures and you havent even really posted any of inside the park yet. Loving the TR!

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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    TDL looks so amazing, and that hotel is stunning! I'd love to go sometime in the future, although I'll need to save some pennies first!

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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    I love the peach danish it is so cute! Also the cones shaped like Mickey is really neat! Great trip report!

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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    Quote Originally Posted by omiyage View Post
    Nice pictures and comments! Can you please tell us how you booked the hotel? Online or through an agent?
    Sorry, missed your post.

    I booked through the Disney hotel reservation hotline.

    045-683-3333

    Apparantly, the online booking system is not working well.

    Just call the number first thing in the morning japan time (9am). It starts off in Japanese, wait a while and do not press anything. It will switch to english in a couple of mins. You'll get a english speaking operator who will do the reservations for you. Sometimes, you might have to call back if there is no english operator.

    Good Luck

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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    Thanks for the encouragement everyone.

    At this point in time, I'm not too sure how to proceed as I have a ton of pictures and not sure how to organise them. So, from this point onwards, I might seem more disorganised than usual

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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    So after the mad rush, (I managed to get some pics taken with the characters which I'll show later) we entered the world bazaar.



    And ran, .... ok, walked briskly ( man, I'm out of shape), to Pooh's Hunny Hunt.



    And grabbed Fast Passes ! In the middle of the day, the standby queues were 90 mins long.

    This was taken around 12 noon. The FPs were almost all out.



    The ride deserved all the hype that it generates. During our 2 days, we managed to ride it 4 times, and it never gets old. I especially like the room with the heffalumps. Too bad the honey pot goes too fast for me to take any pictures with flash.

    After grabbing our FPs, we went to Toontown. Halloween decorations were up.

    Goofy's house :



    This was taken at Minnie's house later at night.



    Mickey's house had a short waiting time (10 mins). It was lucky for us that we went in, for as I found out later, the waiting time throughout the day was 40 mins or more, even before closing time.





    All of Mickey's costumes.


    And finally, a picture with Mickey himself. (And you get to see us for the first time )



    In case you did not know, I'm the one with the Tokyo Disneyland cap.

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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    Great, You can take a photo with mickey. On my trip,a quequ for mickey's house is very very long.

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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    Great report- the pics are great. I can't wait for my next trip now!

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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    What a nice family portrait with Mickey!!

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    Re: Trip Report : 7 Sept 08 to 11 Sept 08

    Great report, can't wait for more!
    Check out my page at www.myspace.com/wheresmickey

    Check out my pin collection at www.pinpics.com. User name is WheresMickey




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