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    Re: Countdown Party and New Years trip report

    Looks like you had a great time while you were there & very lucky with the spot you got for videos- I know how it is on an average busy day- so I can just imagine how crazy it was- never saw a line going back to Ispiari!

    Thanks again for sharing with those who can't be there.

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    Wow, that is an amazing bunch of captions, pics and videos. Thank you so much Ichigopara! I've tried to explain to people how elaborate this event really is, but it's so hard to express the sheer magnitude of what is done on the 31st. You've come very close though!

    I always say, if you haven't seen Tokyo Disneyland on the 31st, you haven't seen Tokyo Disneyland! Just amazing!

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    Re: Countdown Party and New Years trip report

    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN View Post
    Let's not exagerate.. people do not wait there for weeks nor days.. a day or possibly up to 2? yes.
    No possibly about that at least for the DisneySea line, I was there on the morning of the 30th and drove by a large contingent of people waiting in one of the far flung parking lots out by the docks way past the sports center and Cirque du Soleil.

    So definitely 2 days. I have no idea when they arrived though. As I say, it was in the morning, so I assume some or most of them had arrived at least the day before (they looked awfully settled in).

    Next year, I'll have to check for sure.
    Last edited by Himorogi; 01-05-2009 at 04:17 PM. Reason: added DisneySea comment

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    Re: Countdown Party and New Years trip report

    Quote Originally Posted by Himorogi View Post
    I always say, if you haven't seen Tokyo Disneyland on the 31st, you haven't seen Tokyo Disneyland! Just amazing!
    Hmmm.. I guess that after 20 years of continuous visits to TDL, I still have not been then!!! Sooner or later, I will make it to the Countdown party... it's just that being away from home during the Xmas and new year holidays is tough for me.

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    Re: Countdown Party and New Years trip report

    Quote Originally Posted by Himorogi View Post
    No possibly about that at least for the DisneySea line, I was there on the morning of the 30th and drove by a large contingent of people waiting in one of the far flung parking lots out by the docks way past the sports center and Cirque du Soleil.

    So definitely 2 days. I have no idea when they arrived though. As I say, it was in the morning, so I assume some or most of them had arrived at least the day before (they looked awfully settled in).

    Next year, I'll have to check for sure.
    I noticed people as early as 3 possibly 4 days before but it was not a lot of people. There were on the benches on the walkway across from the station entrance.

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    Re: Countdown Party and New Years trip report

    Quote Originally Posted by lonegungirl View Post
    Wow that looks like so much fun! Although I think I could take a pass on waiting out on the ground for weeks in advance

    In the New Year's set, is the thing with the Mickey pick in it a mochi? What does it have around it?
    It was a chestnut I think and it had red bean paste around it.

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    Re: Countdown Party and New Years trip report

    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN View Post
    Hmmm.. I guess that after 20 years of continuous visits to TDL, I still have not been then!!! Sooner or later, I will make it to the Countdown party... it's just that being away from home during the Xmas and new year holidays is tough for me.
    You haven't seen TDL at its' best, that's for sure!

    There is just no comparison to the 31st, not any other day of the year (even the previews are just a pale comparison to THE event...hundreds of extra performers, and the park just has an amazing atmosphere that I've never seen elsewhere).

    Hope you can make it someday soon!

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    Re: Countdown Party and New Years trip report

    Quote Originally Posted by ichigopara View Post
    I noticed people as early as 3 possibly 4 days before but it was not a lot of people. There were on the benches on the walkway across from the station entrance.
    I wonder if they were moved back to the remote locations when others started showing up.

    I'd be interested to see how the work out the logistics on this one. In general, you'd think that the first person in line (nearest the parks) would be "first"...but there also seems to be staging areas.

    I wonder if any fights have ever broken out.

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    Re: Countdown Party and New Years trip report

    Thanks for the report and pics Ichigopara

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    Re: Countdown Party and New Years trip report

    Great TR and pictures! One day I will take my trip to TDL and see what everyone has been talking about. Thank you for sharing.
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    Re: Countdown Party and New Years trip report

    Fantastic report. I'm dying for one of those Blue Bayou/Pirates placements!!!!!

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    Re: Countdown Party and New Years trip report

    Wonderful TR! Food pics are making me drool. Videos were very nice, too.

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    Re: Countdown Party and New Years trip report

    Great report! Thanks!
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