Originally we weren't going to go to the countdown party this year so we didn't even try to win tickets through the lottery. However my husband was offered the job with the company he wanted so his parents offered to babysit so we could go out and celebrate so we bought tickets online. Of course despite the signs people started gathering a few days before the countdown.
There was a nice clear view of Mt. Fuji that day so I took a picture from the station!
This year we were meeting up with some friends who were staying at the TDLH so they took turns at night and I went in the morning while my husband dropped off the baby with the grandparents. I didn't know that countdown goods go on sale before the parties so even if you don't go to the parties you can buy the goods at the parks and at Bon Voyage. So I bought the blanket at Bon Voyage on my way to the line!
I was trying to explain to my sister how insane the wait and lines are for these parties so I took a video of the lines for her but didn't have time to videotape the people in the parking lot so a huge chunk of the line is missing but you can get an idea from this.
My husband and SIL got there around lunch time so we went to Beckers for lunch.
So then around 3pm we were moved towards the gates and it looked like we had a pretty good position.
We were of course going to aim for the Mickey show stop of the parade. Then maybe around 6pm we became aware of a rumor that something was going to happen at the castle and Mickey would show up at the castle. As the time got closer it seemed like this would indeed be the case but it could just turn out to be a rumor. We decided to go for it and change our plan to be sitting in front of the castle because we would still be able to see the parade from both sides. We separated in teams of people who would run and the people who would hold bags. (We were a big group of about 8!) I chose to not run because I was still nervous about the last countdown party I had been to! This turned out to be super lucky because my friend pulled us over to the side because she had spotted Toshio Kagami! So we got to take our pictures with him!
I look like some one who was sleeping on the floor of the parking lot and crushed by a crowd of people after waiting in the cold all day but thats ok ha ha!
More pictures are coming!