We were in the Tokyo area June 13-20 and had a truly splendid vacation. Thanks so much to this board for all the tips, advice, insight, etc. that helped us out immensely! We were a little nervous about maneuvering through Tokyo/TDR with four small kids but everything worked out really smoothly. It helped that the weather was just spectacular...other than not being able to view Mt. Fuji due to some clouds, we couldn't have asked for more ideal conditions. GORGEOUS!
After staying at a hotel in Hiroo and seeing some Tokyo/Hakone sights early in the week, we moved to the Sheraton at Disney for the rest of our trip. The Sheraton was beautiful; we had a family quad-bed room which was lovely and spacious and had a fabulous view. The service was amazing. We had some of our luggage transferred by the Black Cat and the rest checked in at the Welcome Center in Maihama Station and everything arrived in our room even before we did. The kids really enjoyed the Sheraton amenities--jammies, slippers, storybook, etc. They felt like royalty!
We went to TDS on Wednesday afternoon/evening, TDL all day Thursday, and TDS most of Friday. Crowds at TDL were completely manageable--the longest we waited was 30 minutes for Pooh; everything else was either 10 minutes or less, or was easily fastpassed (Thunder Mountain, Splash, Buzz, Monsters Inc.). TDS was even better crowdwise...most everything was a walk-on or very minimal wait, other than Indy and ToT which were 20-30 minutes or an easy fastpass.
TDL was lovely; we're regular visitors to Disney parks and enjoyed the familiar rides as well as the fun surprises (Pooh!!). We were a little underwhelmed by the overall look of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland...we like them better at HKDL and DL in Anaheim. And the kids were disappointed that the Jungle Cruise didn't have HKDL's thrilling finale! But we have no real complaints!
TDS however was what really amazed us. WOW! I can't even express how impressed we were by the details, the other-worldliness, the great food, the uniqueness, the FUN. We were absolutely enchanted by Sindbad! (Still have that song running through my head). Aquatopia was a hit with the kids...must've gone on that thing 6 times. BraviSEAmo was mind-bogglingly gorgeous, the ToT theming was our favorite of any ToT (still creeped out by the idol). We loved the volcano and the whole "show" of its eruptions--flickering lights, earthquake sounds, and so on. I can't say enough. We have to go back!
Japan was a wonderful experience all around. We're a conspicuous family to begin with (some of us are Caucasian, some Asian, a couple with disabilities) but other than one lady who followed us in Harajuku with a camera with a really long lens, everyone just smiled and treated us as completely NORMAL. It was so nice to not be stared at, pointed at, as we have been in some of our travels. We were free to just enjoy! I feel so grateful and can't wait to go back for a longer period of time someday soon.
Thanks again for all the help!