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    Loomis Goes to TDL - 10th and 11th December 2009 Trip & Photo Report

    Hey gang, it's been a while since I posted...but it has also been about a year since I've set foot in a Disney park. So two days before my birthday (which is today, at least in my time zone, incidentally) I took a trip to Tokyo Disneyland (and Sea on the 11th, but camera troubles and rain prevented any pics from that trip).

    I was amazed at how relatively quiet things were, especially given my "average of 3 hour wait" from last year. This time, I went with my girlfriend - a Disney 'virgin'. Suffice it to say, she is now a convert and has suggested another visit before we leave Japan in January. I MAY just take her up on this... The trip from Kichijoji was quicker than I thought, and we wisely got there an hour before opening.

    The day's first, and Susan's very first, ride was Pirates of the Caribbean. We were the only ones in the boat at this early hour, although one couple had gone ahead of us somehow. A whirlwind of Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World; Jungle Cruise and several dark rides (Snow White; Peter Pan's Flight) followed. Given everything was new to Susan, we really enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere this time, and took in the tail end of the Jubilation Parade. After a solo flight on Space Mountain, and a quick bite, we got our excellent spots for the White Holiday Parade (pics below).

    We spent a bit of time shopping in the World Bazaar, before making our way over to Westernland for a quick wander (BTMR was closed) and a lovely evening trip on the Riverboat, before settling down for the Electrical Parade Dreamlights. I'd never had the please of the light parade before, and this was quite the experience! We left the park, but saw the fireworks from the resort shuttle on the way back to our one night at the Mira Costa (where the service was impeccable)!

    DisneySea opened for us guests 15 minutes, so we went straight to Indy Jones. Even Susan loved it, and we got Fastpasses to get on it again. I rode StormRider, before returning to Indy. We rode 20,000 Leagues a couple of times, and Journey to the Centre of the Earth had a maximum of 40 minutes wait all day long. I guess the rain, which didn't stop until well into the night, was keeping the locals away and this paid off for us big time. (Using Fastpass, I managed to get on 'Journey' twice in a row before heading to the shops). The rain meant the train line provided temporary refuge after a bite in the American Waterfront. Mind you, the rain did drive most people into the Triton's Kingdom area, where we rode the Whirpool (because the Teacups were closed in TDL). Finally got a chance to see "Under the Sea" in the Mermaid Lagoon Theatre, which was absolute wonderful and frightening at the same time. So many colours, so much to look at. I'm freaking out!

    The rain finally getting to us, we closed the day out with a trip on the Steamer Line and the aforementioned trips on 'Journey'. Our arms filled with presents for ourselves and others, we finally left the resort for another year...stopping at Ikspiari on the way home of course. Unless we go back in a few weeks...

    Here is a selection of photos from the trip:

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    Last edited by Loomis; 12-11-2009 at 06:30 PM.
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    Re: Loomis Goes to TDL - 10th and 11th December 2009 Trip & Photo Report

    Glad to hear you had a great time on your trip Excellent pictures and descriptions... Under the sea in the mermain lagoon theatre is an excellent show much better than the one that they have at disney hollywood studios in florida


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    Re: Loomis Goes to TDL - 10th and 11th December 2009 Trip & Photo Report

    Hey Loomis good to see your still alive. Great trip report by the way

    You must be thilled by the news that Hong Kong Disneyland is pushing ahead with its expansion.

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    Such beautiful photos! What camera are you using, if you don't mind?^^

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    Re: Loomis Goes to TDL - 10th and 11th December 2009 Trip & Photo Report

    Great photos and TR. Thanks for sharing, looks like it was a fun trip.

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    Re: Loomis Goes to TDL - 10th and 11th December 2009 Trip & Photo Report

    Great photos Loomis! I am currently in Hokkaido,Japan and ya, the 11th was a real bummer, rained the whole day in Tokyo. Will be heading back to Tokyo tomorrow and visiting TDS on the 17th and TDL on the 18th, anyone going there these 2 days?
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    Re: Loomis Goes to TDL - 10th and 11th December 2009 Trip & Photo Report

    Quote Originally Posted by DuffyDad View Post
    Such beautiful photos! What camera are you using, if you don't mind?^^
    Thank you very much, DuffyDad. It's a Sony Alpha DSLR (A100). Most of those photos were shot on a Sony 18-250mm f3.5-f6.3 Lens, although I switched out to the new Sony 50mm f1.8 SAM DT lens for the night-time castle shots.

    Very good to be back in a Disney park. Oh, and yes Malin - thrilled at the HKDL news and hope to get back there soon as well! However, I suspect that the next Disney trip will probably be to Paris (to "complete the set")

    That said, am currently in Kyoto (after a brief visit to Yudanaka/Nagano) and we have tentatively planned another TDL visit before we leave Japan on January 4th. See how we feel after Nara, Himeji, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Seoul and a few more days in Tokyo :-)
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    Re: Loomis Goes to TDL - 10th and 11th December 2009 Trip & Photo Report

    Very good to be back in a Disney park. Oh, and yes Malin - thrilled at the HKDL news and hope to get back there soon as well! However, I suspect that the next Disney trip will probably be to Paris (to "complete the set")

    That said, am currently in Kyoto (after a brief visit to Yudanaka/Nagano) and we have tentatively planned another TDL visit before we leave Japan on January 4th. See how we feel after Nara, Himeji, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Seoul and a few more days in Tokyo :-)
    Nice I've actually just booked a trip for Disneyland Paris in the new year myself. Let me know if you need any advice when you do decide to visit, as its my local park.

    Enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan, I'm going to be out there very soon visiting the Kansai region. Hope you make it back to the parks before you leave Japan.

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    Re: Loomis Goes to TDL - 10th and 11th December 2009 Trip & Photo Report

    Hey, Loomis!

    Nice TR. What a long trip in Japan! I envy you ...

    Fukuoka should be reasonable/tolerable (but still chilly), but Kyoto in the wintertime is NOT where I want to be.

    Looking forward to your next TR in 2010!

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    Re: Loomis Goes to TDL - 10th and 11th December 2009 Trip & Photo Report

    Great photos, Loomis, and I think we're all pretty jealous we're not there.

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    Re: Loomis Goes to TDL - 10th and 11th December 2009 Trip & Photo Report

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing.


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    Re: Loomis Goes to TDL - 10th and 11th December 2009 Trip & Photo Report

    If you be good this year Loomis you will get cheese from Santa.
    Thanks for sharing from Tokyo.
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    Re: Loomis Goes to TDL - 10th and 11th December 2009 Trip & Photo Report

    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyMousePal View Post
    If you be good this year Loomis you will get cheese from Santa.
    Thanks for sharing from Tokyo.
    As it turns out, my goodness this year has been rewarded with a return trip to Tokyo Disneyland this year on the 29th. Yay!
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    Re: Loomis Goes to TDL - 10th and 11th December 2009 Trip & Photo Report

    Nice report and fabulous photos!! Thanks for sharing. I can only dream to visit this park some day.

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