I wasn't sure about posting this on MiceChat because long-winded, photo-intensive trip reports don't seem to be de rigueur over here. But this was the first board with really good English-language info about Tokyo Disney and the place I always watched in the years before this trip became a reality, so I thought maybe my experience would be helpful to someone else. So....
This is the story of our totally last-minute yet totally fabulous trip to the Tokyo Disney Resort, Tokyo itself, and Kyoto — told breathlessly, at length, and in excruciating detail, with waaaaaay too many photos. Buckle up!
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Lurkyloo and Mr. Lurkyloo, crazy Disneyland fans who’ve parlayed the free WDW annual passes they got with their Epcot wedding into 3 years of bank account-draining trips around Disney’s World.
Going to Tokyo Disney Resort (specifically, Tokyo DisneySea) has been at the top of our Dream Trip list for years, but it was always sort of a far-off fantasy. I just assumed when we finally could afford it, I would spend a year or two planning the trip, learning Japanese, and intensively researching Japan.
And then one day Mr. Lurkyloo announced that his puppet company had landed a job building puppets and puppeteering on an ad in Tokyo, and we would be leaving in just over two weeks!
Miraculously, we were able to plan an almost-three-week trip in that time, including finding Tokyo hotels during peak cherry blossom season, cobbling together four days in Disney hotels during their “Top Season,” and throwing in a bullet train trip to Kyoto at the last minute. The short time frame was both maddening (I have never paid for so much express shipping in my life!) and liberating as it kept me from over-thinking things the way I usually do.
* Participants: Lurkyloo & Mr. Lurkyloo
* Dates: March 16-April 2, 2010
- Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu (A Disney Good Neighbor Hotel)
- Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
- Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
- Disney Ambassador Hotel
- Yaesu Terminal Hotel
- Metropolitan Marunouchi Hotel
* To Do List
- See everything there was to see in Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland
- Tour Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings sites in Tokyo
- Check out a “cat café”
- Ride a bullet train
- View cherry blossoms
- Visit Totoro at the Ghibli Museum
- See as many temples, shrines, castles, palaces, and gardens in Tokyo and Kyoto as humanly possible
- Purchase innumerable adorable stuffed anime characters
- Eat a bunch of stuff that we didn’t know what it was
I’ll be switching between updates to this report and my as-yet-unfinished Christmas trip report, so if you get bored waiting for updates…
Some Light Reading: Past Reports
How to Get Married In Epcot... and Survive a 12-Day Honeymoon @ WDW!
2 Haunted Mansions, 1 Day: The story of how we rode Haunted Mansion at Disney World and Disneyland on the same day (plus free dining)!
Return to the Scene of the Crime: The Lurkyloos' First Anniversary at WDW!
Wedding Crasher: 4 Parties in 3 Nights with 2 Cameras and 1 Fabulous Hat!
The Lurkyloos Do WDW: Christmas at Bay Lake Tower… of TERROR!