We are finally home...literally just came through the door. I don't have pics to post yet but I'll post my experience.
- We left Tokyo (our hotel was Hotel Ryumeikan) and after a long walk (for me since I was pulling all the luggage while wife was looking after our little girl) we made it to the train.
- We checked into the Sheraton Tokyo Bay ... it was awesome. Almost all the front desk people and the bell hops knew us personally during our stay because they loved playing and interacting with our little girl.
- It was pouring rain and I managed the wife to do the after 6pm for Tokyo Disneyland.
- It was pouring but there were still a good amount of people there.
- We went on Pooh's ride 3x, small world 2x, teacup 1x, castle and just took it easy.
- All the workers who were still there in the pouring rain were unbelievable. Smiles and waves everytime we passed one of them.
- We did Tokyo Sea. It was also raining. Went out to the bus in front of the hotel to take to the station. We get there and the wife says she's cold and that I should go back for her jacket. I was going to walk back when the bus driver motioned me to get on and to drive me back. I felt so bad b/c we just go there and she needs to keep to a schedule. Got back to the hotel and she waited for me to drive me back to the station. We get to DisneySea and there is already a huge lineup in the rain.
- My wife tells me...I forgot the tickets in the hotel! DOH! Had to go back to the hotel...the bus driver sees me and is totally surprised. She motions me on again and all the hotel people see me again and wave and know that I forgot the tickets.
- When we finally got into DisneySea the rain got a bit heavier. We went on most of the rides except for the more popular "adult" themed rides b/c of our little one.
- There were characters all around ... the greeting trail was more than 60minutes ... so we decided to skip it because of the rain and worried that our little one would get sick. We waited about 20 minutes for Donald Duck and it made her SOOOO happy since the Duck is her favourite.
- I saw people (old and young) carrying Arabian donald ducks. It was one of those midway games. I was so obsessed with winning that I was collecting consolation pins! Wife told me that i'll never win and to go.
- Went back to hotel for an afternoon nap and go back in the night.
- It was raining even harder in the night. When we saw workers...before we even got close to them they got their squeegees and made sure the ground had no water before we walked by with them smiling and waving at us.
- We did some more night activities and I did go back to win the Arabian donald duck that my wife said i'd never win! HA! After 500Yen and 6 tries...I won one! hahaha.
- It was a great night in the pouring rain.
- We arrived at Tokyo Disneyland a little bit later than opening on the sunny Friday. I think it was great! There were lots of people when we got off the train...characters everywhere! Hugs, photos, clowning around and the most important thing...SMILES by everyone...young and old.
- Isn't it a school day for kids???? They were everywhere! And not in school uniforms....like just going there.
- We lucked out on taking photos with the roaming characters. Although it was a "free for all" for photos, autographs and hugs ... they saw our little girl and made an effort to let us take a picture with them. it was great.
- We did basically all the rides except for the pooh and dumbo b/c we did it the night before and the fact that the line ups were pretty long.
- It was a great day. Yes there were a lot of people but seeing everyone so happy and having an awesome day was great.
- We stayed for the night glow parade. I bought those "egg" things from the machines for 300yen in the toontown area. I bought 3 for my little girl and told her that I wasn't going to buy her anymore. i went outside to save us a spot for the glow parade. My wife comes out later to tell me that there was a 20ish year old girl who saw our girl still at the machine and thought she was very cute. This girl opened her bag and showed her all the eggs that she bought for "fun" and wanted her to choose one. My wife said she so touched by her generosity. I was very happy and touched too...that if we could find her that we'd take her out for ice cream or something. Unfortunately when the parade was about the start...they turn out all the lights outside and we couldn't see anything.
- It was a great day. We were so happy. Our little girl was so used to the happiness and friendliness of the workers that whenever she saw one of them ... she'd go over and say hi and wave.
- Walked around the hotel with my little girl before getting ready to check out that I saw in the bridal dress area of the hotel that a young woman was trying on a traditional wedding kimono who was obviously going to have her wedding there. My little girl said she was "big sister is so pretty". I saw her father started to cry with tears of joy and they had a big hug. I'm not entirely sure of the Japanese culture if that is "normal"...but it was a sight of raw emotion that i couldn't help but tear up a bit. They saw us looking and smiled...we smiled right back and I said congratulations...although I'm not sure if they understood my english...but I'm sure they understood we were so happy for them with our tears of joy as well.
- Most of the staff come over and said goodbye to us and especially our little girl.
- Check out at the hotel and wait for our bus to Narita for our flight to HK where we'd visit HK disney and i already knew that i would be disappointed after such an awesome experience.
Overall...I LOVED being in Tokyo and then Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea for the first time. It will definitely not be our last. It wasn't just going to an amusement park. It was an experience. Going to plan on saving money so we can go again in the next few years. Our little girl loved her time there...we loved our time there and we've got memories and photos to last us a lifetime.