Day One Tuesday 19 Sept 2006
Arrived at Narita at 9.00 am and proceeded to make our way through baggage claim and customs etc.My transfer had failed to turn up so I brought a ticket for the Airport Limousine which came to 3,000 yen and made my way to the pick up point.This was my first experience at seeing how well organise the Japanese are at doing things and at 10.10 am I was on my way to the Hilton in Shinjuku.Journey took around 1 hr and 30 mins and made three stops at Shinjuku Station,another major hotel and last stop was the Hilton.Also on the way we got to pass the Tokyo Disney Resort,which for a Disney nut like me was very cool indeed.
Arriving at the Hilton I was greeted by the excellent and very friendly staff who also all spoke very good English.After checking in,it was time to make my way over to Shinjuku Station which ended up being a pleasent 10 min walk passing by all the gigantic skyscappers and Japanese office workers who were walking in oposite direction to me.Thanks to the Tokyo Disney website I had already printed of details on how to get from Shinjuku to Maihama,and these were very helpful.I needed to catch the Chuo Rapid Train over to Tokyo Station and then onwards using the Keiyo Line,or as its often refered to the Musashino line.
Our train got to Disney at about 1.00 pm and it was straight over to the Monorail station to transfer over to Disney seas my destination for today.At the Ticket booth I requested a one day park ticket and was handed a English map plus my ticket.Walking through the gates over looking the Aquasphere was quite an experience as you've seen soo many pics but nothing can ever do it justice like seeing it in person.First thing I did was go over to the information board to check wait and show times and the park was busy with 3 hour waits for TOT plus 2 hours for attractions like JTTCOTE and Indy.I wasn't to bothered with this today as I really just wanted to get a feeling for this park today,besides I knew I'd be back later in the week to ride them!
I was starting to get hungry but didn't want anything to fancy so I walked pass the American Waterfront area and into Cape Cod and ordered a burger & Fries from Cape Cod Cook Off.The resturant also stages continuous live shows of Donald Ducks Boat Builders so I decided to catch and enjoy a bit of that.The show stars Mickey,Goofy,Donald and Chip & Dale and was worth a look.
Next Legend of Mythica was about to start so I ran of to Mediterranean Harbor to catch the show.I have to say the scale of this production is breath taking if only the US parks were to stage something on this scale I'd be a happy person.Not only did this show blow me away but it wasn't the full version as due to weather conditions it was an alternative version.
It was now time for another show this one being Over the Waves which I enjoyed a lot.Even through some of the music is a bit questionable ?
Next it was time to take in a couple of attractions first was Sinbad which for me was a disapointment as I was expecting more.The Animatronics were great but something was missing like where was the song that Sinbad and his friends could sing to like Its A Small Would or yo Ho a Pirates Life For Me.I think the lack of a sound track is the main reason this attraction has failed to find a audience in Japan and hopely this problem can be addressed during Sinbad's long refurb.
Second attraction which I've read mixed reviews about was 20,000 League Under The Sea and this exceeded my expectations, ok may be Im being a bit bias because Im a huge fan of the original Subs and Im happy to see them being brought back,but still this attraction impressed me a lot.
Still feeling a bit hungry I fancied a snack and had heard a lot about how popular Gyoza Sausage Buns were and decided to check them out.Very tasty in my opinion but not worth the wait to get them.
It was starting to rain now and I wanted to keep dry seeing as I left my jacket at hotel,so it was time for another show.The Big Band Beat it a great show and really helps gives you an idea at just how much money Tokyo Disney puts into a show like this.Mickey playing the drums was a real highlight for me,also nice to see the show was all in English.
It was getting late and seeing that I'd been awake over 24 hours now it was time to go to go back to the Hilton and get some sleep,especially seeing that tomorrow was my first day at TDL,so I left the park and stopped by the ticket booths to purchase a 4 day park pass and was on my way back.
Part Two :First trip to Tokyo Disneyland