17th -18th of September.
I woke up around 5.00 am at the Jury’s Inn hotel that I had stayed the night at in Heathrow in order to get to the Airport in plenty of time for my 1.00 pm flight to Narita Airport in Tokyo. After checking in I walked straight over to the departure lounge to get a bite to eat and have a look around the shops, including picking up a plug adapter to use once in Japan to charge up by video camera.
Around 11.30 am we were all called through to the departure gate. Around 12.00 pm we were all boarded on to the plane in preparation for our take off from London. Unfortunately around 1.00 pm the Captain came of the PA system to inform everyone that they would be a 1 hr delay due to something on the plane needing to be replaced. What I couldn’t work out here if there was a problem with the plane why did we all get boarded an hour early. Surely we would of been better of sat in the departure lounge rather than stuck on the plane for what turned out to be a two hour delay in the end. Next time I may have to go with British Airways instead of Virgin.
Finally we arrive 10.30 in Narita, it was than time to get my passport stamped and catch the Airport limousine service over to the Keio Plaza in Shinjuku. Journey took around 90 minutes and on the way we passed sights like the Tokyo Disney Resort and Tokyo Tower. The hotel is situated just a 5 minute walk from Shinjuku Station and is opposite the Tokyo Govement Building, in fact I had a great view of the building from my room on the 19th floor. The hotel clerk was insistent he took my luggage to the room and upon arriving he rolled out slippers on the floor for me.
The next thing to do was to pack the camera and head on over to the Resort. I took the Chuo line over to Tokyo Station and transferred over to the Kieyo line for the rest of the trip. Arriving at the Resort I purchased a 1 day park ticket to Tokyo Disneyland, and was handed a English guide map by the Cast Member. My first stop was to get something to eat so I walked through World Bazaar and pass the castle viewing its new look and over to Tomorrowland where I picked up a Mickey Mouse shaped burger. Which was incredibly tasty. After washing that down with a coke, I decided to wonder the park and have a look at the all the new Halloween decorations including the famous Clip & Pale statues. It was coming up to an hour before the next parade and I wanted to grab a good spot along the parade route. I was situated along Frontierland where the Mickey float does its stop. I have to say I absolutely love this years Haunted Mansion theme. This parade also seem to get better on each viewing.
I had yet to check out the new POTC movie overlay at any of the other parks so I joined the 1 hr line. I was sat with a couple of cute Japanese girls in the front row, who seemed to have zero interest in the ride until one Captain Jack Sparrow made an appearance than out came all these cell phones and cameras. Personally I love the new additions as it has enhanced the ride and not taken anything away from it. And going by the long lines it also seems to be a hit with the Japanese audience.
Once leaving the attraction it was beginning to get dark and guest were beginning to line up around the Castle Forecourt for the Haunted Rockin’ Street. I decided to get a place interesting to note the park seem to be filming the parade most probarely for promotional use. I love the energy this show creates and consider it a step up to last years night time show. Sadly the view wasn’t the best but I did get to see the show from the third row later in the week so it wasn’t a total lost. Also interesting to note this follows the Bon Fire Dance by adding a lot of guest interaction. Which you could only take part in through a lottery system like with the seating.
I was starting to feel the time difference between Japan and the UK and decided to leave the park but not before purchasing the new Halloween CD and Mickey plush from Bon Voyage.