First of all, THANK YOU to everybody here who posted questions and answers that helped me plan my trip. I knew this forum was an amazing resource, but I never knew it more than when I was actually at TDR putting it all into practice. THANK YOU!!
I wonít do a trip report because there have been so many awesome ones done before me and I doubt thereís much I could add. Instead, Iíll list some random thoughts and ideas.
- Arriving an hour before opening, we went straight to Winnie the Pooh for a Fast Pass and then waited 10 minutes in the Standby line. Fast Pass was good 40-60 minutes after.
- Ten seconds into Winnie the Pooh, my jaw dropped and stayed that way for the duration of the ride. And for the entirety of our subsequent 3 rides. Itís THAT good. After the fireworks, we booked it to Winnie the Pooh and the line was totally manageable.
- Big Thunder Mountain was also really good. Iím not sure what the reason was, exactly, but itís my favorite version of that ride. Note that when I was at DLRP, BTM was closed so I didnít get to ride that one.
- Christmas Fantasy Parade was pretty good, and the first time I remember seeing Belleís prince (instead of Beast).
- TDLCastle is beautiful, but the holiday lighting was tacky and poorly executed. It looked half-finished. Maybe it was, since we were there the first day of the Christmas celebration. I think the non-holiday-lit version would have been a better photo op.
- Dreamlights was like the Electrical Parade 3.0. It was half nostalgic and half new. Loved it. Glad we waited for it and the to-go crab meat pizza from Tomorrowlandís Pizza Port didnít hurt!
- TDR Fireworks (shared between the two parks) were my only major disappointment. I wish I had used my time somewhere else instead of standing and waiting w/the masses.
- Magnets are usually my souvenir of choice, and sometimes apparel. Apparently, Japanese donít use magnets and we certainly didnít see anybody wearing anything as sloppy as a t-shirt or sweatshirt. The souvenir of choice there is food or candy in decorative, keepsake tins or bags. Pack accordingly to leave space. I ended up buying CDs to the parades or shows. At 2100 yen each and with so many good ones, they were pricey but easy to pack and good keepsakes.
- The only shows I saw (aside from the parades and fireworks) were One Manís Dream II and Minnie Oh! Minnie! The first was fairly entertaining, but I really didnít care for the second show. It was interesting to watch, but having seen it once I wonít feel the need to repeat it.
- The shops on World Bazaar closed fairly soon after the park closed. Iím used to being able to shop for at least an hour after park closing, but that wasnít the case at TDL. I think the souvenir prices were high, even by Disney standards. Maybe they go by OLC standards? In any case, the parks are were well maintained so maybe thatís the reason?