My husband and I decided to take our dream vacation to Japan as a 2 year anniversary trip. I had not planned to go to Disney itself. Silly, naïve me though that the Disney Store in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan was going to be satisfy my needs for TsumTsums. Oh how wrong I was. It’s was a totally fun and unique experience, don’t get me wrong! But as we were leaving and entering the street again all I could think about was Disney in Japan. It was in Toyko after all. We didn’t have a really strict itinerary for this trip… just general plans for each day. I had mapped out train schedules ahead of time though and I didn’t really want think we could fit in a day at Disney. My husband, being a wise Knight of the Old Republic, knew exactly what I was wanting.
“If we can do it we should!” he said smiling at me. Now, let’s all remember that I am nine weeks pregnant at this point. Hormones are high and I had somehow escaped the dangers of morning sickness and food aversions most of the trip thus far. I basically wanted to fling myself on top of him and smother him with love and happiness.
After a little more cursory research I also delight that one day tickets for DisneySea were significantly cheaper than those for Disneyland or DisneyWorld. Currently, a one day ticket to either Toyko park is ¥7,400 or about $70 for one adult. Not only is a last minute trip 100% reasonable it was affordable. Especially since we only spent a half day in the park after the morning spent booking it up a mountain top temple and back to get to our train on time. (Remember this for later.)
The Maihama train station specifically serves the park making it extremely easy to get to from anywhere in Toyko. Of course everyone in Japan was very friendly and when it came to Cast Members at Toyko Disney it was the same – any questions or confusion related to the train system and the special resort like that went around the parks which required a separate ticket was cleared up.
The resort line train was adorably decorated with Finding Nemo characters. The view from the resort line as we rounded the bend only added to my excitement as you could see the Castle at Disneyland Tokyo. Why DisneySea you may be asking? Considering the Tokyo Disneyland is very similar to the original Disneyland at Magic Kingdom I thought we should take advantage of this totally unique park. Also, being pregnant I knew I wasn’t going to be able to enjoy the more thrilling rides so the more new and different things I could experience the better!
We stopped for food at the Cape Cod Cook Off and go some great Chicken Catsu Sandwiches at prices that were much more reasonable than expected. If we hadn’t been keeping to a tight budget for the trip I would have tried a lot more snacks. As it is the only souvenir I was set on was an amazing sushi platter keychain with Mickey and Minnie rolls!
Of all the rides we were able to experience, my husband I enjoyed Sinbad’s Storybook Adventure the most at the Arabian Coast. A relaxing ride ala “it’s a small world” through the epic of Sinbad was a feast for the eyes and nose – at one point the smell of bananas was piped into the ride. The song was much better as well! On the way back to the train station I thought my legs were going to fall off and I was certainly going to die – remember how we trekked up a mountain to get to a shrine earlier in the day? Add a half Disney day of walking to that and my legs were ready to formally separate from the rest of my body. Be prepared (#LionKingKaraoke).
What international Disney Park would you love to visit? Comment below!