Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby gisco » Thu May 23, 2013 8:48 am

This park has a lot of potential but sure has a lack of high capacity rides. I would like to ride some of the flats and do the haunted walk through next time 'm there.

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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby David H » Sat May 25, 2013 3:04 am

I'm guessing that the main reason that the lines weren't so bad is because it was the winter. I was there at the very end of the summer (one of the last days of extended operation), on what was not a very busy day for the park, and the queues for all of the coasters were at least 60-90 minutes, and 2.5 hours for Eejanaika. Realistically it probably would have only been 90 minutes, but it kept breaking down. Their fastpasses were the only thing that made the day tolerable. And I bought 7 of them!

Still, it's good to hear that it's occasionally possible to have a good time at that park without spending double the admission price to do so!

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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby Garet » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:28 am

Part 5: Tokyo Disneyland

Its Disney week for my updates

So I wake-up open the window and after a sunny day at Fuji-Q..... It's snowing, uh-oh this can't be good. I high-tail it to the western union for 10am to find its closed still since the worker is not there (presumably stuck in the delays advertised on all the subway boards), so I run a few blocks to the next one since they are thankfully everywhere and get my money but it's now 10:30am, i hope a subway to disney and arrive at the station around 11:20am so i've missed the opening quiet hours and am quite worried about the lines. However as I pulled into the station, there are quite a lot of people waiting for the subway OUT of Disney. At this point i'm not sure how many attractions will be open today but after asking around at the desk, it pretty much turns out any attraction that is exposed to the outside for even a second is closed (I think in Disneysea, they pointed only to around 4 rides on the map as open and made an X with their fingers when I pointed to tower of terror and Journey) so I decided i'd head to the main disneyland and try my luck on the inside rides.

Boy am I glad I did, When I arrived at mid-day announcements were playing that due to the weather parades were cancelled and more people were leaving the park, by the time I had arrived line were advertised as anywhere from 15-60minute lines but by 2pm most people had left and nearly all lines except monsters inc (and strangely Meet Mickey and Minnie which stayed at an hour wait all day) dropped to around 15 minutes. It was like being 8 and given the keys to a candy shop, Tokyo Disneyland completely empty. the second the snow stopped, all outdoor rides started being tested within an hour of the snow being stopped they had most open, 2 hours after the snow stopped they had splash mountain open and they even tested big thunder mountain and opened it around 5pm for guests (there were announcements in japanese when the ride opens and you'd see people heading all in one direction to know to get in line fast)

Honestly it was an amazing day although due to the snow on the wednesday, Disneysea would be super crowded the next day but i'll save that report for later (what is disneys return policy for bad weather resulting in half a parks attractions to shut down?), because it was so quite and empty cars were cycling the ride-ops seemed very relaxed and they had time to explain to me that i could take pictures on rides as long as i didn't use flash! (although some ride-ops still said no so you won't see some pictures of some rides and disneysea was so busy I was made to put my camera away for almost all rides since the ride ops were trying to get people through as fast as possible) but the disney parks on the whole seemed a lot more leniant on photos than a lot of other parks i've visited.

Apologies for the quality on some of these, the disney website said tripods were not allowed (even though I saw quite a few people with them for parades) and the weather made it hard to shoot.
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Disneyland.....in the snow!
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Personally I didn't find the snow that bad, but I think the Japansese workers were really good at removing it because in places off the path it was piled pretty high.
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Again it didn't look too snowy just wet....
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But it was enough to close a lot of attractions for a good half a day and cancel all the parades until night-time. Although by 5pm all the rides were open and all lines except 2 were 0-15 minutes long at that point
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You might wanna brush your shoulder
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I have no idea why I chose this ride first, I'm trying to think of a good reason but I have nothing
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I thought people were kidding when they said the godfather director directed this.... although I also thought the same thing when they told me about Jack
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Buzz was advertising a 5 minute wait so I rode it.
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Shoot this guy
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Cars on their way for new rides
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I sucked at this, I couldn't seem to find any high point markers
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Is there many differences to this ride between parks? This seems to be one of the newest I can think of that seems to be pretty much the same with one in every disney location.
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Stitch was everywhere when I visited, he seems to be pushing out Chip&Dale. When Fantasmic was on Stitch and his girlfriend got a bigger cheer than Mickey
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1st popcorn flavour found
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After tomorrowland (I had fast pass for Space Mountain and Monsters Inc was still too busy) I decided to work my way around the park in the opposite way from most of the crowds, which meant pirates was next.
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I wanted to eat here and watch the boats go by, but I completely forgot about it.
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Movie tie-in alert
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Wench for a bride
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And Jonny Depp
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Second pop-corn flavour found, although I wasn't the biggest fan of this one
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More deserted streets
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Snow in Hawaii?
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Sadly the only ride that never opened
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Aloha
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Did you check any of the gift shops? I'm pretty sure he's there
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They gave me this thing to help follow the story
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Oh look there he is (again)
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3rd Flavour and possibly my favorite from the first day
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I think the cleaning staff have 10x the snowman making skills I have it's little touches like this that make me love Disney.

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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby Garet » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:29 am

Part 2:
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Currently down for the count
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4th flavour was sadly boring
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Here be critter's
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It was cycling empty boats when I visited
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I decided to head over to Haunted Mansion
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I think 15 minutes included the actual ride because it was walk-on
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This was the only picture I took inside... sorry
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By the time i'd finshed riding haunted mansion, they'd opened splash mountain
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Happy but cold riders.
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More snow mickeys
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I realized at this point i'd failed to take any castle pictures so I quickly snapped one for your enjoyment
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15 minute wait for the Pooh ride
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Empty lines
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Trackless cars
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Just roaming around the forest
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This was a really fun ride and I don't even like Winnie the Pooh
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There really weren't many familys on the day I visited.
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After this effect all hell will break loose
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Although capity would be a nightmare, I wish you could spend longer in this room and have even more cars running around together, it was amazing as it was but I just would love to one day have 20 cars dodging one another, somebody make a trackless ride themed to one giant disco party
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Fantastic ride
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Gift shop
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honey themed
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5th flavour, also honey themed and delicious i'm still trying to decide between this or curry (although i think my ultimate favourite was on the next day)

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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby Garet » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:29 am

Part 3
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Dumbo was down for the count until almost 6pm
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A very quiet peter pan
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Empty tea-cups
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It's a small world
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I have a whole 3 part update worth of small world photos if people want to see them, I actually sat down and edited them all to try and win my first ever bag-o-crap to create a small world filled tower of terror car for a photo-edit contest (sadly i didn't win)
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Peter pan was quiet so I rode that next.
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Sadly not a real shop
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Randomly this ride was quiet all day until the evening when everyone seemed to want to ride it after the parade
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6th flavour also boring
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More empty toon town
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Amazingly themed little roller coaster
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which nobody was sadly riding
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It was a fun little ride too
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Lightning Mcqueen says Hello
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After a japanese annoucement everyone started heading to thunder mountain so I did too, they'd just opened the line as I arrived so this took about 15 minutes to clear.
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Snowy thunder mountain
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Empty bus
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My space mountain fast pass time finally arose
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I'm pretty sure i'm in the minority here but I actually enjoy france's launched loopy version more, if they got the new vekoma trains that have appeared on some of the boomerangs i'd ber extra happy.
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I hadn't planned on riding this but since it was on it's way out I decided to have one last ride of the original Star Tours
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Monsters INC, maybe I was just too blown away by winnie the pooh's technology but I had no idea this was a new ride, it seemed more like a classic dark ride with a monster inc theme (this is not a bad thing)
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Strange carriages
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Walk-on Winnie-the-pooh for most of the time after the fireworks, which reminds me tomorrow's update will be disneys night parade and night photos. See you tomorrow

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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby gisco » Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:05 pm

The park looks awesome with a light dusting of snow! I wish they had the variety of popcorns here in the states.

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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby Garet » Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:48 am

Part 6: Disney Night-time

Since the park was quiet, I walked around and took a few night-shots as well as of the only parade of the day.
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Main street all lit-up
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Pretty castle
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Looking back towards main street
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Mickey watches over the castle
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Splash Mountain
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The parade was about to start
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I have no idea which movie the first float was from actually
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Goofy lead the next float
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Followed by Minnie
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and Mickey
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I'd completely forgotten about the movie Pete's Dragon
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Snow White followed next
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And shortly after that Peter Pan
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Genie lead the Aladdin floats
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A lot of detail went into these floats
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The genie changed colours quite often including the colour of Jafar's snake
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No sign of Abu or carpet :(
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Winnie The Pooh was next
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The Toy Story 3 float may have been my favourite float
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A lot of characters were included
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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby Garet » Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:48 am

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Nemo had his own little float
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This was another highly detailed float
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There was a lot of pixar movies compared to disney ones
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Boo
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Cinderella, I was quite surprised at the lack of disney princess movies in favour of pixar
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Fairies
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Donald Duck finally made an appearance
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As did Chip & Dale
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Wasn't expecting Mary Poppins to have a float in Japan
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Pinocchio tagging along on Mary Poppins float, I would have thought it would have had peter pan and the darlings on this float
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Stitch got the honour of last float and biggest cheer from the crowd.
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Pluto and an aristocat whose name I forgot rounded out the parade
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Fireworks time
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I think these were supposed to be mickey mouse shaped
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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby SharkTums » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:35 am

OMG! I am not a parade person at all, but KT is going to demand we see that parade since it features her new favorite 'toy' the Three Peas in a Pod from Toy Story 3!!! AHHH!!!

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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby Garet » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:44 am

SharkTums wrote:OMG! I am not a parade person at all, but KT is going to demand we see that parade since it features her new favorite 'toy' the Three Peas in a Pod from Toy Story 3!!! AHHH!!!


Generally, I'm not a parade person either, I don't think i've ever stopped to watch a parade at day (although i'm sure my girlfriend will make me watch my first when she finally gets to experience a disneyland in hong kong) but I have always enjoyed the light up night parades some parks have for some reason. Lights and fire makes everything more fun.

I couldn't stop comparing to Everland in terms of its night entertainment, the night ride parades seemed really similar in the mixture of actors and parade floats, as well as a few of the float themes and now having seen fantasmic for myself, i'm quite shocked at how much Everland ripped off the story... main character is having dreams, bad guy shows up in dream, bad guy summons fire-breathing dragon and main character pops out of a hat.....sorry light up phoenix thing. Although Everland does get bonus points for having super low fireworks really close to where you are sitting, I really enjoyed Disneylands fireworks but they always seemed so far away, I felt like it was 4th of July and I was watching from my house instead of being at the party.

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