Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby RoCo » Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:03 pm

Loved all the Disney updates! I had to laugh that fate conspired to make Captain Eo your first ride at the park. :lmao: The snow shots, the parade shots, so much great stuff. (Genie looks amazing!)
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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:42 pm

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Add the fact that Tokyo Disneyland has a sign explaining why Captain EO has returned to a very, very long list of the many, many reasons why I love this resort and miss it so dearly. :lover:
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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:11 pm

I am so looking forward to seeing the parade again, hopefully a bit closer than last time (up near the covered main street). It's really an amazing electrical parade and just out-does IMhO even the Original Main Street one (gasps). So I do want to see it again.

And we saw Captain EO when it first - appeared -
at the Imagination Pavilion Kodak Theater at EPCOT...in 1987!

And we still have one of the posters we bought there. I re-saw it in
TDL two years ago, and it really held up well, for what it could do,
with what technical stuff was available.

And with Lucas, and Jackson, AND Coppola on board - it was NEWS!
And Angelica Huston, fresh off (tv series) SMASH, in a younger more, uh,
animated role, lol. <no spoilers>
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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby Garet » Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:21 am

Part 7: Disneysea

Disneysea was amazing, there's not really much else to say. It's completely stunning and one of those parks where you could just walk around all day and do nothing but stare at the scenery. After my quiet day thanks to snow in Disneyland, it seems all the people who stayed away on the wednesday were out in full force on the thursday, lines were at a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour for most of the smaller rides and 3 hours minimum even during parades and fantasmic for the bigger rides. I wonder what disneys return policy is since most rides had been shut down wednesday due to the snow, on the day I visited peopple were out with signs indicating where lines started since they were spilling out onto the paths and into other zones (journey to the center of the earths line started near aquatopia) and even getting snacks took 15 minutes with them selling out about an hour before fantasmic started in some cases (people were out with notepads writing down orders and counting off the stock until it hit 0). Despite signs saying you couldn't settle down until an hour before shows or parades people were camping out for fantasmic almost 3 hours before it started.

I think it may have been Robb who said the single rider lines weren't overly advertised at Disney but a lot of people were using and abusing when I went. What shocked me was though the park was mostly teenagers it was the families trying to abuse the single rider lines and avoid the lines, whereas the teenage groups were happy to split up, on a few occasions, I would see a father with a child or 2 being spoken to by people at the ride entrance presumably about being split up when the ride operator called out for 1 and would approach the child, the father would get in a heated discussion for a minute or two and refuse to split up or leave when the exit was pointed to. It was kind of shocking since it was only on this busy day I saw it and was completely opposite all the Japanese culture i'd see so far but I saw it maybe 3 times this day and never on any other days. In the end they quite often just got let on the ride which was kind of annoying. The single rider lines were a mixed bag the day I went, the indy staff was hauling ass and I don't think I ever waited more than 10 minutes, raging spirits had quite a lot of people in the single rider line and just didn't seem to move, after 30 minutes I gave up and got a fast pass. Tower of Terror seemed to have a very thorough cast member, she kept yelling at people taking pictures in the line which seemed strange because i'd been allowed to take a non flash photo in the pre-show, on some rides and in most lines on the other rides and every-time one person was asked for would walk up and down the main queue to check first and also sometimes took a group of two out of the line who were happy to split up, I don't know if this was common for the ride or just a lady who takes her job very seriously, there was only 10 people ahead of me but i waited around 45 minutes (still better than 3 hours).

There was one thing that seemed very un-disney though, some of the bigger rides shut before their stated closing times with no warning (journey and tower) , I went to see if journey was quieter 10 minutes before fantasmic was due to start but it still had a 3 hour line so I decided to watch the show and come back to find it was closed, I pointed at the ride closed time and showed the cast member my phone to show there was 10 minutes left but she just made an X with her arms, I realize with long opening hours and a 3 hour line that if they let all the crowd into the line after fantasmic then the ride wont finish until the early hours of the morning but I was a little sad not to get a re-ride, i'd always assumed disney had the same policy as when i went to alton towers - that the ride closed time was when the queue line closed not the ride no matter how busy it was.
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Oh crap i've accidentally gone to universal
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Oh wait, there's amazing theming that can only be Disneysea
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Amazing theming is all around
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This popcorn was delicious
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Hello tower of terror, I will see you later
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It was a bit too cold to ride those for me
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Very Jules Verne
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I think I went inside this in Paris
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The 20,000 leagues ride was fun but I'm glad I did it early and didn't wait an hour for it
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Hello Journey, I'll see you when my fast-pass time comes up
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Also delicious
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Stormchasers was next although for the life of me I can't remember what the ride was about, it seemed to be about clouds or something. Actually I remember the gun......
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.... At least I think it's a gun
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And people think disney is full or naughty images
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Aquatopia for reasons i'm still not sure of was one of my favorite rides of the resort
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Heading towards Indiana Jones
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Geez that movie sucked
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It opened an hour after the park and although I got there 5 minutes after it opened, it'd already built up a line
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Line themeing
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I see dead people
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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby Garet » Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:21 am

Part 2
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Heading over to raging spirits
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The little twisting car on the loop sign was a nice touch
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Finally my fast-pass was up for Journey
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i'm one elevator away
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And we are there, this was an incredible ride.
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A quick break from the rides to enjoy more scenery
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Tower of terror
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Great little effect
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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby Garet » Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:21 am

Final Part
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Heading to Morocco
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Stitch was all over the japanese parks
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I'm suprised the Disney machine hasn't made this a movie yet
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This tiger seemed to sell pretty well.
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Bumped into Aladdin
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And a creepy Apu
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The magic lamp theatre
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for some reason the fastpasses for it were only giving half hour windows
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To try and help me understand the plot
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The Underwater area was beautifully themed
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Down for rehab
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This was a fun little show
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A great touch by the disney cleaners
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Not my favourite flavor if i'm honest
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Although the brit in me was doing back flips over this one
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Tower of terror still had a big line before fantasmic
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Next update will be of fantasmic and some night pictures

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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby gisco » Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:32 am

This probably is my favorite park.

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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby 805Andrew » Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:45 pm

Awesome Japan report! I don't think there are any TRs I enjoy more than Japan ones - I never get tired of reading / looking at them. Japan is definitely on the top of my bucket list. I especially loved the snow covered Disneyland pics. What an experience you got to visit a Disneyland in the snow - something that will never happen ever in CA or FL (or probably Hong Kong). I liked how Disney opened most of the outdoor rides the moment the snow stopped and had plenty of indoor rides to keep people occupied in the meantime. Having the snow also scared away enough people to keep the lines short for the rest day to your benefit (although they came back the next day). You made a smart decision going to Disneyland instead of DisneySea that day.

On Fuji Q, looks like you had a decent day there especially with the circumstances you had to deal with in the morning, and the weather cooperated. You got on all four of the major coasters so it looks like a Fuji Q win to me.
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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby Garet » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:44 am

Part 8: Disneysea Night & Fantasmic

People were putting blankets down for this show 3 hours before the show started (even though there were signs saying it wasn't allowed until 1 hour before the performance), thankfully I got lucky, some japanese kids wanted to practice their English while in a line, although as a teacher on vacation sometimes I do wish I could just say no and have a break from teaching but the kids were enthusiastic so I entertained them, the dad spoke English and said his wife was holding a spot for the show and I should join them and gave me a business card, 3 hours later just before Fantasmic was due to start I rang him to see if his spot was any better than mine, after he came and found me, turns out his wife had grabbed a spot right at the front. Sweet! Fantasmic Japan really is an amazing show to see that must be seen in person, even Robb's amazing videos just don't do it justice.
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The hat starts to light up and the show begins.
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It had a lot of water
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and a lot of fireworks
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And a lot of disney movies to see
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Worryingly Mickey got nowhere near as much applause no matter how many tricks he did as opposed to when Stitch or his girlfriend showed up
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World of color
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Wish i'd got a better picture of the snake, the thing was huge
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Some disney characters join the fun
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The volcano makes for an amazing back-drop for the show
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These were put to pretty good use
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I really do love how much stuff they fit into the water just for this one show
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Even Cinderall couldn't get the crowd going as much as Stitch
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Bad guy time
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Lots of fire
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Even the volcano is pissed
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What is Murphy in japanese?
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Maybe I got a bad night but the dragon was nowhere near as active as it was in Robb's video. The head didn't rise like in the video and mostly you just saw the laser image claws
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Chip & Dale shot for Elissa
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holy crap that's a lot of people

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Re: Garet's Japan 2012 Tour

Postby Garet » Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:21 am

Part 2
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DisneySea at night looks fantastic
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The volcanos eruption really lights up the whole park at night
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Really neat effect
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Line was closed after fantasmic (I think they weren't expecting such heavy crowds a lot of the bigger rides closed early to avoid the rushes of people leaving the show) I really wish I could have got a view of disneysea from the top at night.
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These people may have been in line 3 hours but I bet they got a great view for their patience
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Mickeys dressed for Japanese weather
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Aquatopia looks amazing at night and was thankfully still open
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I would now say this area looks great at night, but its Disneysea it all looks great 24/7
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Honestly don't think I'll ever visit a park better than this
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Thanks for reading, just a few small parks left now

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