Nrthwnd wrote:^ I am very curious what you consider "crappy" about Disneyland Paris?
As for bad cast members there... I met a few stern and/or angry cast members at DL and DCA when I was there in 2016. But that doesn't negate the whole resort for me.
(Pardon for the sidebar, here.)
It has the worst of everything. It's full of rude, obnoxious french people. Always seems to have lower standards in every way (mainly cleanliness and staff). And it's in France which isn't a good start!
Anyway, Tokyo Disney is awesome. I think DisneySea has to be my #1
Our trip continued with our second day at Tokyo DisneySea... Still my favorite theme park on the planet! On this day we spent more time focusing on the smaller attractions and taking in the theming, entertainment, shopping and dining of the park.
Another morning rush at rope drop and still the most polite rope drop rush I've experienced.
It still astounds me that this is a theme park.
With as popular as SeaRider is at the park we avoided experiencing it during our first day at DisneySea but I'm especially glad that we revisited it during our second day.
Stormrider was an odd attraction, one that I couldn't really explain or describe in 2006, so I wasn't overly disappointed to see it replaced. The preshow experience for Searider is much more impressive...
As is the Searider experience in the ride vehicle. The ride sequences are fully animated to the same level as the Finding Nemo films and the randomization eclipses that found in Star Tours with seamless transitions between several different ride paths. We rode three times thanks to our Fastpass usage and each time we had entirely unique set of sequences.
We absolutely loved Searider!
And I wasn't going pass up the chance to try more themed treats like this orange creme churro or the pineapple jelly slushie!
I'd waited over a decade to ride Aquatopia once again!
And it was just as fun as I remembered!
So many neat little nooks the ride paths can take you to!
I absolutely love Aquatopia!
With the arrival of SeaRider in Port Discovery, the land has seen some subtle but adorable added touches.
So freaking cute!
Like too freaking cute!
I fell in love with the American Waterfront all those years ago and I was overjoyed to revisit it years later.
Not a corner or side left unthemed.
The chicken roll was quite tasty!
This was new since the last time I was here.
I love the Palisades Park/Coney Island inspirations that went into integrating Toy Story Mania into the American Waterfront.
I can dig it!
And my favorite...
Still the best Tower of Terror story out there.
The preshow is an experience in and of itself.
The stained glass effect is incredible.
And Shiriki Utundu is the best.
Unfortunately the Shiriki Utundu merchandise is much less plentiful than it was the last time I was here. I still stocked up on what I could!
It still blows my mind that there's a life-size steamliner parked inside of Tokyo DisneySea.
The SS Columbia is another example of the park's above-and-beyond design.
The Pork Roll (definitely bacon wrapped) was awesome too!
We found a hidden Hank from Finding Dory in Port Discovery!
And more impromptu performances throughout the park to be found! Seriously, Tokyo's entertainment game is unrivaled!
Thank goodness for Fastpasses!
I want the Lost River Delta closer to home!
Fans of the Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Magic will recognize this statue in the Cape Cod area of the park.
Still love this nod to Indiana Jones and Star Wars' film connection.
Out of Shadowland was a unique show not featuring any Disney characters telling the coming-of-age story of a young girl in the woods. The story was a little odd but the projection mapping nature of the sets was a neat approach.
Raging Spirits was a fun coaster that had been entirely retracked since my last visit.
For a pretty standard layout, the theming and fog effects make it a step above.
The way the coaster cuts through the fog is a pretty neat effect in person.
Another new addition since my last visit.
Something neat that is unique to the Tokyo Disney Resort is the games of skill that they offer... It isn't the fact that the games exist that is unique, rather that if you win you get the normal prize but if you lose, you still walk away a winner...
If you lose you're able to choose a pin to take away. So in this sense, either way you're a winner.
There's no bad angle when it comes to looking out Mount Prometheus.
Mermaid Lagoon is still one of the coolest environs here.
The Sea Salt Ice Cream Monaka was unique and really delicious!
I want this tateside.
Neat to see this as a walkthrough scene as opposed to something passed in a ride.
There's nothing about Mermaid Lagoon that I don't love!
I spent some more time over by Raging Spirits between my Fastpasses...
I really do think they did a great job taking a very standard coaster and making it fit into this superbly themed park.
About as themed as this kind of coaster could be.
I really liked it!
The Yucatan Sausage Roll lived up to the hype!
ShellieMay has quite the following in Tokyo!
StellaLou was just introduced to the parks before our visit, so a set of daily greeting parades were being run to share her with the public.
The Teddy Roosevelt lounge was a neat nook in the park to relax and take in a good drink.
Taking in the view from the SS Columbia.
One of the few parts of the park that you can see the border between the park, the road and the ocean beyond.
You can some of the Tokyo bay hotels along the park's skyline.
Extremely realistic and astoundingly surreal all at once.
A look back towards the Mediterranean Harbor.
You can see a giant ferris wheel located near the JR Maihama Station from inside of the park.
Cruella de Vil had quite the entourage when we saw her in the American Waterfront.
She was looking for the puppies...
And she found them!
I ate at the New York Deli during my first visit to the park and it was a highlight of my visit (oddly enough). For some reason, I've always been attracted to the romanticized versions of real-life locales that Disney has designed (much for the same reason that I always appreciated Paradise Pier).
Believe it or not, this is my favorite land in the park.
The Priority Seating system for table service restaurants works really well!
We decided to give Restaurant Sakura in the American Waterfront a try for lunch.
Go big or go home.
Such a great value!
The seafood lover in me was loving every bite!
I wished I had time to experience the Venetian Gondolas during my last visit to Tokyo DisneySea so I wasn't going to pass up the chance to do it this time.
The canals are authentic and provide a real atmosphere to the area that evoke the feeling of being back in Venice.
Such an awesome extra experience!
This is real.
I had to keep telling myself this is real.
The gondoliers even sing!
A look at the future location of Soarin' Around the World in Tokyo DisneySea.
The inside of Magellan's is stunning!
We didn't get to dine here this time but definitely next time!
Time to take in some SEA lore.
I always wondered where this was after seeing Robb play with it in the Coaster Expedition videos... I found it all these years later!
"Come let us sing the sailor song..."
Quite the view!
I can't get enough of it!
Another look at the site of Soarin' Around the World.
This room was super neat!
Back to Mysterious Island.
One of my favorite rides ever sponsored by one of my favorite companies.
I'm still in love with this structure.
The Arabian Coast is another land I fell in love with on this trip.
I'm snake charming in rain, snake charming in the rain!
Can't get enough!
A lasting remnant of the former Stormrider attraction.
OFF! OFF! OFF!
Aquatopia is still the best ride of its kind.
The lighthouse at Cape Cod is a nice touch.
Did you know Cape Cod is the home of Duffy the Disney Bear?
The absolute best.
I wasn't ready to say goodbye...
Time to make my way out.
In 2006 I took a photo in front of the park's entry icon...
11 years later I did the same.
I drowned out my DisneySea farewell sorrows with some delicious sushi at Iskpiari...
And a few of these! Up next, photos from our final day at Tokyo Disneyland!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
Great photos! I cannot wait to visit Tokyo Disney.
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jedimaster1227 wrote:Unfortunately the Shiriki Utundu merchandise is much less plentiful than it was the last time I was here. I still stocked up on what I could!
I was really wanting to get something Journey related while I was out there, but I was kinda disappointed that all they had was a die cast toy vehicle replica. If they made Lava Monster versions of the plush keychains or those plush hats, I'd do pretty much anything I could to get my hands on them.
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