When I was a child, my mum told me that she would bring the entire family to Disneyland if we won the lottery. Well, that day never come- the lottery part that is. However, Stan and I did go to Disneyland, though winning the lottery at the same time would be swell. We could have used the money to stay in the resort hotel and get room service. Perhaps, even buy the patrons a round of hot chocolate on this gloomy, winter’s day. We thought we were being smart by choosing a non-public holiday in order to avoid the crowds but we did not expect it to rain the entire day. Regardless, I was still ecstatic to finally visit the theme park.
Since we wanted the full Disney experience, we decided to try out the foods there. We ordered the chilli dog meal set that came with fries and Coke. The portion was just nice for me but Stan needed another hot dog to feel completely full. As you can see from the packaging, Tokyo Disneyland was celebrating its 30th anniversary. The chilli dogs were alright taste wise but they did hit the spot since we arrived at the theme park with an empty stomach.
We first hit the Star Wars themed ride and the wait took about 30 minutes long. Stan told me this duration is considered short since waiting time could get as long as 2 hours or more on holidays or weekends. I may be scared of roller coasters and those scary death defying adrenaline rides but I don’t mind those simulated ones as long as they do not involve heights or turning 360 degrees. Believe it or not, my first adrenaline ride I took was the one in Perth Royal show, which involved being spun 360 degrees in mid-air. I should have listened to my friend back then to start out with something more tame.
Stan and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride and we were excited to see some familiar characters from Star Wars. Stan noted that some changes have been made to the simulated rides and the interior ever since Disney bought over Lucasfilm.
It must be the cold, as after a little bit of walking and exploring, we were quite peckish. We caught a whiff from the restaurant at Tomorrowland and decided to grab something warm to snack on. We had a small pizza with hot chocolate on the side. The toppings were generous for a small pizza. The ham and pepperoni slices were juicy and the cherry tomatoes offered the right amount of subtle sweetness to counter balance the saltiness of the meat.
The next ride we hit was the Monster’s Inc ride and the waiting time took slightly longer as it was more popular. The ride was an interactive game where people taking part were required to shine their torchlight, provided in each individual seat, in order to find Boo.
After the ride, we rushed to catch the parade. Unfortunately, it started to rain and the weather got rather windy. The parade was whimsical and colourful and Mickey Mouse and his friends were all decked out in their golden 30th anniversary costumes.
The rain cleared up again not long after the parade but it was still gloomy and cloudy throughout our walk around Toon Town. This was my favourite part of the theme park. Stan and I managed to get a photo taken with Mickey Mouse in his wizard garb. The queue was long and it took us an hour and a half to get the picture taken but it was worth it, since I noticed that it was impossible to snap pictures with the mascots outside as parents with kids tend to hog them to take numerous pictures.
The Winnie the Pooh ride a little bit more tame. Just before heading off to take the It’s a Small World ride, we did a little bit of exploring, went on one of two rides and watched a show. However, the interior was very dark and Stan was getting tired.
As the sun began to set, we found ourselves famished and ordered a burger meal each. I had the katsu chicken burger and Stan had a classic cheeseburger, sandwiched between two Mickey shaped bunds. The katsu was just crispy and tender on the inside.
Again, we managed to catch another parade and besides the usual Disney mascots, the princesses also got to share the center stage. The night parade was shorter compared to the one in the day.
Along the way, we managed to try some curry popcorn. There were several stands found around the theme park, which served different flavoured popcorn, such as strawberry milk, soy butter, and even milk tea flavour! Stan and I were sort of ‘broke’ at the end of the day since we spent our money on hot chocolate at any stand or kiosk we found as it was very chilly. However, the cold beat us again and we needed something warm, so we had the curry popcorn. The popcorn was light and the curry was not too overpowering.
Before hitting the souvenir stores, Stan and I went for another show at the Enchanted Tiki Room, featuring talking parrots and Stitch. Exhausted, we left Disneyland around 8pm. We were hungry again when we reached Ikebukuro, so we grabbed some food from the convenient store before calling it a night.