Disneyland deserved it’s own post (duh, am I right?!), and I’ve been really looking forward to sharing this with you guys. We spent one day at Disneyland, which was not enough time really, if we had wanted to do all the rides. But because we were only in Tokyo for a week, a day was all we could rreally afford, time wise. But we knew this form the get go, so when the day came we jumped on a train or two and arrived at the gates by 9:30am. It opened at 8am, but we knew it was going to take an hour to get there, and also there was basically no line when we arrived for tickets, so score! Good timing, team!
Knowing we only had the day, we decided we weren’t going on any rides that were a super long wait. The big main ones that everyone wanted to go on had a wait time of 60-80 minutes. When you have a few days then that’s fine, but when one day is all you got…you choose the rides and attractions with either no wait time (helllooo Swiss Family Robinson’s tree house … more on that soon), or less than 20 minutes. A lot of people would probably think ‘what’s the point going if you don’t go on the rides?’, but you know what? I was just so stoked to be there, and to be in a Disney-filled atmosphere, surrounded by Disney-loving people, and getting to see Disney princesses. That’s it. I could have gone on no rides at all and I would have been happy, but it’s Disneyland and it’s just that awesome.
So we wandered around the entire park, went on the Tea Cup ride (no judging – it was the best thing ever!), and jumped on Mark Twain’s boat for a mini cruise. I loved the Swiss Family Robinson tree house. Ever since I saw that movie as a kid, I’ve wanted to live in a tree house. And for a little while at Disneyland, I did. And it was awesome.
We also did the It’s a Small World ride, and spotted New Zealand right at the end, which was exciting and we made too much noise about that – the poor people sharing our boat (see bottom right image in the first picture). We had lunch (not as expensive as we thought it was going to be), and kept wandering, catching the Happiness is Here parade (hence the song track in this post…you’re welcome), which to be honest, was a highlight of Disneyland. It was so awesome. Here are some of my favourite shots from the parade:
We went shopping too, and I’ll have a post soon about what I bought there (because it’s just too exciting and awesome not to share!), and headed out of the park just before dark, not really wanting to get stuck in peek hour traffic. Check out my Disney haul post coming soon to see what I bought!
While it went by fast, and we were only there for a day, it was so so worth it and I would again in a heart beat. I’d love to check out the other parks in the USA, and also Paris.