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Unread 6 Jul 19, 03:02 PM  
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Whilst im reasonably fit and healthy, Time has not been kind to my body. Ill be giving the onsen a miss...

All packed and watching the clock now. I did see your post regarding stamps (pumpkin pie). The kids are repurposing an unused disney signature book for them.

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Whilst im reasonably fit and healthy, Time has not been kind to my body. Ill be giving the onsen a miss...

All packed and watching the clock now. I did see your post regarding stamps (pumpkin pie). The kids are repurposing an unused disney signature book for them.
Have a great trip - you are going to love it!
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A proper trip report will be incoming later. Notes so far...

Schiphol is a nice airport. KLM was efficient, no need to leave security area and luggage went through to destination. Japan immigration and custom forms were in English.

WIFI was waiting in Narita Post Office on floor 4F. JR pass easily exchanged and shinkansen tickets easily booked. Airport limo was efficient. No graffiti anywhere, none on any bridge or motorway pillars.

Okura bay normal room huge. 4 beds in the room and still enoufh space.

3am start on sunday. Got to hotel at 2pm. Room ready early (i thought this was unknown in japan but not) so siesta till 5pm then in disney. We got a 4 day monorail pass. We used it a lot. Packed bento food in bag with no issue at security. Picnic area closed as being redeveloped.

We will organise days like a spanish holiday i.e. siesta midday. Queues heaviest in afternoon it seems. At about 7pm queues fell. Got FP for BTM (queue never fell below 50min) Walked onto pirates smallworld, teacups, pinnochio, carousel. Walked to toontown and hunnyhunt was 20 min queue (was at 60 min all day) so went on (queue was 16 min). Peter rabbit spin walk on. Then electric parade in toontown got perfect spot behind vendor. A wheeliebin was near us and cast member moved the bin so we had more room!

Everything is better than DLP so far, everything immaculate and crowds very pleasant. Queues work, no pushing all polite. Might be my immagination but BTM longer. All rides immaculate. No litter anywhere in japan so far.

Speaking pidgin japanese works too, cast members talked back at rapid pace then appologised when realised i couldnt speak full japanese (apparently i pronouce correctly, go me!) I now say speak slowly pleaee and can underatand more replies!

Bed at 11.30pm and up for at 6.30 for disneysea rope drop. Time difference brutal but siesta helps enormously.

Weather perfect, high humidity yes but 24c. Rain forecast but didnt materialise.

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A proper trip report will be incoming later. Notes so far...

Schiphol is a nice airport. KLM was efficient, no need to leave security area and luggage went through to destination. Japan immigration and custom forms were in English.

WIFI was waiting in Narita Post Office on floor 4F. JR pass easily exchanged and shinkansen tickets easily booked. Airport limo was efficient. No graffiti anywhere, none on any bridge or motorway pillars.

Okura bay normal room huge. 4 beds in the room and still enoufh space.

3am start on sunday. Got to hotel at 2pm. Room ready early (i thought this was unknown in japan but not) so siesta till 5pm then in disney. We got a 4 day monorail pass. We used it a lot. Packed bento food in bag with no issue at security. Picnic area closed as being redeveloped.

We will organise days like a spanish holiday i.e. siesta midday. Queues heaviest in afternoon it seems. At about 7pm queues fell. Got FP for BTM (queue never fell below 50min) Walked onto pirates smallworld, teacups, pinnochio, carousel. Walked to toontown and hunnyhunt was 20 min queue (was at 60 min all day) so went on (queue was 16 min). Peter rabbit spin walk on. Then electric parade in toontown got perfect spot behind vendor. A wheeliebin was near us and cast member moved the bin so we had more room!

Everything is better than DLP so far, everything immaculate and crowds very pleasant. Queues work, no pushing all polite. Might be my immagination but BTM longer. All rides immaculate. No litter anywhere in japan so far.

Speaking pidgin japanese works too, cast members talked back at rapid pace then appologised when realised i couldnt speak full japanese (apparently i pronouce correctly, go me!) I now say speak slowly pleaee and can underatand more replies!

Bed at 11.30pm and up for at 6.30 for disneysea rope drop. Time difference brutal but siesta helps enormously.

Weather perfect, high humidity yes but 24c. Rain forecast but didnt materialise.
Sounds amazing! Thank you so much for updating us - have a wonderful time 👍🙂
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Glad you are having a great time - I had very similar observations and I think the Japanese Disney parks are better than the Florida ones IMHO
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What i didn't mention was the 29000 fitbit steps...

Disneysea today. Choice of toystory or journey to center of the earth. Borh have been 90mins consistent and FP go quick. Got here at rope drop and did journey. Most excellent and i advise you NOT to look at videos of it.

Indiana jones next on 10 mins. Again excellent. Then walked past raging spirits just as it opened from maintenance, so we walked on a ride that sat at 70 mins all day. Cursed ourselves that we forgot to get a fastpass in our rush to get to carpets. After carpets characters appeared, the cast of aladin (cue autograph book). Normal japanese courtesy queuing breaks down when characters appear (not as bad as DLP princess mobs though). Genie was on top form. Then more characters appeared when aladin moved on aristocats donald daisy chip n dale! We noticed a cast rubbish collector walking round without doing anything - this wasn't laziness, rhere is no rubbish on the floor. No cig Butt's, no wrappers, no lids etc.

Didnt get lucky on lottery so watched common shows. Got wet on aquatopia wet version. Person in front got really wet, she didnt look happy so be warned if wet version is running. Tower of terror, nemo and whole of triton were walk on after the show. 27k steps today thats close to 20km in 2 days. Yikes. We did the full 8 till 10 today. Hardcore. The kids tell me the park is full of pokemon, even legendary and shiny ones. Plus loads of stops and gyms. They are hatching 10km eggs...

Use the disney app, sure its in japanese but the queue time s are reliable. Also check fast pass times, some fast pass return times are significantly lower than the standby times. I have no idea how - 20k leagues was 30 min standby with a FP return time of 3 minutes! I will upload the photo of this when i do trippy. That wasnt the only one too.

Honourable mention to staff. All of them. I have not seen a single cast member who didnt smile or wave to people. This isn't an exaggeration, i seriously mean staff wave constantly, even the ride attendants. The whole place is efficient, clean and well run. The place is immaculate.

Second honourable mention to the monorail driver who (at 11.10pm) was still smiling and waving to us 4 people and going through the safety brief (only heard if you happen to board next to the cab). Awesome.

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Only 23k steps today. Disneyland opens at 9am and we were there at 9.30 after an 8.00 alarm. We got 5kyen vouchers for being an okura member preference hotel so we ate breakfast in the hotel. This was really good (okura is a good hotel).

Focus on shows today, got lottery for oh summer banzai. This was a night show in front of castle with fireworks, flames and water cannons. You get wet. Very wet. We are from the lake district and carry coats. Really good show.

Park busier and at 27c with humidity it was sunburn weather if you didnt have sunscreen.

Clever use of the app got us on all rides except dumbo and peter pan (no FP). The app is awesome and again a number of FP had cash in times within 10 mins of issue time and with 50min on wait!

Ikspiari has a good supermarket, 7 bank atm and food court with good food. Halifax clarity accepted in all the shops and food courts we have been too so far. Supermarket gave us tax off fpr being foreign and paying cash.

One note. The park seems smaller than DLP. Same number of areas (more in fact) seemingly same number of attractions but you can feasibly cross zones to take advantage of small queues etc. Or it could just be our roman slave drive parenting. Kids have loved it so far though.

Note 2. Space mountain here is BTM in the dark and not a hardcore roller coaster that is dlp space mountain.

Note 3. In japan the unaccompanied age is 7. So a 7 year old could be let loose on the park without questions.

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