~ japan day 4: tokyo disneyland ~

16 September 2010

the day didn’t start well, as it rained pretty hard and we planned to go to Disneyland. out of all the days we were here, why does it have to rain on the day we were supposed to go to Disneyland!? boo~~

nevertheless, we tried to be encouraging and positive. aina didn’t really care about the rides. all she wanted to do in the Disneyland was to meet Minnie… and Mickey, Daisy, etc. she wants to shake hands with them.

aina decided that she’ll wear her pink t-shirt with Minnie Mouse on it, because she’s a big fan of Minnie… she said, “so, when i meet Minnie, she’ll be very happy to see me wearing this tee with her picture on it… and she’ll say, wow, that’s me on your t-shirt, aina!”… i thought it was so cute!

it turned out, Disneyland was not that far from Jessi’s apartment. taking the express train, it was only about 3 stops away. very convenient!

even from the train station, you can start to feel the Disney atmosphere. the train station was very pretty…

tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland train station
one of the disney hotels...
one of the disney hotels… so pretty!

disney monorail
disney monorail with mickey windows

supposedly, starting from early September, it’s Halloween season in Tokyo Disneyland. so, pumpkins and ghost decorations were scattered everywhere. the clothing and accessories sold in the stores were also mostly halloween-themed.

tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland
aina was busy taking pictures of things she liked

on the way into the park, we saw Mickey. there was a line for people wanting to take pictures with him, but when we tried to get in the line, we were told that the photo session was closed and Mickey had to go somewhere… aina was clearly disappointed.

but not long after being rejected from Mickey photo session, we bumped into Daisy, who were busy taking pictures with many fans… aina, who’s usually pretty timid in a crowded place, let go of my hands, ran towards Daisy and grabbed her hand…

aina & daisy duck

they walked hand in hand, very briskly. ari and i stumbled around trying to keep up with Daisy and Aina, frantically taking pictures, as the crowd hovered around her… i felt like my daughter is being kidnapped by Daisy Duck!

aina & daisy duck
tokyo disneyland

after trying to convince aina to let go of Daisy’s hand, we went to buy ears. aina was still looking for Mickey and Minnie… and since it was still raining on and off, the characters seems to have stopped wandering around the park… maybe they don’t want the costumes to get wet.

to get into the mood, aina and i bought two pairs of mouse ears. aina gets the Minnie (of course), and i bought the “rock ‘n roll” version.

must-haves: mouse ears
tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland

while waiting for the rain to stop, we went for lunch at the hotdog restaurant.

hotdogs for lunch

during lunch, a halloween parade passed by with Mickey & Minnie dressed up in their halloween costumes. too bad we couldn’t take a decent photo…

after lunch, the rain was still on and off. we walked further in and aina saw the dumbo ride. she immediately asked me to go in line. 30 minutes wait! that’s very long for such a simple ride… but we waited in line anyway. by the time we got to the end of the line, the rain was pouring. ari passed me our sweaters and aina’s hat. but the rain didn’t matter for aina, she had such a great time riding dumbo…

tokyo disneyland

i bet the people down there could hear her squeals and laughters… it was fun, indeed.

after that, we ran into the Small World ride. it was indoors, perfect for avoiding the nasty weather outside. strangely, the line was only 5 minutes. we immediately boarded the little boat and, lucky us, we got the front seat. aina sang along during the ride, although she got a bit confused because a lot of the songs weren’t in english.

tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland

so, Dumbo and the Small World were the only two rides we got to try… after that, we went to the Toons area, which from what we remembered, didn’t exist when we were small (ari and i went to Tokyo Disneyland in the 80’s… separately, of course). in the Toons area, we found houses of the main Disney characters.

we took pictures in front of Goofy’s house, which was not open for public at that time (we told aina, maybe Goofy was out for lunch).

tokyo disneyland

across from Goofy’s house, there was Minnie’s house, which was open. aina was ecstatic to see the inside of Minnie’s house and hoping that she’ll meet Minnie in there. the line was only 5 minutes long. we passed the living room, bedroom and kitchen. and of course there was no Minnie in there. the inside was cute, though… especially the kitchen stuff where there was a dishwasher and an oven that kids can play with to see 3D illusions.

tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland

aina was a bit disappointed that Minnie, like Goofy, wasn’t home either. but she was very persistent in her goal: to meet Minnie and Mickey. so, upon seeing Mickey’s house, which is located right next to Minnie’s, she literally dragged us into the queue to enter Mickey’s house… upon entering the queue, i saw the board saying that the queue was 70 minutes long. seventy?? maybe i didn’t see it right, so i told ari to check on the board again while we stood in the queue. and yes, it was a little over an hour wait to get into Mickey’s house. what the hell? i wondered what could possibly have been in there that people were lining up to see besides Mickey’s living room and bedroom…

aina, on the other hand, thought that she would meet Mickey in his house. learning from past experiences, we tried to lower her expectation… it was still possible that Mickey was out for lunch with Minnie and Goofy, you know… but aina didn’t care. she stood there for 70 minutes, under the rain (yes, it rained during the wait), with wet shoes and cold feet. what an effort given by a 3 year old to meet an idol…

it turned out that Mickey’s house was different than Minnie’s. not only was it much larger (bedroom, living room, etc), it also has a barn in the back with (robotic) animals and plants, which aina loved.

tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland

then, it was connected to Mickey’s studio, where he shoots all his (cartoon) movies…

tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland

then we were told to wait in a little movie studio, watching pieces of the old Mickey Mouse cartoons, with Mickey’s and Donald’s voices commenting on the scenes. after waiting a while, the tour was broken up into groups of 10. we were led to another room, and there stood Mickey Mouse! we could see Aina beaming with excitement.

tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland

Mickey was actually there to be photographed with us! he was all dressed up in his tuxedo and Aina being quite nervous and with a constant grin on her face, kept looking at Mickey when we posed for the photo. but instead of ignoring this, the lady who took the pictures with our camera, actually made sure we were happy with the photos. Mickey also made Aina less nervous by hugging her and caressing her face. so after about the third shot, we finally got it right. Mickey gave Aina a kiss with his giant nose and Ari a high-five. the experience was well worth the wait. aina couldn’t stop blabbering about it on the way out of the house and since then on, she was on cloud nine… skipping about and singing.

we walked around the theme park a bit and decided to have some cake and tea.

tokyo disneyland

we bought a lemon cupcake in the shape of Mickey’s silhouette and a green one with an eye on it resembling Mike from Monsters Inc., which Aina joyfully chomped on.

tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland

after filling our bellies, Aina took a nap on the stroller as we walked around waiting for it to get dark so that we can see the Electric Parade.

tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland
tokyo disneyland

an hour later and it was still drizzling and we were wandering around the Old West area when we heard an announcement stating that the Electric Parade had been cancelled due to the poor weather. needless to say, we were all very disappointed. it was such a huge let-down that as we dragged our heels back to the main gate, we hardly noticed the rain getting heavier and heavier. then within the last 20 meters before reaching the train station, the rain really started to pour down. along with the other visitors around us, we made a mad dash towards the platform. at the end of the day, we thanked our lucky stars for not getting stuck in the thunderstorm and made our way home.

more photos in the album of the day: 16 september 2010

~ comment (26) ~

I love reading your blog and look at the pictures. Would you tell me what type of digital camera do you use for taking these pictures? They are so focus and clear. Thanks!

guest | 21 November 2010 - 02:57 | reply

hi there, thank you! for this entry, i’m using a DSLR: body Canon EOS 450D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens. HTH :)

thalia | 21 November 2010 - 01:23 | reply

wow aina senang banget ya…banyak sekali yang bertambah ..beruntung sekali aina….

maudy pojoh kamarga | 21 November 2010 - 06:29 | reply

iya, seneng dia. sayangnya ga sempet ketemu minnie dan ga ada electrical parade… well, maybe next time :)

thalia | 21 November 2010 - 01:25 | reply

disneyland… i want to go there !
it’s my dream since i was a kid !

Susan | 21 November 2010 - 01:44 | reply

disneyland emang dream worldnya anak2 banget ya… malah orang gede juga seneng banget ke situ… :)

thalia | 22 November 2010 - 01:32 | reply

Disneyland emang top yah!!! gak usah anaknya.. emak nya aja seneng :)
Suka liat fotonya terutama Aina dan Daisy.. bahagia banget.
Thal, ajak Aina ke Euro Disney.. trus makan di Cafe Mickey. Dia bisa ketemu karakter pas lagi makan, tanpa antri. Pasti seneneeeng banget deh!

fanny | 21 November 2010 - 06:58 | reply

o yaaa? enak banget ga pake antri! duh, tapi ke europe jauh ya (dan mahal tiketnya :P )? tapi pengeeeen… aina pasti seneng banget makan ditemenin mickey and the gang… hu hu hu.

thalia | 22 November 2010 - 01:34 | reply

interesting story and nice pictures. Mickey was very kind, he didn’t disappoint Aina. Jumbo riding was a great fun. Daisy was nice too. despite the weather, everything was nice. it’s worth it.

mimi | 21 November 2010 - 07:28 | reply

yes, it was worth it, indeed. but looking back, i think we should’ve gone once more when the weather was nice, just so that aina could meet Minnie. she’s Minnie’s biggest fan, after all… oh well, next time, i guess :)

thalia | 22 November 2010 - 01:35 | reply

Gue ikut deg2an pas baca tentang Mickey, takut ga bisa ketemu juga. Ternyata ada!! Yay!! Ga sia2 deh antri 70 menit (hebat, lama amat antrinya). Tapi ngeliat wajahnya Aina seneng banget gitu, gpp deh antri lama juga :)

otty | 22 November 2010 - 11:07 | reply

iyaaa, gue juga deg2an banget. yg 70 menit itu berasanya lama bangeeet, mana ujan, dingin dan kaki & kaos kaki basah pulak. perjuangan banget, hihihi. untung ternyata emang ada mickeynya. jadi berasa worth it…

thalia | 22 November 2010 - 03:02 | reply

Aina so cute n looks so happy…

Irma Ardian | 22 November 2010 - 01:25 | reply

she was happy, indeed! especially when she got to meet mickey and daisy… she had the biggest smile on her face… :D

thalia | 22 November 2010 - 03:03 | reply

ini dia salah satu tempat impian gw kalo’ berhasil mewujudkan mimpi pergi ke Jepang … pasti merinding kalo’ gw kesana .. istana cinderellanya itu lhooo …. duuuuh …..*kapan yaaa …?*

you are so lucky .. dan Aina … seneng banget diaaa … (^.^)

pimpi | 22 November 2010 - 02:13 | reply

hanimunnya ke jepang aja, pim… iya ga? :D

dulu gue hanimunnya ke jepang. tapi setaun setelah kawinan, ngumpulin duit dulu, hihihi :P

thalia | 22 November 2010 - 03:05 | reply

seru abissss!!! aina looked happy, iya untung ketemu mickey yaa :D
suka liat foto2nya dan bertekad kuat akan ngajak el juga ke sini *amin*

crey | 22 November 2010 - 06:11 | reply

iya, untung ketemuuu!

tadinya mo ke disneyland yang di hongkong (lebih murah), tapi taunya dapet tiket murah ke jepang. ya jadi jepang dulu deh… hehe. semoga sukses ya bawa el jalan2 ke disneylandnya!

thalia | 23 November 2010 - 11:32 | reply

Bbrp hari yg lalu gue liat topi lady bug yg aina pake di photo… Gue baru mikir… Lucu nih kalo aina yg pake…. :) oh ya… Kalo udh ke Disney jepang jangan pergi ke Disney HK… Bisa kecewawawawawa…. Krn yg HK keciiiiiillll bgt! Setengah hari cukup… :(

Cynthia | 25 November 2010 - 09:40 | reply

tapi tetep pengeeen… siapa tau disana aina bisa ketemu minnie. sekalian jenguk loucee & matthieu :D

thalia | 26 November 2010 - 02:16 | reply

waaahhh seruunyaaa.. paling gak walopun ujan masih sempet ketemu mickey, daisy dan naek dumbo! waktu gue kesana, naia udah happy banget ngeliat mickey, donald, goofy.. pas lagi ngantri naek dumbo, ujaaann gedeeee banget!!! sebel!! jadi akhirnya kita ga bisa kemana2 lagi. mana kan itu dingiiinnn banget!

sekarang kita lagi eye-ing ke disney HK aja deh. walopun kata mbak cynthia lebih kecil, mungkin lebih pas buat ajak naia gitu yaa.. gak capek dan bisa liat end to end.

yang ke eropa (atau amerika?) buat target jangka panjang aja.. hahah..

sLesTa | 1 December 2010 - 07:47 | reply

wah, sama! kita juga kena ujan gede pas naik dumbo! tapi untungnya blum beneran winter, jadi biarpun dingin, masih bisa ditahan.

iya, kita juga lagi mikir2 ttgl HK disneyland. buat memuaskan yang kemaren ga dapet, hehe. kecil juga gapapa deh… tokyo disneyland ternyata kegedean buat aina juga…

yang eropa & amrik, ntar dulu deh… ga ada duitnya. hihihi.

thalia | 2 December 2010 - 11:41 | reply

hey thal,
I’m a TUM member.
seneng banget baca2 blognya, apalagi yang ini, berasa ada di tokyo disneyland juga :)

Kenny | 16 December 2010 - 04:23 | reply

hi kenny! mamanya akasyah ya? :) makasii ya udah berkunjung… suka deh baca blognya…. kemaren berkunjung (ga ninggalin jejak sih) waktu baca2 entry writing contestnya TUM :D

thalia | 16 December 2010 - 07:52 | reply

waaaa seru banget ya tokyo disney
pengennn bgt ajak aka kesana

kmrn sempet ajak aka ke HK disneyland tp kyknya msh tll kecil deh, cm bengong2 terkesima doang hihi. dan bnr HK disneyland kecill bgt di banding disneyland yg lain.
kurang seru.

aina cantik bangettt thall :)) *kiss kiss*

ini_dhita | 25 December 2010 - 10:36 | reply

lha, baru liat post ini… sori, dhit! gue pengen ke disneyland HK, malahan… disneyland tokyo ternyata rada kegedean untuk anak umur 3 taun, yang ternyata maunya cuma ketemu mickey & minnie doang, hehe. kalo ada rejeki, moga2 taun depan atau 2 taun lagi deh ke HK.

thalia | 31 December 2010 - 12:47 | reply