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  • Trip Report Dis & That.

    Well... this is not a trip report per se... at least not an epic one like the ones by Lurkyloo... and no, there are no pictures to go with it (unless you beg. Hard. For them, and I will consider it. But can't promise. Especially since I need to prepare for the Gay day festivities at Walt's Dreaded World in FL next week).

    Anyways.. Today sunday, raining buckets, nonstop, over most of Japan. Thanks weather front over the China Seas and Korea. But alas, it helped dissipate what would have been horrific crowds on a Sunday at TDR, especially at TDL. But fear not, dispite the dreadful weather, they still managed to pack a little crowd.

    Got there around 4pm..umbrella in hand, and headed to TDL with 2 items on my agenda; 1) to obtain this season present for Funderful Club Members... which I got from a very helpful CM at Guest Relations. And 2) to ride the newly enhanced Monsters Inc ride and Seek attraction.

    As you can imagine, World Bazaar was abuzz with heave crowds, mostly guests fleeing away from the constant downpour outside. So I headed to Monsters, hoping for the best. I get there and the signs outside post an 80 minute wait on standby line. I figure.. "it's raining water buckets (not men) outside. Hallelujah!" It was all the incentive I needed to stand in line. 75 minutes later, I was being seated in the ride's vehicle.

    So what do I think of the newly refreshed "Monsters" ride? MAJOR improvement over the original concept. While the ride itself has not changed much, the welcomed addition of the lit-up props, which calls the attention of guests to shot at, is a great addition. I even think that several new props were added to the ride itself. The new overall effect is one of pure fun... so YES, I give this new version major thumbs up. It definitely makes the ride "interactive", which is an element that felt missing before, even if it was there.

    Having enjoyed "Monsters" a lot, I took a walk around the park.. as the rain kept coming down. I walk past "Hunny Hunt" which only showed a "20 minute Stand by" at 6pm. Now, THAT I had to test for sure!! So I get in the line...and exactly 21 minutes later, I am being seated in the Hunny pot vehicle. Amazing! On a Sunday no less. With rain.

    In Tomorrowland, refurbish walls have gone on MicroAdventure (aka HISTA) in preparation for Capt EO's return. Too bad it took Michael's untimely death for disney to pull the long overdue plug on that turkey of a movie at 4 Disney parks worldwide.. Too bad the EO one is not all that great either. But hey.. redeaming quality: Angelica Houston.

    After Pooh.. I had some shopping to do. Got the Easter Wonderland Mickey hat and the 27th anniversary Alice/Mad Hatter Mickey teeshirt, and both items will be worn proudly by yours truly during gay day saturday at the MK in June. Look for the weirdo in huge tall tiara-like hat (after all.. what's a queen to wear?)

    In Fantasyland, I noticed refurbish walls have gone up around the restroom areas at the Queen of Hearts banquet hall.

    Further ahead in Westernland, the newly opened dining area of the Hungry Bear restaurant looks great and cuts thru a portion of the open area just outside Big Thunder Mt, making this area now look a bit more intimate and more cosmetically interesting. I love that a section of the dining area is now a jail cel. I can envision most of the WDW guests from the UK sitting there in jail, guilty of bad fashion sense.

    Back at the hub, a coloful easter motif refurbishing wall has gone up at the castle forecourt, as they prepare the stage for the summer events, Cool the heat, and a new Panic/Stitch show, which I am sure some spy from will post here for you to enjoy reading about.

    After taking some pictures of a drenched TDL, I leave my beautiful park and hop on the monorail, heading to TDSea (my other beautiful park). Got lucky and rode on the Purple monorail, which is currently decorated in a Pixie Hollow motif, that somewhat matches the Spring carnival event at TDS. Much to my surprise, the monorail's overlay is also applied *inside* the monorail, from nose to tail, floors and ceilings. It's total Pixie overload but oh so well done and tasteful. WDW may have the Tron Mono.. but we at TDR have the real Disney deal, even if I detest OLC for taking a cue from WDC and using the monorail fleet as advertisement for upcoming dvd/movie releases... But at least, this Pixie overlay is lovely, as opposed to ... aTRONcious.

    So.. we arrive at TDS...rain still coming down. I make my way into the park, and take a few pics of the rain as nightfalls over the park. Feeling hungry at this time, I make my way to the Vulcania Restaurant, which was voted here in a poll as one of TDS' best counter service restaurants. Having been there once about 9 yrs ago and not liking the menu much, I wanted to give this place a try, to see if I was missing something others here knew about. I go in.. and stand in line. After 3 minutes of looking at the menu, the fake dishes on display, the fabulous Mysterious Island atmospheres in the restaurant itself, and the heavy smell of fried chinese food in the air, I decided this place is just not for me. The smell of the food alone was making me sick, so I left, and made a trip to the casbah Cafe, and enjoyed the always fabulous Curry Sampler dish, salad and coconut custard. Heaven.

    After the lovely dinner.. I continued my counter-clockwise trek thru this outstanding park.

    Walls have gone up next to Sindbad's ride, in preparation for the new spinner "Jasmine's Flying Carpets". The lovely palm trees and flora that sat in this spot for nearly 9 years have now been removed and I am sure site preparation is about to begin on the new kiddy ride. It is my wish that it will draw families with children to this not so populated corner of the park, and even give the Sindbad ride a much needed boost in attendance. Honestly? I am shocked that OLC has not comissioned a Chandu walk-around rubberhead to take residence in this corner of Arabian Coast.

    Since the rain was relentless all day long, TDS' attendance was a bit off today.. and many rides were virtual walkons.. 20K, TOT, Raging Spirits, all showed 5 mins stand by. Indy had a 20 mins wait. JTTCOTE showed 25 mins. BraviSEAmo! and the "Magic in the Sky" fireworks all went off in the rain with no glitches. Took pics of those as well.

    I also noticed something I have not seen before... Anyone who goes to the parks would know about the "Photo Spot" signs directing guests to snap great photos of their vacations... etc. At TDR, Fujifilm sponsors those "Photo Spot" signs. Over by Aquatopia, I spotted a brand new "Video Spot" sign, sponsored by Panasonic. I guess it directs guests to take great video shots of kinetic areas, such as in this case, the Aquatopia vehicles in motion. Cool idea. I wonder if this is also being done at the other parks, or if it is a Tokyo-exclusive initiative?

    Finally... a little more shopping. I ventured into Aunt Peg's store (aka Duffy Central). I was pleased that finally, they are selling the small (safety pin) version of Duffy's mate Shelley Mae. Who can resist? So I bought both Duffy and Shelley Mae. Oh.. and for those of you Bear manics, they still have tons of that new sailor style costumes for both Duffy and Shelley, as well as the spring costume as well. They are rather cute, but unless you have the regular size version of the bear plushes, these lovely costumes (which in all honesty are of much better quality and look over most of the WDW cm costumes) will not be of any use to you. Of course, in true japanese fashion, there were dozens of young japanese office ladies going.."k'awaii!! k'awaii!!!" all over the store. Obnocious! What does that mean?? Is that one of the islands in the hawaiian chain??? LOL!!!

    Anyways... after some more window shopping, getting the newly released Disney Fan magazine and just soaking up (literally) the atmosphere, it was time to leave. But nevertheless, it was a lovely time, even with the rain, and I am still amazed by the sheer quality TDR is. A great time was had by all.

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    Re: Dis &amp; That.

    Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
    Honestly? I am shocked that OLC has not comissioned a Chandu walk-around rubberhead to take residence in this corner of Arabian Coast.
    My thoughts exactly.

    Glad to hear you had a good time even with the rain. I've been tracking the weather, as my trip is approaching. I'm sure it'll be fun despite any rain.


    • #3
      Re: Dis &amp; That.

      Cool trip report! Do you have any pictures of construction walls in Arabian Coast? PS- not sure if you were joking, but in case you didn't know, Kawaii means cute.
      Yes. We all know that I am psychic. Don't believe me? Well... I'm sensing that you like Disney. I see that look of bewilderment, hmmm?


      • #4
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        I am pretty sure he is joking.

        Thanks for the report. I was trying to find out what costumes they still had available. My Duffy needs a new outfit, I might get the uber family style spring costume
        Last edited by TravisMT81; 05-23-2010, 03:45 PM.

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        We were sent over there with the message that only we would defend Disney quality.. We learnt quickly that the Japanese culture speaks to a level of quality that is hard to comprehend. They were all unbelievably skilled and willing to do the right thing.
        Craig Russell -Walt Disney Imagineering


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          Despite agreeing to ignore each others post, I just wanted to comment and say how much I enjoyed your trip report to Tokyo Disney Resort.
          Last edited by Malin; 05-23-2010, 03:34 PM.
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          • #6
            Re: Dis &amp; That.

            See you next week, TDLFAN!


            • #7
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              Ok, how hard do I have to beg for pics of the pixieized monorail?
              Good morning, son
              In twenty years from now
              Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
              And I can tell you 'bout today
              And how I picked you up and everything changed
              It was pain
              Sunny days and rain
              I knew you'd feel the same things...



              • #8
                Re: Dis &amp; That.

                Thanks for the quick report, even without pictures. I'm curious about the Hungry bear changes, that sounds kind of...cute, with a little jail cell. I saw pictures of the outside of the "Pixierail", but I had no idea it was themed inside too...why should I be surprised though, OLC seems to pay attention to the small details more often. I must see at least one picture of you with your Mickey hat and shirt for gay days at WDW.


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                  Originally posted by NeverNeverland View Post
                  Ok, how hard do I have to beg for pics of the pixieized monorail?
                  Voila ...


                  • #10
                    Re: Dis &amp; That.

                    ^^ Hmm...I dunno...just from pics, the Tron monorail looks cooler IMO...

                    ...but anywho, thanks for the TR!
                    Down with the Hat


                    • #11
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                      Here's my BIG request: share your pix, honey!
                      Born in a shoebox and making the most of it.


                      • #12
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                        Please share pics if it's not a hassle. c:
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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by tasman View Post
                          ^^ Hmm...I dunno...just from pics, the Tron monorail looks cooler IMO...

                          ...but anywho, thanks for the TR!
                          That's because you are a FL guy (like me no less) and you are conditioned to be partial to WDW. Or maybe you enjoy simple Disney cosmetics that are minimal in style.. but i am not saying that's a bad thing. Those of us who are into hardcore "Disney" will appreciate the classic theme here more than one from a movie that has not proven it's chops yet.. and based on the original Tron, one that interests me in the very least. Plus, I am gay! HA!

                          A couple of items I forgot to mention.. Space Mt was closed for refurbishing, and POTC were down as well... but possibly for a technical malfuntion?


                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by NeverNeverland View Post
                            Ok, how hard do I have to beg for pics of the pixieized monorail?
                            Just for you NNL...


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                              I did not intend to post pictures because I feel these are low quality ones...and were not intended for public viewing, but since many of you have asked/begged by email or even showing up at my front door.. (you know who you crazy ones are..), I see no reason why not sharing... so..

                              Yes! SHOCKING!

                              Improvements coming around Queen of Hearts'..

                              A romantic moment around World Bazaar...

                              If we had this much space at the MK's hub, we would be able to fit both those WDW strollers and guests in it.

                              Pink roses in bloom around TDL's hub.

                              The lovely WALL.

                              You will never see this caliber of quality in decoration at the MK.

                              A park Walt would be proud of.

                              A moment away from the rain...

                              Gotta love that lovely marquee..

                              Pretty in pink.

                              A hotel and monorail stop to rival ALL. Even the floor tiles say "q u a l i t y".

                              Over at TDS' Casbah Cafe.. A great counter service meal, presented in real plates, with real flatware and high quality flair... This is the world famous Curry Sampler dish, with chicken salad and roasted sesame dressing, and delicious coconut custard desert. A quality meal, period.

                              Yes, those are new signs.

                              The SS Columbia. Makes the riverboat at WDW's DTD feel like a decripit seafood joint.

                              TDLFAN (lower right) rides TDS' TOT with the Nazi troop (back row), The Rising Sun soldiers of peace (center row), and Office ladies (front row).

                              "BraviSEAmo!" under the rainy skies...

                              Amazing we could see the fireworks of "Magic in the Sky" show thru the rainy, cloudy skies.
                              Last edited by TDLFAN; 05-25-2010, 02:32 PM.


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