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  • [Question] What changed since 2011?

    The last trip to TDR was May 2011 and I haven't been keeping up on changes/news since then. It looks like the Toy Story Mania is open now, but what else has changed? Anything new? Anything closed? Can you still use the fastpass beyond the printed timeframe? I appreciate any info sharing!

    I'm going back there in May 2014 right after the Golden Week. So I'm super happy to start planning again!

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    Re: What changed since 2011?

    They are still honoring FastPass returns any time later in the day (my experience twice a year for the past few years).

    Goofy's Paint House (or whatever it's called) in Toontown is fun as long as you don't have to wait more than 25 minutes.

    The Jungle Cruise is getting a big rehab and will be closed when you're there. They're lengthening the river, adding more effects, and will have a different "show" at night.

    Unless you get to the gate an hour before opening, and run like crazy to Toy Story Mania at TDS, you won't get to see it. I've never been able to get in (or get a FastPass) in four trips. But it's said to be identical to the ones in the US parks. The Toyville Trolley Park area in which it's located is amazing.
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    • #3
      Re: What changed since 2011?

      Originally posted by Fukai View Post
      They are still honoring FastPass returns any time later in the day (my experience twice a year for the past few years).

      Goofy's Paint House (or whatever it's called) in Toontown is fun as long as you don't have to wait more than 25 minutes.

      The Jungle Cruise is getting a big rehab and will be closed when you're there. They're lengthening the river, adding more effects, and will have a different "show" at night.

      Unless you get to the gate an hour before opening, and run like crazy to Toy Story Mania at TDS, you won't get to see it. I've never been able to get in (or get a FastPass) in four trips. But it's said to be identical to the ones in the US parks. The Toyville Trolley Park area in which it's located is amazing.
      Me too, ... I've been like more than 10 times to TDS and I've never been able to get in TSM...

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      • #4
        Re: What changed since 2011?

        Wow, I knew TSM would be popular but didn't know it's THAT popular... I guess we'll have to skip it - waiting hours in line is not our thing.

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        • #5
          Re: What changed since 2011?

          I'm not fully sure about the fastpass, it may depend on the cast member at the entrance- I was denied once for being 10 minutes late since it was after the parade and I rushed over to it- but another cast member came over seeing me walking away, then she spoke to the first cast member & they let us in. I would try to stick to the times on the fastpass to be safe.

          I've only rode TSM once- the posted wait was 80 minutes, we decided to wait & got in 45 minutes later- I never got there early enough to bother trying a fastpass.

          The waiting area for TSM is different, but yes, the ride is the same.

          Star Tours is the new version and I don't recall the exact dates, but Philharmagic may be new for you there.

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          • #6
            Re: What changed since 2011?

            I'm sure you already were able to see Fantasmic! at TDS when you were last there as I know that debuted in April 2011, but I think Jasmine's Carpets opened up in the summer of 2011. Not that special of an attraction, but nice to look at. Also, I think the Mickey Meet and greet trail in Lost River Delta area opened up around that same time, but I could be mistaken...And Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall opened up in either April or May or June of 2011 at TDL.

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            • #7
              Re: What changed since 2011?

              Thanks jedimaster and GUYNYC.
              Is Philharmagic the same as WDW?
              We did the Fantasmic! and Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall in May 2011. We didn't have a good spot for Fantasmic! and had kids on our sholders so I don't remember much of it at all. lol. We'll try it again and this time, get a better spot much earlier.

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              • #8
                Re: What changed since 2011?

                I was reading the Deep Disney site and it sounds like the running at the gate opening is now not permitted. Is it only at the TDS or both parks?

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                • #9
                  Re: What changed since 2011?

                  Originally posted by voleball View Post
                  Thanks jedimaster and GUYNYC.
                  Is Philharmagic the same as WDW?
                  We did the Fantasmic! and Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall in May 2011. We didn't have a good spot for Fantasmic! and had kids on our sholders so I don't remember much of it at all. lol. We'll try it again and this time, get a better spot much earlier.
                  Philharmagic is exactly the same as at WDW.

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                  • #10
                    Re: What changed since 2011?

                    Originally posted by shelemm View Post
                    Philharmagic is exactly the same as at WDW.
                    Except that the entire pre-show and show are in Japanese.

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                    • #11
                      Re: What changed since 2011?

                      Yes, Japanese! Nice for a change.
                      Born in a shoebox and making the most of it.

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                      • #12
                        Re: What changed since 2011?

                        Halloween street is back on Halloween days...that's all I know
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                        • #13
                          Re: What changed since 2011?

                          Originally posted by Roger55 View Post
                          Except that the entire pre-show and show are in Japanese.
                          The songs are in English.

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                          • #14
                            Re: What changed since 2011?

                            Originally posted by shelemm View Post
                            The songs are in English.
                            Since someone else asked again about attraction translations I decided to go back and verify this statement. As you can see in the video the entire show in TDL is in Japanese including the songs.

                            Tokyo Disneyland: Mickey's PhilharMagic Video en 3D - YouTube

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                            • #15
                              Re: What changed since 2011?

                              Everyone still runs as soon as the gates open in the morning unless something has changed in the past few months.
                              Born in a shoebox and making the most of it.

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