We had an amazing time as a family at Tokyo Disney! It was a joy to see the girls faces when they saw the princesses or got to go on rides or play at the playgrounds or Molly as she was able to shop. We landed Tuesday and after making it to our hotel we rode the monorail around the property to scope things out. There is a place with tons of shops and restaurants much like downtown Disney at the Disney World Resort. We dined at Rain Forest Café where Riley was concerned about the elephant drinking her water, Kelly didn't like the animals and Molly was mad that we hadn't let her shop yet. While wondering around we found a Krispy Kreme - so for our last day we had donuts for breakfast! The first night Jon contemplated buying tickets to go in one night early but the cheapskate in the family prevailed and we held out 12 more hours.
On Wednesday we got an early start! I don't know who was more excited Jon and I or the girls. We were up and ready to go to breakfast at 6:45am. After breakfast we got on the monorail and headed to Disneyland. After getting to the ticket line at 7:45 we found out the park didn't open until 9am not 8am like we thought. It is only open 8am on Sat and Sun. We joined about 20,000 of our closest friends and sat in line waiting to rush into the park. In Okinawa we are used to our friends being very orderly and patient - throw some Disney at them and all hell breaks loose. There were people cutting in line, cutting us off, sprinting to get their fast passes. We made it through and got to ride Buzz Lightyear which reminded us of our honeymoon but with 3 kids. However unlike on our honeymoon where I won - Jon managed to win both times we rode on this trip. We then dragged the kids on some more rides while Molly kept asking when she was going to get to shop. After going on 5 rides we took a shopping break and allowed Molly to have her moment of pure bliss. She bought a key chain and notepad and convinced her sister Riley to buy a key chain also. After that moment of happiness we took the girls on some more rides and then found a playground. There could have been a few international incidents as Kelly pushed people and then her sisters can to finish off the attack but Jon and I were able to bring peace to all mankind with a smile and sorry. We took about 20 snack breaks and each day enjoyed one meal at Disney. I always wondered why my mom packed so much food and wouldn't let us buy things at parks and boy and I glad I followed her example - even though I think everyone was tired of peanut butter sandwiches. After many rides and snacks Molly persuaded us to let her shop some more. This time she would not walk away without this towel thing and got her sister to spend their money on it too. It was a good thing the girls had their own money that was budgeted and saved by them otherwise I would not have let them buy those things. We pushed the girls hard and long and by the end of the first day they were all falling asleep on their feet. My pedometer said we walked 5 miles that day.
Thursday was our day for Disney Sea. We heard this park was not as big and we knew the open time so we let the girls sleep in and not rush things. Umm yeah - the not big enough was a LIE! Disney Sea is spread out more so we walked over 7.5 miles that day. We rode the Toy Story Mania ride and Jon got a fast pass for later that night. Again I was unable to beat Jon but we did enjoy ourselves. We walked around and Molly made friends with lots of the characters - any that would give her just a minute of their time. King Triton's Lagoon was AWESOME!! Again there was a playground area for the girls just to run around and have fun and a few rides all in an air conditioned building. Molly loved the Flounder's Roller Coaster and got to ride it a bunch as she would rotate between Jon and I while the little 2 played in the splash pad area. Around 5pm the girls starting asking to go to hotel but we held them out until after 8:30 so we could see the laser show and ride a few more rides. Fast Pass is the only way to do some rides with little kids. Jon and I would take turns on some of the rides and the wait time was only 30 minutes total instead of 1.5 hours.
The pictures are in no particular order - just the only way I could get them off my phone and on the computer.
|Light show night one|
|Please let us nap|
|Seriously falling asleep on their feet|
|Here are the shops I want to go to|
|How to save $200 on food - PB sandwiches and gorp|
|Look what I convinced everyone to buy|
|Is this really worth it? YES IT IS|
|Working on their peace sign|
|Ok you can have a picture with me:)|
|Disney is awesome - I love the play area. Please no more roller coasters.|
Oh yeah and I CALL STROLLER!!!!!!
|Ariel showed us how to pose|
|Toy Story Mania !|
|Night 2 only 2 more hours of Disney left|
|Molly admiring others in her towel thing|
|Why yes I would like a picture with you|
|A popsicle while daddy rode Space Mountain|
|Again leave me at the playgrounds please!!|
Oh yeah and I CALL STROLLER!!!
|Pooh's honeypot Ride|
|Look mom the princess!!|
|Ok dad I think we should get to Disney and have fun!|
|The lobby of our hotel! Fun everywhere|
|Giving the girls their 100 yen goodies.|
So glad I raided that store - saved us $40 at least
|Jon and Kelly in the space ship|
|Molly driving her car|
|Scoping things out for the adventures.|
|Took Molly on a date Day 1 while her sisters napped|
|I love waiting in lines|
|Aren't these are the coolest things ever?|
|I love this hotel a fun thing to jump on right outside the elevator|
|Last day - waiting to get on the bus.|
Riley is in her favorite place - THE STROLLER
|The girls and I enjoying our last few minutes|
|Jon taking the girls on one last shopping trip|
Molly sayings: I want to shop, Can I shop, When can I shop, Is this in my budget, I want to ride the roller coaster again.
Riley sayings: I want the stroller, I call stroller, whine whine whine, I don't want to walk, I don't want to ride the ride, can I just play here please.
Kelly sayings: Mouse, Mouse, Milk, Sisters, Shoe, NO, Minnie (her towel thing)