On the 22nd everybody parted ways – Uncle Mel was meeting a friend for lunch, Auntie Carol and Vera wanted to do some shopping, and Glen and I… went to Disneyland Tokyo!!! We had a magical day; it was really, really great. While the entire holiday was, of course, marvellous, I had been dealing with some really horrible bouts of depression and anxiety on a daily (ugh and nightly 😛 ) basis, and escaping to the world of Disney for a day was just lovely.
Also – Disneyland at Christmas time?! So cool 😊 Here’s a lil preview of what the night time looked like hehe CAUSE I’M TOO EXCITED TO WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THIS POST 😛
The first thing we did when we arrived was to get some green tea and sit down and eat our breakfast 🙂 An ALARMINGLY LARGE CROW affronted me which caused me to spill my tea everywhere and in the confusion that ensued to put my phone in my back pocket without realising, which we then looked for for quite a while, but anyway then we found it in my pocket and got more tea and the staff were all very nice about it 🙂 Anyway, for this incident I fully blame Malificent. I’m quite sure it was actually her raven.
Anyway, AFTER THAT, we were just in time for the Christmas Parade!
The next important thing to do was obviously to buy some form of headwear. Because ENORMOUS BOWS and PRINCESSES 😛 I chose Rapunzel because she’s the coolest and has gumption and spunk and is strong and faces her fears and I think she’s great 🙂 Glen could not be persuaded into purchasing elaborate headwear, which I put down to there being no Flynn Ryder merchandise and OBVS he wanted to be the Flynn to my Rapunzel (this is actually unlikely since he hasn’t watched Tangled ~yet~ so probably doesn’t actually know who Flynn is but shhhhhh). Actually, now that I think about it, WE ARE FLYNN AND RAPUNZEL. I mean:
There are some definite similarities there 😛
After the important headwear purchase it was time for some rides!!
We finished the Peter Pan ride just as another parade was starting – The Happiest Parade on Earth!
We were getting hungry again so we stopped for lunch at the Orleans Cafe! They were playing different kinds of Christmas music around the park to thematically match the different zones – in Orleans Cafe they were playing Christmas jazz! They even played Christmas Time in New Orleans by my good ol’ pal Louis, which made me happy 🙂
There was a cool stationery shop with so much Disney stationery! Even washi tape!! So exciting 🙂 We got a lot of postcards to send to all the kids back home, and then Glen and I had a big postcard writing session at a little cafe!
We stopped to have a little look at the Queen of Heart’s banquet hall, where we fully intended to return for dinner, but it was so crowded at dinner time that we couldn’t even get in! (THWARTED AGAIN on the dinner front… did Maleficent have anything to do with this?! 😛 ) Anyway, luckily we took some photos when we popped in to have a look around, because it was so cool!
Just like Wonderland!!! When we popped back out it was suddenly pouring with rain, so we took shelter in my favourite ride of all – It’s a Small World!!
Then to a cool 3D music time – Mickey’s PhilharMagic!
After a few more rides we went to grab some dinner! Since dinner plans #1 and #2 both fell through, we opted for dinner plan #3…
By this time the rain and also extreme wind were well underway – which meant that the Electric Lights night parade and also the fireworks had to be cancelled, which was a bit sad. We also didn’t see any characters walking about during the day, which we thought might also be because of the weather! But what’s a little inclement weather to Rapunzel and Flynn? 😛 We had a great time going on some more rides and buying lots of presents!
The streets were super pretty at night!
Then it was time for the Once Upon a Time lights show! This was a whole light show projected onto the Fantasyland Castle and it was so cool and I took about a trillion photos because it was so pretty, but I’ll spare you that and just offer you these four 😊
The last ride we went on was Winnie the Pooh! This had enormous queues all day, but cause we went last thing we didn’t have to wait too long! I understand why it has such long queues, it was so fun 🙂 We went through the Hundred Acre Wood and bounced with Tigger and met a whole lot of Heffalumps and Woozles!
And finally, our last stop before Disneyland went to sleep for the day – cake and tea at The Sweetheart Cafe! In another dramatic turn of events, the totally insane wind actually blew my full cup over, and hot tea went EVERYWHERE, including all over me! Fortunately I had packed some thermals in my bag in case it got cold, so I went off and got changed into those and the lovely people at the cafe gave me more tea (again!) 😛 What can I say, I like to keep things in balance… spilling tea at the start and the end of the day just seemed a good way to bookmark our Disney time, you know 😛 We tried to take a sweetheart-ish selfie but we were pretty terrible at it but anyway here’s our best attempt 😛
I was a bit sad to leave but happy after such a lovely day!
Thank you Disneyland for all of the smiles and magic 🙂