The happiest place in Toyko

Disney’s lands

The next day we head over to Disneyland, home to familiar places such as Fantasyland, Adventureland, Westernland and Tomorrowland. The most popular character (other than Mickey of course) is Stitch – that funny little alien who lands in Hawaii and learns how to surf. The other surprising favourite here is Monsters Inc Ride & Go Seek! So you can expect to queue for up to two hours here and at another favourite, Pooh’s Honey Hunt.

The highlight for the day is an old favourite, Space Mountain, where we skip the queue with an ingenious invention: the FastPass. With the FastPass you can visit your favourite rides first thing, enter your Park Passport into the ticketing machine where you’re issued with a specific time to come back and head straight to the head of the queue. Sounds good to me.

Tempted by Tokyo

The beauty of visiting Tokyo Disneyland is that while you’re here you can explore Tokyo and the rich Japanese culture that leaps at you from all directions. In the evenings we head into Tokyo on the efficient metro system to districts such as Ginza and Shinjuku where we’re dazzled by neon and the choice of noodle and barbeque restaurants.

We head over to the Harajuku district to experience the extremes of this culture: an ancient Shinto temple in the middle of a beautiful park and a shopping strip frequented by outrageously dressed teenagers.

Following this little excursion we head back to Disneyland for another treat, Cirque du Soleil’s resident theatre. It is a gob-smacking display of human athleticism and coordination featuring flying trapeze, poles and trampolines.

Our visit has been a whirlwind of amazing displays, performances and (of course) theme park rides as we sadly head to the airport, our suitcases stuffed with Disney-inspired toiletries courtesy of the Ambassador Hotel.


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