Where dreams come true and you are forced to buy merchandise within a meter of paying for your ticket ;)
Unlucky for us, we forgot to read the fine print where it said “No visible tattoos” so the friendly staff escorted us straight to the merch store to dress more appropriately. Steven scored a nifty denim shirt or half a Canadian tux and I got away with getting a scarf that I draped over my arms.
We started the first line up of the day to hire a pram for Iggy slash somewhere to put our bag and drinks for the day. Best $7 spent!
We made our way down the path leading to the Magic Castle discussing what ride to go on first, we decide to head over to Toon Town where the rides were aimed at youngins.
We spotted an empty line so made a b line for it, we round the corner of Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin to see 1320 people in front of us :P Something you can’t avoid at any theme park is the lines, fortunately for us Disneyland has it sorted with lots of fun things to see while you shuffle along. Our turn and we load in to our little cars in pairs, Iggy held on tight and could not see over the dashboard but was just as excited as the two giggly girls in front of us (Juliet + Steven) ;)
The ride was brilliant and Iggy was in awe of all the flashing neon lights and loud disney music, it was really cool to see a 13 month, 9, 27 and 28 year old equally enjoy the shit out of a ride! We all leapt out of the cars at the end and gave each other high fives! We had survived our first ride of the day.. huzzah!
After two rides on the tea cups and Juliet pushing my stomach to the limits we joined up with Steven and Iggy who were having a ride on the carousal. Iggy had her hand out like the queen waving the entire ride, bless her cotton socks! Ice cream time!! Iggy fell asleep in the ergo (gosh bless the ergo!) and I sat in the cool breeze under the parasols whilst Steven and Juliet went to take on the Buzz Light Year ride. After 45 minutes she woke up and was keen for a little exploration, much to passer by’s excitement ^_^ She had people lining up to take photos of her and pat her o_0 ha!
One couple stopped with a giant buddha baby that Iggy wanted to get to know personally, she climbed into the pram with him, the kid did not even stir and I could tell the parents were plotting their escape with the little real life rilakkuma currently sitting on their childs chest. Alas, I pulled Iggy out and shortly after Steven + Juliet arrived back from their ride buzzing and pretty keen for lunch.
Food at Disneyland Tokyo was quite bizarre, the most popular item was the smoked turkey legs that looked like a childs arm they had ripped off on space mountain. The smell, blregh.. so meaty.. we didn’t purchase one :P We did however have a traditional lunch in the cafeteria of the Chicken bun set, this was the only ‘fast food’ type food we had on our entire trip. It did make me want to search out the bun van that magically appears in Brisbane sometimes, I digress, lunch was great!
We had spotted a few popcorn stands around the park and naturally our minds said, “Lets get popcorn”.. oh, how naive we were.. Each stand was a different flavor of popcorn, there was Curry Popcorn, Hunny Popcorn, Chocolate Popcorn, Strawberry Popcorn, Butter Soy Popcorn, Black Pepper Popcorn, Caramel Popcorn and exactly ZERO good ol salted popcorn stands :P ha By the time we had searched out all the stands we decided to get some churro’s instead ^_^
Our last ride for the day was the Haunted Mansion, it was very creepy but thankfully no one jumped out and Iggy yet again sat wide eyed taking in all the ghoulish creatures.. The Johnny Depp/Jack Sparrow wax model character is so incredibly life like you honestly would give him your number ;)
We got out and walked over to Splash Mountain to see if the 2 hour wait had gotten shorter (We had been stalking it all day) but alas the wait was 90 minutes and with the sun setting and Iggy close to turning into a vampire we decided to slowly leave taking in the parade as it started for its evening show.. You really feel like you are in a magical place when visiting Disneyland, seeing the excitement and joy in your kids eyes makes waiting in any line worth it.. I would recommend Disneyland to everyone, it has something for every age group and makes you feel the innocence and excitement you had as a child.. Everybody got time for that ;)
I was waiting with the girls outside the ticket box at the train station when a cute old Japanese lady came up to me and started saying “so kawaii”, gesturing to Iggy and Juliet, I politely nodded and made small talk and she asked if they were my children.. Considering Iggy had my tit in her mouth I thought this might be obvious, but I digress… A minute or so passes and Steven walks out with tickets ready to go, the old lady looks him up and down then looks back to me and passes me this magazine and shuffles off… Ha! *read the cover*
A short walk from Shibuya Station is the infamous Shibuya Crossing, what makes it unique is that its the cross section of about 6 or 7 streets and every few minutes all traffic lights go red and what is the equivalent of ‘opening up the pit’ activates ^_^
It is no mosh pit, but still equally as chaotic and one of those moments where you can spin around in the middle of the street with all the high rise’s surrounding you and a sea of people and go ‘Am I really here?’
Shibuya is all about shopping, unfortunately we didn’t research thoroughly enough to know exactly where all the mega malls were that we had seen on the intawebs. Funnily enough in the picture of Juliet starjumping is the exact mall we were after, Shibuya 109! ha, next time!
I wanted to visit American Apparel more than anything else as finding the malls was becoming an impossible task. A quick look on our phone for the location of American Apparel (I just got off the phone to Telstra who informed me our few quick looks on our phones has cost us $226.00 -_- damn we’re rookies!) and we were off for a foot lap down the street.. We stood outside of a shop for a few minutes boggled to where it was, all the while we were resting up against the A frame that said ‘American Apparel this way’ haha So down the side street we went and the two massive buildings of American Apparel appeared.
We quickly bought a pair of pitcher type pants for Iggy as she had sat in a puddle at Yoyogi Park and as usual I had left the hotel with zero change of clothes or nappies for her :P This gave Iggy the license to RUN.. and CLIMB.. and basically shut the shop down with everyone surrounding her squealing “kawaii!”
Steven took the girls outside so I could have a little browse, being an indecisive shopper at the best of times all I could manage was picking out clothes for Juliet and Iggy, ha! Classic me!
I walked out to find the girls waiting on the cute old wooden chairs outside for me and we made our way back to the station. Our legs were all equal stages of wobbly.. the hotel room and more so the king sized mushy bed were very welcomed!
Iggy was asleep in minutes so Steven and Juliet went on a trek to find proper sushi/sashimi, they returned triumphant and devoured the smelly goodness in record speed. Juliet didn’t flinch with any of it until she got to the fish eggs which she wasn’t too keen on, her favourite was the eel and the squid. I happily ate some mushroom pasta in a cup Steven had found me :P Was a great day, but reminded us we needed to research exact locations of things.. It ain’t no Westfield shopping centre ;)