Easter Celebrations at Tokyo Disneyland

This time last year I took my tour group of 3 (including me) to Tokyo Disneyland for a break in our action packed, as many places as we could see in 14 days tour of Japan. By this stage we had been in Japan for 10 days and we have moved at a cracking pace.

Today was a relaxation day, we slept in and then headed out at a more respectable hour to amuse ourselves with the locals in a world of fantasy and adventure.

Like everything in Japan, Disneyland is easily accessible by train, and although popular every day of the year, the queues, from entering the theme world to waiting for the rides were orderly and moved quickly. Even strollers are lined up in an orderly fashion while children are on rides and something you won’t see in other countries, hand bags and purchases are left behind, theft is not a problem in Japan.

Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disneyland built outside of the United States and it is a perfect, carbon copy of the original in LA, they even sell American junk food.

Although Tokyo Disneyland suffered only minor damage from the earthquake last month, mainly to the carpark area, the park closed due to the subdued mood in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. Last week Disneyland re-opened on the same day as its 28th anniversary.

The park is now bringing welcome relief to the many Japanese children and adults affected by the triple disaster that has affected the country. The operators of the park have decided to open shorter hours, use less lights and fountains in order to be considerate of the power shortages that most Japanese in the area are enduring. The “Big Thunder Mountain” attraction is still closed due to damage from the quake.

What stood out to us on the day we enjoyed this immaculately maintained theme park was the adults in the crowd, whether male or female, the Japanese totally embrace the hats, toys and other merchandise of Disney! It was not unusual to see a grown man walking around with a massive Winnie the Pooh hat on his head, or carry a Mickey Mouse manbag!

The other thing that we found amusing was that even though Japanese people do not generally celebrate Easter, Tokyo Disneyland based a whole season (April till June) on Easter! There was a range of food based on an Easter theme for example marshmallows popping out of an Easter cup, an Easter Float Parade and of course Easter merchandise!

Tokyo Disneyland gets the thumbs up from us! We spent a full day here and enjoyed being big kids!


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