Tokyo Disney, just returned

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  1. Lynn CC

    Lynn CC <font color=blue>DIS Veteran who is a veteran DISe

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    I went with my son in May of 2011. It was the first day they opened after the big earthquake... We had the parks to ourselves, seriously no one was there. We got stopped so many times, not only in the parks but everywhere we went in Japan by natives thanking us for being in there country. They are truly the most hospitable, gracious culture I’ve ever known.
    My son & I loved Disney Sea the best & I have to admit I was a little freaked out, claustrophobic on 20,000 (It’s based on an earthquake, so I for a few minutes thought it was real since I felt so many while I was there ) leagues under the sea. We had all the characters to ourselves, they actually came around to us in the parks.... I will never forget it & it will forever hold a special place in my heart.
     
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  2. Haley R

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    That seems like an extremely memorable trip!
     
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  4. wdwishes1990

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    There was a
    I just don’t know. Maybe we were having an off day.
     
  5. wdwishes1990

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    The only character we saw out and about in either park was Duffy. I do agree the cast members are fabulous!
     
  6. PiratesMansion

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    Perhaps the differences related to the Tokyo parks being run by Oriental Land Company and not by Disney?

    They have their own way of doing things because they are not beholden to the mouse; generally I think that works out in your favor but it can be a little jarring at times. Although this is true at all of the international parks, even the ones that Disney has a greater say in.

    The merchandise complaint is very common, and TDR merchandise is very polarizing.

    Maybe it's just expectations? Tokyo Disneyland park in particular is not usually lauded for cutting edge tech; if so, it's usually in reference only to Pooh and Monsters, especially compared to their US counterparts. It is lauded for being old school Disney in the sense that everything is impeccably maintained and operated.

    I don't agree that DisneySea isn't Disney quality. The only way you might say that is if you equate Disney to being surrounded by characters and branding 24/7. If Disney means only the absolute best in themed environments, I don't see how anyone could be disappointed. There is a lot of care and tech put into most of their attractions (and areas!) that I find missing in many more recent stateside additions.

    As for other international parks, I can't comment on Shanghai yet. Hong Kong and Paris are both easier with cool elements and attractions, but I can't say that they're better overall than Tokyo.
     
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  7. wdwishes1990

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    Perhaps we need to try again on our next visit to Tokyo.
     
  8. Haley R

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    The merchandise is one of the main things I'm most excited about on our upcoming trip! I'm gonna break my wallet in those stores...
     
  9. wdwishes1990

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    There is a lot of nice merchandise. We were looking for specific TDR branded merchandise which is sparse.
     
  10. Douglas Dubh

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    Yes, I really wanted a t-shirt that showed some highlights of the two parks. Didn’t find one.
     
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  11. Haley R

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    Ah okay. I am 100% getting a Mickey cheeseburger coin purse and a gelatoni plush.
     
  12. hopemax

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    We visited the first week of December, and the three of us fell completely in love because it's Disney, like we knew Disney. My Dad said it reminded him of Disneyland when he visited when he was stationed at Camp Pendleton in 1970-72 and would visit monthly. We would all declare DisneySea our favorite park. But there isn't a single attraction that blew us away, it was more the "sum of the parts." The best things, however, were the entertainment options, we saw all 3 parades, Let's Party Gras, Big Band Beat, It's Christmas Time show at DisneySea and if you were the type of person who normally skips those types of offerings then I can see how someone could come away with the feeling that the parks are missing something, in the character department. 20K Under the Sea, Sindbad, the Electric Railway and Steamer, walking around American Waterfront, Mysterious Island, Mediterranean Harbor....it's all love. :love:

    We were disappointed in the merchandise as well. We did pick up some attraction/land specific stuff but it was the stuff that was on sale, and perusing Ebay and old Disney FAN magazines the best stuff came out years ago. We have all spent a lot of money on higher end stuff like the things found at Art of Disney or these days, the Co-op and other than a few pieces of Jewelry and a few Arribas items there is none of that. It was hard to find much that was more than $40. But there are things I wish I had bought but didn't. And some things the selection was just mis-timed, I think. The ticket/coin purses, I really wanted a new one (I bought Gelatoni at HKDL to wear in Tokyo, but I wanted something different to wear around WDW) but even though they had a dozen styles, they weren't characters I wanted (we did bring home a hamburger for a friend). But, looking at what was available in 2017/earlier in 2018, I would have had a hard time deciding. I ended up buying a Chandu on Ebay when we got home, for not much more than they cost in the park (I am also trying to track down a Roger Rabbit one). We were there for the debut of two collections but one was Winnie the Pooh, which wasn't our thing, and the Lunar New Year, but while I like Pumbaa it's not love, so I only bought one or two things. We would have bought more Christmas items, but the pieces we wanted had already sold out. I love their Tomica cars though, so we bought several. To wrap up, I think they had nice things it just didn't live up to our expectations of the best that was available in the past.
     
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    We visited with my Dad, and I was a little concerned he might feel that way. But one of the things he loved the most was the energy and engagement of the Jungle Cruise skipper. And we couldn't understand a single word! I kind of wished I had made a video and then have had my DH's cousin translate for us, because my Dad kept saying, "It was so good! I wish I knew what he said!" Same with Sindbad, he may not have known the words but he still fell in love with the presentation.

    But like I said in my previous post, it was Disney like how it used to be and what we knew. Modern Disney and Disney of the past are very different things. I say, "If you walked into a library, old Disney could go to any shelf in any section and find something to create a magical and memorable experience. Modern Disney heads straight to the children's section and finds the "Disney" shelf and works off that." So in terms of place-making, romanticized environments, quality of the CM's, attention to detail, for us it was completing mind-blowing and affirming that we weren't just remembering old Disney in a way that never existed. Nope, that Disney is alive and well on the other side of the Pacific. The problem we have now, is that my Dad lives on WDW's back porch (15 min behind the MK) and my Dad was already fed up with the post-dining plan, post-FP+ ruining our experiences, as a loca,l that now he doesn't want to visit at all. And I can't say that I blame him. My Mom was a CM long enough that he still has admission privileges, so even though it's free and it's still too "expensive" to visit (you try being limited to a 7 day FP window and see how you like it.)
     
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  14. Lynn CC

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    It really is in so many ways
     
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  15. Haley R

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    Dh and I just started getting really detailed about our plans. We are going in 3 months and I had a general outline for things to do but now Dh is going back and seeing how close things are to each other and putting them in order so we don’t have to back track a bunch. I’m talking about our time in the cities, not Disney. For Disney we plan to follow Tom bricker’s plans pretty closely
     
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  16. KashasMom

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    I'm so sorry you didn't have a better experience! My favorite park is the Magic Kingdom in LBV. Disneyland seems small in comparison and Disneyland Paris even smaller. Shanghai was horrible - unbearably crowded and didn't get the Disney vibe there. I couldn't believe that they didn't have any cool merchandise to coincide with the inaugural year (or really anything to do with Shanghai) - they didn't even have postcards! I'm really hoping that we have a good experience in Tokyo.
     
  17. trainingupmy4princes

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    DD has Duffy and Shellie Mae and I totally see her wanting Gelatoni. DH is like absolutely no more stuffies (she has 4 beanbags stuffed full:blush:) and I'm like but it's Gelatoni.:laughing: I am hoping to find some cool outfits for Duffy/Shellie at both Hong Kong and Tokyo.
     
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  18. Haley R

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    I really am not that into Duffy, but when I saw Gelatoni I fell in love lol. We have two cats at home and the fact that he's an artist is just too cool. I love that they get so into dressing up and carrying all of the merch around in Tokyo
     
  19. AngelDisney

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    If you are going to Hong Kong, you should check out Cookie, the new addition! We went last year when she was first introduced. She’s so adorable!

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    I am obsessed with Duffy’s hidden Mickey on his bum and they did this when I asked to take a picture of his behind.

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  20. MinnieWebster

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    So cute!! Definitely going to be looking for both Gelatoni and Cookie! :lovestruc
     
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  21. Agent 86

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    I hope that Tokyo Disney get Cookie and Olu soon! And the upcoming "TA" from Shanghai.

    I'm guessing that Duffy's friends will be exclusive to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Aulani for at least a couple of years though.
     

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