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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Trip Report: Tokyo DisneySea - Characters in DisneySea Plaza (April 2, 2014)

During the course of our day, we headed up front to the DisneySea Plaza as we knew characters in crazy outfits came out during the course of the day.  When we first headed up there, we found Marie in a Springtime bow and ribbon, different from what she usually wears...

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Daisy Duck also had a Springtime dress on as well as some golden locks!

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
We went out later again and we saw Minnie Mouse in this adorable Ambassador outfit. Unlike the other characters that were didn't have an organized queue, Minnie did have a queue and her line was quite long.  So, we didn't get to meet her, but I did manage to snap these photos.

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
As we headed out of DisneySea Plaza, we suddenly saw the Tokyo DisneySea band marching out...

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And following the band were a bunch of characters dressed in the zaniest and most awesome outfits!

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Donald Duck looked so cute with his giant whistle!

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
I loved Goofy's tie and hat!
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
This has to be one of my favorite Pluto outfits!

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Sadly, the character set was so short.  I was just barely able to get Dale in this photo and I totally missed Chip!

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
You gotta love Japan, though, as they just have the most marvelously random, yet fabulous, outfits for their characters!

And, in non-character news in DisneySea Plaza, I noticed on this visit that they also have a Storytellers Statue up front.  Apparently, it was there when I visited last year.  The placement just seems so random which is a little sad considering the prominence that it has at Disney California Adventure.

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Trip Report: Tokyo DisneySea - Meeting Oswald The Lucky Rabbit (April 2, 2014)

As I mentioned, our primary objective on this trip to Tokyo was to be there for the historic debut of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit at the Disney Parks.  I posted a few photos of him shortly after we met him, so this is an expanded report with more report.  Also, just for full disclosure, some of these reports and photos are out of sequence for a more coherent narrative.

Once we made it past this line getting into Tokyo DisneySea...

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
...we literally sprinted directly to the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit meet-and-greet area that was set up in the Cape Cod area of the American Waterfront.  It's a charming little area they set up themed as a Spring farmer's market stand for Oswald's Farms.

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
The park opened at 8:00 am and we got to the meet-and-greet around 8:20 am.  By that time, it was about a 3 1/2 hour wait for this historic meet-and-greet!  When Oswald came out, everybody was so excited!\

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Because of the Tokyo Disney Resort's frustrating and bizarre rule about taking only ONE photo at meet-and-greet areas with a queue, I tried to get as many photos as I could of him on the sly. :)

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
 Finally, we made it up to the front and it was time to meet Oswald!  And, he was really amazing to meet. From what I understand, he is based on his design in the Epic Mickey video game, which makes sense as that video game is how many young people have been introduced to this character.  But, he still very much has early cartoon feel.   His arms and legs looked like rubber bands as they do in his cartoon shorts and his fingers and feet were square.  He was just so adorable.

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Of course, having met Oswald, we wanted to get Oswald merchandise which we found at Steamboat Mickey's over in the New York Harbor section of the American Waterfront.

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Sadly, none of the clothing fit me, but I had to get the little bag plush and pin!

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier

Although, one fan had this bag plush of Oswald hugging his gal Ortensia on her bag that I really, really wanted.  She explained she got it at the Disney Store, but it was sold out. Wah!

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Anyway, it was just such a magical experience to meet Oswald, especially on his first official day at Tokyo DisneySea and his first day ever at a Disney Park.  I will always remember it.  I just really hope they bring him to Disney California Adventure one day where he'll fit in so nicely on Buena Vista Street.

Trip Report: Arriving At The Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta (April 2, 2014)

Our first day at the Tokyo Disney Resort we spent at Tokyo DisneySea since our primary objective of our visit was to meet Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who was making his Disney Parks debut that day.  Our car dropped us off at the Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta which, like Disney's Grand Californian does with Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, serves as a border with Tokyo DisneySea.

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
The outside of the hotel features Italian architecture to match Tokyo DisneySea's Mediterranean Harbor. In front is a beautiful fountain featuring various sea creatures.

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Before going into the park, we stopped inside the lobby of the hotel.  It was absolutely stunning!

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
When you look up, you see amazing portraits of women, each of them representing the MiraCosta and the various "lands" or "ports of call" of Tokyo DisneySea. I wish I could have captured the whole thing, but in order for me to do so, I would have had to lie down on the floor. LOL!

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In the middle of the lobby is a wonderful explorer ship featuring Mickey and the gang as its crew!

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
After a bit of explorahtion, it was time to journey to Tokyo DisneySea.  On the way down to the park, we enjoyed the cherry blossoms in bloom...

Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier
Photo: © 2014 - Loren R. Javier