May 5, 2013 - Free Day! Yet, Guess Where We Went...

So, our first full day in Tokyo was a free day.  While a tour was being planned for the group, Dan, Jon and I decided to go over to the Tokyo Disneyland Resort just so that we could leisurely walk around, take it in and shop.  We, unfortunately, don't get a lot of time to shop on these trips, so, whenever we can get a chance, we take the opportunity.

We arrived at the Maihama Station and caught the Tokyo Disneyland Resort Line, which is essentially their Monorail system.

What's interesting about the Monorail at the Tokyo Disneyland Resort is that you actually have to buy a ticket to ride it.  The ticket was 660 Yen which was about $6.60, but the pass is good all day long.

We decided to spend the day at Tokyo DisneySea since it is the most unique of Disney Parks around the world.  I was very excited to go!  We didn't really go on many attractions so as to share experiences with the rest of the Disney Dreamers, but, at the same time, wanted to just soak in the sights.

When you enter Tokyo DisneySea, it feels like you're entering a Mediterranean village.  The Italian themed Hotel MiraCosta is what makes up the front border for the park and is a wonderful transition into the Mediterranean Harbor, the first land of the park.

As you can see, the park is celebrating both the 30th Anniversary of the Resort as well as Mickey & Duffy's Spring Voyage!

I will tell you that I had a very visceral reaction when I headed under the archway tunnel leading into the park.  I gasped so loud at the amazing landscape I had in store.  Pictures really don't capture the majesty of seeing the Mediterranean Harbor with Mount Prometheus towering over the land.  I was in love!

Look at how happy I am!

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