Day 11 ☆ Tokyo Disneyland by Mary Pavlou

Well, it's actually a new year and so much has changed in my personal life since my last post. In the midst of moving, accepting a role at Disney, and the holidays I still haven't finished writing about my Tokyo trip. While I'm very behind on posts/editing my photos, there's a lot going on behind the scenes. For now, I will finally update with the last few days of my trip to Japan. Only 3 days left!

March 21, 2017

We were eager to get back to Tokyo Disney Resort again after spending three incredible days out in the city. Although Japan has top-of-the-line public transportation, nothing can compare to Mickey-themed buses and monorails. 

We were eager to get back to Tokyo Disney Resort again after spending three incredible days out in the city. Although Japan has top-of-the-line public transportation, nothing can compare to Mickey-themed buses and monorails. 

For instance, The Disney Resort Cruiser is by far one of my favorite offerings at TDR. Why? You've got convenience, warmth, courtesy (it's free!), and overall, it's the cutest buses you'll ever ride in. For obvious reasons, I've never seen an unhappy guest riding the bus.

For instance, The Disney Resort Cruiser is by far one of my favorite offerings at TDR. Why? You've got convenience, warmth, courtesy (it's free!), and overall, it's the cutest buses you'll ever ride in. For obvious reasons, I've never seen an unhappy guest riding the bus.

It's the attention to detail that matters. 

It's the attention to detail that matters. 

And I know what you might be thinking, "It's just a bus..." That may be true, but you are missing the point. 

And I know what you might be thinking, "It's just a bus..." That may be true, but you are missing the point. 

The Disney Resort Cruiser is the first attraction you experience at Disney. Your courtesy ride to Bayside Station sets the entire mood for the rest of your day. And I've taken buses at Disneyland Resort from the Toy Story lot, so I know from a first-hand experience that the bus is your first impression of Disney. Needless to say, I think we all avoid the Toy Story lot for a reason...

The Disney Resort Cruiser is the first attraction you experience at Disney. Your courtesy ride to Bayside Station sets the entire mood for the rest of your day. And I've taken buses at Disneyland Resort from the Toy Story lot, so I know from a first-hand experience that the bus is your first impression of Disney. Needless to say, I think we all avoid the Toy Story lot for a reason...

At this point, I know I am gushing, but the Cast Members are just so wonderful, too! Most times, your driver will come out to greet you aboard the bus. And every bus ride you're greeted by Mickey Mouse and your driver with such enthusiasm. You feel welcomed. 

At this point, I know I am gushing, but the Cast Members are just so wonderful, too! Most times, your driver will come out to greet you aboard the bus. And every bus ride you're greeted by Mickey Mouse and your driver with such enthusiasm. You feel welcomed. 

As I mentioned earlier, the Disney Resort Cruiser is so convenient! If you are staying at any of the Tokyo Disney Resort Official Hotels, the cruisers pick up right outside, every few minutes or so. If you miss one bus, another is following behind shortly thereafter, just like their efficient Monorail service. 

As I mentioned earlier, the Disney Resort Cruiser is so convenient! If you are staying at any of the Tokyo Disney Resort Official Hotels, the cruisers pick up right outside, every few minutes or so. If you miss one bus, another is following behind shortly thereafter, just like their efficient Monorail service. 

The Disney Resort Cruiser will take you from your hotel directly to Bayside Station, where you can depart on the Disney Resort Line Monorail to your next destination. 

The Disney Resort Cruiser will take you from your hotel directly to Bayside Station, where you can depart on the Disney Resort Line Monorail to your next destination. 

Like I said, aesthetics and details are exactly the reason why TDR THRIVES!

Like I said, aesthetics and details are exactly the reason why TDR THRIVES!

Just look at that cute little Mickey tail on the back!

Just look at that cute little Mickey tail on the back!

I may be repeating myself, but once you arrive at Bayside Station, you will have to purchase Monorail fare. Though this is different than any other Disney Resort, I do not find this as an inconvenience because of the quality and service. Depending on the type of pass you purchase, the more days you play, the less you'll pay. Take into consideration whatever days you plan to venture outside of the Disney Resort because they also accept Suica and PASMO cards for the Disney Resort Line. Now if you're interested in just Disney, consider buying a one-day pass at ¥650, roughly $5.93. Another option would be a four-day pass that cost just about $3.20 a day. Map out your days before purchasing. You could save! 

I may be repeating myself, but once you arrive at Bayside Station, you will have to purchase Monorail fare. Though this is different than any other Disney Resort, I do not find this as an inconvenience because of the quality and service. Depending on the type of pass you purchase, the more days you play, the less you'll pay. Take into consideration whatever days you plan to venture outside of the Disney Resort because they also accept Suica and PASMO cards for the Disney Resort Line. Now if you're interested in just Disney, consider buying a one-day pass at ¥650, roughly $5.93. Another option would be a four-day pass that cost just about $3.20 a day. Map out your days before purchasing. You could save! 

This happened to be our last ride in the Frozen Monorail before the overlay for the upcoming promotion of Nemo & Friends SeaRider. We tried to get as many photos as possible during our short ride. 

This happened to be our last ride in the Frozen Monorail before the overlay for the upcoming promotion of Nemo & Friends SeaRider. We tried to get as many photos as possible during our short ride. 

Mickey with a little icy magic.

Mickey with a little icy magic.

Every inch of this monorail is covered in Frozen fractals.

Every inch of this monorail is covered in Frozen fractals.

The operator is located in the back of the train, unlike Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Now anyone can sit in the front cabin.

The operator is located in the back of the train, unlike Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Now anyone can sit in the front cabin.

Snowgies and Mount Prometheus

Snowgies and Mount Prometheus

As I mentioned earlier, these monorails are worth the price of the ticket. They're spacious and lush.

As I mentioned earlier, these monorails are worth the price of the ticket. They're spacious and lush.

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When it's 35° F out and also raining, the Disney Resort Line is your saving grace. It's like a warm hug. Somedays you just don't want to leave.

When it's 35° F out and also raining, the Disney Resort Line is your saving grace. It's like a warm hug. Somedays you just don't want to leave.

This is actually the first time I've ever seen the topiary Mickey without any promotional statue! 

This is actually the first time I've ever seen the topiary Mickey without any promotional statue! 

We were just a week or so away from Disney Easter 2017, which is why they refrained from putting up the display so early. Although, I was secretly hoping they would put it up for us to see...

We were just a week or so away from Disney Easter 2017, which is why they refrained from putting up the display so early. Although, I was secretly hoping they would put it up for us to see...

Welcome!

Welcome!

Now here's a view I never get sick of. On this day, we wanted to take advantage of World Bazaar's shelter during the rain.

Now here's a view I never get sick of. On this day, we wanted to take advantage of World Bazaar's shelter during the rain.

There are so many details to see around World Bazaar, so take a moment to enjoy them! Did you know you can send letters from TDR? You can visit the stationary shop and get your very own specialty stamp on your letter! 

There are so many details to see around World Bazaar, so take a moment to enjoy them! Did you know you can send letters from TDR? You can visit the stationary shop and get your very own specialty stamp on your letter! 

To use these unique stamps, visit House of Greetings in World Bazaar (Tokyo Disneyland) and Il Postino Stationery in the Mediterranean Harbor (Tokyo DisneySea)

To use these unique stamps, visit House of Greetings in World Bazaar (Tokyo Disneyland) and Il Postino Stationery in the Mediterranean Harbor (Tokyo DisneySea)

In World Bazaar, Minnie is a seamstress for Disney royalty. 

In World Bazaar, Minnie is a seamstress for Disney royalty. 

Fashions for Aurora & Snow White

Fashions for Aurora & Snow White

A dress for Miss Cinderella

A dress for Miss Cinderella

A little help from some friends.

A little help from some friends.

Coming in for a fitting.

Coming in for a fitting.

Pixie couture

Pixie couture

Love the details on Ariel's new fashion tail.

Love the details on Ariel's new fashion tail.

Bedazzled matching bra included.

Bedazzled matching bra included.

Working on her next fabulous creation!

Working on her next fabulous creation!

The window displays all around World Bazaar are definitely worth a look! These displays change seasonally, so be sure to snap a photo before they change. 

The window displays all around World Bazaar are definitely worth a look! These displays change seasonally, so be sure to snap a photo before they change. 

Clarice is definitely a favorite around TDR.

Clarice is definitely a favorite around TDR.

This window is one of their default displays depending on the season, but I just adore these in-between holidays window with April, May, and June. Only in Japan will you find them represented.  

This window is one of their default displays depending on the season, but I just adore these in-between holidays window with April, May, and June. Only in Japan will you find them represented.  

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With Disney Easter 2017 around the corner, some of the springtime merchandise started to appear for sale! 

With Disney Easter 2017 around the corner, some of the springtime merchandise started to appear for sale! 

Those Miss Bunny headbands were an absolute hit! The moment those hit the shelves, every girl had one. 

Those Miss Bunny headbands were an absolute hit! The moment those hit the shelves, every girl had one. 

Some corners of World Bazaar don't even seem like they're Disney!

Some corners of World Bazaar don't even seem like they're Disney!

But they still carry the charm you find all around Disneyland. 

But they still carry the charm you find all around Disneyland. 

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And while you're there, try one of their delicious waffles! These aren't ordinary Mickey waffles, they're topped with unique favorites, and their seasonal flavors bring in large crowds. Have you ever wanted to try apple and caramel? Matcha? Strawberry and custard? This is the place!

And while you're there, try one of their delicious waffles! These aren't ordinary Mickey waffles, they're topped with unique favorites, and their seasonal flavors bring in large crowds. Have you ever wanted to try apple and caramel? Matcha? Strawberry and custard? This is the place!

Even the balloons here are special. That 3D Pooh is unlike any balloon we have in the US parks.

Even the balloons here are special. That 3D Pooh is unlike any balloon we have in the US parks.

And if you hang around World Bazaar long enough, especially on rainy days, you may run into Royalty! 

And if you hang around World Bazaar long enough, especially on rainy days, you may run into Royalty! 

Speaking of royalty (and food), we headed over to Fantasyland for lunch at the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall. 

Speaking of royalty (and food), we headed over to Fantasyland for lunch at the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall. 

This quick service location is richly themed around Alice in Wonderland's Queen of Hearts (obviously).

This quick service location is richly themed around Alice in Wonderland's Queen of Hearts (obviously).

You'll find hearts and cards galore! 

You'll find hearts and cards galore! 

A verry merry UNbirthday cake!

A verry merry UNbirthday cake!

Strawberry mousse

Strawberry mousse

Cassis cream cake with fresh strawberries

Cassis cream cake with fresh strawberries

This adorable souvenir plate or cup (below) comes with your yummy dessert for only (¥ 750 or $6.71)! I imagine Disneyland would charge you twice as much...

This adorable souvenir plate or cup (below) comes with your yummy dessert for only (¥ 750 or $6.71)! I imagine Disneyland would charge you twice as much...

Yogurt mousse with another fun souvenir cup!

Yogurt mousse with another fun souvenir cup!

My dish: cheese hamburger with glaze, potatoes, and veggies. The cracker is delicious, too! 

My dish: cheese hamburger with glaze, potatoes, and veggies. The cracker is delicious, too! 

All around you'll feel like you're in the middle of a Golden Afternoon.

All around you'll feel like you're in the middle of a Golden Afternoon.

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Even the light bulbs are themed 💡

Even the light bulbs are themed 💡

...and the King (hooray!)

...and the King (hooray!)

The dining hall is large and will immerse any Alice in Wonderland fan.

The dining hall is large and will immerse any Alice in Wonderland fan.

After lunch, the rain subsided just a little bit. Unsure if Happiness is Here would still run, we waited around Fantasyland a little bit. 

After lunch, the rain subsided just a little bit. Unsure if Happiness is Here would still run, we waited around Fantasyland a little bit. 

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I love this Pinocchio bathroom area. This water fountain (drenched in rain!) is so unique. 

I love this Pinocchio bathroom area. This water fountain (drenched in rain!) is so unique. 

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Since it was raining, we figured it was perfect weather to watch One Man's Dream. However, we missed out on the lottery. (ᵕ̣̣̣̣̣̣﹏ᵕ̣̣̣̣̣̣)

Since it was raining, we figured it was perfect weather to watch One Man's Dream. However, we missed out on the lottery. (ᵕ̣̣̣̣̣̣﹏ᵕ̣̣̣̣̣̣)

Also in Tomorrowland: these space-age phones! 

Also in Tomorrowland: these space-age phones! 

As luck would have it, Happiness is Here did run despite the rain. 

As luck would have it, Happiness is Here did run despite the rain. 

Bumble Boogie!

Bumble Boogie!

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"You got a melody!"

"You got a melody!"

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Natural habitat

Natural habitat

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Even the shortened rainy day version of Happiness is Here was worth watching. The rain just makes everything a little more magical.

Even the shortened rainy day version of Happiness is Here was worth watching. The rain just makes everything a little more magical.

Shortly thereafter, we decided to try a few flavors of popcorn now that the lines were decent. Admittedly, I once waited 30 minutes in Fantasyland for milk chocolate popcorn... Here we have Pooh cranking delicious honey popcorn.

Shortly thereafter, we decided to try a few flavors of popcorn now that the lines were decent. Admittedly, I once waited 30 minutes in Fantasyland for milk chocolate popcorn... Here we have Pooh cranking delicious honey popcorn.

And here's my favorite: the unbeatable soy sauce popcorn. Yes, I do plan to make a separate post about JUST popcorn!

And here's my favorite: the unbeatable soy sauce popcorn. Yes, I do plan to make a separate post about JUST popcorn!

We spent the rest of the evening hiding from the rain, yet excitedly awaiting Nightfall Glow. This short but sweet parade only happens on select nights when the rain is just too much for Dreamlights. As a fan of this soundtrack, I was exhilierated when I finally heard it throughout Fantasyland that night.

We spent the rest of the evening hiding from the rain, yet excitedly awaiting Nightfall Glow. This short but sweet parade only happens on select nights when the rain is just too much for Dreamlights. As a fan of this soundtrack, I was exhilierated when I finally heard it throughout Fantasyland that night.

I must admit that I was a bit unprepared for taking photos in rain. I would recommend bringing a rain sleeve and lens hood. 

I must admit that I was a bit unprepared for taking photos in rain. I would recommend bringing a rain sleeve and lens hood. 

While this parade is not necessarily as spectacular as Dreamlights, I believe it has charm. The costumes alone are something to admire!

While this parade is not necessarily as spectacular as Dreamlights, I believe it has charm. The costumes alone are something to admire!

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I love these jewels and illusion of flight on the Three Good Fairies float.

I love these jewels and illusion of flight on the Three Good Fairies float.

As you can see in the next couple of photos, the rain claimed my lens (not enough to damage!) Even though my lens glass was a bit misty, I kind of like the hazy effect. 

As you can see in the next couple of photos, the rain claimed my lens (not enough to damage!) Even though my lens glass was a bit misty, I kind of like the hazy effect. 

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Well, that just about wraps up our 11th day in Japan. Even though we're getting closer and closer to end of this trip, one of my favorites days is coming up. Till then!

Enjoy,
Mary! (❛▿❛✿)

Day 10 ☆ Akasaka & Shinjuku by Mary Pavlou

March 20, 2017

Another day in the land of the rising sun.

Another day in the land of the rising sun.

I never grew tired of this view. Interestingly enough, this view will change in the future with the Tomorrowland and Fantasyland expansions. 

I never grew tired of this view. Interestingly enough, this view will change in the future with the Tomorrowland and Fantasyland expansions. 

Our adventure on that day would lead us to Nagatachō, Chiyoda in Tokyo as our first stop. On our way to the Hie Shrine.

Our adventure on that day would lead us to Nagatachō, Chiyoda in Tokyo as our first stop. On our way to the Hie Shrine.

We walked a lot this day... and cute little bikers passed us up a few times. But walking around Tokyo offered an interesting and unique perspective that we didn't see very often. 

We walked a lot this day... and cute little bikers passed us up a few times. But walking around Tokyo offered an interesting and unique perspective that we didn't see very often. 

Downhill/slanted house!

Downhill/slanted house!

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And no matter where we found ourselves, there was always a beverage machine! I am so jealous of these hot/cold drink (and MEAL!) dispensers because they offer healthier options other than an average soft drink. 

And no matter where we found ourselves, there was always a beverage machine! I am so jealous of these hot/cold drink (and MEAL!) dispensers because they offer healthier options other than an average soft drink. 

The walk from the station to the Hie Shrine was pleasant and peaceful. In fact, we hardly exchanged words because it was such a calming experience. 

The walk from the station to the Hie Shrine was pleasant and peaceful. In fact, we hardly exchanged words because it was such a calming experience. 

The Hie Shrine is known for their Monkey Guardian statues. This Guardian, in particular, brings blessings or safe deliveries. 

The Hie Shrine is known for their Monkey Guardian statues. This Guardian, in particular, brings blessings or safe deliveries. 

A lovely Shrine Priestess or Miko. 

A lovely Shrine Priestess or Miko. 

Of course, the Hie Shrine famous Torii Passage was the main reason for our visit. 

Of course, the Hie Shrine famous Torii Passage was the main reason for our visit. 

The Hie Shrine was only the beginning of our day. Our next stop was the Hikawa Shrine. At this point, we walked uphill, downhill, sideways, and back all around the city (while getting lost a few times). 

The Hie Shrine was only the beginning of our day. Our next stop was the Hikawa Shrine. At this point, we walked uphill, downhill, sideways, and back all around the city (while getting lost a few times). 

I don't mind walking around, especially when there's aesthetic apartment buildings nearby. 

I don't mind walking around, especially when there's aesthetic apartment buildings nearby. 

Love these small details. 

Love these small details. 

It should've taken us twenty minutes at most to get to the Hikawa Shrine, but it dragged on for an hour (after we took an alternative route!)

It should've taken us twenty minutes at most to get to the Hikawa Shrine, but it dragged on for an hour (after we took an alternative route!)

Admittedly, I was curious to visit the Hikawa Shrine because I grew up watching Sailor Moon. Since I was six years old, I became fascinated with the world that Naoko Takeuchi created in her manga turned anime series. Last year when I visited the Tokyo Tower, I finally stepped into that world (at 490ft!) This time, however, I decided to explore Rei's shrine, which was an experience worth the wait.

Admittedly, I was curious to visit the Hikawa Shrine because I grew up watching Sailor Moon. Since I was six years old, I became fascinated with the world that Naoko Takeuchi created in her manga turned anime series. Last year when I visited the Tokyo Tower, I finally stepped into that world (at 490ft!) This time, however, I decided to explore Rei's shrine, which was an experience worth the wait.

The Inari Fox Guardian protects Hikawa Shrine.

The Inari Fox Guardian protects Hikawa Shrine.

A word of advice, do not sacrifice comfort for aesthetic. My feet felt like they were no longer attached to my legs at this point... 

A word of advice, do not sacrifice comfort for aesthetic. My feet felt like they were no longer attached to my legs at this point... 

We still had 2 more stops before we could rest, which meant we had to leave the Hikawa Shrine and head to the nearby station for yet another Sailor Moon experience. 

We still had 2 more stops before we could rest, which meant we had to leave the Hikawa Shrine and head to the nearby station for yet another Sailor Moon experience. 

Walking back to the station we passed this cute hotel with a European castle inspired exterior. Without realizing, I took a photo of a "love hotel", which is meant for casual sex. As it turns out, they charge hourly or overnight for their state of the art themed rooms. This is not as uncommon as you think.

Walking back to the station we passed this cute hotel with a European castle inspired exterior. Without realizing, I took a photo of a "love hotel", which is meant for casual sex. As it turns out, they charge hourly or overnight for their state of the art themed rooms. This is not as uncommon as you think.

And just like that, we were back on our way to the station, headed for Shinjuku. 

And just like that, we were back on our way to the station, headed for Shinjuku. 

We caught the final days of the Sailor Moon pop-up shop at the Isetan. I definitely felt a bit out of place in such an upscale department store, but I was overjoyed to finally see some of the exclusive merchandise for sale. 

We caught the final days of the Sailor Moon pop-up shop at the Isetan. I definitely felt a bit out of place in such an upscale department store, but I was overjoyed to finally see some of the exclusive merchandise for sale. 

They had a strict "no photography of merchandise" policy, but the sales ladies were kind enough to let me snap a few photos. 

They had a strict "no photography of merchandise" policy, but the sales ladies were kind enough to let me snap a few photos. 

The displays were based off of Megahouse’s Charm Patisserie cookie charms that debuted in 2015. 

The displays were based off of Megahouse’s Charm Patisserie cookie charms that debuted in 2015. 

This Cosmic brooch handbag was gorgeous, but expensive at ¥45000, roughly $400!

This Cosmic brooch handbag was gorgeous, but expensive at ¥45000, roughly $400!

Full disclosure: I had to pay ¥5400 worth of merchandise just to get this bag. Otherwise, your purchase goes into their classic Isetan plaid bag. Temptation.

Full disclosure: I had to pay ¥5400 worth of merchandise just to get this bag. Otherwise, your purchase goes into their classic Isetan plaid bag. Temptation.

Remember what I said about Peco & Ryu. I found a few of their ads all over Shinjuku.

Remember what I said about Peco & Ryu. I found a few of their ads all over Shinjuku.

I wish we spent more time at Isetan, but we arrived too late in the evening, just before closing. I do see myself visiting again in the future because they had hundreds of (expensive) shops and dining options to try. Next time!

I wish we spent more time at Isetan, but we arrived too late in the evening, just before closing. I do see myself visiting again in the future because they had hundreds of (expensive) shops and dining options to try. Next time!

The busy streets of Shinjuku actually reminded me of a safer, cleaner, LA. After a brief visit to the TOHO Theater for exclusive Moana merchandise, we headed back to Maihama station. We had plans to meet up with a friend later for a yummy sushi dinner. 

The busy streets of Shinjuku actually reminded me of a safer, cleaner, LA. After a brief visit to the TOHO Theater for exclusive Moana merchandise, we headed back to Maihama station. We had plans to meet up with a friend later for a yummy sushi dinner. 

While waiting at Maihama station, I really wanted to devour one of these ice cream treats. I can't believe Japanese vending machines are better than some American restaurants. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

While waiting at Maihama station, I really wanted to devour one of these ice cream treats. I can't believe Japanese vending machines are better than some American restaurants. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

By the way, if you're interested, there are a few purikura machines at Ikspiari. This one even had props!

By the way, if you're interested, there are a few purikura machines at Ikspiari. This one even had props!

Well, I finally made it through another photo diary day. Day 10 (back at Tokyo Disneyland) coming soon!

Enjoy,
Mary! (❛▿❛✿)

Day 9 ☆ Tokyo SkyTree by Mary Pavlou

March 19, 2017

Well, it's been awhile since I've last posted on this blog, but I am still working on these updates! Hopefully, I haven't been gone for too long. Let's pick up right where we left off.  

Well, it's been awhile since I've last posted on this blog, but I am still working on these updates! Hopefully, I haven't been gone for too long. Let's pick up right where we left off.  

Our journey that day took us to Sumida, Tokyo where the Tokyo SkyTree is located. If you're staying at a Tokyo Disney Resort hotel, you can easily take a bus (located at DisneySea station), but since we were meeting up with a friend of ours, we took a few trains instead. This meant we had to walk part of the way.

Our journey that day took us to Sumida, Tokyo where the Tokyo SkyTree is located. If you're staying at a Tokyo Disney Resort hotel, you can easily take a bus (located at DisneySea station), but since we were meeting up with a friend of ours, we took a few trains instead. This meant we had to walk part of the way.

The walk took approximately 20 minutes, which was wonderful for sight-seeing!  

The walk took approximately 20 minutes, which was wonderful for sight-seeing!  

Everything in Japan has a mascot.

Everything in Japan has a mascot.

The train passed us by.

The train passed us by.

Had we taken another route, we would've missed these blossoms. 

Had we taken another route, we would've missed these blossoms. 

Can't complain about the view.

Can't complain about the view.

Once we arrived, we visited Tokyo Solamachi SkyTree Town for lunch. I am used to high-rises like the Willis Tower in Chicago, so I was not expecting the vast offerings located here. 

Once we arrived, we visited Tokyo Solamachi SkyTree Town for lunch. I am used to high-rises like the Willis Tower in Chicago, so I was not expecting the vast offerings located here. 

To elaborate, you will not find a decent size supermarket inside the Willis Tower. I had very little knowledge about this prior to my visit and I was taken aback by all the SkyTree Town had to offer. 

To elaborate, you will not find a decent size supermarket inside the Willis Tower. I had very little knowledge about this prior to my visit and I was taken aback by all the SkyTree Town had to offer. 

With shops of every kind and famous food chains, it was easy to get lost inside. We definitely did!

With shops of every kind and famous food chains, it was easy to get lost inside. We definitely did!

Tempura SkyTree!

Tempura SkyTree!

It was impossible to pinpoint exactly what to eat. Just take a look at their gourmet guide. We all agreed that cold soba was the ideal meal for lunch, we just had to narrow down which restaurant to try and none of us were disappointed with our choice.  

It was impossible to pinpoint exactly what to eat. Just take a look at their gourmet guide. We all agreed that cold soba was the ideal meal for lunch, we just had to narrow down which restaurant to try and none of us were disappointed with our choice.  

Our soba noodles were prepared fresh. Admittedly, I am now spoiled. 

Our soba noodles were prepared fresh. Admittedly, I am now spoiled. 

Absolutely worth the wait.

Absolutely worth the wait.

As I mentioned before, there are so many restaurants and cafes to sample!

As I mentioned before, there are so many restaurants and cafes to sample!

Although these are not exclusive to SkyTree Town, we figured it was finally time to try some Japanese Starbucks.  

Although these are not exclusive to SkyTree Town, we figured it was finally time to try some Japanese Starbucks.  

We had to try Starbuck's famous sakura frappucino. As tasty as it is photogenic. Personally, I wanted seconds. 

We had to try Starbuck's famous sakura frappucino. As tasty as it is photogenic. Personally, I wanted seconds. 

It was finally time to visit the actual SkyTree, which was a little overwhelming. 

It was finally time to visit the actual SkyTree, which was a little overwhelming. 

There are four high speed elevators (themed after the seasons) that take you to the Tembo Deck.

There are four high speed elevators (themed after the seasons) that take you to the Tembo Deck.

This interactive map was helpful. We were able to find Tokyo Disneyland!

This interactive map was helpful. We were able to find Tokyo Disneyland!

Coincidentally Tokyo SkyTree is celebrating their 5th Anniversary! As I mentioned before, everything has a mascot. 

Coincidentally Tokyo SkyTree is celebrating their 5th Anniversary! As I mentioned before, everything has a mascot. 

We also enjoyed The Flowers by NAKED exhibit.

We also enjoyed The Flowers by NAKED exhibit.

By the time we finished our tour, the SkyTree was illuminated. 

By the time we finished our tour, the SkyTree was illuminated. 

There are only two illumination patterns that alternate. 

There are only two illumination patterns that alternate. 

Just outside the deck is a Sorakara-chan display that glows every few minutes. 

Just outside the deck is a Sorakara-chan display that glows every few minutes. 

On our way back, we paid for the shuttle back to the Tokyo Disney Resort. The bus ride only took around 30 minutes and it was great to relax after spending all day on our feet.   At the station, we transferred buses to visit Disney's Celebration Hotel. 

On our way back, we paid for the shuttle back to the Tokyo Disney Resort. The bus ride only took around 30 minutes and it was great to relax after spending all day on our feet.  

At the station, we transferred buses to visit Disney's Celebration Hotel. 

There are two main buildings: Wish and Discover. Wish is Fantasyland themed, while Discover is Adventureland and Westernland themed. 

There are two main buildings: Wish and Discover. Wish is Fantasyland themed, while Discover is Adventureland and Westernland themed. 

The Wish building featured maquettes from some of their most popular attractions.

The Wish building featured maquettes from some of their most popular attractions.

Blowfish Balloon Race from Mermaid Lagoon

Blowfish Balloon Race from Mermaid Lagoon

Pooh's Hunny Hunt.

Pooh's Hunny Hunt.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

The lobby featured gorgeous artwork and murals.

The lobby featured gorgeous artwork and murals.

The Wish courtyard featured topiary floats from Dreamlights! 

The Wish courtyard featured topiary floats from Dreamlights! 

There's also a replica of Snow White's Wishing Well. 

There's also a replica of Snow White's Wishing Well. 

Disney's Celebration Hotel is a fantastical Disney dream with only one small downside. Although this is a Disney hotel, it is not on property and it takes about 10-15 to get to the Disney Resort. I would love to eventually stay here for a night because the rooms are cute! Well, one more city day left and then it's back to Disney.  Day 10 coming soon. Enjoy, Mary! (❛▿❛✿)

Disney's Celebration Hotel is a fantastical Disney dream with only one small downside. Although this is a Disney hotel, it is not on property and it takes about 10-15 to get to the Disney Resort. I would love to eventually stay here for a night because the rooms are cute!

Well, one more city day left and then it's back to Disney.  Day 10 coming soon.

Enjoy,
Mary! (❛▿❛✿)

Day 8 ☆ Harajuku & Shibuya by Mary Pavlou

MARCH 18, 2017

Hotel switch! After a wonderful first week at Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club Resort, we were headed for Hilton Tokyo Bay!  

Hotel switch! After a wonderful first week at Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club Resort, we were headed for Hilton Tokyo Bay!  

Last year, Hilton Tokyo Bay basically became our home. While the HTB isn't the cheapest of the official TDR Resorts, it is the nicest in my opinion. 

Last year, Hilton Tokyo Bay basically became our home. While the HTB isn't the cheapest of the official TDR Resorts, it is the nicest in my opinion. 

After dropping off our bags, we headed to Ikspiari for a quick lunch before heading off into the city. Never adventure on an empty stomach. We picked Ichizenya for some grilled pork donburi (I am still dreaming about this!!!)

After dropping off our bags, we headed to Ikspiari for a quick lunch before heading off into the city. Never adventure on an empty stomach. We picked Ichizenya for some grilled pork donburi (I am still dreaming about this!!!)

If you're staying at Tokyo Disney Resort, the easiest way to get to the city is from Maihama station, located next to Ikspiari. 

If you're staying at Tokyo Disney Resort, the easiest way to get to the city is from Maihama station, located next to Ikspiari. 

Since we were on our way to Harajuku, we took the Keiyo Line to Tokyo Station. 

Since we were on our way to Harajuku, we took the Keiyo Line to Tokyo Station. 

Before venturing off to Harajuku's famous Takeshita Street, we wanted to visit Meiji Shirine(the largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo!!)

Before venturing off to Harajuku's famous Takeshita Street, we wanted to visit Meiji Shirine(the largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo!!)

When visiting a shrine, there are certain traditions to respectfully follow. This is a purification fountain where you purify your hands and mouth. There is a specific way to do this, too. 

When visiting a shrine, there are certain traditions to respectfully follow. This is a purification fountain where you purify your hands and mouth. There is a specific way to do this, too. 

While we were there, a traditional wedding took place. 

While we were there, a traditional wedding took place. 

Shrines are such a calming experience, which such a juxtaposition to the wild streets of Harajuku.

Shrines are such a calming experience, which such a juxtaposition to the wild streets of Harajuku.

So crowded!

So crowded!

Every shop is so aesthetically unique, but you can't take photos in many of them... Here and there, if you can actually find room to take a photo, there's something to enjoy in every corner. 

Every shop is so aesthetically unique, but you can't take photos in many of them... Here and there, if you can actually find room to take a photo, there's something to enjoy in every corner. 

We visited a Purikura club to take sticker pics. I specifically picked Peco's photo booth because we watched her film at Tokyo Disneyland last year for an easter tv special and we've basically become loyal followers since. If you're unfamiliar with Peco (and other idols), you will get to know her by the end of your trip. Peco is everywhere in Tokyo and her influential style is often imitated.

We visited a Purikura club to take sticker pics. I specifically picked Peco's photo booth because we watched her film at Tokyo Disneyland last year for an easter tv special and we've basically become loyal followers since. If you're unfamiliar with Peco (and other idols), you will get to know her by the end of your trip. Peco is everywhere in Tokyo and her influential style is often imitated.

There's a crepe stand on every corner in Harajuku!

There's a crepe stand on every corner in Harajuku!

I'm still mad at myself for not giving this place a try (don't let long lines throw you off), but Totti Candy Factory boasts large and colorful cotton candy on a stick.  

I'm still mad at myself for not giving this place a try (don't let long lines throw you off), but Totti Candy Factory boasts large and colorful cotton candy on a stick.  

The only quiet corner of Takeshita street.

The only quiet corner of Takeshita street.

This was a really difficult walk...

This was a really difficult walk...

Off to Shibuya, we go! Only one station from Harajuku, Shibuya is filled with exciting nightlife and endless shopping.

Off to Shibuya, we go! Only one station from Harajuku, Shibuya is filled with exciting nightlife and endless shopping.

Of course, Shibuya is famous for their crowded crosswalks!

Of course, Shibuya is famous for their crowded crosswalks!

Shibuya 109 is levels upon levels of gorgeous accessories, clothing, and shoes! This is unlike any mall I've ever been to. 

Shibuya 109 is levels upon levels of gorgeous accessories, clothing, and shoes! This is unlike any mall I've ever been to. 

This is one of the few plus size stores I've seen. I loved every cute overpriced outfit they had for sale. 

This is one of the few plus size stores I've seen. I loved every cute overpriced outfit they had for sale. 

Makeup galore!

Makeup galore!

Gashapon machines are a must-do!

Gashapon machines are a must-do!

It only took about 6 tries to get Mamoru's pocket watch from Sailor Moon...

It only took about 6 tries to get Mamoru's pocket watch from Sailor Moon...

Visiting the Disney Store in Shibuya is an absolute MUST! Three levels of incredible Disney merch with an incredible theme for each room. 

Visiting the Disney Store in Shibuya is an absolute MUST! Three levels of incredible Disney merch with an incredible theme for each room. 

At this point in the day, we were pretty exhausted (especially because of Disney!!) So, we planned to take the train back to Maihama. 

At this point in the day, we were pretty exhausted (especially because of Disney!!) So, we planned to take the train back to Maihama. 

Our new view at Hilton Tokyo Bay was so nice that we could watch Dreamlights from our window! Another city day to come. Day 9 coming soon.

Enjoy,
Mary! (❛▿❛✿)

Day 7 ☆ TDL & TDS by Mary Pavlou

MARCH 17, 2017

We're at the halfway point of our vacation in Japan and we've finally reached the (bittersweet) ending of Frozen Fantasy, A Table is Waiting, and the Year of the Wish. We knew better than to brave the INTENSE crowds at Tokyo DisneySea in the daytime. Today was about saying goodbye to our favorite Frozen event ever. Disclaimer: I took 7640 photos on this day, but these are just highlights

We're at the halfway point of our vacation in Japan and we've finally reached the (bittersweet) ending of Frozen Fantasy, A Table is Waiting, and the Year of the Wish. We knew better than to brave the INTENSE crowds at Tokyo DisneySea in the daytime. Today was about saying goodbye to our favorite Frozen event ever.
Disclaimer: I took 7640 photos on this day, but these are just highlights

It was perfect weather to catch the Frozen Winter Greeting. I was so excited to see these little cuties dressed in full Anna and Elsa regalia! My favorite had to be this baby Kristoff! 

It was perfect weather to catch the Frozen Winter Greeting. I was so excited to see these little cuties dressed in full Anna and Elsa regalia! My favorite had to be this baby Kristoff! 

Winter Greeting is such a special show. This is the closest these children have gotten to Elsa and Anna because they do not have a meet and greet. Considering just how popular they are, I wonder if TDL will ever have a m&g or a safe way to not get mobbed by adoring fans. 

Winter Greeting is such a special show. This is the closest these children have gotten to Elsa and Anna because they do not have a meet and greet. Considering just how popular they are, I wonder if TDL will ever have a m&g or a safe way to not get mobbed by adoring fans. 

Following our usual routine, we caught Happiness is Here shortly after Winter Greeting.

While we waited for the final Frozen Fantasy parade, we grabbed this Frozen Fantasy sundae (I will make an extensive post eventually about food @ TDR!) The blueberry ice cream on top was incredible! 

While we waited for the final Frozen Fantasy parade, we grabbed this Frozen Fantasy sundae (I will make an extensive post eventually about food @ TDR!) The blueberry ice cream on top was incredible! 

Feed the birds, Walt. 

Feed the birds, Walt. 

A rare sight ✈️

A rare sight ✈️

An Olaf themed dinner from Grandma Sara's was exactly what we needed as the temperature dropped. 

An Olaf themed dinner from Grandma Sara's was exactly what we needed as the temperature dropped. 

We were so happy to see Blue Fairy glistening again after being absent for the week. Pretty as ever!

We were so happy to see Blue Fairy glistening again after being absent for the week. Pretty as ever!

Then it was time to park hop for Fantasmic! The park crowds were still pretty heavy and we found it kind of difficult to watch, even though we arrived an hour before the show. 

Then it was time to park hop for Fantasmic! The park crowds were still pretty heavy and we found it kind of difficult to watch, even though we arrived an hour before the show. 

We wanted to appreciate these 15th Anniversary projections. Look at the tunne overflowing with guests. 

We wanted to appreciate these 15th Anniversary projections. Look at the tunne overflowing with guests. 

With everyone trying to get one final shot of the 15th Anniversary ship, I realized it was too congested to get more glamour shots. It was time to let go of the Year of the Wish. What a wonderful celebration! The Year of the Wish was essentially everything that Disneyland's 60th  Anniversary could have been, but failed to do.  

With everyone trying to get one final shot of the 15th Anniversary ship, I realized it was too congested to get more glamour shots. It was time to let go of the Year of the Wish. What a wonderful celebration! The Year of the Wish was essentially everything that Disneyland's 60th  Anniversary could have been, but failed to do.  

Day 8 is coming up and it's finally outside of TDR. Off to the city we go!

Enjoy,
Mary! (❛▿❛✿)

Day 6 ☆ Tokyo Disneyland by Mary Pavlou

March 16, 2017

Merrily on our way to bask in the sunshine again at Tokyo Disneyland. And what better way to travel than with the 15th Anniversary Resort Line! This monorail is special because each cart has a different color scheme based on their character/crystal and it is the only monorail that plays it's own theme instead of the usual loop.

Merrily on our way to bask in the sunshine again at Tokyo Disneyland. And what better way to travel than with the 15th Anniversary Resort Line! This monorail is special because each cart has a different color scheme based on their character/crystal and it is the only monorail that plays it's own theme instead of the usual loop.

Mickey's crystal is transparent, which represents all the wishes combined. He wishes for all the wishes to come true.

Mickey's crystal is transparent, which represents all the wishes combined. He wishes for all the wishes to come true.

Goofy's green crystal is a wish for good feelings (genki!)

Goofy's green crystal is a wish for good feelings (genki!)

Donald wishes for friendship with his blue crystal.

Donald wishes for friendship with his blue crystal.

Minnie's crystal is red and represents her wish for love. 

Minnie's crystal is red and represents her wish for love. 

Daisy's purple crystal wish is for joy!

Daisy's purple crystal wish is for joy!

Away we go!

Away we go!

The warm weather finally permitted for some delicious ice cream! I love these Mickey Ice Bars because they're so full of intense fruit flavor and they're ridiculously cute! Jane ate Mickey in Tropical Fruit.

The warm weather finally permitted for some delicious ice cream! I love these Mickey Ice Bars because they're so full of intense fruit flavor and they're ridiculously cute! Jane ate Mickey in Tropical Fruit.

During our previous trip, I tried Mickey, so I was really looking forward to Minnie's peach (my favorite) and raspberry flavor. It was so delightful!

During our previous trip, I tried Mickey, so I was really looking forward to Minnie's peach (my favorite) and raspberry flavor. It was so delightful!

After our refreshing snacks, we found ourselves in Toontown to catch the Frozen Winter Greeting near the cherry blossoms. 

After our refreshing snacks, we found ourselves in Toontown to catch the Frozen Winter Greeting near the cherry blossoms. 

Shortly after, we found ourselves a spot for Happiness is Here. 

Shortly after, we found ourselves a spot for Happiness is Here. 

Snack time! Savory and sweet all in one pastry.

Snack time! Savory and sweet all in one pastry.

For dinner, we strolled over to the brand new Camp Woodchuck!

For dinner, we strolled over to the brand new Camp Woodchuck!

I'm a big fan of kitschy camp decor. Camp Woodchuck is full of little details, I felt like I needed to spend hours there to see everything. 

I'm a big fan of kitschy camp decor. Camp Woodchuck is full of little details, I felt like I needed to spend hours there to see everything. 

Camp Woodchuck is the only quick service with comfort food like this: a chicken and waffle sandwich.

Camp Woodchuck is the only quick service with comfort food like this: a chicken and waffle sandwich.

The evening brought out the cold, so we brought out our hand warmers, and waited patiently for Dreamlights. 

The evening brought out the cold, so we brought out our hand warmers, and waited patiently for Dreamlights. 

Just after Dreamlights, it was finally time to redeem our FastPass (I highly reccommend getting one earlier in the day) for Pooh's Hunny Hunt. This is my all-time favorite attraction.

Just after Dreamlights, it was finally time to redeem our FastPass (I highly reccommend getting one earlier in the day) for Pooh's Hunny Hunt. This is my all-time favorite attraction.

Pooh-san!

Pooh-san!

This is my favorite scene because the entire room transforms before your eyes. Very gorgeous compared to the cheap floating projection we have back in the states...

This is my favorite scene because the entire room transforms before your eyes. Very gorgeous compared to the cheap floating projection we have back in the states...

And in the end you are stuck with Pooh-san in the honey tree, which literally smells like honey!

And in the end you are stuck with Pooh-san in the honey tree, which literally smells like honey!

After Hunny Hunt we caught the finale of Frozen Forever from a unique viewpoint. I wish I had a tripod...

After Hunny Hunt we caught the finale of Frozen Forever from a unique viewpoint. I wish I had a tripod...

Our first week at Tokyo Disney Resort was coming to an end. With our next day being the last before we ventured out into the city, it also meant that it was the final day for Frozen Fantasy, The Year of the Wish, and A Table is Waiting. Friday was going to be one emotional, crowded, and hectic day. Day 7 coming up!

Enjoy,
Mary! (❛▿❛✿)

p.s. Today marks Tokyo Disneyland's 34th Anniversary. Yatta!