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!

Day 5 ☆ Tokyo DisneySea by Mary Pavlou

March 15, 2017

It was our last (full) day to experience DisneySea's 15th Anniversary offerings and a Table Is Waiting. That day we had 2 major goals: A Table is Waiting in the morning and Crystal Wishes in the evening. Our plans weren't looking too good because it was raining again. We started our day with pastries and sweet treats from Mama Biscotti. 

It was our last (full) day to experience DisneySea's 15th Anniversary offerings and a Table Is Waiting. That day we had 2 major goals: A Table is Waiting in the morning and Crystal Wishes in the evening. Our plans weren't looking too good because it was raining again. We started our day with pastries and sweet treats from Mama Biscotti. 

We sat in the rain for about an hour in the queue for A Table is Waiting and then it was canceled. This really put a damper on things... After feeling frustrated and cold, Jane and I walked to Cape Cod to take in all the adorable Sweet Duffy decorations. 

We sat in the rain for about an hour in the queue for A Table is Waiting and then it was canceled. This really put a damper on things... After feeling frustrated and cold, Jane and I walked to Cape Cod to take in all the adorable Sweet Duffy decorations. 

Of course, we had to try the famous potato churro! There's usually about a 20-minute queue, but since it was raining, we got ours in just minutes. So worth it!

Of course, we had to try the famous potato churro! There's usually about a 20-minute queue, but since it was raining, we got ours in just minutes. So worth it!

The rain cleared up in time for the first Crystal Wishes around 2pm. We assumed that we could claim our spots just after the 2pm showing. However, not a single person (in the standing section) moved. So, from 2:30pm - 6:30pm we waited with other diehard fans and caught the sunset. 

This time around, our view was still less than spectacular. It seemed like we were never going to get a clear view of this show. I spent about 50% of the show on my tippy toes and the other half switching between two sides of the same person. But I have such a soft spot for this show and it was a bittersweet finale that night (a few fans were crying!)

This time around, our view was still less than spectacular. It seemed like we were never going to get a clear view of this show. I spent about 50% of the show on my tippy toes and the other half switching between two sides of the same person. But I have such a soft spot for this show and it was a bittersweet finale that night (a few fans were crying!)

Just after Crystal Wishes (and a second failed attempt to watch A Table is Waiting), we visited one of the interactive portals.

Just after Crystal Wishes (and a second failed attempt to watch A Table is Waiting), we visited one of the interactive portals.

There are quite a few stationed all throughout DisneySea, but Minnie Mouse seemed to be a pretty active hotspot. These portals can be activated with the Crystal Compasses that they sell in the park. 

Above is a fun video I filmed to showcase how gorgeous the portal is at night.

We had some time before Fantasmic, so we explored a little more. 

We had some time before Fantasmic, so we explored a little more. 

After wandering around the Fortress Exploration, we decided to find a unique spot to watch Fantasmic. We found ourselves near the explorers' ships for an interesting backside view. 

After wandering around the Fortress Exploration, we decided to find a unique spot to watch Fantasmic. We found ourselves near the explorers' ships for an interesting backside view. 

I would recommend standing by the sailing ships if you want a clear view of Ariel/Eric and Aurora/Philip! The major downside, fallout from the pyro makes it hard to breathe at times. This area seemed to be pretty popular amongst fans who came to see their Daisuki Ariel and Eric. Overall, try it once if you have the time. It was very interesting.

Even though the rain changed our plans, Tokyo DisneySea is one place that can easily put a smile on your face. There are countless nooks and crannies to explore, even in inclement weather.  I wish we had more time to soak in the 15th Anniversary, but it was an incredible time nonetheless. Day 6 at Tokyo Disneyland coming soon.

Enjoy,
Mary! (❛▿❛✿)