The Art & Flair of Epcot by Mary Pavlou

Introduced in 2017, The Epcot International Festival of the Arts was a lush, delicious, and interactive festival that took me by surprise. Originally when this festival debuted I felt distaste towards Epcot's new year-round festival approach, but I figured I would hold off further judgment until I could experience this for myself.  When I first moved to Florida we came right into the swing of the Food & Wine Festival and without a moment to breathe The International Festival of Holidays began. I am probably not the only person who felt Festival Fatigue. In my opinion, the IFoH felt like Food & Wine leftovers with a few more toy booths, plus the usual Epcot Holiday offerings. That being said, the #ArtfulEpcot festival was a refreshing palate cleanser before the incredible Flower and Garden Festival this coming February.

Introduced in 2017, The Epcot International Festival of the Arts was a lush, delicious, and interactive festival that took me by surprise. Originally when this festival debuted I felt distaste towards Epcot's new year-round festival approach, but I figured I would hold off further judgment until I could experience this for myself.  When I first moved to Florida we came right into the swing of the Food & Wine Festival and without a moment to breathe The International Festival of Holidays began. I am probably not the only person who felt Festival Fatigue. In my opinion, the IFoH felt like Food & Wine leftovers with a few more toy booths, plus the usual Epcot Holiday offerings. That being said, the #ArtfulEpcot festival was a refreshing palate cleanser before the incredible Flower and Garden Festival this coming February.

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Maybe I'm a bit bias, but the Festival of Arts has the best main entrance display I've ever seen at Epcot. 🌈

Maybe I'm a bit bias, but the Festival of Arts has the best main entrance display I've ever seen at Epcot. 🌈

With Figment being such a recognizable ambassador for Epcot, do you think we could bring back or honor the original vision of the Imagination! Pavilion? 

With Figment being such a recognizable ambassador for Epcot, do you think we could bring back or honor the original vision of the Imagination! Pavilion? 

Unfortunately, the Festival of Arts is the most expensive festival yet. On the bright side, there are plenty of things to do without paying and treats to enjoy on a budget.

Unfortunately, the Festival of Arts is the most expensive festival yet. On the bright side, there are plenty of things to do without paying and treats to enjoy on a budget.

Food I Ate

Almond Frangipane Cake from Pop Eats! - 4.5/5 This was the first treat I tried during the festival and it set the bar high. I’m typically the type of person to buy food based on how it looks and I’m glad to say that this cake tasted just as delicious as it looked. 

Almond Frangipane Cake from Pop Eats! - 4.5/5
This was the first treat I tried during the festival and it set the bar high. I’m typically the type of person to buy food based on how it looks and I’m glad to say that this cake tasted just as delicious as it looked. 

Scarlet Blossom from The Painted Panda - 3.5/5 This refreshing mango wine cooler with strawberry syrup and ginger ale cost a pretty penny, but tasted as if the alcohol was missing. I would much rather purchase a peach iced tea at the booth next door and save my alcohol money for something else. 

Scarlet Blossom from The Painted Panda - 3.5/5
This refreshing mango wine cooler with strawberry syrup and ginger ale cost a pretty penny, but tasted as if the alcohol was missing. I would much rather purchase a peach iced tea at the booth next door and save my alcohol money for something else. 

Coconut Panda Rice Cake from The Painted Panda - 2/5 Don’t be fooled by this adorable Panda because it’s something that you can easily make at home. Skip it! The coconut flavor was hardly there and the Panda was just too small for the price you pay. 

Coconut Panda Rice Cake from The Painted Panda - 2/5
Don’t be fooled by this adorable Panda because it’s something that you can easily make at home. Skip it! The coconut flavor was hardly there and the Panda was just too small for the price you pay. 

Taiyaki Dessert from Takumi Table - 3.5/5 Taiyaki is a traditional Japanese treat that is either sweet or savory. The one from Epcot is sweet with red bean filling, sesame cream, and a raspberry sauce. I was really excited to try this out, but wasn’t too happy that they drowned the poor fish in so much whip cream. The quality, overall, wasn’t as outstanding as the kind you’d get from an actual Japanese street vendor. 

Taiyaki Dessert from Takumi Table - 3.5/5
Taiyaki is a traditional Japanese treat that is either sweet or savory. The one from Epcot is sweet with red bean filling, sesame cream, and a raspberry sauce. I was really excited to try this out, but wasn’t too happy that they drowned the poor fish in so much whip cream. The quality, overall, wasn’t as outstanding as the kind you’d get from an actual Japanese street vendor. 

Chirashi Sushi & Haupia Peal from Takumi Table - 4/5 This duo of salmon and tuna with the coconut tapioca was a delight. However, if you’re the type of person who usually goes to sushi bars then this isn’t out of the ordinary. I gave this dish a high score for the plating alone.

Chirashi Sushi & Haupia Peal from Takumi Table - 4/5
This duo of salmon and tuna with the coconut tapioca was a delight. However, if you’re the type of person who usually goes to sushi bars then this isn’t out of the ordinary. I gave this dish a high score for the plating alone.

Saumon en Croûte Façon Paul Bocuse from L'Art De La Cuisine Française - 5/5 Hands down, this was my favorite dish at the festival and worth the splurge. I bought this dish twice because the puff pastry was light, the sauce was the perfect addition, and the salmon was cooked perfectly. 

Saumon en Croûte Façon Paul Bocuse from L'Art De La Cuisine Française - 5/5
Hands down, this was my favorite dish at the festival and worth the splurge. I bought this dish twice because the puff pastry was light, the sauce was the perfect addition, and the salmon was cooked perfectly. 

Frosé from L'Art De La Cuisine Française - 4/5 I was intrigued by this frozen cocktail because it had a little bit of everything I enjoy: rosé, vodka, and peach puree. I hadn't made my decision until I overheard a woman tell her husband, "get back in line, I could have 7 of these." Personally, I would not down 7 of these, but I did find it to be very refreshing!

Frosé from L'Art De La Cuisine Française - 4/5
I was intrigued by this frozen cocktail because it had a little bit of everything I enjoy: rosé, vodka, and peach puree. I hadn't made my decision until I overheard a woman tell her husband, "get back in line, I could have 7 of these." Personally, I would not down 7 of these, but I did find it to be very refreshing!

Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d'Oeuvres from The Painters Palate - 4/5 This was a fun little dish that I devoured just a little too quickly, but enjoyed nonetheless.  My favorite of the three happened to be the risotto ball. 

Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d'Oeuvres from The Painters Palate - 4/5
This was a fun little dish that I devoured just a little too quickly, but enjoyed nonetheless.  My favorite of the three happened to be the risotto ball. 

Pomegranate Mule from The Painters Palate - 2/5 Van Gogh vodka & pomegranate juice seemed exciting, but overall it didn't really thrill me. Probably my least favorite item at the festival.

Pomegranate Mule from The Painters Palate - 2/5
Van Gogh vodka & pomegranate juice seemed exciting, but overall it didn't really thrill me. Probably my least favorite item at the festival.

Mickey & Pluto Edible Chocolate Easel from The Painters Palate I couldn't find myself purchasing these, but they were adorable, right?

Mickey & Pluto Edible Chocolate Easel from The Painters Palate
I couldn't find myself purchasing these, but they were adorable, right?

Exhibits I Enjoyed

All throughout World Showcase were Artful Photo Op locations. Absolutely charming and hilarious even as a passerby.

All throughout World Showcase were Artful Photo Op locations. Absolutely charming and hilarious even as a passerby.

It was a lot of fun watching guest follow the guidelines or break the rules at the photo op. 

It was a lot of fun watching guest follow the guidelines or break the rules at the photo op. 

Each photo location also provided information on the original painting.

Each photo location also provided information on the original painting.

This portrait in France allowed us to do whatever we pleased. It's fun to get really creative here. 

This portrait in France allowed us to do whatever we pleased. It's fun to get really creative here. 

There was also Frida Kahlo photo opportunity, which didn't sit well with me. At the location, you can line up your face with Frida's iconic brow and I honestly couldn't distinguish whether this honored her or made a caricature of her?

There was also Frida Kahlo photo opportunity, which didn't sit well with me. At the location, you can line up your face with Frida's iconic brow and I honestly couldn't distinguish whether this honored her or made a caricature of her?

Nearby, the Odyssey was the Festival Showplace since the original Wonders of Life Pavilion is under construction (rumored to reopen for the Flower and Garden Festival) This location seemed to fit everything just so, even though it was a little cramped. 

Nearby, the Odyssey was the Festival Showplace since the original Wonders of Life Pavilion is under construction (rumored to reopen for the Flower and Garden Festival) This location seemed to fit everything just so, even though it was a little cramped. 

Another pleasant exhibit at the Odyssey was the Art of Disney Attraction Posters. I loved seeing my favorite attraction posters from Disney Parks all over the world. However, this seemed rather disappointing in contrast to last year's tribute to Mary Blair and Herb Ryman.

Another pleasant exhibit at the Odyssey was the Art of Disney Attraction Posters. I loved seeing my favorite attraction posters from Disney Parks all over the world. However, this seemed rather disappointing in contrast to last year's tribute to Mary Blair and Herb Ryman.

I would like to argue that the Odyssey should've included just Epcot attraction poster art in honor of the 35th anniversary. 

I would like to argue that the Odyssey should've included just Epcot attraction poster art in honor of the 35th anniversary. 

Some Cast Member created art was also featured at the Odyssey. 

Some Cast Member created art was also featured at the Odyssey. 

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You can enjoy the Animation Academy, which gave me flashbacks of Hollywood Studios. Even though I didn't participate in any of the classes, everyone in the room seemed to enjoy themselves. 

You can enjoy the Animation Academy, which gave me flashbacks of Hollywood Studios. Even though I didn't participate in any of the classes, everyone in the room seemed to enjoy themselves. 

If art appreciation is your thing, throughout the Festival you have the opportunity to meet some of their biggest names. It was really great to see guests interact with these artists and experience live demos. 

If art appreciation is your thing, throughout the Festival you have the opportunity to meet some of their biggest names. It was really great to see guests interact with these artists and experience live demos. 

That's the most amusing thing about the Festival of Arts, live art demonstrations are everywhere, and you can engage with the artists as well.

That's the most amusing thing about the Festival of Arts, live art demonstrations are everywhere, and you can engage with the artists as well.

In Future World East, a brand new 3D chalk portrait and photo experience were created daily. 

In Future World East, a brand new 3D chalk portrait and photo experience were created daily. 

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And if you're feeling inspired you can also create your own chalk art. 

And if you're feeling inspired you can also create your own chalk art. 

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If you want to create a piece of Epcot art history then visit Future World East and Showcase Plaza where you can participate painting a wall mural at Expression Section. 

If you want to create a piece of Epcot art history then visit Future World East and Showcase Plaza where you can participate painting a wall mural at Expression Section. 

This is a really fun paint-by-the-numbers experience that you can participate in. 

This is a really fun paint-by-the-numbers experience that you can participate in. 

The murals changed periodically, so this is something worth checking out more than once. 

The murals changed periodically, so this is something worth checking out more than once. 

Even if you're not artistic you can still get appreciate the art or use it as an interesting backdrop for photos. ☀️😎

Even if you're not artistic you can still get appreciate the art or use it as an interesting backdrop for photos. ☀️😎

By far my favorite mural. I really wish they sold prints of this one. 

By far my favorite mural. I really wish they sold prints of this one. 

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I really enjoyed the Expression Section because it's fun for all ages and it's a meaningful contribution, which is something the other festivals lack. 

I really enjoyed the Expression Section because it's fun for all ages and it's a meaningful contribution, which is something the other festivals lack. 

Grab your passport! Another family-friendly free activity was the Art Walk. Collect stamps from each country around World Showcase. It's a rewarding way to experience the Festival without paying for event goods. 

Grab your passport! Another family-friendly free activity was the Art Walk. Collect stamps from each country around World Showcase. It's a rewarding way to experience the Festival without paying for event goods. 

Each stamp is unique to each pavilion, which made it fun to collect them all!

Each stamp is unique to each pavilion, which made it fun to collect them all!

You can also use the stickers provided in your passport after each visit at the booth. Or if you're like me, keep them in pristine condition for later use. 

You can also use the stickers provided in your passport after each visit at the booth. Or if you're like me, keep them in pristine condition for later use. 

While visiting the Pavilions, be sure to find character easels. 

While visiting the Pavilions, be sure to find character easels. 

Sometimes you'll see some familiar friends. 

Sometimes you'll see some familiar friends. 

Merchandise to admire

Speaking of friends, visit the Festival Market scattered around Epcot for canvases, framed art, and postcards featuring some of Disney's beloved characters. 

Speaking of friends, visit the Festival Market scattered around Epcot for canvases, framed art, and postcards featuring some of Disney's beloved characters. 

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As with any Disney Festival, there were plenty of limited edition merchandise for sale. 

As with any Disney Festival, there were plenty of limited edition merchandise for sale. 

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Admittedly, I did not buy any of the merchandise this year as I liked last year's better.

Admittedly, I did not buy any of the merchandise this year as I liked last year's better.

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One of the few Future World West exclusives was Enemy Ink, a create-your-own t-shirt booth. I was very excited by this because they create your shirt on the spot.

One of the few Future World West exclusives was Enemy Ink, a create-your-own t-shirt booth. I was very excited by this because they create your shirt on the spot.

I also enjoyed the graphics chosen for these shirts, they were simple, but they had something for everyone. 

I also enjoyed the graphics chosen for these shirts, they were simple, but they had something for everyone. 

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For me, this was the highlight of the merchandise because it's not every day you get to watch someone screenprint your very own shirt.

For me, this was the highlight of the merchandise because it's not every day you get to watch someone screenprint your very own shirt.

#ArtfulEpcot

I personally believe Epcot is a living piece of art, even though it's ever-changing themes may contradict that. Still, the Festival of Arts is a reminder of what great artists, young and old, can accomplish. I think the message of the Festival of Arts is clear: together we can create something beautiful (and still get that booze money, right Disney?)

I personally believe Epcot is a living piece of art, even though it's ever-changing themes may contradict that. Still, the Festival of Arts is a reminder of what great artists, young and old, can accomplish. I think the message of the Festival of Arts is clear: together we can create something beautiful (and still get that booze money, right Disney?)

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What are some of your thoughts about this year's Festival of the Arts? Are you ready for the Flower & Garden Festival?  See you there, Mary! (❛▿❛✿)

What are some of your thoughts about this year's Festival of the Arts? Are you ready for the Flower & Garden Festival? 

See you there,
Mary! (❛▿❛✿)

Snacks on Land & by the Sea by Mary Pavlou

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You know that saying, "you eat with your eyes first"? Well, Tokyo Disney Resort's plethora of snacks and special event treats engage and tempt all your senses. And I'm eating right out of the palm of their hand. 
If you've got a trip planned in the future or you enjoy looking at cute food, you might be somewhat overwhelmed by all the choices that TDR offers. This post covers some of my favorite snacks, but if you're still unsure, the official Tokyo Disney Resort website is also a fantastic resource. 

Tokyo Disneyland

World Bazaar

Mickey Mouse Waffle from the Great American Waffle Company (¥450) While Mickey waffles can be found at all the Disney resorts worldwide, here at Tokyo Disneyland you can enjoy delightful toppings like strawberries & custard or red bean & matcha. It's a great way to start your day, especially if you're too busy chasing characters to eat a proper meal. If you have a moment, watch the Cast Members prep the waffles because it's quite amusing. 

Mickey Mouse Waffle from the Great American Waffle Company (¥450)
While Mickey waffles can be found at all the Disney resorts worldwide, here at Tokyo Disneyland you can enjoy delightful toppings like strawberries & custard or red bean & matcha. It's a great way to start your day, especially if you're too busy chasing characters to eat a proper meal. If you have a moment, watch the Cast Members prep the waffles because it's quite amusing. 

White Rabbit Easter Parfait from Sweet Heart Cafe (¥860)  Although this is a seasonal treat, parfaits from Sweet Heart Cafe are pretty common. I loved this souvenir plastic cup that was included, which made it worth almost $8.

White Rabbit Easter Parfait from Sweet Heart Cafe (¥860) 
Although this is a seasonal treat, parfaits from Sweet Heart Cafe are pretty common. I loved this souvenir plastic cup that was included, which made it worth almost $8.

Frozen Fantasy Blueberry Cheesecake Sundae from Ice Cream Cone (¥500) This sundae is a specialty event item and won't be available any longer, but the Ice Cream Cone has some delicious flavors. That blueberry ice cream was refreshing!

Frozen Fantasy Blueberry Cheesecake Sundae from Ice Cream Cone (¥500)
This sundae is a specialty event item and won't be available any longer, but the Ice Cream Cone has some delicious flavors. That blueberry ice cream was refreshing!

Westernland

Frozen Fantasy Vanilla Churro from Parkside Wagon (¥310)  Another special event item. Flavored churros seem to be all the rage and I can understand why. Even though the vanilla flavor was subtle, it was still a very enjoyable snack.

Frozen Fantasy Vanilla Churro from Parkside Wagon (¥310) 
Another special event item. Flavored churros seem to be all the rage and I can understand why. Even though the vanilla flavor was subtle, it was still a very enjoyable snack.

Mickey Mouse Cinnamon Churro from Pecos Bill Cafe (¥310) An iconic treat, but better because everything's better Mickey shaped. 

Mickey Mouse Cinnamon Churro from Pecos Bill Cafe (¥310)
An iconic treat, but better because everything's better Mickey shaped. 

Frontier Double Pie from Pecos Bill Cafe (¥500) Equals parts savory and sweet, this pastry has meat on one end and nuts on the other. Sounds a bit strange, but with the unique shape of the pastry (a shelled peanut) and the adorable Chip and Dale wrapper, it's all in good fun.

Frontier Double Pie from Pecos Bill Cafe (¥500)
Equals parts savory and sweet, this pastry has meat on one end and nuts on the other. Sounds a bit strange, but with the unique shape of the pastry (a shelled peanut) and the adorable Chip and Dale wrapper, it's all in good fun.

Adventureland

Mickey Mouse Teriyaki Steamed Bao Bun from Boiler Room Bites (¥450) Delicious pork and chicken within three soft steamed bao buns. Though bao buns are typical in Asia, it's not every day when you encounter them in the shape of Mickey Mouse!

Mickey Mouse Teriyaki Steamed Bao Bun from Boiler Room Bites (¥450)
Delicious pork and chicken within three soft steamed bao buns. Though bao buns are typical in Asia, it's not every day when you encounter them in the shape of Mickey Mouse!

Fantasyland

Mickey Ice Bar Tropical Fruit (¥310) Too good to pass up even in cold weather, this ice bar is refreshing and packed with flavor.

Mickey Ice Bar Tropical Fruit (¥310)
Too good to pass up even in cold weather, this ice bar is refreshing and packed with flavor.

Minnie Ice Bar Peach & Strawberry (¥310) As I mentioned before, these ice bars aren't playing around with their intense flavor. Either flavor is great, so make sure to try both!

Minnie Ice Bar Peach & Strawberry (¥310)
As I mentioned before, these ice bars aren't playing around with their intense flavor. Either flavor is great, so make sure to try both!

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Honey Popcorn found just outside Pooh's Honey Hunt  (¥310) Originally, I wasn't too interested in trying this popcorn flavor since I'm not too keen on artificial honey flavor, but I love honey by itself. However, this popcorn exceeded my expectations. Rather than a strong salty honey mess, it tastes like honey tea, very delicate.  

Honey Popcorn found just outside Pooh's Honey Hunt  (¥310)
Originally, I wasn't too interested in trying this popcorn flavor since I'm not too keen on artificial honey flavor, but I love honey by itself. However, this popcorn exceeded my expectations. Rather than a strong salty honey mess, it tastes like honey tea, very delicate.  

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Milk Chocolate Popcorn found right beside the Castle Carousel (¥310) The smell of milk chocolate popcorn actually engulfs the entire surrounding area and welcomes you into Fantasyland. That's why this flavor boasts such a long line. 

Milk Chocolate Popcorn found right beside the Castle Carousel (¥310)
The smell of milk chocolate popcorn actually engulfs the entire surrounding area and welcomes you into Fantasyland. That's why this flavor boasts such a long line. 

Tomorrowland

Scrump Mochi from Space Place FoodPort (¥400) Unfortunately, these adorable Scrump mochi were a seasonal item, but you can still find mochi throughout the Disney resort. These had such unique fillings: banana, mango, and purple sweet potato cream!

Scrump Mochi from Space Place FoodPort (¥400)
Unfortunately, these adorable Scrump mochi were a seasonal item, but you can still find mochi throughout the Disney resort. These had such unique fillings: banana, mango, and purple sweet potato cream!

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Soy Sauce & Butter Popcorn found next to Treasure Comet (¥310) Arguably the best flavor of popcorn found at TDR. I've tried to recreate this one at home and I've failed miserably. Till then I'll be dreaming of this out-of-this-world snack.

Soy Sauce & Butter Popcorn found next to Treasure Comet (¥310)
Arguably the best flavor of popcorn found at TDR. I've tried to recreate this one at home and I've failed miserably. Till then I'll be dreaming of this out-of-this-world snack.

Tokyo DisneySea

Mediterranean Harbor

Egg & Bacon Focaccia from Mama Biscotti's (¥270) Mama Biscotti's Bakery is no joke when it comes to on-the-go treats. One morning we picked these up while waiting for Come Join Your Friends and I fell in love. The focaccia bread is really light and the bacon doesn't overpower the delicious egg. I usually buy two because I always end up wishing for a second.

Egg & Bacon Focaccia from Mama Biscotti's (¥270)
Mama Biscotti's Bakery is no joke when it comes to on-the-go treats. One morning we picked these up while waiting for Come Join Your Friends and I fell in love. The focaccia bread is really light and the bacon doesn't overpower the delicious egg. I usually buy two because I always end up wishing for a second.

Curry Pan from Mama Biscotti's (¥270) Yaki Karē Pan is a delicious loaf filled with curry! It's coated with panko on the outside for a little texture. I've actually made these at home since the first time I had them in Tokyo DisneySea because they're unforgettable. 

Curry Pan from Mama Biscotti's (¥270)
Yaki Karē Pan is a delicious loaf filled with curry! It's coated with panko on the outside for a little texture. I've actually made these at home since the first time I had them in Tokyo DisneySea because they're unforgettable. 

LGM mochi from Mama Biscotti's Bakery (¥360) This is perhaps Tokyo Disney Resort's most iconic mochi. Each little alien is different with chocolate, strawberry, or custard filling inside. We are eternally grateful. 

LGM mochi from Mama Biscotti's Bakery (¥360)
This is perhaps Tokyo Disney Resort's most iconic mochi. Each little alien is different with chocolate, strawberry, or custard filling inside. We are eternally grateful. 

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Cappuccino popcorn from Via Delle Viti (¥310) This popcorn certainly smells heavenly, but the taste was a bit too strong for me. Although, it didn't go to waste because Jane (who detests coffee) enjoyed this popcorn. I believe Cappuccino is a seasonal flavor that usually switches out with Herb Tomato!

Cappuccino popcorn from Via Delle Viti (¥310)
This popcorn certainly smells heavenly, but the taste was a bit too strong for me. Although, it didn't go to waste because Jane (who detests coffee) enjoyed this popcorn. I believe Cappuccino is a seasonal flavor that usually switches out with Herb Tomato!

Mysterious Island

Potato Churro from the Refreshment Station (¥380) At first, one might think the idea of a potato churro is odd, but it's actually ingenious. It's well-seasoned and crispy on the outside like a french fry, but inside it's soft like a twice baked potato. Once you get one you'll understand why this treat has such a long line. 

Potato Churro from the Refreshment Station (¥380)
At first, one might think the idea of a potato churro is odd, but it's actually ingenious. It's well-seasoned and crispy on the outside like a french fry, but inside it's soft like a twice baked potato. Once you get one you'll understand why this treat has such a long line. 

Mermaid Lagoon

Sea Salt Ice Cream Monaka from Mermaid Lagoon (¥310) At this point, we've tried the iconic Mickey Premium Bars and the assortment of ice cream bars and sandwiches readily available at the Disney Parks, right? Well, none of them compare to this incredible little seashell. This has a crisp mochi wafer outer shell, creamy vanilla inside and a strawberry puree center. The packaging, featuring Minnie Mouse (as a mermaid), April, May, and June, is also too cute to throw away! 

Sea Salt Ice Cream Monaka from Mermaid Lagoon (¥310)
At this point, we've tried the iconic Mickey Premium Bars and the assortment of ice cream bars and sandwiches readily available at the Disney Parks, right? Well, none of them compare to this incredible little seashell. This has a crisp mochi wafer outer shell, creamy vanilla inside and a strawberry puree center. The packaging, featuring Minnie Mouse (as a mermaid), April, May, and June, is also too cute to throw away! 

Arabian Coast

Chandu Tail from Sultan's Oasis (¥450) The Chandu Tail is definitely a park-wide favorite. Based on the beloved Chandu from Sinbad's Storybook Voyage, the tail is a simple bao bun with a creamy chicken filling. Whenever I eat one of these, I find myself asking when we'll be able to buy another.

Chandu Tail from Sultan's Oasis (¥450)
The Chandu Tail is definitely a park-wide favorite. Based on the beloved Chandu from Sinbad's Storybook Voyage, the tail is a simple bao bun with a creamy chicken filling. Whenever I eat one of these, I find myself asking when we'll be able to buy another.

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Curry popcorn in front of the Arabian Coast (¥310) Don't take this lightly, but this is the best popcorn flavor at Tokyo DisneySea! The scent of rich curry coats the air in the Coast and makes you drool when you wait in the 25+ minute line. If you're gonna wait in line for any popcorn at Disney, let it be curry popcorn. The flavor is just the right amount of curry kick and it tastes like a warm hug.

Curry popcorn in front of the Arabian Coast (¥310)
Don't take this lightly, but this is the best popcorn flavor at Tokyo DisneySea! The scent of rich curry coats the air in the Coast and makes you drool when you wait in the 25+ minute line. If you're gonna wait in line for any popcorn at Disney, let it be curry popcorn. The flavor is just the right amount of curry kick and it tastes like a warm hug.

Port Discovery

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Ukiwa Bun from Seaside Snack (¥500) Another bao bun treat, but this time it's filled with shrimp! This on-the-go snack is very popular amongst guests. I would much rather pay for the Chandu tail, as I find the shrimp to be a little underwhelming, but I still enjoy this bun. It's definitely worth trying at least once, if not for the aesthetic alone. 

Ukiwa Bun from Seaside Snack (¥500)
Another bao bun treat, but this time it's filled with shrimp! This on-the-go snack is very popular amongst guests. I would much rather pay for the Chandu tail, as I find the shrimp to be a little underwhelming, but I still enjoy this bun. It's definitely worth trying at least once, if not for the aesthetic alone. 

American Waterfront

Milk Chocolate Popcorn found in front of Cape Cod Cook-off  (¥500) Just like Tokyo Disneyland's milk chocolate popcorn, the smell of the chocolate is very enticing. The cart is also sure to bring in any Duffy fan. 

Milk Chocolate Popcorn found in front of Cape Cod Cook-off  (¥500)
Just like Tokyo Disneyland's milk chocolate popcorn, the smell of the chocolate is very enticing. The cart is also sure to bring in any Duffy fan. 

Happy Friends Mochi from Cape Cod Confection (¥430) More mochi! These have a bit of a different texture than the Aliens and they're filled with chocolate (Duffy) and blueberry (Shellie May). I had more fun squishing their faces because they're too cute to eat. 

Happy Friends Mochi from Cape Cod Confection (¥430)
More mochi! These have a bit of a different texture than the Aliens and they're filled with chocolate (Duffy) and blueberry (Shellie May). I had more fun squishing their faces because they're too cute to eat. 

White Chocolate Popcorn found by Liberty Landing Diner (¥310) One word: addicting. We found ourselves shoveling handfuls of this popcorn into our mouths. The entire box lasted us no more than 5 minutes. I'm a big fan of white chocolate, so I found the buttery popcorn and subtle white chocolate flavors really blended well. 

White Chocolate Popcorn found by Liberty Landing Diner (¥310)
One word: addicting. We found ourselves shoveling handfuls of this popcorn into our mouths. The entire box lasted us no more than 5 minutes. I'm a big fan of white chocolate, so I found the buttery popcorn and subtle white chocolate flavors really blended well. 

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Black Pepper Popcorn found by Dockside Stage (¥310) Admittedly, we were hesitant to try this flavor since it seemed rather basic, but we had also heard great things. We weren't disappointed. Black pepper popcorn tastes quite literally like grilled corn seasoned with melted butter and fresh cracked pepper. I'm now a fan. 

Black Pepper Popcorn found by Dockside Stage (¥310)
Admittedly, we were hesitant to try this flavor since it seemed rather basic, but we had also heard great things. We weren't disappointed. Black pepper popcorn tastes quite literally like grilled corn seasoned with melted butter and fresh cracked pepper. I'm now a fan. 

Baked potatoes from Hudson River Harvest (¥450) There are actually two varieties of potatoes to choose between: bacon and cheese or honey mustard. While this could be considered a meal, I also love how easy it is to eat on the go. This dish reminded me of seasoned breakfast potatoes, but crispy, flaky, and buttery inside. 

Baked potatoes from Hudson River Harvest (¥450)
There are actually two varieties of potatoes to choose between: bacon and cheese or honey mustard. While this could be considered a meal, I also love how easy it is to eat on the go. This dish reminded me of seasoned breakfast potatoes, but crispy, flaky, and buttery inside. 


Well, that just about sums it up. I'm sure this list will grow eventually when I return to Tokyo Disney Resort. Till then, I'm craving Chandu tails and soy sauce popcorn. 

Bon Appétit,
Mary! (❛▿❛✿)

Day 13 ☆ TDS & TDL by Mary Pavlou

MARCH 23, 2017

We've finally reached the end - the finale to an incredible 13-day trip. Luckily, our last day gave us a chance to park hop so we could properly say "see ya real soon!"

We've finally reached the end - the finale to an incredible 13-day trip. Luckily, our last day gave us a chance to park hop so we could properly say "see ya real soon!"

This first thing on our agenda was a quick breakfast (Chandu tail!) and light shopping at the Arabian Coast. 

This first thing on our agenda was a quick breakfast (Chandu tail!) and light shopping at the Arabian Coast. 

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Can you believe this is a quick service?

Can you believe this is a quick service?

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The Agrabah Marketplace is the best place to find, you guessed it, Aladdin merchandise. It's also one of the few places to carry Chandu goodies as well.  

The Agrabah Marketplace is the best place to find, you guessed it, Aladdin merchandise. It's also one of the few places to carry Chandu goodies as well.  

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Sou gokigen na besuto furendo!

Sou gokigen na besuto furendo!

That shirt in the back is actually what we picked up while we were there. ( ˘͈ ᵕ ˘͈ )

That shirt in the back is actually what we picked up while we were there. ( ˘͈ ᵕ ˘͈ )

Some more Arabian Coast glamour shots because why not.

Some more Arabian Coast glamour shots because why not.

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About an hour later we wound up at Mermaid Lagoon for our King Triton's Concert Fast Pass. If you know me, this show means everything to me, but it was closed for the entirety of our trip. Luckily, this was the first day of operation after their refurbishment. 

About an hour later we wound up at Mermaid Lagoon for our King Triton's Concert Fast Pass. If you know me, this show means everything to me, but it was closed for the entirety of our trip. Luckily, this was the first day of operation after their refurbishment. 

If you plan to see this show, which I HIGHLY recommend you do, please be respectful as they ask for no photography or recording during the show. I quickly snapped these before the performance commenced. 

If you plan to see this show, which I HIGHLY recommend you do, please be respectful as they ask for no photography or recording during the show. I quickly snapped these before the performance commenced. 

In 2015, the Mermaid Lagoon Theater reopened after a 4 billion Yen refurbishment. This incredible production features puppets, harnesses, screens, and a gigantic King Triton animatronic. Since my childhood, I've had such an attachment to The Little Mermaid, and to say this show blew me away is an understatement. I want to thank Tokyo DisneySea's creative team for completely understanding their source material (all three TLM movies!) and fully realizing it into reality. I truly felt submerged into Ariel's world and in a blink of an eye, we were apart of her story. I was brought to tears the first time I saw this show back in 2016 and needless to say I left crying again this time around. 

In 2015, the Mermaid Lagoon Theater reopened after a 4 billion Yen refurbishment. This incredible production features puppets, harnesses, screens, and a gigantic King Triton animatronic. Since my childhood, I've had such an attachment to The Little Mermaid, and to say this show blew me away is an understatement. I want to thank Tokyo DisneySea's creative team for completely understanding their source material (all three TLM movies!) and fully realizing it into reality. I truly felt submerged into Ariel's world and in a blink of an eye, we were apart of her story. I was brought to tears the first time I saw this show back in 2016 and needless to say I left crying again this time around. 

Mermaid Lagoon may not have the most thrilling attractions, but this area has everything that nostalgic fans could ever ask for. What they lack in e-ticket rides, they make up with obscure TLM references. Everything is referenced here - the original trilogy, the animated series, CDs from the early 90s, and even some of the short stories. Like I said, Tokyo DisneySea's creative department doesn't miss a beat. 

Mermaid Lagoon may not have the most thrilling attractions, but this area has everything that nostalgic fans could ever ask for. What they lack in e-ticket rides, they make up with obscure TLM references. Everything is referenced here - the original trilogy, the animated series, CDs from the early 90s, and even some of the short stories. Like I said, Tokyo DisneySea's creative department doesn't miss a beat. 

Sad to say, but our time at Tokyo DisneySea had come to an end. 

Sad to say, but our time at Tokyo DisneySea had come to an end. 

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Of course, this also happened to be the day Stella Lou was announced. 

Of course, this also happened to be the day Stella Lou was announced. 

A small press conference and fan celebration were held at Mira Costa earlier that morning. This was the first glimpse of Stella Lou we got before leaving. 

A small press conference and fan celebration were held at Mira Costa earlier that morning. This was the first glimpse of Stella Lou we got before leaving. 

From TDS to TDL it's only 2 stops away, but the Monorail always service runs smoothly. 

From TDS to TDL it's only 2 stops away, but the Monorail always service runs smoothly. 

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Back again for the last time. 

Back again for the last time. 

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One of my favorite windows in World Bazaar. 

One of my favorite windows in World Bazaar. 

Our goal for the day was to catch up on the show we missed. Coincidentally, both shows we planned to catch were closing in 2018...

Our goal for the day was to catch up on the show we missed. Coincidentally, both shows we planned to catch were closing in 2018...

First on our list and it didn't disappoint.

First on our list and it didn't disappoint.

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Super Duper Jumpin' Time is a feel-good playful stage show featuring Mickey and friends. This show, while mainly aimed at children, is enjoyable for anyone who loves characters.  

Super Duper Jumpin' Time is a feel-good playful stage show featuring Mickey and friends. This show, while mainly aimed at children, is enjoyable for anyone who loves characters.  

And as you can imagine, there's a lot of jumping in this show.

And as you can imagine, there's a lot of jumping in this show.

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In this show, puppet versions of Mickey, Minnie, Chip, Dale, and Donald help 2 frogs (portrayed by the Jungle monkeys) find a rainbow. 🌈

In this show, puppet versions of Mickey, Minnie, Chip, Dale, and Donald help 2 frogs (portrayed by the Jungle monkeys) find a rainbow. 🌈

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TFW your lens is too close and cuts off Dale... o(´д`o)

TFW your lens is too close and cuts off Dale... o(´д`o)

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Also, there's a super cute game show segment that left all the kids screaming at the monkeys.

Also, there's a super cute game show segment that left all the kids screaming at the monkeys.

♪ Forever friends, you and me ♪

♪ Forever friends, you and me ♪

JUMPING into the finale

JUMPING into the finale

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At the end, Mickey and pals come out to greet the children. Although, get out if you can because it's a stampede. 

At the end, Mickey and pals come out to greet the children. Although, get out if you can because it's a stampede. 

Right after Super Duper ended, Happiness is Here started. 

Right after Super Duper ended, Happiness is Here started. 

We caught the parade from the bridge, which is a unique view point since there's no one else around. 

We caught the parade from the bridge, which is a unique view point since there's no one else around. 

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 (●❛3❛●)

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Shortly after the parade we wandered into Adventureland. I just adore this umbrella that resembles a pineapple. 

Shortly after the parade we wandered into Adventureland. I just adore this umbrella that resembles a pineapple. 

What I find unique about this Adventureland is that it's a little bit of everything - the Caribbean with a little bit of Cajun and Jungle influence. 

What I find unique about this Adventureland is that it's a little bit of everything - the Caribbean with a little bit of Cajun and Jungle influence. 

They've also got these fantastic murals featuring The Jungle Book characters. 

They've also got these fantastic murals featuring The Jungle Book characters. 

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With the weather being so unpredictable and our stomachs begging us for food, we spared about thirty minutes to grab a quick bite before the next showing of Minnie Oh! Minnie.

With the weather being so unpredictable and our stomachs begging us for food, we spared about thirty minutes to grab a quick bite before the next showing of Minnie Oh! Minnie.

There's plenty of choices when it comes to quick service, but finding one with a short line isn't always easy. We were lucky that Plaza Pavilion was slow that afternoon. Can we talk about Tokyo Disney Resort's obsession with trays? I love it!

There's plenty of choices when it comes to quick service, but finding one with a short line isn't always easy. We were lucky that Plaza Pavilion was slow that afternoon. Can we talk about Tokyo Disney Resort's obsession with trays? I love it!

We ordered their seasonal set, which included a beef patty, breaded chicken, onion soup (not pictured), and dessert. I noticed that TDL really loves beef patties and they're not half bad. I enjoyed the sauce but could do without the mushrooms because I cannot handle the flavor or scent of them. This goes without saying, but the potatoes were fantastic.

We ordered their seasonal set, which included a beef patty, breaded chicken, onion soup (not pictured), and dessert. I noticed that TDL really loves beef patties and they're not half bad. I enjoyed the sauce but could do without the mushrooms because I cannot handle the flavor or scent of them. This goes without saying, but the potatoes were fantastic.

This dessert was included: mixed berry mousse and cheesecake. Oishii! 

This dessert was included: mixed berry mousse and cheesecake. Oishii! 

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Even though we just ate a meal, we grabbed snacks. This is why you shouldn't save all your to-do list items until the end. (一。一;;)

Even though we just ate a meal, we grabbed snacks. This is why you shouldn't save all your to-do list items until the end. (一。一;;)

This Mickey Mouse steamed bao filled pork & teriyaki chicken can be found at the Boiler Room in Adventureland. Three buns are great for sharing.

This Mickey Mouse steamed bao filled pork & teriyaki chicken can be found at the Boiler Room in Adventureland. Three buns are great for sharing.

Of course we couldn't leave without getting this iconic treat: the Mickey shaped churro from Pecos Bill Cafe in Westernland. 

Of course we couldn't leave without getting this iconic treat: the Mickey shaped churro from Pecos Bill Cafe in Westernland. 

By the time we finished our treats, the attendants at Theatre Orleans were already filling in seats. This was our first time watching Minnie Oh! Minnie. Even though we were quite familiar with the show itself, in terms of where to sit and how early to arrive, we were not prepared. 

By the time we finished our treats, the attendants at Theatre Orleans were already filling in seats. This was our first time watching Minnie Oh! Minnie. Even though we were quite familiar with the show itself, in terms of where to sit and how early to arrive, we were not prepared. 

I would say we were lucky with our seats (center and just about 10 rows back), but we still couldn't see well. I have a lot of heads in my photos because all the benches are level. 

I would say we were lucky with our seats (center and just about 10 rows back), but we still couldn't see well. I have a lot of heads in my photos because all the benches are level. 

In my honest opinion, Minnie Oh! Minnie is something you experience. It's a vibe.

In my honest opinion, Minnie Oh! Minnie is something you experience. It's a vibe.

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Which Minnie Oh! Minnie Outfit is Best?
I'm positive that photos could never do this show justice. Here are some choice words to describe the performance: lively, exciting, emotional, and hysterical. 

I'm positive that photos could never do this show justice. Here are some choice words to describe the performance: lively, exciting, emotional, and hysterical. 

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Carnival Queen and King

Carnival Queen and King

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By far my favorite segment in the show is during Cuban Pete. Goofy, Chip, Dale, and Donald all encourage the crowd to mimic their dance moves. Everybody, adults included, gets up and just has a blast.

By far my favorite segment in the show is during Cuban Pete. Goofy, Chip, Dale, and Donald all encourage the crowd to mimic their dance moves. Everybody, adults included, gets up and just has a blast.

All the songs from Minnie Oh! Minnie originated from Latinx artists and are performed live in Japanese, English, and Spanish. 

All the songs from Minnie Oh! Minnie originated from Latinx artists and are performed live in Japanese, English, and Spanish. 

Even more costumes!

Even more costumes!

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Minnie's finale dress also has a few extra embellishments toward the end. After all, it's her party.

Minnie's finale dress also has a few extra embellishments toward the end. After all, it's her party.

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Sadly, Minnie Oh! Minnie's final curtain call will be this coming March. Theatre Orleans is home to fantastic entertainment (Sebastian’s Caribbean Carnival!) and I’m sure it’ll be a party no matter what comes next.

Sadly, Minnie Oh! Minnie's final curtain call will be this coming March. Theatre Orleans is home to fantastic entertainment (Sebastian’s Caribbean Carnival!) and I’m sure it’ll be a party no matter what comes next.

After experiencing an all-time high because of Minnie Oh! Minnie, we slowly made our way to World Bazaar for one final Dreamlights of 2017. Although we arrived about an hour before the parade’s kick off, we enjoyed sitting on a bench and people watching. 

After experiencing an all-time high because of Minnie Oh! Minnie, we slowly made our way to World Bazaar for one final Dreamlights of 2017. Although we arrived about an hour before the parade’s kick off, we enjoyed sitting on a bench and people watching. 

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RIP Snow White Unit

RIP Snow White Unit

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RIP old Cinderella unit

RIP old Cinderella unit

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Well, that’s it. Our last full day at Tokyo Disney Resort left me absolutely emotional and exhausted. Thank you all for reading and watching my trip diary. It’s embarrassing how long it took me to finish and I’m so excited to write here in the future.  Enjoy, Mary! (❛▿❛✿)

Well, that’s it. Our last full day at Tokyo Disney Resort left me absolutely emotional and exhausted. Thank you all for reading and watching my trip diary. It’s embarrassing how long it took me to finish and I’m so excited to write here in the future. 

Enjoy,
Mary! (❛▿❛✿)

Day 12 ☆ Tokyo Disneysea by Mary Pavlou

March 22, 2017

The ocean view as seen from the monorail is quite a sight! As we started our last full day at Tokyo DisneySea, we had a LARGE list of things we still needed to see. The trouble with TDR and just Japan, in general, is that you'll never be able to experience it all. This was our catch up day.

The ocean view as seen from the monorail is quite a sight! As we started our last full day at Tokyo DisneySea, we had a LARGE list of things we still needed to see. The trouble with TDR and just Japan, in general, is that you'll never be able to experience it all. This was our catch up day.

Goodbye 15th Anniversary event! I definitely missed those gorgeous decorations.

Goodbye 15th Anniversary event! I definitely missed those gorgeous decorations.

A morning greeting from the incredible Maritime band.

A morning greeting from the incredible Maritime band.

While in Aquasphere Plaza, look out for some familiar faces. I've waited so long to see Minnie in this adorable DisneySea outfit.

While in Aquasphere Plaza, look out for some familiar faces. I've waited so long to see Minnie in this adorable DisneySea outfit.

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Some cute little troublemakers

Some cute little troublemakers

And a big Goof.

And a big Goof.

Although we had a lot to accomplish, we stopped for a quick breakfast at Mamma Biscotti's Bakery (MY FAVORITE!)

Although we had a lot to accomplish, we stopped for a quick breakfast at Mamma Biscotti's Bakery (MY FAVORITE!)

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I would absolutely recommend this Yaki Karē Pan. I enjoyed this so much that I've tried to make it at home a few times. 

I would absolutely recommend this Yaki Karē Pan. I enjoyed this so much that I've tried to make it at home a few times. 

On our way to Mermaid Lagoon, we stopped to appreciate this large masonry wall in between Mysterious Island and the Mediterranean Harbor. At first we were curious why everyone was pointing while observing the wall, but as it turns out there's lots of hidden stone Mickey's. 

On our way to Mermaid Lagoon, we stopped to appreciate this large masonry wall in between Mysterious Island and the Mediterranean Harbor. At first we were curious why everyone was pointing while observing the wall, but as it turns out there's lots of hidden stone Mickey's. 

(♥→o←♥)

(♥→o←♥)

I was fortunate enough to receive this cute little Flounder crossbody bag from Danielle Nicole! Initially when DN reached out to me, I knew I would have the perfect opportunity to showcase this bag at Mermaid Lagoon. 

I was fortunate enough to receive this cute little Flounder crossbody bag from Danielle Nicole! Initially when DN reached out to me, I knew I would have the perfect opportunity to showcase this bag at Mermaid Lagoon. 

DN has really expanded their collection since I got this Flounder and I think they're worth checking out. Personally, the bag itself wasn't big enough to fit everything I needed for the day, but I usually carry more when I'm in Japan. I also changed the strap because I wasn't a big fan of the chain.

DN has really expanded their collection since I got this Flounder and I think they're worth checking out. Personally, the bag itself wasn't big enough to fit everything I needed for the day, but I usually carry more when I'm in Japan. I also changed the strap because I wasn't a big fan of the chain.

The sequin mesh fabric is one of my favorite things about this bag because they look like scales. 

The sequin mesh fabric is one of my favorite things about this bag because they look like scales. 

Luckily, he matched my coat. 

Luckily, he matched my coat. 

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One night when we were relaxing in Ariel's Grotto, a very sweet Cast Member approached us and handed us maps to Ariel's Playground. She was also kind enough to point out this adorable Chip in Ariel's collection, which I had never noticed before.

One night when we were relaxing in Ariel's Grotto, a very sweet Cast Member approached us and handed us maps to Ariel's Playground. She was also kind enough to point out this adorable Chip in Ariel's collection, which I had never noticed before.

And if you stand in the right spot, you'll see Sebastian gazing into the Grotto. 

And if you stand in the right spot, you'll see Sebastian gazing into the Grotto. 

True love's kiss? ♡^▽^♡

True love's kiss? ♡^▽^♡

He needed a new accessory, right?

He needed a new accessory, right?

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I mentioned earlier that we received a map of Ariel's Playground and this is very similar.  Some sections might be a little intense for younger children and I admit that the Galleon Graveyard took me by surprise. While this is a play area for kids, I believe it's also a nice place to sit down and relax! Near Ariel's playground are some benches that have these really neat bubble windows. Another location that I enjoy (obviously) is the Grotto because the area loop is especially calming. 

I mentioned earlier that we received a map of Ariel's Playground and this is very similar.  Some sections might be a little intense for younger children and I admit that the Galleon Graveyard took me by surprise. While this is a play area for kids, I believe it's also a nice place to sit down and relax! Near Ariel's playground are some benches that have these really neat bubble windows. Another location that I enjoy (obviously) is the Grotto because the area loop is especially calming. 

While you're at Mermaid Lagoon I would recommend checking out the shops if you're a fan of the Little Mermaid. Specialty items are usually location specific and this is the one place to find everything Ariel and friends related! 

While you're at Mermaid Lagoon I would recommend checking out the shops if you're a fan of the Little Mermaid. Specialty items are usually location specific and this is the one place to find everything Ariel and friends related! 

There are 3 different shops within Mermaid Lagoon, including The Sleepy Whale (the store's entrance is the Whale's mouth!), Mermaid Treasures, and Kiss De Girl Fashions (featuring an art nouveau theme). 

There are 3 different shops within Mermaid Lagoon, including The Sleepy Whale (the store's entrance is the Whale's mouth!), Mermaid Treasures, and Kiss De Girl Fashions (featuring an art nouveau theme). 

Kiss De Girl Fashions has the cutest jackets and the nicest Cast Members. I was searching for a very specific item and about three different girls looked all over the store to find it. 

Kiss De Girl Fashions has the cutest jackets and the nicest Cast Members. I was searching for a very specific item and about three different girls looked all over the store to find it. 

Here's the cute baby Ariel handkerchief I picked up. 

Here's the cute baby Ariel handkerchief I picked up. 

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I will need to make a separate post about Sebastian's Calypso Kitchen, but I'd recommend visiting this as well. While I fully believe there are better places to eat at Tokyo DisneySea, this place has its charm. The creamy scallop sandwich seemed to be the popular item there and I enjoyed the seafood chowder, as well.  

I will need to make a separate post about Sebastian's Calypso Kitchen, but I'd recommend visiting this as well. While I fully believe there are better places to eat at Tokyo DisneySea, this place has its charm. The creamy scallop sandwich seemed to be the popular item there and I enjoyed the seafood chowder, as well.  

A visit in Mermaid Lagoon wouldn't be complete without one (or two!) sea salt ice cream monaka. Best frozen treat I've ever tried ٩(*ゝڡ◕๑)۶♥

A visit in Mermaid Lagoon wouldn't be complete without one (or two!) sea salt ice cream monaka. Best frozen treat I've ever tried ٩(*ゝڡ◕๑)۶♥

Sadly, the cutest popcorn cart at DisneySea carries the most basic popcorn flavor of all: sea salt...

Sadly, the cutest popcorn cart at DisneySea carries the most basic popcorn flavor of all: sea salt...

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Off to the Arabian Coast!

Off to the Arabian Coast!

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The Arabian Coast and Mermaid Lagoon are within a short walking distance. Honestly, if you cannot find it, just follow the smell of curry popcorn.

The Arabian Coast and Mermaid Lagoon are within a short walking distance. Honestly, if you cannot find it, just follow the smell of curry popcorn.

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The Transit Steamer Line offers a unique perspective with two separate journeys to the American Waterfront and Lost River Delta. 

The Transit Steamer Line offers a unique perspective with two separate journeys to the American Waterfront and Lost River Delta. 

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Sometimes in Tokyo DisneySea, it is easy to feel lost and completely swallowed by the park. That's the thing, it is truly an immersive experience. I know Disney loves the term "immerse", but TDS is the only park that truly eliminates the outside noise and creates this unbelievable grandiose world (with hardly any forced perspective structures that WDI is so fond of...) The lands are an adventure in themselves, the architecture is unlike any you've seen at Disney before, and the theme is so rich and established. There are a few times when I felt impacted by this; the first was when we first entered Tokyo DisneySea and the second time was when I stepped foot into the heart of the Arabian Coast. 

Sometimes in Tokyo DisneySea, it is easy to feel lost and completely swallowed by the park. That's the thing, it is truly an immersive experience. I know Disney loves the term "immerse", but TDS is the only park that truly eliminates the outside noise and creates this unbelievable grandiose world (with hardly any forced perspective structures that WDI is so fond of...) The lands are an adventure in themselves, the architecture is unlike any you've seen at Disney before, and the theme is so rich and established. There are a few times when I felt impacted by this; the first was when we first entered Tokyo DisneySea and the second time was when I stepped foot into the heart of the Arabian Coast. 

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Home to the incredible Chandu Tail and delicious creamy curry soup!

Home to the incredible Chandu Tail and delicious creamy curry soup!

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This is not a glorified Dumbo attraction. It's a work of art.

This is not a glorified Dumbo attraction. It's a work of art.

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Don't be mistaken, while this is very similar to The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Jasmine's Flying Carpets could easily put him out of business. 

Don't be mistaken, while this is very similar to The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Jasmine's Flying Carpets could easily put him out of business. 

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The spinning double peacock and water is just stunning even though it's an illusion! 

The spinning double peacock and water is just stunning even though it's an illusion! 

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They even have an upper deck for guests, which is a prime spot to take photos of your family.

They even have an upper deck for guests, which is a prime spot to take photos of your family.

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At night this attraction comes to life with gorgeous colors.

At night this attraction comes to life with gorgeous colors.

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There are three other notable attractions in the Arabian Coast, but none of them can compete with Sinbad's Storybook Voyage. 

There are three other notable attractions in the Arabian Coast, but none of them can compete with Sinbad's Storybook Voyage. 

Here fantasy and adventure collide in a storybook setting with over 100+ audio-animatronics, which makes this easily my favorite ride at Tokyo DisneySea. 

Here fantasy and adventure collide in a storybook setting with over 100+ audio-animatronics, which makes this easily my favorite ride at Tokyo DisneySea. 

Sinbad's Storybook Voyage combines It's a Small World charm, the mystery of El Rio Del Tiempo, and all the excitement of Journey Into Imagination to the tune of "Compass of Your Heart" composed by Alan Menken. 

Sinbad's Storybook Voyage combines It's a Small World charm, the mystery of El Rio Del Tiempo, and all the excitement of Journey Into Imagination to the tune of "Compass of Your Heart" composed by Alan Menken. 

Get ready to set sail!

Get ready to set sail!

Chandu is his own little personality and steals the show.

Chandu is his own little personality and steals the show.

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One could argue that the apes are quite scary in this scene, but the yummy banana scent more than makes up for it. 

One could argue that the apes are quite scary in this scene, but the yummy banana scent more than makes up for it. 

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As I mentioned before, Sinbad's Storybook Voyage fills you with the same kind of excitement as Pirates of the Caribbean or The Haunted Mansion. While you’re experiencing the journey with Sinbad and Chandu, you can’t help but wonder, “What will happen next?”

As I mentioned before, Sinbad's Storybook Voyage fills you with the same kind of excitement as Pirates of the Caribbean or The Haunted Mansion. While you’re experiencing the journey with Sinbad and Chandu, you can’t help but wonder, “What will happen next?”

Since we were limited on time, we didn't spend much time in Lost River Delta unfortunately. 

Since we were limited on time, we didn't spend much time in Lost River Delta unfortunately. 

Although I would've loved to ride Raging Spirits, we couldn't spare 120 minutes in line. Here's a cute video of their interactive warning sign. 

This greeting and sign is such a hoot! And if you're in the area visit Miguel's El Dorado Cantina for their melon soda (it has chia seeds in it!)

This greeting and sign is such a hoot! And if you're in the area visit Miguel's El Dorado Cantina for their melon soda (it has chia seeds in it!)

Now onto the American Waterfront where we planned to grab dinner with Gelatoni. And by that I mean, “wait outside in a 45 minute line.”

Now onto the American Waterfront where we planned to grab dinner with Gelatoni. And by that I mean, “wait outside in a 45 minute line.”

As a self-proclaimed Duffy (and friends) fan, 45 minutes was absolutely worth it!

As a self-proclaimed Duffy (and friends) fan, 45 minutes was absolutely worth it!

In order to enjoy My friend · Duffy, there are a few things to keep in mind:  1. This is entertainment + a meal. You must eat in order to enjoy the show. If you’re not the biggest fan of the Cape Cod · Cook off menu then you can always order a dessert instead. 2. The seating is first come, first serve, but a Cast Member will escort you to your seat. If you don’t like where you end up, you can always move once the show has ended.  3. You are allowed a certain amount of time once seated. The time limit actually allowed us to watch both shows twice. Although,  if you’re like me and only care about photos then you may not have enough time to rest/eat.

In order to enjoy My friend · Duffy, there are a few things to keep in mind: 

1. This is entertainment + a meal. You must eat in order to enjoy the show. If you’re not the biggest fan of the Cape Cod · Cook off menu then you can always order a dessert instead.
2. The seating is first come, first serve, but a Cast Member will escort you to your seat. If you don’t like where you end up, you can always move once the show has ended. 
3. You are allowed a certain amount of time once seated. The time limit actually allowed us to watch both shows twice. Although,  if you’re like me and only care about photos then you may not have enough time to rest/eat.

If you’re not too familiar with My friend · Duffy, it was originally the story of how Duffy came to be. Since then Duffy’s popularity and inner circle has grown. Now you can experience two different shows at the Cape Cod · Cook off: “The Birth of Shellie May”, which is self explanatory and “My Sweet Home”, in which Gelatoni is welcomed into the Duffy family.

If you’re not too familiar with My friend · Duffy, it was originally the story of how Duffy came to be. Since then Duffy’s popularity and inner circle has grown. Now you can experience two different shows at the Cape Cod · Cook off: “The Birth of Shellie May”, which is self explanatory and “My Sweet Home”, in which Gelatoni is welcomed into the Duffy family.

My friend · Duffy “My Sweet Home” was actually the first time Gelatoni was given a voice and as you can imagine, he doesn’t waste it!

My friend · Duffy “My Sweet Home” was actually the first time Gelatoni was given a voice and as you can imagine, he doesn’t waste it!

Some of Gelatoni’s travel stickers indicate time he spent at Mediterranean Harbor from his first debut in “Come Join Your Friends”.

Some of Gelatoni’s travel stickers indicate time he spent at Mediterranean Harbor from his first debut in “Come Join Your Friends”.

Minnie and Shellie's new outfits in this show are by far the best.

Minnie and Shellie's new outfits in this show are by far the best.

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Shellie May and Duffy are just the cutest in their matching uniforms.

Shellie May and Duffy are just the cutest in their matching uniforms.

Together again: Shellie May, Gelatoni, and Duffy!

Together again: Shellie May, Gelatoni, and Duffy!

Minnie’s rare purple dress can only be seen during “The Birth of Shellie May”.

Minnie’s rare purple dress can only be seen during “The Birth of Shellie May”.

During this show, Duffy feels left out, and write a message in a bottle asking for a friend.

During this show, Duffy feels left out, and write a message in a bottle asking for a friend.

This is Shellie May’s namesake.

This is Shellie May’s namesake.

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Mickey and Minnie work together this time and focus all their love on creating the perfect friend for Duffy. This begs the question, “Are Shellie May and Duffy siblings?”

Mickey and Minnie work together this time and focus all their love on creating the perfect friend for Duffy. This begs the question, “Are Shellie May and Duffy siblings?”

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Tomodachi!

Tomodachi!

Once we finished, we walked outside to Cape Cod Confections for Happy Friends mochi! Shellie May was a blueberry flavor and Duffy was chocolate. While the texture was different than most mochi served at TDR, the fillings were unique.

Once we finished, we walked outside to Cape Cod Confections for Happy Friends mochi! Shellie May was a blueberry flavor and Duffy was chocolate. While the texture was different than most mochi served at TDR, the fillings were unique.

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Sometimes I find it hard to believe that the actual ocean is on the other side of this wall. There’s no other Disney park quite like this.

Sometimes I find it hard to believe that the actual ocean is on the other side of this wall. There’s no other Disney park quite like this.

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Hotel Hightower aka the infamous Tower of Terror

Hotel Hightower aka the infamous Tower of Terror

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Unlike Florida and California, the Tower of Terror is not based on The Twilight Zone (or GOTG), which makes this a truly unique expereience.  

Unlike Florida and California, the Tower of Terror is not based on The Twilight Zone (or GOTG), which makes this a truly unique expereience.  

In this attraction, you’ll follow the story of the hotel’s owner, Harrison Hightower III, who stole an ancient idol. Of course, his greed caused a curse on his hotel, and you’re caught in the middle. I would absolutely recommend getting a Fast Pass (if available) because this is a huge fan favorite.

In this attraction, you’ll follow the story of the hotel’s owner, Harrison Hightower III, who stole an ancient idol. Of course, his greed caused a curse on his hotel, and you’re caught in the middle. I would absolutely recommend getting a Fast Pass (if available) because this is a huge fan favorite.

Try this out!

Try this out!

In 2016, we attempted using the Mickey Mouse shaped soap dispenser and failed. Of course, we did this at night and had no idea what we were doing. This time around we figured it out. 

In 2016, we attempted using the Mickey Mouse shaped soap dispenser and failed. Of course, we did this at night and had no idea what we were doing. This time around we figured it out. 

Place your hand directly under the dispenser. You must touch the nozzle in order for the shape to hold. 

Place your hand directly under the dispenser. You must touch the nozzle in order for the shape to hold. 

Pull away slowly to not disturb the shape. Yatta! 

Pull away slowly to not disturb the shape. Yatta! 

There’s also a sink next to the soap dispenser, but be sure to bring your own hand towel, but that’s just common practice in Japan. 

There’s also a sink next to the soap dispenser, but be sure to bring your own hand towel, but that’s just common practice in Japan. 

Moments after this photo was taken, this teenage boy was wildly playing in the water despite the 40°F weather. All his friends were laughing, so it must have been worth it.

Moments after this photo was taken, this teenage boy was wildly playing in the water despite the 40°F weather. All his friends were laughing, so it must have been worth it.

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I can only assume that this must be very refreshing in the summer, but definitely not when it’s the middle of March.

I can only assume that this must be very refreshing in the summer, but definitely not when it’s the middle of March.

As you can imagine, even the American Waterfront has a cute popcorn cart.

As you can imagine, even the American Waterfront has a cute popcorn cart.

Black pepper popcorn was surprisingly delicious. More on that later!

Black pepper popcorn was surprisingly delicious. More on that later!

We only passed through, due to the crowds, but the McDucks Department Store is simply gorgeous and a quick way to heat up. This is one of their outdoor window displays featuring Shellie May and Duffy (who I conveniently cut out).

We only passed through, due to the crowds, but the McDucks Department Store is simply gorgeous and a quick way to heat up. This is one of their outdoor window displays featuring Shellie May and Duffy (who I conveniently cut out).

Back to the Harbor.

Back to the Harbor.

Since a lot of the facade is painted around the harbor, I was confused whether or not this clock is real. It is, in fact, a real working clock and a gorgeous one at that. 

Since a lot of the facade is painted around the harbor, I was confused whether or not this clock is real. It is, in fact, a real working clock and a gorgeous one at that. 

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Look at Mount Prometheus erupt! This stunning display really brings DisneySea to life.

Look at Mount Prometheus erupt! This stunning display really brings DisneySea to life.

As you can see, the McDuck’s Department store is just across the harbor. Somehow this is one of the few photos I have of the exterior. ●︿●

As you can see, the McDuck’s Department store is just across the harbor. Somehow this is one of the few photos I have of the exterior. ●︿●

We ventured back to Mermaid Lagoon/Arabian Coast for a few photos with the pretty sky, although we arrived later than we wanted. 

We ventured back to Mermaid Lagoon/Arabian Coast for a few photos with the pretty sky, although we arrived later than we wanted. 

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Since we are creatures of habit, we ended our evening at Fantasmic with a couple of our friends. I never tire of seeing Mickey ignite the sky.

Since we are creatures of habit, we ended our evening at Fantasmic with a couple of our friends. I never tire of seeing Mickey ignite the sky.

Finally, thank you for reading this far, this was a long one. I can’t believe I’m almost at the end. It’s bittersweet, but also exciting because I’ll be able to contribute more variety to this blog.  Enjoy, Mary! (❛▿❛✿)

Finally, thank you for reading this far, this was a long one. I can’t believe I’m almost at the end. It’s bittersweet, but also exciting because I’ll be able to contribute more variety to this blog. 

Enjoy,
Mary! (❛▿❛✿)

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! (❛▿❛✿)