Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
Finally, Natsu Yasumi (夏休み/summer holiday) is ending this week for Fireball, my three-year old. He has been staying indoor most days. So, in order to make it up for him, we brought him to Tokyo Disneyland Park on Monday.
Honestly, I am not a big fan of theme parks because of three reasons. One, I am too “chicken-hearted” so thrill rides scare me easy. Two, I don’t like crowded places and long queues, they make me whinny. Three, I will really MELT under the intense summer heat, and I’m pretty sure that it will make my 8-month old baby super fussy too. Before we went, I pictured myself pretty much stuck in the baby centers to get away from the dreadful humidity.
Furthermore, many attractions for small children have this “small print” on the official website: “Guests who cannot maintain a stable sitting position alone in a moving vehicle may not ride. You may not hold your child on your lap.” Knowing Fireball, this was particularly unnerving and definitely limiting most rides for him. So, it was no wonder that I went with a heavy heart…
At this time of the year, Disneyland is having their Natsu Matsuri (Japanese-style summer festival) from July 8 to 2 September 2013. Of which, there is a dance competition among the Disney characters and their teams, staged around Cinderalla castle, blasting off lively Japanese-themed music with pulsating dance beat, water splashes everywhere to tease and cool the crowd.
Tokyo Disney Resort is also having a yearlong cerebration, called The Happiness Year. It is an event that marks its 30th anniversary since Disneyland Park was first opened on 15th April 1983 in Japan. They adorn colorful “Happiness Balloons” around the main entrance, World Bazaar and Central Plaza, and host a spectacular “Happiness is Here” Parade.
Disneyland was crowded despite being a Monday. FastPass tickets were completely gone, queues were never-ending, and waiting times could easily be over an hour at popular attractions. We had no choice but to skip so many of them.
Fortunately, things kept getting better and better. God blessed us with a fantastic weather, with lots of cool wind and the clouds shading us the whole day! Best of all, Baby & I could join the rest of family on most easy-ride attractions.
Indeed, it turned out to be a magical family holiday that we truly enjoyed. We could tell that Fireball had a blasting good time. He dozed off on our way to the restaurant and was impossible to wake him up for his favorite sushi dinner. b^_^d