We arranged the most fun kids activities for the last league of the trip, in case the kids can’t have enough and want to have more for the remaining part of our trip, disrupting our plans. So last league it shall be.
We’ve been to 2 Kidzania thus far, and every time it was fun! But today we’d only had a very small window, being a long travelling day out from Kinosaki Onsen. Although we set off in the morning, by the time we reached LaLaport Toyosu, with our luggage in tow, it was 4pm. We bought the two-hour tickets, with an additional one hour thrown in for us (gee..), and left all our luggage at the Kidzania luggage hold (nice! as we couldn’t find any luggage deposit at the mall or the train station).
The activity stations in Japan’s Kidzania are slightly different from the ones in KL or Bangkok. In Japan, each activity spans about 30mins, and younger children can participate in most of the activities. Longer time means that the kids get to enjoy the role longer and have more time to understand the profession. At 3.5 years old, Baby2 had a wide selection of professions to choose from, which means that Dear1 and I did not have to split up to take care of Baby1 and Baby2 separately like the last times. Also means that the two sisters get to participate and have shared experiences together too. Nice!
For the 3 hours, the girls role played four professions – ANA Flight Attendants, Takyubin delivery man, nursery taking care of newborns, and as Department Store Sales Assistant. At the end of the day, they went to the bank to cash out the initial 50 Kidzos. The bank even gave them each a wallet to keep the monies.
By the end of the day, both kids were tired and hungry, and we towed the luggage in search of the Mystays Maihama hotel which will be our one night stay before we head to Disneyland tomorrow.
We were up early next morning, and dropped the luggage at the Disney Welcome Centre before entering Disneysea which opened at 8.30am. It was a bit of a walk from our hotel to Disneysea, but all that to save money as one night stay in Disney Hotel costs ~$650 and we really only needed the room for sleeping at night. :p
Dear1 and I had been to Japan Disneyland during our 2008 honeymoon, and had brought Baby1 to Hong Kong Disyneyland in 2011. Since Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, we scheduled today to be Disneysea first, and saved the most most most fun part for tomorrow! Boy, it was a good plan indeed.
Disneysea looked cooler and more adult-like as compared to Disneyland. Everywhere it’s waters so there’s a lot of walking to get from one land to the other. As a newer park compared to Disneyland (this year, Disneysea is celebrating its 15th anniversary), the robots here are more advanced compared to those in Disneyland. Dear1 and I were quite awed by the technological advances, keke.
For the kids however, the technology did not seemed too impressive. Perhaps it was the theme that inclined towards older kids as well. For instance, we made sure to rush for the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as our first stop for the very popular Fast Pass. Alas, it was a long round and round and round down until we reached the dark dark Underworld, and being dark and scary, the kids’ very first impression of Disneysea was not so impressed.
There weren’t many colorful or fun rides suitable for kids too. The Flying Carpet Ride was perhaps the most colorful ride in the whole of Disneysea, LOL. We also enjoyed the fuzzy logic ride of the Aquatopia.
For dinner, Dear1 specially made a reservation at Mickey Cafe where we’ll get to dine with Chef Mickey, so by 6pm, we took shuttle bus over to Disney Ambassdor Hotel. The dinner was considered over-priced as the buffet spread was neither sumptuous nor delicious – it was just a very so-so buffet. And Chef Donald, Daisy and Minnie only came by our table to take pictures a total of 3 times. Overall, I’ll give this a miss the next time if we come to Disneysea again.
We timed the dinner seating to be leisurely ahead of the fireworks, so that we could return to Disneysea for the much-anticipated fireworks. By this time, both kids were tired out, and both of them fell asleep along the way. Dear1 and I considered to check in to the Hotel now, but Disney’s fireworks is a must-see! So we painstakingly carried both sleeping babies back to the park, only to hear the announcement that fireworks display has been cancelled due to bad weather, boo hoo! It was probably due to the strong winds which we had been feeling the whole of today, sobz!
We took the monorail over to the Disney Hotel to do check in, which was just a stone’s throw away from Disneysea, keke. This morning we had dropped off the luggage at the Welcome Centre, so we needed to do the proper check in now. The kids stay fixed at the mini tv at the hotel lobby while papa did the check in and waited to collect the items which we had purchased from the stores earlier this afternoon.
We booked the Twinkle Bell Room, and boy was it cute! The room’s furnishings were simply cute and I’ll highly recommend Disney Hotel to families wanting a memorable hotel stay!
Next morning, we were ready at the gates of Disneyland by 9am. As usual, it was crowded to the max, keke! Today, we had a lot more fun at the colorful and lively park. We couldn’t get enough of the Monster Inc Ride, Go Kart Ride, Spinning Teacups, Carousal, Small Small World, various parades and shows, and we even had a go on the Roller Coaster. Yes, roller coaster! We kinda tricked Baby2 into thinking that only brave children gets to go on this, so when she passed the minimum height requirement and got a wrist band for it, it boasted her confidence so much that she can proudly recount afterwards how she cried but was only whimpering, when she was really scared throughout the ride, clutching mummy’s arm tightly, haha.
Like yesterday, today Dear1 made early dinner reservations at the Golden Horseshoe. This was so much more worth it! The Show was super entertaining, the dancers were superb, the meal was more high class, and we got to bring home a Mickey handkerchief as part of the magic show. After dinner, the fireworks was again cancelled today though the weather was much warmer today, sigh… We watched the dazzling display of lights at the Night Parade, and bid goodbye to Disneyland (and Japan). We went back to our Tinker Bell Room for one last night before setting off to the airport early next day.
So, that was our 13-day Japan trip. Dear1 and I gave ourselves a pat for planning such a fun trip for the family. We got to have different experiences in this trip, got to eat many yummy authentic Japanese food, and most importantly, both Baby1 and Baby2, and ourselves of course, have such fond memories of this trip.
Love you, Dear1!