Published: December 13, 2011 at 1:15 PMRobert, grew up in Japan as an Air Force brat and remember how awesome their breads, pastries, and cakes were. Their cakes were especially tasty...light as air and deliciously sweet...mmmmm!
Published: December 13, 2011 at 4:00 PMHi. Really enjoying the detailed articles about Tokyo Disneyland. Keep them coming. I plan on going at the end of next year. Now I'm getting excited!
Published: December 13, 2011 at 5:47 PMNow Rao has fried my cheese in two different countries! And Mr. Niles blew the chance to learn how to say "the backside of water, in two different languages.
Published: December 14, 2011 at 4:29 AMYay. A useful Stitch ride.
Published: December 14, 2011 at 8:51 AMWhy would Tokyo's ending be considered a "bang"? It would just be the end, a premature end.
Disneyland's lift hill has stuff to see like Johnny Depp's final animatronic and the eyes in the tunnel, which fascinated me when I was a kid and still does today. I loved the final loop. I liked waving to the crowd to those waiting for the ride. From the crowd point of view, seeing people on the boat is more interesting than seeing empty boats.
Published: December 15, 2011 at 1:15 PMYou've still got the final Depp animatronic in Tokyo (that's it pictured earlier in the article), but you get out right after that moment, rather than floating around waiting for unload like in Anaheim.
I wish that Disney would throw in a fog effect as you come up the lift in the Anaheim pirates, to create a "coming to consciousness" moment that would delineate between the pirate world and the "real" world in the ride - like the drop does at the beginning. Just coming up that lift chain just seems so unfinished to me.