Tokyo Disneyland, undoubtedly the most magical place on earth. This may seem like a bolt from the blue, but I live and breathe for fantasy, Harry Potter nurtured me. Disney and Marvel, full of intrigue and feats beyond the comprehension of mankind. Perhaps I'll save my gushing of my favourite characters for another time, coughpeggycartercough, right now, I solemnly swear to blow your brains out. We don't have anything even the barest whisper of Disneyland here, the closest is perhaps Movie World or Dreamworld at the Gold Coast, but they hilariously pale in Disneyland's brilliance. I'm truly fortunate, to have my first Disneyland experience be undoubtedly at one of the best parks in the world.
The awestruck awe began long before I stepped through these gates. No, it began right at the cusp of Disneyland's unique trains adorned with a very familiar character's silhouette. Cookies for the correct guess. Really, I was doing a damn good impersonation of a goldfish and I was ridiculously giddy and deliriously smiley, all common symptoms of the Disneyland! The place I could only dream about.. I was finally here!
He pedalled around encouraging encores. What a job to have! The centre of attention, revelling in his musical craft. My smile seemed to grow impossibly large as the recognition of the music hit me with lashings of nostalgia.
Why haven't you made a grand living for yourself Mickey!
A pillar of candy! Not going to lie, the blissful daydream of my future home filled with these along the grand hallway may have crossed my mind.
A large claim to make considering how Disneyland itself is the embodiment of magic!
Mike Wazowski buns! Put that thing back where it came from or so help me!
Mickey Mouse shaped pans? 1500 yen. Selling individually to starving tourists? Priceless.
Even the Queen herself would envy such a fine castle.
Walt Disney, who created this majestic empire.
I was here just in time for the parade. And I don't know, even though I was constantly surrounded by such magnificence, it wasn't until I was watching the characters I had grown up with, adored.. I'm so incredibly blessed to be in Japan, to be on this trip.. but right there, that feeling of disbelief at that seemed to magnify by ten fold and I found myself blinking back tears. Does that sound a bit ridiculous?
What time is it? Time to scare.
Goofy as a scarecrow? Evidently, not a very good one ahaha.
All Disney characters have side jobs! Goofy's gas station doesn't seem to be that lucrative though..
The merchandise in each store don't differ all too much, but this wonderful behemoth of a machine was incredible.
Toon Town! And it really does feel like you're trapped in a cartoon town! Do cartoon physics apply as well? Ahahah
Popcorn delivered from the over exuberant Tigger hard at work!
Step right up into Wonderland! No shrinking via mysterious potions necessary!
Get ready for the incredible restaurant!
The playing cards as you can see have more than a single ace up their sleeves. Ha. With 52 in a deck, does the Queen have each fulfilling a certain purpose? I love the adherence to detail.. a card painting white roses red? Brilliance
A heart ended trumpet, vending machine tea pots.. all so intriguing.
Like strolling through a quaint European town! Even without the rides, Disneyland supplies its own magic, and is the most charming place even teeming with people.
Because the castle deserves another encore.
Just as I was leaving, the real castle for us humble visitors. Perhaps one day, I'll stay here, and make the stubborn promise to visit every ride and accomplish every attraction along with Disneysea!