Today I got back from another amazing trip to Japan. How did I get so lucky to get to go twice this year? I am blessed.
On the plane ride home I realized that I still have to wrap up our last trip as a family to Japan. I do this thing where I bounce around to all the different places in an attempt to keep the blog fresh- and I ended up forgetting to blog one of the most memorable days of all.
By now you know that we celebrated Isabelle's 5th birthday in Japan- lucky little gal. Toward the end of the trip we found that we weren't able to travel where we had hoped to visit, and so made the choice to say in Tokyo a few more days.
One of those days, it was decided, was a Disney Tokyo day. We were unsure if our decision to go to Disney in Tokyo was lame or not. I mean, we do technically live about 1 hr 15 minutes away from one in California. In the end, we decided to make it a part of Belle's birthday celebration and we surprised the kids with the day trip.
BEST DECISION EVAR.
My greatest worry was that by going to Disney Tokyo we'd miss out on a day of actual Japanese culture. I realize now how silly that was. Disney is a big part of the culture. The Japanese really know how to do Disney right.
Here are some favorites from our day at DisneySea, the park right next to Tokyo Disneyland. It's technically a water/undersea themed park, but I'd say it was more amazeballs themed.
- We kept the trip a surprise until after we'd bought the tickets. Isaac figured it out when we pulled into the parking lot, Isabelle.... not so much. These are their genuine faces of glee and surprise.
- the awesome Disney outfits people were wearing. We're talking head-to-toe, full on, disney everything, from shirts, hats, disney crocs, to millions of disney stuffed animals hanging from every item of clothing. Serious Diehards.
- the huge limo bus that arrived at our hotel to give us a ride. We were the only ones on it. It was simulaneously super gnar and super horrific to be wasting that much gas.
- after the earthquake Disney shut down. But the day we wanted to go happened to be the first day it opened again. We thought it would be packed, but really it was empty. Probably there were less than 1000 people there that day. GNAR.
-seeing Belle make cute little Japanese friends while Isaac went on the scarier rides with Tyler.
- such glee was felt all day. It really was the perfect thing to do that day- we still talk about how awesome it was, how cool the new rides were, and not to sound overbearingly cheesy... but DisneySea completes me.
-At the end of the day, the kids stopped and stared at the giganta-globe fountain outside the gates. I thought it fitting that they would find this globe so beautiful, when they are so in love with the globe they are trotting and loving what it has to offer.
The moral of this story is: if you find yourself in Tokyo with kids with an extra day to play, Disney is a definite yes.
BLUE LILY | Lifestyle Photographer | Salt Lake City, Utah