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Tokyo Disneyland Guide
|Konnichiwa! A look at Disney in Japan|
The rides are described as they are encountered, entering from the castle.
Peter Pan's Flight
One of the best attractions in Fantasyland. Board your own flying pirate ship for a journey through the Darling's window, over London, past the second star to the right and straight on 'til morning! The detail of this "dark ride" (a black room filled with specially painted scenery, illuminated by ultraviolet light) is wonderful. Look down at London, and notice the cars moving on the expressways. Neverland is a beautifully rendered island, floating in the stars. The waterfalls are spectacular, and Hook's ship is right there in the bay where it belongs. While many adults pass on this one as a 'kiddie ride', it is well worth the wait.
Snow White's Adventure
A ride that might be too much for younger children, it is another nice visual effect ride (visual effect in the artistic, rather than the computerized sense). You board an appropriately decorated car, but ride along the ground on a track. It carries you through the Dwarfs' Diamond mine it goes on to encounter the Wicked Witch, reaching out for you with a poisoned apple. She meets her doom in the end, to the cheers of many spirited riders.
Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour
A tour through the lovely castle in which you encounter some of the key villains of Disney. The narration here is in Japanese only, however.
The Mickey Mouse Revue
Similar to the Country Bear Jamboree, this is an audio-animatronic stage show featuring the top stars from the Disney stables. Mickey, Donald, Goofy and the whole gang provide an entertaining show.
Pinocchio's Daring Journey
Not as scary as Snow White for young children, but Pleasure Island might give a chill, particularly when Lampwick becomes a donkey right before your eyes or Monstro the Whale suddenly lunges toward you near the end. A bit of tongue in cheek humor as we watch of the perils of being in an amusement park right in the center of Disneyland. The detail here is some of the nicest, and rumor has it there is a hidden Mickey along the way.
Dumbo The Flying Elephant
Probably the most often crowded ride in Fantasyland, this one offers some great views at night, but does not offer the extra treat that some of the other rides do. You move up and down on your 'Dumbo' car while whirling around in a circle. Lots of fun for the kids, but adults could probably skip it.
Cinderella's Golden Carrousel
This beautiful carousel, complete with fully restored gleaming white jeweled horses is a true work of art. It is graceful, majestic, and a treasure to behold. It is especially a beautiful sight at night. Also near here is the daily "Sword in the Stone" ceremony in which Merlin taps a young park guest to be the 'new king'. A treat to watch.
Interestingly, this attraction is located in Fantasyland, not Adventureland or some similar location. The Haunted Mansion is home to 999 spooks, spirits, ghouls and ghosts, but there is always room for one more. Never too scary for anyone but the youngest kids, it offers a lot of nice interior detail, including a couple of hidden Mickeys (or so the story goes).
It's A Small World
Possibly the signature Disney attraction, the first version premiered at the World's Fair, along with Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. You ride in boats through a series of 'lands' which features animatronic dolls dressed in the native costumes of nations around the world. The detail is very well done and it can take several rides through to see it all. The music, by the Sherman Brothers, is pleasant, but often hard to get out of your head. .
Alice's Tea Party
One of the rides people envision when they think of Disney parks, this is sort of like the carnival Tilt-a-Whirl, but themed for Alice in Wonderland. A tradition for many visitors, it's only drawback is that because it is outside and is based on friction for its operation, the sometimes heavy rains can cause it to shut down. Otherwise a fun treat.
Poohs Hunny Hunt
A fantasy ride through the world of Winnie the Pooh, it includes bounces from Tigger, sad comments from Eeyore, and visits from all of the Pooh gang. One of the best rides in the park, a visual treat for all.
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