To infinity and beyond with an infant (Jan 2013 Trip Report part 3)

After our lunch at The Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall, we walked out into Fantasyland and saw Pinocchio mingling with the crowd. Took a shot of him, Mahina and my better half. Right after that, we decided to go try out a photo taking tip that I got while watching a Japanese TV show here.

My ladies with Pinocchio

My ladies with Pinocchio

This was the first time I tried this tip out and it worked perfectly. If you ever want to get a shot of the castle, do try this out. It requires a little effort, but it works like a charm. In Fantasyland, there is a statue of Fantasmic Mickey which is just in front of the castle. As you are facing the statue and the castle, walk a little to the right, lay down flat on your back (This is not a joke. I repeat, this is not a joke) and take a shot of both the statue and the castle. Voila!!!

Beautiful shot of the castle.

Beautiful shot of the castle

After our little photography adventure, we walked towards Tomorrowland, excited about taking little Mahina on her second attraction. Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters was the target. Once again, we walked into the attraction without a cast member saying anything about our baby girl being too young to ride. This time, I took Mahina on the ride, in her baby carrier. That allowed my hands the freedom to annihilate my wife in Buzz. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Lining up for Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters

Lining up for Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters

IN the ride vehicle with Mahina IN her baby carrier IN Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters IN Tomorrowland IN Tokyo Disneyland

IN the ride vehicle with Mahina IN her baby carrier IN Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters IN Tomorrowland IN Tokyo Disneyland

After going to infinity and beyond with Mahina, we decided to go get a little snack. We took a walk across World Bazaar and found ourselves a little eatery, Cafe Orleans, in Adventureland. Crepes, one of Japan’s favorite snack food. Everywhere you go in Tokyo, you will be able to find some store, somewhere selling crepes. They love Hawaii and France over here. Rock bands would have French names and anything with the word Hawaii in it, will sell. “Hawaiian Nasi Goreng”, “Hawaiian Dim Sum”, “Hawaiian Tom Yam Soup”. There you go peeps. Some business ideas from me to you. You’re welcome. Wow, we are way off track. BACK TO BUSINESS!!!

So, we ordered the Pork Patty with Chilli Con Carne crepe and the Cajun Shrimp Salad crepe from Cafe Orleans. After placing our order and walking to our table, I recalled reading on a Disney forum once about Japanese Hot Pot (Oden) being sold at The Gazebo. Since The Gazebo is just a stone’s throw away, I had to get it. The crepes were so-so. One reason why the crepes did not taste as good as I thought they would, might be the fact that it was super cold on that day. We were seated outside and the crepes got cold really fast. Based on that experience, I wouldn’t recommend anyone spending that amount of money on a hot crepe, in a cold winter’s day.

Cafe Orleans

Cafe Orleans

Cafe Orleans Menu

Cafe Orleans’ Menu

A closer look at the crepes

Crepes in the making

Crepes and hot cocoa

Crepes and hot cocoa

The Hot Pot on the other hand, was better. It tasted better than the crepes and got me warm. I have to warn you guys that the Hot Pot is served in a really small bowl. Definitely not worth 500 yen, but hey, this is Disney. All in all, it tasted good and will keep you warm. Just know that the portion is not big at all. A perfect SNACK in winter.

The Gazebo

The Gazebo

The Gazebo's menu

The Gazebo’s menu

Hot Pot Japanese style (Oden)

Hot Pot Japanese style (Oden)

Right after our snacking, we decided to do some shopping. While walking to World Bazaar, I smelled something amazing, so I followed that scent and found a popcorn stand selling Soy Sauce and Butter popcorn. As you can probably tell, I was not ready to be done with snacking, so I got us a box. Don’t judge me people. I was on holiday!!! This has to be one of my favorite popcorn flavors in TDR. It was brilliant. I’ve always loved soy sauce and butter, so this was a perfect combination. You guys got to try this if you ever go to TDL. It can be found in Adventureland. Pretty close to Cafe Orleans and The Gazebo. With my popcorn in hand, we went shopping.

Soy Sauce and Butter popcorn stand

Soy Sauce and Butter popcorn stand

Soy sauce and butter popcorn

Soy Sauce and Butter popcorn

We shopped for about an hour and a half in World Bazaar. The Japanese really buy loads of souvenirs when they travel. I’ve been to all Disney Theme Parks in the world and I would think that TDR makes the most money from merchandise sales. Everyone was buying tins of goodies. Everyone visiting TDR was dressed up in Disney apparel. Almost everyone had the character ears on. Yen bills were being transferred from wallets of park guests to the cashiers and the process repeats itself, like clockwork. In my head, all I could imagine was the mouse driving a huge truck of cash with a big smile on his face, bigger than usual, whistling to the tune of Steamboat Willie. Disney is huge in Japan. I mean, it is huge almost everywhere in the world, but in Japan, Mickey is godlike. After getting Mahina her Dumbo soft toy and a cute little hair clip, we decided to go for dinner.

We headed to Plaza Restaurant in Tomorrowland for dinner. Since we pigged out just about 2 hours ago, we decided to share a meal before watching the Electrical Parade. We got the Spicy Beef and Rice in Soup. This, really hits the spot. It got me warm, there was a little spice going on and I finally got some rice in my system. Overall, if I had to choose between Cafe Orleans, The Gazebo or Plaza Restaurant, I would pick Plaza Restaurant. It provides indoor seating and the food is better. I didn’t feel ripped off after having my meal here. I thought that it was fairly priced.

Plaza Restaurant menu

Plaza Restaurant’s menu

Spicy Beef and Rice in Soup

Spicy Beef and Rice in Soup

After dinner, we watched the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights. Mahina’s eyes were glued to the floats. At that point, I felt so much love from her. It made me realize that I am doing for her, what my Dad and Mum had done for me. It was a beautiful moment. The world stood still. It made me recall watching this parade with my parents when I was a kid and now, I am watching this with my own kid. The Disney tradition lives on in this family and I am so happy that I can share my childhood with my daughter.

When the curtain closed on this wonderful day, a first for little Mahina, it was time for us to retire to the Miracosta. The adventure of fatherhood has begun for me and I can’t wait to walk hand in hand with my wife through it.

Mahina with her new Dumbo soft toy

Mahina with her new Dumbo soft toy

Goodnight world

Goodnight world

To be continued…

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