Tuesday, April 28, 2009

night time
















Time to leave the park!

But not before we venture into the newest hotel here - the Disneyland Hotel. Pictures coming tomorrow!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Italian dinner at DisneySea

















There's a beautiful Italian restaurant right around the corner from the hotel we were married in, on the other side of the gondolas. We ate here for the first time on our last trip. Very good meal. As with all Disney parks, there's not a lot of choice per place, because set menus keep cooking time down and allow a greater turnover of, but I seldom have complaints about what's offered in the parks.

spring in DisneySea!




Thursday, April 23, 2009

more of the beautiful Sea

















Shots from across the lagoon. We're standing kinda in front of Ariel's Playground taking these, at the mouth of the volcano. During the night show, the volcano erupts and fireworks shoot out.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

go round
































Pictures of old man Ohmart riding the merry-go-round in Arabian Coast, and thinking he's Indiana Jones...

You know, I'm slowly working with Tish Eastman, who did all the music on this ride, on a book on Disney composer Buddy Baker! She's never even been to TDL!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

more on the Arabian Coast!
















Beautiful, huh? Any Disney fans really should come here. Even Disneyland/Magic Kingdom is different. But it's the Sea that will really impress you. And it's right on the ocean.

the Arabian Coast
















Yes, the pics for the Aladdin ride are a bit blurry, but it's a beautiful area.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

the nicest TDL/S pics
















This starts the pictures we took with Mayu's nicer, newer camera.

Here you see the entrance to DisneySea, a beautiful place, and unlike any Disney area anywhere else in the world. We like walking around here a lot because it's just grand to look at. Wonderful atmosphere.

And the other shot is the sensation - Duffy! As I said, it seemed like every third person was clutching a Duffy. Sometimes 2. And there was only one store you could buy them in. Amazing, huh?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

the new Disneyland Hotel!

















We walked around this huge hotel and it was impressive. Maybe these pics aren't, but I haven't taken the good pics out of Mayu's camera yet. You'll see them on the blog soon!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

back to the Sea!

















On Sun and Mon we went back to where it all started for us: DisneySea/Land. Sun was Sea because we figured since it's a weekend there would be more people, and they would choose Land, and we were right! Not a bad crowd at all. And the weather, she was perfect!

This trip we did things we never did before, including this lunch show in an area we hadn't even gone to before! The reason we found it this time is because there's a certain bear in Sea called Duffy which is incredibly popular. I mean, there were so many people walking around with a Duffy - like 1 out of 4 - I wondered if they were giving them away. And there was only 1 store where you can get it - in this new section we found. Amazing. You'll see Duffy tomorrow here. Meantime, enjoy lunch and a show!

Friday, April 10, 2009

it's cherry blossom time!
















Beautiful, eh? These were taken about a 3 minute walk from our house, along the river.

We're off to Disneyland tomorrow for 2 days! We don't know if they have cherry blossoms there or not, but we're taking 2 cameras, so stay tuned!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

rocks and trinkets






























Yet more pictures from last weekend. We went to the same shop selling the little things made from material 3 years ago - you might remember the old posts showing them.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

beyond the river

















It's cherry blossom time, kids! We took a lot of photos of the ones by the river by our house too, but this is still the area of the bamboo gardens. And that little round dish I'm holding is sugar-coated cherry blossoms that are for putting in tea.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

at the river

















More photos from our walk to the bamboo area. As you can tell by the faces on the bridge, we weren't the only ones there!

Monday, April 6, 2009

the weekend's soft cream


Not called ice cream here, it's called soft cream when it's in cones like this. I had the cherry blossom and Mayu had the green tea. Then we switched, finding that we preferred the other's flavor!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

today's lunch & the view it saw
















We hadn't been back to the bamboo garden area for 3 years, but we went today. Well, we didn't make it into the bamboo part, but we did have a lovely time walking the crowded street of stores and restaurants. I had the curry, Mayu had the sketti.

Friday, April 3, 2009

utsamatau!


Pizza from a new Italian restaurant that opened up recently, right next to our usual grocery store. The dough was chewy like burrito stuff. We won't be going back there - but it makes us appreciate the other places more!