After lunch in Disney's Hollywood Studios, we headed for the park's busiest ride: "Toy Story" Mid Way Mania.
Although we had our fastpasses, we still had to wait in the fast pass line before entering the ride.
The area for people to line up was enormous. Three or four times the size of the actual ride it seemed. We walked right thru, but that was fun to see all the amazing theming throughout.
The ride was much longer than the one at Disney World and just as much fun. I lost out to Dan, but it was a valiant effort.
After being jolted around in the Toy Story ride, we walked around the wet back lot streets, designed to look like the Hollywood Backlots of Hollywood's heydey in the 1930s and 40s.
Indian Jone stunt show was next up on our fast pass schedule. Although the rain prevented them from doing all their stunts what we did get to see was amazing and an exciting show to watch.
Next, we headed to the newly built "Launch Bay" where guests had the chance to meet characters from the new and old Star Wars films.
While lining up, we walked through much glassed in exhibits to look at various props and replicas of the props used in the movies.
Meeting Chewbacca was one of the most fun character interactions we had in the park. He enjoyed Dan's beard.
For Dinner, we dined at the Vintage, Hollywood Derby Restaurant.
The entry is covered in caricatures of classic Hollywood actors.
Inside it feels like you're dining in Hollywood in the 1950's.
The menu had American classics and we some of the best food available in any of the parks. Truly high class.
As night fell, we headed over to the Fantasmic stage to grab our seats, which we had reserved with our last fastpass.
The show was incredible. Breathtaking. An absolute blast.
Fireworks above the park themed to "Star Wars" music finished off the night with - a literal - bang!
Our last day in Japan was a sombre day. Unlike many vacations where you are sad to leave but feeling like you're ready to go, this was a case when we were not ready to go. Not yet. There was so much more to see. So much more to do. But alas, this journey had come to a close. And it was time to head home.
We sat in a beautiful park with a stunning rose garden and chowed down on all our favourite convenience store food - since that was the only thing open so early in the morning.
As sad as we were to leave, we sat on that bench and reminisced about all our favourite memories and even started to plan out our next trip back to Japan. We don't know when - but we do know we'll be back.
We wandered around the relatively quiet streets of Osaka in the early morning and then, begrudgingly, headed home to pack our things.
My last meal in Japan had to be ramen. A bookend for the trip. It was the first meal I had when I got off the plane and the last one I would have before returning home.
We bought a few last Japanese souvenirs to take home to our loved ones, in the hope they - even in some small part - could express the quirky awesomeness that was JAPAN.
We used up the last few of our coins on a leg massage chair with a beautiful view of our aeroplane before taking off.
The flight was long, and unlike on the way over, there was not much to look forward to on the other end. But that isn't true now, is it? There is an entirely new trip to look forward to. A better trip, a bigger trip, a more exciting adventure full of the knowledge and experience we had on our first voyage over to my new favourite place. We'll be back soon Japan. Keep those futons warm for us.
One of the most eye opening and engaging parts of our trip was exploring the different temples and shrines which dot the entire landscape of Japan. Whether you're in the centre of a bustling city or the middle of the country, you will find those green tile roofs popping out from the tree tops anywhere you go.
Hello, Blogosphere! After much deliberation, I've decided to move all my in-depth travel writings over to a new blog: thecreativeadventurer.com! I spend hours and hours researching and writing these blogs, and they're more like mini travel essay's than blogs, and I felt like in the end they didn't belong on my portfolio site. That being said, I still do want to share photos and short memories from my travels here so I'm going to start posting these Photo Diaries which are mainly a collage of all the photos from a certain trip, activity, event or day out.
Tokyo was by far the most mind blowing city I've ever visited. Everything surprised me. Everything amazed me. Everything overwhelmed me (in the very best way possible). Reliving it here makes me want to go back ASAP!
In this little series, I wanted to focus on nightlife. Dan and I aren't much for partying, binge drinking and clubbing but we certainly are all for arcades, late night junk food, music and neon lights!