Disney, Tokyo Style

IMG_2801Last week the kids’ school closed for fall break. We spent a day at Disney Sea, seeing how the Japanese do The Mouse. The basic gist is the same: FastPass, crowds even mid-week, etc. But Japanese visitors really nail one thing, and that’s dressing like their pals.

Plenty of American kids and even families will wear matching hoodies or t-shirts at amusements parks. But Japanese visitors really run with the idea. The really outrageous, obviously-agonized-over outfits stand out right away, but I also noticed plenty of Not Necessarily Disney Themed But Still Matching Outfits, like this couple.

Not very Disney, as outfits go--though you could argue that the color scheme is very Mickey.
Not very Disney, as outfits go–though you could argue that the color scheme is very Mickey.
I almost wore *exactly* the same shoes! That would've been embarrassing.
I almost wore *exactly* the same shoes! That would’ve been embarrassing.

Also the hats. This example had a giant Mickey in front, oddly small Mickey body coming out the back (kind of a Mickey mullet!). And this was on a grown man with a kid.

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It’s the Mickey mullet!

Another thing I don’t quite get is the popcorn. Popcorn buckets are a major, major Thing. At first I thought that you buy a bucket (2100 yen, or about $17) and get free refills all day, based on the impossibly long lines. Nope. Each refill costs another 500 yen, or $4. The queues looked they stretched on for 30 minutes or more. I don’t get it, though I admit the curry popcorn smelled pretty awesome.

The famous 2100yen/$17 popcorn bucket that earns you the chance to wait another 30 minutes and 500 yen for each refill!
The famous 2100yen/$17 popcorn bucket that earns you the chance to wait another 30 minutes and 500 yen for each refill!

5 thoughts on “Disney, Tokyo Style

  1. Donald Kane

    We love your posts.  Keep them coming.We noted you went camping near Fugi,  any future post on that adventure would be enjoyed very much.Don & Julie

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