Disney Sea

(sorry for the bad Japanese)

Over the weekend I went to Disney Sea with a family friend whom I stayed with for a week last year when I came to Japan. I had so much fun since it was my first time. I didn’t get to see everything so I’m glad that I’m coming back next week. Disney Sea is very interesting because you know you are technically in Disneyland, but it doesn’t feel like the classic Disney since Tokyo had many liberties to make it their own unique park. It is so pretty  with all of its man-made rivers and has a lot of photo spots. There are more intense rides so it is very popular among young people and it was pretty crowded when we went, but not unreasonably so. The only complaint I have is that it is not made where there is a central hub with all the lands surrounding the middle, so you have to walk more and directions are a bit trickier if you are not used to it (my mom would think it is interesting…). There’s nothing like the classic Disneyland, but I enjoyed Disney Sea very much and I love how the Japanese made it their own. The marketing team does a great job and they make so much money and I would consider working for the Tokyo Disney Resort someday. 週末に去年日本に行った時一週間ホームステイの家族の友達と一緒にディズニーシーに行きました。初めてなので、とても楽しかったです。見たかった場所を全部見に行けなかったけど、来週また行きますので楽しみにしています。ディズニーシーは、ディズニーランドですが、東京が自由にユニークなテーマパークを作り、クラシックなディズニーを感じられなくて、面白いと思います。綺麗で、人工の川や写真ポイントがたくさんあり、ディズニーランドより激しい乗り物が多く、若者たちにとても人気があります。週末かなり混んでいましたが、大丈夫でした。一つだけの不平は、ディズニーランドのような別々のランドに囲まれている中心がなく、あまり歩きやすなくて方向はもうちょっと難しいと思います。クラシックなディズニーランドに限りますが、ディズニーシーは自分のテーマパークを作り、すごく楽しめました。マーケチングチームはすごいうまくて、多分たくさんのお金をもらえますね。いつかディズニーリゾートで働く可能性を考えてみます。

We went on many rides, but there are many more I wish to go on next week. I really wanted to try Tower of Terror and Indiana Jones, and we were able to do both. I was surprised that she went with me on those rides because my parents don’t like things like Tower of Terror. I think all the rides we went on were very unique and well made, but some were too short; Disneyland rides are longer in my opinion. 乗り物をたくさん乗りましたが、来週他の乗りたいのもあります。タワー・オブ・テラーとインディアナ・ジョーンズに乗りたくて、乗れて良かったです。両親は普通にこのような乗り物が乗るのが好きじゃないので、友達が一緒に乗る意思があり、とてもびっくりしました。全部のディズニーシーのアミューズメントはユニークで上手に作られているけど、あるアトラクションはディズニーランドと比べて早すぎると思います。

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For one ride, Journey to the Center of the Earth, we didn’t have to wait at all and got to go to the front of the line. Because my family friend subscribes to this health insurance that sponsors this ride, she regularly gets to participate in lotteries that give Disney tickets as prizes. Apparently she won and that’s why we were able to go. The lottery prize also included a free visit to their hidden lounge in the Journey to the Center of the Earth ride. There they give you a nice place to relax,  a free drink, and a place to take a cute photo with giant Duffy stuffed animals with Disney props. 一つの乗り物の「海底二万マイル」は、全然待たなくて、列の一番前にすぐ到達しました。友達は海底二万マイルをスポンサーされた健康保険のお客様なので、ディズニー切符を与える宝くじに参加できます。この宝くじに当たりましたから、ディズニーシーに二人で行きました。今回はディズニー切符だけもらわなく、海底二万マイルに隠されたラウンジも含まれ、そこでリラックスしたり無料の飲み物を飲んだり、大きいダッフィーぬいぐるみとかわいい写真を撮ったりすることができます。

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Surprisingly, a lot of the rides are sponsored by major companies, such as Panasonic, Fuji Film, Docomo, etc. Duffy, Disney Sea’s mascot that was not well-received in America, has been incorporated everywhere and people love all of the Disney Sea character products. Tokyo Disney has successfully integrated the characters and made it their own. In fact, it is not uncommon to see people of all ages to carry character pouches and items. Although Disney Sea may be a reminder of globalization and capitalism, I personally enjoyed the atmosphere despite the apparent product placement. I did not buy any Duffy things because despite it being very cute and tempting, it is a basic brown teddy bear and I have way too many stuffed animals. However I caved and bought a white Unibearsity bear with a giant bow on it at the Ikspiari Disney Store right outside the park since these bears are exclusively for Japan. Next week when I come back I will probably buy Duffy’s artist cat friend since I just can’t pass up the opportunity…is it sad that I still collect stuffed animals and use them as decorations around my house? 驚くほどに、パナソニック、富士フィルム、ドコモ、他の大企業などがスポンサーされた乗り物が多くあります。アメリカで歓迎されたディズニーシーのマスコットのダッフィーは、至る所で合体され、みんなディズニーシーのキャラクター商品が大好きです。東京ディズニーはキャラクターを成功裏に融合して自分のスタイルに合わせました。それに、あらゆる年齢の人々はキャラクターのかばんやぬいぐるみを運ぶことを見るのは珍しくないんです。ディズニーシーはグローバリゼーションと資本主義を現れていますが、明らかなプロダクト・プレイスメントでも私は雰囲気を楽しみました。普通の茶色テディベアだし、家にぬいぐるみを持ちすぎるし、可愛くて誘惑的なダッフィー商品を買わなかったんです。しかし、ディスニーリゾートのすぐ外にあるイクスピアリのディズニーモールで頭にリボンを縫われた日本だけで売られる白いユニベアシティぬいぐるみを買いました。来週また行った時、ジェラトニという猫の友達を買う予定です。私は大人でもぬいぐるみを集めて家の中に装飾品に使われて、かわいそうでしょうね…

I hope that my parents can come see Disney Sea someday and that if we ever get rich, we can stay here for four days since their four-day pass is only about $230 per person. Yes it is expensive, but compared to LA where the price is about $120 per person for one day (no park hop), $230 is great. I think on the first and second day you can only go to one park, and then the third and fourth day you can park hop. I think this trip has made me obsessed with Disney again and I am so blessed and privileged to have gone this many times. いつかお金持ちになったら、両親もディズニーシーを訪れられるといいです。四日間のパスポートは一人約$230、ロスアンゼルスのディズニー(一日一人park hopなしは約$120)と比べて安いと思います。東京の四日間のパスポートというのは、一日目と二日目に一つのパークだけに行けて、三日目と四日目にpark hopできることです。この旅はまたディズニーにはまっており、何回も行けて感謝です。

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