Across the country, things are starting to heat up and it seems like summer has come early, but there’s one place where spring is still in the air – Tokyo Disney Sea!
Tokyo Disney Sea is generally considered to be the more “grown up” of the two parks, and this is reflected in the way each park celebrates Easter – at Tokyo Disney Land, it’s all bunnies and egg-painting, but at Tokyo Disney Sea, it’s a celebration of the wonders of Spring Fashion!
Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in this year’s Easter show, “Fashionable Easter”!
Taking place in and around Mediterranean Harbour, this show features four truly fabulous designers from the four ports of Disney Sea.
Representing American Waterfront is the diva-like Gloria de Mode, whose elegant Art Nouveau-inspired designs are the most spring-like of the four collections, with big, bright flowers featuring prominently in her designs. Gloria managed to pick up the big name stars for her designs, as they’re modelled by Mickey, Minnie, Duffy and Shellie May.
From Lost River Delta comes the exotic Carlotta Mariposa and her “Magic Realism” collection, which is every bit as entrancing as she promises, graceful and mysterious yet wild, iridescent butterflies shimmering in the sunlight. Her models are frequent visitors to Lost River Delta, Goofy, Max, Jose and Panchito.
Mermaid Lagoon has sent the cheerful and upbeat P.A. Ocean Seamarine (though he also answers to O-chan) as its representative, with his “Aqua Pop” themed collection. Bright, fun and sometimes just a little bit skimpy, you can really feel the joy “pop” from these designs. Fittingly for such a playful collection, O-chan’s models are Chip, Dale and Clarice.
Last, but by no means least, hailing from Mysterious Island is the rather aggressive Hugo Welljule, who has embraced his port’s Steampunk theme with a collection with all the cogs, clocks and goggles you could ever desire. His models are Donald, Daisy and Stitch.
But when these four designers begin to argue over who has the best designs, how will they resolve their differences? You’ll have to watch to find out!
Of course, if you want to get a good spot for such a popular show, you’ll need to get there early. I would recommend at least an hour before for a good spot, and about an hour and a half for a very good spot. My personal favourite viewing area is Lido Isle, as the seating area is made of steps, giving you something to lean against while you wait, and keeping other people’s heads out of your field of vision.
Lido Isle is also quite close to one of my favourite Disney Sea quick service restaurants, New York Deli. For Easter, they’re offering a Deli Plate Lunch with a souvenir lunch bag for 1,900 yen, or 1,070 for just the lunch. With cold meats and cheeses, it makes a fantastic picnic lunch to pick at while you wait for the show to start.
Photo : Diana on FlickrAnd if you want something sweet, it’s just a little bit further to the Liberty Landing Diner, where you can pick up what is possibly my favourite spring dessert in either park, a very Japanese Easter Sundae, with sakura jelly and matcha and white chocolate mousse for just 500 yen.
After lunch and the show, why not stretch your legs by talking a walk to take in the Easter decorations around the park? Cape Cod is looking particularly gorgeous this time of year. While you wander, you might even meet some Cast Members with truly inspired taste in hats.
If you’re visiting on a multiday passport, for an extra 800 yen, you can try to find all of these Cast Members and collect stamps from them to earn a special prize! (It also includes participation in the Easter Egg Hunt at Disneyland.) Unfortunately, this event is only available to guests using a multiday passport to visit both Disney Sea and Disneyland. If you’re on a one-day passport, or if you’re an annual passport holder, you’ll have to make do with just admiring the beautiful hats.
However, if you are using a multiday passport, be sure to go to pick up your maps for both the Bonnet Stamp Rally and the Easter Egg Hunt on your first day. In Disneyland, you can pick them up from the Royal Street Veranda or Cleo’s. In Disney Sea, there is a special counter set up by the Mitsui Sumitomo Bank ATMs at the entrance.
This spring, Tokyo Disney Sea is truly a celebration of all things fashion, so why not dust off your favourite florals and join in the fun?
Information : http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tds/
(Photos © Kaori Suzuki @kk_coco10)