Our Tokyo Disney Gang

The reason we were in Tokyo and Tokyo Disney was largely as a prelude to Frank Hobson’s 13th birthday.  So it is appropriate I put up some photos of  the gang enjoying themselves at Tokyo Disney.

The girls and Frank ready to start the day at Tokyo Disneyland…

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Enjoying Splash Mountain and then onto Thunder Mountain…

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One of my favourite shots…waiting for the daytime parade…from left to right…Bruce, Em, Moo, Frank, Clark and Ezna.

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All doing the “Where to Next” Disney Huddle…

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With the McPherson’s family o the first day at DisneySea…

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On a Magic Carpet Ride….as it is all Magic at Disney…

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Loving what is Unique to Tokyo Disney and the Characters

I don’t like to compare Disney Parks as they are each a slightly different experience.  Tokyo DisneySea is of course unique to Tokyo and Tokyo Dinseyland also brings some Japanese uniqueness to the Magic Kingdom. 

Em really got into the spirit of much of what is unique to Tokyo Disney with the popcorn…chasing down the many and varied flavours (Honey, Soy Sauce & Butter, BBQ, Caramel, Curry, Milk Tea, Salted and of course Chocolate) to refill her Minnie Bottom.

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Japanese Moshi Disney style…

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…and Pooh’s Honey Hunt is a trackless ride unique to Tokyo Disneyland and a must do.

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Of course she also kept up her chase of Characters and Photo chances.

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Looking Good and Matching at Tokyo Disneyland

Day 3 in Tokyo was Day 2 at Disney for us and our first time to the Tokyo Dinseyland park.  We observed from our day at Tokyo DisneySea that at Tokyo Disney the thing to do is to either dress up as your favourite character or to go in matching shirts – so we did the matching Ariel T-Shirts!!!

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Looking bright and beautiful in our shirts gave us plenty of chances for more Disney selfies…plus as you can see by the next photo we found some “shirt buddies” heading into Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters.

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Tokyo DisneySea – Selfies, Characters and Costumes

With iPhones in hand it meant DisneySea was a snap of selfies as we made our way through the day.

Characters would pop up here and there but we were unsure if we were allowed to get photos with them.  Most people just seemed to form a circle and clap and dance.  Em was bolder and would go up to get the photo!!!

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Selfies were taken near most rides and attractions…

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A number of people were dressed up as their favourite characters…here is Mini Mouse and the 3 Pigs…

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Finally a secret shot of the screen from the Tower of Terror…

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Billimina Shelter – Aboriginal Art – Grampians

Billimina Shelter is one of four Aboriginal Art sites in the Grampians and although it is a 1 hour drive to the far west side of the Grampians, from Halls Gap, it is worth it as a chance to take in the full splendour of the Grampians and to also see a great display of Aboriginal Art.

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A long drive but a short 1km walk through ferns to see the art.  The Billimina Campground was a great place to relax and have lunch before heading off for the walk.

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Christmas Morning Run – The Pinnacle, Grampians

While Kerrie and Moo spent Christmas morning relaxing in Halls Gap making pancakes, Em and I went on an 8km run up to The Pinnacle and then back via the Wonderland Loop.

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We took the direct route from Halls Gap up to the Pinnacle which worked out well because the first 3km was straight up via a lot of purpose built steps.  This made for a fast and exciting run back down via Wonderland Loop as this was across rocks and paths that made for technical but fun trail running.

Even though the first stretch had a lot of steps we still kept up a reasonable running pace, walking the steps but running in between. Em’s pace up steps is impressive.

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The Pinnacle was busy but this was mainly from people taking the shorter walk straight up from Wonderland Carpark.  Although I say shorter it is still a good vertical hike and so as we ran down we could see many people who were in for a long day.

Even though it was well fenced, it was a bit scary standing out on the Pinnacle mainly due to the high wind.

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The run back down was great as we kept up a decent pace for the 5km return.  Technical at times with the rocks and with so many people but great exercise. 

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My knees were sore for the following few days but the dip in the cool waters at the end helped…I think!!!

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Hiking Chatauqua Peak and MacKenzie Falls – Grampians

Sunday morning, after dropping Ruby off at the Kennels in Stawell, we headed to Halls Gap to set off on a short hike up to Chatauqua Peak.

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Normally this track is a loop via Clematis Falls but the falls side of the loop was closed and so we went up and back via Halls Gap Botanic Gardens and Bullaces Glen passing through ferned gullies and blackwoods.

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An easy to moderate hour or so hike with an enjoyable last 100m across the rocky outcrop to get to Chatauqua Peak and the views down into Halls Gap and across the valley.

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Post the peak we took half hour drive into the Grampians to MacKenzie Falls.  The falls are popular and so unlike Chatauqua Peak where we saw one other couple, the falls were packed with many families and visitors.

We did the 2km walk to the lookout first.  This was flat on a well kept path and an easy stroll.

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Kerrie and Moo then rested while Em and I ran the 2km down to the base of the falls and back.  The pathway was packed and so we were careful to dodge and weave but not push.  Em took a refreshing swim at the base of the falls.

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As always there were many foreigners ignoring the path and signs and disturbingly making their way out onto the slippery rocks at the top of the falls. No doubt there will be a serious accident at the falls soon given the amount of people!!!

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