Thursday, 11 August 2011

More Share Mickey talk!

Hi Disney Guys and Gals!

Have you joined Share Mickey yet? Add me as a friend!

I've only been on the site a few days, but I'm already addicted. I think it's a wonderful place to interact with other like-minded Disney fanatics and I'm really interested in spreading a little information about Disney in Japan, primarily the Tokyo Disney Resort.

The administrator of the site, Joe, has kindly made me the Moderator of the Disney International Forums (visit the forums HERE and scroll down to the near the bottom for International) and I'll also be contributing to their BLOG. I'm really excited about working with the other mods and members of the site and can't wait to see it grow and grow!

I'm actually still doing a bit of work for my University at the moment, so I won't be able to post as regularly.

I'll be back up and running by the end of August though!

So, yes, just a little post to talk a bit more about Share Mickey and my mini-hiatus!

Take care everyone and enjoy what is left of the summer! (I say this but it is currently raining in the UK!)

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Share Mickey!

Hi Disney guys and gals!

Just a quick post today!

I recently had the pleasure of finding an amazing site! It's called "Share Mickey" and is a place where you can meet other Disney fans and share memories of your visits to the parks and other Disney related things!

Please join if you haven't already!


Focused on the Magic

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

"DISNEY MOBILE" IN JAPAN - Another reason why I love Japan!

Hi Disney Guys and Gals!

Did you know that, in Japan, Disney has their very own Mobile phone company? And that they produce some of the most kawaii cellphones ever? Yep, I'm not kidding!

When I was in Japan, I was fortunate enough to be in the position to purchase one. It's pretty difficult for non-Japanese to get a cell in Japan, unless you have a visa and all that. So.. I was very happy that I was able to get the cell I'd been obsessing over for the past year! This was back in 2009..

Now, Disney Mobile Japan has released their addition to the "Smart Phone" market. It's a Disney-themed smart phone!

Take a look..
Taken from the Disney Mobile Site.
Yep, that's the Disneyland Resort in California! For some reason the chose the USA parks over their own, which they haven't done before! Isn't it just amazing?

If you click HERE you can see more photos of the phone and some of it's features...

Read more for some videos and a few photos of my Disney Mobile!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

BLOGGING WITH INTEGRITY: Why I blog and my Pledge.

Hi Disney Guys and Gals!

I'm relatively new to the blogging scene. I've had various personal blogs in the past but have never had a Disney blog before. In fact, up until the past year or so, I've never really had a strong reason for wanting to take on a Disney blog.

Y'see, I spent a year in Japan from Late summer 2009 til Late summer 2010 and it literally changed my life. In more ways than one! One way it altered my life was the way in which I enjoyed and understood Disney. Of course, like many children of the 80's, I grew up with a rich diet of Disney movies, toys, cartoons etc. And, the yearly visit to Disneyland. In this case, Disneyland Resort Paris (then Euro Disney!)

However, as I grew older, I kind of lost my passion for Disney. I still loved the movies and enjoyed visiting the parks immensely.. I guess I just kinda lost my enthusiasm for Disney. Sad but true.

So, when I went to Japan and found out that I would be living a mere 20 minutes away from Tokyo Disney Resort, I quickly realised that it would be utterly amazing if I could visit. Not just once, but if I bought an Annual Pass.. wow, I could go as many times as I liked! The few months before my year abroad began were spent planning what I'd do at TDR and, of course, saving up for the rather expensive AP! It was during this time that I began to realise that TDR is quite amazing, actually! I visited the Official Site in both English and Japanese. I realised that the Japanese site offered a lot more interesting information about the Resort. It was then that I came to value my language ability!

I then moved to Japan and finally the day arrived when I could visit TDR for the first time (it rained heavily and we could only ride indoor rides, not that it "dampened" my enthusiasm one bit!!) and attempt to make my AP at long last! Well, let me be quite honest, it was very, very difficult to make the AP! And I would know, I've made an AP at Disneyland Resort Paris, without knowing any French at all, and it was still easier than making the TDR AP! Y'see, TDR isn't really geared towards foreign Guests and therefore the forms were entirely in Japanese and the staff spoke very little English at the AP booth. I mean, sure, the majority of CM's can speak good enough English and they provide an English Guide Map.. But, let me tell you in all honesty, you can enjoy so much more of the Resort if you understand Japanese. For example, only a handful of the Attractions have English language options and the shows have none at all (though the show "Big Band Beat" is in English as the Performers are American)

My year spent visiting TDR was amazing. I saw each season and the different Events that followed. I shopped, laughed, explored and made friends.. it was truly an unforgettable experience.
However, many of the foreign visitors to TDR don't speak Japanese and therefore their experience, though undoubtedly amazing, is sadly limited due to TDR's lack of English support beyond the bare neccessities.

Therefore, I made this blog to help spread the Disney In Japan Love! Integrity to me is blogging about TDR as accurately and honestly as possible and including as many interesting articles about TDR and, indeed, all Disney in Japan. I will use alot of material taken from the Official TDR site and Official Japanese Disney Site, but this is so I can convey the news, information and excitement to non-speakers of Japanese as accurately and in as interesting way as possible.

My pledge of Integrity:
  • I will write about Japanese Disney in an accurate and honest manner at all times.
  • I will always give credit and link back to the Official sites I use and make no claim to owning their information.
  • I will translate and convey information as accurately and honestly as I can. However, my Japanese is not perfect. Therefore, when I am unsure, I will not include the information in my blog.
  • I will post regularly about topics that will help readers enjoy Japanese Disney.
  • I will listen to advice and suggestions from fellow Bloggers and Readers and take the appropriate action.
  • I will try to help with information regarding TDR for non-Japanese visitors to the park by offering my help with any vacation/day visit queries when required.
  • I will have fun posting about a topic very, very close to my heart.

I hope you will enjoy my blog.

Thank you for visiting!


Hi Disney Guys and Gals!

Excuse the crappy banner, kay?
I saw a few blogs doing an A-Z of Disney-related fun, so I thought I'd do an A-Z of TDR!
So let's start with A today!
Click "read more" for more!