Thirty gets a bad rap. There seems to be an unspoken agreement that once you hit 30, you’re “old.” I don’t remember anyone freaking out about their 20th birthday. But now that I’m the age where a lot of my friends are hitting 30 – which, if you’re paying attention, means I’ll soon be there too – fear of aging seems to be setting in all around.
Which is why I love that Tokyo Disneyland chose “The Happiness Year” as the theme for their 30th anniversary. Why must 30 induce such neurosis among the late 20’s crowd? Why do we need before 30 bucket lists, and all the rest? Why not refashion 30 as something to look forward to, something to celebrate?
Last month my husband Jordan turned 30, and in the months leading up to it he was getting pretty depressed about it. So, with the help of some generous family donors, I took him on a surprise birthday trip to his favourite place in Japan: Tokyo Disneyland. There’s nothing better than sharing a birthday with The Happiest Place On Earth!
How many people get to be birthday buddies with Disneyland?
As we entered the park first thing in the morning we were greeted epically by a brass band. Happiness ensued.
Disneyland wouldn’t be Disneyland without the costumes, so we got ourselves some tails! It took some getting used to, I kept feeling like I was being followed… I think I now understand more how cats feel half the time.
I succeeded in getting Jordan to be tail buddies with me, but I couldn’t convince him to get the hat.
Riding Splash Mountain! Jordan takes pride in his stoic roller coaster look.
I was a very wet Tigger after Splash Mountain!
The Lost River Delta in Tokyo Disney Sea, that’s home to Indiana Jones: Temple of the Chrystal Skull.
It only took us five days (including the last time we were at TDL) to find proper breakfast in the park. Ironically, though, in Japan waffles are considered dessert, and we had to wait until an hour after open to get them!
One of the newest rides, where you get to play a bunch of mini games shooting suction cup guns during the ride. Actually super fun!
This was a ride I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did. It is unique in that it is trackless, very cool!
Star Wars meets Disney and this is what is born. The new “Star Tours” ride is pretty cool. It always seemed like it was trying to be Star Wars anyways, so now it can!
I think by the end of the trip Jordan came to terms with being 30. It’s not so bad when you get your own castle!
On our third and last day we took this one final picture. Goodbye Disneyland! Thanks for sharing your Year of Happiness!