Ring in the new year at Tokyo Disneyland...for 26 hours!

Good morning everyone,

It's going to be hot, sunny and humid for today and tomorrow and then they're saying we can expect rain on Friday and Saturday along with slightly cooler weather. Actually, they're calling for a daytime high of 29C on Saturday. If it's accurate, it'll be the first time we've seen a daytime high under 30C since June!

Where, and how, will you spend New Year’s Eve? For those living in Japan, the evening can be a world apart from the festivities back home, with very few fireworks going off at the stroke of midnight here in Japan, and the only rendition of Auld Lang Syne to be heard is the jingly kind played to inform customers that a shop is closing. There is one place where the party goes on throughout the night and the new year is rung in to the sound of fireworks; the New Year’s Eve Passport at Tokyo Disneyland (or Disneysea) as the special ticket is known, will go on sale next month.

Visitors with the pass will be able to enter either Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea from 8 p.m. on Dec 31 and the conditions state that visitors are allowed to stay on site for a total of  26 hours of merrymaking, far longer than the usual 1-Day pass. Can we expect to see people falling asleep on rollercoasters, since they manage to do it easily on trains, and snoozing in their Disney curries? For those who can stay up and stand the chill of the early hours of a January morning, the parks will be open for business as usual throughout the early hours with revellers able to see in the new year in style.

Unlike normal day passes that expire when the park closes, visitors will see the park by night, which will hopefully be a glorious whirlwind of lights and colors from dusk until dawn, and not just look like Universal Studios Japan’s zombie-infested Halloween horror nights as sleep-deprived attendees traipse the park emitting groans. Possibly best of all, instead of osechi dishes to eat, you can tuck into the park’s delicious themed snacks and fast food.

There will be two types of passes, which will go on sale on Sept 11: one for Tokyo Disneyland and one for Tokyo DisneySea. While visitors will only be able to spend the night at the one they chose, from 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day the pass will grant them access to both parks. The tickets can be used by children or adults, and will cost an average 9,700 yen per person. Those wanting to get their mitts on the passes will need to apply through the special website, where there will be three chances to get it. If, as is highly likely, there are a large number of applicants, a lottery will be held, with the third opportunity only open to those not drawn in the first or second lots.

What do you think? I think it sounds nice, but that I'm way too old to be spending the whole night out anymore...Zzzz...

Have a great day!

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