Choosing the Dates
As you can tell by the blog header, I’m planning to be in (and/or en route to) Tokyo between April 8 – 21, 2013 (told you the plans were quite a bit ahead of the blog). Choosing those dates in particular was equal parts impulsive and calculated. Impulsive in that I knew I wanted it to be as early as possible (though it couldn’t be before March 1), yet calculated in that the dates were specifically chosen for the most part, and here’s how:
I knew Tokyo Disney would be an important element of the trip, so it made sense to first scope out the English section of the TDR website and see if there was anything special going on, when I naturally stumbled onto the resort’s refurbishment schedule page. At this point, I literally began looking at the dates of attraction closures and became determined to find the closest date range where nothing — or at least as little as possible — would be scheduled to be closed for refurbishment. The answer became April 12, although Star Tours will still be closed for its upgrade, but I don’t think I’ll miss it too much, having ridden it several times state-side.
It was shortly thereafter that I noticed that the afternoon parade, Jubilation, would be ending on April 6, so I was going to miss that unless I planned on going earlier enough to see the parade and attractions that would re-open a few days later. But it was then it occurred to me that ‘Happiness is Here’ would begin on April 15, and so it became written, April 15 will become my first official day in the parks.
I wish I could remember why I would then start a week earlier to see other aspects of Tokyo rather than a week after, but I can’t. What I did come across as a compelling reason, however, is the cherry blossoms which is a big deal in Japan (as it is in Washington DC with the cherry trees they received from Japan). Apparently the trees blossoming is something to see but it happens for a very short time (a few days to a week or so as I understand it) and it just so happens that historically, the beginning of my trip may be the tail end of the blossoms in Tokyo’s Ueno Park, so there is a distinct possibility I may get to see them if the timing is right. From what I’ve ready, it was actually a couple of weeks later than anticipated in 2012, so I’m pretty much jockeying for the most opportune time to spot something I had actually considered traveling to DC for in the past.
And that (almost!) is how I arrived at my dates.