It's official...ABD is going to Japan!

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  1. sayhello

    sayhello Have Camera, Will Travel

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    I'm trying to remember what the green one looked like, but I don't think so. The material is more substantial than I think the green one was (not meant to scrunch up) and it's like a big tube with a pull-string closure at top.

    I'll post a picture when I get home.

    Can you post a picture of the green one? If I still have it, it's lost.

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  2. CaliforniaGirl09

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    Will do--assuming I have one that's not packed away in the pod (we are moving!). I think I have one though. Yes, sounds different. The green one collapsed into a small round circle and could be easily packed away as it was that nylon ripstop material. It doesn't have any structure, which is why I didn't like it at first. We tried to use them as carryons and they were horrible. But where they have really shined since is in throwing them in the bag to have a daypack on trips where you don't want to carry a purse or big backpack. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I feel so guilty for all the bad things I said about them when we first got them, LOL. I'll try to post later, too!
     
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  4. sayhello

    sayhello Have Camera, Will Travel

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    Here's some pictures of the new backpack. I really like the color, and the material is a fairly heavy ripstop material. If it had more of a backpack opening rather than a laundry bag opening, it wouldn't be half bad for a little schlep around backback. But I just don't think it's useful like this.

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  5. RhiannonGator

    RhiannonGator Earning My Ears

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    Hi all! Long time lurker here, haven't ever really posted much. It's been awhile since I've gotten to do an ABD.
    Just wanted to say, I'm living out here in Japan (outside of Tokyo) for a year now so I can assist with some local questions if you have any. Maybe not much help at this point as most of you have already done a lot of leg work ;) I've been to TDL once and Sea three times if you have any park questions.
     
  6. CaliforniaGirl09

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    It’s actually pretty cute! I couldn’t find one of the green ones—They must all be in the pod. I should have them in a week or two. But it’s somewhat similar in style. It has a duffel/stuff sack top but it has a top that closes over it.
     
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  8. sayhello

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    I wasn't impressed with the T-shirt quality. Both the T-shirt and the printing were junky. So it's a good thing for me they don't have a Japan T-shirt, because I'd probably buy it and be disappointed again.

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  9. sayhello

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    I'm reading through the detailed itinerary booklet for Japan, and I have to tell you, it's making me even *more* excited about this trip!! :lovestruc:lovestruc:lovestruc:jumping1::jumping3::jumping2:

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  10. PrincessDisneyFan

    PrincessDisneyFan Earning My Ears

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    While I haven’t seen the “box” or gotten my book yet ... we’ll be PIF May... I was excited to hit 6 months from Tokyo Disney on Saturday. However that website is a piece of work (that’s saying it nicely without cursing). The credit card nonsense makes me very leary to even assume I can use one while there. (So do not want to deal with the secure screening and calling the card company every transaction) So we’re taking all Cash. Going to order yen at the bank a few weeks out as someone suggested on a very helpful Japan FB planning page. The majority of what we are doing is getting prepaid... so that’s a plus. Cash for food and many Disney souvenirs.

    But I am happy to report. I did manage to get the Show package with guaranteed tickets to BBB and Mirage. We are staying 2 nights at the Mira Costa Porto Side (might get lucky and have a side harbor view). And then got the huge FastPass Package for 2 nights in a Beauty and the Beast room in the Disneyland Hotel.

    Time needs to zip along here. I neef to read you all trip reports so I can plan maricar appropriately ;)
     
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  11. OhanaCuz

    OhanaCuz I can finally say that I've been on an ABD.

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    I had no problem using a credit card at DisneySea, but that was just for walk-up admission, souvenirs, and quick service food.
     
  12. NashSmartGuy

    NashSmartGuy Jiminy Cricket Kinda Guy

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    I feel the same way. I really can't believe how full the schedule is for this trip. There are SO many amazing activities. I like a packed schedule. I don't really need that much free time, but we do get some in Tokyo. I'm just about two weeks from takeoff (I'm swinging by Shanghai Disneyland before the trip starts. I'm going to be checking off the final Disney parks on this trip, so I will have been to every Disney park in the world!).
     
  13. WeLoveABD

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    See you on the April inaugural trip!
     
  14. sayhello

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    You won't get the box until around 60 days before your ABD. I went with the ABD TDR add-on. It worked out financially for me. Plus, not having to deal with the TDR website was a big plus! I realized, though, looking at my reservation, that I don't know what hotel I'm staying at. I *thought* it said the Disneyland Hotel, but it says Tokyo Disneyland Resort. That could mean anything. I need to talk to ABD and see what they say!

    SO looking forward to hearing about you guys' trip! I don't want *too* many details, but I'm sure I'll have a bunch of questions! :) Tokyo Disneyland Resort will be my last Disney Park to check off the world list. I did Paris in 2011 and Hong Kong & Shanghai in 2016!

    SO looking forward to your report!! I'm bouncing with excitement for you guys!

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  15. ChrisFL

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    I didn't read all of the posts on here, but I just wanted to say, for anyone on the fence about whether or not to visit Japan....DO IT!!!

    I haven't been on any ABD trips before, but I saw the post that they're going to Japan and that is very exciting.

    I've visited Japan 5 times and I've taken a few friends from here in Florida with me and also my fiancee from the Philippines. Everyone immediately said they want to go back in a heartbeat if they could.


    It's really difficult to really describe how different it is, but refreshing.

    Things are very organized, and very convenient. People take whatever job they have there very seriously, and put their maximum effort in. You'll notice customer service levels that we can only dream about in other countries, partly because it's expected and partly because the culture is about doing your best, no matter if they have a lower tier job or not.

    They also like to help foreigners who get lost, even if they can't speak the language very well, you'll often find people willing to help.

    If you get the chance to go to a convenience store, try the food. I'm serious!! Unlike the U.S. the food offered there VERY high quality and very good, it's especially great if you're on a budget.

    Also, many restaurants have either photos of the menu items or outside they will have examples of the items, so you can just point to what you want.

    Of course, it's good to know some words in Japanese as they'll usually be highly appreciative of the effort.

    Japan is an amazing mix of well preserved historical sites, incredible new technology, and somehow is able to balance it all.
     
  16. sayhello

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    This all sounds FABULOUS! Thanks!!

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  17. Mathmagicland

    Mathmagicland Disneyland - the original since 1955

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    Yes, hard to believe we leave in just a couple of weeks! The packing lists are out, and I am tracking the cherry blossom forecasts every day. Hoping we will see some - best bets look to be the grove of later bloomers in Kyoto and also in Takayama, where if the forecasts hold true are looking to be towards the end of full bloom when we are there. I am cautiously optimistic...
     
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  18. OhanaCuz

    OhanaCuz I can finally say that I've been on an ABD.

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    This is such a good post. So true!!
     
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  20. sayhello

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    Not sure what credit card nonsense you are referring to. We were there about 18 months ago and had no issue with credit cards. We did notify our CC companies about our travel plans before we left.
     
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