/ Richard Kaufman / 8 am Wed, Sep 23 2015
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  • I went to Tokyo Disneyland Cosplay Day and it was spectacular

    I went to Tokyo Disneyland Cosplay Day and it was spectacular

    If I have to pick the single best Disney theme park in the world, it’s always going to be the one Walt built — Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It really is different, and better, than anyplace else and the people who run it and work there take special pride in that. But the best Disney Resort in the world, taking into account all its parks, hotels, special seasonal events, and transportation (don’t you hate waiting for those buses in Orlando?) has to be The Tokyo Disney Resort. It’s has the second best Magic Kingdom style park in the world, with many unique rides. They’re really big on seasonal events, too, and they go all-out for Halloween.

    Plenty has been written about Cosplay (i.e., “costume” + “play”) in Tokyo, but people mostly focus on dressing up as manga and anime characters in Harajuku — on the Harajuku Jingu Bridge; coincidentally right next to the cicadas singing in Mejii-Jingu — and in Akihabara.

    Less well known is that for precisely 10 days in early September and 7 days in late October, The Tokyo Disney Resort has official Cosplay days where adults are allowed to come to Tokyo Disneyland in full costume. Here, however, the only costumes allowed are Disney characters (no surprise). These are not the tired schleppers dragging their kids around you see in the U.S. In Tokyo Disneyland there is a regal quality to the care with which the cosplayers make the costumes and the pride which with they wear them. Photos are generally allowed as long as you ask first.

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    They think Western guys are cool ... even middle-aged Western guys.

    They think Western guys are cool ... even middle-aged Western guys.

    After you've watched the Cosplayers, head over to Pooh's Hunny Hunt for a souvenir bucket of honey popcorn.

    After you've watched the Cosplayers, head over to Pooh's Hunny Hunt for a souvenir bucket of honey popcorn.

    Once you've washed the honey popcorn off your hands, head on over to the Shootin' Gallery, where in Japan you actually get a badge when you hit all 10 shots for two bucks. Lucky folks get a gold badge (hint: aim for the high rat).

    Once you've washed the honey popcorn off your hands, head on over to the Shootin' Gallery, where in Japan you actually get a badge when you hit all 10 shots for two bucks. Lucky folks get a gold badge (hint: aim for the high rat).

    And of course Tokyo Disneyland has its own Halloween thing going on which trumps anything done in the U.S. parks (and it’s all free with admission—no extra purchase hard ticket events).

    And of course Tokyo Disneyland has its own Halloween thing going on which trumps anything done in the U.S. parks (and it’s all free with admission—no extra purchase hard ticket events).

    For information about cosplay rules at Tokyo Disneyland, visit the official website (use Google Chrome with automatic translation for best results)

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