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USA 2016 – 05 Disneyland Park – Frontierland (2016-07-13) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 29 NOV 2017

Moving on from the small kid orientated lands of Fantasyland and Mickey’s Toontown, I next found myself wandering into Frontierland, another of Disneyland’s famous eight themed lands, this one styled to match the aesthetic of the 19th century American Wild West.

Conceived by Walt Disney as one of the five original themed lands in Disneyland, Frontierland did not initially contain many attractions – but rather centered on open expanses of wilderness which could be travelled across via stagecoach, pack mules, wagon, hiking and even a sedate train ride.

That has of course long since changed and these days every instance of Frontierland across all the Disney theme parks include a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride and a stretch of riverfront.

In this park’s case, the Rivers of America is home to the Mark Twain Riverboat as well as the Sailing Ship Columbia (a replica of American explorer Robert Gray’s 18th century ship that circumnavigated the globe), with the Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island sitting in its middle.

If you feel like food with a show, step into the Golden Horseshoe Saloon, or sharpen up your shooting skills at the Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition, situated just as you enter through the fort style gate.

(Neither of which I actually tackled mind you, primarily because I was far more interested in standing in a queue for what looked like it was going to be pretty decent roller coaster ride!)

As fun as a ride on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster was, I was actually a bit unfortunate on the day in that a large number of Frontierland’s attractions were currently either shuttered or closed to the public – all in an effort to make way for the new Star Wars themed land currently under construction (which you could peek at if you found a high enough vantage point like I did), slated for a 2019 grand opening.

Not that it mattered all that much though – there was still a lot of crowds left to work my way through and PLENTY of Disneyland still left to see!

Next up in my first ever (and realistically, only) exploration of Disneyland – New Orleans Square!

Related Link: Disneyland Park | Wikipedia

Japan 2014 – 13 LaQua in Tokyo Dome City (2014-10-04) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 10 NOV 2015

So on our first unaccompanied day in Japan, my brother Ryan and I had headed off to Bunkyo, Tokyo, making our way straight to Big Egg City, aka Tokyo Dome City.

DSC07302 ryan lotter looking at thunder dolphin at laqua in tokyo dome city

Having now ogled more than enough baseball related things to satisfy our need, we next turned our gaze to LaQua, the adjacent spa resort (complete with shops, restaurant, and thrill attractions) that is technically still part of the bigger Tokyo Dome City complex.

(The reason for having grabbed our attention, is of course the giant, hubless Ferris wheel – Big O – and noisy roller-coaster – Thunder Dolphin – that passes right through both the building and Ferris wheel as part of its route! How can you not want to go and take a closer look at that!)

DSC07305 view of thunder dolphin rollercoaster at laqua in tokyo dome city

Although neither Ryan nor I was interested in visiting a spa at that time of day, it’s worth noting that if you did pay a visit to Spa LaQua, you would be treated to a particularly luxurious onsen experience, with the spa hosting natural hot spring pools, an outdoor bath, massage bubble bath, saunas and of course serene relaxation areas.

(And if I think back now to how all the walking seriously killed my feet, in hindsight perhaps we should have made a pit stop there!) 

IMG_20141004_102748 japanese restaurant plastic replica food dishes on display in laqua, tokyo dome city

After watching people enjoy some of the thrill rides (note, LaQua also has a water slide on the premises!), we played around with the idea of grabbing a bite to eat (which by the way is quite easy in Japan thanks to their obsession with picture menus and of course their world famous plastic replica food displays to help you along), did a spot of shopping (technically browsing through a supermarket to see how it looks), and then settled for some delicious Halloween-themed ice cream from Baskin-Robbins, better known as 31 in Japan.

IMG_20141004_105126 ryan lotter eating baskin-robbins halloween ice cream at laqua in tokyo dome city

(Seriously, their selection of flavours are incredible!)

And what were we doing while we were wolfing down our refreshing treats?

Why taking in the immensely entertaining Water Symphony musical fountain display of course!

Related Link: Tokyo Dome City | LaQua Spa Resort