Yup, you are right.
I was too very surprise to discover the amount of love Japanese have for Mickey, Minnie and many other Disney characters.
Upon walking towards (and I emphasize the word towards) Tokyo Disneyland, I spotted this couple and the guy’s immense love for Donald. He was carrying a huge size Donald to Disneyland along with many of little Donald ducks hanging from his tote bag.
I was not accustomed to such “idolism” as I would like to term it, but the Japanese really go all the way out in whatever they do.
Then I spotted these two girls with their bags full of Mickey and Minnie dolls and one of them even has an AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO of Minnie pinned to her bag.
That autographed photo really reminded me of how us Asians love queuing for idols’ signatures in fan meets (*embarassingly* I was one of them) and literally would just hang it out for all to see.
Mickey and Minnie’s fan-dom doesn’t just stop here. Even the local news network reports on them.
YUPs, no kidding!
Whenever Disneyland has a new theme or new parade, not only the locals flock to Disneyland and waits…. literally hogging a space near the route of the parade from the time the park opens till the time the parade starts… at 3pm.
And of course, the news is there to report it, just to catch the couple dressed in their newest garbs waving from the top of a float.
Of course, I am also a fan of Mickey and Minnie!! Unfortunately, I missed the timing to meet Mickey and I queued almost an hour just to snap a photo with Minnie:
Besides mickey mouse ears, hats and plush toys that almost everyone were carrying and you would be the odd on out not carrying one, I also spotted people coming in fully dress in Disney character outfit.
I didn’t take a photo of them because I decided this is way cuter:
This little kid (not exactly sure if the kid is a boy or girl) is super cute with that poofy duck tail backside shorts/pants whatever you call it and it just tells me one thing…
This fan-dom and idolism towards Disney characters will not end, it will just be passed down from one generation to another.
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