Dear Editor,Baha’is from every country around the world, including Guyana, are busy making plans for the October celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the prophet founder of the Baha’i faith.On 21-22 October, Baha’is around the world will commemorate two holy days, which are both unique in the Baha’i calendar and are of immense significance in human history. These holy days mark respectively the births of the two most important luminaries of the Baha’i Faith, the Birth of the Bab (meaning the Gate) and the Birth of Baha’u’llah (meaning the Glory of God). This year’s celebration observes the bicentennial of the birth of Baha’u’llah; and in 2019, the bicentennial of the birth of the Bab.The significance of these holy days has to do with the Baha’i understanding of the extraordinary lives and teachings of Baha’u’llah and the Bab. Those two Manifestations of God appeared on the horizon of human history in the nineteenth century, bearing a message for humankind, announcing a new era in our collective history on this planet.To many, their names are as yet unfamiliar, but the writings of Baha’u’llah and the Bab describe a period of transition in our history, which has overtaken humanity these past two centuries, and is currently undergoing rapid acceleration. That transition, however painful and promising by degrees, is leading to an age of collective maturity for the human race. It will be characterised by our essential oneness in a pattern of global unity. To the extent humankind comes together, civilisation will move resolutely forward towards the peace, justice, and prosperity that have been the dream of seers and poets, prophets and philosophers throughout the past ages, and myriad cultures and communities that comprise our shared history.Embracing ideals that combine service and worship, Baha’is are engaged in a worldwide effort at community-building that, with no sectarian or congregational aspiration, aims to contribute to a pattern of collective life on earth that is informed by the uplifting teachings of Baha’u’llah and the Bab – teachings that reinforce and amplify the teachings of all the world’s great religions.Baha’u’llah, the Prophet founder of the Baha’i Faith, was born in 1817 in Tehran, Iran. The births of Baha’u’llah, and his predecessor, the Bab, are considered as sacred days in the Baha’i Faith.More than five million Baha’is will observe the bicentennial celebrations this year in about 100,000 localities around the world. They will be open to people from all communities and systems of beliefs.Yours faithfully,Rooplall Dudhnath
– says damage to the roads by freight trucks is to be blamedThe Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase Green, is defending the Municipality’s decision to now chargeMayor Patricia Chase Greenbusinessmen a $25,000 fee for parking container trucks along city streets for off-load goods, noting that the vehicles continue to deteriorate these thoroughfares.Chase Green, in an interview with Guyana Times, on Wednesday said that the cost to repair to roads damaged by these trucks was being borne by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) since previously, there was no fee attached.Mayor Chase-Green highlighted that when the roadways become “broken” and “deteriorated”, the businessmen would be the first to accuse the Council of providing poor services.As such, the Council took a decision last year to introduce the “container tax”.She explained that the $25,000 would allow the freight trucks to be parked for a maximum of three days in front of the respective businesses, and for each additional day, an additional $5000 would be charged.“I don’t think $25,000 is high. Remember those containers are coming into our city streets, and they occupy in front of your business, especially on the busy downtown areas, like Regent Street, Robb Street, Water Street and previously they paid nothing. It damages our roadways, it damages our parapets and we have to repair. These same business people complain if the roads are not proper,” she said.The Mayor told this publication that another reason for the fee is the increased vehicular congestion when the trucks are parked in the city’s shopping districts.She indicated that while the parking of these trucks is outlawed, that law was not being enforced.“Everyone is coming into the city and taking out from the city every day. Nobody wants to pay for anything in the city. Yet they look forward to the city to provide all of the services for them. And if you look back to the laws, those containers should not even be on those streets. Take for instance, if you go on Friday nights to these streets, those big big trucks, loaded with rice, take up the entire Water Street, starting somewhere from Fogarty’s going way down to the seawall. We get nothing from them. And if those trucks continue like that all the time, the roads are going to be damaged. And it’s our responsibility to repair it,” she stated and asked, “Where are we going to get the money from?”It was further related that businessmen were informed of the fee attached to parking containers outside of their businesses via the Public Relations Department between November and December of last year.
Two Glendale men were behind bars today in connection with the beating death of an 18-year-old Reseda man outside a Woodland Hills nightclub. Marco Antonio Herrera was beaten outside the Club Red Square, 20001 Ventura Blvd., on Nov. 24, police said. He died at Northridge Hospital Medical Center three days later of major head trauma. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Valley Division arrested Dimitri Hormozshamoun and Sidney Shareef Singleton, both 18, on Saturday. It was not immediately known what led detectives to the suspects. Herrera was leaving the club about 2 a.m. with a group of friends when a fight began with another group. At some point, Herrera was knocked to the ground, where he was beaten, stomped on and kicked, police said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonPolice asked that any witnesses or anyone with information about the case call (818) 374-7724 or (818) 374-7730.
It looks like the organisers of Donegal’s Relay for Life have had their prayers answered on the weather front.The forecast says today and tomorrow are expected to stay dry with sunny periods. Organisers are keeping their fingers crossed for a repeat of last year’s sunshine which set the stall out for what proved a truly remarkable day.But in many ways there has been even more hype about this weekend’s event at the LYIT.And organisers say it promises to be even bigger that last year’s event.Some registration takes place this afternoon but the official opening ceremony will not take place until 5.30pm. We will bring you all the pictures and the news from the event both today and tomorrow.Below is a provisional list of events which are subject to change as the day goes on.SAT 25TH MAY AT LYIT3.30pm – 5.30pm SURVIVOR AND CARER REGISTRATION5.30pm WELCOMING AND OPENING CEREMONY6pm SURVIVORS LAP FOLLOWED BY CARERS LAP & TEAM PARADE 7 – 10.30 pm LIVE ENTERTAINMENT including Jimmy Buckley, Lisa McHugh,Robert Mizzell, Johnny Brady,Grainne Gavigan,Sailor Bill,ArcanadhKim Dickinson, Lee Mulhern, Donegal Tenors, Maire Brennan,Mairead Ni Maonaigh 10.30pm – 11pm LUMINARIA CEREMONY11 – 12 pm LIVE ENTERTAINMENT by SontasSUN 26TH MAY AT LYITMidnight – 7.30am NIGHT TIME FUN including Celtic Tiger, Anne Biddie, Paul McCahill,Richie Remo, DJ Scoop6.45am-7.20am DAWN CHORUS MASS with Scoil Mhuire Gan Small Choir7.30am – 9am MORNING EXERCISE AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT with Mr Motivator, Alec Black and Stack of Barley9am –10am GOSPEL HOUR BROADCAST LIVE ON HIGHLAND including Survivor Choir, Colmcille Choir, Relay Choir, Charlie McGettigan10am -11am ECUMENICAL SERVICE BROADCAST LIVE HIGHLAND11am –5.15pm LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ON THE STAGE including Jackie Sharkey,Ian Smith, Paul Kelly, Simon Peters, David Craig, Brian Kerrigan,Seamus McGee, Sneak Preview, Trevor Loughrey, Ryan Turner Band,Shane McLoughlin1 pm – 4pm HEALTH FAIR OPENS5.20pm – 6 pm FINALE AND CLOSING CEREMONYHighland Radio is broadcasting live from the event throughout 24 hours and the event is also being live streamed around the world, link available on www.relayforlifedonegal.comCorrect at time of going to press.DONEGAL GEARS UP FOR ‘RELAY FOR LIFE’ was last modified: May 25th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LYITRelay for Life
Alan Pardew believes managing England in the “pinnacle for any Englishman’s career” but insists he is happy at Crystal Palace and remains entirely focused on his job at Selhurst Park.The 55-year-old is one of the names linked to the vacant role as England boss after Sam Allardyce left the job after just 67 days and one game in charge.Allardyce’s short reign came to an end after his contract was terminated by mutual consent on Tuesday after he was secretly filmed by the Daily Telegraph making a series of controversial comments.Pardew, who has been at Palace since January 2015, said he was “proud” to be in the select group being touted as Allardyce’s possible replacement but will be focusing purely on his current position.“(Bournemouth manager) Eddie Howe said this morning it was the pinnacle for any Englishman’s career, I agree with that.“I’m so lucky to have this football club where it is right now, the chairman and I have a great relationship. They have shown me great faith and I have a team I have a good feeling about. This football club at this time is where I want to be.“It holds a special place for me as I played here, that is where my focus is entirely right now.”Gareth Southgate has been named as Allardyce’s replacement on a temporary basis and will take charge for the next four England games.The former Middlesbrough boss played alongside Pardew during their time together at Palace and has been backed by his ex-team-mate to do well in the role.“They have a good manager in charge in Gareth, he has been through the system and knows the players coming through,” Pardew said of the man who steps up from the England Under-21 position.“I have respect for him as a player, I played with him, and as a coach and a manager – he has a bit of an X-factor about him. He has four games guaranteed, I think he will do well and I hope he does.”As well as Pardew and Howe, the likes of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and former Hull boss Steve Bruce have been linked with the national team vacancy.“Of course I’m privileged and proud to be in that small group that is going to be linked with it, that I’m not going to shy away from,” Pardew added.“The other part is the focus I have to do here and return their loyalty to me, that won’t shake, I won’t let that happen to me.” 1 Alan Pardew
Coroner’s officials asked for more investigators and support staffers over the next three years to support a second shift of workers that would allow faster turnaround and handle fluctuations in the department’s ever-increasing caseload. The letter came a week before the Board of Supervisors is set to vote on whether to spend $32 million to renovate the coroner’s facilities on Mission Road and design a new 4,000- to 5,000-square-foot crypt to ease overcrowding. In a June report to the board, Janssen said the existing facility is too cramped for autopsy and forensic laboratory operations. He also said its heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, electrical and other building systems have significantly deteriorated. The board requested the report after employees earlier this year decried the conditions, saying some bodies were infested with maggots and workers had been double- and triple-stacking bodies for years due to a lack of adequate space. Some of the office’s crypts, designed to hold about 325 bodies, regularly exceed 400 as a result of population growth, immigration and the difficulty in locating immigrants’ next of kin, who often live abroad. The average number of bodies at the facility has risen from 316 in 2004 to 414 this year. Of 410 corpses at the facility during May 21-28, 29 percent were pending identification or identification of next of kin, while 38 percent were retained pending a response from next of kin regarding final disposition, Janssen wrote in his report. About 33 percent were awaiting cremation, he said. In an effort to decrease the number of corpses stored at the crypt, the Coroner’s Office in May contracted with three crematories to reduce the backlog. In June, the supervisors gave the Coroner’s Office $645,000 to hire more investigative and support staffers, pay for an additional transport van and provide funding for three crematory services contracts. But a coroner employee, who requested anonymity for fear of jeopardizing their job, said Thursday that little has changed. “Because of the overcrowding, evidence is going to be compromised. From what I see, the bodies are still double- and triple-stacked. That means you are doubling up or tripling up homicide cases, which means you have cross-contamination,” the employee said. Anna Pembedjian, justice deputy to Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, said Thursday that the supervisor is very concerned about any potential compromises of evidence in homicide cases. But she questioned whether increasing staffing over the next three years would fix the problem. “We need a further explanation of how many of the pending cases are at risk of that happening and what we can do immediately to solve the problem,” Pembedjian said. Harvey said county officials have already told him they don’t have sufficient funding to give his office the $3 million it requested for a second shift. “We are going to do some internal adjustments to see if we can pour some more resources at the problem to see if we can get caught up, rearrange some schedules to address the problem more directly,” Harvey said. “This memo is simply a precautionary memo to the board to let them know what we’re experiencing and that we’re doing our best to handle it and offer some possible solutions.” email@example.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Short of space and staff, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has seen its case backlog surge sharply this summer, leading to autopsy delays and decomposition of bodies that could compromise trial evidence, officials report. The Coroner’s Office has seen only a 3 percent increase in cases, from 5,539 to 5,714 in the first seven months of this year compared with 2005, but the average number of bodies has jumped by one-third, agency officials said. Autopsies now can take up to 10 days to complete rather than the normal two to four days. Coroner’s Office Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said he is not certain what has caused the increase, but noted that in recent weeks his office confirmed five heat-related deaths out of 14 suspected cases and there have been several multiple-death cases involving traffic crashes and homicides. The problems, building for years, have gotten so bad that bodies now sometimes have to be stacked to accommodate them all. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“This summer the Department of Coroner has experienced a drastic increase in the number of new cases it examines,” Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran and Director Anthony Hernandez wrote in a letter last week to Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen. “This increase … overextended the capacity of staff to handle critical cases in a timely and efficient manner. This situation has resulted in considerable delays in the completion of our forensic examinations.” Typically, autopsies are completed in two to four days after a body arrives at the Coroner’s Office. But officials said autopsies now can take up to five times longer to complete. “These delays have the unwanted effect of accelerating the decomposition process,” the officials wrote. “Unfortunately, decomposition affects the quality of the examination and consequently our ability to determine cause and manner of death. In certain situations, such delays could compromise evidence collection for the courts, and expose the county to potential litigation.” The district attorney and judge who presides over the criminal courts could not be reached for comment Thursday on whether they were aware of any botched autopsies that may have compromised homicide cases.
This week our fitness columnist and owner of Rushe Fitness Emmet Rushe discusses the rise of obesity in the farming community. With the National Ploughing Championships 2018 taking place this week, we are going to talk about the farming community and how their busy lifestyles could be affecting their health and weight.In 2015, more than 90% of farmers from across Donegal were found to be overweight or obese following a free health check clinic carried out at Raphoe Mart. The Irish Farmers’ Journal teamed up with Full Health Medical, ICOS and Movember Ireland to bring these free checks to marts around the country.Three out of four farmers were also suffering from problems with their blood pressure and a high percentage reported suffering from their moods and also with stress.Farming has always been an active job, but the number of farmers who are active outside of their work on the farm is very low.Couple this with a poor diet and add stress, lack of sleep and financial pressure, and you can see why there is a problem.The Irish Heart Foundation ran a similar program in 2014 called Farmers Have Hearts, FHH. The FHH program was again set up in order to run health checks on farmers at marts.Their reasoning for this was simple.They found from the study that: ‘Overall, farmers felt that heart health checks at marts were a good initiative for a number of reasons. Almost half of the farmers (41.9%) said that they ‘would not have had a health check otherwise’; 14.0% said that it raised health awareness; while 12.8% stated that ‘meeting the IHF at the mart broke the ice and helped to overcome fears of getting a health check done’.The FHH study was run from October 2013 until May 2014 and their findings were as follows;• Almost half of the farmers had high blood pressure.• Almost half of the farmers had raised cholesterol levels• The majority of participating farmers were found to be overweight or obese.• The waist circumference of farmers exceeded recommended waist measurements• One-third of participating farmers reported not physically active for 5 days or more a week• Almost half of the farmers reported that they drank alcohol on a regular basis• A majority of farmers were found to have three or more CVD risk factors based on objectively measured health outcomes from the heart health checks.Dr Jack Halligan from Full Health Medical, who ran the checks at Raphoe mart, said that a significant difference in cholesterol levels was found between Raphoe and a similar study in Roscommon. He posed the question: ‘Does Red meat in Ulster have a higher fat percentage than the red meat in Connacht?’However, a report from 2014 by the Irish Heart Foundation showed that it isn’t as simple as saying that red meat could be the main problem when it comes to higher cholesterol levels.You would have to look at the diet and lifestyle as a whole before you could demonise a single food group as being the sole cause of the problem.Changing their diets and being active outside of their work on the farm will be a huge help to farmers regarding all areas found in both studies.Some simple switches that can have a huge benefit are:• Switching to whole foods with each meal.• Make the majority of their carbohydrates at each meal with vegetables. (1/2 your plate)• Eating lean protein with each meal. (Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Beef)• Reducing the number of processed foods. (Ready meals, takeaways, fried foods)• Lowering their alcohol intake.• Increasing their water intake.• Changing the way, they cook their foods, less frying and more grilling and steaming.• Stop eating biscuits and bars straight after your dinner.• If you have to eat before bed, have a protein-rich meal.For physical activity find something you enjoy doing and try and add it in 2-3 times per week at least. It can be as simple as organising a game of astroturf with other farmers a few nights per week or any other activity you might enjoy.Apart from the exercise you are also getting to de-stress for a few hours each week, it will allow you to switch your mind off from work and any other stresses that come from being in the farming business in the current climate.Although farming is traditionally associated with a healthy lifestyle, farmers are affected by lifestyle diseases which tells us that something needs to change.With any health or weight related problem, physical activity and a healthy diet will always be the best way to start to make a change for the better. #leanin2018For more information, contact me through the link here.DD Fitness: Obesity in the farming community was last modified: September 22nd, 2018 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmett rusherushe fitness
The luxurious Shandon Hotel & Spa are hosting a wonderful winter Wedding Fayre on December 30th for all Christmas lovebirds.If you are celebrating a Christmas engagement or planning a wedding, then make sure to book in for the unique Shandon Wedding Experience on December 30th @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.Here, the Shandon team tell us what guests can look forward to on the day: Are you fed up and bored with the traditional wedding fayre? Do you hate being tortured by dozens of wedding providers all looking for your attention?WE HEARD YA!The Shandon Hotel & Spa are excited to announce that they are going to let couples experience a wedding vibe for themselves.Come along to the relaxing ambience of a drinks reception artist performing live, enjoy complimentary bubbly, canapes & cupcakes while you take in the seaview or the smell of our open turf fire. View the McCarthy Suite fully dressed for a fabulous wedding whilst our Executive Chef Anthony Finn talks you through our most talked about wedding dishes and allows you to see how our dishes are presented, taste the most popular dishes all whilst you absorb why Shandon weddings are so special. McCarthy Suite at Shandon HotelYou’ll be full of excitement following your Christmas engagement and our team of wedding experts will be at hand to talk you through the finer details before you take a seat and enjoy an afternoon of live music by some of the North West’s best Wedding Bands!Does this sound like the most exciting afternoon to all you love birds?!?Immerse yourself in all things weddings!Due to seating limitations and complimentary food & drinks, we will require you to book in advance in order to get on our guest list.All we ask is that you do not have a wedding venue booked yet and that you are planning to book a date soon. If you are already a Shandon Bride & Groom with a confirmed date, you will be given a personal invitation to attend. Schedule:12noon – 1pm, Opening Wedding Viewing of McCarthy Suite & Master Suite1pm, Bubbly, Canapés, Cupcakes & Live Music in our Sea view Lobby2pm, Wine & Food Sampling with Executive Chef Anthony Finn & Head Chef Josie Gallagher 3pm – 5pm The best of the North West’s Wedding Bands will showcase their talents back to back, just kick back and enjoy the entertainmentThroughout the afternoon our team of wedding experts, décor designers, Chefs, Makeup Artists and Hair Specialists will be on hand to assist you in planning the wedding of your dreams.Spaces are limited, so if you wish to attend, please email Siobhan, Resort Sales Manager, firstname.lastname@example.orgUnique fayre to show couples why Shandon Weddings are so special was last modified: December 19th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal weddingsshandon hotelwedding fayrewild atlantic wedings
Senior Passport (Age 60 and over)6,700 yen－－ 1-Day Passport7,400 yen6,400 yen4,800 yen Our friends over at TDR Explorer, which is an English Tokyo Disney Resort fansite, recommend the end of May, which has pleasant weather and mid-level crowds. In 2017 I visited Tokyo in mid-January. We found the weather to be absolutely frigid, especially to a wimpy Southern Californian like myself. Temperatures were in the low 30s, which doesn’t sound bad. But it’s made much worse by the constant freezing wind that blows in from the surrounding Tokyo Bay. (Tokyo Disneyland is built on landfill inside Tokyo Bay and is surrounded by water on three sides.) On the plus side the crowds were very light on most days of the trip. This was the least busy I have ever experienced TDR.During my trip in April 2016, the crowds during the weekdays were light but there were several marquee attractions closed for refurbishment, such as Pirates of the Caribbean. Some entertainment was also dark during this time, like Tokyo Disneyland’s parade. Obviously missing out on Pirates isn’t a big deal for most frequent Disney theme park visitors, but Dreaming Up is a fantastic parade that I recommend seeing. During a trip I took in June 2015, the crowds were mid-level during the weekdays but there was also constant rain and humidity.It’s important to adjust your expectations for wait times no matter when you visit TDR. Even if the crowds are “low” you’re still going to be waiting over a half hour for marquee attractions like Pooh’s Hunny Hunt. But that’s a lot better than waiting 140 minutes on a busy day. The days you should absolutely avoid Tokyo Disney Resort is during public holidays in Japan. (Wikipedia has a helpful list.) Besides holidays I recommend avoiding the parks during weekends altogether. Use that time to see the rest of Tokyo (or other parts of Japan). There’s a lot worth seeing and it’s a fun city to explore even if you don’t have any set plans.There will be a seasonal celebration going on at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea no matter when you decide to visit. These seasonal promotions are known for their large, multi-month celebrations with elaborate shows and parades. I’ve visited during the Halloween, Easter, and Christmas seasons and was surprised by the scope of it all. Tokyo Disney celebrates the main holidays like Christmas, as well as distinctly Japanese celebrations like “Tanabata Days” during the summer.Each seasonal celebration has it’s own unique parade that is performed in addition to Dreaming Up. Pictured here is the Halloween parade that runs from September to October during “Disney Halloween.”You’re probably wondering how many days do you need to visit Tokyo Disney Resort to see everything. The answer I would give to any other Disney freak like myself is that any amount of days is not enough. But a more realistic answer would be three days. That way you have enough time to see as much as possible for each park on the first and second day, and then on the third day you can revisit some of your favorite rides, or see some shows and parades you may have missed the first time around.Mermaid Lagoon at Tokyo DisneySeaStep 2: Buy airfareA typical AirfareWatchdog deal alert email.Airfare will probably be the most expensive hurdle you have to overcome to get to Tokyo. Luckily there are several tools you can use to save as much money as possible. I recommend using AirfareWatchdog.com’s fare alert feature. To set up an alert, visit AirfareWatchdog.com and click on “My Alerts” at the top of the screen. Enter your email address and then select “City-to-City Fare Alerts” from the list. You will then be prompted to type in the departure city you want to travel to Tokyo from. After this you are asked how often you want to receive alerts. If you’re really hardcore you can be sent travel alerts 7 days a week. I opt for the “2-3 time a week” alert option and was sent deals for as low as $440. Keep in mind that you’ll receive deals with a wide range of travel dates. Some could require booking and travel within the next month or two, while other deals are for over six months down the line. For example, in 2017 I booked using an Airfare Watchdog alert about 7 months in advance.Another tool to use is Kayak.com’s fare forecast. To use this go to Kayak.com and click on flights. Enter the dates you are thinking about traveling and then search for fares. In the top left corner you will see there advice about if you should buy now, or wait. To test this out I’ll type in a random date right now.As you can see Kayak is advising me to buy the tickets now because their analytics say the price will go up in the next 7 days. Kayak bases their prediction on analysis of historical price changes, and they have a good reputation.As far as airports, you’ll either fly in to Haneda (HND) or Narita (NRT). Narita is the more common of the two for flights coming in from the U.S. If you have the choice, I’d pick flying in to Haneda because it’s both closer to Tokyo and closer to Tokyo Disney Resort. But if there is a large different in cost, go with whichever is cheaper.If you don’t live in a major “gateway city” your airfare to Tokyo may be a bit more expensive. Something you may want to consider is buying the cheap airfare you find departing from the gateway city nearest you, and then looking for another cheap airline ticket to the gateway city. 2-Day Passport13,200 yen11,600 yen8,600 yen 4-Day Magic Passport22,400 yen19,400 yen14,400 yen Starlight Passport5,400 yen4,700 yen3,500 yen Step 3: Selecting a hotelThe first thing you must decide when selecting a hotel is if you want to stay on-site or off-site. A huge benefit of staying on-site is that all hotels in Tokyo Disney Resort (both the three Disney-branded hotels, and the six non-Disney hotels) have easy access to the Tokyo Disney Resort Line, aka the monorail. This is great because it means you don’t have to take a train in from the city every morning and then transfer to the monorail before entering the park. You can simply make the 5-10 minute walk (or take the complimentary shuttle) from your hotel to Tokyo Disney Resort Line’s Bayside station, and then ride the monorail to the front entrance of Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea. It’s incredibly easy and fast, and getting in line to enter the parks as early as possible is crucial if you want to beat the crowds.The two non-Disney on-site hotels that are most convenient for foreign travelers are Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay and Hilton Tokyo Bay. Both offer large rooms, staff that is fluent in English, good amenities, and are the two hotels closest to Tokyo Disney Resort Line Bayside station. If the prices between the two were the same I’d go with Hilton Tokyo Bay due to its large, and more modern looking rooms, but you can’t go wrong either way. You’ll be paying a slight premium to stay at these two hotels. Prices on the Hilton and Sheraton can range anywhere from $150 during some parts of the year up to $500 during the busy times of year. We have video room tours of the Hilton Tokyo Bay and Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay on our YouTube channel. The other four hotels on-site (Sunroute Plaza Tokyo, Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel, Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club Resort, Hotel Okura Tokyo Bay) are owned by Japanese companies and have varying levels of quality. The only one of these four hotels I’ve stayed at is Hotel Okura. Okura’s rooms were a bit dated, but clean and spacious. The only problem I had was that the beds were rock hard. This has been my experience in many hotels that are Japanese brands. We have a video room tour of Hotel Okura Tokyo Bay here.The benefit of staying off-site is, of course, the lower price per a night. But then you’ll have to rely on public transportation to get in and out of the resort. There are plenty of good, affordable hotels with a short train ride to TDR. Another off-site option is Airbnb. This will save you the most money, especially if you’re traveling during a busy tourist season like Summer or during cherry blossoms season when hotel rates skyrocket. Airbnb will be the cheapest option of all, plus you’ll be staying in someone’s actual apartment/house, so you’ll get a taste of how the locals live. If you want to save as much money as possible, and the thought of riding in and out of the resort on busy trains or buses does not bother you then you should go with the off-site option. Overall, it’s cost versus convenience. During my trips to Tokyo my travel party stays in one of the on-site hotels during the week we are visiting TDR, and then moves to an Airbnb during the weekends. Moving luggage around is a bit of a pain but we’ve saved hundreds of dollars using this method. 3-Day Magic Passport17,800 yen15,500 yen11,500 yen Step 6: Rent some mobile WiFi hotspots or simcardsThe frivolous reason you should get a mobile WiFi hotspot is to share your experience on social media. Show people how much fun you’re having exploring Mysterious Island in DisneySea, or maybe you’ll want to show off the weird food item you just ate (bean paste and chocolate ice cream on top of mango shaved ice? Ok!). Some people like to go on vacation and disconnect from the world. I am not one of those people. The serious reason why you need to be connected to the internet is that you’re in a foreign country, obviously. What if you get lost in the city and can’t find your way back to the hotel? What if you need to let your mom know that you arrived safely? It’s not too expensive and free public WiFi isn’t easily found outside of your hotel, so for all those reasons I think renting a WiFi device is a necessity. You won’t be able to make calls or send regular texts, but iMessage (on iPhone) works, as well as any other app that uses the internet. Using iMessage to communicate with the rest of my group played a crucial roll making sure none of us got lost during the times we got separated, plus having access to the internet killed time when we were in all those long attraction lines.So far I have used Globaladvancedcomm.com during all my trips and have had zero problems. When you’re at home you can reserve a WiFi device, or sim card if you have the right kind of phone, and then pick up the package from the post office inside the airport after you arrive in Tokyo. At the end of your trip when you’re leaving Tokyo you can simply drop it off in any post box. They provide the packing material and the postage is already paid. It’s very easy. The price as off the time this post was published is about $75 a week. I recommend renting one WiFi device for each person in your party because there will be times when groups get separated.There are other options to rent WiFi devices, such as B-Mobile, which a lot of people recommend. Several shops inside the Tokyo airports rent WiFi devices and simcards but I found these to be expensive and severely lacking in the amount of data you can use.Step 7: Get some foreign currency (or inform you credit card company about your trip)Check with your bank to see if they offer currency exchange. Some banks will have online order forms where you can exchange money directly from your bank account, and they will then send the money in the mail. From my experience, most banks do not have Japanese yen on hand to do the exchange in person, but maybe yours does. Keep in mind that most banks will charge a small transaction fee when you exchange currency. Your local airport may have a kiosk where you can exchange currency, but these are infamous for their high fees.If you don’t want to carry around cash, all of the shops and restaurants in Tokyo Disney Resort take standard US credit cards. Some shops and restaurants outside of the resort require credit cards with the “Smart Chip” inside. You will not be able to purchase anything from these retailers if you do not have a credit card with a smart chip. No matter what kind of credit card you have, be sure to call your bank before you leave home and let them know you will be traveling. If not, your credit card will probably immediately be blocked for suspicious activity. Another thing you want to watch out for is your credit card’s foreign transaction fee.If you run out of cash, there is an ATM in Ikspiari (which is basically Tokyo Disney Resort’s Downtown Disney), which accepts American debit cards. It is located on the first floor, near the Tokyo Disney Resort Ticketing Center and a shop called Nana’s.Step 8: Create your game plan for the parksYou’ve got your flights booked, hotel picked out, tickets purchased, internet on lock, and transportation is set. Now you need a game plan for the parks. Like we say for the American Disney parks, the morning hours are crucial for getting ahead of the crowds. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before park opening. Chances are that there will already be thousands of people in front of you, but don’t let that scare you off. You’re going to want to run and get a Fastpass first thing, and then run to another marquee attraction and ride it. For Tokyo Disneyland I recommend getting a Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek Fastpass, and then running to Pooh’s Hunny Hunt. That way you’ll have two the parks marquee/exclusive attractions knocked out within the first couple of hours of the day. After this you’ll want to ride the other headliners as early as possible.For Tokyo DisneySea, the vast majority of park guests will be running towards Toy Story Mania. The morning rush for that ride is insane. Unlike the other rides of the same name at TDR, Toy Story Mania is exactly the same as it is in the states. Also, I’m going to assume you’ve ridden that enough times in Disney California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and advise you to skip it. Instead head to Journey to the Center of the Earth get a Fastpass, and then go and ride Tower of Terror. Alternatively you may want to get a Journey to the Center of the Earth Fastpass, and then immediately jump in the stand-by line. You’ll want to ride it multiple times anyway, and this is a good way to do so. Disney Tourist Blog has fantastic 1-day touring plans for Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. After 6 Passport (same price for adults, juniors, and children)4,200 yen4,200 yen4,200 yen Share This!In this 2019 Tokyo Disneyland Trip Planning Guide we’ll cover all aspects of planning a trip to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. This post will break down the trip planing process in steps and cover the best ways to save money on airfare, when to visit, how to pick the right hotel, how to buy park tickets, transportation in Tokyo, and anything else we think will help you along the way. This Tokyo Disneyland Trip Planning Guide is a condensed version of our full Tokyo Disney trip planning site, which you should absolutely check out if you want to go more in depth on every aspect of Tokyo Disney Resort. As you start exploring TouringPlans for Tokyo Disney, I recommend starting at the overview pages for Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.Step 1: When to visit Tokyo Disney ResortTokyo Disney Resort, or TDR, is always going to have huge crowds and high wait times, especially on the weekends. I’ve spent thousands of hours in the American Disney parks but have never seen anything like the crowds during a weekend in Tokyo Disneyland. With that being said there are a few times out of the year where crowds are smaller than they usually are, but this luxury may come at the cost of poor weather or multiple attraction closures due to refurbishments. AdultAges 18 and overJuniorAges 12 – 17ChildAges 4 – 11 [Current conversion rate is 1,000 Yen = 9.01 USD]Park hopping at Tokyo Disney Resort works a bit differently than it does in Disneyland and Walt Disney World. For starters, park hopping cannot be done with 1 and 2-day tickets. 3 and 4-day tickets can park hop, but only on the third and fourth day of the tickets. That means for the first two days of your 3 and 4-day tickets, or all 1 and 2-day tickets you will be locked in to a specific park. You will be asked which parks you would like to attend when you purchase tickets online or in person, so be sure to think about that ahead of time. The only exception to this is if you are staying in an official Disney-branded hotel AND you buy park tickets through the hotel.Step 5: TransportationWhen you arrive at Narita or Haneda you’ll need to find a way to get to TDR — luckily you have a lot of options. My favorite option is Airport Limousine Bus, which you can find outside of the airport (follow the signs or ask the information desk if you need directions). Tickets are around $20 and can be purchased at the Limousine Bus desk, or at automated ticket machines near where the bus loads. The travel time from Narita to TDR is around 60 to 90 minutes, while the travel time from Haneda to TDR is 30 to 60 minutes. You can also take the Limousine Bus back to the airport from any of the Tokyo Disney Resort on-site hotels. Tickets can be purchased from the front desk. The major downside to Limousine Bus is that the buses leaving TDR hotels stop running around 5 PM. Buses going to TDR from the airports stop around 7 PM.Tokyo Disney Resort’s spacious, clean, and quick monorail.Your other option to/from the airport is to use public transportation. This will be your cheapest option, but also the most intimidating to first time visitors. If you rent a mobile WiFi hotspot and pick it up from the airport (which you should absolutely, 100%, beyond a shadow of a doubt do) you can use the greatest invention of all time for travelers, Google Maps! Just type in Tokyo Disney Resort in to Google Maps and it will tell you the exact lines to take, how many stops between you and your destination, when to transfer, and the expected travel time. It works great and I wouldn’t be caught dead without it. If you’ve never been to Japan before and you’re considering using public transportation to get to your hotel from the airport, consider this: You’ve just been on a plane for over 10 hours, you spent at least 40 minutes going through customs, and maybe another 30 minutes picking up your bag, you’re exhausted and maybe not thinking clearly, and after all that you know have to use a complicated transportation system with multiple stops and transfers between you and your destination. This may not be a big deal to some people, but to others it will be.Another option is to use a taxi, which is both the fastest and the most expensive. Make sure you’re sitting down for this one, the cost of a taxi from Narita airport to Tokyo Disney Resort can run around $150 for a one way trip, or over $200 if you travel between 10 PM and 5 AM.When you’re in Tokyo Disney Resort you can travel around via the Tokyo Disney Resort Line, aka the monorail. There are four stops, Resort Gateway Station (which is next to Maihama railway station), Tokyo Disneyland Station, Bayside Station (where all the non-Disney on-site hotels are located), and Tokyo DisneySea Station. Tickets cost a couple of dollars a day. The monorail runs daily 6 AM to 12 AM.We have a page dedicated to Tokyo Disney Resort transpiration located here. A word about Tokyo Disney merchandise The view from Theme Park View rooms at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel (left) and Hotel MiraCosta (right)The third and most lavish option is staying on-site in one of the three Disney hotels, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, or the slightly cheaper option, Disney’s Ambassador Hotel. The benefits of these include incredible views of the parks, the closest possible distance to the parks, free Tokyo Disney Resort Line tickets (yes, the monorails cost a couple of dollars to ride), and 15 minutes early access to the parks (called “Happy 15”). Fifteen minutes may not seem like a lot but it’ll give you just enough time to beat the huge crowd of thousands of people running towards rides like Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek. The official Disney hotels also have the nicest theming by far, including special rooms decorated after Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, and other Disney classics. You’ll pay a large price to stay at these hotels, usually in the $500 per a night range. In 2014 during my first trip to TDR my group of 4 decided to splurge and stay 3 nights in the official Tokyo Disney hotels (after staying at Hilton Tokyo Bay for the first 4 days of the trip), which ended up costing around $650 a night for theme park view rooms. As you can see from the pictures the view was incredible, especially at Hotel MiraCosta which is actually inside DisneySea. We have video room tours of Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Hotel MiraCosta (note that MiraCosta’s rooms have been refurbished since we recorded that video) on our YouTube channel.There is another official Tokyo Disney Resort Hotel, Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel, but we don’t see many positives to staying there. It’s cheaper than the other officials hotels, but the rooms and hotels are bare bones, and most importantly they are located outside of the resort. Walking to the parks from Celebration Hotel isn’t impossible; it would just take over an hour and a half. Instead, Celebration Hotel offers free shuttle buses that take about 15 minutes to reach the parks. Rack rates for Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel range from around $200 USD to $450, depending on the time of year.The non-Disney on-site hotels (Hilton, Sheraton, etc) can all be booked via each hotel’s website, or any third party sites like Expedia or Priceline. The official Tokyo Disney Resort hotels need to be booked on the Tokyo Disney Resort Online Reservation & Tickets website, which is in full English. Please note that the official TDR hotels sell out extremely fast, sometimes as soon as the reservation window opens, which is 9 AM (JST), six months before your arrival date. When your reservation window opens, be ready and waiting at your computer.For some strange reason, last year Tokyo Disney Resort’s website started a policy of not excepting all foreign credit cards, except for MasterCard. Meaning, you can not use TDR’s website to purchase tickets or make a hotel reservation if you have a Visa card. But you can if you have a MasterCard. This policy is not practiced in the parks. You can use most foreign credit cards with no problem while you are in Tokyo Disney Resort.Step 4: Buy your ticketsTickets can be purchased at any of Tokyo Disney Resort ticket booths in front of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, but you can also purchase them online via the Tokyo Disney Resort Online Reservation & Tickets website. If you live outside of Japan, and purchase your tickets from home, your only option will be to print out the tickets, so be sure you have a printer with plenty of ink available. TDR recommends printing tickets on non-standard A4 size paper, but I’ve printed tickets using regular sized paper with no problem (your mileage may vary). Like I said before, you can also buy the tickets at the park but remember that some busy days may sell out and no more tickets will be sold. Some people may think this is worth the risk so they can have an actual ticket to keep as a souvenir. When you purchase TDR tickets you will be required to enter the dates in which you will be using the tickets. These dates cannot be changed, so if you’re going April 15 to 17 your tickets will only be valid April 15 to 17. Also, again keep in mind that TDR’s website only accepts foreign MasterCards for payment (not Visa, AMEX, etc).Current Tokyo Disney Resort Ticket Prices: Be sure to make use of single rider lines at both Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. At Tokyo Disneyland, Splash Mountain offers a single rider line. This is a big help because it’s one of the most popular attractions in the park and not that many people use the single rider line so your wait will be very short. At DisneySea, Raging Spirits and Indiana Jones Adventure both offer single rider lines. There won’t be any signs for single rider lines. To enter them walk up to the start of Fastpass queue and tell the cast member that you are a single rider. It should go without saying but you and your party will be split up if you use the single rider line.The popular shows One Man’s Dream II and Let’s Party Gras in Tokyo Disneyland, and Big Band Beat in DisneySea use a free ticket lottery system to guarantee entry. I recommend that you skip One Man’s Dream II but for sure see Big Band Beat (a Broadway-style musical revue). In Tokyo Disneyland the lottery location in a building to the left of Space Mountain in Tomorrowland. In DisneySea, it is located near Gondolier Snacks in Mediterranean Harbor. To enter you input your party size and then scan your ticket. Now here’s where the lottery portion of the deal comes in, the screen will then tell you if you’ve “won” or not. If you win a ticket will be printed out with your seat number and show time. If you don’t win you will not be able to enter the ticket lottery again for that day. For Big Band Beat there may be some stand-by seating available, so you should get in line at the Broadway Theater in American Waterfront about an hour before show time.I want to reiterate how much of a must see Big Band Beat is. It’s simply the best stage show ever produced for a theme park, and even if you’re not in to that sort of thing you should give it a chance. Unlike most other live entertainment in TDR, Big Band Beat doesn’t rely too heavily on characters. But it does have live music by an excellent band, a large cast of talented performers and show stopping ending where Mickey Mouse plays the drums and tap dances. If you want to spoil the ending for yourself take a look at the video below:Note: Please keep in mind that normally Big Band Beat has a no photography or video policy that is strictly enforced. We recorded this video with permission during a preview event. What’s New For 2019?Soaring: Fantastic Flight is Tokyo DisneySea’s custom version of the popular ride from Disney California Adventure, Epcot, and Shanghai Disneyland. OLC says Soaring “will feature original scenes and the newest visual images.” We do know that DisneySea’s Soaring will feature a new original storyline where riders are greeted by the spirit of the fictional aviator, Camellia Falco. Guests are invited to ride on her newest invention, the “Dream Flyer.”As with the other versions of the attraction, riders will sit in rows of seats that lift in to the air, and are then suspended in front of a large screen. Guests then embark on a hang-glider tour with a large-format movie projected all around them. Special effects include wind, sound, and smell. Soaring: Fantastic Flight is scheduled to open on July 23, 2019.Also in Tokyo DisneySea, Song of Mirage is a stage show about Mickey and his friends searching for Rio Dorado (Spanish for “golden river”). The show will use projection technology and is sure to make some impressive visuals.Looking ahead a little further, in in Spring of 2020 Tokyo Disneyland will open its newest mega E-Ticket ride, Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast. Based on the 1991 classic film, Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast takes riders through Beast’s castle and recreations of iconic moments from the movie. Guests ride in giant teacups that make use of trackless technology (just like the one used in Pooh’s Hunny Hunt). We expect Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast to have huge crowds when it opens and then for the foreseeable future. Disney posted a preview and it looks like it will be one hell of a ride.Rules and EtiquetteBefore visiting Japan, or any foreign country, it’s good to get informed on some of the rules, cultural differences, and types of etiquette to remember during your visit. For example, tipping after a meal, taxi ride, or any other service is not expected and should not be done. Tipping is simply not something that is practiced in Japan, including Tokyo Disney Resort. Any tips you try and give will usually be refused. We go much further in-depth on the subject of rules and etiquette on our Tokyo Disney site.Is Tokyo Disneyland “English friendly?”I’ve been posting these Tokyo Disneyland guides for over 5 years now and one of the most frequently asked questions I get is: “How English friendly is Tokyo Disneyland?” or “Is there an issue with the language barrier?” or “Will I enjoy the parks if I don’t speak Japanese?” along with many other variations of the same question. In my many visits to Tokyo Disneyland for both pleasure and to research for this website, I have never experienced any issues with communicating with the resort staff. As to be expected in a country that is not your own, most Tokyo Disney cast members will not fluently speak your native language. But, most will know enough to help you with whatever you need. If a cast member can’t understand what you are asking, they will do their best to find a colleague who can. If you find that you are having difficulty communicating with a cast member, be patient, don’t raise your voice, show respect, and anything you are asking will be handled in a short amount of time. Also keep in mind most cast members at ticket booths, guest services, and the hotels will usually speak fluent English. Will you enjoy the rides and shows if you don’t speak Japanese? Yes. Themed entertainment uses visual storytelling. While some rides and shows are in English, most are not, but they’re still just as enjoyable visually. Is Pooh speaking a little Japanese on Pooh’s Hunny Hunt going to ruin your enjoyment of the ride? No, it shouldn’t.Food RecommendationsI love food and especially Disney food, luckily Tokyo Disney Resort has tons of great options. Twice now I have ranked every single snack and meal I consumed during my trips, and each time it’sWith food like this how can you not take pictures of it?been a ridiculously high amount (during my June 2015 trip the total number of food items I ate ended up being 25). Chances are that you aren’t as crazy as I am, and you probably won’t want to eat that much food, but your mouth and stomach won’t be disappointed if you do. Some must try restaurants include Hungry Bear Restaurant (great curry), Magellan’s (one of the best Disney restaurants on earth), Sherwood Garden Buffet (the best buffet on property), and Queen of Hearts Royal Banquet Hall (photogenic food items). There’s also dozens of small snacks you’ll want to try. When I’m in the parks I find myself examining the menu of every food cart and kiosk I pass in the hopes of finding some new delicious treat. Check out my previous 2014 and 2015 blog post on Tokyo Disney Resort food for more recommendations. Also check out these two videos I did with Tom Bricker where we try dozens of Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea food items. At some point you’ve probably seen a picture on someone’s social media account of a really cool piece of merchandise that is exclusive to Tokyo Disneyland. “Tokyo Disney gets all the good merch!” is what you said to yourself. My advise is to adjust your expectations and assume that the cool merch item you saw in the social media post will be long gone by the time you get there. Sure, there will be a few items you’ll want to pick up, but most of the items available heavily feature characters, or are souvenir tins filled with cookies or crackers. There are few, if any, items that simply say “Tokyo Disneyland” on them. Most merchandise at TDR comes and goes very fast, which is good and bad. Sorry if I sound harsh, I just don’t want you to be disappointed. If you do find items you want, expect to pay more than you would in the American parks. For example, I bought a small Country Bear Jamboree plush keychain (which was only sold for less than one week) was a little under $17.00 USD.Hopefully using the information in this Tokyo Disneyland trip planning guide you’ll be able to plan the perfect Tokyo Disney Resort vacation. If you have been before I’d love to hear any tips or strategies you may have picked up while you were there. If you’ve never been, feel free to leave any questions or comments below.
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