Japan Is Getting A Disney Mickey Mouse Themed Shinkansen Bullet Train This Spring

If you’re traveling from one city to another in Japan, the Shinkansen bullet train is the way to go. Fast, clean, easy and efficient, it’ll get you from Kyoto to Yokohama, Tokyo to Sapporo, Nara to Hiroshima, and just about anywhere else.

The operator of the Shinkansen, JR (Japan Railways) occasionally adds a little bit of fun to its bullet trains by giving them an overlay of popular Japanese animated series. In past years there have been Shinkansens adorned with Evangelion and Hello Kitty…

…but the next bullet train will be decorated in homage to the beloved Mickey Mouse…

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Why Hotels Ask For ID, Earn Rental Credits v. Miles?, Amex Buys Lounge Buddy & Now This, & More

Here are our most popular posts for April 2019. Some of them were actually written before April (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older ones are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff:

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Why Aren’t There More Monorails At Walt Disney World?

Disneyland opened the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and when Walt Disney World (WDW) opened in 1971, it followed suit with its own monorail system.

 

The original WDW track was (well, still is) a loop that featured four stations: the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC – it’s also the main parking lot for WDW guests), Disney’s Polynesian Resort, the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Contemporary Resort – this loop was built as a dual beam so monorails could travel in either direction. In this case, the Resort Monorail, which stops at all 5 stops (the original 4, plus the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa when it opened in 1988), runs clockwise, and the Express Monorail, which only stops between the TTC and the Magic Kingdom.

When Epcot opened in 1982, another single-beam monorail route was built to shuttle people between the new park at the TTC. But those are the only two monorail tracks ever built at WDW.

Ever wonder why?

Of course, most people would say, “It’s too expensive!” In fact, that what I’ve always said, too. And to be honest, anyone who said that would be 100% correct. But it’s really more than just cost…

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City Officials Approve Toll To Drive On San Francisco’s Lombard Street

City officials have approved installing a toll to drive on Lombard Street, the famous San Francisco road commonly known as “the most crooked street in the world,” in an effort to ease congestion.

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Did You Know All These Great Things WDW Does To Save Energy & Help The Environment?

The Walt Disney Company has always been a master of innovation. From the first feature-length animated movie to the first theme park made for families to enjoy together, they’ve been ahead of the curve for almost 100 years. So it should be no surprise that they’re doing all sorts of things in their theme parks to make their carbon footprint smaller and inventing and using alternative methods of energy to run their parks. Here are some examples:

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