Tomorrowland Terrace is a counter service restaurant in Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. This restaurant is fairly basic by American standards, as it serves burgers, chicken nuggets, and a chicken burger. That’s it. However, it’s really popular in Tokyo Disneyland. I suspect that’s for a couple of reasons: 1) the food items have “character motifs,” and are shaped like Mickey Mouse heads, and 2) this is stereotypical American food, and since Tokyo Disneyland is in part a showplace of American culture, it’s sort of one of those, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” type things.
In terms of ambiance, Tomorrowland Terrace is fascinating. Walt Disney World fans will instantly recognize it. Not because it bears a striking resemblance to the Magic Kingdom restaurant of the same name, but because of how it bears a striking resemblance to a Magic Kingdom restaurant of the same location, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe…which actually used to be called Tomorrowland Terrace. We covered this in our Bizarro Magic Kingdom post, but suffice to say, it’s interesting walking inside Tomorrowland Terrace and seeing what’s similar to and missing from Cosmic Ray’s.
Like much of Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, it truly feels like the Magic Kingdom Tomorrowland of the 1980s. This is both a good and bad thing, and something we’ve already covered in more detail in our Aesthetics of Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland post. I am a big fan of Tomorrowland, so I wanted to visit Tomorrowland Terrace to see the similarities and differences. Plus, who could resist a Mickey Mouse shaped burger?!
Unfortunately, Tomorrowland Terrace looked woefully outdated. I think it’s fair to see that Cosmic Ray’s feels a little 1990s-ish, but it’s got nothing on the 1980s flavor of Tomorrowland Terrace, which in this case was a bad thing. It was hopelessly outdated, and quite possibly the worst of Tokyo Disneyland.
Not even those cute Mickey Mouse burgers or their fun boxes could redeem Tomorrowland Terrace. In fact, all they did was reinforce how awful the restaurant is.
We tried both types of burgers, fries, and chicken nuggets. The burgers were small (this ended up being a good thing), but they were no cheaper than other, much larger counter service entrees elsewhere. Sarah and I both like burger with egg on it, so she ordered that. “Repulsive” would be a charitable way to describe her burger.
While my burger was just bad, hers was nauseatingly bad. I can’t really even describe the flavor, but the burger tasted like rubbery, fake meat (ever tried a generic, pre-made microwaveable slider that you can purchase in bulk at Sam’s Club?), the egg tasted like gooey “stuff,” and there was an overabundance of some sort of dressing that I can’t even describe. This made the default burger at Walt Disney World seem like a gourmet masterpiece by comparison.
The chicken nuggets and fries were fine. Pretty much on par with what you’d find in the US Disney parks. Nothing special, but not bad, either. These nuggets, fries, and the overall cuteness factor of the food are the only bases for any points being awarded to Tomorrowland Terrace. If not for these things, it might be in the negatives.
I love almost all things Tokyo Disney Resort, but Tomorrowland Terrace is not one of those things. I’d like to give this location the benefit of the doubt and say we just had an unfortunate bad meal–an anomaly–but based on the burger we had at Cape Cod Cook-Off (the Duffy show), I think this is pretty standard for burgers at Tokyo Disney Resort. Oddly enough, I’ve heard others say they like the Tokyo burgers (and given its popularity, clearly the Japanese like them), but I don’t think I’ve ever heard that from an American. Maybe it’s just our preferences as Americans when it comes to burgers, I don’t know. I do know that I am an avid consumer of burgers, and I consider my judgment pretty sound in this regard. If you go against my judgment, thinking these cut burgers can’t possibly be that bad, do so at your own peril. Just remember, that cute little dinosaur in Jurassic Park ended up spitting some sort of acid at Newman, proving that not all cute things are harmless!
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Have you dined at Tomorrowland Terrace? What did you think of it? Did you find it to be this awful, or did you enjoy it? If you have any questions or thoughts to share, please post them in the comments. We love hearing from readers!