Tokyo Disneyland Hotel Review
Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is a luxury hotel at Tokyo Disney Resort just outside Tokyo Disneyland. This review features photos of guest rooms, views, and common areas, plus thoughts on the hotel in general and whether it’s worth the money. With its Victorian theme, luxurious style, and location a short walk from the most popular Disney theme park in the world, this would be the flagship Disney hotel anywhere else in the world. At Tokyo Disney Resort, it’s often overshadowed by Hotel MiraCosta (read our Hotel MiraCosta Review), which is actually located inside Tokyo DisneySea. Rooms in Tokyo Disneyland Hotel start at around $300/night, and go up depending upon the view, season, and number of guests (see this rate chart).
The view pictured above is from our room at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, and while this view was absolutely stunning, it is not the norm. We were incredibly lucky with our room location, and because Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is located farther back from the park than its counterpart, Hotel MiraCosta, and because the roofed World Bazaar is fairly tall, many rooms–even those that face the park–offer little in terms of view.
I mention this from the outset because I think view might be the biggest consideration for those contemplating a hotel at Tokyo Disney Resort, and Tokyo Disneyland Hotel simply isn’t as consistently good as Hotel MiraCosta in this regard. If you get lucky or book one of the rooms that’s sure to have a great view, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is definitely an incredible experience, though. If you’re trying to do Tokyo Disney Resort on a budget, there are great monorail loop hotels offering excellent views at a fraction of the cost of Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.
If you set aside the view, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is arguably the best hotel at Tokyo Disney Resort…
Let’s get pricing out of the way from the outset. If you’re used to visiting Walt Disney World, you might not balk at that $300+/night rate, knowing that’s a standard rack rate for a Walt Disney World Deluxe hotel. The difference here is that discounts on Tokyo Disney Resort hotels are unheard of because the 3 Tokyo hotels operate at 95%+ occupancy.
In fact, depending upon when you’re going, it can be difficult to book a room here. In my experience, it was much easier than Hotel MiraCosta, but rooms here do frequently sell out. If you plan on staying at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, you will want to book online as soon as your booking window opens. The Tokyo Disney Resort Online Reservation Center will accept reservations starting at 9:00 a.m. (JST) 6 months before your arrival day. For those of you living in the US, this is going to be the night before that morning (do the math for your time zone). You may have to change your computer clock to get the reservation system to work.
I was responsible for booking our hotels via the online system, and I booked our room here the moment the window opened. After that, we had discussions amongst ourselves about booking a different room category, so we ultimately changed the reservation. I noticed availability for many rooms here a few weeks after our window opened, too, so demand isn’t as intense here as it is at Hotel MiraCosta.
One big perk of the Online Reservation Center is that it also gives you the ability to book dining reservations. This is an important amenity for those who don’t live in Japan, as many of these restaurants book quickly, and during the busier seasons, you won’t be able to get same day priority seating. The best way to take advantage of this by booking the insanely popular dinner shows: Polynesian Terrace and Mickey & Company at the Diamond Horseshoe.
As mentioned above, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel has a Victorian theme that’s somewhat of an extension of World Bazaar (except arguably better-done). I am not biased towards this theme. I think Disney has done Victorian hotels to death, and it disappoints me that most Disney flagship hotels around the world are Victorian. Not only is it not the most compelling theme to me, but a little variety would be nice.
With that said, I think this is about as well-executed as the Victorian theme could be, with tons of little details, opulent elements (such as the chandeliers in the lobby), and a real grandiose feel. It truly feels like it has a sense of old world elegance, while also having modern luxury. I know this is a divisive thing, but it also infuses a variety of Disney characters (from films like Lady and the Tramp, Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, and more) into elements of the design in a very tasteful and discreet way. Personally, I find this to be fun and whimsical, but I know opinions vary on this sort of thing.
There are several restaurants at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel: Dreamers Lounge (bar/restaurant), Sherwood Garden Restaurant (buffet), and Canna (fine dining). We did Sherwood Garden Restaurant, and it was superb. We have a somewhat embarrassing story from there, but we’ll save that for another day…
Each day of your stay (including check-in and check-out), you can access either park 15 minutes early; this is called the “Happy 15.” This is a significant perk, as those 15 minutes give you a head start on the huge lines to get in the parks, and huge lines that follow inside. You receive vouchers for this and access the park via a special line. It may not seem like much, but this is seriously an invaluable perk.
Other benefits include complimentary monorail passes, special park hopper tickets hotel guests can purchase (we don’t recommend this), baggage storage on check-in and check-out days, and baggage transfer to and from the JR Station. There is also complimentary baggage transfer among the 3 Disney hotels, making a split stay (if you’re considering Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, we highly recommend Hotel MiraCosta, too) very easy. Unlike Hotel MiraCosta, there’s no charge for the pool here, but it’s only open in the summer.
Another random tip is to make sure to hit up these gift shop if you want some Tokyo Disney Resort logo merchandise–especially women. Tokyo Disneyland Hotel has some gorgeous merchandise. Unfortunately, the shirts they had were a little too feminine for me, but the design was really cool, nonetheless. Almost all in-park merchandise is simply character stuff, and doesn’t prominently feature the location.
Out front is “Fantasia Court” one of the several gardens that can be found at the hotel. For a hotel that has a relatively small footprint, it has a decent amount of places to explore.
Other spaces are Mickey & Friends Square, Alice Garden, and Sherwood Garden. Mickey & Friends Square is a beautiful area, but the fountain in Fantasia Court is just stunning. A really cool concept.
We stayed in a “Standard Superior Alcove Room (Park Grand View),” which essentially meant that it was a preferred park view room that could sleep 4 people. Few rooms at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel can sleep 4 adults, but we deliberated intensely over which of those to book, ultimately deciding to go for the slightly more expensive “grand” option so our chances at a good park view were higher.
After checking into the room downstairs, a Cast Member took us upstairs to show us to the room and provide us with a tour of its features. I think at first she was intimidated by having to speak so much English, but she became incredibly happy when asked if we could get a photo with her. It should go without saying that the service here, as with anywhere at Tokyo Disney Resort, was impeccable.
In our tour of the room, we’ll start with the bathroom. On the left is the bathtub and shower, with the sink on the right. If you look closely, you’ll notice a ton of specialty Tokyo Disneyland Hotel-branded toiletries. Rest assured, none of these remained when we checked out of the room! 😉
To the right of the sink is the toilet. It’s common in Japanese hotels to have shower, sink, and toilet each in separate rooms.
Moving onto the bedroom, here are the two main beds, with the alcove bed directly behind the camera and another bed that pulls out from under the bed on the left. I opted to sleep on this floor-bed so I could be closer to the balcony and fall asleep to the sound of the Tokyo Disneyland entrance area background music loop.
Here’s the view from bed. Not too shabby.
An artsy shot through a Mickey head on the balcony. I really wish I took more closeup photos of the details in this room, because there are tons of little flourishes that made the room feel great. From the vaulted ceiling to the silhouette portraits of Mickey & Minnie to concept art of other characters, beautiful trim, and more, the room was really richly textured. I often criticize Disney for not doing the best of job of balancing theme with luxurious design, but with Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, the Imagineers totally nailed the rooms (at least the standard ones–I’m not a huge fan of the new character rooms).
We found ourselves wandering around the room discovering new little touches here and there and remarking on how cool they were. This isn’t well-conveyed in my wide-angle photos of the rooms, but all of us agreed that the room here was superior to Hotel MiraCosta. In fact, I think in many regards Tokyo Disneyland Hotel trumps Hotel MiraCosta. Of course, it probably didn’t hurt that we won big in the room view lottery.
One of the many topiaries between the back of the hotel and Tokyo Disneyland, Minnie Mouse welcomes guests to Tokyo…
Overall, if you have the means to book one of the Park Grand View rooms (assuming view matters to you) and also have the time to stay at Hotel MiraCosta, I would highly recommend doing a split stay between the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Hotel MiraCosta. If you set aside the novelty of being inside a theme park at Hotel MiraCosta (which is a totally arbitrary thing to set aside, as that’s the main draw of the hotel), I think Tokyo Disneyland Hotel actually surpasses Hotel MiraCosta in most regards. It’s a world class hotel, and my second favorite Disney hotel in the world, but I don’t view it in quite the same regard as Hotel MiraCosta. That hotel is just something special, unlike anything anywhere else. By contrast, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is superior to all other Disney hotels, but it mostly is doing the same things as those hotels–just better.
If you’re thinking of visiting Japan for the first time and are overwhelmed with planning, definitely check out our Tokyo Disney Resort Planning Guide. It covers much more than the parks, from getting there to WiFi to currency and much, much more. For more photos and an idea of what we did day-by-day during our first visit, read our Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Report.
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Does Tokyo Disneyland Hotel appeal to you? Have you stayed here? Want to stay here? If you have any other comments or questions about Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, post them below and I’ll try to answer!
My husband and I are vacationing in Tokyo this November and are planning a 2-night/3-day stay at Disneyland Tokyo…Tues, Wed, Thur. I’ve scoured your site, but cannot find any information on booking a vacation package. Would you recommend this? It does seem like quite a bit of money, but I’m interested in booking a package for convenience more than anything. It includes several fast passes, breakfast, and rides on the monorail.
I see your room had a balcony, but when I look online only some of the concierge rooms actually say ‘with balcony’, I can’t find any other rooms which specify this – does this mean it’s hit and miss if you book a different room?
Or do all ‘grand park views’ have balconies?
We have four kids ranging from 10-14. Is our only option the family suite or could we bed share with the younger two? I was thinking the girls could share a bed, the boys share a bed and my hubby and I so some of the rooms say that they have 4 beds but only allow one person per bed. The bed share is a bit confusing. Any suggestions? Thx!
Hi there, thanks for all the amazing information. This blog has been essential in planning our upcoming trip. We are staying at the Miracost and then Disneyland Hotel. We want to go into Tokyo for a meal one night, rather than eating in the parks, and we heard hotel concierge is the best way to get reservations in the city. Is there a guest services/concierge service at either of the hotels, and is there a way to get in touch with them? Any advice? Thanks!
Love reading your reviews and reports, they have been interesting and incredibly informative. Question on booking when the on-site hotel booking window opens, and I hope it makes sense. If I want to stay for three nights, does my window open when the first night is 6 months out, or do I have to wait until all three nights are in the window, thus risking that the first two nights sell out? Or do I book one night at a time three days in a row? That’s what I plan to do but I wonder if that means I have to make three deposits and also risk having to change rooms every night. Alternatively, can I book the first night six months out then add an additional night to the reservation on each of the following two days?
Just read your Mira Costa review and the comments address just this question…so I went in and did a “practice” reservation just now and it seems that you can indeed book up to five nights once your first night is in the booking window.
Thanks for providing such a valuable resource!
Hi, thanks for this great review, I am trying to plan accomodation for a trip with my family at the end of this year. There are five of us, and the site allows you do a bedsore and as my kids are only young I have decided to do this option. I can’t find anywhere though where it says the size of the beds – just says 3 beds, or twin room. In the picture the beds look to be of a double size, is this correct ?
Also can you tell me if anywhere does character dining ? This was one of our favourite parts when we visited California last year but I am struggling to find information on which restaurants do character dining.
Can you buy park hopper tickets online? We’d love to get 4 day park hoppers, but what are restrictions? The resort site doesn’t say….
Hi- I can’t believe you didn’t talk about the Ambassdor Hotel. We just stayed there in early July. Have you been there? It’s a very special place! We loved the 1920’s Art Deco theme. Everything was beautiful and top notch. I found it to be a lot cozier and more intimate than the DL Hotel and the Mira Costa. It also feels a lot more “Disney” to me. We will stay there again next visit for sure.
Hi, I’m thinking of doing a split stay at the Hilton Tokyo Bay/Disneyland Hotel and Miracosta (I couldn’t get rooms for my first night at TDR)for a 3N stay in Dec (1st night at Hilton/TDL Hotel, 2nd/3rd at Miracosta). Do you know if they will send the bags over if we want to hit the parks early on the 2nd day? thanks!
Great review! We split our stay between the MiraCosta and Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and would agree with most of your comments. Our room at the MiraCosta was smaller and a bit dated (also more expensive), but the view and atmosphere more than made up for it. I also felt the overall theming in the MiraCosta to be more elaborate and ornate, especially the wonderfully done facade and entrance. I loved the grand and airy atrium lobby of the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, but I felt it lacked the detail of the MiraCosta rotunda.
We are going back this year and staying at only the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel but only because the MiraCosta is under pretty extensive renovation. I think once the new rooms open, it will be my preferred choice. Although the rooms will still be the same size, the new designs look more beautiful and opulent than the standard rooms at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.
Yeah, I’m a pretty big fan of the new look they’re doing with the Hotel MiraCosta (at least in the art), which looks modern yet opulent. By contrast, the new character rooms at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel look like something out of Art of Animation. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…but this is supposed to be a flagship Victorian hotel. I’m sure they will be popular with all of the character fans in Japan, though.
Thank you for more Tokyo Disney information! My husband and I are planning a trip for next June, and we are just pouring over the information on your site. Assuming we are successful at getting reservations (we’ll book at the 6-month mark), we want to spend one night each at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Hotel Mira Costa.
Do you recommend buying park passes at the hotel, or do you buy your park passes in advance and print them at home? (I know they can’t ship passes overseas.)
You and Sarah really have the most amazing adventures! I’m a newer attorney (with a Disney habit) and I’m so inspired by your ability to keep traveling, even after you’ve launched your careers. All the best!
We’ve always just purchased tickets at the hotel, but the safer bet is definitely buying them in advance and printing at home. Otherwise, you can run the risk of tickets selling out.
if you don’t want to shock your bare necessities into a Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,..
when in the vicinity of unfamiliar commodes, bidets, water closets,.. best to respect the law of unintended consequences and keep your distance from the buttons,..
Maybe itÂ´s because i like my shirts å¯æ„›ã„ , but I could never keep my hands from the buttons… Just try them out, Cameron, and “Enjoy that refreshing new feeling”, as they used to say at the Coca Cola company…
Phhh…live a little! 🙂 It took me a while to muster up the courage to test out all the features, but now I’m a convert!
“Unfortunately, the shirts they had were a little too feminine for me, but the design was really cool, nonetheless. ”
if he’s not going to buy the shirt, he’s not going to push the buttons,..
This might seem odd, but I have heard many odd things about the Japanese commodes. I saw lots of buttons in your water closet pic. Did you dare push any of the buttons?
Great photos and review. The room looks like a serious step up from most Deluxe hotels at WDW. Do you think that’s because it’s newer (is it)?
The Fantasia Court fountain is very similar to the design of the 17th hole at Fantasia Gardens mini golf. 😉
It opened in 2008, but I think its quality has less to do with it being newer and more to do with higher standards there.
I’m sorry…I’m confused…do you prefer the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel or Hotel MiraCosta…thanks for the review 🙂
Overall, I prefer Hotel MiraCosta because I think it’s such a novel hotel, and virtually every room has an amazing view. I think the rooms in Tokyo Disneyland Hotel are nicer, as are some other elements of the hotel.
If I had to choose one or the other for a future stay (and not a split stay at both), I’d choose Hotel MiraCosta in an instant.