The new Toy Story Hotel at Tokyo Disney Resort is now open! This post shares photos and details about the resort amenities, dining, guest rooms, and more. We’ll also offer a bit of commentary about whether we’d book this when visiting Japan, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea.
The new Toy Story Hotel is designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and features “playful designs that immerse guests in the creative imagination of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story films, brings to life the world of toys featured in the popular, award-winning animated features.”
From the moment guests arrive, they will feel like they’ve been shrunk to toy-size and are welcomed as “honorary toys.” As the story goes, Andy has assembled this toy hotel so that his toys have a place to stay and play while he is away at Cowboy Camp.
Outside of the hotel, there are oversized toy action play figures of Toy Story pals. Buzz Lightyear and Jessie are part of Slinky Dog Park in front of the entrance, while Woody and Bo Peep can be found in Toy Friends Square, a courtyard off the lobby.
Here’s a new look at Toy Story Hotel now that it has opened, with updated details and photos…
Toy Story Hotel at Tokyo Disney Resort is a moderate-type hotel with 595 guest rooms–575 standard rooms and 20 superior rooms. The hotel has streamlined facilities and services to bring guests a new option between the existing deluxe and value hotels at Tokyo Disney Resort.
This is the first non-Deluxe hotel on-site at Tokyo Disney Resort, and is located directly across from Bayside Station, in between Hilton Tokyo Bay, Hotel Okura, and Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel. It’s technically the first non-Deluxe Disney hotel on the monorail loop anywhere in the world.
The guest rooms are inspired by Andy’s bedroom from the first Toy Story film, featuring his iconic blue sky and puffy white cloud wallpaper. There are also Woody’s Roundup inspired headboards, an oversized Mickey Mouse wristwatch hanging on one of the walls, plus other toy-like fixtures and furnishings.
Rooms that sleep up to three guests have two regular beds and a trundle bed, rooms for up to four guests have three regular beds and a pull-down bed.
Shopping, dining, and other amenities include the following…
Lotso Garden Cafe – With an interior inspired by Lotso the pink teddy bear from Toy Story 3, this restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner.
This buffet-style restaurant serves delicious food, including desserts inspired by Toy Story. The colorful dining area with murals depicting Lotso raising smiling fruits and vegetables.
Gift Planet (Disney Shop) – In addition to Tokyo Disney Resort merchandise, guests may also purchase items exclusive to Toy Story Hotel.
Shop Together (Hotel Shop)– This shop offers a range of daily sundries, from diapers and baby items to soft drinks, confections, beer, and more.
Toy Story Hotel’s lobby is a colorful, toy-filled space.
Guests will find slot cars racing on tracks overhead, a giant Bo Peep game board on the ceiling, puzzle pieces used to decorate the floor, colorful furniture and more.
The bright colors and theming continue through the elevator areas and guest corridors.
The hotel has two wings: one side is themed to Buzz Lightyear and the other is themed to Woody’s Roundup.
Outside, you’ll find a variety of common areas.
Slinky Dog Park is the plaza in front of the main entrance to Toy Story Hotel, styled as a board game featuring oversized toy action figures of Buzz Lightyear and Jessie. Toy Friends Square is a garden accessed from the lobby, featuring oversized toy action figures of Woody, Bo Peep, and other Toy Story characters.
Hotel services include online checkin-in, express checkout, and baggage delivery. As this is a value resort, there is no bell service or room service at Toy Story Hotel.
Currently, only guests staying at the hotel may access the hotel and grounds. Either this is a new policy effective for all on-site properties, one exclusively for Toy Story Hotel during its initial opening period, or something that won’t actually be enforced. Regardless, a bit odd. (We’re hoping it’s not going to be enforced–we’d love to dine at Lotso Garden Cafe’s dinner buffet!)
In terms of commentary, I have quite a few thoughts on Toy Story Hotel.
Newer readers might be confused as to why we’re focusing on a hotel announcement for Tokyo Disney Resort. Prior to the world shutting down, we spent a “little” bit of time each year in Japan and were Annual Passholders at Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea. To that point, we have Tokyo Disney Resort Hotel Reviews & Rankings for all of the third party properties at TDR. So this isn’t exactly coming out of left field.
My ‘biggest’ piece of commentary about Toy Story Hotel is that it’s absolutely hideous. Back when the last concept art was released, I joked that I liked it better as a demolished events hall. (Bonus points to anyone who gets the reference.)
For all of the complaints about Pop Century or other new rooms at Walt Disney World looking like hospitals, Toy Story Hotel actually does remind me of a children’s hospital…or maybe a colorful prison?
This and the version in Shanghai Disneyland (why did they make another after seeing the results there?!) pretty clearly demonstrates that Toy Story is not a property that lends itself to a tower hotel.
The vibrant, larger-than-life style of Walt Disney World’s Value Resorts works much better for animated movies.
Admittedly, we hold Tokyo Disney Resort and Oriental Land Company to a higher standard than Disney, but this looks awful by any measure. It’s even more awkward and odd in context, which is squeezed between several third-party hotels, all of which have restrained exteriors. Soon, it’ll be across from the highest-end luxury hotel at Tokyo Disney Resort, too.
In fairness, you can’t see the outside of Toy Story Hotel from the inside–and the guest rooms actually have a fair amount of whimsy and character. With that said, they also look noticeably smaller than the rooms at the Sheraton or Hilton, which also have themed kids’ rooms in addition to their more modern, adult rooms.
Speaking of those other hotels, it’s hard to imagine booking this over the Sheraton or Hilton on either side of Toy Story Hotel. Both of those offer tremendous value, and can routinely be booked for ~$150 on weeknights.
Judging by the prices of Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel (located off-site), the Toy Story Hotel is more significantly expensive than either the Hilton or the Sheraton on average, while being uglier (subjective) and offering weaker amenities and smaller rooms (objective).
Ultimately, the interior decor looks reasonably cute at Toy Story Hotel, there are some fun features, and the buffet sounds attractive (Tokyo Disney Resort does an excellent job on the all-you-can-eat front), but I cannot imagine staying there.
Basically, this post only exists to offer a long-winded warning against booking Toy Story Hotel. The most positivity I can muster is that Toy Story Hotel provides much-needed hotel capacity, and hopefully it’ll relieve some of the demand for other hotels.
If your budget allows for them, Hotel MiraCosta and Tokyo Disneyland Hotel are unbeatable–two of the top 5 Disney hotels in the entire world–and worth every penny. If your budget does not allow for those, book the Hilton, Sheraton, or even one of the on-site Japanese hotels.
They may not be “Disney,” but we’ve never felt like that has been an impediment to immersion. All of the third party on-site hotels have Disney shops, in-room TDR channels, exemplary service, stunning views of either the parks or Tokyo Bay (and Mt. Fuji on a clear day), and are located on the monorail loop.
What do you think of the Toy Story Hotel? If you’ve been to Tokyo Disney Resort, what is your favorite on-site hotel? Planning on disregarding our advice and booking it anyway? Think this is a good addition to the Tokyo Disney Resort hotel lineup, or do you also wish it remained a demolished events hall? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Any questions? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!