Thursday, 24 December 2015

Tokyo Day 6 (Part 2): Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

Much as we were reluctant to leave DisneySea, we were also extremely excited to head to Tokyo Disneyland Hotel!

We took the Disney Resort Line monorail, which is provided FREE only for guests of Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta (everyone else has to pay). Make sure that you collect your complimentary pass from the Tokyo Disney Resort Welcome Centre when you check in.

Disney Resort Line
Waiting for the train, which was arriving soon

It really excites me to see that the Disney Resort Line was decorated with Mickey everywhere! Sooo cool!

I was in a fun Christmas Mickey spirit as you can tell! :P 
With mum (left) and hubby (right)

We alighted at Tokyo Disneyland Station, which is pretty much self-explanatory.

We have arrived! Yay!
Exterior of Tokyo Disneyland Station at night

As we were walking to Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, the girl exclaimed dramatically (she got that from her mother, obviously), "Are we staying here?!? Reaaally?! I can't believe it!!!!"

You can't really blame her =)

The magnificent Tokyo Disneyland Hotel at night
Princess going home to her castle! ;P
Left: Girl shouted, "Mummy, mummy! Take photo of me!";
Right: The welcome stairway, with luxurious Mickey and Minnie shaped plants!

Suffice to say, impressed would be an understatement in this place!

The hubby complained that we should have booked two days at this hotel intead of one night at the Disney Ambassador Hotel but like I said, I didn't manage to book this place, it's not like I didn't try (to avoid my mistake, check out my tips on how to secure your room booking here). Not to mention that the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is more expensive! But well, one night here is better than none!

Luxurious lobby with high ceilings and elaborate chandeliers
Intricate carousels decorated the seats where we waited
Clockwise from left: A full size doll house in the lobby which features different Disney movies in the rooms;
Aladdin and Alice in the Wonderland themed bedroom;
Snow White themed bedroom.
Left: Cinderella themed entertainment room;
Right: 101 Dalmatian and Beauty and the Beast themed kitchen
(My girl was actually the one who noticed the Beauty and the Beast elements! I was distracted by the dalmatians haha)
Mickey Mouse and friends themed kids play room
(notice the miniature doll house within the dollhouse!)
European style fountain in the centre of the main lobby
With Mickey and Minnie statues
The front entrance of Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
The Bell Desk is important for dropping off your luggage and booking airport transfers

There're Disney Characters incorporated in almost everything in this hotel so much so that you can even play the "How many Mickeys/Minnies can you spot?" game with your kids!

A Mickey spotted in the carpet! =)
As usual, the kids get to watch Disney movies on TV while waiting for our room to be ready
(If you look closely, you can spot Minnie on the TV cabinet)
Managed to find a big portrait of Cinderella along one of the corridors leading from the main lobby

After checking in at the front desk, we made our way to our room.

Taking the lift, which has a retro luxurious feel to it!
We love taking the only external lift in the hotel which allows you to look outside and see the chandeliers
(These photos were taken in the day so you can see more clearly)

We were all excited to see our room because I had painstakingly booked the Disney's Beauty and the Beast Room (for 4 adults)!

The room cost us a staggering ¥90,843 (approximately $1050) per room per night as it was the super peak period (will definitely cost less during off-peak period or for a room that only accommodates 2 adults). Many thanks to the hubby and mum who shared the cost of the room with me just to fulfill my Disney dream! Yay! =D

Nevertheless, there was no question in everyone's minds (including the non-Disney fan hubby, surprisingly) that the room was well worth it for the awesome experience!

I'll let my photos do the talking and you'll know what I mean *grin*

Clockwise from left: Girl was more than excited to open the door and check out our room!;
Spotted yet another Minnie on the walls!;
Similar to Disney Ambassador Hotel, we were each given a personalised room key card which we can keep even after we had checked out!
The corridor leading to the room is decorated to look like Belle's library, complete with the famous enchanted objects such as Lumiere and Cogsworth! Soooo cute!
Continuing Belle's library into the dressing table area;
If you look carefully, my girl is sitting on Sultan the enchanted footstool/dog! Love it!
The beautifully decorated bathroom
Clockwise from left: A stool at the bottom of the sink caters to little humans who need a little extra help to reach the sink;
Typical toiletries packaged into cute little bottles (that don't leak! I know because I brought them home, obviously);
A plastic Mickey cup for my girl! So cute!
The full set of toiletries that are sprinkled with the Mickey magic. So cute right? *laughs*
(We are 4 adults so I greedilyrightly asked for another set of these. Where got enough for 4 persons right?)
The attention to detail is so spectacular that even the bathroom doors have Beauty and the Beast murals on it!
Be sure to switch on the lights on the inside for a better effect!
Left: Shower area with stool;
Right: Generous bathtub that is great for soaking in warm baths to counter the winter chill.
Left: The drink preparation area is decorated with photos from Beauty and the Beast;
Right: The TV console reminds me of Belle's enchanted wardrobe!

If you thought that was amazing, you should see the beds!

Three super-single beds that are spacious enough to sleep 1 adult and 1 child per bed!
This room could easily accommodate two families with 4 adults and 4 kids so you could possibly share the room with another family so as to share the cost as well =)
So in love with the beds!
Girl pretending to read a book just like Belle!
Left: Girlee on one of the side tables;
Right: Girlee kissing Beast's red rose
The hotel does not provide a cot but they do provide a bed rail to prevent your child from falling off the bed
Sofa converted into a bed, just nice for an adult or older child
Clockwise from left: Looks just like the Beauty and and the Beast arm chair, doesn't it?;
A portrait of Belle dancing with the Beast on the wall;
Me wearing the complimentary Mickey bedroom slippers
(Similar to Disney Ambassador Hotel, we were given 4 pairs of adult and 2 pairs of kid bedroom slippers,
all with Mickey designs on them!)
Left: A nice corner for family to eat and chit-chat;
Right: Taking the usual selfie in the mirror.
The lovely view of Tokyo Disneyland from our room window! Beautiful!

Hands down, this was one of the best hotel rooms I had ever experienced! The room was really spacious too and can comfortably accommodate four adults and four kids with no issues. I was happily prancing around the room and humming my favourite Disney tunes =)

My dream of staying in a Disney Character Room has finally come true! This was the best Christmas Eve ever (for now at least *laughs*)!

We loved our room so much that we almost didn't want to return to the parks (I mean, we can technically see the Tokyo Disneyland fireworks from our room, although not very clearly). But curiosity got the better of me and we decided to board the Disney Resort Line again to check out the fireworks at Tokyo DisneySea.

The Christmas spirit is everywhere in Tokyo DisneySea

To be honest, the fireworks was ok but probably not worth waiting for (definitely not as good as Tokyo Disneyland in my opinion).

A shot of the fireworks above the Tokyo DisneySea Miracosta Hotel

I was analysing the Tokyo DisneySea map while we were waiting for the fireworks to begin and realised too late that the Tower of Terror accepted single riders (much faster queue)! I told the sister to go for it, since she would be riding alone anyway (none of us liked roller coasters as much as her).

Hence, she left for the ride after the fireworks while we headed to AMERICAN WATERFRONT to check out the S.S. Columbia, a replica of the US Steamship that actually floats on the water. It reminds me of the Titanic!

S.S. Columbia
Clockwise from left: The view of the mast from the deck of the ship's bow;
An emergency float (not sure if it's real or not);
We learnt too late that there was a turtle observatory next to the ship! Too bad we didn't have time to visit it =(

There's a very cool restaurant on board the ship that really looks like it came out of the set of Titanic! If you're a Titanic fan, you should really dine in this restaurant!

It started to drizzle soon after so I hurried the mum and hubby back to the hotel with the kids while I waited for the sister. For some reason, we both got our meeting place wrong so we ended up waiting at two different locations for more than 30 minutes! What a waste of time! We could have visited the turtle conservatory or went on some rides. Oh well, lesson learnt =(

Back at the hotel, I ended the day with a warm bath in the bathtub before tucking myself into the cosy bed. Best Christmas Eve ever =)

Continue to >> Tokyo Day 7: Christmas in Disneyland
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