1. Staying at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel in a Grand Park View Room

    I had always wanted to stay at the beautiful Tokyo Disneyland Hotel since I first saw it being built and always wondered what it would be like to stay there.  Fast forward to this year when we visited Tokyo Disney Resort for four nights for my birthday and decided to not only book the Hotel MiraCosta for two nights but also the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel for the rest of our stay.

    The Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is located at the entrance to Tokyo Disneyland with only the Disney Resort Line monorail separating the two.  Because of this, it is possible to book a room with a view of the park itself.  We knew that we wanted to stay in a “Grand Park View” room which are located at the very front of the hotel and when booking this room type, you also book by what floor you want to stay on. I liked this system as we knew that we wanted a good view of the park from a higher floor and did not mind paying a little more for it so we decided to book a room on the 7th or the 8th floor – the highest floors possible in that category.

    Rooms at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel can be booked online on the Tokyo Disney Resort website five months in advance or six months in advance for vacation packages – however you cannot book Grand Park View rooms as part of a package. The Tokyo Disneyland Hotel can also be booked online on various hotel booking websites however room categories that are available are extremely limited.

    Thankfully booking the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel was a lot easier and less stressful than booking the Hotel MiraCosta but we still booked our room at 11:00am Japan time (3:00am UK time) when booking opened five months in advance.  Unlike the Hotel MiraCosta where we had to book each night separately, we were able to book two nights at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel at the same time in one booking.   We had to pay a ¥30,000 (£203/US$264) deposit which is refundable up until fourteen days before your stay if you decide to cancel your booking.

    Benefits for staying at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel include length of stay monorail tickets, early entry to the parks called Happy 15 (not available on day of check-in), online restaurant reservations for the whole of Tokyo Disney Resort in English as well as the ability to purchase tickets that allow park hopping from day one and guaranteed park admission even on busy days.

    After spending the first two nights of our stay at Tokyo Disney resort at the incredible Hotel MiraCosta, we were able to have our luggage transferred directly to the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel when we checked out so we could go straight to Tokyo Disneyland and enjoy our morning in the park before making our way to the hotel in the afternoon to check in.

    We were able to check in at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel from 3:00pm and we arrived at the hotel about 3:15pm after enjoying the beautiful Dreaming Up parade in the park. Once again we did not have to wait to be checked in and they already knew that our luggage was at the hotel. We were given our personalised room keys (which you get to keep as a souvenir – I had already put my Hotel MiraCosta one safely away!) along with two more monorail passes and our Happy 15 vouchers for the next two days – one day of which we would not be using as we were not going into the parks on the day we were checking out.

    After being checked in, we waited for about ten minutes for someone to take us up to our room along with our bags. I had been inside the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel twice before but looking around the grand lobby knowing that I was finally staying here was a great feeling.

    Our room was located on the seventh floor at the end of the corridor and was absolutely beautiful.

    The biggest difference from our room at the Hotel MiraCosta was that we were able to book a room with one large double bed instead of two smaller beds which we loved – there are however Grand Park View rooms located on the same high floors that do have two beds that you can book if needed. Once again, the bed was a little harder than what I’m used to at home but after long Disney park days, I can sleep well wherever I am. There was a telephone and a clock located on one side of the bed and power sockets located on each side.

    One of my favourite things in the room was the Minnie and Mickey artwork located on each side of the bed. You can actually purchase these in the Disney Mercantile gift shop located in the hotel. As much as I was tempted to buy them, I stayed strong and just took a lot of photos instead.

    The bathrooms at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel are split into three separate areas: one wet room with a bath and one of the best showers in the world I’ve ever used, one room with an amazing Japanese toilet and one central area with a mirror and a sink.

    Various amenities including toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner are provided and are replenished every day so make sure to put them (especially the beautiful Tokyo Disneyland Hotel tin) away in you bag each day of your stay if you would like another set.

    Another one of my favourite areas of the room that we did not have at the Hotel MiraCosta was the vanity area opposite the bathroom where you can sit and do your hair and make up – the lighting was really good here! Inside the wardrobe next to the vanity are extra pillows and blankets as well as slippers and a souvenir bag – again both of these you can keep and they will replenish every day.

    There is a kettle with green tea and coffee in the room however we bought English Breakfast tea bags with us (as we do wherever we travel to) so we could have a much needed cup of tea each morning. We had also bought a large mug each in Tokyo DisneySea as the cups provided in the hotel rooms are small – if you like a larger tea or coffee to drink, bring a mug with you.

    There is also a fridge where you can store food and drink in the room. The cans of soft drinks as well as the beers and spirits are chargeable however the bottles of water are complimentary and are replenished each day. There is a great shop called Looking Glass Gifts in the hotel where you can stock up on drinks and snacks for the room.

    In the drawers of the amazing Beauty and the Beast themed television stand, you will find a safety deposit box as well as pyjamas that you can use during your stay but cannot keep. You will find all hotel information on the television including the log-in details for the free wifi. However as we had already stayed the Hotel MiraCosta, all of our devices automatically connected as the wifi network and password is the same at both hotels.

    Located inside the folder on the desk by the window is more hotel information as well as stationery including postcards, letter writing paper and envelopes that you can also take home with you.

    Now onto the view. We were well aware that the entrance to Tokyo Disneyland is currently under major reconstruction so it was no surprise to see the building work when we looked out of the window – as the Grand Park View rooms are located each side at the very front of the hotel we knew we had a 50/50 chance of seeing it. However once you looked past the work, it was a beautiful view of Cinderella Castle, the entrance to World Bazaar, Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Monsters Inc and Space Mountain in Tokyo Disneyland and Mount Prometheus, Tower of Terror as well at the Hotel MiraCosta in Tokyo DisneySea. If I’m honest I would say the building work bothered me for the first five minutes after we arrived then I did not even think about it again – there was no noise that disturbed us as the work did not even start until after park opening each day and had already finished when we were back in the room in the evening.

    In the morning it was fascinating to open the curtains and see the huge crowds who had arrived at the park early waiting to get in – and it was definitely a sight to see on the day we left as it was a sold out day at a weekend. And in the evenings, it was amazing to sit at the window and watch the Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland projection show on Cinderella Castle and the Brand New Dream fireworks in the sky between the two parks.

    The Happy 15 early park entry is one of the most valuable benefits to staying at one of the four Disney Hotels. That extra fifteen minutes is truly everything. I managed to get empty park photos near the castle and in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland whilst collecting a Fastpass for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt and then going straight to Splash Mountain at park opening time. On our second day during Happy 15 at Tokyo Disneyland, I was the only person in one of the areas in the park when Minnie and Mickey walked past me.

    Due to the construction work at Tokyo Disneyland, the Happy 15 entrance is likely to change but you will be told where it is when you check in at the hotel and there are also Cast Members holding signs to direct you to the right place. To enter Tokyo DisneySea during Happy 15, you need to use Park Entrance South. To use either Happy 15 entrance, all you need is your park ticket as well as the Happy 15 voucher that you received during check in which is collected from you at this time.

    I was sad to leave the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel after our two nights there. The hotel is simply so grand and beautiful and I love that I was able to stay there for my birthday. Now that I have stayed both there and at the Hotel MiraCosta, I honestly do not think I could stay at a non-Disney hotel when visiting Tokyo Disney Resort as there really was something so special and magical about staying at both of them.

    I cannot wait to go back!

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