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Tokyo Disney Resort Areas - An Emerging Destination

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A June 2003 trip to Tokyo by AgedToPerfection

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Quote: Outside of the Tokyo Disney theme parks, what else is there to do? How about shopping, dining, and exploring the magnificent hotels?

Tokyo Disney Resort Areas - An Emerging Destination

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Overview

Fit For A Queen Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Some have said that once you’ve seen a Disney theme park, you’ve seen them all. While I agree that similarities exist among the parks, Tokyo’s collection boasts some of the most advanced technological achievements, as well as some of the most impressive attractions worldwide. To dismiss Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea as commonplace and a repetition of their American, French and now Chinese cousins will cause you to miss a memorable and extraordinary experience.Tokyo Disney Sea (“TDS”), opened in September 2001, entertains guests from a sea-faring standpoint. Celebrating the seven ports of call of the world, TDS at opening, only had one “lift” or attraction which can be found at another ...Read More

Hotel Mira Costa

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Hotel

Hotel Mira Costa Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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What kid or kid at heart would pass up the opportunity to stay overnight inside a Disney theme park? Not many and the designers of the Hotel Mira Costa figured that if someone wanted to continue the magic after Tokyo Disney Sea had closed, then the experience at the hotel must be just as magical.While we did not stay at the Mira Costa, we explored the hotel the morning of our departure. The hotel is divided into three categories, which distinguish the view from the rooms. The Tuscany view refers to the outside of Tokyo Disney Sea. Some rooms face the Aquasphere courtyard. The Venice view refers to the left side of the entrance, where rooms face the corridors of the Venetian section of M...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2006

Hotel Mira Costa
1-1 Maihama
Tokyo, Japan
045-683-3333

Noodle Bar

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Restaurant

Noodle Bar Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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After a long plane ride of 13 hours, a bus ride of an hour and checking into our hotel, I felt as if a hole had burned into my stomach. “I’m starving!” I announced and we took off in search for sustenance. At 8pm, visiting the Tokyo Disney theme parks was out of the question. So for a fee-free evening, we headed to Ikspiari, figuring that as the Tokyo Disney Resort retail and dining complex, we would find decent food. It’s good to be correct.Our hotel bus dropped us off at the main transportation hub plaza. We ventured into Ikspiari and eventually found ourselves in the basement where most of the crowds ventured. I wanted Japanese food since, after all, we now stood in Japan. And what better J...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2006

Noodle Bar
Ikspiari Basement, 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Japan
Tokyo, Japan

Bon Voyage Shop at Tokyo Disney Resort

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Attraction | "Bon Voyage Shop"

Bon Voyage Shop at Tokyo Disney Resort Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Every good Disney resort must have a larger-than-life retail establishment that can fulfill the last minute shopping needs of every guest. Disneyland and Walt Disney World have their respective versions of World of Disney. Tokyo Disney Resort is no exception. Adjacent to the Maihama railway station sits Bon Voyage, the granddaddy shop of Tokyo Disney Resort.Themed as a travel port, Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale make their home in this vast retail location. Large figurines of the characters packing or carrying luggage hover over guests as they peruse the shelves. Guests can purchase most of the merchandise found at both To...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2006

Bon Voyage Shop at Tokyo Disney Resort
Next to JR Maihama Station at Gateway to Tokyo Disney
Tokyo, Japan

Ikspiari

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Attraction

Balloon Animals Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Spurred by Universal Citywalk in Hollywood, California, theme-park designers realized the value of placing a retail, restaurant, and entertainment center adjacent to their resorts. Disney jumped at the chance to outdo the competition. With Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts created a nightlife-rich shopping and dining district. And so, Tokyo Disney Resort has Ikspiari (pronounced ik-speer-ee).Due to the lack of space, Ikspiari grew up rather than out. Four levels of restaurants and shops populate this colorful and vibrant space. Ikspiari also serves as the transportation center for guests traveling to either Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disney Sea. Purchase tickets for th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2006

Ikspiari
1-1 Maihama
Tokyo, Japan

Disney Resort Cruiser

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Story/Tip

Welcome Aboard The Disney Resort Cruiser Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Okay, so I’ve known about how the Japanese can market merchandise. Back when I was growing up, Sanrio cornered the market on cute. I could find Hello Kitty on just about everything. Little did I know that this was an art form. When we decided to take the Sheraton Grande’s bus to the Tokyo Disney Resort Line station, we figured a small shuttle would arrive to take us a few meters away to the station. Now, that would be just too boring, wouldn’t it?First, understand that queues are very important in Japan. There is a queue for exiting a bus and a separate queue for boarding a bus. I made the mistake of walking up to the bus as folks disembarked, only to be told that I had to get in line a few fe...Read More

Tokyo Disney Resort Line Monorail

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Tokyo Disneyland Resort Line Monorail Station Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Somehow, as we spent more time at the Tokyo Disney Resort, we realized that as well done as something may seem at the American Disney resorts, the Japanese do it better. Something as simple as a monorail system may seem like “you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” but the Tokyo Disney Resort Line trumps the American Monorails. The difference is in the details.Unlike the Disneyland Resort Monorail or the Walt Disney World Resort Monorails, the Tokyo Disney Resort Line is operated by a separate company, Japan Railways, which also operates a large portion of the Tokyo train system. With this privatization comes the added inconvenience of having to pay additional costs to utilize the system. Howev...Read More