by Morgan Agesen
Located right within Tokyo Disney Resort is the Disney Ambassador Hotel. Amenities include onsite family dining at Chef Mickey, Empire Grill, Restaurant Hana, Tick Tock Diner, and Hyperion Lounge, an outdoor pool, a convenience store chock-full of necessities such as disposable diapers, baby food, and snacks, and complimentary shuttle service to the park. Rooms can sleep up to five thanks to the trundle beds included in them, and suites feature separate living areas. Consider a stay in Mickey’s Penthouse Suite if you’re into all things Disney. A stay at the Disney Ambassador Hotel grants you access to the park 15 minutes before it opens, as well.
Our Editor Loves
- Located right within the park
- Outdoor pool
- Themed suites
- Theme Park
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
Phenomenally beautiful hotel with western sized rooms, this hotel also features some Japanese amenities as well. First of all, the showers are the standard Japanese “shower rooms” (the whole room can get wet!) and the water pressure and how much heat you can get is amazing. The toilets are Toto brand with all the standard Japanese buttons and options. There are complimentary toothbrushes and rinsing cups for children. The beds are large by Japanese standards but fairly hard/firm by Western standards. The air conditioning worked great. Service was amazing and spoke fluent English.
Where is the 5th star? For a hotel that’s more on the budget range of the Disney properties in Tokyo there were certainly no nearby budget food options save for the convenience store. (Frankly there aren’t many dining options here at all.) Also, it’s a significant (and somewhat confusing) walk from the Disney monorail to the hotel. I estimate it’s about a half mile walk and if you take the indoor path, there’s not a clear cut way as not every elevator goes to every floor in the part of the building that leads to the lobby and is full of stores. This results in a poor guest experience.
We stayed here one night prior to our two night vacation package at the Miracosta and truth be told, I think I preferred this hotel to the Miracosta!
The staff was very kind and went out of their way to provide exemplary service. While most of the staff we encountered spoke limited English, they were very patient with us.
Decor: LOVE the decor throughout this hotel- it reminded me of the decor on the Disney Cruise ships. It feels upscale with a magical touch.
Rooms: The luggage attendant brought our bags to our room and tried explaining everything in our room to us- he made a huge effort to communicate with us and was very kind. The room was great. Coming from a tiny hotel room in Shinjuku, this room felt HUGE! We had ample space to open and re-pack our suitcases.We had a large king bed and good storage space. There was also a Mickey-themed mirror/vanity area which was great! In all six hotels we stayed at while in Japan, this was the only hotel where I had a vanity area. Doing my hair/makeup in a Mickey mirror with good lighting and a seating area was such a great experience! The layout of the room was by FAR the best we had during our entire Japan stay. Great bathroom amenities and the Mickey slippers/pajamas are a fun touch. Our room was very quiet- you could hear a pin drop.
Location: Since we took a transfer to the hotel, I can't speak to getting to the hotel but I believe it has a dedicated limousine bus stop (?). It would be a bit of a walk through the mall area from the train station - I would imagine this would be difficult with luggage. The hotel was convenient/quick walk to the Japanese version of Downtown Disney (which is nothing special, by the way- it's just a normal mall). We easily walked to Disneyland, although I believe the hotel offers efficient shuttle buses to the park. I can't speak to how this location compares to being right off of the monorail.
Dining: We ate at Chef Mickey, but the hotel also seemed to offer an upscale restaurant, a nice bar/lounge area and some sort of retro cafe. We made our Chef Mickey reservation VERY early as tables seemed to fill up fast. While it was very expensive (and options are relatively limited COMPARED to the USA park counterparts) it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I recommend it! We didn't eat breakfast at the hotel and got Starbucks at the mall area instead.
The Happy 15 benefit is a great perk as it allows you to skip the massive lines to get into the park.
Overall I would highly recommend this hotel! The art deco decor, rooms, and service were second to none!