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I booked the hotel via their website and paid about $750 for my stay (we stayed during the week). I booked the room they had with two queen beds and two twin beds (meant for families). When we got there, I got a much bigger room. It was two rooms in one. There was one room with two queens, 1 twin and then another room with two queens. We could have had a very LARGE family in there. It also had two bathrooms. We were also facing the bay so the views from the balcony were amazing. It was more than we ever expected.
Service was great. The front desk people do speak english. They even have some non-Japanese employees. There is a bus that picks you up from the monorail station, but you can really walk. This one is the closest one. On the bus ride, the driver actually says it's the shortest bus ride in all of Japan (because it's like 1 min) The only thing that was disappointing is that there wasn't really a convenience store. I ended up walking to the Hilton down the street so that we could pick up a few things for breakfast while we were waiting in line to get in the parks.
There is a Disney store inside that sells some of the same merchandise from the parks.
It was worth the extra money to stay in one of the hotels in this area since its accessible by monorail to the train station as well as the parks. There is also the theme hotels run by Disneyland as well, but they do cost more. There really is NOTHING else around here than the Disney parks and the train station. My dad went venturing out into the town and noticed that it's really all residential. It was hard to even find a store, outside of the shopping area at the train station.
I might check out the Hilton the next time just for the conveniences of having the little store and coffee house (my brother stayed there in his previous stay) but considering the room we got for the price we paid, this was definitely worth the stay.
There is nothing like this resort in the US. Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida does not have a theme part with the sea as the theme. Tokyo is definitely on its own on this one.
My family vacationed at the Disney resort while we were visiting relatives in Korea (it's only a 2 hour plane ride from Incheon, South Korea to Narita, Japan. From there it's an hour express train ride from the airport to the center of Tokyo and then anouther 30 mins to the station where the Disney resort monorail is).
For us Americans that don't really know too much about Duffy - this is where Duffy lives basically. The Japanese ladies love Duffy. He's a bear that Minnie gives to Mickey during a voyage so that he doesn't get home sick (or something like that). There are quite a few cool rides here that we don't have "at home". Journey to the Center of the Earth was a lot of fun. Aquatopia was a pretty cool ride as well. It was like being in little boats that run around an invisible track. Stormrider was a lot of fun. It's a star tours type of ride - you sit in a seat with a big screen in front and then the motion begins. Near Stormrider, there are the gates that look like it's keeping the sea back from the theme park. It's a very cool effect. We tried a few times to get lucky to see one of the shows in the park that requires (free) tickets, but we were denied. Boourns. We did wait around to watch Fantasmic. I knew going in that this was not going to be the Fantasmic I know, but it was still a cool show. Did make me miss the Disneyland one, though. We also got into the Magic Lamp Theater for the show in there. It was all in Japanese, but this is one of the few attractions that has devices available with other languages so you can understand what's going on.
There are a few rides that we have in the states. There is Indiana Jones (but it's themed to a different movie instead of Temple of Doom), Toy Story Mania (same ride, but the entrance is Woody's head, you walk through his mouth and Mr. Potatohead isn't in the queue, he has his own theater and mini show), Tower of Terror. We avoided Toy Story like the plague because it was crazy busy and people actually wait in line to get in the park and then run to the ride to get fast passes. It's still relatively new and not different from the one at home, except it's in Japanese.
Overall, outside of everything being in Japanese, it was a great experience. It's a differently themed park from any of the other Disney parks around the world, so that's a cool bonus. Some people do speak english, but everyone doesn't, so don't expect it. Each day we were at the parks, we got up early and got in line to get into the park. I've never done that before, even at Walt Disney World (absolutely never in recent history for Disneyland since I'm an annual passholder). The thing that was nice, since we were staying at the Sheraton that is one of the resort hotels we were able to easily travel on the monorail (must buy a pass) back and forth between the parks and the hotel, so we always ended up going back to the hotel for a nap in the middle of the day after getting up so early.
It's Disneyland, but in Japanese!
Being that I'm a Southern California native, Disneyland is in my backyard and I know it well. Going to Tokyo Disneyland, it's very similar but different. There are definitely things that are exactly the same, and things that are the same, but different.
We happened to be visiting during Halloween, and this year they let adults dress up in costume as long as it was Disney related - whether it was a character from a movie or even people in the parades at the park. It was a pretty amazing site to see. People are SO INTO dressing up. And I mean head to toe, total dedication. There was one little girl dressed at Malicifent that was amazing. I'm sure the costume was purchased, but she embodied the character. And she didn't seem to know that she was acting like Malicifent. Once people started asking her to take pictures, that's when the 5 year old came out and ran off to her parents.
Many of the rides are the same, Star Tours (but in Japanese), Country Bear Time Theater (mixed Japanese and English), Haunted Mansion, the Fantasyland rides, Space Mountain, etc. But there were also rides we don't have at home or we do but the ones here are completely different.
My favorite ride by far was the Pooh's Hunny Hunt. It's in Japanese but the ride is pretty cool. Throw away what you know as the Pooh ride at Disneyland in California, this is nothing like it. You sit in a hunny pot and on an invisible track you run through the story. There is a room that smells like honey and a room where you bounce with Tigger. Monster's Inc Ride and Go Seek is also a ride that is different from the Monster's Inc ride at Disney's California Adventure. This ride is more like Astroblasters in that you get a "flashlight" to spot the "M"s to pop up monsters. A lot of fun.
They do have fireworks every night here as well, but I swear I think it lasts like 5 mins. It's nothing like what we are used to at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom.
You can't help but compare rides when they are the same as well as the park layout. There are rides that are in one land at Disneyland but in a different land here. Make sure to have that map handy.
Overall, loved my time at Tokyo Disneyland. We had a lot of fun.
Carnation Cafe is one of the few places that offers Mickey Waffles for breakfast. My friends and I made plans to meet up for breakfast Sunday morning. I made reservations for us the day before online at Disney Dining Reservations website. Super easy. We weren't going to be surprised at the wait when we showed up.
We all got the waffles (since that's what we were there for!) and we each modified it to our own liking. One of my friends got the apple topping and bacon, the other got bacon and more bacon to go with his waffle and I got the chicken apple sausage and potatoes to go with my waffle. We enjoyed our breakfast. Service was good.
It's a bit pricey, we are in Disneyland after all. The waffles - which is one large Mickey head waffle and a side of bacon or sausage is about $11. I got a mocha which was $5. The side of potatoes was $3. Luckily we are annual passholders so we were able to knock down the prices a bit, so my total wasn't exactly $20 before tax and tip. This wasn't exactly a cheap breakfast, even with the discount, but it was a fun to meet up and enjoy some Mickey waffles.
My friends and I wanted to try this place out before our P!nk concert at the Honda Center. One of them made reservations and we met up for our dinner.
I got the rotisserie chicken with potato puree and veggies. The portion was on the large side. You get half a chicken. This was quite yummy, but it looked like there was a glaze on top but it was really gravy for the potatoes in a way. I wish they just put it on the potatoes or on the side, because you do all that work with that skin and you just drowned it in sauce. Just saying.
The complementary bread that came out with a cheese spread was pretty good. Nothing special, except for putting squid ink in half of them. No noticeable difference in taste though. They just tasted like typical soft rolls.
My friends split roasted beets and the pork belly lettuce wraps. They started the night with some signature drinks they made for the concert.
Overall the experience was good. Service was great. Food was decent, but was it special? Not really but convenient if you are going to the Honda Center for something. The prices were decent, my chicken was only $22.
This hotel was part of my tour package, so I don't know how much it is per night nor did I have a choice of hotel in Venice.
This hotel is actually outside of Venice, and between a bus ride and a boat ride, it took a bit over an hour to get from St. Mark's square and our hotel.
The hotel is nice, definitely due for a remodeling, since it seems to be stuck in the 60s/70s. There is a lot of wood furniture inside the rooms, the bathroom was decent sized, and there was a fridge available. There were notes stating that you can't eat in the room, can't wash clothes in the room and not to put any wet items on the wooden armoire and desk. The TV was a small tube tv that was hanging up on the wall. The room was not too small for two twin beds (and for being in Europe).
There is wifi, but it will cost you 5 Euro for 24 hours in the lobby and 18 Euro to use in your room. It seems to be a matter of you paying the lobby for the code.
Breakfast was included with our room, however, I don't know if that's part of the normal package. It was basic, hardboiled eggs, croissants, cereal, yogurt. Nothing special.
So my friends wanted to come here because they had see rave reviews from their friends, so we decided to head over on a Friday night.
They were a bit busy, but nothing crazy. We waited about 15-20 mins to get seated.
Once seated we ordered a sampler platter that had some cheeses and meats, half order of garlic fries, a pretzel roll and then our choices for dinner - my friend and I both got the steak and my other friend got the scallops.
Our waiter didn't do a very good job of pacing things out. We waited forever for our appetizers to show up and almost immediately afterwards our dinners arrive. We weren't exactly thrilled about that. We didn't even get to really enjoy the apps.
We all came to the same conclusion, there wasn't anything special with the food. They all seemed to be lacking something and for a place that calls itself a gastropub, one would expect much more. Disappointed. Maybe it was an off day?
The alcohol selection is large. Maybe that's what we really need to come for, booze not food.
So after a disastrous lunch situation that made us miss a PREPAID gondola ride with our tour group, after going inside Basilica di Marco, we found this place tucked away in the corner. Boy were we happy to find it.
Out of all the gelato places we all went to while in Italy, this was 2nd only to Giolitti's in Rome. For 2 Euro (1.50 Euro for most of the flavors but the one I got was 2 Euro) I got a decent sized scoop of pistachio gelato in a cone cup. Well that's one way to be green.
There is no seating in the place, it really is mainly the gelato counter. There are a lot of flavors to choose from.
Please take a moment to look at their website. http://www.gelatovenezia.it/Sito/home.html
Their official address is this, but we got lost trying to find it because it's actually on the corner of Calle San Bartolomeo and Calle della Bissa. Thank goodness for their website, otherwise we would have missed out on this gem. Our tour manager even took down their details so that he could check it out the next time he was back in Venice.
This place was recommended to us by our tour manager, so we were a bit skeptical. Were we ever wrong.
We could have saved a few Euro getting a scoop on a cone at the counter, but it had already been a long day of walking so we took a seat and ordered off the menu. I got some gelato, where as the other girls got a cappuccino, tiramisu and some other dessert I can't remember. The pistachio gelato was SO GOOD. Nothing you've ever tasted. Even my friend that doesn't like pistachio ice cream was amazed at how much she loved it. It actually tasted like pistachios, very nutty.
Pro tip - if you sit in the sitting area, the prices are higher, but the portions are also bigger and there is free wifi available to you while you are "dining". Also, there is a bathroom in the back. There is usually a line since there are only two for both men and women.