TRIP REPORT: Tokyo Disney Resort (Staying at Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel – Wish) – Part 2
Today’s installment of my Tokyo Disney Trip Report brings us to the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel – Wish. To get caught up on how we booked the hotel, and how we managed to get there from the airport after arriving in Japan, check out my last post here. Now, let’s dive into the pure fantasy magic that is this hotel…
Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel – Wish: Lobby Entrance
The Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel is technically a “value” hotel, but trust me, this is nothing like the All-Star Resorts or Pop Century. It’s not even on the same level as Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, although that resort is highly themed. When we walked through the doors after being greeted by a Cast Member, I felt like I had stepped into another part of Fantasyland, and I didn’t want to leave.
The first thing that you see after walking inside is a giant Minnie Mouse statue surrounded by teacups, murals, fluffy couches, and a TV area. The teacups are designed to look like the ride vehicles from Alice’s Tea Party, but they actually have a comfy plush interior that makes you just want to curl up and watch Disney movies all day. This area is perfect for kids to wait while checking in, or hanging out in the morning waiting for the bus to take you the parks. There were also some really neat display cases scattered around that showed dioramas from Winnie the Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, Dumbo, and more! And let’s not forget the carousel display!
Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel – Wish: Rooms
We then checked in and proceeded to our room, and when I opened the door, I was amazed at how large the room was. There were two double beds, a sitting area with two fold-out couches, a balcony overlooking the ocean, and a shower and toilet in separate rooms. The most impressive part of the room is the mural that takes up an entire wall, and I could’ve stared at this image for hours trying to find all of the hidden details and characters. (It’s the work of Festival of the Arts regular, Joey Chou!)
Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel – Wish: Shops
After settling into the room, we decided to check out the resort. Open from 6:00 am to 9:30 am is the Wish Cafe, which is a breakfast buffet. Children five and under are free to eat at this restaurant; children ages six to twelve are 900 yen ($8.29 USD) and anyone twelve or older is 1,300 yen ($11.98 USD.) As we arrived around 8:00 pm, this wasn’t an option for us. However, we were able to find food in the hotel shop, Wish Snacks & Sundries. They have anything you could need in this shop, including packaged snacks, drinks, refrigerated and frozen food, and even toiletries. This shop is open 24 hours a day and is very handy when coming back from the parks at night for something to drink or a late-night snack.
Located right next to Wish Snacks & Sundries is the Disney Fantasy gift shop. This shop sells items from both Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, and I recommend checking it out as some of the items we found in the shop, we couldn’t easily find in the parks. For example, I had an extremely difficult time finding any pins once inside the parks. But, in this gift shop, my boyfriend found and surprised me with a unique pin set featuring: Pirates of the Caribbean, Chip ‘n’ Dale on the Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes, and the Enchanted Tiki Room with Stitch! There were also quite a few different plushies for sale, as well as Disney-themed snacks. However, this shop doesn’t sell Minnie ears or unique hats—you’ll have to find those in the parks.
Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel: Wish – Outdoor Pavilion
Across from the two shops was a little door that led outside, and we decided to investigate. Boy, am I glad we did! The little outdoor pavilion that the Wish hotel has created is right out of a storybook. With a wishing well, well-manicured hedges, and topiaries that light up at night, it’s a very serene area. We were lucky enough to go out when no one else was there, which made it easy to roam around and get pictures of everything.
Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel Wish – Final Thoughts
I absolutely loved staying at this resort and would go back in a heartbeat. The theming was very well done, Disney background music was constantly playing, and it truly felt like I was staying inside Fantasyland. All of the Cast Members were incredibly friendly and all spoke English, which was also very helpful. This property opened on June 1st, 2016, so it’s still fairly new and very clean.
What do you think of this hotel? Would you stay at this resort? Or would you wait and stay at the upcoming Toy Story hotel? Let me know in the comments below!