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Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels / Ryokan in Urayasu
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“Total Disney immersion”
Reviewed 27 April 2007

The MiraCosta is a glorious Italian-themed hotel that wraps around the Tokyo DisneySea park. If you’re planning to visit the Tokyo Disney Resort and want the ultimate in luxury and immersion in the Disney experience, this is it. I saw the MiraCosta three years ago when I visited DisneySea and decided that I absolutely HAD to stay there. It took a while to make it happen, but we finally spent three nights at the glorious MiraCosta. Was it worth it? Well, yes and no. I’m glad we had the experience once, but probably won’t do it again.

It’s not easy to book the MiraCosta. Good rooms go fast, so you have to make your reservations as soon as rooms are available--6 months out, I think. To make the reservation if you live out of the country,
you have to call their phone number in Japan (it’s available on the MiraCosta web site--just google it), navigate the Japanese automated phone system to get a live person, and convince that person to find an English-speaking person to make the reservation for you. If you can read Japanese and have an address in Japan, you can make reservations on line.

Because they don’t particularly encourage or make it easy for foreign guests to stay at the MiraCosta, it wasn’t surprising that we seemed to be the only non-Japanese in the hotel. But they really went out of their way to accommodate us and make us feel at home. Many of the staff speak English, there are several English channels (including the Disney Channel) on TV, and we got an English newspaper every morning. The staff was very, very nice and quite helpful.

Rooms at the MiraCosta are largish by Japanese standards, and include a big, comfy couch and a small table/desk with a chair. The bathrooms are huge and are divided into a central sink area with a room for a washlet toilet on one side and a bathing room on the other. The bathing room had a very deep, comfy soaking tub and a separate shower powerful enough to strip paint.

But the best feature of the room was the view! We had snagged one of those terribly expensive and hard-to-get harbor views which gave us a full view of the park, the water shows on the lagoon, and the volcano, which erupted periodically. The windows are well insulated, so you don’t hear sound from the park unless you open a window.

Convenience to the park is another draw at the MiraCosta. The DisneySea park is literally a 30-second elevator ride away and hotel guests get early entry. Very nice and very convenient.

The hotel had, tucked into its Italian opulence, many nice Disney touches such as hidden Mickeys, Pinocchio prancing through the scenic murals in the hallways, and Mickey elevator announcements.

All in all, a stunning hotel and well worth the expense.

So why will we probably not stay there again? Well, it’s very expensive, for one thing. And we also discovered that the hotel restaurants, although quite good, are geared mainly toward very large, extravagant, and expensive meals. We didn’t eat in the hotel much.

Still, for a totally luxurious Disney-immersion experience, you can’t beat the MiraCosta.

  • Liked — Great views of DisneySea!
  • Disliked — The only available food was very large-scale expensive dining, so we had to go afield to eat.
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2007

We had the fine honor of staying at the Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta last July. Simply put, it was unbelievable! From the moment we departed from the bus, we knew we were in for something special; the Italian themed fountain at the main entrance was extremely pretty. Entering into the nautically themed lobby, we were out of words. I've stayed at every "deluxe" Disney hotel around the world before and have never seen such a magnificent sight! At the center of the rotunda was a large bronze galleon adorned with intricate sculptures of various Disney characters dressed in explorer costumes. The rotunda's ceiling contained 8 beautifully painted murals of each of the 7 ports of calls at Tokyo DisneySea, plus one depicting the Spirit of Exploration. These huge murals are one of the first things you encounter when you first enter the lobby and does a fantastic job of setting the tone for the rest of your experience at the Tokyo Disney Resort.

Being in Japan and all, the service was far superior to anything I had ever experienced at other Disney hotels. I was treated extremely well, like a king almost. We received free beverages while waiting to check-in, and our luggage was completely taken care of by the bell desk. While walking to our room, the bellhop took the time to point out whimsical touches in the hotel's design; he showed us characters such as Pinocchio hidden in the wallpaper in our room and the hotel hallways. Every day, any bellhops or maids we passed bowed to us and wished us a wonderful day. It made my visit feel very special. One of my favorite memories is of the bellhop waiting with us at the bus station right outside the hotel on our last day. We had a lovely chat for about 30 minutes while waiting for our bus, and it was very enjoyable. You rarely see this kind of interaction at the other Disney resorts. Oh, and they don't accept tip!

Our room was large and spacious, though the best part about it was the phenomenal view! We had booked a Harbor View Superior Room on the Porto Paradiso Side of the hotel. From our window, we had excellent views of the daily lagoon show, as well as of the nighttime spectacular from our room. Listening to the background music of Mediterranean Harbor was something I'll never forget; I felt so immersed in the rich atmosphere that I no longer felt like I was staying in a hotel. In addition to all this, hotel guests also have a private entrance into Tokyo DisneySea. You should definitely take advantage of this entrance, especially at opening since you will be able to get a head start on normal guests. This hotel is unlike anything I've ever stayed at and like Tokyo DisneySea, is insanely beautiful and ornate. The exterior of the hotel acts as the background for the parks' Mediterranean Harbor area and blends in perfectly! The use of marble and other expensive materials throughout the hotel is stunning, and the architecture will leave you breathless. The Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta is a true 5 star hotel that I highly recommend to anyone who can afford it.

The cost (we paid about $590/night for our room) is really the only negative aspect of the hotel. We are going back again this year and have booked a $920/night Harbor Room (it's considered a "Speciale Room")! We are looking forward to staying at this amazing hotel again, as well as trying their concierge lounge (reserved for guests of the "Speciale Rooms & Suites").

  • Liked — The elaborate beauty
  • Disliked — The high cost
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2006

A a huge fan of Disney theme parks, it was clear for me that I just had to see the Tokyo Disney Resort when visiting Japan. As I heard so many good things about Hotel MiraCosta, I just wanted to experience it, even though their rates are unreal. But hey, it's Japan :-)

We arrived by JR, our first stop was the Welcome Center where we could do a Pre-Check In for the hotel, including buying tickets, getting the monorail pass and drop our luggage. As our room wasn't ready yet, we were advised to get the room keys later in the day in the hotel.

Their system for multi-day park admission is quite special. For the first 2 days, you can only visit 1 park each day and you have to choose which one at the time of purchase. Only the 3rd day you can hop between parks. For example, if you choose Disney Sea on your first day, you then have to visit the Magic Kingdom the second day and can visit both parks on the third.

As the parks weren't open yet, we took the Monorail to the hotel and looked around a bit. The hotel is absolutely huge and beautiful in every detail. The cast members are very friendly and helpful.

The hotel is right above the park entrance to DisneySea and the more expensive rooms offer views into the park. In the least expensive rooms you usually have view of some gardens or parking. However, I booked a "Partial park view room", which is the same price as garden view but had a great view of the lagoon and the volcano inside the park.

The room was perfectly clean and very nicely decorated. The sink is outside both bathroom and toilet, which separate as well. The bathroom is traditional japanese with a short but quite deep bathtub and a cleaning area outside the tub (as in public bath houses in Japan). The room itself was huge, not only for japanese standards.

Breakfast is not included in the room rate and quite expensive, you have the choice between an american buffet and a bigger (and more expensive) american/japanese buffet. We tried both and I felt the additional offer at the american/japanese buffet didn't justify the higher price. Also, the park view is much nicer in the less expensive place.

Also, the spa and pool costs extra as well and while it is very nice, it is also overpriced.

Hotel guests can use a separate entrance into the park. This entrance opens about 30 min. before the official park opening time but you then have to wait in a small area for the rest of the park to open. As the main entrance is about 150 metres farther away, this gives you a small advantage to get to the top attractions before most of the crowd if you run. If you walk leisurly, a mob of young japanese people will run past you a few seconds after the rope drop. :-)

All in all, it is not cheap to stay at this hotel, but I felt very special in this place. If I get the chance to visit Japan and the Tokyo Disney Resort again, hopefully I can stay here again.

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Property: Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
Address: 1-13 Maihama, Urayasu 279-8519, Chiba Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kanto > Chiba Prefecture > Urayasu
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Urayasu
#2 Family Hotel in Urayasu
#2 Romantic Hotel in Urayasu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta 5*
Number of rooms: 502
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