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Konnichiwa! A look at Disney in Japan
Visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort! - Part II

HOTEL MIRACOSTA

Visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort! - Part II

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Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six

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Written by Lisa Edwards, all photos by Tom & Lisa Edwards (scarlett1214@ yahoo.com)

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The Hotel MiraCosta is the official hotel of the Tokyo DisneySea resort; it may be reached by exiting the Resort Liner at the Tokyo DisneySea station to the right, going down a flight of stairs, and following the elevated walkway to the main entrance.

Visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort! - Part II

As you walk toward the hotel, you'll notice the variety of sizes of the buildings and their scale; they really make you feel as if you are nearing an Italian coastal village of the past. It "feels" so real! The design and detail of the hotel exterior alone is absolutely incredible, and gives you an initial taste of the kind of park that is DisneySea.

Visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort! - Part II

The lobby is a soaring dome-shaped structure that soars up through all 5 floors of the hotel. The dome is supported by marble columns which divide it into 8 sections. Each of the sections is elaborately painted with a scene depicting a "god" or "goddess" representing each of the DisneySea "lands".

Visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort! - Part II

An attendant told us that each section has its own hidden Mickey—a nice detail, but it also contributes to some of the too-crowded feeling of the lobby, since there are always lots of guests sitting around looking upward to look for them. (One is shown below.)

Visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort! - Part II

The center of the lobby has a beautiful metal sculpture of a ship with Mickey as the captain, surrounding by leather booth seating, small tables, and upholstered chairs.

Visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort! - Part II

 The floor is inlaid marble, and a small waiting area for children is provided, complete with small chairs and Disney movies playing on a wide-screen TV.

Visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort! - Part II

The hotel itself is very long, with two main wings that jut out from the lobby area, straddling the DisneySea resort and providing some of the structure of the Mediterranean Harbor area of the park. The hallways are decorated with tall, vertical murals of Italian landscapes.

Visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort! - Part II

Upon closer inspection, we noticed that characters from "Pinocchio" were appropriately and subtly incorporated into the picturesque scenes—after all, we were staying in an Italian-themed hotel!

Visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort! - Part II

Even though we had a preliminary check-in at the Welcome Center, we still needed to wait in line to check-in at the front desk and receive our keys. After receiving our keys and turning in our luggage receipt, we waited for a bell captain to show us to our room. This seems like somewhat of an inconvenience, as we found the lobby to be crowded and noisy, and we also had to wait several minutes before we were called. Our bell captain, Kijima, was very pleasant, spoke excellent English, and repeatedly greeted us and spoke with us anytime she saw us during our stay at MiraCosta.

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scarlett1214@ yahoo.com

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