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
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".
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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
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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