We have been to every Disney Park across the globe, from America to Asia. We’ve stayed at multiple Disney properties at each park and we can definitively answer this question:
Is the Tokyo Celebration Hotel at Disney
Actually The Best Choice?
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Tokyo Celebration Hotel
Japan, 〒279-8502 Chiba Prefecture, Urayasu, Akemi, 7−1−1
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The Answer is No
And we’re going to tell you all the reasons why in this post.
Directions to Tokyo Celebration Hotel at Disney
Disney provides very detailed directions on how to get to the hotel, but we opted to take the JR train to the Disneyland stop and hop on the free shuttles provided by the parks.
This is super easy!
Each bus is equipped with a luggage rack and runs a circuit every 15 minutes.
On the Disney scale of accommodations, this ranks as a value resort.
There are two value resorts at Tokyo Disney, including two Celebration hotels.
- Wish Celebration Hotel: This hotel is wonderland themed and intended to evoke passion for wandering
- Discover Celebration Hotel: This hotel is pirate themed intended to evoke adventure.
We stayed at the Discover hotel in a quintet room with two twin beds, a bunk bed, and a daybed.
Hotel Rates at Tokyo Celebration Hotel at Disney
Rooms start at ¥15,000 yen which is about $150. They increase from there up to about $400 a night.
Difference Between Wish & Discover Celebration Hotels
The hotels are located on the same street, directly next to each other. We visited both hotels during our trip and found they are very similar with only slightly different motifs.
Both hotels offer a well stocked convenience store (unless it’s after park closing), a small breakfast buffet (additional price), a laundry room, and either teacups or a pirate ship to play on in the lobby with a small TV playing Mickey cartoons. Neither offer swimming pools, playgrounds, gardens, a nursery, or other fancy amenities.
Is the Tokyo Celebration Hotel Disney A Good Value?
Tokyo is an expensive city, and when the hotels charge per person, instead of per room, you can imagine how things add up when you add three kids to the bill.
One way to offset these costs is by booking an airbnb, which we really enjoyed throughout the rest of our trip to Japan. But, when it came to Disney, however, we really wanted to have the Disney experience, so we booked our stay at the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel.
As a value hotel, in the middle of Tokyo, at Disney, we were comfortable with the price, but there are quite a few negatives that impact the value.
We utilized the laundry rooms onsite at the Tokyo Celebration Hotel. The washers did a decent job, but it took no less than 3 cycles to get anything comparably dry. Not only is this a waste of money, but a huge inconvenience.
By the time we finished our last few loads of laundry we skipped the dryers and brought them back to the room to hang on doorknobs and bunk bed stair rails.
Room Sizes at the Tokyo Celebration Hotel at Disney
The rooms are very small. There isn’t a lot of room to move around, stow luggage, room for kids to play, but it is clean.
Considering we came to Disneyland, to go to Disneyland, it is just right.
Is the Tokyo Celebration Hotel Convenient?
This hotel is… So. Far. Away. It is a minimum of 20 minutes, based on the bus driver, one way. It is just too far to be reasonable.
Most days we spent at least an hour traveling round trip and that is just a huge waste of time.
Is the Tokyo Celebration Hotel Magical?
We chose the Tokyo Celebration Hotel at Tokyo Disney to be a part of the magic. The hotel itself has few amenities, and doesn’t reflect much of the excitement or magic of Disney.
The distance from the parks means you can’t see or hear the fireworks, you can’t walk to/from the parks, and you can’t see all the hubbub and excitement of getting ready and seeing the crowds flocking to the parks at all times of the day.
Being so far away, also takes time away from other activities you could be doing. If you are a parent, it means that much time trying to get kids to sit or behave on a bus.
Perks of Staying at the Celebration Hotels
There are definite perks of staying at any Disney property at Tokyo.
- Access to the parks even if they are sold out
- The parks have a tendency to sell out, and you can be denied the opportunity to buy tickets, unless you stay at a Disney property where you are guaranteed entry even if the park is at capacity.
- Park hopper ticket options
- Tokyo Disney does not offer a park hopper unless you are on day 3 of your visit, that is unless you stay at a Disney property. For an additional charge you can upgrade a day 1 or day 2 ticket to a park hopper.
- Early entrance
In the end, the Tokyo Celebration Hotel just isn’t anything special. We would compare it to the All Star Resorts in Orlando.
There is no big draw, and there is nothing particularly unique about the surroundings. It is, of course, specifically Disney, but it doesn’t have any grand theming, alluring amenities, or anything inviting to draw our family back.
Most importantly, it’s just too far away from the parks.
Other Disney Property Hotels in Tokyo
Tokyo Disney doesn’t have any moderate resorts.
There are three deluxe resorts at the Tokyo franchise:
- Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
This Victorian classically beautiful hotel looks directly into the Disneyland park and offers grand concierge rooms and large suites. There are also character rooms that are whimsical, playful and fun with decorations that are colorful, bold and bright.
This hotel has a pool, restaurants, room service, and a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
- Disney Ambassador Hotel
This hotel transports you back 100 years to the 1930’s era of air travel, moving pictures and the introduction of Mickey Mouse himself.
It’s styled in art-deco and offers guests a canonical Disney stay.
- Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
The MiraCosta looks like it’s straight out of Italy with views that peer straight into DisneySea. In fact, the ground floor overlooks the replica of the Venice Canals while the upper floor balconies allow guests to watch Mount Prometheus erupt.
I would love to stay at the MiraCosta, hint hint. It only costs a minimum of $550 a night. I have no doubt it would be worth every penny.
► For Kids: Anything Mickey Mouse is always a win for kids.
How do you pick a hotel? Do you opt for value, price, location, or amenities?
► Nap-time Version: A review of the Tokyo Celebration Hotel at Disney in Japan.
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