Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta Review

Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta is a flagship hotel of Tokyo Disney Resort, and the only Disney hotel located inside a theme park. We were able to spend a night at Hotel MiraCosta as part of our visit to Tokyo Disney Resort. Here's our review of Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta!

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Overview of Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta

Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta is one of four Disney hotels at Tokyo Disney Resort. It is one of the two most expensive hotels at Tokyo Disney Resort, and its best room rates are incredibly difficult to grab (more below). Lowest room rates start around 49,000 JPY (roughly $458) and surpass 70,000 JPY during some seasons.

Throughout this review, we make comparisons to Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. This is because these two hotels are priced similarly and are essentially counterparts to the two parks at Tokyo Disney Resort (Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea).

Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta Location

Hotel MiraCosta is located within Tokyo DisneySea. Specifically, it is between the entrance area and the rest of the park. You can visit the hotel without entering the park via the Tokyo Disney Resort Line, and you can even grab some good park views from both BellaVista Lounge and just outside the lobby.

Harbor View rooms aren't the only way to get a great view. Stop by BellaVista Lounge!

Harbor View rooms aren't the only way to get a great view. Stop by BellaVista Lounge!

The location inside the park means that you can literally take an elevator down to the first floor, walk about 30 feet (through a security check and a turnstile), and be in the park. It really is that easy. It was great to be able to leave a phone charging, do a lap around the park, and then pop right up and grab the phone, losing no more than five minutes of park time.

All that separates Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta from Tokyo DisneySea

All that separates Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta from Tokyo DisneySea

While all the rooms at Hotel MiraCosta look into the park, they look into very different parts.

The Porto Paradiso rooms are the rooms that overlook the Mediterranean Harbor of Tokyo DisneySea. Venice rooms overlook the interior of DisneySea, but they mostly see a much smaller part of the park. Tuscany rooms overlook the entryway to the park, seeing only the monorail and main entrance. Tuscany rooms are thus the least expensive (though their best rates can disappear too), but Porto Paradiso rooms offer the best Hotel MiraCosta experience. We cover these more in our guide to booking Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta.

Booking Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta

We've booked hotels at every Disney resort except Disneyland (Anaheim). We've booked accommodations all around the world, from 20-bed hostel dorms in Peru to the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong. And of all these, none has compared to the experience and challenge of booking a Porto Paradiso harbor view room at Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta.

Because the process is so complicated, we've prepared a separate guide to booking Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta that has all the background information you'll need as well as specific steps for booking. This is a hotel you actually have to practice booking, so yes, do read that separate guide ASAP if you're considering a stay at Hotel MiraCosta.

We booked one night at Hotel MiraCosta for 73,500 JPY (about $687).

Arrival & Check-In

We were arriving from Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. When you're transferring between Tokyo Disney Resort's Disney hotels (we're unsure whether this applies to Celebration Hotel, though), you can have bell services transfer your luggage. Some of our information also transferred between the hotels, expediting check-in.

If you're coming from outside the resort, you can come by public transit to the JR Mahaima station and then transfer to the Tokyo Disney Resort Line, disembarking at the Tokyo DisneySea Station. You can follow signs for the short walk to MiraCosta.

Our Tokyo Disney Resort planning guide covers getting to Tokyo Disney Resort from the Tokyo airports.

We arrived right near the start of check-in at 3:15 PM. While the lobby is gorgeous, it is very cramped during peak hours. The lobby just isn't designed for lounging, which is fine, but always a bit of a bummer for lobby enthusiasts like us.

The busy lobby at Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta

The busy lobby at Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta

Our impression was that there were a lot of people transferring from other hotels or who had spent the mornings at the park, which meant a lot of prompt 3PM arrivals. Nonetheless, check-in was smooth and came with a welcome tea, and we were in the room by 3:45 PM.

We paid our balance with our Chase Sapphire Reserve to earn 3X points on travel (and with no foreign exchange fees, of course).

Harbor View Room (Porto Paradiso Side) at Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta

We honestly couldn't remember what room type we'd booked, so we were pleasantly surprised when we wound up with an amazing view of the Tokyo DisneySea harbor. This is an awesome view that surpasses even the Theme Park Views of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

Our view into the park from a Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta Porto Paradiso Harbor View room.

Our view into the park from a Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta Porto Paradiso Harbor View room.

The rooms at both Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Tokyo DisneySea MiraCosta hotel are beautiful. Because of the heavy Disney theming, you can't call these "modern" or "contemporary chic," but you're probably not looking for that in your Disney hotel.

You can call the rooms elegant, maybe even stunning. We wound up with four made beds, but still had plenty of space.

The bathroom comprised three areas: a bathing room, a toilet room, and the sinks/mirror in between. Our video walkthroughs of Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Hotel MiraCosta both include views

Our room at Hotel MiraCosta

Our room at Hotel MiraCosta

The minibar was stocked with minimal liquor, two beers (600 JPY each), two Coca Colas (400 JPY each), and water.

Watching Fantasmic! from our room.

Watching Fantasmic! from our room.

Certainly the highlight of the harbor view room is the view into the park. We were able to watch Fantasmic! from our room, as well as enjoying some after-hour views of the park (nothing exciting, sadly).

Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta Food & Drink

Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta has two full-service restaurants and one "lobby lounge." Oceano is a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Oceano offers park views of Tokyo DisneySea. Silk Road Garden is a restaurant serving Chinese cuisine for lunch and dinner. We didn't try either of these.

Our favorite dining and drinking option inside Hotel MiraCosta was BellaVista Lounge, the "lobby" lounge (not really part of the lobby) with a view directly on the Mediterranean Harbor and Mysterious Island of Tokyo DisneySea.

The bar at BellaVista Lounge

The bar at BellaVista Lounge

We didn't try the food, but we visited the bar twice. First, we stopped in at about 7:40PM the night we arrived at Tokyo Disney Resort. We were quickly seated at the bar (which was all we asked for). Then, to our surprise, at 8PM, Fantasmic! started inside Tokyo DisneySea and we had a great view!

Fantasmic! as viewed from the bar at Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta's BellaVista Lounge.

Fantasmic! as viewed from the bar at Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta's BellaVista Lounge.

We also stopped in BellaVista Lounge on our last day on property. From when we arrived at about 3PM until about 5PM, the shades were mostly lowered, obstructing the view somewhat.

Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta Closing Thoughts

At its steep price, we're very happy with how we spent our time at MiraCosta. Specifically, adding it as the last night of our stay, without park tickets for the last day, was great. We were really able to soak in the harbor view and the room.

It's unlikely we'd pay to stay more than one night (depending on how other local hotels priced), though. The best argument for a longer stay is that DisneySea requires more time than Disneyland, and thus being adjacent to DisneySea is better for taking in that park.

If we were staying multiple nights, we'd probably still aim to only book one night (max) at a harbor view price. It's worth it for one night, but you'll be spending plenty of time in the park, you don't need the expensive view every night.

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