Hilton Tokyo Bay to Visit Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea


As someone who aims to visit all six of the Disney Parks, I couldn’t go to Japan without visiting Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. This was Disney Castle #5 of 6 for me, and I could barely contain my excitement!

The Tokyo Disney parks are located in the Tokyo Bay area of the city. It’s about an hour on the metro to get from Tokyo city-center to Tokyo Bay. Knowing this, I knew it would be better to move hotels for the last few nights of our trip. Moving closer to the parks will make getting there first thing in the morning easier for us all. There are many Disney hotels in this area. There is also a monorail (not free, but very convenient) with 4 stops to help get you from the different areas to the two parks.

None of the Disney hotels available fit our family of 5 in one room. Most had a max occupancy of 4. The exception was if you had children aged 6 and under, you could fit 2 additional small children in one room if you planned to bed-share. There also is a Hyatt Regency Tokyo Bay nearby. However, like the others, it also did not fit the 5 of us in one room. It also was not on the monorail line, and I didn’t want to rely on a shuttle each day. After doing a lot of reading on nearby hotels, I booked us at the Hilton Tokyo Bay.


Hilton Tokyo Bay Entrance

Location of Hilton Tokyo Bay

Hilton Tokyo Bay is located directly next to the Disney Toy Story Hotel and across from where the new Fantasy Springs hotel is being built. It’s about a 5-minute walk from the hotel to the monorail station. On the monorail, it was one stop to DisneySea and three stops to Disneyland, maybe 8 minutes total on the train. If you’re like us and can’t find a Disney hotel for your family, this hotel turned out to be a great option!

Hilton Tokyo Bay Happy Magic Room to Fit a Family of 5

We paid cash for our 3 nights at the Hilton Tokyo Bay. Our rate included breakfast for 2 adults and was about $500/night. Considering that we needed two hotel rooms everywhere else we stayed in Japan and Korea, this seemed like a fair price given it’s proximity to the Tokyo Disney Parks. I also have Hilton Gold status from my American Express Platinum card, which also gives us free breakfast for 2 adults. The hotel allowed us to use that for two of the kids, so we only paid cash for the third kid at breakfast each morning.

Our room was the Family Happy Magic Room. It had 3 single beds and a set of bunk beds. At check-in, I was given a small envelope with a message for the girls. We stepped off the elevators on our floor, and the entire area was so whimsical! There was a giant unicorn painted on the ceiling and big trees with viewing holes to look in, with more animals hidden inside.

Once we got to our room, the girls opened the letter, which was from a fairy friend. There was a giant key on the wall to unlock the story and then a magic mirror. They loved it so much!


Hilton Tokyo Bay Happy Magic Rooms for Family of 5
Standard rooms at the Hilton Tokyo Bay, for up to 4, can be booked on points for about 55-60k points per night. Given that Amex points transfer 1:2 to Hilton, this might be a good way to use some Amex points on hotels if your family is smaller than ours. 
The bathroom was nice and clean. The hotel provided almost double the amount of towels we needed each night. Pajamas and slippers were also provided. They even had kid sizes in both and kid toothbrushes and toothpaste in the bathroom.
Hilton Tokyo Bay Happy Magic Room Bathroom
Our room faced the theme parks and we could very clearly watch the fireworks each night. This was a nice bonus for us, as I didn’t even realize we had a room with this view.
Hilton Tokyo Bay Theme Park View Room


Hilton Tokyo Bay Restaurants

There are several restaurants in this hotel. We ate breakfast all three mornings at Lounge O. It was a typical hotel buffet. Be sure to arrive early, as everyone is on the same time schedule to get to the parks by 8 a.m. I appreciated that there was a special priority line for Hilton Honors members. We were seated quickly every morning.

The food had both Western and Japanese options. There was a freshly made omelet station as well. The girls loved that there was a kid buffet that had lots of yummy foods like french fries, waffles, pancakes, etc. As usual, they also ate their weight in chocolate croissants.


Hilton Tokyo Bay Breakfast


On our last night, we ate dinner at the Square: Forest Garden buffet. Again, just like the breakfast buffet, it had a mix of Western and Japanese foods. They had a hamburger station, sliced roast beef, and tons of salad options as well. The dessert bar was quite extensive. They even had a special dessert for the kids. It was a build your own pudding platter. Everything came on a plate, and they could mix and match their toppings.


Hotel Amenities

The Hilton Tokyo Bay has both an indoor and outdoor pool. We were too focused on our Disney days to even go look for them. We were also visiting in April, so the outdoor pool had not yet opened for the season. 

There is a small fitness center and a small business center. That’s about where the amenities end. This hotel’s selling feature is its location near the Disney parks.

There is no laundry room, and that was a surprise to me. There was no option for coin-laundry close to the hotel either. The only option would be to send out your clothes through the hotel’s laundry service, paying $3-$5 U.S. for each piece, and I wasn’t going to do that. Instead, we made it work with what clean clothes we had left as this was the last few days of our trip. I did buy myself a new Tokyo Disneyland t-shirt to wear home-which I was likely to do anyways. 


Tips for visiting Tokyo Disney and Disney Sea

Buy your tickets in advance and load them into the app. They do not sell tickets on the day of your visit. Compared to the U.S. Disney Parks, tickets were rather cheap. We paid $35 U.S./kid and $68 U.S./adult each day in the parks. Ears were only 2,000 yen, so about $13 U.S., too! 
We got to the parks about an hour before opening and waited in line until they opened the gates. Once inside, I booked our first Premier Access (like paid lightning lane here in the US), and the 40th-anniversary pass gives you 2 free lightning lanes/fast passes each day. The lines get crazy long for the popular rides, so we paid to ride Beauty and the Beast and Baymax at Disneyland then Journey to the Center of the Earth and Tower of Terror at DisneySea. They were 2,000 yen/person, but the lines were like 150 minutes so 100% worth paying to skip.
DisneySea was just jaw-dropping. It’s huge and spread out. The theming is very immersive. We walked in, and it felt like you were in Venice. Gondolas were cruising on the water right in front of us. I had watched some videos on the Tokyo parks but I felt that seeing it in person was even better than I imagined. It did rain our whole day in DisneySea and that put a little damper on our day. However, overall, we really enjoyed the rides we rode, the shows we saw, and simply walking around to enjoy the park.
Tokyo DisneySea


Bottom Line

The location of Hilton Tokyo Bay is incredibly convenient for the Disney Parks. Also, for the price, it was perfect for our few days to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. I especially love that the Hilton Tokyo Bay has tons of availability and room options for families of 5 to stay in the same room. In my opinion, the location and setup of the Hilton Tokyo Bay doesn’t get better than this for a Tokyo Disney visit! I would recommend this hotel to bigger families looking for a hotel with easy access to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea.

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