Both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea offer a variety of dining options, which include counter/quick service, table service, and of course all those adorable snacks you read about.
Learn how to make reservations, deciding where to eat, and what types of cuisine to expect. Our complete guide to dining covers it all for Tokyo Disney Resort!
What Kind of Food to Expect
The food is catered to locals, which means there are items on the menu which you may find odd or unappealing—sweet potato, kabocha (Japanese pumpkin), seaweed, shrimp, and root vegetables just to name a few.
But don’t you worry, there are tons of options for those who are not adventurous in their palette or want something familiar. Cheeseburgers, fries, chicken, pizza, chicken nuggets, steak, etc are available at various restaurants throughout the resort. There’s also plenty of options for beverages from bottled green tea to coke.
Customising your order is usually not possible unless you have an allergy—even then they may ask you to order from the allergen menu. Whatever the meal or food item comes with, is what you are going to get. This is not unique to the parks, but is quite common throughout Japan. If you want to remove something from your order, you can try these phrases listed here.
Outside each restaurant is full or semi-partial menus with either full plastic food displays (which Japan is well-known for) or a printed menu board. Use this to check if they have something you crave before you order or hop in line.
How to Order
Not all Cast Members are fluent in English. But, you have nothing to worry about. If there are communication problems, quick service Cast Members have a printed menu for you to point at. The menus at table service restaurants have English on them.
If you want to try your Japanese, we have some phrases you can learn.
Where To Eat
From elegant dining to food carts, there is no shortage of places to eat. The official website lists all their restaurants for both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, along with the type of food served.
Our updated list of restaurant reviews helps you decide which restaurants are worth your time. Or, skip right to our top recommendations for table service and counter service restaurants for both parks.
If you wish to save some money, you can bring small snacks into the parks. If you want to bring a meal, there is designated picnic areas outside both parks. At Tokyo Disneyland, this is to the left of the park gates. Tokyo DisneySea is at the foot of the staircase leading to the MiraCosta Hotel (the gates facing the bus stop).
Here’s where to buy snacks/small meals outside the parks:
- The grocery store in the basement of Ikspirari
- New Days convenience store right at Maihama Station
- Convenience stores at both Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Disney Ambassador Hotel
What to Drink
The parks serves a variety of drinks ranging from cold bottled green tea to alcoholic cocktails to over-the-top sweet drinks. A variety of coke products are available. The park (or Japan) doesn’t have diet coke but does serve coke zero. The seasonal drinks change with each event, so keep an eye on our updates to see what’s available.
Tokyo DisneySea is the only park that offers alcoholic beverages. A wide variety of restaurants and food stands serve various beer and cocktails. Read our full drinking guide to help decide what to drink.
To save yourself money, bring a refillable bottle to fill up at the restaurants in the parks.
Reservations & Priority Seating
All table service restaurants (excluding lounges at the hotels and the Teddy Roosevelt Lounge) need advanced reservations (known as Priority Seating). You can make a reservation on the same day starting at 10:00 in person at the restaurant. This is our recommended way of doing it, as it is the easiest. The only catch is on busy days the restaurant may be full or you may not get the time slot you want, so keep that in mind.
Online Dining Reservations
Online reservations are your best option (if you are not staying at the Disney Hotels which I’ll explain in a moment), but the catch is it’s only in Japanese. Use Google Translate to help if needed.
- Reservations start 30 days in advance at 10:00 (Japan Time) until 20:59 the day before.
- Same day reservations online start at 09:00 (Same day reservation in person starts at 10:00 at the restaurant).
- Reservations for Crystal Palace Restaurant (Character dining in Tokyo Disneyland) start 30 days in advance and until 06:59 on the same day.
- A reservation has a max of 8 people (including children of any age).
- Reservations with more than 8 people must make multiple reservations. You are able to make up to 3 reservations a day.
- Reservations are not possible between 03:00 and 05:00 Japan Time (website maintenance time).
Cancel or Change Your Online Reservation
You have until 2 hours before your reservation to make any changes or cancellations online. If you have reservations for either the Crystal Palace Restaurant or Sailing Day Buffet, the time frame to cancel is different:
- If your reservation is before 15:50 you have until 09:59 the same day to cancel
- If your reservation is after 16:00 you have until 11:59 the same day to cancel
- If you are doing the Crystal Palace Restaurant Character Dining Breakfast then you have until 06:59 the same day to cancel
Disney Hotel Guest Reservations
If you are staying at one of the Disney Hotels then you can make online reservations in English up to 30 days in advance.
Reservations by Telephone
Making reservations by phone is possible. When you call, ask for an English speaking Cast Member. Check the official website for the number and hours. Reservations are accepted up to 30 days in advance.
There is now five restaurants which offer character dining. Most you can reserve the day of, but a couple does require online reservations (Read our guide on how to make these reservations). Check at the restaurant for show times.
Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and the Disney Ambassador Hotel offer a few options for character dining experiences. These need priority seating (which is explained in the section above already). This includes:
- Crystal Palace Restaurant at Tokyo Disneyland
- Horizon Bay Restaurant in Tokyo DisneySea
- Chef Mickey at Disney Ambassador Hotel
Dinner & Lunch Character Dining
There are four shows which require advanced reservations that are different from the normal online reservations. The only downside is this option is only available in Japanese. Read our step-by-step guide on how to make these reservations.
- Polynesian Terrace Restaurant (Advanced online reservations, Japanese only)
- The Diamond Horseshoe (Advanced online reservations, Japanese only)
Seasonal Food & Drinks
The parks and hotels offer seasonal dishes, snacks, cocktails, and drinks throughout the year. These change with every event at the resort. If you are in the parks, grab a Today Guide in Japanese, which lists all the seasonal items (the non-Japanese guides do not show this). While it is all in Japanese, the pictures are easy to point to and ask a Cast Member where to find it.
Snacks & Popcorn
Snacks and popcorn selection are one of the strong points at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Our list of recommendations is found almost all year-round! These are the staples you cannot miss when you visit.
Keep up with the latest from Tokyo Disney Resort by subscribing to TDRExplorer and following us on Twitter & Facebook. Select Photos by Duy Phan Photography. If using these photos please provide credit to tdrexplorer.com and do not alter the photos in any way.
If you found this article useful, please share this with your friends, family, and followers! We want everyone to experience the best of Tokyo Disney Resort. Start planning your trip with our Ultimate Guide to Tokyo Disney Resort!