Nestled in the grand lobby of the Victorian-styled Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is the Dreamers Lounge. The hotel is loosely based on the Grand Floridian Resort in Florida and the Disneyland Hotel in Paris, but with a gorgeous colour scheme of blue and gold.
The turn of the century elegance mixes perfectly with the high attention to customer service that Disney is famous for. This, in turn, creates a relaxing and sophisticated location for the Dreamers Lounge. Large windows overlook the courtyard to the resort and the Tokyo Resort Monorail station. Large comfortable chairs and dark wood furniture turn back the clock to a time when sophistication and class were key to a successful dining experience.
The lobby takes inspiration from the large conservatory pavilions of the Victorian era, introducing large windows giving exquisite views of the grounds to the hotel as well as the Tokyo Disney Monorail. This means the fireworks from the Tokyo Disneyland Park can be seen high in the sky while sipping cocktails and enjoying the light meals at Hors D’Oeuvres.
The Delicious Food
Like most aspects of the Tokyo Disney Resort, menus change frequently. During my visit to the Dreamers Lounge, the resort was celebrating Disney’s Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival. Fruity and exotic flavours matched the theme.
To start off my relaxing evening, I couldn’t resist trying the Olaf Non-Alcoholic Cocktail. To celebrate Frozen (aka Anna and the Snow Queen in Japan), three cocktails were created, inspired by the characters. Each venue has its own unique cocktail – Olaf was the speciality for the Dreamers Lounge, while Elsa was served at the Ambassador Hotel.
Olaf is a large glass of coconut syrup, pineapple syrup, passion fruit syrup and non-dairy creamers, topped off with whipped cream, a piece of mango and three biscuit sticks coated in chocolate. The attention to detail with this drink blew me away! Then, taking the first sip, it just takes it one step further. The delicious sweetness and creaminess of the drink is perfectly complimented with the exotic fruity flavours. A truly amazing drink.
It even comes with your own Olaf fan!
The Dreamers Lounge is home to light meals such as pasta, soups, sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Given to how late it was, I opted for a light meal that I could nipple on to compliment the Olaf Cocktail. I couldn’t make up my mind, so I went with the Assorted Hors D’Oeuvres. What arrived was an elegant and sophisticated array of flavours and textures that was the perfect late night snack.
Sun dried tomatoes and olives drizzled with basil infused olive oil gave subtle, earthy flavours and made for a nice treat. Lightly spiced Bombay potatoes were nestled under parma ham. These gave a great little kick and really complimented the cured meat. I always thoroughly enjoy smoked salmon, these were lovely thick slices of smoked salmon with a nice side salad. To finish off was a great array of cheeses with crackers, walnuts and a small amount of Japanese Pickles. The cheese pieces were very small, I would rather have had less choice but bigger pieces as it was hard to distinguish the flavours with such small slithers of cheese. However, I loved the idea, and the Japanese pickles were lovely.
After, despite only wanting something small, I was on the look out for dessert. Being a sucker for food themed to the Disney characters I chose the Minnie Mouse Parfait.
A scoop of soft and silky strawberry mousse is coated in strawberry jelly and then topped with chocolate ears and bow. Then, to compliment it, is a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, a heart-shaped biscuit pretzel, nestled atop raspberry and strawberry jelly filled with real fruits. This was accompanied with an apple syrup in a shot glass and a thin biscuit in the shape of a Japanese taiko drum.
This dessert was light and fruity, the perfect complement to the salty and savoury Hors D’Ouevers. The shot of apple syrup was a lovely aesthetic touch but did not add anything to the taste or texture of the overall dessert. However the attention to detail in the design and theming of the dessert was amazing, I loved the Japanese drum shaped biscuit.
Should You Go?
The chefs at Tokyo Disney Resort never fail to go above and beyond. The theming and attention to detail is beyond compare. It gives the food that Disney magic. Visit the Dreamers Lounge, and experience an evening of relaxation and luxury that only the Disney brand can provide.