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Teddy Roosevelt Lounge is a restaurant and bar on Deck B (second floor) of the S.S. Columbia in Tokyo DisneySea’s American Waterfront. Named after the 26th president of the United States, the lounge is appropriately themed to the era of elegance and sophistication. Another way to put it – if you have watched the movie Titanic, then you’ll feel as if you’re in First Class.
Even before you enter the lounge, you will notice the elegance and detail of the magnificent S.S. Columbia. If you’ve ever dreamed of being on board the Titanic, then this is as close as it gets. A server will greet you at the door, dressed in some of the best Cast Member costumes you will encounter, and ask you if you’d like a bar or table seat.
If you’re looking to have a quick drink, the bar is an excellent choice. Note the bears on the bar who are holding up the ceiling. Fancy a drink and a light meal? Then, a table is waiting for you.
While at your table or bar stool, you will notice music playing ever so subtly in the background. Not so loud that you are unable to hear your friends, but enough for you to notice and appreciate the timely melodies. This adds another layer of authenticity and magic.
Costumes the Cast Members are wearing fit the theme incredibly well. Female Cast Members wear a white button up shirt (sleeves are poofy for a lack of a better term) and an adorable bow tie. Accompanied by an elegant gold-colored apron and a subtly fluffed dress. Male Cast Members wear a burgundy vest, with velvet trim, white collared shirt, and pressed pants. As mentioned previously, you end up feeling as if you are on-board the Titanic and enjoying a cocktail in the First Class lounge.
If I had to choose one aspect of the lounge as my favorite, it would be the decor. Along the walls, take note of all the paintings. They are of Mr. Roosevelt during various periods of his life. They are not mere paintings hanging on the wall either. They are built into the paneling. If you are sitting at the bar (or passing by), take note of the bears that are seemingly holding up the ceiling. One of them actually isn’t holding anything, lazy bear. If you are not a fan of bears, then you will notice tiger heads (not real of course) holding light fixtures inside their mouth. How is that for detail?
In the middle of the lounge, couches and tables are places in front of a fireplace, for a more relaxed feeling. Ask for this spot, if it’s available. Around the fireplace are built in bookshelves, and a mantle piece with a painting of President Roosevelt.
Around the couches are various artifacts, each with a different story attached to them. Take a moment to read these.
Overall,the decor is well-appointed and themed perfectly for the era. Photos cannot give it enough justice. If you cannot get enough of the decor, then head to the washroom for more!
If you’re looking for a large variety of drinks, then this is one of the best places to do so inside DisneySea. From whiskey to beer and soft drinks to tea, you will find a beverage you will enjoy. I recommend the special cocktail, which is swapped out seasonally. At the time of this writing, the Sakura cocktail was the special. It was a bit sweet but had a lovely cherry flavor and a rather high alcohol content. Expect to pay between ¥760 to ¥1060 for a cocktail.
If you do not care for alcohol (or have children in your party), there are non-alcoholic cocktails such as the Cinderella. Don’t worry, they have their full menu in English.
The food menu offers a small variety of appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. For the portion sizes, the prices are a bit high. The best thing to do is have a light meal or snack – this is not the place to have an elaborate dinner.
From everything on the menu, I have yet to have a bad meal. I have had the Caesar Salad, Pastrami Sandwich, Beef Jerky, Cheesecake, and Seasonal Parfait. Not in one visit mind you.
Want to maximize your experience? Then we recommend:
- Asking for a table with the couches in-front of the fire-place
- Order the special cocktail
- Enjoy the Pastrami Sandwich
- Share the seasonal Parfait (it includes a limited souvenir cup)
- Visit in the early morning or mid-afternoon for a shorter wait
The Teddy Roosevelt Lounge is one of the crowning jewels of Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disney Resort. From the flawless execution of theming to an excellent variety of beverage choices. The only downside is the food selection, there are better choices such as Magellan’s, Sakura, and Sailing Day Buffet.
If you’re looking for an escape from the crowds and want to take a breather, the allow the Teddy Roosevelt Lounge to take you back in time to an era of elegance and sophistication.
Have you had the opportunity to enjoy a drink here? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.
Photos: Duy Phan Photography