Tokyo Disney: Magellan’s, Afternoon Tea, and the Teddy Roosevelt Lounge
Tokyo Disney: Magellan’s, Afternoon Tea, and the Teddy Roosevelt Lounge
While at Tokyo Disney, we ate at three different table service (sit down) restaurants. This post will include a review of each of the three locations. First we discuss our three-course meal at Magellan’s, a popular restaurant at DisneySea. Next we review the Afternoon Tea at the Dreamer’s Lounge, which is located inside the Disneyland Hotel. Finally, we will detail an impromptu lunch at the Teddy Roosevelt Lounge at DisneySea.
Magellan’s in Tokyo DisneySea
Magellan’s is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, sit down restaurant at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Advanced dining reservations are recommended. We made reservations for Magellan’s and for Afternoon Tea at the Dreamer’s Lounge, one month prior to our arrival. Be aware that most of the options for reserving table service meals at Tokyo Disney are only available in Japanese. The exception is if you have a reservation at a Disney hotel, you are able to log in to the Disney reservation website one month prior and add dining reservations for the days of your stay in English. If you aren’t able to get an advanced dining reservation, definitely try stopping in the restaurant, starting at 10am, to see if there is availability for that day.
When we were at DisneySea, we noticed that Magellan’s was not very busy. It may have been a result of our trip being during a quieter part of the year. The day of our reservation, we arrived about an hour and a half early (we were hungry and figured it couldn’t hurt to stop in) and they were able to seat us immediately.
The restaurant offers 3-course meals. You choose a starter, entrée, and dessert. For the starter Jeff and I both chose the vegetable and chicken soup with a curry accent and we each got the pork as our entrée. Both of these items were very good. The best part of our meal was the dessert. Jeff got the seasonal sorbet, which had an adorable Mickey garnish. Sara got the crème brulee. The crème brulee was amazing and a pretty large portion. The meals also came with coffee or tea. Jeff also got a beer.
While the food was very good, for us the best parts of Magellan’s are the atmosphere and the price. The theming inside Magellan’s is extremely detailed. There is even a dining room hidden behind a bookcase (see video below). The price was also very reasonable considering it is one of the nicest restaurants at Tokyo Disney. Our total bill was around $70. One person could easily spend $70 at some of the sit-down restaurants at Disney World.
One bit of advice that we would give about Magellan’s is the menu is pretty small. Be sure to check the menu beforehand to make sure there is something that you want to eat. An example of the menu from when we went is below. If there isn’t anything on the menu that interests you, we would recommend visiting Magellan’s Lounge.
If you are not able to get a reservation for lunch or dinner, or if the menu doesn’t look like something you would enjoy, we recommend going to Magellan’s Lounge. This bar/lounge is located on the top floor of the restaurant. There was a lot of seating availability whenever we stopped in (yes, we made multiple visits here). We only got drinks when we stopped in, but they also had some light food options available. Not only do they have an extensive drink menu, the lounge has a fun atmosphere which is nearly identical to the restaurant below. The drinks, service, and atmosphere were all phenomenal and we would strongly recommend stopping by.
Afternoon Tea at the Dreamer’s Lounge
Inside the Disneyland Hotel, The Dreamer’s Lounge consists of mostly couches and love-seats. The atmosphere is very open and is located adjacent to the lobby of the Disneyland Hotel. Even though it is open to the lobby, we didn’t find it to be loud or distracting. Overall, the atmosphere was elegant and relaxed. The service was also impeccable.
We made a reservation at the Dreamer’s Lounge primarily because of the afternoon tea. Even though we had a reservation, it didn’t seem to be very busy. Again, we were there at a quiet time of year (early January). If you are able to get a reservation, we would still recommend doing so.
We both ordered the Afternoon Tea Set. Since we visited during the 35th Anniversary celebration, the tea had a 35th celebration theme. You could particularly notice the theming in the desserts.
The meal started with the tea or coffee. Since it is afternoon tea, we recommend going with the tea. Sara got the flavored green tea and it was very good. Next came a soup with possibly the smallest spoon we have ever seen haha. The soup was tiny, but good.
The main food came out on a three-tiered stand. This included the hors d’oeuvres, scones, and some of the desserts. The scones and desserts were good, but we were not fans of most of the hors d’oeuvres. At that point, we thought we were done, but then they brought us each a plate with more desserts. This final dessert plate was the best and included wonderful Mickey and friends details.
The afternoon tea set cost about $37 per person. This was more than our meal and Magellan’s. While we were both full, in the end we thought the tea was good, but not great. If you like afternoon tea or if you really like desserts, it is a fun experience. However, If you don’t have a ton of time or if you are trying to save some money, this would be a skip for us. If you still want to experience the Dreamer’s Lounge, but don’t want the afternoon tea set, we have you covered … just keep reading.
We went back to the Dreamer’s Lounge and sat at the bar prior to leaving Tokyo Disney. Jeff got a beer and Sara got the Cake Set with coffee or tea (costs about $12). With the cake set, you choose a tea or coffee and then one option from 6 different cake choices. Sara went with the berry tart and it was really good. If you are a picky eater, have dietary restrictions, or if you want something a bit more affordable, this is what we would recommend. Even though neither of us got the parfait, they were huge and looked really good (costs about $21). If we go back, we will be giving the parfait a try.
Lunch at the Teddy Roosevelt Lounge
Our first day at Tokyo DisneySea we were hungry and looking for a relaxing place to have lunch. While exploring the SS Columbia, we came across the Teddy Roosevelt Lounge. This restaurant is extremely well themed. It also has the bonus of being located inside of the ship. It was 11am when we arrived, so it wasn’t very busy and we were able to get seated immediately. Even though there were plenty of tables available, we requested the bar.
The menu here is pretty small, with only two main dishes. Jeff went with the Pastrami Sandwich and Sara went with the Seasonal Parfait (dessert option – but it had fruit, so it is counts an acceptable meal haha). The sandwich was only slightly above average, but the parfait was pretty big and delicious! In addition to the food, Jeff got a beer and Sara got a coffee float. Coffee floats are the best and something we didn’t know about beforehand. You can find coffee floats at most bars and sit-down restaurants. They are a must-get item for coffee lovers when in Tokyo Disney.
We recommend the Teddy Roosevelt Lounge for anyone looking for a relaxing place to get a drink. The parfait was also really good. If there is a long wait for a table here, it probably is not worth it. But if you happen to be there with little to no wait, we recommend stopping in for a drink, snack, or meal.
Tokyo Disney has some amazing snacks, so if you are only there for one or two days, we would probably recommend skipping a sit-down meal. See our post here for more details on Tokyo Disney snacks. If you are at the Tokyo Disney resort for more than two days, we would recommend going to at least Magellan’s Lounge, or to eat at Magellan’s if you like the entrees available. If you need a last minute sit-down meal, we enjoyed the Teddy Roosevelt Lounge.
The Afternoon Tea at the Dreamer’s Lounge may be a good option for someone that has several days at Tokyo Disney and is looking to experience a full afternoon tea. However, we felt that for the price and given the other food options at Tokyo Disney, we would probably pass on the afternoon tea unless you love desserts. If you want to experience the Dreamer’s Lounge and are on a budget, we recommend doing the Cake Set.
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