Tokyo Disneyland – World Bazaar

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

World Bazaar is the first themed area in Tokyo Disneyland. Resembling a small, carefree American town from the yesteryears, the Bazaar has two walkways that cross each other: Main Street and Center Street. This allows guests to travel to three themed zones of the park directly at the junction, through streets filled with several shops and restaurants.

Tokyo Disneyland - Entrance Plaza / Maihama Gateway

Before we get into the park, let’s have a walk the memorable route to Tokyo Disneyland from JR Maihama Station.

Tokyo Disneyland - Entrance Plaza / Maihama Gateway

This is the iconic mint-coloured pavilion on the bridge to Tokyo Disneyland.

Tokyo Disneyland - Entrance Plaza / Maihama Gateway

Tokyo Disneyland - Entrance Plaza / Maihama Gateway

Along the scenic walkway there are many posters and bronze statues of Disney’s classic characters on the way. You’ll also get to see the lushly designed Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, all decked out in gold and blue – like a palace.

Tokyo Disneyland - Entrance Plaza / Maihama Gateway / Pinocchio

I think these figures are similar to those at the Castle Hub at the first Disneyland in Anaheim.

Tokyo Disneyland - Entrance Plaza / Maihama Gateway / White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland

Tokyo Disneyland - Entrance Plaza / Maihama Gateway / Chip and Dale

There are a lot of these bronze statues by the way – just about every classic Disney character. The green patina lends a beautiful accent.

Tokyo Disneyland - Resort Line Station

Here’s a grand shot of the Tokyo Disneyland Monorail Station, with the opulent Tokyo Disneyland Hotel behind.

Since we’re already here: Look at the amazing view of the Hotel from the station platform. First, there’s a Mickey clock:

Tokyo Disneyland - Resort Line Station

Tokyo Disneyland - Resort Line Station

There are some really beautiful murals that can be seen from street level. They are very easy to miss!

Tokyo Disneyland - Entrance Plaza

I only discovered these pieces on the last day – a day when I did not enter the park.

Tokyo Disneyland - Resort Line Station

The bag check point for Tokyo Disneyland is located far from the turnstiles, unlike Tokyo DisneySea. Makes things easier later on.

Tokyo Disneyland - Entrance Plaza

Tokyo Disneyland - Entrance Plaza

I realized I have no photos of the displays after the turnstiles. When you are running in the park like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland most of the time…

Welcome to World Bazaar

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

Tokyo Disneyland is the world’s only Magic Kingdom-style park without the traditional Main Street USA. World Bazaar takes its place. To most people, it would seem the same. The architecture looks similar, there are the iconic and common details everywhere. Pay attention to numbers on the buildings facades.

What I like about World Bazaar is that its cross-shaped layout directly links to three themed “Lands”. Adventureland on the left, Tomorrowland on the right, and Cinderella Castle Hub right in front. This makes the park very easy to navigate, especially important for this Titanic-sized park.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

Under a glassy canopy, World Bazaar remains comfortable all year – cooled during Summer and warmed up during Winter. Although the glass ceiling is lower than Hollywood and New York at Universal Studios Singapore, it somehow works a lot better at Tokyo Disneyland, blending with architectural features more seamlessly.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

This area is of course, packed with shops and restaurants. We dined at East Side Cafe – you can read about it later in this entry.

For The Happiness Year, colourful banners, character figures and lights fill World Bazaar.

Did anyone notice the heavy use of balloons for the Happiness Year theming? It’s not a random design choice. Due to helium shortage, Tokyo Disney Resort has suspended the sale of balloons for the past few years. Balloon props fill the gap.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

There’s a store window with the Aristocats. Marie is my sister’s favorite Disney character (the amount of Marie merchandise this woman has…) and perhaps to annoy me, she always pronounce the name as MARY.

Marie is very popular at the parks – she’s affectionately known as Marie-chan (マリーちゃん). We spotted so many Marie popcorn buckets carried by guests (of both genders, I might add) at the park. Sadly they are no longer on sale.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

Sister: “Awwwww it’s Marie’s birthday! Oh, no. it’s for the mom.” She’s probably going to laugh because I added this anecdote.

The Aristocats window shows the kittens setting up banners for their mother’s (Duchess) birthday. Actually I think Toulouse and Berlioz is doing the work, since Marie’s just sitting there.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar / Great American Waffle Company / Mickey Waffles

Moving on – there’s this popular Mickey Waffle place which we passed – twice, because the queues were just way too long. We had Mickey waffles at the Main Street Cafe, Kong Disneyland last year and of course, were looking forward to it again at Tokyo Disneyland. Maybe next time.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar / Sweetheart Café

On the other side of World Bazaar was this cute café that I’m sure a certain foodie friend of mine would be delighted to see. The exterior is so lavishly designed, sort of taking the texture and form of cupcakes along with its architecture.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar / Sweetheart Café

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

We didn’t buy any snacks from the Sweetheart Café in the end. We stopped by the dessert place next to it that’s called Ice Cream Cones. It’s a nice place to cool down, plus the windows give a view of the Castle Hub. There wasn’t space here, so we went to the nearby cafe at Tomorrowland to enjoy our sundaes.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

We bought both the Banana Brownie Sundae and Strawberry Cheesecake Sundae (¥450 each). They’re the ones in the display with upside-down cones.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

During our second day here, we had lunch at East Side Café – across this suspicious “Magic Shop” (Why? There’s a secret nearby). This restaurant offers Priority Seating, but we were lucky – we walked right in with a table waiting for us.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

East Side Café offers set lunches, with pasta as the main course. Like Magellan’s, basic drinks are free flow. I think for this trip I’ve gotten addicted to Kirin’s fruit soda drinks.

Portions were quite adequate for both the starters and pasta. We were also each offered a cute little bagel. The staff here were very attentive and kept offering to get new glasses of our drinks.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

The ambiance of this restaurant may not be as exotic as some others, but it’s a posh place to relax for a while.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar

The Pasta Lunch Set (3 courses) goes for ¥1980 including drinks of your choice. If you forgo the desert course, it’s ¥1680.


East Side Café – Pasta course menu

(July 2013)

Starters
Minestrone
Corn Chowder
Green Salad with Lemon Dressing
Bagna Cauda (Assorted vegetables with Anchovy-Garlic sauce)

Pasta
Spaghettini Bolognese
Spaghettini Carbonara
Spaghettini with Garden Vegetables and Tomato Sauce
Spaghettini with Pancetta, Dried Tomatoes and Garlic Sauce
Bavette with Green Beans, Potatoes and Basil Sauce
Rigatoni with Shrimp-Red Bell Pepper Sauce

Desserts
Vanilla Gelato
Seasonal Gelato
Mixed Gelato (Vanilla & Seasonal)
Tiramisu
Seasonal Tart
Italian Chocolate Pudding


Since the price is less astronomical compared to Magellan’s, we ordered a set each.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar / East Side Café / Bagna Cauda

Bagna Cauda. Seems pretty scarce – you get only one of every thing.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar / East Side Café / Chicken and Mushrooms with Balsamic Sauce

Chicken and Mushrooms with Balsamic Sauce. Quite delicious.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar / East Side Café / Spaghettini Carbonara

Spaghettini Carbonara. A standard dish that’s hard to go wrong – the egg had the right temperature and texture!

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar / East Side Café / Spaghettini with Garden Vegetables and Tomato Sauce

Spaghettini with Garden Vegetables and Tomato Sauce.

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar / East Side Café / Vanilla Gelato with Italian Chocolate Pudding

Sweet endings: Vanilla Gelato, and Italian Chocolate Pudding (out of focus, background).

Tokyo Disneyland - World Bazaar / View of Cinderella Castle

Lunch was pretty filling. We left the restaurant and went to the Pirates of the Caribbean, which was less than 20 seconds away. We would love to stay (and enjoy the free flow drinks) but there was a very long line of people waiting to be seated.


World Bazaar – Part two

In part two, where we visit World Bazaar at night. Read it now.


An Introduction | Getting There and Around | Pocket Wi-Fi | Tips and Tricks

Tokyo DisneySea

Mediterranean Harbor | Mediterranean Harbor at night | Fortress Explorations
Magellan's | American Waterfront | Tower of Terror | Toy Story Mania!
Port Discovery | Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull
Lost River Delta & Raging Spirits | Sindbad's Storybook Voyage
Arabian Coast | Arabian Coast at night | Mermaid Lagoon
Mysterious Island | Journey to the Center of the Earth
Mysterious Island at night & 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Tokyo Disneyland

World Bazaar | World Bazaar at night | Adventureland | Pirates of the Caribbean
Westernland & Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Splash Mountain
Haunted Mansion | Pooh's Hunny Hunt | Fantasyland | Fantasyland at night
Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall | Toon Town | Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek | Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Tomorrowland & Space Mountain | Happiness is Here Parade

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One Response to Tokyo Disneyland – World Bazaar

  1. PK August 21, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    HEHE I’m the foodie friend right 😛 May I add that I loveeee all the Disneyland cafes and restaurants!!!

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