Robert Niles

Published: August 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Great report, Bryan. Thanks!

Here are a couple more snacks from Tokyo DisneySea that I want to mention: As much as Japanese visitors seem to love their Mickey-shaped snacks, they're absolutely obsessed with anything Duffy. If you can't understand why Disney merch executives can't let go of stuffing Duffy into their U.S. theme park stores, the money Disney's making off that character in Japan is the reason. Here's a chocolate-filled Duffy head from the American Waterfront land in DisneySea, which was Duffy Central when I was there.

Happy Duffy

And my favorite snack at Tokyo Disney, save possibly the curry popcorn, was the Gyoza Dog from the Refreshment Station in the mind-blowingly amazing Mysterious Island land.

Gyoza dog

It's a sausage and cabbage stuffed Gyoza, though its so big that the texture of the wrap is a bit more like a steamed bun. Anyway, it's absolutely delicious, which is why the line for these gets as long as some attractions after about an hour or so. Get one for breakfast, or prepare to wait.

Robert Niles

Published: August 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Off topic, but does the lens flare in David's Tokyo DisneySea photo near the top of the post make it look like a Mickey-shaped sun to anyone else? It does to me.
Squid McGlamery

Published: August 20, 2013 at 4:23 PM

I was particularly fond of the milk tea and curry flavored popcorn, while the others were decent but not quite my cup 'o tea- (didn't get to try the corn postage as it wasn't available when I was there, and didn't bother to try the pepper as I'm not a fan at all!).

I also really liked the orange-cream hot version of the Tipo Torta - absolutely delicious (and one of the longest quick serve food lines I've ever waited in!), though the Japanese seemed to prefer the barbecued pork version; as a vegetarian that wasn't an option for me.

And, yes Robert, the lens flare DOES resemble Mickey. I too noticed that immediately.. :)

Published: August 20, 2013 at 4:57 PM

I can't believe you missed the vanilla, chocolate and strawberry custard filled Toy Story alien dumplings! Those things were amazing.
Rob Pastor

Published: August 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Interesting report on a subject most of us are surely unfamiliar with. That was a really good idea to do a Tokyo park food report.
Bryan Wawzenek

Published: August 20, 2013 at 8:29 PM

@Robert - Yes, the Cape Cod area of the American Waterfront is still Duffy Central, with a live show (My Friend Duffy), plenty of souvenirs, etc. The Japanese sure love their Duffy stuff. We saw little Duffy dolls clipped to backpacks throughout our time in Japan.

@124... - Sorry I missed those, too! I've seen pictures and they look great. Oh well, you can't eat everything (try as I might...).

Russell Meyer

Published: August 21, 2013 at 8:55 AM

I don't understand why the flavored popcorn hasn't made its way Stateside. You'd think the Cozy Cone in Cars Land would sell at least one exotic flavor, but nope, just nacho cheese and butter.
Mark Kausch

Published: August 22, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Russell, I guess it depends on your definition of "exotic". Cozy Cone sells two flavors of popcorn, a butter(ed?) and a rotating one. Don't know that I've seen nacho flavor, but I've had a sweet and spicy one that was positively more of the latter. Mostly, though, I've seen dill pickle flavor. Not being a fan of pickle-anything, I passed on that.