I've been a Disney fan since before I can remember. Been lucky enough to travel the world of Disney. It's amazing that after so many years of visiting Disney Theme Parks, I still experience something new in every visit.
Ever since starting this blog, I've had many first time experiences from Character Dining to dining at Club 33. I've been to Tokyo Disneyland many many times, but I've never set foot in Diamond Horseshoe, so this was gonna be another virgin experience. If I didn't run Honorable Rat, I don't think that I would ever step into Diamond Horseshoe. Have never been a big fan of breakfast, lunch or dinner shows. These kinda places always seem to have sub-par shows and food. The last one I experienced was at Cape Cod Cook-Off and I would rather head back to the sewers than eat a burger there again.
So, as you might expect, I didn't have high hopes as I entered Diamond Horseshoe. As I walked into Diamond Horseshoe, I kept my fingers crossed and prayed to every God known to man, hoping that this experience would change my mind. Without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to Brunch at Diamond Horseshoe. "Gulp"
Before we continue, I would like to thank the person who invented brunch. Whoever invented it should get an award. Combining breakfast with lunch. Genius! I am inspired to create a new meal now. Lunner, anyone? You gotta admit. It does have a ring to it. If lunner catches on, you guys heard it here first. Don't you ever forget that!
Now that I'm done with my 5 seconds of being random and pointless, I'm ready to move on. Brunch at Diamond Horseshoe is only available in summer. At other times, they have lunch and dinner shows.
There are 3 types of seating at Diamond Horseshoe. There's "S", "A" and "B". "S" seats cost 3,080 yen, "A" costs 2,770 yen and "B" costs 2,460 yen. All those prices are for adults. For kids between 4 to 8, it costs 2,320 yen, 2,010 yen and 1,700 yen respectively for "S", "A" and "B" It's free of charge for kids below 4 and if your child is above 8, they will be charged as adults. Being a rat, I would advice for you to lie about your child's age if they're above 8. Being the HONORABLE Rat, I wouldn't advice for you to do that. At the end of the day, it's up to you. Only you can choose your path, Ratketeer.
From the picture below, you can more or less imagine the seating arrangements. The "A" seats are located from where I took the picture. The ones in front of the stage are "S" and over to the sides, we've got "B". To be dead honest with you, I don't really think there's much of a difference between the three types of seating. You'll get a great view of the stage from both "S" and "A" seats. You'll get a partial view with "B", but you'll still get to enjoy the show. This theater is not gigornomous like Tokyo Dome, so you'll be good.
Once you're all comfy in your seat, it's time to enjoy the show. The show in Diamond Horseshoe is titled Horseshoe Roundup. This show lasts for about 45 mins. Woody, Jessie, Bullseye and their human friends will sing, dance and act out a story that will attempt to entertain you while you are having your meal. Don't worry about not being able to understand the storyline. There's enough English in it for you to understand. Some parts of the show also featured audience participation. I enjoyed it when the audience got involved. That's always fun. However, when it comes to the rest of the show, it wasn't really that interesting. For most of the show, I was looking at my children getting excited over seeing Woody and his friends. If I didn't have children, I would probably have left after finishing my meal.
Onto my favorite part of every blog post. Food! They started us off with a little plate of salad, some fruits and bread. The sesame bread was shaped like a horseshoe which was pretty cute. Little Mahina definitely enjoyed that. Bread was all you can eat and you also get a free-flow of drinks, just like the S.S. Columbia Dining Room. Non-alcoholic beer was not included in the package. You'll have to cough up 520 yen for that. I don't know about you, but for me, beer with no alcohol sorta defeats the purpose of drinking beer. It's like chicken rice with no chicken. What's the point?!
After finishing our starters, the main dish was served. The main dish for brunch was nothing to shout about. Pretty much everything that was being served could be bought at Costco and prepared at home in less than 15 minutes. Brunch at Diamond Horseshoe consisted of wedges, vegetables, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage on a bone. Simple breakfast food.
At the end of the day, Brunch at Diamond Horseshoe did not change my mind about dining shows. It was as I expected, sub-par. The show was sub-par. The food was sub-par. On a more positive note, the kids did enjoy themselves. This was definitely a better experience as compared to Cape Cod Cook-Off, but it was also more expensive. I don't think I'll be visiting either of these dining establishments anytime soon. I can only foresee myself visiting Diamond Horseshoe again if Little Mahina and Baby Haku STRONGLY requests for it and I will definitely not be paying for the "S" and "A" seats. To me, this dining experience was not worth the money. Even after smuggling some of the Horseshoe bread out of Diamond Horseshoe, I still didn't feel that I got my money's worth. I might have to bring a flask in, next time.
Honorable Rating: 3/5 (Don't Break Your Notes)