Guide to Summer 2015 at Tokyo Disney Resort
Summer at Tokyo Disney Resort is full of fruity drinks, wet & energetic entertainment, over the top merchandise, and the perfect amount of Japanese flair. While visiting Japan in the summer is unbearably hot at times, the parks are the perfect places to spend the hottest days of the year. Use our guide to Summer at Tokyo Disney Resort to get the most out of your visit.
Summer at Tokyo Disney Resort starts July 9th, 2015 and runs until August 31st, 2015. For additional information visit the official Tokyo Disney Resort website.
Natsu Matsuri at Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland follows a Traditional Japanese summer with Yukata (summer version of a kimono), lanterns, and an over-the-top dance-off complete with water cannons. You read that right, water cannons. I do not think water cannons are “traditional” but they certainly are cool (pun intended). There is no shortage of ways to keep cool.
Disney Summer Festival at Tokyo DisneySea
DisneySea does summer slightly different from Disneyland. Theming is tropical fruit with a Latin flavor. You’ll notice that decorations throughout the park are fruit themed – complete with statues of Minnie and Daisy made of fruit at the entrance. Minnie’s Tropical Splash show in the Mediterranean Harbor keeps guests cool and soaking wet to high energy music while being blasted in the face with water cannons (I see a theme here, and it is not fruit).
Any seasonal event is never complete without a ton of merchandise to spend your hard-earned yen on. If you are looking for a traditional Japanese themed Disney gift, Tokyo Disneyland is where you want to look. If you want over-the-top (I use that word a lot this time of the year) and colourful goods, Tokyo DisneySea is the place for you. Take a look at all the seasonal merchandise for you to try to stuff into your suitcase!
- Tokyo DisneySea Merchandise
- Tokyo Disneyland Merchandise
- Tokyo Disney Resort Merchandise
- Found at both parks
- Japanese Yukata (Summer Kimono)
- Summer Character Towels
Food & Drink
It is hot and humid during the summer and what better way to cool off then with some traditional Japanese shaved ice! Or perhaps a nice alcoholic cocktail at DisneySea! Or, how about staying inside an air-conditioned hotel and enjoying the summer offerings at the Disney Hotels? Whatever you fancy, you will find something you enjoy.
- Shaved Ice at Tokyo Disneyland
- Shaved Ice at Tokyo DisneySea
- Summer Festival Menu at Tokyo DisneySea
- Natsu Matsuri Menu at Tokyo Disneyland
- Hotel Miracosta Summer Festival Menu
- Ambassador Hotel Summer Menu
- Tokyo Disneyland Hotel Summer Menu
- Tropical Fruits Shaved Ice at Tokyo DisneySea
- Anything at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel Dreamer’s Lounge
- Cream Bread from the Tick Tock Diner (it looks really cool!)
To help beat the hot and humid summer weather, the entertainment at both parks heavily rely on water as part of the show. Not only does it look cool, it keeps guests cool and hydrated!
Garyo Gunbu at Tokyo Disneyland
This is a dance-off between two teams, led by Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Both teams are atop huge barges that come around to the front of Cinderella’s Castle before the start of the dance competition. The highlight of the show is the amount of water that shoots onto the crowd. You will get soaked (not just wet) if you are anywhere near the forecourt of Cinderella’s Castle.
Minnie’s Tropical Splash at Tokyo DisneySea
Another over-the-top summer water show, where guests get completely soaked. Stars of the show Minnie, Daisy, and Clarice arrive in the Mediterranean Harbor aboard fruit barges. Eventually the rest of the gang show up to enjoy the fruit harvest (don’t ask, just go with it.) All the while, high energy latin music is blasting into the crowd along with water shooting from the barges and from within the crowd. You will get soaking wet.
Ondo-Ko-Don at Tokyo Disneyland
A child-friendly show in front of Cinderella Castle that happens once a day. Ondo is a Japanese style dance tune with traditional Japanese drums. Mickey and Donald put on their own original “ondo” songs for children to dance along to. The show also uses water, but only mist which means you do not get as wet as the other two shows. This is perfect for those with smaller children. Please note this show only occurs once in the morning.
With all the water based entertainment you are going to get soaking wet. So, how are you going to keep dry or get yourself dried off? Well, we have some tips for you:
- Buy one of the adorable character towels. They look silly but you will thank us later.
- Bring a plastic bag to put your belongings in, to keep them dry.
- Put items you wish to keep dry in a locker (if they do not need to be with you)
- Wear sandals, crocs (don’t judge), or other shoes that are OK to get soaking wet
- Wear shorts and a t-shirt (but bring sunscreen)
Stitch at Tokyo Disneyland
Stitch has taken over Tokyo Disneyland for the summer, too. To promote the new attraction Stitch Encounter, plenty of merchandise and adorable food is available for you to enjoy! We recommend the Scrump Dumplings.
Journeys with Duffy Your Friend Forever at Tokyo DisneySea
Duffy is celebrating his 10th Anniversary and with that comes a food, decorations, and merchandise over at Cape Cod in Tokyo DisneySea. Read our full coverage of the event.
If you are visiting Tokyo Disney Resort during the summer, you have no shortage of quality entertainment, refreshing food, and colourful merchandise to choose from. Are you visiting for summer? Let us know in the comments!