Much like the other Disney Parks, Tokyo Disney Resort allows guests of all ages to wear costumes on select days during the Halloween season. Everyone from families to groups of friends flock to the parks in their best costumes to express their fandom of everything Disney.
Japan is well-known for their dedication to dressing up as characters from Anime to Disney. If you have visited Harajuku or visited any of the major costuming events like the Tokyo Game Show, you already know how talented and dedicated customers are here! Now, take that level of dedicated, detail, and fandom and apply it to Disney costumes. It makes Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort an incredible event – even if you’re not dressed up!
Custom Made Costumes
Before anything, let’s discuss the costumes. The sheer amount of detail guests put into their costumes is breathtaking. Many of these costumes were not purchased at a store, but rather handcrafted. Not only do you see the Princesses, Princes, Olaf, etc, but also more obscure Disney characters. Some groups get together and work to create costumes for a full cast from a show or franchise. Other guests with a love of the parks have created homemade versions of costumes from seasonal shows at Tokyo Disney Resort!
Here’s a quick sample of costumes:
- The Lost Boys
- Playing Cards from Alice in Wonderland
- Indian Chief from Peter Pan
- The entire cast from Peter Pan
- Duffy and Shellie May
- Mickey and Minnie from various Park Anniversaries
- Cast of Inside Out (Known as Inside Head in Japan)
- Cast of Big Hero 6
- Various Monsters from Monsters University
I think you get the idea, if it was in a Disney movie, then the possibility someone made a costume out of it. You can spend an entire morning taking photos of all the beautiful costumes, or having your photo taken if you are participating!
We urge you to take part in the costume days if you happen to visit during the Halloween season! See below for rules and dates. Also, because the weather can vary during the season, check the forecast before you go and adjust accordingly – you do not want to wear a full fursuit while it is pouring or multiple layers on hot days.
At Tokyo Disneyland Park, guests usually congregate at the castle forecourt. Expect tons of people there. If the weather is not ideal then under the covered World Bazaar is where guests go to show off their amazingly detailed costumes.
If bringing a costume all the way over from Japan is not in the cards, there are a few places you can buy Disney costumes to wear.
- Don Quijote
- Children’s costumes are available at any Disney Store in Japan
- Other locations across Tokyo. Keep in mind this is an expensive option, depending on how costume made they are.
Many guests come to the park to show off their hard work and dedication for others to enjoy. While many of these costume wielding guests do not mind having their photos taken, you should always ask for permission before doing so.
- sha-sheen o totte mow ii de-sue ka?
- Is it OK to take your photo?
You can also make the hand motion for taking a photo if you prefer to do that. Either way, ask before you take any photos. Before sharing photos on social media (or anywhere public) ask the guests if it is OK to upload the photo.
- Twitter knee sha-sheen o upload shi-te mow ii de-sue ka?
- Is it OK to upload the photo to Twitter?
- You can replace Twitter with “website” (it is the same in Japanese) to ask if you can post it on your blog.
Tokyo Disney Resort ensures the safety of their guests by enforcing a set number of rules for those wishing to take part in the Halloween Costume Days. Failing to adhere to the rules may result in being denied entry. Please follow them carefully. All rules are listed on the official website (in Japanese).
- Costumes are Disney character related only
- No masks or makeup which covers or obscures your face
- Accessories such as swords, staves, or rollerblades are not allowed
- No overly exposed skin such as the shoulders and stomach
- Avoid long dresses, garments, or hair extensions
- No spandex body suits
- Change only in the designated areas. Check the park map or with a cast member. Guests are not allowed to change in restrooms.
Check our complete guide to Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort for up-to-date days for costume days.
Enjoy a Unique Experience
At the end of the day, you are there to have fun! So sew (or buy) your Halloween costume and head on over to Tokyo Disney Resort! Have you participated in the costume days before? If you have please share them in the comments! For more on Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort read our complete guide!
All photos shown here are with permission by the guest(s).
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