Golden Week at Tokyo Disney Resort 2024


Golden Week in Japan is a series of public holidays that happen at the end of April and the beginning of May. It’s one of the busiest times at Tokyo Disney Resort (also in and around Japan). Everyone is on vacation and travelling inside and outside the country. You’re best avoiding this time, if possible. But not all is lost if you find yourself at the parks on Golden Week.

Our guide gives you our best tips and information on Golden Week at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea!

Buying your tickets in advance is best if you’re visiting over Golden Week. 

When is Golden Week?

The Japanese Public Holidays that are part of Golden Week are:

  • April 29th (Showa Day)
  • May 3rd (Constitution Memorial Day)
  • May 4th (Greenery Day)
  • May 5th (Children’s Day)

Once the Golden Week rush ends, it’s one of the best times to visit Tokyo Disneyland. The crowds are at some of their lowest of the year, the weather is favourable, and the seasonal events are still happening!

Golden Week 2024

Golden Week in 2024 starts for most people in Japan on Saturday, April 27, and ends on Monday, May 6, 2024. This is a 10-day holiday, so expect Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea to be incredibly busy.

What Days Are Busy During Golden Week?

Avoid the Parks between April 27 and May 6, 2024, if possible.

What’s the weather like in April and May?

Tower of Terror Tokyo DisneySea

The end of April and the beginning of May are among the most comfortable weather times of the year. The temperature averages 18°C (64°F). Check the forecast before you head to the parks. If it’s going to rain, get an umbrella (everyone uses one), a change of socks, and a poncho. You can pick all these up at the 100 yen shops throughout Japan.

They carry all these items in the parks but expect to pay a premium.

How to Handle the Crowds

Tokyo Disney Resort is incredibly popular, so many people who can’t visit regularly want to visit for their holidays. That means the parks are busy, and wait times can reach 100+ minutes.

  • Popular attractions reach 100+ minute wait times:
    • Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, Monster’s Inc, Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, Happy Ride with Baymax.
    • Toy Story Mania, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Indiana Jones, Raging Spirits, & Tower of Terror, Soaring: Fantastic Flight.
  • Disney Premier Access and Priority Access passes run out early (usually in the morning), so get them once you’re inside the Park.
  • There are long queues for restaurants, food carts (including popcorn), and even the washroom.

Here’s a look at wait times on April 28, 2024. The screenshots are from the Tokyo Disney Resort App.

Consider this the pinnacle of weekends over a week. Read our weekend survival guide and our guide to dealing with the massive crowds.

Arrive Early

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Arrive at Tokyo Disneyland early, just like everyone else. Even then, you’re still late!

If you’re staying at a Disney Hotel, take advantage of your 15-minute early entry. That small amount of time will make all the difference when getting FastPasses. But get to the gate at least 30 minutes before your Happy Entry. There will be plenty of people ahead of you.

If you cannot take advantage of the Happy 15 entry, arrive at the park 2 hours before opening to get into standby quickly for your favourite attraction and take advantage of the Disney Premier Access and Priority Pass.

If the park opens at 9:00, get in line by 7:00 to get into the Park if you want to be near the front. The security line is what takes the longest to get through at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

Golden Week Tips

Not all is lost if you find yourself at the parks during Golden Week. Follow these tips to help make your day go smoother. The biggest tip I can give you is to get your park tickets in advance and get into the park without issue.

Read our guide on how to buy park tickets for Tokyo Disneyland.

What Disney Premier Access & Priority Pass Should You Grab First?

Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast at Tokyo Disneyland

Once inside the park, you can get the Disney Premier Access and Priority Pass (consider them paid Lightning Lane and free FastPass, respectively). Arriving early is important so you have the best selection of these passes.

This is all done through the Tokyo Disney Resort app.

I suggest getting a Disney Premier Access for Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast and a Priority Pass for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland. At Tokyo DisneySea, I recommend Disney Premier Access for Soaring: Fantastic Flight and Priority Pass for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

How Busy Do Restaurants Get?

Green Alien Mochi Tokyo Disneyland

Counter-service restaurants are busy and yield long lines. You’re best eating during off-peak hours (before noon or after 18:00). There are long lines, even mid-afternoon. I suggest bringing small snacks to sustain you and reduce the chance of becoming “hangry” (which I am known to get).

If you want table service, they begin making reservations at the restaurant at 10:00 and 09:00 through the Tokyo Disney Resort app.

I recommend using Mobile Ordering for counter-service restaurants at both Parks. Order windows fill quickly, so I suggest ordering 2-3 hours ahead.

See how much food you can get for 10,000 yen at Tokyo Disneyland!

When Should I Get a Spot for Parades During Golden Week?

If you don’t want to wait for a spot for some parades, then you can take advantage of the Disney Premier Access to reserve yourself a spot for the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights at Tokyo Disneyland and “Believe! Sea of Dreams” at Tokyo DisneySea.

I recommend buying these once inside the Park first because they will run out quickly.

Otherwise, you should get a spot 1-2 hours at minimum for the best spots for any of the outdoor shows at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. For other shows, use the Entry Request (lottery).

Conclusion

If you can, avoid Golden Week altogether when planning your trip. If you cannot avoid visiting during this time, you are now equipped with the knowledge to make the most of it. Have you visited during Golden Week? If you have, share your stories with us in the comments.

Feature photo by Hector. Visit his photos and adventures on Flickr and his blog.

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  1. Umbrielle

    It’s crazy busy during Golden Week but I kinda enjoyed the chaotic atmosphere, haha. Much prefer quieter times, though! Great guide 🙂

  2. TDR Explorer

    I like to call it organized chaos at it’s best! It’s quite something to see how busy it can be but not feel stressed just because of the Cast Members and the guests, they really know how to handle crowds very well. But nothing can be sitting on top of the S.S. Columbia on a nice peaceful and quiet day, that is for certain!

  3. Brooklyn Ferguson Graham

    For 2016, were the Golden week dates April 29th to May 5th or May 29th to
    June 5th?

  4. TDR Explorer

    That was a typo on our part. It should read.

    In 2016, expect the crowds to start on April 29th (Friday) and lasting until May 5th (Thursday).

    Sorry about that and thank you for catching that.

  5. TDR Explorer

    That was a typo on our end. It should read:

    “In 2016, expect the crowds to start on April 29th (Friday) and lasting until May 5th (Thursday).”

    Sorry about that, and thank you for pointing it out!

  6. Brooklyn Ferguson Graham

    I assumed it was just a typo but I wanted to be 100% certain that’s what you meant because we are planning our trip for May of 2016 🙂 Thank you for all of the info you provide. It has been such a big help!

  7. pd1986

    I’m guess you reuploaded this – you might want to change the dates 🙂

    I read this a couple of days ago and it was valuable because me and my friend were going to go on May 5th… i took your advice in checking the crowd report and buying tickets in advance.
    May 3rd was almost sold out, and 4th and 5th were fully sold out when I went to buy via the Loppi machine at Lawsons – so we are now going on Sunday where current capacity is just over half – which is also the last day of GW this year and so most people will be traveling home that day (if from outside of tokyo).

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  9. Nick

    We’re visiting Tokyo Disneyland from May 8th till May 10th 2018, but Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Tower of Terror will be closed during our trip. Do you recommend buying a Starlight ticket for Sunday the 6th, just to do these attractions? Although it is during Golden Week?

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