“Happy 15” early entry is a perk for guests staying at one of the Disney Hotels at Tokyo Disney Resort. This allows you to enter the park 15-minutes before the official opening time. It doesn’t sound like much, but because of how busy the Parks are this makes all the difference. In this short guide, I’ll explain how the “Happy 15” early entry works and how to maximize those 15-minutes.
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How It Works
The “Happy 15” is Tokyo Disney Resort’s version of “Early Morning Magic” at Walt Disney World. When you check-in to your Disney Hotel you’re given vouchers for the “Happy 15” for everyone on your reservation. At both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, you’ll use a special entrance that’s clearly marked. At check-in, the Cast Members will explain where this entrance is. This allows you to enter the Park 15-minutes before it officially opens.
Once you’re in the Park, you’ll have access to only certain parts of either Park and one or two attractions and shops. It’s not a free reign of the entire park. I’ll explain what attractions are open below.
Can I Use FastPass During Happy 15?
If the attraction that is open during the “Happy 15” is a FastPass attraction, you’re able to get a FastPass from the kiosk or a Digital FastPass through the Tokyo Disney Resort app. You’re not able to get FastPass for other attractions until the Park officially opens.
Which Hotels Offer Happy 15?
The only hotels that offer the “Happy 15” are Disney Hotels, which includes:
- Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
- Disney Ambassador Hotel
- Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
- Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel
Does the Hilton Tokyo Bay have the “Happy 15”?
The Hilton Tokyo Bay Hotel and other official Tokyo Disney Resort Hotels do not offer the “Happy 15” early entry.
Note: From June 1, 2020, guests at the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel ONLY have the “Happy 15” for Tokyo Disneyland. Tokyo DisneySea is no longer included. The Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, Disney Ambassador Hotel, and Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta still have the “Happy 15” for both Parks for the duration of your day.
Second Note: From June 1, 2020, for your check-in day the only hotel to offer the “Happy 15” is the Disney Ambassador Hotel for Tokyo DisneySea only.
The attractions that are open for “Happy 15” change depending on the time of the year.
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Now through February 24, 2020
- March 4 – April 14, 2020
Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek
- February 25 – March 3, 2020
Enchanted Tales of Beauty and the Beast
- April 15, 2020, until further notice
The Enchanted Tales of Beauty and the Beast opens on April 15, 2020, and without a doubt will become the most popular attraction at Tokyo Disneyland. I expect the wait times to reach 3-4 hours on average. Having the option to ride this attraction before the Park opens will save you a ton of time.
Once Beauty and the Beast opens, I recommend getting into standby for this as soon as possible (don’t even bother trying to get a FastPass to save yourself time).
Unlike Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea offers two attractions open for the “Happy 15” early entry. Soaring: Fantastic Flight opened in July 2019 and has the highest wait times in the Park with “Toy Story Mania!” a close second. Having that extra 15-minutes to get into standby for Soaring: Fantastic Flight makes the rest of your day that much easier or grabbing a FastPass.
I recommend grabbing a FastPass for Soaring: Fantastic Flight and getting into the standby line (the queue is just that good).
Soaring: Fantastic Flight & Toy Story Mania!
- Now through May 10, 2020
- June 30, 2020, until further notice
Soaring: Fantastic Flight & Tower of Terror
- May 11 – June 29, 2020
A few tips to make the most out of your “Happy 15” first thing in the morning.
- If the Park opens at 08:00 arrive at the special entrance no later than 07:15
- Your first days use the extra 15-minutes to have that advantage of riding popular attractions first
- Your last days use the extra 15-minutes for character greetings at the front of the Park
- Have a light breakfast before going to the Park to save yourself time
All this information is subject to change without notice. Check the official Tokyo Disney Resort website before your trip.
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