Happy Entry 15 Minute Early Entry at Tokyo Disney Resort


Before reading, I mention Disney Premier Access, Standby Pass, and Entry Request throughout this article. My article assumes you know what they are and how they work. If not, I recommend reading up on their details. This article also assumes you’ve read up on the various ways to get into Fantasy Springs and have chosen your Tokyo Disney Resort Hotel.

‘Happy 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. It doesn’t sound like much, but this makes all the difference because of how busy the Parks are. In this short guide, We’ll explain how the “Happy Entry” early entry works and how to maximize those 15 minutes.

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How Happy Entry Works at Tokyo Disneyland

“Happy Entry” 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 a pass for “Happy Entry” for everyone on your reservation.

At Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, you’ll use a specially marked entrance. 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. The time changes every day, so it’ll say on your pass the time you can enter the Park.

Once inside the Park, you can buy Disney Premier Access, get a Standby Pass, and make an Entry Request for attractions and shows. You can queue up for attractions and wait for them to open. The attractions will open 15 minutes after your entry time.

Example: Early entry is at 8:00 a.m., and regular guests are allowed into the Park at 8:15 a.m. when the attractions open. You’ll be among the first through the queue.

Which Hotels Offer Happy Entry?

Hotel MiraCosta Lobby
Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta is one of the Disney Hotels that offers the Happy 15

The only hotels that offer the “Happy Entry” are Disney Hotels. Depending on the hotel you are staying at, the parks where you can use the benefits will differ. Happy Entry is not included in your check-in day.

Accommodation HotelPark
Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel
Tokyo Disneyland
or
Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Disney Resort Toy Story Hotel
Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel

Disney Ambassador Hotel
Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
Tokyo Disneyland

Important Notice: From Thursday, June 6, 2024, guests staying at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Disney Ambassador Hotel will not be able to use the service to enter Tokyo DisneySea until further notice.

Check the Tokyo Disney Resort website for any changes or updates.

Does the Hilton Tokyo Bay have the “Happy Entry”?

The Hilton Tokyo Bay Hotel and other Non-Disney Hotels do not offer the “Happy Entry” early entry. This is a benefit exclusive to the Tokyo Disney Resort Hotels.

Tokyo Disneyland Early Entry Strategy

Tokyo Disneyland Cinderella Castle
Tokyo Disneyland

I recommend queueing for Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast first to get that out of the way. Then, once regular day guests are rushing for this attraction, you’ll be done and can head to the others like Pooh’s Hunny Hunt.

Tokyo DisneySea Early Entry Strategy

Tokyo DisneySea Mount Prometheus
Tokyo DisneySea

I recommend buying a Disney Premier Access for one of the attractions inside Fantasy Springs. The Disney Premier Access sells out quickly, followed by the Standby Pass. So, buy a Disney Premier Access for one attraction, then immediately get a Standby Pass for another.

I prefer Disney Premier Access for Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival and Standby Pass for Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey. With the DPA line, you’ll miss most of the queue for Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey, and I think it’s worth seeing. As with Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival, the queue is practically the same on either side, so I don’t think it matters.

Once your passes are secured for Fantasy Springs, queue up for Soaring: Fantasy Flight to see the beautiful queue.

How Early Should I Arrive?

Here are a few tips to make the most of your “Happy Entry” first thing in the morning.

  • If your early entry is for 08:00 (and you want to be among the first), arrive at the special entrance no later than 07:15.
  • If you want to be among the first, try to be in line about 45 minutes to an hour early.
  • On your first day, take 15 minutes to buy Disney Premier Access, get a Standby Pass, and queue for your must-do attraction.
  • If having breakfast at the hotel, get the earliest possible reservation.
  • Another option is having a light breakfast before going to the Park to save time.

All this information is subject to change without notice. Before your trip, check the official Tokyo Disney Resort website and read the official FAQ.

Tokyo Disneyland Happy 15 Early Morning Magic

More Things to Do in Tokyo

My recommendations for things to do in and around Tokyo! Plan a day at the Hello Kitty theme park, Sanrio Puroland, and an afternoon at the popular TeamLab Planets TOKYO. Take a tour around Tokyo with the convenient hop-on and-off bus. Spend a rainy afternoon inside Japan’s largest indoor theme park, Tokyo Joyoplis, near Tokyo Disney!

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  1. Edmund

    Hi, I booked a hotel at Ambassador hotel for April 16, 2020. Do you know if I’m eligible for the “Happy 15” for my check-in day on the April 16, meaning arriving early around 6.30am at my hotel to store my luggage with hotel services and jet off straight to the entrance queue.

  2. Ash

    Thanks for the info – I love this blog and it’s really helped me organise my thoughts for my upcoming trip! I’d love to see updates on this article (and other ‘essential’ posts), but I know you guys are super busy reporting on all the magic 😊

  3. Simon

    Kinda bummed that Tokyo Disneyland Hotel guests can only access Tokyo Disneyland, not DisneySea, for early entry… especially when the much cheaper Ambassador gets access to both…

  4. Lillian

    Now it seems to say (in Japanese) that you can enter the park for Happy Entry, but attractions only open once regular guests begin entering?? Is this still worth it? Specifically, is it worth switching from Disneyland Hotel one night to Ambassador another night just to get Happy Entry into Sea?

  5. Ben

    Thanks for the blog – it’s great reading.
    I have a stay booked at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel in December. Am I correct in thinking that I get early entry to Disneyland on each of my days there (excl. check-In/check-out days) or is it only once per stay ?
    Also, does it matter if I purchase my park ticket from Klook? Or do I need to book via the hotel concierge desk to get the early entry?
    Thanks

  6. Ivan

    I love this article! If I go straight to the Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, do I just need to line up there or I will still need to book through the app? Do you think I should ride Monster Inc first and reserve B&B at the same time? Thank you in advance : )

  7. TDR Explorer

    You don’t need to book anything in the app unless you want Disney Premier Access. If you’re there for Happy 15, line up in the standby line at Beauty and the Beast first.

  8. Julie

    Hi there thinking of staying at Tokyo disney Celebration on october 4 for just 1 night. Does that mean i get Happy Entry on the 4th or the 5th? I thought I read that you don’t get early entry on the date of check in? Thanks for your help. Love your youtube videos on the disney hotel rooms. Theyr’e very helpful.

  9. John

    Hi! You said in the most recent update that Happy Entry will not be allowed at DisneySea for the Ambassador and Disneyland Hotels starting on June 6, 2024. Where are you seeing that information? I don’t see anything on the Tokyo Disney website, but maybe there’s something at another source. Thank you!

  10. Nicole

    Hi Chris! Looking forward to the 2024 guidebook! I’m a little confused regarding Happy Entry and vacation packages…do we get Happy Entry for that first park day of our vacation package, even though we are checking-in that day? We were planning to arrive early in the morning to the hotel, drop off our bags, and head out to the park before opening.

  11. Cristal

    So can you actually get happy entry with the following method- day 1 just book x hotel room only. Day2 &3 book vacation package with same x hotel room that comes with happy entry. So staying in same room and same hotel. For day 2 (day one vacation package) do u receive happy entry as of now based on details? Hope that makes sense.

  12. Fernando

    So, atm, unless you are staying in the springs hotel, your only chance to ride an attraction at disney springs is to book a vacation package, stay at the miracosta and try to use your early 15 minute entry to get a premium access entry, right? Otherwise the springs passport only añlows us to walk around disney springs and eat

  13. Cris Vasquez

    Thank you so much for all this info ? Do you know how far in advance we can purchase a vacation package ? We are planning a trip for March 2025 and would like to stay a night at Mira costa hotel

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