While on your trip to Japan, you’ll likely experience a few rainy days. The rainy season starts at the end of May until mid-July. It doesn’t rain every day, but you’ll see more rainy days on average. This also brings humidity.
While August into October is considered Typhoon season (strong winds and rain), typhoons can happen as early as May.
Knowing how the rain affects your time at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea is essential. This guide gives you my best tips and advice on handling rainy days and what to expect.
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Things to Know
- The rainy season occurs from the end of May until mid-July
- Typhoon season is at its peak in September and October
- During days of heavy wind and rain, expect delays or suspension of service of the trains to/from Maihama Station
- The monorail still runs in most cases (unless it’s dangerously windy)
- Rain in the winter months is miserable
- The Parks may stay open even during typhoons (crowds clear out, however)
- Rainy days are excellent times to visit for low crowds (in most cases)
- World Bazaar and Mermaid Lagoon are the best places to stay dry
- Dry off at any of the excellent lounges at the Disney Hotels (Dreamer’s Lounge, Hyperion Lounge, and BellaVista Lounge)
What happens when it rains at Tokyo Disneyland?
In short, most things typically run as many attractions are indoors. However, character greetings, entertainment, and crowd levels are impacted. I’ll explain in the following sections.
Does Tokyo Disneyland close during a Typhoon?
What to Pack
Here’s a short list of what to bring to the Parks. You can buy ponchos & umbrellas in the Parks (at various shops). It’s best to buy things from either a convenience store (slightly cheaper) or from the 100 yen store (Daiso). The closest Daiso to Tokyo Disney Resort is inside Ikspiari.
- Comfortable quick-drying or waterproof shoes
- Cheap ponchos
- Umbrella (get a cheap one from the store)
- Waterproof bag
- Small towel
If you’re staying at one of the Disney Hotels, ask for a shoe warmer for your room. You won’t regret it, trust me. Please don’t waste money on a nice umbrella since all it takes is one gust of wind to destroy it unless it’s a fancier umbrella that can go inside without breaking.
Unless it’s a weekend or public holiday (where many have bought day tickets already), expect lighter crowds on rainy days. At the end of the day, if it’s still raining, the crowds become almost non-existent, and wait times plummet.
Please read our guide on when to visit Tokyo Disneyland to help you decide when you should visit. Also, always consult the crowd calendar (there’s an option to turn on what the predictions are when it’s rainy).
Attractions and Entertainment
During light rainy days, all outdoor attractions usually run. With strong winds and heavy rainfall, outdoor attractions may close.
Here’s a sample list:
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Gadget’s Go Coaster
- Dumbo The Flying Elephant
- Journey to the Center of the Earth
- Raging Spirits
- Jasmine’s Flying Carpet
- Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster
- Scuttle’s Scooters
- Big City Vehicles
As for entertainment, there are rainy-day versions for most outdoor entertainment. The daytime parade at Tokyo Disneyland (Disney Harmony in Color) has a shortened version with just the floats and characters (no dancers). Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights is always cancelled during rain and replaced with a special nighttime parade called “Nightfall Glow.”
The harbor shows at Tokyo DisneySea also have a rainy-day version with characters in their rain gear on the barges in the harbor (no dancers).
Special Character Greetings
Tokyo Disneyland has special character greetings that only happen on rainy days. At the front of Tokyo Disneyland, you can meet Mickey and Minnie in their special rain outfits, which only occur during the daytime.
Other characters still greet guests in the World Bazaar in Tokyo Disneyland, under the walkway of Hotel MiraCosta, and in Mermaid Lagoon at Tokyo DisneySea.
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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