Tanabata Days 2015 at Tokyo Disney Resort
Tanabata is a Japanese Festival which is typically held on various days in July and August. Also known as the “Star Festival”, Tanabata (七夕, which means “Evening of the Seventh”) celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. Legend says the Milky Way separates the two lovers and are only able to meet on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.
Tokyo Disney Resorts holds their annual Tanabata Days typically from June 24th to July 7th. Which is one of the shorter celebrations held at the Resort (New Years is short too). Guests can enjoy limited merchandise, food, dessert, and show offerings.
Tanabata is a unique to Tokyo Disney Resort, and is definitely worth checking out. Tanabata Days runs from June 24th to July 7th for 2015.
If you want a truly uniquely Japanese gift, then look no further. Not only can you purchase a Mickey and Minnie in traditional Japanese wear, Duffy and Shellie May also join in on the fun!
Food & Drink
Limited food, desserts, and cocktails are available both inside the parks and at the official Disney Hotels.
Both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea have a “Tanabata Greeting”. Featuring Mickey and Friends in traditional Japanese clothing, it is one of the few times throughout the year you can witness this. Please check the park maps for the latest show times, as they are subject to change.
- Tokyo Disneyland: Along the parade route
- Tokyo DisneySea: Mediterranean Harbor
A live ticketed event held in the Broadway Musical Theater at Tokyo DisneySea. Similar to the Valentine Nights show, Tanabata Wishing is a live musical set to the theme of “Wishes”. Your favourite Disney Characters dress in their best Yukata and come out to make their wishes for Tanabata. Narrated by Jiminy Cricket. During the performance, wishes made by guests are read on stage and are accompanied by a photo.
To view the show guests must purchase a Tanabata Days Passport (online only).
- Tickets must be purchased online (Japanese only) ahead of time (see below)
- Ticket includes your park admission for that day
- Tickets cannot be changed to another type of ticket
Buying Tickets Online
- Tickets are available at Lawson Convenience Stores (and on their online ticket sales) throughout Japan. The ticket kiosk is in Japanese only. You can try asking a staff member to assist you. Or ask a friend who lives in Japan to purchase them for you.
- e-tickets can be purchased online, but again only in Japanese.
- JCB Card holders can purchase online through their online shop.
In the World Bazaar in Tokyo Disneyland and the American Waterfront at Tokyo DisneySea, guests can write their wishes on adorable cards (pictured below). Guests then hang these wishes and become part of the decorations in the park. Simply find a Cast Member in the area wearing a Yukata (Traditional Japanese attire) and ask for a card!
While there are not as many happenings during Tanabata Days compared to other events at the resort, it is a unique experience that is only available at Tokyo Disney Resort.
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