The crowd levels at Tokyo Disney Resort are pretty intense compared to the US parks. Even the most seasoned Walt Disney World veterans will find themselves overwhelmed with all the people who show up. Here are 8 tips to help you avoid and/or deal with the crowds.
1. Avoid weekends and holidays
The best bet to avoid the crowds is visit during the week. While the crowds will still be slightly higher than what you are used to, it will be nothing compared to the weekend levels. In fact, if you can’t tolerate crowds, avoid weekends and holidays at at all costs.
Make sure to check out the English Crowd calendars for Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tokyo DisneySea. If you have to visit on the weekends, then arrive an hour before park opening to get a good chance at grabbing FastPasses.
2. Arrive early
Get to your park of choice for the day an hour early. This way you can line up and when the park officially opens you can go and grab FastPasses and queue for the popular attractions.
3. Get the right FastPasses first
If you’re visiting Tokyo Disneyland Park, grab FastPasses for Monster’s Inc., then get into the standby queue for Winnie the Pooh’s Hunny Hunt.
At Tokyo DisneySea, grab FastPasses for Toy Story Midway Mania then get into Standby for Journey to the Center of the Earth.
4. Ride attractions during showtimes or near closing
Just like the other Disney Resorts you can have a shorter standby time on most attractions during the major parades and shows. Keep an eye on your show guide to see when the next biggest show is happening. Alternatively, depending on the day and weather, you can get into shorter standby lines near park closing. This usually does not apply to the popular attractions.
5. Claim your spot for parades
If you’re wanting to see a parade or outdoor show and do not want to scramble to get a decent spot, you can claim your spot up to 2 hours before showtime. However, in most circumstances, you can get away with doing this an hour before showtime. It is completely acceptable to place a sitting mat to claim your spot. Depending on where you are for the parade or show, you will have to remain seating for the duration. Simply follow what everyone else is doing.
The best spot for the parade in Disneyland Park is right in front of the Partners Statue, as you can get photos with the castle in the background. If you’re in Tokyo DisneySea then the hub area that overlooks the Mediterranean Harbor is best as you can go right up to the railing and have an unobstructed view (see photo below).
6. Visit in May
The last two weeks of May will be one of the slowest times of the year. So much in fact that they will even discount their park tickets. Avoid the first week of May since that is when Golden Week in Japan will be happening, which is one of the busiest times of the year. Make sure to check out “When Should You Visit Tokyo Disney Resort” for more detailed information.
7. Visit on rainy days
If rain is in the forecast crowd levels will be lower than usual (especially if the forecasts calls for rain all day!) However, expect a rainy weekend to still be fairly busy.
June is a very rainy month in Japan. Keep in mind that most outdoor shows will be altered or cancelled altogether.
8. Visit when it is freezing
The combination of wind, snow and close to zero (or 32F) temperatures can make for a very unpleasant time in the park. If you bundle up warm then you can go enjoy the close to empty park in the evenings. January and February are the coldest months. You may even be lucky and have it snow during your visit! Be aware that if it is too windy most shows will be canceled.
When all else fails
When you feel completely overwhelmed at the crowd levels just remember that you’re at one of the most unique Disney Parks in the world (We may be a bit biased). Just follow what the locals do and enjoy your once in a lifetime adventure at Tokyo Disney Resort!
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