The month of May is one of the best times to visit Tokyo Disneyland (after the first week due to Golden Week) due to the warmer weather and lighter crowds. The Easter event(s) continue through the month, so there’s plenty for you to do in the Parks. The biggest news this month is the closure of Tower of Terror and Journey to the Center of the Earth on specific dates this month (see the closures section).
- Disney’s Easter at Tokyo DisneySea
- March 27, through June 6, 2018
- Tokyo Disney Resort 35th Anniversary “Happiest Celebration” at Tokyo Disneyland
- April 15, 2018, through March 25, 2019
- Golden Week
I’ll tell you the best/worst days to visit, how cold the weather is, what’s new for merchandise and food, and what to expect for attraction closures. You’ll want to bookmark this article and reference it while you’re in the parks.
The easter event is only at Tokyo DisneySea this year due to the 35th Anniversary at Tokyo Disneyland, which is on now through March 25, 2019. See our events calendar for dates for all upcoming events.
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Food & Merchandise
The month of May has new merchandise (even after all the new items for the 35th Anniversary). The pink merchandise is still available this month (see the video below to see what I’m referring to).
- Snow White “Afternoon Tea” merchandise
- Tokyo Disney Resort 35th Anniversary Merchandise
- Tokyo Disney Resort 35th Anniversary Menu
- Duffy and Friends “Happy Marching” Merchandise
- Disney’s Easter Merchandise (Available until June 6, 2018)
- Disney’s Easter Food Menu (Available until June 6, 2018)
- Tokyo Disney Resort Snack-themed Merchandise
Merchandise is always while supplies last and some items do sell out. The Disney Store items stick around for a few months after release while event merchandise at Tokyo Disney Resort is gone once the event finishes (no options to buy elsewhere other than checking Nakano Broadway). Seasonal merchandise (not tied to an event) such as the pink items are usually available for a few months but we don’t know until when.
We are unable to check if specific items are still available.
Read our updated list of Tokyo Disney Resort merchandise and how to buy it online. Another way to browse merchandise is the latest edition of the “Disney Fan” magazine. Even though it’s only in Japanese, the pictures are easy to follow and a great way to see what merchandise is available.
The Golden Week crowds subside after May 6 and turn into one of the best times of the year to visit. Expect lower crowds for during the weekdays (Tuesday through Friday) for the rest of the month. Weekend crowds are busy as they normally are.
Mondays through the month are a bit busier due to sports days for school kids. A lot of schools have their sports day on a Sunday and give the kids Monday off. This leads to higher than normal crowds on the Mondays this month.
The Golden Week holidays at the beginning of May are:
- May 3 (Constitution Day)
- May 4 (Greenery Day)
- May 5 (Children’s Day)
Buy your tickets in advance to avoid long lines. Consult the Tokyo Disneyland crowd calendar for the latest predictions. Also, read our guide to know the best and worst times to visit Tokyo Disney Resort.
The average temperature for May is 18°C (64°F). The days are warm and the evenings are a bit cool (light jacket weather). Check our packing list, which covers items to bring with you for the weather. May does have rainy days as we approach the rainy season in June.
It’s best to have a poncho (the resort sells them), quick dry shoes, and an umbrella (pick these up at any convenience store) if it rains.
Here are the closures and refurbishments for the month of May. Keep in mind that they stick to the schedule in most cases and things do not open early or late unless noted. For the most up-to-date list, consult the official website.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: May 7 – May 26, 2018
- Space Mountain: May 28 – June 21, 2018
- Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights: May 11, 2018 (no performance this day)
- Tower of Terror: May 7 – May 29, 2018
- Journey to the Center of the Earth: May 7, 2018 – July 20, 2018
Here’s a revised strategy for these two major closures above (Tower of Terror and Journey to the Center of the Earth). If you’ve read our best attractions and FastPass guide for Tokyo DisneySea, you’ll know these are among the most popular attractions.
- Try your hand at the Toy Story Mania! FastPass line (everyone else is doing this too, however)
- Get a FastPass for Nemo & Friends SeaRider then head to Indiana Jones and Raging Spirits
- Ride the Venetian Gondolas before the first harbor show of the day (check times)
Another good strategy is to arrive at the park a bit later and give yourself time to eat at the hotel or on the breakfast buffets at the Disney Hotels!
- Sherwood Garden (Tokyo Disneyland Hotel)
- Oceano (Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta)
- Chef Mickey (Disney Ambassador Hotel)
The “Today Guide” is a useful fold-out informational guide for the latest entertainment, merchandise, food, and general information for both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Which changes on a monthly basis with new and updated information (and a cute collectible design). The only problem is, it’s offered only in Japanese.
There is an English guide map (along with other languages) but it only has general information and entertainment schedule. You miss out on crucial information that’s useful when you are in the park.
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