Christmas begins on November 8 and runs until December 25, 2017, at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Merchandise and food for the season are available starting November 1. The short window between Halloween and Christmas (November 1 to 7) is one of the few times in the year you’re able to see the parks in their “pure” form. Decorations start going up a few days before and come down right after December 25.
Here’s what to expect for crowds, weather, closures, merchandise, food, and events for the month of November. Consult our guide to Christmas for more tips, recommendations, and advice!
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Food & Merchandise
Most of the merchandise and food is available on November 1 (Duffy and Friends merchandise are November 2). The New Years 2018 goods are on sale November 17, 2017, at both parks.
- Tokyo Disneyland Christmas 2017 Food & Merchandise
- Tokyo DisneySea Christmas 2017 Food & Merchandise
- Tokyo Disney Resort Christmas 2017 Food & Merchandise
- Duffy and Friends Christmas 2017 Food & Merchandise
- Tokyo Disney Resort November 2017 Food & Merchandise
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.
In November, you’ll see the typical weekends crowds along with a few holidays and celebrations that affect the crowd levels. The general rule of thumb is to visit during the week between Tuesday and Friday. There are a few exceptions with holidays:
Culture Day (November 3): This holiday falls on a Friday so expect weekend level crowds on Friday through Monday. Many people make an extra long weekend out of this.
Shichi-Go-San (November 15): This day is a rite of passage for young children in Japan. While this isn’t a national holiday, most people celebrate it on the closest weekend which is November 11 through 14.
Labor Thanksgiving Day (November 23): This falls on a Thursday this year, so you’ll see crowds starting on Thursday right through Monday.
Don’t worry, there are days where the crowds are lower (predicted). Here are the best days to visit in November for lower crowds:
- November 1-2, 7-10, and 15-17
- November 28 through to December 1
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 November is 12°C (54°F), which means we’re entering the winter months. The days are cool (warm in the sun) and the evenings are chilly. The best advice is to layer as buildings and trains tend to blast the heat and if you’re in a thick jacket, you’ll see yourself taking it off and on quite a bit. Follow my tips on how to stay warm in the winter at Tokyo Disneyland.
Check our packing list, which covers items that you can bring for the weather.
Here are the closures and refurbishments for the month of November. 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.
- “it’s a small world” (re-opens April 15, 2018, for the Tokyo Disney Resort 35th Anniversary “Happiest Celebration!”)
- Big Thunder Mountain: September 2, 2017 – November 30, 2017
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue: November 6, 2017 – November 17, 2017
- Once Upon A Time (Final Show on November 6)
- Caravan Carousel: October 16, 2017 – November 14, 2017
- Mermaid Lagoon Theater: November 16, 2017 – December 6, 2017
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 some critical information that’s useful when you are in the park.