Tanabata Days returns to Tokyo Disney Resort this summer with seasonal greetings, decorations, food, and merchandise. The extended event will run from June 7 until July 7, 2018.
Tanabata or “Star Festival” is a Japanese celebration which marks the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. Legend says the two lovers are separated by the milky way and are only able to meet on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.
Tanabata Days is a great opportunity to see Disney characters take part in a uniquely Japanese event and buy souvenirs of Mickey and friends in traditional dress.
Tokyo Disney Resort used to host the event for just one week but has extended it over the years, so in 2018 it will run for a whole month. Read the details below, and be sure to check out the Tanabata Days merchandise and food menu too.
Both Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea will host Tanabata Days greetings with characters in traditional Japanese costumes.
At Tokyo Disneyland Micky and Minnie dress as the lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi and travel along the parade route aboard rickshaws. They are joined by a host of characters, including Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Goofy, Chip, Dale, Claris, Rapunzel, Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, and Prince Charming.
At Tokyo DisneySea, Mickey and Minnie board a ship and sail across the Mediterranean Harbor to greet guests.
Making wishes is central to Japan’s Tanabata festivities, so traditional “wishing places” with a Disney twist will be at the center of the event’s decorations. At the “wishing places” guests can write a wish on a wishing card and attach it to the seasonal display.
The cards are given out by cast members, and special versions are available with seasonal food at both parks.
- Tanabata Days greetings at both parks
- Wishing places in Plaza Terrace at Tokyo Disneyland, and in the American Waterfront at Tokyo DisneySea
- Tanabata Days merchandise with Mickey and friends in Japanese dress
- Tanabata Days food and drink
- Set meals at Restaurant Hokusai (Disneyland) and Restuarant Sakura (DisneySea)
- Tanabata Dessert with souvenir cup, shaved ice, and seasonal cocktails at both parks
- Tanabata menu items at the resort hotels, each with a unique wishing card
- New Tanabata designs in the coin press medallion machines at Disney Ambassador Hotel, and Disneyland and DisneySea Resort Line stations
- New “Donald’s Happy Birthday to Me” event with decorations, food, and merchandise to celebrate
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Information and images from the Tokyo Disney Resort press release.