Complete Guide to Halloween 2015 at Tokyo Disney Resort
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From September 8th to November 1st, Tokyo Disney Resort is transformed into a Halloween Party at both Parks! From villains at Tokyo DisneySea to pumpkins and candy at Tokyo Disneyland, there is something for everyone. Here is our complete guide to get the most out of your visit for our favourite time of the year!
Differences from Other Disney Parks
Celebrating Halloween is a relatively new “holiday” in Japan and Tokyo Disney Resort was one of the first places to put on events for this season. Because of that, Halloween works differently at than what most people are used to, if you frequent the U.S. Parks:
- There is no “Halloween Party” like there is at Disneyland Park and the Magic Kingdom
- Your park ticket includes all the entertainment
- Select days at Tokyo Disneyland and (for the first time in 2015) at Tokyo DisneySea, guests may dress as their favourite Disney Characters (see Costume Dates below)
- Haunted Mansion is transformed into the Haunted Mansion Holiday (similar to Disneyland Resort)
- Night High Halloween fireworks are above both parks and is not a castle show
- Most restaurants at the Disney Hotels and both parks have limited time food and drink options
- Tokyo DisneySea offers “interactive” Cast Members who add to the overall atmosphere of Halloween
“Halloween Fair” is the theme for Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland. Think pumpkins, scarecrows, and tons of candy, that is one way to describe the atmosphere. One of our favourite seasonal parades “Happy Halloween Harvest” makes a return this year with a couple of updates:
- “Whimsical Sweets” parade floats
- New music
- New costumes for Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto
- Danny the Lamb makes an appearance for the “Year of the Lamb”
Decorations follow the theme of “Halloween Fair” and are found at the entrance to Tokyo Disneyland and in the Plaza (the hub in-front of Cinderella Castle). Other lands offer Halloween decorations:
“Holiday Nightmare” makes its annual return and transforms the Haunted Mansion into the world of “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” This is similar to the version at Disneyland Resort and is always a popular attraction during this time of the year. Once you get your FastPasses for either Winnie the Pooh or Monster’s Inc., be sure to get into standby for this attraction. The wait time is long during this event.
A variety of halloween themed food options come out during Halloween! From the Mr. Potato Head Vampire Popcorn Bucket to a Sweet Potato Tipo Torta, you can view our full list for all food options.
Cute, adorable, and “spooky” are just some of the word to describe the merchandise for Halloween! Notably, the updated plushes to reflect the new costumes in the parade, along with Danny the Lamb and his subtle Halloween costume. View our full list of the merchandise available.
Overall Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland is cute and quirky. Our recommendations are:
- Watch the Parade
- Experience the Haunted Mansion “Holiday Nightmare”
- Try the Sweet Potato Tipo Torta (seriously you won’t be disappointed)
- Buy the Danny the Lamb limited merchandise
For the first time this year “Disney Villains” comes to Tokyo DisneySea! This is a departure from the “New York Halloween Follies” last Halloween. The Villains are eager to impress Mickey and friends with their powers during a brand new Mediterranean Harbor Show called “The Villains World“. Expect big crowds for this show, so we recommend getting your spot 1.5-2 hours in advance to get a decent spot. For the best spots in Lido Isle or Mickey Square, we recommend settling in 2-3 hours before show time.
Themed decorations to the Disney Villains in select locations around the park:
- Passaggio MiraCosta (Entrance to the Mediterranean Harbor)
- American Waterfront
- Jafar themed decorations in Arabian Coast
Roaming around the American Waterfront are “recruiters” who work for all the Villains. They attempt to recruit guests to join the Villains and offer fashion advice to look “cool.” Last year DisneySea offered the “Skeleton Friends” who interacted with guests too. We highly recommend interacting with these “recruiters,” even if they do not speak English. It is still a ton of fun!
Sticky with the Villain theme are all the food options. Notably the “Cruella De Vil” Gyoza Bun, which is different from the black bun in previous years. View our full list for all your food options.
Plushes and hats which match the costumes of Mickey and Minnie in the Halloween Show are available for guests to purchase. Along with numerous other Halloween themed merchandise. View our list for all the items available.
Night High Halloween Fireworks
A short but sweet fireworks show happens nightly between both parks, set to Halloween music. You can see these from both parks almost anywhere in the parks. There is no need to “get the best spot” since they happen over the two parks.
- Eat at both the Sailing Day Buffet & Casbah Food Court for unique decorations
- Find and interact with the Villain Recruiter
- Watch the “The Villains World” Harbor Show
- Have a Gyoza Dog
Wearing Costumes at the Parks on Specific Dates
If the above did not convince you to visit for Halloween, then this certainly will. On select dates guests are encouraged to dress as their favourite Disney Characters and enjoy the parks! Normally this is only offered at Tokyo Disneyland, but for this season it is offered at Tokyo DisneySea too!
Tokyo Disneyland Dates
- 8 September – 14 September
- 26 October – 1 November
Tokyo DisneySea Dates
- 15 September – 17 September
Japan is well known for their stunningly detailed and outrageously amazing costumes. Costume Days at Tokyo Disney Resort are no different. Guests go to the parks on these days to show off their costumes and for photoshoots. Expect guests willing to allow you to take photos of them. Before you do, always ask the person or group if it OK to take a photo.
We highly recommend visiting the parks on these days for unique photo opportunities or to dress up yourself, but note that the parks are notably busier during these days. If you do not care to take photos or dress up, then skip these days for lower crowds. Since Halloween is a relatively new concept for Japan, many people love taking part in the costume days!
If you wish to participate, please ensure you read the rules. Failure to do so could result in refusal into the park, and we do not want that to happen! Note that children under the age of 12 are allowed to dress on any day during Halloween.
Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort is a unique experience and it is incredibly fun to see how Halloween is interpreted in Japan.
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