The Tokyo Disney Resort 35th Anniversary “Happiest Celebration!” is a year-long event running at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea from April 15, 2018, through March 25, 2019. Don’t worry: seasonal events are still happening at both Parks during this celebration (except Easter 2018 at Tokyo Disneyland). See our event calendar for 2018/2019.
My favourite part of any event is the special food offerings. This anniversary is no different, and the number of options means everyone is able to find something they’ll enjoy. In this guide, I’ll review the different snacks and dishes for the anniversary event.
These reviews cover items that I have already tried and I’ll give my thoughts on each. I’ll continuously update this post as I try more items over the course of the event. Keep in mind that some items are available for the duration of the anniversary event, while others are for a shorter period. A couple of items are also available at Tokyo DisneySea, but a majority are only at Tokyo Disneyland.
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My recommendations are indicated by a green checkmark ✅
Pro Tip: Grab a Today Guide (Japanese only) at the turnstiles, or when you check in to your Disney Hotel. It’ll show all the current special food items with photos. While it’s only in Japanese, you can ask a Cast Member where to find an item by pointing. The English Park Maps do not have this level of detail. I go over the latest Today Guides each month on YouTube.
It’s not a celebration without indulging in a copious amount of sweet and sugary desserts. They certainly are Instagram-worthy and some even taste as good as they look! Here’s a look at the sweets I’ve devoured so far. Don’t forget to check our updated food menu to know prices and locations of these items.
Cotton Candy Churro
The packaging is gorgeous (I am in love with the 35th Anniversary aesthetic) and the churro looks delicious with its purple sugar. Sadly, that’s the only thing it has going for it. It was a huge disappointment in the flavour department. All you taste is sugar and a crunchy churro. Churros as a whole at the Park are rather bland, so I wasn’t too surprised by this.
Available at various locations at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
Critter Sundae ✅
If you want to get the cotton candy churro, I recommend getting the Critter Sundae instead for a bit more flavor. The sundae comes with half of the cotton candy churro sticking out of it.
This is one of my favourites for snacks. The presentation is colourful with the churro, strawberry and milk swirl soft serve, candy pieces, corn flakes and chocolate at the bottom, and sprinkled with cotton candy flavoured sugar. The sundae tastes as good as it looks and is incredibly satisfying. Don’t take my word for it, try it out for yourself.
Only available at Rackety’s Raccoon Saloon in Critter Country at Tokyo Disneyland.
Donald Duck Vanilla Ice Cream ✅
This wins the award for the cutest snack of the event. The execution is simple, featuring a scoop of vanilla ice cream with nuts and chocolate inside, cookies shaped like Donald’s feet, and a stick of chocolate crunch, to create what I love to call “Donald Duck Butt Ice Cream.”
While the flavour itself isn’t anything overly special, it’s still incredibly enjoyable. The presentation is spot on and makes me smile every time I see it.
Chocolate crunch is a popular snack in Japan. So much so there is a specialty shop just for the 35th Anniversary, where you’re able to customize your own tin with your choice of differently flavoured chocolate crunch!
Only available at Ice Cream Cones in the World Bazaar at Tokyo Disneyland.
Daisy Duck Soft Serve ✅
Daisy Duck has her own soft serve (milk) with an adorable purple chocolate bow, a piece of chocolate crunch, and a chocolate waffle cone. Much like the Donald Duck Butt (I am determined to make this term a thing), the flavour is nothing special, but the presentation is great.
If you have to choose between normal ice cream (which is always a good idea) or the adorable themed ones, then spend the extra to get these cute desserts!
Only available at Ice Cream Cones in the World Bazaar at Tokyo Disneyland.
Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream Bar ✅
If you haven’t noticed, there’s a theme with the ice cream for the anniversary. This is a simple ice cream bar with the chocolate crunch on the inside and outside. I’m a fan of this and it has become my go-to for a quick and easy snack. The packaging also had a ton of detail.
Available at various snack carts and stands at Tokyo Disneyland.
Special Sparkling Drink (Blue Syrup)
The plastic cup is gorgeous and sports the 35th Anniversary logo, and the drink has blue syrup and gold jelly. The blue flavour was simply sugary. It was just okay and nothing exciting. Unless you want a pretty photo, I’d give this one a pass. I am not a fan of sugary drinks normally, so keep that in mind, too.
Available at various locations at Tokyo Disneyland.
Balance out your snacking with the savory items. I’ll admit, some of these items are strange but delicious.
Inari Sushi Sausage ✅
Inari sushi traditionally consists of rice (with some type of filling) wrapped in deep-fried tofu. The Tokyo Disneyland version has a sausage inside wrapped in shiso (beefsteak plant), rice, and deep-fried tofu. This was a snack that I was leery of but was pleasantly surprised. It’s absolutely delicious and perfect for a light snack that isn’t full of sugar.
Keep in mind that the green plant inside is not seaweed but is shiso (as mentioned above) and everything is served cold. Definitely, give this one a try.
Available at the Food Booth in the hub at Tokyo Disneyland.
Long Sausage Dog
Whoever came up with this was a genius. On a normal day, I would never think of buying a hot dog (sausage) at Tokyo Disneyland (there’s usually better options). However, the comically oversized box intrigued me enough to try it.
The box itself is rather long (obviously) and the artwork is quite fun. As for the sausage itself, it gets the job done. The cheese and salsa are good and the bun is nice and soft. In terms of flavor, it’s just good; nothing earth-shattering there. Just be mindful of the giggle you’ll probably endure from friends and family when you get this.
Available only at the Refreshment Corner at Tokyo Disneyland.
“it’s a small world” Pizza ✅
This isn’t part of the 35th Anniversary, per se, but I decided to include it anyway. Over the course of the year, to celebrate the reopening of it’s a small world after its year-long refurbishment, Captain Hook’s Galley is offering specially themed pizza!
The pizza is themed after different countries represented in the attraction. Right now, the current flavour is inspired by Italy and has pancetta and mozzarella. Not only is the box adorable enough to keep, the pizza itself is some of the best I’ve had at the Park. The slice is big enough for a small meal. For a little extra, you’re able to add a cute lunch case.
Available only at Captain Hook’s Galley in Fantasyland.
Minced Cutlet Sandwich ✅
Donald is receiving a lot of love this anniversary in the food department. Over at Camp Woodchuck Kitchen, you can find this delicious minced meat (beef) cutlet, also known as katsu. The bun looks somewhat like Donald’s foot and comes in a wrapper that features Donald in his 35th Anniversary outfit.
The cute bun is nice and soft, while the cutlet is crunchy and filled with delicious beef. A sweet brown sauce is poured on top of the cutlet, which sits on a small bed of coleslaw. I love everything about this sandwich, from the presentation to the flavour. Katsu (deep-fried cutlet) is one of my favourite Japanese foods.
Only available at Camp Woodchuck Kitchen.
Beef and Rice Cone ✅
This snack is the most surprising in terms of everything about it. It looks like it’s a sweet dessert in a waffle cone with icing on top. In reality, it’s filled with beef, rice, and topped off with white sauce (béchamel) and sprinkles.
I was unsure about this snack, as the presentation is nowhere near as cute as the other ones. My doubts were put to rest because it’s quite satisfying. Once you get over the fact that it looks like a sweet dessert, it’s enjoyable with the deliciously seasoned beef, lightly sweet sauce, rice, and the creamy béchamel on top. The only thing I didn’t care for was the cone itself. This snack wins the truly bizarre yet delicious award.
Available only at The Gazebo in Adventureland at Tokyo Disneyland.
Get a closer look at the food for the 35th Anniversary with our video below. It also shows the cute souvenier plates you’re able to get too!
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