The crowds at Tokyo Disney Resort are nothing to shrug off. Knowing what the crowd levels are on the days you plan to visit help you organize your day or decide on another day entirely. I have an entire guide dedicated to helping you decide what months and days are best to visit the parks, so give that a read before you move on.
Here I’ll show you what I believe is the best and most accurate crowd calendar for Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. I’ll also explain how it works (it’s only in Japanese).
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I go more in-depth about crowds (including a breakdown of every month at the Resort) in our comprehensive 200-page Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Planning E-Book. It’ll save you time and stress during your vacation at Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea.
Tokyo Disneyland Crowd Calendar
I recommend this crowd calendar which I find is the most accurate. You’ll notice it’s only in Japanese (ディズニーランド ディズニーシー 混雑予想カレンダー), if you use Google Translate, you’ll be able to get an idea of what it’s saying. I’ll explain the important points of the crowd calendar.
The same website also offers a Universal Studios Japan Crowd Calendar. The explanation here will also apply to the important parts of that calendar too.
I am not aware of a crowd calendar or forecast for Hong Kong Disneyland or Shanghai Disneyland. However, the general rule of thumb is to avoid the national holidays. Our planning guides for both Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland cover this in detail.
Crowd Calendar Overview
The most important part is colour-coded numbers. Those show how many people are predicted in the park. I have a detailed explanation of what the colours mean after this section.
The hotel occupancy shows you prices and occupancy for the Disney Hotels, Official Hotels, Partner Hotels, and Good Neighbour Hotels. Read our Disney Hotel reviews for Tokyo Disney Resort for more information.
What do these colour-coded numbers mean?
The colours on the calendar show how many people are predicted in the park. The darker the colour the more crowded it’ll be. If it’s your first visit, plan for days that are yellow and lighter.
Avoid the orange and darker coloured days. That means the crowds are high and potentially unpleasant. The dark red and black means the park may reach capacity. If you’ve been to the parks before, then orange is manageable since you’ll know the layout of the park.
Always buy your Park Tickets for Tokyo Disney Resort ahead of time, this saves you so much time and is crucial if you’re visiting on busy days.
FastPass & Wait Time Predictions
If you hover over a day there is more information. You’ll see closures and what event is happening at the park. The important information is the FastPass attraction standby and FastPass return predictions.
Numbers in the SB (MAX) row are the range of predicted wait times. Then the grid is what time they predict the return times are for the FastPasses are for a given hour (on the left side).
The most popular attractions to run out of FastPass first at each park are:
- Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek!
- Pooh’s Hunny Hunt
- Splash Mountain
- Toy Story Mania!
- Tower of Terror
- Journey to the Center of the Earth
- Indiana Jones® Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull
- Nemo & Friends SeaRider (it shows as lasting a long time on the calendar but it does run out quick)
Don’t stress too much about the crowds
Crowds at Tokyo Disney Resort are high but as a general rule avoid the weekends and national holidays and visit Tuesday through Friday. The hotels are generally cheaper during this time too.
If you’re stressing on what days to visit based on this calendar, I suggest taking the following into account:
- What event(s) do you want to experience?
- Do my days fall on a weekend or holiday?
- What attractions are closed?
The fact that you’re reading this blog means you’re more than prepared for the crowds. Choose the day(s) that work best for you, compare to the calendar, then adjust accordingly. The long lines at the start of the day are intimidating, but most days all those guests are absorbed into the park.
Don’t forget to read my guide on how to choose the best days to visit (or the worst days to visit).
Now that you know how to read the crowd calendar, you can research on what days to visit Tokyo Disney Resort! Let me know in the comments how the calendar worked out for you.
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