Tokyo Disneyland Crowds: How to Beat Them

The crowds at Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea are intense compared to the other Disney Parks worldwide. Even the most seasoned Walt Disney World veterans will be overwhelmed with everyone who shows up.

Here are eight tips to help you beat the Tokyo Disneyland crowds (also Tokyo DisneySea) at Tokyo Disney Resort!

1.  Avoid weekends and holidays

The best bet to avoid the crowds is to visit during the week. While the crowds will still be slightly higher than what you are used to, it will be nothing compared to the weekend levels. If you can’t tolerate crowds, avoid weekends and holidays.

Check out the English Crowd calendars for Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tokyo DisneySea. If you have to visit on the weekends, arrive an hour to two hours before the park opening to get a chance at grabbing FastPasses.

2.  Arrive early

Toy Story Midway Mania Fast Pass Line Sign

Get to your park of choice for the day an hour early. This way, you can line up, and when the park officially opens, you can go and grab FastPass and queue for the popular attractions.

3.  Get the right FastPass first

Grab FastPasses for Monster's Inc first, then if you're lucky you can get FastPasses for Pooh's Hunny Hunt too.
Grab FastPass for Monster’s Inc. first, then if you’re lucky, you can get FastPass for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, too.

If you’re visiting Tokyo Disneyland Park, grab FastPass for Monster’s Inc., then get into the standby queue for Winnie the Pooh’s Hunny Hunt. Read our FastPass strategy for Tokyo Disneyland for more.

Grab FastPass for Toy Story Midway Mania at Tokyo DisneySea, then get into Standby for Journey to the Center of the Earth. Check out our FastPass strategy for Tokyo DisneySea.

4.  Ride attractions during showtimes or near closing

Like the other Disney Resorts, you can have a shorter standby time on most attractions during the major parades and shows. Watch your show guide to see when the next biggest show is happening. Alternatively, depending on the day and weather, you can get into shorter standby lines near the park closing. This usually does not apply to popular attractions.

5.  Claim your spot for parades

Spots for Parades at Tokyo Disney Resort
Claim your spot 1-2 hours before showtime and sit on the ground near the front. Make sure to bring a mat to sit on.

If you want to see a parade or outdoor show and do not want to scramble to get a decent spot, you can claim your spot up to 2 hours before showtime. However, in most circumstances, you can get away with doing this an hour before showtime. It is completely acceptable to place a sitting mat to claim your spot. Depending on where you are for the parade or show, you must stay seated for the duration. Follow what everyone else is doing.

The best spot for the parade in Tokyo Disneyland is in front of the Partners Statue, as you can get photos of the castle in the background. If you’re in Tokyo DisneySea, the hub area that overlooks the Mediterranean Harbor is best, as you can go up to the railing and have an unobstructed view (see photo below).

Study our strategy for both Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea to see the best spots to sit.

Best Show Location in DisneySea
The best, but also hardest, spot to get for any of the shows in the Mediterranean Harbor in DisneySea. The area circled in red is called Lido Isle.
© Disney

6.  Visiting in May beats the crowds

The last two weeks of May will be one of the slowest times of the year. Avoid the first week of May since that is when Golden Week in Japan will be happening, which is one of the busiest times of the year.

Check out “When Should You Visit Tokyo Disney Resort” for more detailed information.

7.  Visit on rainy days reduces the crowds

Rain at Tokyo Disneyland
Shows may be altered or cancelled during rainy days. But you can usually enjoy lower crowd levels.

If rain is in the forecast, crowd levels will be lower than usual (especially if the forecast calls for rain all day!) This is a great way to beat the Tokyo Disneyland crowds. However, expect a rainy weekend to be still fairly busy.

June is a very rainy month in Japan. Keep in mind that most outdoor shows are altered or cancelled altogether. Most attractions are kept running, depending on how heavy the rain is.

8.  Visit when it is freezing to beat the Tokyo Disneyland crowds

The freezing cold and snow is an excellent way to beat the crowds at Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea.
The cold and snow are an excellent way to beat the crowds at Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea.

The combination of wind, snow, and temperatures close to zero (or 32F) can make for a very unpleasant time in the park. If you bundle up warm, you can enjoy the close-to-empty park in the evenings. January and February are the coldest months. You may even be lucky and have it snow during your visit! Be aware that if it is too windy, most shows are cancelled.

When all else fails at beating the Tokyo Disneyland crowds

When you are overwhelmed by the crowds at Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea, remember you're at the most unique Disney Resort in the world!
When you are overwhelmed by the crowds at Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea, remember you’re at the best Disney Resort in the world!

When you feel completely overwhelmed at the crowd levels, remember that you’re at one of the world’s best Disney Resorts (Tokyo DisneySea is something else) (We’re a bit biased). Follow what the locals do and enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime adventure at Tokyo Disney Resort! Our tips on how to beat the Tokyo Disneyland crowds give you an excellent advantage over everyone else.

For more advice, read our 101 Travel Tips for Tokyo Disneyland.

More Things to Do in Tokyo

My recommendations for things to do in and around Tokyo! Plan a day at the Hello Kitty theme park, Sanrio Puroland, and an afternoon at the popular TeamLab Planets TOKYO. Take a tour around Tokyo with the convenient hop-on and-off bus. Spend a rainy afternoon inside Japan’s largest indoor theme park, Tokyo Joyoplis, near Tokyo Disney!

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  1. When to Visit Tokyo Disney Resort in 2016 | TDR Explorer

    […] Crowds are always something to consider when deciding on a time to visit. We highly recommend the crowd calendar by TDRNavi, which is available in English. We swear by this and it is one of the best tools to help you plan (besides us of course). The “best time” to visit is subjective and depends on what you wish to carry out during your visit. […]

  2. Kimberly Hartley

    When we visit in July we would rather try something besides Toy Story Mania first. So then what should be the first fast pass we should try to get?

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