In Japan, New Years, also referred to as “oshougatsu” (お正月), holds significant cultural importance. It’s a time when families unite to commemorate the holiday, typically observed from January 1 to 3. Despite the closure of many businesses during this period, Tokyo Disney Resort offers a distinctly Japanese New Year’s celebration – their shortest event of the year!
Our handy guide showcases the standout features of celebrating New Year’s at both parks. It covers what you can anticipate in terms of weather and crowd levels and offers my personal tips and suggestions to enhance your trip. The unique event can only be found at Tokyo Disney Resort and is certainly a great experience if you happen to be in Japan at the time.
The New Year’s Event runs from January 1 through 8, 2024, at Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea.
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Things to Know
Here are key points to know about New Year’s at Tokyo Disney Resort:
- The entrances of Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea will be adorned with Kadomatsu decorations from December 28, 2023, to January 8, 2024.
- There is no overnight party at either park.
- Merchandise is available starting November 16 and for a strictly limited time.
- New Year’s is the shortest event at Tokyo Disney Resort.
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Best Time to Visit for New Year’s at Tokyo Disney Resort
Given how short the event is, the best time to visit is any day during the event! Since this is a holiday period, expect large crowds at the parks (check out our crowd calendar). January in Tokyo can be quite chilly, with an average temperature of around 5°C (41°F). It’s advisable to dress in layers and ensure you stay warm, particularly during the winter evenings.
If you must pick a specific day to attend, January 1 is an excellent choice, as it allows you to kick off the year on a high note!
During the event, both parks will offer a “Near Year’s Greeting” featuring Mickey Mouse and friends dressed in traditional Japanese kimonos, making it one of the rare times when you can witness them in such attire. Tokyo Disneyland’s greeting takes the form of a very brief parade. We recommend finding your spot along the parade route 10-15 minutes in advance.
Tokyo DisneySea’s New Year’s Greeting takes place on the Mediterranean Harbour. The very brief show features a single boat. that zips around the harbour and stops at three points (in front of Zambini Brothers’ Ristorante, Mickey Square, and Lido Isle). The show is short and it’s tough to see the characters unless you have a telephoto lens. If you want a prime spot, then you’ll want to get there at least 30 minutes in advance.
Limited Time Food and Drink
Although it is a short event, limited-time food will be offered at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will offer a matcha Jelly and black Sesame Mousse with a souvenir cup from December 26, while delicious zoni bowls will be offered from January 1st to 8th.
Additionally, the Disney Resort hotels will be getting in on the action with some festive limited-time food and drink options from December 26, 2023 to January 8, 2024.
New Year’s Tokyo Disney Resort 2024 Merchandise
To celebrate the Year of The Dragon in 2024, the resort is offering a series of items centered around Mushu from the movie Mulan. The limited special collection showcases a range of merchandise that portrays Mickey and Minnie donning traditional Japanese attire and flying kites, along with Mushu.
Additionally, the collection includes items influenced by Darumas, which are traditionally regarded as symbols of good luck and unwavering determination. Traditionally, the eyes start blank, and you fill in the left eye when you set a goal for yourself. Once you achieve your goal, you fill in the right eye. While these Darumas don’t feature blank eyes, they still make excellent gifts!
In addition to the more traditionally inspired goods on offer, from November 16, a range of plush toys and badges will be released of Mickey Mouse and friends wearing adorable dragon costumes. The full-sized plush toys also come with their own corresponding finger puppet.
Please note that special merchandise may sell out or be discontinued during the event, or continue to be available after the event period ends. All items are available at both Parks, Bon Voyage, and the Resort Hotels.
For a closer look at these and other merchandise items, check out our Tokyo Disney Resort New Year’s 2024 ‘Year of The Dragon’ merchandise guide.
Disney Resort Line Tickets
In addition to merchandise, guests can collect a New Year-themed Disney Resort Line ticket from the automatic ticket vending machines at each monorail station. Two designs are available, an illustration of Mickey and Friends flying kites, along with Disney Darumas,
Tips & Recommendations
Follow my tips and you’ll be more than ready for New Year’s in the parks:
- Check the times for the New Year’s Greetings to make sure you don’t miss them ( they’re usually 2-3 times a day)
- Photo spots in front of decorations (entrance) have long lines, so do it early in the day
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- The Japanese “Today Guide” is limited from January 1 to around January 9 (and changes every year) which makes for a unique souvenir
- Grab a Japanese Today Guide at the turnstiles to see the latest photos of food and merchandise (and watch our videos on YouTube for English explanations)
- Always buy your tickets in advance to avoid long lines at the park
Here’s a look at New Year’s event in previous years at Tokyo Disney Resort.
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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