When to Visit Tokyo Disneyland in 2018 & Beyond


The first question that comes to mind when planning a trip to Tokyo Disneyland is “When should I visit?”. This is our most asked question on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

This guide breaks down the best and worst times to visit Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea. We take into account holidays, weather, construction, and seasonal events. I’ll talk about the best times to visit in 2018 and general advice to help you decide when to visit in the future.

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Things to Know

Mickey and Minnie Greeting Tanabata Days 2015 Tokyo Disneyland

Before we begin, I want to stress that there is no absolute best time to visit. There are times which are better than others of course. I designed this guide to help you make the right decision. Now that’s out-of-the-way, let’s begin.

Major public holidays are usually the busiest time of year, and off-peak or shoulder seasons tend to save your sanity. But because the Japanese calendar of public holidays differs greatly from North America (and even Europe), what might be the low season at other parks could be an extremely busy time at the Tokyo Disney Resort.

Here’s a simple list of tips:

  • Avoid weekends and national holidays
  • Best days to visit are Tuesday through Friday
  • Mondays are generally the busier weekday
  • Always buy your tickets in advance (I can’t stress this enough) to save yourself time
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  • Always prepare yourself for crowds (you’ll thank me)
  • Crowds are always heavier in the morning so it’s best to get there early

The best piece of advice I can give is to always check the crowd calendar. This helps you see if the dates you chose are busy or not.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the months (details are on the “Best Months to Visit” section)

  • Busy Months
    • End of December into the first week of January
    • March
    • End of April into the first week of May
    • August
  • Lower Crowds
    • January
    • February
    • After Golden Week in May
  • Comfortable Weather
    • April
    • May
    • June

Seasonal Events

Every month of the year has a seasonal event that brings merchandise, food, entertainment, and decorations. Here’s a list of the seasonal events. The beginning of an event is always busy. Merchandise and food typically comes out a week before the start of the event which also increases the crowds a bit.

When to Visit in 2018

Tangled Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights. Photo by Duy Phan Photography.

Please keep in mind that the attraction closure schedule for 2019 is released in November/December 2018. Until then we don’t know what is closed for 2019. Expect some sort of closures in January/February and May/June for maintenance, but this is no guarantee. 

There are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about visiting in 2018:

See our update on the construction at Tokyo Disneyland for Spring 2018.

If you’re saving up money and vacation time for a once-in-a-lifetime trip then I’d considering waiting until 2020. It’s also worth noting that Super Mario World at Universal Studios Japan opens in 2020. Even if you decide to visit before then, there’s still tons to experience.

Closures in 2018

Attraction, show closures, and refurbishment schedule are important to take into account. Always double-check the official website for the full and most up-to-date list. Here are the major closures (popular attractions are in bold):

  • Indiana Jones® Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull: January 29, 2018 – March 9, 2018
  • Haunted Mansion: January 4, 2018 – April 3, 2018
  • Pooh’s Hunny Hunt: April 2, 2018 – May 1, 2018
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: May 7, 2018 – May 26, 2018
  • Tower of Terror: May 7, 2018 – May 29, 2018
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: May 7, 2018 – July 20, 2018
  • Toy Story Mania!: June 4, 2018 – June 24, 2018

The resort follows this schedule closely, which means don’t expect attractions to re-open ahead of schedule. Read our FastPass and Attraction guides for Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

Best Times in 2018

For those visiting in 2018, here are my suggestions for the best time to visit. Taking into account weather, events, closures, and construction.

April

July

  • Tanabata Days until July 7
  • Natsu Matsuri (Tokyo Disneyland) & Disney Pirates Summer (Tokyo DisneySea) starts July 10 until September 2
  • The debut of new entertainment at Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth reopens July 20
  • The only downside is the weather is hot and humid

The reason for July is the debut of three new entertainment options at both parks and that’s when Journey to the Center of the Earth reopens after a long refurbishment (May 7, 2018, until July 20, 2018). Disney Pirates Summer is some of the best fun you’ll have at the park and I highly recommend it. Visit before the last week of July to avoid the summer school holidays.

October / November

  • Halloween: September 11, 2018 – October 31, 2018
  • Christmas: November 8, 2018 – December 25, 2018
  • No major closures
  • If you time it right and experience Halloween & Christmas with a split visit

I normally recommend visiting in May after Golden Week, but in 2018 there are two major attractions closed (Journey to the Center of the Earth and Tower of Terror). If you don’t care to ride these two attractions, then this is an excellent time to visit. Otherwise, I’d consider April, July, October, or November.

Decorations for Christmas start going up on November 1, while it’s not the full decorations, you’ll have a chance to see the Parks in transition into Christmas. This is true for most events that are back to back, once on ends the next one begins going up with decorations.

Best Months to Visit

Golden Week in Japan and Tokyo Disney Resort

Golden Week is one of the busiest times of the year. Photo by Hector.

Here’s a summary of every month of the year. Each month is given one of three labels to help you see what to expect that month. Remember to always check the crowd calendar for your specific dates.

  • ✅ Best: ideal for lower crowds, nice weather, and events
  • ❌ Avoid: not ideal due to larger crowds and hot or cold weather
  • ⚠ Hit or Miss: Depends mostly on the weather

✅ January

  • Average temperature: 5°C (41°F)
  • Crowds are high until January 5 (afterward is the start of the low season)

⚠ February

  • Average temperature: 6°C (43°F)
  • The cold temperatures and unpredictable crowds due to student discounts

❌ March

  • Average temperature: 9°C (48°F)
  • Spring break for students and the added student discounts make for large crowds

✅ April

  • Average temperature: 14°C (57°F)
  • Warmer weather and chances to see Cherry Blossoms (Sakura)
  • Visit before April 29 to avoid the start of Golden Week

✅ May

  • Average temperature: 18°C (64°F)
  • The best month for lower crowds and comfortable weather
  • Visit after May 5 (Golden Week)

⚠ June

  • Average temperature: 21°C (70°F)
  • Rainy Season
  • Hit or miss because some years it doesn’t rain much while others it’s non-stop for weeks

⚠ July

  • Average temperature: 25°C (77°F)
  • Heat and humidity may bother some
  • Crowds are lower at the beginning of the month and pickup at the end due to summer vacation

❌ August

  • Average temperature: 26°C (79°F)
  • Hot and humid
  • Summer holidays and Obon Week bring park capacity crowds

✅ September

  • Average temperature: 23°C (73°F)
  • Summer vacation is over and the crowds are lower

⚠ October

  • Average temperature: 18°C (64°F)
  • Typhoon Season
  • Typhoons bring high winds and tons of rain which lowers the crowds
  • Parks are still open during most Typhoons (indoor attractions still run)

✅ November

  • Average temperature: 12°C (54°F)
  • Cooler weather

⚠ December

  • Average temperature: 8°C (46°F)
  • Cold weather
  • Avoid after December 25 due to New Years Holidays

My Favourite Times to Visit

Mickey Minnie Kimono Tokyo DisneySea New Years

Mickey and Minnie in their traditional Japanese Kimono for New Years. Photo by Duy Phan Photography.

January: After the New Years crowds are gone is one of my favourite times to visit. The weather is cold, but being Canadian, I love it. Everything feels fresh and is one of the few times in the year to experience the Parks with no events (until the winter ones begin later in the month).Sitting outside on the S.S. Columbia with a hot wine watching the sunset is one of the most relaxing things you can do.

July: I absolutely love the summer events (even though it’s hot). It’s some of the most energetic times of the year with all the shows with spraying water. I’d rather be outside and have water dumped on me than sitting at home in an air-conditioned building. That sound odd, but I adore it.

September: The summer heat subsides and Halloween begins! The crowds are also a bit lower since everyone is back in school.

December: I believe that Tokyo Disney Resort does a phenomenal job at celebrating Christmas, even though it’s not a religious holiday in Japan at all. Similar to January, I love sitting outside at night with a cup of hot wine and watching the Christmas lights twinkle in the winter sky.

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  1. Ruritto

    Hi! I’m planning to make a trip and hopefully going to do both Disneyland and Disneysea (as requested by my mom) around last week of June. I know you mentioned the rain but does the crowd get bad? We’re planning around June 25-26, 2018 so it’ll at least be a weekday. Does the crowd usually get bad around then? I went to DisneySea April this year and the lines were pretty long so I was hoping it’d be better than that experience.

  2. Alyssa Zuniga

    I am going to TDR mid-April 2018 (full dates are April 13-23) and I’m curious about crowds during the first week of the anniversary. My instinct is to think the weekend after the anniversary starts will be more crowded than the weekend before (Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th). Currently we’re planning on spending Tuesday April 17- Friday April 20 at TDR but wondering if we would be okay with Saturday the 14th – Tuesday 17th?

  3. Justin Earnest

    Thanks for this article. My wife and I were planning to go to DisneySea in May and then I realized that the Tower of Terror and Journey to the Center of the Earth will be closed at that time. That’s a deal breaker unfortunately but this saved us a lot of money and future disappointment. Good info.

  4. Diego Sapia Maia

    Same thing here, visiting TDR April17-19 and wondering if the crowds will be bigger because of the 35th Anniversary. Crowd Calendar Forecast says low, but I’m not sure if it’s considering the beginning of the 35th Anniversary celebration.

  5. Ashley Dingess

    the unfortunate part is i have 3 weeks off in december, december 15th-jan 2nd so this is when i can go. is it going to be uncomfortably busy?

  6. SteveB

    One thing Im struggling to get info about is whether queues drop in the evenings. Happy to stay late if it means avoiding queues during the day.

  7. Doug

    I see that you discourage visiting in March due to crowds. According to the crowd calendar you’ve linked, March 2019 has some of the lowest crowds of the year. Am I missing something?

    By the way, love the site!

  8. Mel

    We will be in Tokyo over the New Year. I see that TDR closes early on Dec 31. What do you think the hours will be for the following few days? Will they be open even? Thank you!

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