When to Visit Tokyo Disneyland in 2019, 2020, & Beyond


My first visit to Tokyo Disney Resort was on a Saturday in the middle of June back in 2010. The crowds were heavy, the humidity was less than ideal, and we didn’t get to ride much. My friends and I still had a memorable time, but if I had known a when to visit Tokyo Disneyland, I would have advocated for that option without question.

Since then, I have visited the parks many times — even wrote a 200-page book to help you plan — and have taken note of the best and worst times to visit Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea. All based off my experiences over the years.

The question “When should I visit Tokyo Disneyland?” is one of our most asked and with good reason. This is the most important part of your trip planning, so you don’t want to make any mistakes. Here you’ll learn how to decide when to visit Tokyo Disneyland based on your preferences.

I’m so happy you’re deciding to visit Tokyo Disney Resort, it holds a special place in my heart and I want each Explorer (that’s you!) to have a memorable time. Alright, let’s help you decide when to visit!

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Things to Know

Dreaming Up Mickey Pluto Tokyo Disneyland

“Dreaming Up!” parade at Tokyo Disneyland

Before we begin, I want to stress that there is no absolute best time to visit Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. 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.

Simple Tips

  • Avoid weekends and national holidays
  • Best days to visit are Tuesday through Friday
  • Mondays are generally the busier weekday
  • Always buy your Park tickets in advance (trust me)
  • 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 (after the 25th) 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

Tokyo Disneyland Natsu Matsuri

Summer at Tokyo Disneyland is hot, humid, but a ton of fun.

Every month of the year has a seasonal event that brings merchandise, food, entertainment, and decorations. The first days of any seasonal event bring moderate to heavy crowds. Merchandise and food typically come out a week before the start of the event which also increases the crowds a bit.

Pro Tip: The day before an event begins the entertainment typically is running with a soft opening. Use this to your advantage. The times aren’t published on the website but are on the wait times board in the Parks.

When to Visit in 2018

As we get closer to the end of 2018, there’s still time to experience the Parks! From now until December 25 is Disney Christmas at both Parks. Afterward, it’s New Years at the Parks starting January 1, through January 6, 2019.

The crowds up until December 22 are on the lighter side, after that the crowds are heavy right through to after the New Year’s event.

When to Visit Tokyo Disneyland in 2019

When to Visit Tokyo Disneyland 2019

Pooh’s Hunny Hunt is closed April 3 – May 2, 2019, at Tokyo Disneyland

For those visiting in 2019, here are my suggestions for the best times to visit. I’ll update this section as more closures and seasonal event dates are announced. The 2019 Rugby World Cup is on from September 20 to November 2, 2019. This may affect crowd levels during that time (keep an eye on the crowd calendar).

There is a special case where the Emperor of Japan is abdicating on April 30. This could result in Golden Week in April (one of the biggest holidays in Japan) to become a 10-day holiday. This means it could last from April 27 through May 6, 2019.

A few points about visiting in 2019:

If you’re saving up money and vacation time for a once-in-a-lifetime trip then I’d considering waiting until 2020 or later. 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.

January

  • Right after the New Year’s event, the crowds are at its lowest
  • You’ll see the start of the winter events at the Parks

April

  • Before April 27 (Golden Week starts right after)
  • Mild weather and chance to see Cherry Blossoms at Tokyo Disney Resort and around Tokyo
  • Be mindful of the closure of Pooh’s Hunny Hunt (see section below)

May

  • After May 6 (Once Golden Week is over)
  • A chance to enjoy the Easter Events

October / November

  • A chance to experience both Halloween and Christmas with a split visit
  • Note: October has become quite busy the past few years, even on weekdays due to the popularity of the Halloween event

Ride Closures in 2019

Attraction, show closures, and refurbishment schedule are important to take into account to help you to decide when to visti Tokyo Disneyland. Here are a few of the major closures (so far) for 2019:

  • Haunted Mansion: January 4 – 14, 2019
  • Splash Mountain: February 4 – March 5, 2019
  • Pooh’s Hunny Hunt: April 3 – May 2, 2019

The resort follows this schedule closely, which means don’t expect attractions to re-open ahead of schedule. For more information see our ride closure schedule. The schedule for the rest of the year is out early 2019.

When to Visit Tokyo Disneyland in 2020

Disney Christmas Tokyo DisneySea

In 2020 we’ll see the summer Olympics in Tokyo in August, which makes it difficult to decide when to visit Tokyo Disneyland. While it’s hard to predict right crowds right now, expect them to start before and after the Olympics. Since about 2013, tourism has increased substantially to Japan. With the summer Olympics, expect the number to continue increasing.

I don’t recommend visiting during the summertime when the Olympics are happening. Not only is the heat intense, but it’ll be busy throughout the entire country and expect prices for hotels to rise. This also applies to Tokyo Disney Resort.

Stick with the months listed in the sections above as a good general rule of thumb for when to visit. Expect high crowds during the opening of Beauty and the Beast attraction in 2020. The opening of this new attraction isn’t known yet, but a prediction (take this with a grain of salt) is around April or May 2020. We’ll also see the opening of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan the same year.

Lastly, read our “Should I Visit Tokyo in 2020” article for more insight on visiting in 2020.

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 to help you decide when to visit Tokyo Disneyland. 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. This is a general guide and you can apply it to any year you’re visiting.

  • ✅ 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

✅ 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 pick up 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

Tanabata Days at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

Tanabata Days (June) at Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea is one of the most unique events to experience at Tokyo Disney Resort.

Everyone has a personal preference when to visit Tokyo Disneyland. Here’s a list of when I absolutely love visiting the Parks.

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) and Tanabata Days (pictured above). 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 in September.

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.

In conclusion, when you decide to visit, remember to have a wonderful time and be in the moment! I absolutely love Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea and is an experience I think every Explorer should have. Now that you have the knowledge to plan when to visit Tokyo Disneyland, it’s time to continue you’re planning.

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  1. Juliana Goh

    Hi!

    Thank you for writing about visiting Tokyo Disney Resort! I am wondering if it is wise to visit in the first few days of August considering they begin their summer holidays in August. :/ In addition, i missed a lot of rides the last time i visited during the New Year period, I wouldn’t really want to miss the rides again. Please advise? 🙂

    Thank you very much!

    Cheers,
    Juliana

  2. Fat Hobbit

    Hello Juliana! Unfortunately the entire month of August is going to be running close to capacity almost everyday. If you are visiting then I would advise lining up an hour before park opening and doing the attractions you missed as soon as the park opens. If you’re staying at one of the official hotels then make sure to use the “Happy 15” to get into the park 15 minutes before it opens. I hope this helps!

  3. Keith

    I’m going to be in Tokyo for my first time this May, during and after Golden Week, and I’m trying to figure out which would be a better plan of attack: a) stay in a resort-area hotel May 6-7, hit Disney Sea on Thu May 7 (the day after the last holiday of Golden Week) and maybe do a Starlight Passport after 6pm on May 6, or b) go sometime bet May 11-13, when 20k Under the Sea will be closed for refurb. I hate the thought of missing that ride!

  4. TDR Explorer

    Hi Keith! Going based on the crowd calendar it looks like the 6-7th should be OK. But it is hard to say, a lot of people may have the rest of the week off. So the prediction could change.

    http://tdrnavi.jp/forecast/disneysea

    If you are staying with an Official Hotel you will be guaranteed into the parks, even if they are at capacity. So that would be a good idea if you wanna go on those days (just to be safe and ensure you get in).

    Going on the 11-13th would guarantee low crowds, but as you mentioned you will miss 20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

    I hope this helps!

  5. Sonia

    I am planning to visit Disney Sea on April 2 or 3 which is a Thu and Fri. I checked the crowd calendar of Disney Sea and the period from March 26-April 5 already has warning signs up and the wait time for the rides can take anywhere from 1-3 hrs. I know its cherry blossom season and peak season in Japan during this time but I thought being a weekday it would be less crowded. Would this be a bad time to visit?

  6. Fat Hobbit

    Hello Sonia! School is out for most children during this time, so that is why you are seeing high attendance. If it is your first time, you should probably try and avoid this time as it will be pretty close, if not, at capacity. If you can, go the week of April 6th that is when kids starts going back to school.

  7. Marcus Warnecke

    Damn! I am going the same time.. well was hoping to. I was thinking of Disneyland 24th, 25 or 26th of march… not sure now. School holidays start on the 28th so i was hoping before that wouldnt be too bad.. and on a week day too… oh well

  8. Marcus Warnecke

    Hey Sonia.. any ideas why that 2nd week in april is quiet? I might go to Disneyland then… I dont understand how it is less busy when Japan school holidays are at the same time!

  9. Sonia

    I read that spring break is 2 wks until april 5 so kids will be back in school by 2nd wk of april. Unfortunately for us, our trip is only until april 4. Oh well…we wil do disney sea some other time then. Good luck to you!

  10. Richard B

    Can anyone shed some light on traveling end of November / beginning of December time. Will the crowds be manageable then?

  11. Julie Trimboli

    Hi. I am planning a trip to go to tokyo Disney later this year. We can arrive sept 7th where crowds seem better but i am concerned about the weather. Or we can go 5th October where weather should be better but im nervous crowds will be high. The october crowd calender doesnt come up unitl the 1st of may which is so frustrating as i just want to make my decision and start planning. Any thoughts and advice would be much appreciated. 🙂

  12. Carrie M

    I am so happy to have found your site, I am headed to Japan in late September and spending a few days at Tokyo Disney to end our trip. Thanks for the tips, looks like we are going towards the end of summer so weather will be warm but I hope that will keep crowds low. Per the crowd chart, one side is better than the other on our days there so we will plan accordingly. Looking forward to seeing more posts from you soon!

  13. Taimur Khattak

    Hi, I’m planning to visit Tokyo Disney in Sept, how much time should I consider spending there?? and what about ticket prices??

  14. TDR Explorer

    You should spend at least 3 days there, so you can park hop on the last day. Or stay the full 4 days. We have a complete guide for the tickets you can read!

    //tdrexplorer.com/buying-park-tickets-for-tokyo-disney-resort/

  15. Irma karina

    Hi..i’m planning to go to tdr next april 2016..27th and 28th april to be exact..just right before the golden week..is the crowd still manageable? Any tips? Thanks a lot before..

  16. Not-Chibi Lim Erng

    Hi, I’m planning to go to Disney Sea on 28th of December 2016, only for a day, is it considered the worst time?

  17. Brooke

    Hi there, we are heading over in February 2017 and were wondering if there is any holidays or school breaks we should avoid? It is Both on the quiet time list abut also the worst time to visit… The cold weather doesn’t bother us if that helps? Thankyou In Advance… Extremely grateful for your help! We are flexible with dates so when would u go? X

  18. mutia wisnu

    will next January 9 or 10, 2017 be the slow times to get the discounted ticket? I will ask my friend who study in Japan to buy the discounted ticket

  19. Sean Campbell

    Thank you for pointing out the Journey closure, I wasn’t aware of that. We’re having our honeymoon in Japan this summer, exact dates TBD as we’re at the mercy of some work schedules. How much importance would you say we should put on scheduling around Journey?

  20. Mari Kirsten

    I’m in the same boat as Sean – visiting in June with my daughter (who is 6 and loves Disneyland). I was thinking we would go June 26-28, but curious to know if we should instead do a day at the beginning of our trip to catch Easter and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Thank you for any advice you can give!

  21. Belén Lagar

    Hello! I am going o be in Tokyo on my birthday, March 25.
    It´s gonna be a saturday, and I would like to visit Tokyo Disneyland ….what do you think? Should I go? I can wait and go firsts days os April also…Thank you !!! 🙂

  22. 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.

  23. 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?

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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?

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. Leam

    Hi! We’re visiting Disneysea on the 5th of Nov. Will there be Halloween merch available or have the merch usually transitioned to Christmas by then? What’s the parade going to be? Halloween or Christmas? Thank you.

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