Best Time to Visit Tokyo Disney Resort


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 the best time to visit Tokyo Disney Resort, I’d have made a better decision.

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 and Tokyo DisneySea. All based on my experiences over the years.

The question “What is the best time to visit Tokyo Disney Resort?” 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 and Tokyo DisneySea to avoid the crowds.

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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Golden Rules for the Best Time to Visit Tokyo Disney Resort!

Dreaming Up Parade at Tokyo Disneyland

No matter when you decide to visit you’ll be able to see the “Dreaming Up” parade at Tokyo Disneyland. It runs year-round.

To make things easier, and not stress you out too much, I’ve come up with a set of “Golden Rules” for deciding when to visit Tokyo Disney Resort. Whenever you find yourself questioning your decision, come back to these rules.

I want to stress that there is no absolute best time to visit Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. You’ll have to decide if you want perfect weather or low crowds (you won’t always get both).

The best advice is to choose what works with your budget, time, and travel style.

Here are the Golden Rules

  • Avoid weekends and national holidays
  • Best days to visit are usually Tuesday through Friday (lower crowds)
  • Mondays are generally the busier weekday
  • Crowds are always heavier in the morning so it’s best to get there early
  • Check attraction closures

Major public holidays are usually the busiest times of the 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.

Buy your Park tickets for Tokyo Disneyland in-advance to avoid your dates potentially selling out.

Now that you know the “Golden Rules,” let’s talk about when to visit in 2020.

Best Time to Visit Tokyo Disney Resort in 2020

Its Very Minnie Club Disney at Tokyo Disneyland

“Its Very Minnie” event at Tokyo Disneyland

In 2020 we’ll see the summer Olympics in Tokyo during July & August. I predict before, during, and shortly after the Olympics, the entire country will see a huge spike in visitors. Since 2013, tourism has increased substantially to Japan. The biggest draw in 2020 is the grand opening of the Fantasyland Expansion at Tokyo Disneyland with the new Beauty and the Beast attraction.

Before I tell you when to visit in 2020 here are a few more key events to know:

When should you visit Tokyo Disneyland in 2020? Here are what are the best times to come.

  • Early April for the cherry blossoms (see the Easter event too)
  • After May 6 (Golden Week) for lower crowds
  • October and November to see both the Halloween and Christmas events

Don’t forget that Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan also opens summer 2020!

Seasonal Events in 2020

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.

EventParkDate
New Year’s ProgramBoth ParksJanuary 1 - 5, 2020
Very Very Minnie!Tokyo DisneylandJanuary 10 - March 19, 2020
Pixar PlaytimeTokyo DisneySeaJanuary 10 - March 19, 2020
Duffy's Heartwarming DaysTokyo DisneySeaJanuary 10 - March 19, 2020
Disney Easter Tokyo DisneySeaMarch 22 - June 12, 2020
Happy Fair with BaymaxTokyo DisneylandJune 4 - November 1, 2020
Duffy and Friends’ Sunny FunTokyo DisneySeaJune 4 - August 26, 2020
Disney Pirate SummerTokyo DisneySeaJuly 1 - September 2, 2020
Disney HalloweenBoth ParksSeptember 11 - November 1, 2020
Disney ChristmasBoth ParksNovember 10 - December 25, 2020

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 is Tokyo Disneyland Busy?

Natsu Matsuri Summer Tokyo Disneyland

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

The biggest and most asked question is “when is it busy?” Both Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea are in the top 5 most visited theme parks in the world. The crowds at Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea work differently compared to other Disney Parks. That leads to frustration and confusion for many Explorers.

On busy days you’ll see lines for everything from restaurants, popcorn stands, and even toilets.

Here’s when Tokyo Disney Resort is typically busy:

  • New Year’s sees huge crowds right after December 25 (when the Christmas event ends) through the first week of January.
  • Spring Break is typically from the end of February and the month of March (differs depending on the schools in Japan)
  • Golden Week is the busiest time at the Parks, which is a string of holidays from the end of April through the first week of May
  • Summer Holidays sees huge crowds through July and August (it’s also immensely hot & humid)

Other times Tokyo Disneyland can be busy

  • Most weekends and public holidays are busy no matter the time of year.
  • Mondays are sometimes as busy as a weekend due to school children have the day off due to Sports Days.
  • The first and lasts days of seasonal events are typically busier

When is Tokyo Disneyland Least Crowded?

There are times when both Parks at Tokyo Disney Resort are not as crowded. Over the years these days are becoming less and less. With that said, here are times when the Parks aren’t that crowded.

Like most things in life, these times aren’t always quiet. So, before you type that angry comment “Chris, you said it wasn’t supposed to be BUSY but it was BUSY. YOU LIED.” know that I do my best to provide the best advice possible.

  • January is least crowded right after the New Years’ break
  • After the Golden Week holiday with ideal weather **
  • Typhoon days (July through October) and rainy days (June is the rainy season) make the parks empty

** This has changed over the past 5 years since many Explorers have found out this not-so-secret. It’s now become a popular time for non-locals to visit.

Are my dates a good time to visit?

An easy way to double-check your planned dates is cross-referencing with a Tokyo Disneyland crowd prediction calendar. It’ll tell you if the days you chose are supposed to be busy and how big the crowds are.

One thing about the crowd calendars, because I’ve seen this so many times with the numerous emails over the years.

Use the crowd calendar data as a guideline, otherwise, you’ll drive yourself crazy. That means, as an example, if you see a random Friday with a crowd prediction of 39 and a Saturday with 37, and stressing out if you should visit on Saturday instead of Friday because 37 is less than 39.

Stop.

If you find yourself stressing, go with what works best with your itinerary, budget, and time. I know that’s not an ideal answer, but it’s true. OK, now that’s out of the way, allow me to break down each month at Tokyo Disney Resort.

What months are the best time to visit 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 and Tokyo DisneySea. 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 bothersome
  • 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 Tokyo Disneyland

Halloween Favourite Time at Tokyo Disneyland

Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year to visit, for obvious reasons.

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 sounds 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 for the best time to visit Tokyo Disney Resort, it’s time to continue your planning.

Best Times to Visit Tokyo Disneyland DisneySea 2020

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  1. 5
    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. 6
    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. 8
    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. 9
    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. 10
    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. 11
    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. 12
    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. 14
    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. 15
    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. 16
    Richard B

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

  11. 19
    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. 21
    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. 23
    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. 25
    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. 26
    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. 30
    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. 33
    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. 34
    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. 36
    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. 37
    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. 45
    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. 54
    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. 57
    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. 58
    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. 59
    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. 61
    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. 66
    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. 68
    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. 71
    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. 73
    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.

  31. 81
    Pam Raschella

    We are planning to make a trip to Tokyo the first of September…I see the vacation packages online only extend 2 days, so if you want an extra day do you book a separate package? Also, the difference in the Ambassador and the Sheraton is about $500 for the 2 day package with 7 FP…is it worth the difference to stay there? And what is the best way to get to the parks from the Sheraton?

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