The Very Best and Worst Time To Visit Tokyo Disneyland Resort

Deciding when to visit Tokyo Disneyland is the most critical part of your trip planning, so you don’t want to make any mistakes. Here, you’ll learn how to make the right decision and avoid the massive crowds.

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Month-to-month breakdown of crowds and weather to help plan your Tokyo trip
Month-to-month breakdown of crowds and weather to help plan your Tokyo trip

Month-to-month breakdown of crowds and weather to help plan your Tokyo trip!

If you’re planning a trip to Japan, it’s important to consider the crowds and weather during different months of the year. This month-to-month breakdown will give you an idea of what to expect:


January kicks off the year with high crowds, especially until after the first week. However, from the second week onwards, the low season begins, resulting in fewer tourists and shorter queues.


February brings cold temperatures to Japan, and coupled with student discounts, the crowds can be unpredictable. Be prepared for some queue times, but the overall visitor numbers are relatively lower during this month.


March is when students have their spring break, resulting in more tourists and higher crowds. Additionally, many attractions offer student discounts during this time, so expect popular spots to be busy.


April offers warmer weather and the chance to see breathtaking cherry blossoms (Sakura). To avoid the start of Golden Week, one of Japan’s busiest holiday periods, it’s best to visit before April 29. April is also popular with international tourists seeking to witness this stunning natural phenomenon.


May marks the beginning of the rainy season in Japan. However, the rainfall can be hit or miss as some years have less rain than others. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and pack an umbrella just in case.


Typhoons are common in June, bringing high winds and heavy rains. Surprisingly, the occurrence of typhoons leads to lower crowds, as outdoor attractions remain open during most storms. Indoor attractions continue to operate, providing alternative options for visitors.


The heat and humidity in July can be unbearable, but the crowds are typically lower at the beginning of the month. Towards the end of July, the summer vacation period begins, resulting in increased visitor numbers.


Similar to July, August experiences scorching heat and humidity, making it a challenging time to visit. Summer holidays and Obon Week, a Buddhist holiday, attract large crowds to the parks. Expect maximum capacity and longer waiting times.


Summer vacation is over, and the crowds start to diminish. Although the weather remains warm, it’s a more peaceful time to explore popular attractions without the overwhelming crowds of earlier months.


Halloween brings higher crowds in October due to its growing popularity in Japan. Additionally, typhoons may still occur, so be prepared for potential disruptions to your plans.


Cold weather begins in November, and it’s a good time to visit before the New Year holidays. However, it’s advisable to avoid the period between December 25 and the beginning of January, as it is one of the busiest times in Japan.


December continues to be cold, offering a winter wonderland experience. Similar to November, it’s best to avoid the period between December 25 and the beginning of January due to the New Year holidays’ crowds.

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When is the worst time to visit Tokyo Disneyland in 2024?

Ok, let’s start with the times when Tokyo Disneyland is packed.  Planning a visit to Tokyo Disneyland requires careful consideration of the crowd levels. To make the most of your experience, it’s important to know when the park is busiest and plan accordingly. Let’s take a closer look at the different times of the year when Tokyo Disneyland tends to be the most crowded.

New Year’s Celebrations

Starting right after December 25th when the Christmas event ends, Tokyo Disneyland experiences a surge in visitors during the first week of January. The festive atmosphere and special celebrations attract hordes of people eager to ring in the new year.

Spring Break

From the end of February to March, Tokyo Disneyland becomes a popular destination for families and students during their school breaks. The exact timing of Spring Break can vary depending on the schools in Japan, but it’s advisable to expect increased crowds during this period.

Golden Week

Considered the busiest time at the Parks, Golden Week comprises a series of national holidays from the end of April through the first week of May. Many locals take advantage of the long holiday to visit Tokyo Disneyland, resulting in large crowds and longer wait times for attractions.

Summer Holidays

July and August bring summer holidays along with hot and humid weather to Tokyo Disneyland. Families on vacation and tourists flock to the park to escape the heat and enjoy the various indoor and outdoor activities. Expect significant crowds during this time.

Weekends and Public Holidays

Regardless of the season, weekends and public holidays consistently attract large numbers of visitors to Tokyo Disneyland. It’s advisable to plan accordingly and consider visiting on weekdays if possible.

Monday Sports Days

In Japan, schoolchildren have Mondays off due to Sports Days. These are days when students participate in various sports and athletic activities. As a result, Mondays can be as busy as weekends at Tokyo Disneyland, with families taking advantage of the long weekend to enjoy the park.

First and Last Days of Seasonal Events

The first and last days of seasonal events at Tokyo Disneyland tend to be busier than average. These events often feature unique experiences or limited-time attractions, drawing larger crowds who want to be among the first or last to enjoy the festivities.

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Mid-January: Embracing the Chilly Freshness

If you’re looking for a less crowded time to visit Tokyo Disneyland, January is your best bet. Right after the New Year’s break, the park experiences a significant decrease in attendance. Many locals return to work or school, and tourists start to dwindle as well. This quieter period allows you to enjoy the attractions with shorter wait times and less hustle and bustle.

April: Warm Weather and Cherry Blossoms

If you dream of strolling through a sea of blooming cherry blossoms while enjoying the park, the beginning of April is the perfect time for you. Tokyo’s cherry blossoms typically bloom during this period, creating a picturesque setting throughout the park. The weather during April is also warm and inviting, allowing you to explore the attractions comfortably.

During this time, be sure to check the specific dates for cherry blossom festivals and events within the park. Witnessing the beauty of the cherry blossoms in full bloom adds an enchanting touch to your Tokyo Disneyland experience.

After 7th May: Lower Crowds and Favourable Weather

After the Golden Week, which ends on May 6th, the crowds at Tokyo Disneyland significantly decrease, making it an ideal time to visit. With fewer people in the park, you can enjoy shorter queues and have more room to wander around.

In addition, the weather in Tokyo during late spring and early summer is generally pleasant. You can expect mild temperatures and lower humidity compared to the hotter months. This creates a comfortable environment to explore the various attractions without feeling overwhelmed by the heat.

End of October into November: Halloween and Christmas Events

If you’re a fan of festive celebrations, visiting Tokyo Disneyland from the end of October to November is a must. During this period, the park hosts both Halloween and Christmas events, providing a unique experience for visitors of all ages.

Witness the park’s magical transformation during Halloween, with decorations, shows, and special parades featuring your favorite Disney characters in extraordinary costumes. As November approaches, the park transitions into a winter wonderland, adorned with dazzling Christmas lights and festive décor.

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as you enjoy special Christmas-themed shows, fireworks displays, and the iconic Disney Christmas Parade. The joyful atmosphere combined with the festive attractions and entertainment creates a memorable experience for the whole family.

Typhoon Days and Rainy Days

If you don’t mind a little rain, consider visiting Tokyo Disneyland during the typhoon season or the rainy season. Typhoon days occur between July and October, and rainy days are more common in June, which is the rainy season in Tokyo. These weather conditions often discourage visitors, resulting in significantly lower crowds, shorter lines, and a unique experience at the park.

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Golden Crowd Calendar Rules

Planning a visit to a theme park can be an exciting experience. Whether you are traveling alone or with family and friends, it is essential to know some golden rules that will help you make the most of your visit. By following these guidelines, you can avoid common pitfalls and ensure a memorable trip.

Avoid Weekends and National Holidays

One of the first things to keep in mind is to avoid visiting the park on weekends and national holidays. These tend to be the busiest times, with larger crowds and longer wait times for attractions. If possible, try to plan your visit for a weekday when the park is less crowded.

The Best Days to Visit

If you have the flexibility to choose which day to visit, it’s generally recommended to go on Tuesday through Friday. These days typically have lower crowds compared to Mondays and weekends. By going on a less busy day, you’ll likely have shorter wait times for rides and more space to move around the park.

Mondays are Generally Busier Weekdays

While weekdays are generally less crowded than weekends, it’s important to note that Mondays tend to be busier compared to other weekdays. This is because many people choose to extend their weekend and visit the park on a Monday. If possible, try to avoid Mondays and opt for a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday for a better experience.

Arrive 1-2 Hours Before the Park Opens

To have a headstart and make the most of your day, it’s a good idea to arrive at the park 1-2 hours before it opens. This will give you the opportunity to be one of the first visitors inside, allowing you to experience popular attractions with shorter wait times. Additionally, arriving early can also give you a chance to explore the park before it gets too crowded.

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Things to Keep in Mind

Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage Closure

If you are a fan of Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, we regret to inform you that the attraction will be closed for several months, from February 13 to September 24, 2024. This closure is necessary for maintenance and enhancements to ensure the best possible experience for future visitors. While it may be disappointing for some, rest assured that when Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage reopens, it will be even better than before.

Pooh’s Hunny Hunt Closure

Another popular attraction, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, will also be closed for several months from January 26 to May 24, 2024. Similar to Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, this closure is required for necessary updates and improvements. During this period, you can explore other attractions and enjoy the rest of the park to make the most of your visit.

Space Mountain Permanent Closure

After July 31, 2024, Space Mountain, a beloved roller coaster, will be permanently closed. This iconic attraction has brought joy and excitement to countless visitors over the years, and its closure marks the end of an era. If you are a fan of Space Mountain, make sure to plan your visit before the closing date to experience the thrill one last time.

Fantasy Springs Opening

However, it’s not all closures and farewells at Tokyo Disneyland. Get ready for an exciting new addition to the park – Fantasy Springs. This highly anticipated attraction is set to open on June 6, 2024. Explore a world of fantasy and imagination with new rides, entertainment, and experiences that will leave you enchanted. Keep an eye out for more updates and announcements regarding Fantasy Springs as the opening date approaches.

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