Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland

I’m going to preface this post by saying that my Tokyo Disney Halloween experience was in 2008. However, they do roughly the same thing every year, so if you go to Tokyo Disneyland in October you will get to enjoy some version of this.

Tokyo Disney Halloween

Welcome!

First, some Tokyo Disney facts! Tokyo Disney Resort isn’t actually in Tokyo at all. It’s in a town called Urayasu, in Chiba. The park opened in April 1983, was the first Disney park outside of the United States, and is modeled on Disneyland in California. It has eight areas: Fantasyland, Adventureland, Westernland, Tomorrowland, the World Bazaar (basically Main Street, U.S.A. under a glass roof), Mickey’s Toontown, and Critter Country.

Tokyo Disney Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion has a Nightmare Before Christmas theme in October.

Every year, for the entire month of October, the park is made over in a Halloween theme. Probably the most famous change is the Haunted Mansion, which is turned into The Nightmare Before Christmas. While I do prefer the traditional ride, it’s actually really fun. Something different to mix it up. If you don’t speak Japanese you won’t get the full experience of the dialogue because there’s almost no English, but that’s the case throughout the park. I kind of dig hearing all the familiar songs in another language, myself.

Tokyo Disney Cinderella's Castle

Cinderella’s Castle, decked out for Halloween.

Most rides stay the same, but the park is filled with jack-o-lanterns, orange and black banners, ghosts, and other Halloween decorations. The parades and shows are Halloween-themed, of course, and there’s usually some kind of activity (like a scavenger hunt) that will win you a treat or prize if you complete it. Kitschy-cute with just a touch of being a Japanese interpretation of a holiday they don’t really celebrate.

Tokyo Disney Halloween Decoration

Some of the jack-o-lantern decorations, outside the Haunted Mansion.

Tokyo Disneyland is a lot of fun, no matter when you go, but there’s something special about going near a holiday, when the park has been transformed. It really sets it apart from the experience you’d have at any other park.

Cost: Varies. A one-day pass will cost ¥5,200 for adults (18+), ¥4,590 for juniors (12-17), and ¥3,570 for children (4-11). Children 3 and under are admitted free.

Hours: Seven days a week, usually 8:30-22:00.

Access: Take the Keiyo Line from Tokyo Station to Maihama Station (about 15 minutes). The resort is right there.

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Disneyland!

Taking a break from the Japanese info posts to do a pic spam from my recent trip to Disneyland. My sister and I went for three days to celebrate her graduation from high school and, even though it was super hot and we got sunburned (her more than me), it was an awesome trip.

Waiting for Star Tours. We’re so cool.

Disneyland Castle

The castle is so pretty at night.

Disneyland Parade

Belle in the parade was super sweet and posed for my camera.

Disneyland Teacups

Teacups!

Fantasyland

Fantasyland from the train.

We rode Autopia three times in as many hours.

And we went to Downtown Disney before heading to the airport. It was a good way to end the trip.

In conclusion? I adore Disneyland.

Family in Japan 03: Tokyo Disney

The family at Tokyo Disney!

Sorry for the absence! I’ve been fighting with my Board of Education over my return flight to Seattle at the end of July. It’s a long story and one I’ll come back to after the issue has been resolved. For now, though, I’ll talk about an important day in the Tokyo leg of the great Japan adventure: Tokyo Disneyland!

My mum, sister and I love Disneyland, so we were pretty psyched to go to Disneyland in Tokyo. Because of the stomach issues from Matsuyama, we left Disney for Thursday. It ended up being a good choice because it didn’t rain, but it was overcast and cool. Anyone who’s tried to do a Disney park in the summer knows that cool weather is infinitely preferable. I actually wore my jacket all day.

Yay Disney!

It was kind of strange, though, because despite being Children’s Day, which is right in the middle of Japan’s busiest travel season, the park was pretty empty. I’ve never had an easier time getting on attractions anywhere – the longest wait was 40 minutes, the rest were 30 or less. The only ride that had a serious wait time was Splash Mountain, so my sister and I decided to just skip it in favor of other things. We actually managed to get on nine attractions: It’s a Small World (had to be done… once), Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Thunder Mountain, Star Tours, Thunder Mountain (again), the little Toon Town coaster, and we ended the day with one more ride on Space Mountain (my absolute favorite). We also rode the little train that goes around part of the park and ate tasty, overpriced food. Considering we only stayed from 9:30 till mid-evening, that’s a lot!

Such a quiet day.

Despite being a little weirded out by how few people were out (I think it might have been earthquake-related, considering the park had only been open again for a couple weeks at that point), it was delightful. We weren’t interested in watching the Easter-themed parade, so we took advantage of those times to make a break for more popular rides and, even though my mum’s stomach got a little iffy again for part of the day, we had a great time. The magic of Disneyland, maybe.

We also decided to buy one of the plastic popcorn buckets, for the nice flavored popcorn they sell at Tokyo Disney, so I’m going to end this with an amusing aspect of traveling from Tokyo to Osaka, and then later from Osaka back to Matsuyama: my classy bag accessory.

So class.

(Don’t be surprised if my blog layout changes periodically. I’m not sure what I want, so I’m experimenting.)