Easter at Tokyo Disneyland

easter-tokyo-disneyland-cinderella-castle-night

Disney’s Easter is Tokyo Disneyland’s 3 month celebration of Easter. That’s right, 3 months. This post features some of my photos and thoughts, along with tips on making the most of Disney’s Easter for those of you visiting Tokyo Disneyland from

Unlike Walt Disney World and Disneyland that do an Easter Egg Hunt and sell a few items of merchandise, Tokyo Disneyland goes all out with a parade, tons of decorations, special menus, and more. Why? Well, all in the name of kawaii. Bunnies, flowers, spring colors, and all that are undeniably cute, and the Japanese audience responds incredibly well to the Easter festivities. Like Christmas, Easter is in no way a religious holiday in Japan–it’s all about the kawaii. This commercial sums up what Easter is all about at Tokyo Disneyland pretty well.

Normally, Disney’s Easter occurs at both Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, starting just after the post-Christmas winter celebrations and ending just before the Tanabata Days celebration. This year, due to Tokyo DisneySea’s 15th Anniversary, Disney’s Easter will only run at Tokyo Disneyland. The festivities begin on March 25 and end on June 15, 2016.

If you’re going and are wondering what to expect, here are some of our photos and commentary from Disney’s Easter last year…

tokyo-disneyland-easter-entrance

It’s no secret that Easter is in full force when you arrive at Tokyo Disneyland in March, April, May, or June. Here’s the front entrance before you even get to World Bazaar.

daisy-donald-easter-night-decorations-tokyo-disneyland

These decorations continue inside the park, where the Central Plaza has several displays featuring bunnies, eggs, and Disney characters.

cinderella-castle-eggs-dusk-tokyo-disneyland

Giant eggs also fill the flower planter in front of Cinderella Castle.

tokyo-disney-resort-easter-2015-106

This is roughly where Partners is located at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, with the Partners statue closer to World Bazaar in Tokyo Disneyland.

tokyo-disney-resort-easter-2015-107

Like all things Disney, there’s a “story” component to the bunnies and characters in the hub…

tokyo-disney-resort-easter-2015-109

At first, it might just seem like Disney characters having fun and bunnies being cute, but OH NO, THERE’S MORE TO THIS ONE.

tokyo-disney-resort-easter-2015-104

From what I could ascertain, this is Mickey and Minnie’s “secret garden” (brilliant work hiding your garden in the middle of the busiest theme park on earth) and the bunnies are digging up the harvest. These little criminals aren’t so kawaii anymore, are they?!

tokyo-disney-resort-easter-2015-105

Way to go, Donald, you’re an accomplice!

easter-tokyo-disneyland-bricker-092

Bunnies painting Mickey and Minnie eggs. I believe that’s what the kids would call “meta.” (Or not.)

tokyo-disney-resort-easter-2015-108

Once the bunnies have snatched enough crops, they carry their ill-gotten gains over to…wait for it…

easter-tokyo-disneyland-bricker-085

…Crystal Palace (read our review)! Where it’s served to guests in the Easter buffet. (I think that also might be meta?)

I’m totally not making any of this up–but I’m also relying on Google Translate’s reading of the official Tokyo Disneyland Easter pages, which could be suspect.

easter-tokyo-disneyland-bricker-084

Ahhh, a bountiful harvest of desserts!

The Easter buffet at Crystal Palace is solid, but it doesn’t feature anything that Americans would typically associate with Easter dinner. It’s more about cute treats and decorations.

easter-tokyo-disneyland-bricker-087

The bulk of the decorations are in the Central Plaza, but cute eggs representing other attractions and lands can be found throughout the park.

D75_3783 copy

Of course, the best of these are the Country Bear eggs in Westernland. That goes without saying. If you go towards the tail end of the Easter season, you’ll also be able to catch Country Bear Vacation Jamboree. There’s nothing like hearing “I wish they all could be California beeeeeeaaaaars” sung by these talented bi-lingual bears!

easter-tokyo-disneyland-bricker-086

The Tokyo Disneyland Band also gets in the Easter spirit, with special costumes for the festivities.

tokyo-disneyland-marching-band-line-compressed

Along with the Bicycle Piano Man, the Tokyo Disneyland Band is not to be missed. Not only are they incredible musicians, but they’re skilled entertainers.

disney-easter-tokyo-disneyland-023

Then there’s the Hippity-Hoppity Springtime Parade, which is the main draw. This parade is performed 2-3 times daily, and features long show stops.

bunny-hop-lessons-tokyo-disneyland

Before the parade starts, Cast Members lead guests in the bunny hop to get hyped. Once this gets rolling, literally everyone in the crowd participates, from infants to the elderly. If you don’t want to be the veritable outcast in this cult ritual, I suggest you follow along with what everyone around you does. Although I can’t say with 100% certainty, I don’t think you’re pledging your soul to any dark forces by partaking.

easter-tokyo-disneyland-bricker-081

The parade itself is exceptional. Characters are definitely the highlight for most guests, but the costumed performers are great.

easter-tokyo-disneyland-bricker-080

There’s a multitude of different costumes here, and they’re all elaborate and most are quite elegant. With one exception…

D75_3308 copy

…Uhhh…I’m going to withhold an otherwise snarky remark here and just say “no comment.”

easter-tokyo-disneyland-bricker-079

Actually, I think the performers themselves provided the perfect response. (If I have time later today, I’m memifying this awkward thumbs up with a “COOL STORY BRO” caption.)

D75_3359 copy

Some possibly borderline Lolita-meets-Disney costumes aside, it’s all excellently done.

disney-easter-tokyo-disneyland-019

Since there are show stops, some spots are better for viewing the Hippity-Hoppity Springtime Parade.

easter-tokyo-disneyland-bricker-089

The absolute best spot is directly opposite Cinderella Castle, as Mickey’s float will stop in front of you (I was a bit to the right), making for excellent photos. However, Tokyo Disneyland regulars know this, making that prime spot exceptionally popular and scooped up well in advance of the parade.

easter-tokyo-disneyland-bricker-078

Fortunately, parade viewing in Tokyo Disneyland is a civilized affair, and guests in the front several rows all sit for parades, meaning you’ll have an unobstructed view no matter where you go.

easter-tokyo-disneyland-bricker-082

You read correctly: no one stands in the front rows. It’s not allowed and since people actually adhere to rules, it doesn’t need to be enforced. Also not allowed: shoulder kids.

disney-easter-tokyo-disneyland-026

Yes, there is a Disney utopia, and it’s in Japan. 😉

easter-tokyo-disneyland-bricker-088

Some characters that are on the obscure side in the United States have strong followings in Japan. Max is one such character.

disney-easter-tokyo-disneyland-027

Clarice (right) is another.

disney-easter-tokyo-disneyland-018

Brer Rabbit is not another, but he makes the cut because he’s a bunny.

disney-easter-tokyo-disneyland-013

In the past, the parade has been even more bunny-centric, with characters like Oswald the Lucky Rabbit having his own float. Sadly, he’s not in the current version of the Hippity-Hoppity Springtime Parade.

easter-tokyo-disneyland-white-rabbit

White Rabbit’s there, though, and he appears to be some sort of fitness instructor. Perhaps he’s Goofy’s trainer?

disney-easter-tokyo-disneyland-021

Why would Goofy need a trainer? Did you not know that spring is bulking season for the Goofster?!?!

easter-tokyo-disneyland-goofy

He wants everyone to see how jacked and tan he is. Yes, that includes you.

D75_3694 copy

Even if you’re not a parade person, I highly recommend watching the Hippity-Hoppity Springtime Parade. It’s one of Disney’s best parades anywhere, it’s incredibly photogenic, and the soundtrack is a ridiculous ear worm (you’ll sound like a lunatic when you sing it at the office–it’ll be great!).

easter-tokyo-disneyland-bricker-090_1

That about covers it for Disney’s Easter at Tokyo Disney Resort. The one thing I didn’t mention was merchandise (check out TDR Explorer for that), and there are some cute options for that, too. While the Hippity-Hoppity Springtime Parade is without a doubt the main draw for Easter in Tokyo Disneyland, there are some other nice additions, and really pretty decor, as well.

If you’re thinking of visiting Japan for the first time and are overwhelmed with planning, definitely check out our Tokyo Disney Resort Planning Guide. It covers what you’ll want to know, from when to visit to the best (and worst) hotels to where to dine, and much more! For more photos and an idea of what we did day-by-day during our first visit, read our Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Report.

For updates on Disney, the latest news, and tips, sign up for our free monthly newsletter!

If you enjoyed this post or found it helpful, we’d really appreciate it if you’d share it via social media to help spread the word. We put a lot of work into making this site a helpful planning resource, and hope it’s useful to you! 🙂

Your Thoughts

Does Disney’s Easter look fun to you? Have you visited Tokyo Disneyland during the Easter festivities? Do you agree or disagree with our advice? Share any questions, tips, or additional thoughts you have in the comments!


17 Responses to “Easter at Tokyo Disneyland”
  1. July January 9, 2018
  2. Meredith April 19, 2017
  3. Jason Chak April 17, 2017
  4. ZEKE TUNAY October 29, 2016
  5. Chrystin March 16, 2016
  6. Mike B March 13, 2016
  7. Amanda March 11, 2016
  8. Erik March 11, 2016
  9. Mindy March 10, 2016
  10. Kimberley March 10, 2016
  11. Zavandor March 10, 2016
  12. George March 10, 2016
  13. Rachel G March 10, 2016
  14. Heather March 9, 2016
  15. Cdd89 March 9, 2016
  16. Tim March 9, 2016
  17. Mitch March 9, 2016

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *