Disney’s Easter is Tokyo Disneyland’s two month celebration of Easter, running April 4, 2019 to June 2, 2019. This post features photos and thoughts from prior years, along with tips on making the most of Disney’s Easter for those of you visiting Japan during the run of this special event.
Unlike Walt Disney World and Disneyland that do an Easter Egg Hunt and sell a few items of merchandise, Tokyo Disneyland goes all out. There’s the aforementioned scavenger hunt, plus also a parade, tons of decorations, special menus, tons of themed souvenirs, 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. Rather than covering both parks, this post focuses solely on Easter at Tokyo Disneyland (we’ll do a separate post for DisneySea).
If you’re going and are wondering what to expect, here are some of our photos and commentary from Disney’s Easter last year. (Note: this photos are meant to be illustrative, and not representative of exactly what you’ll see at Tokyo Disneyland during Easter 2019.)
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.
These decorations continue inside the park, where the Central Plaza has several displays featuring bunnies, eggs, and Disney characters.
Giant eggs also fill the flower planter in front of Cinderella Castle.
This is roughly where Partners is located at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, with the Partners statue closer to World Bazaar in Tokyo Disneyland.
Like all things Disney, there’s a “story” component to the bunnies and characters in the hub…
At first, it might just seem like Disney characters having fun and bunnies being cute, but OH NO, THERE’S MORE TO THIS ONE.
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?!
Way to go, Donald, you’re an accomplice!
Bunnies painting Mickey and Minnie eggs. I believe that’s what the kids would call “meta.” (Or not.)
Once the bunnies have snatched enough crops, they carry their ill-gotten gains over to…wait for it…
…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.
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.
The bulk of the decorations are in the Central Plaza, but cute eggs representing other attractions and lands can be found throughout the park.
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!
The Tokyo Disneyland Band also gets in the Easter spirit, with special costumes for the festivities.
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.
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.
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.
The parade itself is exceptional. Characters are definitely the highlight for most guests, but the costumed performers are great.
There’s a multitude of different costumes here, and they’re all elaborate and most are quite elegant. With one exception…
…Uhhh…I’m going to withhold an otherwise snarky remark here and just say “no comment.”
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.)
Some possibly borderline Lolita-meets-Disney costumes aside, it’s all excellently done.
Since there are show stops, some spots are better for viewing the Hippity-Hoppity Springtime Parade.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, there is a Disney utopia, and it’s in Japan. 😉
Some characters that are on the obscure side in the United States have strong followings in Japan. Max is one such character.
Clarice (right) is another.
Brer Rabbit is not another, but he makes the cut because he’s a bunny.
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.
White Rabbit’s there, though, and he appears to be some sort of fitness instructor. Perhaps he’s Goofy’s trainer?
Why would Goofy need a trainer? Did you not know that spring is bulking season for the Goofster?!?!
He wants everyone to see how jacked and tan he is. Yes, that includes you.
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!).
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.
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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!