This Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea closure calendar for 2023 and 2024 lists temporary attraction, restaurant, and entertainment refurbishments so you know what won’t be operating before planning your visit. Additionally, we offer info about reimagining projects that are underway to enhance experiences around Japan’s Disney resort.
While no one wants attraction closures during their visit, they are a necessary part of keeping Tokyo DisneySea and Disneyland in good condition. Routine maintenance, safety upgrades, and attraction improvements are all done during scheduled ride closures. Usually, there are only a handful of simultaneous closed rides, along with new attractions being built.
Having an idea of which attractions are closed is important, especially if there are must-do or headliner rides around which you want to plan your trip. Beyond that, we recommend consulting our 2023-2024 Tokyo Disneyland Vacation Planning Guidefor more comprehensive info. That covers everything from saving money on park tickets and hotels to where to eat, when to visit, and more.
Before we get to the calendar itself, let’s start with some good and bad news when it comes to Tokyo Disney Resort ‘temporarily’ closed park facilities. The good news is that, unlike the U.S. parks, Tokyo Disney Resort releases its ride refurbishment calendar for each half of the year well in advance. This allows visitors–even those traveling from abroad–to potentially plan around the downtime.
It’s common for TDR to post its closures for half of the year all at once, once around the holidays and then again in the late summer.
The other good news is that Tokyo Disney Resort is spectacular at doing routine, overnight maintenance. The first time we visited Japan a decade ago, we were blown away by just how much better every attraction looked. This included attractions we thought looked totally fine at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
I specifically remember riding Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin for the first time and being amazed at how crisp, sharp, and vibrant the attraction looked. (The ride vehicles also moved much smoother.) It was like going from standard definition to HD or 4K. Conversely, going from that version back to the Disneyland one made the ‘warts’ I had never noticed before suddenly much more obvious.
With routine maintenance going downhill at Walt Disney World and Disneyland and corners cut on upkeep, this difference is even starker. During our most recent visit to Tokyo Disney Resort this holiday season, everything looked spectacular. It was a very stark contrast to how many of the rides in the U.S. parks look and feel. (About the only “exception” to this is Haunted Mansion, which might be a little too well maintained at Tokyo Disneyland!)
The bad news is that Tokyo Disney Resort is about a year behind the U.S. parks in its phased reopening. If you feel this has been unnecessarily slow and belabored at Walt Disney World, well, it’s even worse at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. At least, for now.
The bulk of that is that theme parks in Japan had capacity constraints in place for longer and even to this day, there are health safety protocol imposed upon them. This has made the process more difficult and tedious. Fortunately, large strides were made this past holiday season and significant improvements are expected in the lead-up to Tokyo Disneyland’s 40th Anniversary. If you’re visiting after April 15, 2023, hopefully this won’t be an issue at all.
In addition to scheduled attraction refurbs, unscheduled downtime can also occur during a visit. This usually only occurs for a few hours at a time, so if you find an attraction is closed during your visit to Tokyo Disney Resort and it’s not listed below, it’s likely a temporary closure that will last a few hours. Check with nearby Cast Members to confirm.
Below is a schedule of refurbishments, when the closure starts, and when the refurbishment will conclude. To the extent that specific dates are not yet listed, those will be updated once TDR provides precise start and/or end dates. The following day will be when the attraction is scheduled to reopen.
Here are the closure schedules for Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland…
Swiss Family Treehouse – Reopening TBD
Pirates of the Caribbean – October 3-27, 2023
Haunted Mansion — January 9 to February 6, 2024
Splash Mountain — November 28 to December 28, 2023
Peter Pan’s Flight — January 26 to March 31, 2024
Space Mountain — Reimagining Closure Date TBD
Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters — Closed through October 31, 2023
Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek – November 2-27, 2023
Enchanted Tiki Room with Stitch – November 7-20, 2023
Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House – November 17 to December 1, 2023
Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast – January 1-25, 2024
Pooh’s Hunny Hunt – January 26 to May 24, 2024
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – February 7 to June 13, 2024
Mickey’s PhilharMagic – February 13-22, 2024
Parades, Shows & Characters
Let’s Party Gras! – Reopening TBD
Disney Sky Full of Colors Fireworks – November 17 & December 1, 2023; January 12 & 26, February 9, March 1, 2024
Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights — November 17 & December 1, 2023; January 12 & 26, February 9, March 1, 2024
Mickey’s Magical Music World – January 1-19, 2024
For international Disney fans, the notable closures on this list are Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek, Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, and Splash Mountain. To a lesser extent, Peter Pan’s Flight and Big Thunder Mountain are also different from their domestic counterparts, but not sufficiently so that you should plan around their closures.
The first four on that list are major. To the point that we’d encourage you to shift your travel dates, if at all possible, so you don’t miss those attractions. All of those rides are either exclusive to Tokyo Disney Resort or unlike their counterparts in the U.S. parks to the point that they’re essentially new experiences.
Mermaid Lagoon Theater – Reopening TBD
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Closed through November 6, 2023
Magic Lamp Theater – November 1, 2023 to February 18, 2024
Journey to the Center of the Earth – November 21 to December 20, 2023
Scuttle’s Scooters – January 9-12, 2024
Toy Story Mania – January 10 to April 8, 2024
DisneySea Electric Railway – January 11 to March 11, 2024
Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull — February 1-15, 2024
Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage – February 13 to September 24, 2024
Song of Mirage – Reopening TBD
Believe! Sea of Dreams – January 9 to February 5, 2024; February 16, 2024
Disney Sky Full of Colors Fireworks – February 16, 2024
Several of the most “important” attractions at Tokyo DisneySea are also scheduled to be closed at various points this year and in 2024. Sadly, the 2024 closures are almost unavoidable. If at all possible, you should try not to miss 20k Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Indiana Jones Adventure.
Then there’s Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, which is our #1 Disney attraction in the entire world (both of us!). Unfortunately, that one is going to be difficult to avoid, especially if you’re planning a visit for the opening of Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea in June 2024 or beyond.
Honestly, we’re a little scared about the closure of Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage. It’s coming at an odd time–when capacity will be needed due to the aforementioned opening of Fantasy Springs–and is just long enough for a reimagining to occur. We absolutely adore this attraction, and really hope it’s receiving TLC and not an IP injection of Disney characters!
Finally, both of these lists do not include many snack stands and retail locations that have not reopened in the past ~3 years following the closure of the parks. Most of these are relatively inconsequential and do not materially impact a visit in itself–they’re not “destination” dining or shopping.
However, they do slightly impact retail and restaurant capacity in aggregate. The end result is crowded shops and very long lines for dining options, especially at peak times. Accordingly, we recommend eating early or late–unless you want to wait 30+ minutes for a counter service restaurant.
Thoughts on the 2023-2024 ride refurbishment calendar for Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea? Disappointed to see anything on this list–or still closed ~4 years after the parks reopened? If you’ve been to Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea, what did you think of attraction maintenance and upkeep? Do you agree or disagree with our assessments? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!