From July 10 until September 2, 2018, Tokyo Disney Resort is hosting two different summer seasons in its two different parks. In Tokyo Disneyland, guests can join the celebration of the Disney Natsu Matsuri (translated to Summer Festival). In Tokyo DisneySea, pirates will take over during the Disney Pirates Summer. The celebrations of the 35th anniversary “Happiest Celebration” will also continue.
Disney Natsu Matsuri
This season is based on the Japanese Summer Festival. The big headliner is the Sansui! Summer Beat show in front of Cinderella Castle. The show is like a big dance party where dancers and Disney characters move on high tempo music, while water is sprayed into the crowd to keep them cool.
The show features around hundred performers including Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, and Chip and Dale. The show has five floats that take the parade route to the Plaza and Castle Forecourt for the main show. It takes place three times a day.
During the festival, many Japanese decorations can be found in Tokyo Disneyland. There are also photo locations where Disney characters play traditional instruments.
There are special summer food and drink options, like typical Japanese summer snacks. The Sweetheart Café has a special sandwich shaped like grilled corn-on-the-cob and Restaurant Hokusai has more special Japanese menu items with souvenir chopsticks.
There is also a special Chip and Dale souvenir cup with a dessert.
Last but not least, you can find a special summer menu at the Disney Ambassador Hotel and the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.
New merchandise includes special Sansui! Summer Beat plush badges and other items. There is also a new line of summer items themed to Chip and Dale.
Disney Pirates Summer
In Tokyo’s water-themed park, pirates take over during the Disney Pirates Summer. Main event is the harbor show Pirates Summer Battle Get Wet!. In this show, Captain Barbossa and his crew infiltrate Porto Paradiso in the Mediterranean Harbor. Guests need to become part of his crew, but they must do some training first. There are ‘exercises’ that include splashing water to keep them cool. Then Captain Jack Sparrow appears, and the battle starts.
This show has eighty performers that dance and do stunts. The show includes water and fire effects. It is performed three times a day.
The season has a lot of small details. There are pirate training games, decorations, and photo locations around Mediterranean Harbor and comedic pirates are roaming the park to meet guests. There are encounters with Jack Sparrow in Lost River Delta and Mediterranean Harbor.
Miguel’s El Dorado Cantina is transformed into Pirates’ Cantina Fiesta, now a tavern with special decorations and a pirate band. There is a special menu with skull-shaped rice and some special cocktails.
Throughout the park there is more themed food to try. You can visit Café Portofino, Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery, and New York Deli to try all the special dishes and drinks. You can get your hands on a nice souvenir mug and souvenir plate.
DisneySea Hotel Miracosta is offering special menu items themed to pirates, including cocktails.
The merchandise includes t-shirts and other products themed to Disney Pirates Summer, and pluche badges and other stuff themed to Mickey and his friends as pirates.
You can find all the info about the seasons (all the entertainment, food, and merchandise) on the website of Tokyo Disney Resort. Click here for all the details of Disney Natsu Matsuri, and here for Disney Pirates Summer.