PHOTOS: Details Revealed for New Year’s 2020 Event at Tokyo Disney Resort

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The news never stops at Tokyo Disney Resort! From last week’s reveal of New Fantasyland opening April 15, to the 2020 event calendar, to the adorable new monorails coming starting next year! Well to close out the week, we’ve got one more reveal for you: OLC has revealed specifics on the special New Year’s event coming January 1-5 to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea! That includes the special greetings, merchandise, and food! So, let’s take a closer look at what to expect for 2020!


The annual New Year’s Greeting will return to the parade route at Tokyo Disneyland, and the waters of Mediterranean Harbor at Tokyo DisneySea! The Greeting features the Disney Friends in traditional Japanese kimono, welcoming Guests to the New Year!


At the entrances of both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, special kadomatsu, which are traditional ornamentations to temporarily welcome the gods for the New Year, will be themed to Mickey and Minnie Mouse! Why those two, you ask? Why, it’s the year of the mouse of course! Actually, it’s the year of the rat, but I’ll definitely take these two! And at Tokyo DisneySea, the entrance passage between the AquaSphere and Porto Paradiso will be lined with banners depicting Mickey and Minnie in kimono!


New Year’s Card Sets – ¥630 ($5.82)

Hand Towel – ¥1500 ($13.87)

Coin Purse Set – ¥2000 ($18.49)

Daruma (Good Luck Doll) – ¥800 ($7.40)

We can’t have a special event at Tokyo Disney Resort without lots and lots of merchandise! Sixty special items will be available from December 2nd to January 8th at both parks, featuring the Disney Friends in Japanese attire, as well as daruma, or Japanese good luck dolls, shaped like Mickey and Minnie.


White Sesame Mousse and Brown Sugar Syrup Jelly with Souvenir Cup – ¥800 ($7.40)

Kinako Churro – ¥400 ($3.70)

Isn’t that souvenir cup just darling? I’ll take 20! But seriously, special food items including those above as well as a Hot Ginger-Yuzu Drink will help bring a traditional taste to this very Japanese Disney New Year’s! Special food will be available from December 26th to January 8th, except for the Kinako Churro. That item will last through January 31st! It all sounds so delicious!

Disney Resort Line Day Pass

I’ve started collecting these, I have to admit. And this one looks like another excellent addition! Not only does it feature Mickey, Minnie, Chip, and Dale in traditional Japanese garb (with a gorgeous design to boot), but also the facades of Space Mountain, it’s a small world, and Mermaid Lagoon can be seen within the traditional background!

If you possess a Japanese Disney account and will be in Japan for New Year’s Eve, you can register for the lottery to possibly win a chance to ring in the new year in either Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea! The lottery details are available at this link (in Japanese). For the first time, the parks will not be open continuously from 8pm on December 31st to 10pm on January 1st. Both parks will close at 6am and reopen at 8am and 8:30am for Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland respectively.

Are you excited about this special, limited-time event? I sure am! I can’t wait to try the foods, buy the merch, and see the decorations! If you’re visiting Tokyo Disney Resort for New Year’s, let us know below or on Twitter!

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1 year ago

This isn’t the first year that the parks have this schedule for New Year’s Eve/Day. Since 2012, both parks have closed at 6am or 7am on January 1st and reopened two hours later for regular guests.

1 year ago
Reply to  JpnDude

I thought that the parks were open full time during this New Year period….so basically everybody with the lottery cards will have to wait ~ 2 hours to get from one park to another? (maybe make a pause at the local stores/mall and then go to the other park?)

1 year ago

Can you give more info on the New Year’s Eve event? Tips for getting tickets?