- Holidays and Celebrations
Halloween at Disney Sea
The Biggest Halloween Celebration in Japan
It's just a few more days until Halloween arrives and it'll most likely pass most people by here in Japan. Halloween is not celebrated in Japan like in other countries and although stores and restaurants get into the Halloween mood by offering pumpkin-themed foods and accessories, most people hardly take notice. If you live in Tokyo, you'll probably find a few Halloween parties happening at clubs geared towards young adults, but there just isn't much happening for the rest of us, unless you happen to be at one of the Disney resorts.
Tokyo Disney Resort is located just outside the boundaries of Tokyo in Maihama and when it comes to Halloween, they really know how to throw a party! There are two major theme parks at the resort. Tokyo Disneyland is a very close replica of the Disney parks in other parts of the world with subtle differences. The newer park in the resort is Tokyo Disney Sea and although the Disneyland Park seems to be the more popular park, my preference leans towards the beauty and sophistication of the Disney Sea park.
I was fortunate enough to visit the park during this year's Halloween season. The crowds were huge but I was there to mostly take in the beauty of the park and get some snapshots of what makes this park so special during this time of the year.
*All photos taken by myself unless otherwise noted.
A very thorough book with tips on shopping, eating and even getting to the parks. This is crucial especially at the Japanese parks as language can be a barrier.
Includes information on hidden mickeys and other trivia found at the Japanese parks.
The Beauty of Disney Sea
Kevin Yee is a regular contributor to a popular Disney website. This book has great information on the dining options and crowd patterns to help you have a smooth experience.
Tokyo Disney Sea is a theme park based on the oceans. Instead of various lands like at Disneyland, each section is separated into individual ports.
With ports inspired by places such as Venice, New York in the 1930's and Latin America, a lot of attention is paid to the smallest details.
On this day, I visited solely for the purpose of taking pictures and to just soak up the Halloween atmosphere. I hope that my pictures will give you a taste of the beauty and festivity of Halloween at this beautiful theme park.
As soon as we enter, we are greeted by Mediterranean Harbor. I am thrilled at the new Halloween decorations they put up this year and I can't stop taking pictures. Every angle of the park is unbelievably photogenic but today is all about Halloween so I try my hardest to focus.
The Mediterranean Harbor portion of the park is especially stunning and themed so well that you feel as though you've stepped into the city of Venice.
Inspired by Portofino and Venice.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Halloween Follies Show
Scenes of the Italian Countryside
The Tuscany section of Mediterranean Harbor is one of the quietest and most serene section of the parks, Surrounded by vineyards, flower beds and quaint shops, this area feels nothing like a theme park.
I love walking slowly around this area and just take in the marvel of this man-made wonder. I sit down to a glass of red wine and smile as I gaze at the Italian countryside.
I recently finished reading this funny and entertaining book about an American family who comes to Tokyo solely for the purpose of eating. A great book for those interested in experiencing Japanese food like the locals do.
The Tuscany SectionClick thumbnail to view full-size
Get Into the Halloween Spirit
Is there any character that's as cool as Jack Skellington? I thought he was so cool I dressed up as him one Halloween years ago. Once of the greatest movies to watch on Halloween night or even Christmas!
Lost River Delta
A river runs through this area inspired by the deep jungles of Latin America. A skeleton party is in progress and the locals are out celebrating Halloween in their own unique way. So I sit down with a bottle of Corona watching the parade go by while the pyramid glows in the background.
Scenes from Lost River DeltaClick thumbnail to view full-size
As you step in American Waterfront, you are greeted by the S. S. Columbia. You can enjoy fine dining here or spend a romantic hour or two at Teddy Roosevelt's Bar located on the ship. Inspired by New York of the 1930's, this area is full of atmosphere.
There was even a party going on that evening at Waterfront Park. Across the bridge, we cross into Cape Cod to enjoy Halloween in a quaint and quite fishing village.
A Tradional American HalloweenClick thumbnail to view full-size
A Magical Halloween at Disney Sea
After a spectacular fireworks show, we had a light dinner at New York Deli, where we had their famous mile-high sandwich with a side of fries.
As I slowly walked towards the exit of the park, I looked back over my shoulder towards the sparkling waters of Mediterranean Harbor as the volcano erupted for the last time that night.