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Halloween at Disney Sea

Updated on October 2, 2014
Halloween at Tokyo Disney Sea
Halloween at Tokyo 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.

Travelers Series Guide to the Tokyo Disney Resort
Travelers Series Guide to the Tokyo Disney Resort

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

The entrance to Tokyo Disney Sea
The entrance to Tokyo Disney Sea
Top Tips for Visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort
Top Tips for Visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort

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.

Mediterranean Harbor

Tokyo Disney Sea Mediterranean Harbor
Tokyo Disney Sea Mediterranean Harbor

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.

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Knights at the entrance to the park.The corridor leading to Mediterranean Harbor.Mediterranean Harbor decorated with Halloween lights. The building in the park is a Disney Hotel called Hotel Miracosta.Hotels overlooking the harbor with the jack-o-lantern lights.The venice area decorated in a masquerade theme.Welcome to the Venice area.Mickey-shaped jack-o-lanterns.Masquerade themed decor around this entire area.
Knights at the entrance to the park.
Knights at the entrance to the park.
The corridor leading to Mediterranean Harbor.
The corridor leading to Mediterranean Harbor.
Mediterranean Harbor decorated with Halloween lights. The building in the park is a Disney Hotel called Hotel Miracosta.
Mediterranean Harbor decorated with Halloween lights. The building in the park is a Disney Hotel called Hotel Miracosta.
Hotels overlooking the harbor with the jack-o-lantern lights.
Hotels overlooking the harbor with the jack-o-lantern lights.
The venice area decorated in a masquerade theme.
The venice area decorated in a masquerade theme.
Welcome to the Venice area.
Welcome to the Venice area.
Mickey-shaped jack-o-lanterns.
Mickey-shaped jack-o-lanterns.
Masquerade themed decor around this entire area.
Masquerade themed decor around this entire area.

Halloween Follies Show

Scenes of the Italian Countryside

Tokyo Disney Sea Mediterranean Harbor
Tokyo Disney Sea Mediterranean Harbor

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.

Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo
Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo

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 Section

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The vineyards with real grapes growing at a theme park. An Italian restaurant serving wine is next door.The herb gardens in Tuscany.From Tuscany, you can see the Disney volcano in the distance.Decorated for the Halloween season.
The vineyards with real grapes growing at a theme park. An Italian restaurant serving wine is next door.
The vineyards with real grapes growing at a theme park. An Italian restaurant serving wine is next door.
The herb gardens in Tuscany.
The herb gardens in Tuscany.
From Tuscany, you can see the Disney volcano in the distance.
From Tuscany, you can see the Disney volcano in the distance.
Decorated for the Halloween season.
Decorated for the Halloween season.

Get Into the Halloween Spirit

The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas

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

Tokyo Disney Sea Lost River Delta
Tokyo Disney Sea 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 Delta

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The skeleton dolls are light-hearted and beautiful in their own way.Lots of unique festive decorations in this part of the park.I wonder if these decorations are based on actual celebrations.Latin America decor is very festive and colorul.Tropical fruits, flowers and skeleton decorations.Fiesta de los Esqueletos means Skeleton Festival....I think.Night falls on Lost River Delta
The skeleton dolls are light-hearted and beautiful in their own way.
The skeleton dolls are light-hearted and beautiful in their own way.
Lots of unique festive decorations in this part of the park.
Lots of unique festive decorations in this part of the park.
I wonder if these decorations are based on actual celebrations.
I wonder if these decorations are based on actual celebrations.
Latin America decor is very festive and colorul.
Latin America decor is very festive and colorul.
Tropical fruits, flowers and skeleton decorations.
Tropical fruits, flowers and skeleton decorations.
Fiesta de los Esqueletos means Skeleton Festival....I think.
Fiesta de los Esqueletos means Skeleton Festival....I think.
Night falls on Lost River Delta
Night falls on Lost River Delta

American Waterfront

American Waterfront
American Waterfront

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 Halloween

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Say trick or treat to the cast members and they will give you some candy.Look closely for Mickey.Jack-o-lanterns all around the harbor.Ready to party?Halloween centerpiece in the middle of the street.Cape Cod reminds me of small town America.Tradional houses decorated for the trick or treaters.Unique jack-o-lantern design.On the streets of Cape Cod.
Say trick or treat to the cast members and they will give you some candy.
Say trick or treat to the cast members and they will give you some candy.
Look closely for Mickey.
Look closely for Mickey.
Jack-o-lanterns all around the harbor.
Jack-o-lanterns all around the harbor.
Ready to party?
Ready to party?
Halloween centerpiece in the middle of the street.
Halloween centerpiece in the middle of the street.
Cape Cod reminds me of small town America.
Cape Cod reminds me of small town America.
Tradional houses decorated for the trick or treaters.
Tradional houses decorated for the trick or treaters.
Unique jack-o-lantern design.
Unique jack-o-lantern design.
On the streets of Cape Cod.
On the streets of Cape Cod.

A Magical Halloween at Disney Sea

Tokyo Disney Sea at night
Tokyo Disney Sea at night

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.

How About You?

Have you ever been to Tokyo Disney Sea?

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What do you think of this unique theme park in Japan? Would you visit if you had the chance? Have you ever been here before? Please feel free to leave your comm

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ChocolateLily: Thanks so much chocolateLily. Definitely visit this park as it's quite unique.

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      Lovely photos! We love Disney and hope that someday we can visit parks outside of the U.S.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ACDuncan: Thanks for reading!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @rainykua: Glad you enjoyed your visit!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: I hope you get a chance to visit. It's a really great place.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thanks so much Treasures. I really appreciate it. I also enjoyed my visit to Disneyland Paris as well.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @RinchenChodron: I hope you get a chance to visit one of these days.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Thanks Vinn. I appreciate your comments always.

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      ACDuncan 3 years ago

      Thanks for the lens, I never knew .....:)

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      rainykua 3 years ago

      I have enjoyed looking at the pictures. The decors are really gorgeous and colorful. I've been to Disney Sea a few years ago. It was fun and I felt like a kid.:)

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I love Disney and hope one day to visit there.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I enjoyed it and it would be a great experience to see in, but I don't think I will ever travel that far from NZ.

      Thanks for Halloween greetings.

      Hope you have a wonderful halloween day also.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      I've been to a lot of the Disney parks but not this one! Your photos have definitely peeked my interest.

      We visited Disneyland Paris as a break from our touring in Europe. I could see doing something similar in Japan. I'm pinning your page on my Pinterest board, Disney Halloween.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      Yes, I did. I have not heard of Disney Sea (perhaps because i've not been to Japan?) but would like to see it now. Thanks for the info.

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      Oh my god, spectacular pictures. Halloween looks fun at DisneySea!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: Disney Seas is a very laid back park, very little on thrills but more on atmosphere.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      I love Disney Seas (only in Japan) but I prefer Disneyland better sometimes.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sousababy: It is kid friendly but also great for adults as well.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: Yes that's exactly why I like it.

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Looks kid-friendly for sure.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      What I mostly noticed is that it focuses more on beauty than on scare.