Of Tokyo’s myriad amusement parks, Tokyo Disney Resort is the most extravagant and certainly the best-known. Disneyland and its sister park DisneySea saw a total of 32.6 million visitors in the 2018-19 fiscal year, arriving from throughout the nation and the world to spend a day with Mickey and friends. But starting next March, you should prepare to spend a little bit more to gain entry on the weekends. In return, you’ll hopefully be spending less of your time on lines and lost in large crowds!
The coronavirus pandemic hit Disney hard, as the two parks had to close down for four months and impose entry restrictions afterwards. To make back their 50 billion yen loss from this fiscal year, as well as to alleviate crowding and facilitate social distancing, Disney Resort announced last week that they will be raising their prices during crowded times.
Each park currently offers a full-day passport for 8,200 yen. (There are lower rates for partial days as well as for children and teenagers.) Under the new “dynamic pricing” system, there will instead be bands of prices that fluctuate depending on the level of crowding.
Disney has yet to reveal all the details about how dynamic pricing will work, but as you can see, the lower ends of the bands are set at the current prices. In other words, there is no time you will be able to visit where the prices will be cheaper than they are now.
Disney has also said that weekends, holidays, the spring school holidays, and Golden Week will see the full-day adult pass at the upper bound, i.e. 8,700 yen, as these are the most popular times to visit. Consider this a gentle nudge to move your Disney plans away from these times and to a weekday instead!
In the same press release, Disney also announced a new “Early Entry Ticket” for those staying at the Disney hotel. It would allow them to begin using the parks at 8AM, a full hour before general admission begins. Early Entry begins February 20, and these tickets are an extra 3,000 yen on top of a 1-day admission pass.
The press release (in Japanese) can be found here; further details will follow.
|Tokyo Disney Resort
|Weekdays and Weekends: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm (varies)
|1-1, Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Chiba
|1-minute walk from Maihama Station on the JR Keiyo and JR Musashino Lines.
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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.