If you've contemplated visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort over a holiday period, spring is one of the best times to go. Each year, the Tokyo Disney Resort hosts a special Easter-themed event that runs from early April until late June; long after Easter is officially over. While it might seem odd to enjoy Easter-related treats and decorations after the holiday is officially over, it's one of Tokyo Disneys most popular annual events.
2015 will be a first for the resort with the overlay of the special Easter event taking place in both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Previous years included various other spring-themed events at Tokyo DisneySea while Disneyland has held their traditional Easter celebration.
This year's event is called Disney's Easter and follows a secret Easter garden with flowers, plants and colorful Easter eggs. Look for a new Easter parade, "Hippity-Hoppity Springtime."
The incredibly popular Egg Hunt in Tokyo Disneyland returns as well. For a small fee, guests can purchase one of two different Easter Egg Hunt maps. Spend the day looking for Easter eggs hidden throughout the park, and once you complete the challenge, head to the redemption center and pick up your free gift. Fortunately, the map includes English so non-Japanese-speaking guests can also participate.
The continuation of the Disney's Easter event is slightly different in Tokyo DisneySea. Here, you'll find decor like stylish Easter bonnets and springtime displays throughout the park. Mediterranean Harbor will also debut the new Fashionable Easter show.
As the name suggests, Disney characters will be dressed in their Easter best, themed to the four ports at DisneySea. Not only is this a brand new show, but it's also the first show at the newly renovated Mediterranean Harbor. Tokyo DisneySea's waterfront area is a key landmark in the park and it's been under renovation for a while now.
Along the harbor and park entrance, look for European-style Easter eggs. Other lands will be themed as well - New York Waterfront has artistic Easter egg decorations, while Cape Cod will feature homemade-style decorations, emphasizing that small town feel.
As with all Tokyo Disney Resort events, there is no shortage of fun merchandise and special themed eats. There is everything from small desserts with souvenir plates to entire menus only available during the Easter event. The food and merchandise will vary at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
Don't skip visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort Hotels during a special event either. Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta have special menus available in the restaurants, and be sure to check each hotels lounge for seasonal dessert and tea sets.
And the holiday theming doesn't end there. The Disney Resort Line is the monorail that connects guests to each of the parks and hotels at the Tokyo Disney Resort and will also be decked out in Easter decor, inside and out. Monorails come every few minutes so you can always wait for the next one if you want to ride the special monorail with Easter decorations. Be sure to purchase a day pass for the monorail, which is also themed for Easter. Many people keep these as souvenirs or for use in scrapbook projects.
While most information on Tokyo Disney Resort's website is in Japanese, there are photos of merchandise, food and the Easter Egg hunt maps for those who want to see additional details.
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Erin is a travel and food writer who currently splits her time between the Netherlands and Belize. She's traveled to 60+ countries on 5 continents with a passion for culinary travel, luxury hotels, and all things Disney. Her writing has appeared in numerous online outlets including Gadling, BootsnAll, CNN, Art of Backpacking, TravBuddy, CBS, and more. She was the major author of Belize's official visitor magazine, Destination Belize 2013; wrote the official AFAR Guide to Belize; and is also AFAR Magazine's local Belize expert.. In addition to writing for other publications, Erin maintains several blogs, Our Tasty Travels, No Checked Bags, Pooh's Travels, and the brand new Caye To Belize. Follow Erin on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.
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