Oct 7, 2010
After finishing up whirlwind trip last month that took me to all the Disney Theme Parks in the span of one month, I can honestly say that nothing compares to the Halloween costumes at Tokyo Disneyland. If you only visit Tokyo Disney once in your life, I recommend doing it during the Halloween festivities (perhaps I am a bit biased though given Halloween is my favorite holiday).
I was at Tokyo Disneyland for opening weekend of the 2010 Halloween festivities and pretty much spent the entire day on Friday photographing guests costumes! It’s one thing to see the amazing outfits they make for the Duffy Bears, but it’s quite another to see the attention to detail and magnificent creativity that goes into their own Halloween costume designs. An interesting note about Tokyo Disney Halloween celebrations — the rules are quite different from the US Parks. At TDL, you must dress as a Disney character. Many of the costumes I saw were based on seasonal events or outfits donned by Mickey and Minnie or Donald and Daisy at various events and celebrations.
Without a doubt, my favorite of the day were the two dressed like the 2010 Mickey and Minnie outfits for DisneySea’s Mysterious Masquerade. I spotted these two when I was hunting down pins in the store next to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The girl in the elaborate Minnie dress indicated she made all the costumes, including for the Duffy Bears! My Mom, who is a seamstress, said the costumes here look as though the spiderweb designs were hand cut and appliqued (or a fusible material was used to adhere them to the black fabric). Given that this was only the second day of the Halloween festivities – much of her review and preparation came before she could ever see the Mickey and Minnie 2010 costumes in person!
TDL was filled with nearly every Disney character costume imaginable. Some included groups going as the same character, while others included rather ingenious interpretations. Many girls were dressed as Easter Bunnies – these outfits were adapted from the 2010 Easter parade that was part of the Easter Wonderland celebration earlier this year. There were also tons of Disney princesses — a few complete with matching Duffy or Shellie May costumes as well.
Here is a look at a few of my favorites from the day (be warned – photo heavy post):
After spending most of the afternoon photographing costumes and Park decor, I started to head out and finish shopping when I spotted the best costumes – Duffy and Shellie May!!!
I turned around and caught up with them to ask if I could get a couple photos of them. Super cute outfits and quite ingenious! I was rather surprised these were the first Duffy costumes I had seen.
I wish I had been able to spend more than one day at Tokyo Disneyland on this trip and definitely plan to make the Halloween trip a 4 day excursion for sure. Take a look at the rest of the Halloween costumes in the gallery below. Enjoy!
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