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  • [Question] Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

    I'm asking because the week I had planned to visit the resort (March 30- April 6) shows up on the Japanese Disney website as a Top Week for hotel rates...meaning highest rates possible. Anyone know? :confused3
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    Re: Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

    School Year in Japan runs April to March. Most schools have a one week or so break end of March before the new term starts. So not a spring break per se, but definitely not a slow period. (They also, from what I recall, get about a week or so in the winter for a term break, and typically get most of August off. Yes, in the MIDDLE of the school year. And yes, there is homework.)

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    • #3
      Re: Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

      From Wikipedia...

      In Japan, almost all schools run a three-term school year (trimester system), and most universities and colleges have a semester system. Most schools with a trimester system have a first term from April 1 to late July. The exact date of the beginning of the summer break and its duration vary across regions, but commonly the break lasts for about six weeks. The break originated to avoid the heat in summer, so elementary, middle, and high schools in Hokkaido and Nagano prefecture tend to have a shorter summer break than the rest of schools in Japan.
      A second term lasts from early September to late December with a two-week long break for Christmas and New Year's at the end of the year. The term is followed by a third term from early January to late March and a brief week-long spring break. The greaduation ceremony occurs in March, and the enrollment ceremony in early April. The Japanese public school year consists of approximately 200 days, contrary to claims for a much longer school year seen in some forums.
      Some universities and colleges accept students in September or October in order to let those students from other semester systems enroll. In recent years a few colleges have begun experimenting with having two semesters instead of the traditional three with the break between two semesters in summer.
      As the Wiki page states, the exact dates vary and some schools do get longer spring breaks.

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      • #4
        Re: Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

        The American School in Japan has spring break in 2014 from March 22 to 30.

        My experience has been that spring break is over by April 5.

        The best time to visit the park is in April after spring break and before Golden Week.

        You can usually tell when the holidays are by looking at the Disney Vacation Club point charts. For 2013, it was value season from April 7 to the 27.

        For 2014 the greedy cockroaches have made it all peak season from March 16 to May 3, almost doubling the amount of points required to stay at any of the Tokyo Disney hotels (they figured out that folks from the US were going to our spring break period and it was a value season).
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        • #5
          Re: Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

          There will be no avoiding very high crowds for you. Your only chance of a 'break' will be Saturday, April 5, 2014. Before then, hope for the best but expect the worst.

          The good news is that since you are a WDW vet, TDL will be 95% familiar to you. Do Pooh's Hunny Hunt twice. It's the only super-headliner that you are not familiar with. Try to see the outdoor show in Tomorrowland, One Man's Dream II. Highly theatrical, lots of quick costume and set changes.

          The most important aspect of TDS is the themeing. Just looking around. I especially like Fortress Exploration and Triton's Kingdom, both places well worth taking a lot of time. Make sure you get a map of FE in English, makes for a great free souvenir, but you have to ask for it. Some of the rooms in FE are a bit tricky to find, so you'll need the map. IJ lamost always has single rider. Sometimes 20,000 and Raging Spirt as well. Utilize those. Aquatopia does not have fastpass and lines build very quickly. Do that as soon as you can. Sindbad is quick loading, so hopefully that will not be a problem for you.

          Good Luck!

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          • #6
            Re: Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

            Originally posted by shelemm View Post
            There will be no avoiding very high crowds for you. Your only chance of a 'break' will be Saturday, April 5, 2014. Before then, hope for the best but expect the worst.
            I don't understand the thinking behind this statement. Saturday April 5th will be very crowded. Spring Break or not, weekends should for the most part always be avoided when possible.

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            • #7
              Re: Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

              Originally posted by Roger55 View Post
              I don't understand the thinking behind this statement. Saturday April 5th will be very crowded. Spring Break or not, weekends should for the most part always be avoided when possible.
              Roger55 is absolutely right the Saturday before a holiday ends including back to school will be an absolute mad house, very very crowded!
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              • #8
                Re: Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

                Yes ... but the Sunday afternoon at the end of a holiday is when the parks start to clear out, and the lines diminish rapidly. By 6 pm most rides are walk-ons. You can do more between 6 pm and 10 pm on a Sunday night at the end of a holiday than you can in an entire normal weekend.
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                • #9
                  Re: Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

                  Hm, how about the week right after Golden Week? Will that be better, just the same, or worse?
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                  • #10
                    Re: Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

                    It's less busy in the middle of April than it is after Golden Week. I have been there between spring break and Golden Week. The parks are shockingly empty. It's still chilly, though.
                    Born in a shoebox and making the most of it.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

                      The thing is I just found out Aquatopia, one of the rides unique to TDS, will be closed from January until late April! I don't want to miss out on that one, even if it's a simple ride. I'm hoping they release the list of all ride refurbishments for the month May, so that I can find out whether 20,000 Leagues, Journey , Indy, and Tower of Terror are going to be open then.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

                        You won't miss anything if Aquatopia is closed. It looks great, but is a disappointment. It takes up a lot of space and I wouldn't be surprised if it eventually goes away because the real estate can be put to better use.
                        Born in a shoebox and making the most of it.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

                          Alas, there's always something closed unless you go during the summer.... I love Aquatopia, and they ramped up the 'wet' side last summer to make it a bit more wet and wild. Still, you can't have everything.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

                            I've booked our first visit for April 7-10 2014. I'm hoping it will be quieter as the room rates went down from the 6th.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Do the Japanese get a Spring Break?

                              Originally posted by Flis View Post
                              I've booked our first visit for April 7-10 2014. I'm hoping it will be quieter as the room rates went down from the 6th.
                              Attendance wise it should be slower. However, your visit coincides with the lull period before the spring special activities begin at TDL. I haven't seen the schedule for next year, but the new spring event will likely start on April 14th.

                              This year, Mickey and Duffy's Spring Voyage at TDS started earlier in March so if all goes as expected you'll be able to experience that during your visit. Ths will be the third year for this spring event at TDS so most likely (hopefully) it will be the last.

                              If your priority is attractions and not so much special entertainment and merchandise your dates should be fine.

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