I was going to wait until more info was posted on the official site, but I'm too excited and I want to get more information now. My questions are laced into my paragraphs, but the TLDR version is at the bottom.
We're tentatively planning to go to Japan from 12/27-1/5. We had been planning on going during the week to see Christmas in the parks until a) we found out the event ends on the 25th and b) there's a New Years event the first week of January.
Because of the holidays, it doesn't seem like it would make a major difference when we go, but I think we're still going on a weekday. We are going to go to TDL either Tues (12/29) or Wed (12/30) and than TDS on Monday (1/5) and we wanted to get a Starlight passport on Sun (1/4) to see what we can of the New Years event in TDL. But first, what does it entail? Aside from some event merchadise, iirc there wasn't much to the Tanabata event which just we missed last time we went, but I figure with New Years being the most important holiday, there might be more stuff?
However, I was checking the calendar on the website and noticed hours for 1/1 is 2 am through 10 pm...that's 20 hours?! How does this work? Is it just a regular park ticket? Is it difficult to get in that day? It seems like it would be the best bang for your buck.
Fortunately, we did go recently in June, so we've done pretty much everything we wanted to do. We're planning on going on the rides that were closed the first time and our favorites, checking out any new food, and taking in the decor.
Will the Christmas decorations be taken down immediately or will they still be up the few days after Christmas? We can move our first day to Monday (12/28) if it means we can still catch them up. Will Christmas merchandise still be available? Will the special Duffy still be available? I was hoping to get the special Duffy with his tongue sticking out since seeing DuffyDad's pictures of his.
On a related note, my bf wants to experience hatsumode on the 31st and we're trying to decide which shrine or temple to go to. I think he's crazy since the crowds will probably be worse than Disneyland, but any recs? I think we'll be in Meguro for most of the time but that night will be in Asagaya, if it helps.
1) What does the New Years event offer (food, attractions, decoration, etc)?
2) 1/1 park hours are 2 AM to 10 PM. How does this work? Is it just a regular park ticket? Is it difficult to get in that day?
3) Will the Christmas decorations be taken down immediately or will they still be up the few days after Christmas?
4) Will Christmas merchandise still be available?
5) Will the special Duffy still be available?
6) Any shrine or temple recs for hatsumode on 12/31?
Thanks for your help!