Spider-Man Costumes Banned From Disney Park’s Halloween Season

in Tokyo Disneyland

Tobey Maguire Spider-Man

Credit: Sony Pictures

No Spider-People allowed!

Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man
Credit: Marvel Studios/Sony Pictures

Disney is allowing Guests to come fully dressed up this Disney Halloween season — with the exception of anyone wanting to wear a Spider-Man outfit.

It’s a fact that The Walt Disney Company and The Oriental Land Company have allowed Disney Park Guests to visit the Tokyo Disney Resort theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland, and Tokyo DisneySea in their Halloween best — and this includes fully dressing up as Disney Characters.

Mickey Mouse at Tokyo Disneyland's Halloween Time
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The interesting difference here from other Disney Parks under The Walt Disney Company is that this is allowed for the entire duration of the Halloween Season, from September 14th (Wednesday) to October 31st (Monday), 2022 at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Several COVID-19 social distancing and mask rules are included as well.

The Tokyo Disney Resort has released its guidelines for the Halloween period, detailed here:

At both parks, Guests can enter in full Disney character costumes every day during the “Disney Halloween” period.

  • There will not be space provided for changing into costume. Please come after changing clothes and makeup at home or at the hotel where you are staying.

  • You cannot change clothes or apply makeup in the restrooms of Tokyo Disney Resort.

  • In principle, wearing a mask is required. You can remove the mask in the following cases.

  • <Outdoors>When it is possible to secure a distance (approximately 2m or more) with other people, or when there is little conversation even if it is not possible

  • <Indoors> When it is possible to secure a distance (approximately 2m or more) with people around you and rarely engage in conversation

Tom Holland as Spider-Man
Credit: Marvel Studios / Sony Pictures

However, what’s less known is that Disney is implementing several strict guidelines for the costumes themselves at the Disney Parks, including what characters Guests are allowed to dress up as.

Characters you may dress up as

(1) Disney characters appearing at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea (including characters appearing in attractions)

(2) Characters appearing in entertainment programs such as parades and shows at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea (including past events), dancers and performers.

(3) Characters appearing in works distributed and distributed by Disney on the list of accepted works that costumes may come from.

Interestingly, the list of Disney characters’ costumes that are allowed very specifically state that Disney Park Guests headed to the Tokyo Disney Resort (whether it be Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea) are not allowed to dress up as the Marvel character, Spider-Man.

At the bottom of the list of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) properties whose characters Guests may dress up as, is the explicit statement:

Character costumes not allowed: Spider-Man

Zendaya as MJ Williams (left) and Tom Holland as Spider-Man (right)
Credit: Marvel Studios / Sony Pictures

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It’s possible that this restriction comes as a result of the fact that Sony still technically owns the Spider-Man property, having struck a famous deal with Marvel Studios to even produce the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s iteration of Spidey, in Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

As such, the status of Spider-Man at the Disney Parks themselves is constantly in question — it’s possible that Disney doesn’t have the license for Spider-Man at the Japanese theme parks in the Tokyo Disney Resort, as Universal Studios Japan is well-known for having a Spider-Man area and ride.

Spider-Man W.E.B. Adventure at disneyland paris avengers campus
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There is also the case of health and safety, with the Resort — like other Disney Parks — not allowing fully masked characters. Tokyo Disney Resort notes the following on their guidelines:

Please refrain from wearing costumes that cover the face (including costume make-up, fake scars or injuries and beards), that include sharp, long or dangerous objects or parts (such as real or imitation knives, swords, bow and arrows, guns, fireworks), that make it difficult to walk or that are overly revealing.

And it is not the first time an imposter dressed fully as the New York web-slinger has infiltrated a Disney Park.

Therefore, if you’re planning on heading to the Tokyo Disney Resort at all this Halloween, it’s important to double-check the list of accepted costumes — and if you want to do anything Spidey-related, perhaps it’s also best to keep your love for the web-slinging superhero relegated to a more subtle Disneybound.

What do you think of this costume restricting Spider-Man from the Parks? Share your thoughts below in the comments!

More on the Tokyo Disney Resort

Unlike other entirely Walt Disney Company-owned Parks like the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan exists as the Walt Disney Company’s first-ever international Disney Park and is owned and operated by the Oriental Land Company. Located just beside the JR Maihama Station, and connected to Narita Airport and Haneda Airport by convenient transport networks, Tokyo Disney Resort comprises two theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, all connected by the Disney Resort Line monorail. Nearby are official hotels, the Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel and Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel.

Tokyo Disneyland resides just a short distance from the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel, and features a similar castle to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, with their own Cinderella Castle. Tokyo Disneyland offers more than one unique attraction, including the Tokyo-exclusive, trackless Winnie the Pooh ride, Pooh’s Honey Hunt, plus Monsters, Inc. “Ride & Go Seek!”. Familiar favorites from other parks include Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, It’s a small world and Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster.

Tokyo DisneySea is a truly unique Disney Park themed after the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.), it boasts seven themed lands, or “Ports of Call” – the Mediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, and Mysterious Island. Equally unique are DisneySea’s exclusive and one-of-a-kind attractions – Soaring: Fantastic Flight, Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull, the S.E.A. storyline-themed old New York-style hotel Tower of Terror: Hotel Hightower, Jules Verne-inspired 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and star attraction, Journey to the Center of the Earth, located within the Park’s looming icon — giant volcano Mount Prometheus. Most unique of all is the on-property official Disney Hotel (that basically redefines “on-property”) — the luxurious Hotel MiraCosta, built right into the buildings of Tokyo DisneySea’s Mediterranean Harbor itself.

When it arrives next year, Park Guests will enter new themed land Fantasy Springs through an enchanted waterfall grotto, that opens into a magic-filled Port where Guests can find themselves visiting Peter Pan’s Neverland, Rapunzel’s Tower and Kingdom of Corona, and Anna and Elsa’s Arendelle: World of Frozen — potentially even check-in at a luxury hotel located right inside Fantasy Springs, too.

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