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Shanghai Disney Resort Announces Chinese New Year Celebrations

Shanghai Disney Resort - Year of the Dog
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This year, Shanghai Disney Resort will welcome a magical new year, the Year of the Dog, combining Chinese traditions and festivities with Disney magic and fun, offering guests unlimited opportunities to celebrate the new year unlike anywhere in China. Throughout the resort, guests will be immersed in the holiday atmosphere as they discover new entertainment honoring Chinese traditions with charming Disney surprises. Guests will enjoy their favorite characters dressed up for holiday, unique new year wish activities, exclusive themed merchandise, delicious holiday cuisine, and more. From January 22 through March 4, 2018, Shanghai Disney Resort is the perfect place for friends and family to re-connect and create a magical tradition this Chinese New Year.

Shanghai Disney Resort Adds Extra Magic to Chinese New Year Traditions

This year, Shanghai Disney Resort will be magnificently decorated with Chinese New Year themes, colors and décor encompassing the entire resort, with bright red and gold Mickey lanterns, traditional Chinese Couplets, bright flowers and other holiday- influenced decorations that will ignite warm memories and inspire guests of all ages.

Throughout the holiday season, Mickey Avenue will be a hub of celebration, hosting Mickey Mouse and his pals dressed in their Chinese New Year outfits to take photos with guests in front of themed photo backdrops. Pluto will be bringing extra energy to the Year of the Dog celebration, dressed in his “god of fortune” costume. On the bustling avenue, lucky guests will also be treated to special wishing cards and golden chocolate coins that symbolize good fortune.
As an authentic Chinese New Year tradition, a daily drum ceremony in the Gardens of Imagination—led by none other than Mickey, Minnie and Pluto—will welcome guests as they arrive to Shanghai Disneyland, beating classic rhythms that will fill each day with wishes for prosperity and happiness.

Adding to the fun and excitement of the holiday, at special times throughout the day, Mickey and the gang will gather on Celebration Square for a brand-new, high-energy performance: Shanghai Swing. Inspired by the Lunar New Year and Shanghai’s historic jazz and swing traditions, Shanghai Swing will feature Characters and dancers in beautiful vintage Shanghai costumes. Guests will enjoy watching the dances and even trying their own moves, too.

Guests can carry those wishing cards with them and find even more cards in the Garden of the Twelve Friends, which has been transformed into a magical “Wishing Garden” for the holiday. Guests can write down their new year wishes on special wishing cards, then hang their cards in the park’s first-ever wishing garden to embrace and welcome a magical year ahead.
To officially kick off the Year of the Dog, on February 16 a traditional eye dotting ceremony will take place at Storyteller Statue.
The two resort hotels will also feature bountiful holiday décor that welcomes guests during their visit. Toy Story Hotel will delight youngsters with toy- and character- inspired lanterns and colorful Year of the Dog symbols, while classic red and gold Mickey lanterns and dazzling Chinese New Year flowers create a warm holiday atmosphere in the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel.

Written by Brandon Hawkins

Brandon has been visiting the parks since he was two years old. He has visited Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris multiple times. With a passion for everything Disney, Brandon gives followers up to date news from around the Walt Disney Company adding personal stories along the way. Brandon previously hosted The Happiest Podcast on Earth for three successful seasons.

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