Celebrate Christmas at Shanghai Disneyland with Winter Frostival

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Winter Frostival

Celebrate Christmas at Shanghai Disneyland with Winter Frostival

Shanghai Disney Resort announced recently the launch of the “Disney Winter Frostival”, this year’s new and much-anticipated seasonal celebration set to start Monday, November 28, 2022. Amid a host of enchanting new offerings the resort has prepared for the season, the biggest highlight will be the debut of the Disney Winter Magic Cavalcade, a brand new winter-themed cavalcade in Shanghai Disneyland, incorporating Disney’s iconic live entertainment, signature storytelling and incredible innovation to bring the magic of winter to life.

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Winter Frostival

The Disney Winter Frostival will also introduce exciting new offerings such as the arrival of Mickey’s newest friends the Snowies, along with the return of a line-up of classic Disney experiences, transforming Shanghai Disney Resort into a winter wonderland full of fun and fantasy.

Following the launch of the stunning Disney Winter Magic Cavalcade, the Frostival will encompass Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Spring Festival, Lantern Festival and Valentine’s Day. Guests visiting Shanghai Disney Resort this winter can enjoy the charms of the season through the many offerings that capture the essence of a Disney seasonal celebration with a snowy winter twist, and find themselves immersed in an unforgettable winter carnival through February 19, 2023.

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This winter, the Disney Winter Magic Cavalcade is one of the most exhilarating happenings on offer during the Disney Winter Frostival, with a lineup of new floats, a new performance, new characters and new costumes that have never been seen before in the theme park. Filled with live entertainment, the cavalcade presents snowy vignettes from some of Disney’s most popular stories, conjuring up warm memories of togetherness over the holiday season. Composed of fun-filled floats and push-units, the cavalcade promises to brighten up the winter days and nights with a halo of twinkling lights and a generous sprinkling of magic. To turn up the cheerful holiday mood, the Disney dancers will show off fresh choreography and will even be geared up on skates! Guests are sure to enjoy the action-packed entertainment and dreamy winter scenes traveling along the parade route, in addition to the daily Mickey’s Storybook Express.

The cavalcade highlights a plethora of iconic Disney winter scenes, as a host of favorite Disney characters join in with new costumes and dance moves. With Duffy and friends leading the way, each unit in the procession features familiar characters and scenes from Disney to Disney Animation and Pixar stories. Guests can relive their favorite scenes as each float passes: Elsa, Anna, and Olaf revel in the icy delights of Arendelle; Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps ride through Zootopia’s Tundratown on a zippy snowmobile; Frozone and the Incredibles family enjoy the thrill of winter sports; and Belle and the Beast host a royal Winter Ball full of pomp and pageantry, accompanied by a host of famous Disney couples who may include Snow White and the Prince, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Ariel and Prince Eric, and Tiana and Prince Naveen. Of course, no Disney Winter celebration would be complete without Mickey and the whole gang joining in on the fun!

In this grand cavalcade, the Disney characters and dancers will be outfitted in strikingly beautiful winter costumes tailored just for this new performance, with a special spotlight on our Disney princesses and princes, donning formal dress in the style of a regal and aristocratic winter ball, as they waltz through the parade. Throughout Christmas and the Spring Festival, they will wear different festive-themed costumes during the cavalcade to complement each holiday.

What’s more, the cavalcade features an electrifying new song created just for this occasion that will get guests moving to the rhythm and dancing up a winter storm. The catchy song evokes a lively spirit that symbolizes the full winter season, and in a nod to the upcoming Spring Festival, presents subtle elements of traditional Chinese instrumentation including the erhu and pipa. An invigorating addition to the lineup of original Shanghai Disney Resort hit tracks, the song is sure to have guests humming that tune throughout the winter season, spreading holiday cheer to every corner of the park.

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Another exciting debut comes to Shanghai Disney Resort this winter with the introduction of the Snowies — a new collection of adorable Disney characters who aim to melt hearts with their frosty fluffiness. Originating from a snow globe that Minnie gifted Mickey for the holidays, Mickey’s newest friends were brought to life as a single snowflake fell on their snow globe.

This newest group of Disney characters, awakened by Disney magic, will join the Disney Winter Magic Cavalcade and welcome everyone to the park. Guests will be able to seek them out as they appear in park décor, and during the castle projection show. The Snowies’ arrival has also inspired exclusive food and merchandise collections, which are destined to be adored among guests. The collections include a number of fun items including a Snowie shaped popcorn bucket, Snowie plush and a Snowie pin featuring all four Snowies.

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In addition to all these new offerings, guests will find even more winter magic waiting for them throughout the resort. Frostival! A Celebration of Winter will transform the Enchanted Storybook Castle and Gardens of Imagination into a winter wonderland through magnificent projections, evocative sounds and lighting inspired by the ethereal Northern Lights.

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This year also sees the return of the photogenic ice sculptures to the Gardens. New additions this year include sculptures of friends from Disney Animation’s “Zootopia,” and in addition to the ice statues, new fiberglass sculptures of Snowies will also make their debut for that picture-perfect moment. Each evening, a Frozen Snow Celebration moment will return to Mickey Avenue for a truly unforgettable holiday happening as snow magically twirls through the air and touches down on the guests waiting below.

The joyous winter atmosphere extends to the whole resort, including Disneytown. This winter, a new Disney-themed restaurant, Donald’s Dine ‘n Delights, is set to open its doors to guests in Disneytown. As per its namesake, this charming casual bistro features inviting designs that reflect Donald Duck’s enthusiasm towards culinary delicacies, and hospitality towards his friends. Inside, throughout the wall, the retro style stain glass artworks depict Donald, his friends Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Daisy, and Chip ‘n’ Dale, and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. Its ceiling murals tell the stories of Donald happily enjoying fantastic food and the great company of friends in Disneytown. Guests can immerse themselves in a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere as soon as they step into the restaurant.

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The bistro features seasonally inspired Western cuisine with Asian touches, including freshly baked specialty pizza made by the in-house pizza chef, thick milkshakes and rich sundaes in variety of flavors, and delicately plated desserts. It promises to be a landmark culinary destination in Disneytown for every foodie and Disney fan, with surprise and delight in every bite.

For the most wonderful of holiday traditions, guests need look no further than Shanghai Disney Resort to celebrate the magic of Christmas, beginning December 6, 2022, and running through January 2, 2023. Mickey Avenue is lighting up with festive decorations, and the sound of Christmas is heard on high at Christmas Swing! – a holiday-themed show packed with songs and Disney characters. It would not be a Disney Christmas without the iconic Mickey’s Magical Tree Lighting Ceremony, where beloved Disney characters gather under the Christmas tree and perform a dazzling tree-lighting moment. Santa Goofy will once again be greeting guests at the holiday-themed selfie moment locations in Mickey Avenue. This year, Disney characters on Mickey Avenue will put on their new costumes, spreading holiday cheer throughout the park. Winnie the Pooh and his friends will also get their very own outfits for a truly special Christmas and Spring Festival in the Hundred Acre Wood!

The Disneytown Tree Trail and the traditional Disneytown Christmas Market are back with decked-out Christmas trees themed to beloved characters and stories, where guests can wander and fully immerse themselves in the holiday spirit. Santa Claus is also back on weekends and holidays in Disneytown, where he will greet children at his cabin for a very merry Christmas and happy ho-ho-holidays! And at the nearby Wishing Star Park, children and parents can join in for the Wishing Star Park Adventure to learn about the migratory birds that make Wishing Star Lake their home during the winter months. Plenty of adventure awaits those who venture into the park and beyond.

Just days after the Christmas excitement, Shanghai Disney Resort will be in full New Year’s Eve mode. From time-limited entertainment offerings, like “Ignite the New Year”, to festive costumes for Disney characters and new food and beverage items, the resort is geared up to help guests ring in the new year in style.

Will you be celebrating the holidays at the Shanghai Disney Resort?


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Sara is a travel agent with Destinations to Travel, a Disney Earmarked agency. She lives in Alaska with her husband and 3 kids. Due to her extreme dislike of winter, she travels often to warmer destinations during the colder months. She visits the Disney parks and resorts frequently with her family and loves helping other families plan magical vacations. Contact her here for help with your vacation!
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