What do you know about Lunar New Year? Lunar New Year is the beginning of a calendar year based on the lunar calendar. It officially begins February 1st and will end on February 11th this year. It is the most important holiday in China. It is sometimes called the Spring Festival, and Disney Parks around the world have unique ways of celebrating this special time of year.
Since it’s the year of the tiger, Tigger will play a big part at Disney parks everywhere. At Shanghai Disney Resort and Disneyland, he will be front and center, welcoming guests alongside Mickey and the gang. He will also be the main character featured on themed merchandise at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Expect to see elaborate decorations around Shanghai Disney Resort through February 16th, celebrating favorite traditions.
Shanghai Disney Resort will be opening the day with the “Mickey Avenue Drum Ceremony,” and you also won’t want to miss the Lion Dance! See them from February 2nd to 16th. “ILLUMINATE! A Nighttime Celebration” will end your day with fireworks, followed by a limited-time show called “Our Families.” One of the best parts of the festival is the food though! Desserts like New Year raspberry jelly white chocolate mousse cakes and Donald vanilla ice cream cones will help your taste buds celebrate!
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is ringing in the new year with new Tigger merchandise. Whether you need this adorable Tigger headband like I do or a fitting outfit for your nuimo, the shopping just got more fierce! You can bring them home through February 20th. At the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, take seasonal arts & crafts classes, where you can make traditional Lunar New Year ornaments, fans, and other souvenirs.
Not to be left out of the festivities, Disneyland Resort is celebrating through February 13th. This festival will celebrate Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese cultures. Raya from “Raya and the Last Dragon” can also be found (for the first time at Disneyland Resort) greeting friends at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” is back this year with dozens of enthusiastic performers, alongside hosts Mulan and Mushu. Be sure to enjoy traditional bites such as beef bulgogi short rib on gluten-free rice with green onion salad or the brown sugar steam bun. The Lunar New Year Foodie Guide has a full list of this year’s offerings.
Do you celebrate Lunar New Year? Consider taking part in the Disney festivities this year and bring in good fortune for the year of the tiger!
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