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Celebrate the Year of the Dog at Shanghai Disney Resort

by Brittani Tuttle
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Shanghai Disney Resort’s Chinese New Year celebrations begin on Jan. 22.

This year, Shanghai Disney Resort welcomes the magical Year of the Dog for 2018, combining Chinese traditions with Disney magic, giving guests unique opportunities to celebrate unlike anywhere else in China.

Throughout the resort, guests will find themselves immersed in the holiday surroundings and enjoy new entertainment that honors Chinese traditions with a Disney flair.

Guests can meet their favorite characters in their holiday best, enjoy new year wish activities, purchase exclusive themed merchandise, dine on holiday cuisine and more. Running from Jan. 22 – March 4, Shanghai Disney Resort is going to start the new year with a bang.

Decorations and celebrations to start the New Year

To officially kick of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dog, a traditional eye-dotting ceremony will be held on Feb. 16 at the Storyteller Statue.

As part of the festivities, Shanghai Disney Resort will be decorated with Chinese New Year colors, themes and decor throughout the entire resort, including bright red and gold Mickey-shaped lanterns, bright flowers, traditional Chinese Couplets and other holiday-influenced decorations.

During the holiday celebrations, Mickey Avenue will be the hub for the festivities, and Mickey Mouse and his friends can be found there dressed in their Chinese New Year attire to take photos with guests in front of themed backdrops.

Pluto will bring even more energy and excitement to the Year of the Dog celebration, dressed up in his “god of fortune” outfit.  Elsewhere on the avenue, guests will also be given special wishing cards and chocolate coins to symbolize good fortune.

As part of an authentic Chinese New Year tradition, a daily drum ceremony will take place in the Gardens of Imagination to welcome guests to the park, led by Mickey, Minnie and Pluto.

At special times throughout the operating day, Mickey and his pals will gather in Celebration Square for an all-new performance: Shanghai Swing. Inspired by the Lunar New Year and Shanghai’s jazz and swing traditions, Shanghai Swing will feature dancers and characters in vintage Shanghai costumes as they dance and inspire the guests to get moving, too.

Guests who receive wishing cards will be able to find even more cards in the Garden of the Twelve Friends, which will be transformed into a “Wishing Garden” for the event. Guests can write down their new year’s wishes on the cards, and then hang them in the park’s first-ever wishing garden.

The two resort hotels will also take part in the festivities, with holiday decor to welcome guests during their stay. Toy Story Hotel will feature toy- and character-inspired lanterns and colorful Year of the Dog decorations, while Shanghai Disneyland Hotel will be adorned with red and gold Mickey-shaped lanterns and Chinese New Year flowers.

Enjoy the tastes of the holiday with special menus and offerings

Dining is an important part of the Chinese New Year celebration, and this is no different at Shanghai Disney Resort. Throughout the New Year event, guests can enjoy a family reunion dinner with traditional comfort foods at Shanghai Disney Resort, with plenty of options to choose from.

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Wandering Moon Restaurant will have a delicious spread of traditional fare for the whole family.

Inside the park, guests can enjoy their familial meal at Wandering Moon Restaurant, featuring seafood dishes for the entire family. Guests can also book a special meal at Royal Banquet Hall, which will host a special holiday dinner with dishes like Cinderella’s Pumpkin with Braised Pork in Soya Sauce, Mickey-Shaped Braised Pork Knuckle, and more.

Remy’s Patisserie and Il Paperino are also hosting Chinese New Year specialities with decorative mousse cake, ice cream sundaes, sacher cake, waffles and other delightful offerings like collectible Chinese New Year Mickey, Minnie and Duffy popcorn buckets.

Inside Shanghai Disney Hotel, Lumiere’s Kitchen will host a special buffet dinner and weekend brunch throughout the event period, and Aurora’s gourmet menu will have new holiday additions like Aurora peaches, grouper and Yunnan-infused scampi salad. Toy Story Hotel’s Sunnyside Café will also host a Chinese New Year buffet, as we’ll as offer on-the-go holiday items.

Memorable holiday gifts to bring the memories home

The tradition of Chinese New Year shopping will also be a part of this year’s celebrations, as Sweethearts Confectionery and Marketplace in Disneytown will be transformed into shopping carnivals for guests to pick up those New Year’s gifts. The stores will be decorated in classic Chinese elements including lanterns, archways and blossoms to complete the festival atmosphere.

For the Chinese New Year event, Shanghai Disney Resort will release over 40 exclusive event merchandise items for a limited time. The merchandise will reflect New Year themes and incorporate red and gold colors, lantern patterns, gold ingots, copper coins, clouds and other traditional Chinese elements.

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These Lucky Bags will feature various exclusive merchandise from the Chinese New Year event.

The assortment of exclusive event merchandise will include pins, collectibles, stationery, as well as matching holiday apparel for the whole family and new Year of the Dog merchandise featuring Pluto.

Guests will also be able to purchase Lucky Bags, which feature an assortment of new year items from this year’s event. Guests who purchase the Lucky Bags will also have a chance to win additional surprise prizes, like a Photopass One Day Pass, or a roundtrip air ticket to Hong Kong.

The festivities continue at Disneytown

Disneytown will also take part in the New Year fun, as it will be decorated in lanterns and other decor that honor festival traditions in the Disney style. Guests will be able to take photos with backdrops that feature Mickey, Pluto and symbols of fortune and luck.

A Chinese New Year Carnival will also be held every weekend until Feb. 21, including the first day until the sixth day of the Lunar New Year. The festival will feature an assortment of handicrafts, interactive activities for all ages, and live shows by Chinese folk artists. Guests can even meet Pluto himself at the carnival!

The Chinese New Year celebrations run from Jan. 22 – March 4 at Shanghai Disney Resort. For more information, visit shanghaidisneyresort.com/en.

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