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Shanghai Disney Resort Spring Festival celebrates the Year of the Tigger

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

The Shanghai Disney Resort Spring Festival welcomes the Year of the Tiger with authentic customs, experiences, and Tigger too!

Shanghai Disney Resort Spring Festival
Images courtesy of Shanghai Disney Resort

From today through Feb. 16, 2022, guests can celebrate the Year of the Tiger during the Shanghai Disney Resort Spring Festival, with traditional experiences throughout the resort, including performances, activities, beautiful decor, celebratory food, and merchandise.

“The Year of the Tigger”

For the first time since the 2016 opening of the resort, Tigger participated in a traditional Chinese eye-dotting ceremony. Pooh’s bouncy pal joined Mickey, Minnie, and Shanghai Disney Resort president and general manager Joe Schott as they dotted the eyes of two slumbering lions to bring fortune and prosperity to guests.

To celebrate the Year of the Tiger, Tigger joins his pals in exclusively-designed new Spring Festival costumes to welcome guests on Mickey Avenue with positivity and goodwill for the Lunar New Year.

Shanghai Disney Resort Spring Festival - Drum Ceremony

In addition, each morning, Tigger, Mickey, and Minnie lead the “2022 Spring Festival Drum Ceremony” to begin each day of the festive period with hope and happiness. Beginning Feb. 2, 2022, for the first time in the Gardens of Imagination, guests can watch the Lion Dance, an auspicious Chinese performance that conveys vitality and good luck for the new year.

The park’s Garden of the Twelve Friends has also been transformed for the Shanghai Disney Resort Spring Festival into the annual wishing garden, with brand new decorations, including special lantern arches at each entrance. Guests can write their New Year’s wishes on Mickey-shaped cards for good health, luck, prosperity, or anything they like throughout the year ahead. In addition, Tigger’s mosaic wall, which represents the tiger in the twelve Chinese zodiacs, features special decorations to celebrate Tigger’s special year.

Additional Shanghai Disney Resort Spring Festival Experiences

Shanghai Disney Resort Spring Festival - Fireworks

Through Feb. 16, 2022, the nightly spectacular “Illuminate! A Nighttime Celebration” will light up the sky with unique fireworks in the shape of the Chinese character for “tiger” to wish guests a magical new year.

On select days, guests can experience the Spring Festival Carnival in Disneytown, with traditional Chinese folk art-based activities such as calligraphy, puppet shows, dough figurines, and much more. From Feb. 1-5, Disneytown guests can also see “Lion Dance” and “Dragon Parade” performances.

Shanghai Disney Resort Spring Festival - Calligraphy

To commemorate the Year of the Tiger, the resort is promoting habitat conservation for Amur Tigers in China, and protecting endangered species. Shanghai Disney Resort recognizes that all species of tigers in the wild are critically threatened. Since 2018, the resort has supported both the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) and One Planet Foundation (OPF)’s Amur Tiger Conservation Programs, including sponsoring its annual Northeast Tiger Habitat Patrolman Competition and building ranger capability.

Click here for more information about the Shanghai Disney Resort Spring Festival.


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