Saturday, January 28, 2017
Shanghai Disney Resort today celebrated the first day of the Year of the Rooster with two traditional Chinese lions bringing fortune and prosperity to guests in front of the Storyteller Statue. Joined by Mickey and Minnie, and Goofy dressed as the traditional God of Fortune, Philippe Gas, general manager of Shanghai Disney Resort - and former Disneyland Paris President - dotted the eyes of the lions, awakening them to spread good cheer and luck to resort guests and cast members.
“We are very delighted to join our guests to celebrate a promising start to the Chinese New Year,” Philippe said. “Shanghai Disney Resort has created a special line-up of festive activities for our first Chinese New Year celebration, ensuring guests from across China and around the world enjoy a unique experience at the resort. We wish everyone a prosperous and healthy Year of the Rooster.”
Shanghai Disney Resort has provided a series of additional New Year activities, including Dragon Dance performances in the Gardens of Imagination every day during the celebration period. Mickey leads the dragon with a “pearl” and welcomes the guests to join him and his pals in the dance. The longer the dragon, the more luck it brings to the guests.
Guests gather along the longest parade route in a Disney park to enjoy Mickey’s Storybook Express, an exciting parade with its own musical soundtrack and colorful performers.
In the Chinese zodiac-inspired Garden of the Twelve Friends, the Year of the Rooster is represented by an Allan-A-Dale mosaic, which is beautifully adorned in sleek, new red couplets for another fun photo opportunity.
Classic Disney characters are dressed in brand-new, beautiful Chinese traditional attire on Mickey Avenue, sharing hugs and taking photos with guests.
The gleaming new Golden Rooster icon in the Gardens of Imagination has been designed to welcome guests and conjure happy and prosperous thoughts.
During the Chinese New Year celebration, every night after the Nighttime Spectacular show, guests will enjoy a special wishes projection event, where they will be able to send their best New Year wishes in the most special of ways. To the tune of a charming symphony composition by famous Chinese musician Tan Dun, a series of inspirational wishes and quotes are projected onto Mickey-shaped lanterns on the towering Enchanted Storybook Castle.
The special Chinese New Year celebration runs until February 12, 2017, amidst a spectacular series of entertainment programs, festive decorations, seasonal food and beverage offerings, lucky bags and holiday-themed shopping experiences.
Resort management also reminds guests that during the Chinese New Year high-visitation period, guests are highly recommended to check the resort’s official website or mobile app before traveling to the resort for the most up-to-date information on theme park ticket availability. To preserve the guest experience, ticket sales may be limited or suspended on high attendance days. Other experiences inside the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone, including Disneytown, will be open for guests to enjoy throughout the holiday period.
Important note from Shanghaî Disneyland: entered the Chinese New Year visitation period. In order to preserve the guest experience at Shanghai Disneyland during the holiday period, guests interested in visiting Shanghai Disneyland on January 29 & 30 must purchase a ticket before coming to the park. Tickets will not be sold on site on these dates. As January 31 & February 1 are also forecast to be high attendance days, we highly recommend guests purchase tickets in advance for these dates, as we reserve the right to suspend ticket sales at the resort on these dates should demand require. Please check our official website and/or app for the most up-to-date information on park ticket availability. Other experiences inside the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone, including Disneytown, will be open for guests to enjoy throughout the holiday period.
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