Chinese New Year Has Arrived at Disney!

Shake up traditions with a magical twist.

by Michaela Fulton | Thu, January 25, 2018

As we bid farewell to the old year, and welcome in a new year of good fortune, you'll see Shanghai transform into a landscape of prominent symbols, rich colors, and traditional food. Also known as Spring Festival, it's the most important time of the year in Chinese culture where families partake in auspicious practices together for the renewal of the spring season.

Chinese New Year Lanterns Disneyland

This year, Shanghai Disney Resort are bringing a magical twist to CNY celebrations to welcome in the Year of the Dog – combining Chinese traditions and festivities with some Disney magic and fun for all the family to enjoy. From now until March 4th, here's what you can expect if you're wanting to shake up your plans.

Step into the Shanghai Swing with Mickey and friends

Shanghai Swing Disneyland

From daily drum ceremonies in the Gardens of Imagination, to a new dance number in Celebration Square, your family will be welcomed into the resort through high-energy performances led by Mickey, Minnie and Pluto to wish you prosperity and happiness. Inspired by the Lunar New Year and Shanghai's historic jazz and swing traditions, you'll watch the characters dance along to classic rhythms – beautifully dressed in vintage Shanghai costumes. If you're lucky, you might even be asked to dance along with the characters up front!

Make a wish in the Garden of the Twelve Friends

Wishing Garden Disneyland

Featuring the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac depicted by popular Disney and Disney Pixar characters, this area is where you need to go to make your dreams come true. Here, you'll be given special wish cards to write on and hang in the garden for all to see.

Get ready to toss that prosperity salad in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

Partake in a reunion dinner with a twist at the Wandering Moon Restaurant. With authentic tastes of Chinese New Year, there are seafood dishes for the entire family to enjoy, featuring a Steamed Fish with Chopped Chili; Family Earthen Pot of seafood, roasted chicken and duck; an Auspicious Seafood Salad of salmon, scallop meat, tobiko, orchid clam, and a glutinous Mickey-shaped cake as a little sweet treat (¥888/six people). 

Treat yourself to limited edition merch

Bold red and gold colors, lanterns, copper coins, gold ingots, auspicious clouds and other traditional Chinese elements will be taking over Sweethearts Confectionary and Marketplace in Disneytown this year for your much needed shopping sprees. Check off your holiday shopping list with over 40 specially designed items for the season in the beautifully decorated store.

Good to know

  • shanghaidisneyresort.com.

Find it: 360 Shendi Xi Lu, Chuansha District