Just in time for the Chinese New Year, Shanghai Disney Resort today unveiled more details of its Garden of the Twelve Friends, a whimsical area of the theme park that recasts 12 beloved Disney and Disney•Pixar characters as members of the Chinese zodiac. Shanghai Disney Resort selected 12 Disney characters to accurately symbolize each element of the Chinese zodiac, while retaining their own distinctive traits. In honor of 2015, the Year of the Sheep, Shanghai Disney Resort is excited to present this year’s zodiac character: the “Jolly Holiday” lambs from Disney’s Mary Poppins. These lambs represent the elegance, charm and gentleness of the Sheep, as well as the ancient Chinese saying, “San Yang Kai Tai,” or, “Three Sheep Bring Good Luck.”
On Wednesday, Disney Cruise Line announced Star Wars Day at Sea on select Disney Fantasy sailings. In 2016, Disney Cruise Line guests can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga during a brand-new, day-long celebration aboard eight special voyages. Star Wars Day at Sea combines the power of the Force, the magic of Disney and the excitement of cruising for an out-of-this-galaxy experience unlike any other—featuring a full day of Star Wars celebrations, including a deck party, meet-and-greets with favorite characters, Star Wars-themed youth activities, unique food and beverage offerings and special merchandise. Exclusive at-sea screenings of the Star Wars films and the new Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels are also a part of the festivities. To learn more about these Force-full new offerings, visit the Disney Parks Blog.
The Walt Disney Studios released a brand-new trailer for Cinderella, the live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale that will bring to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. The film hits theaters March 13.