Lunar New Year is a time of family traditions and wonderful wishes for the future. During this time, several of our parks and resorts around the world celebrate with exciting festivities and ceremonies that engage and immerse our guests in the holiday.
For instance at Hong Kong Disneyland, from now through February 24, guests can pick up Lai See – traditional red envelopes with chocolate gold coins – at the main entrance before beginning the Golden Walk of Fortune. This celebratory journey around the park represents prosperity for the year ahead and includes some “golden” surprises along the way. Guests can also stop at Main Street’s Animation Academy and learn to draw Mickey and Donald dressed in traditional holiday attire before meeting them in person for photos. Lunar New Year festivities have been a Hong Kong Disneyland tradition since the park opened eight years ago.
And as part of “Limited Time Magic” at the Disneyland Resort, Mulan’s Chinese New Year Procession brings breathtaking beauty and excitement to Disney California Adventure. Dancers, drummers, musicians and martial artists ring in the New Year against a backdrop of colorful lanterns and festive banners, all happening through February 13. Also part of the celebration are special Asian-inspired meals and treats, such as chicken and veggie pot stickers, barbecued pork bao rolls and ginger milk tea, at restaurants in Pacific Wharf. The Boudin Bread Cart even offers a giant uniquely-shaped loaf of sourdough for “the year of the snake.”
In addition to the exciting activities planned during the season, Lunar New Year is also a time to recognize all of the exciting work being done in China at Disney Parks. In Hong Kong, Mystic Point – a new land – will be opening in mid-2013 and follows the popular debuts of Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch. And anticipation continues to build in Shanghai, where progress is moving forward on yet another world-class family destination. Shanghai Disney Resort will be home to Shanghai Disneyland, two themed hotels and a retail, dining and entertainment venue, targeted to open at the end of 2015.
Happy Lunar New Year!