by Beth Keating
January 19, 2021
From January 19 through February 26, Shanghai Disney Resort will be enjoying “A Spring Festival Spectacular” to welcome the Lunar New Year. Special Chinese games, as well as the traditional sounds and tastes of the celebration, will bring park-goers the rich traditions and customs of a hometown Chinese Spring Festival. The resort will also be celebrating its Fifth Anniversary this year.
Shanghai Disney will be trimmed with festive holiday decorations and iconic Chinese symbols, and will play host to visits from Mickey Mouse and Duffy the Bear, dressed in special holiday attire. “God of Fortune” Goofy will again be welcoming guests in traditional costume along Mickey Avenue. On February 12 (the first day of the Lunar New Year), Mickey and Minnie will make limited time appearances in outfits designed by famed Chinese designer Guo Pei.
This year’s celebration is marked by “The Year of the Ox,” and in honor of that occasion, Clarabelle Cow will be making her debut at Shanghai Disney Resort.
According to Disney, a few new shows will also be unveiled during the Festival, including:
• “Our Families” - a unique show set to take place each night after the Nighttime Spectacular that will illuminate the castle with projections of Disney families – symbolizing hope and best wishes for guests in the year ahead.
• From February 8 through 14, the beautiful Shanghainese version of “Once Upon a Time” recorded by renowned Shanghainese actress, Pan Hong, will once again return to the Enchanted Storybook Castle, helping to immerse guests in local Shanghai culture.
• On Mickey Avenue, special shows will bring excitement and prosperity to the New Year as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Clarabelle Cow and more will preside over the “Spring Festival Drum Ceremony”, and guests will have the opportunity to swing in celebration of the New Year with the high-flying “Mickey Avenue Shanghai Swing!”
• Guests can also take in the resounding gong beats and impressive acrobatic moves of classic Spring Festival celebrations with the Lion Blessing on February 12 and the Dragon Parade running from February 12 through 16.
There will be additional activities scattered throughout the park during the celebration, including shopping opportunities for brand new limited release collectibles at Disneytown’s Spring Festival Wishing Star Market. Also at the market, guests can join interactive games “and take part in traditional cultural experiences such as dough figurine, Chinese calligraphy, puppet show and shadow play” experiences. Paper cutting and dragon mask workshops will take place, and special snacks and traditional meals will be available throughout the Festival.
Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.
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