Celebrating the 2016 Chinese New Year: The Year of the Monkey

Chinese Mickey

Mickey and Minnie in special costumes for the celebration.

Disney is celebrating the Chinese New Year at both Disneyland in California and at Hong Kong Disneyland this week!

Disney California Adventure Park:  Paradise Pier

February 05 – February 08, 2016

A Wonderful New Year Wishes

Ring in the Lunar New Year with unforgettable experiences at Disney California Adventure Park.

It’s a perfect opportunity to focus on family—all while offering warm wishes for a wonderful future and celebrating the occasion as well!

Sensational Sights to Behold

Over the course of this special event, certain areas of the park will be decked out with festive décor and a variety of continental colors.

Stroll along walkways where awe-inspiring ornamental lanterns have been woven into the walls for all to enjoy. Then, marvel as you feast your eyes upon banners and signs high in the sky—each presented in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, wishing one and all a Happy Lunar New Year!

Entertainment for Young and Old

No matter who you choose to visit with, be sure to catch an impressive array of authentic performers. And be on the lookout for a few familiar Disney Characters too, dressed in their best and ready to take part in all the fun.



The New Year celebration continues at Hong Kong Disneyland until February 21, 2016.

Hong Kong Disneyland

January 29 – February 21, 2016

Ring in Chinese New Year through January and February 2016 at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort—and help bring luck, health and happiness to the year ahead!

(Note:  There are a few blackout days for cast members in February: Hong Kong Disneyland Blockout Dates)

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is welcoming the Year of the Monkey from January 29 to February 21, 2016 resplendent in colorful peach blossoms and festive Chinese New Year decorations, adding jubilance to the Resort’s ongoing “Happily Ever After” 10th Anniversary celebration in 2016. Romance will be in the air towards the 7th day of Chinese New Year on February 14. The Resort creates elegant dining settings for couples to celebrate together on Valentine’s Day at this Happiest Place on Earth.

Commencing February 8 of Chinese New Year, blessings of good fortune will be shared with all guests as they are presented a “specially minted” Mickey chocolate gold coin Lai See, on their entry to the theme park. Even the red packet of the Lai See is itself a unique keepsake for the New Year celebration in this milestone anniversary year. Mickey, Goofy and Olaf, the stars of the Resort’s newest musical extravaganza “Mickey and the Wondrous Book”, are featured along with a gold embossed New Year blessing and a Hidden Mickey. Be among the first to visit the park on the first day of the Chinese New Year and receive the Lai See while stock lasts.



CNY Family Fun with Disney Friends adds some Anniversary Magic

During the Chinese New Year celebration, Disney friends, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip & Dale, Duffy & ShellieMay, will change from their Anniversary costumes into bright Chinese New Year outfits to share best wishes with guests daily at Main Street, U.S.A., after the “Flights of Fantasy Parade”.

Festive Dining In Abundance

A range of 80 gourmet delights with distinct Chinese New Year flavors will fill the menus of the restaurants in the park and the two themed hotels. Why not celebrate the beginning of the Year of Monkey with a cheeky Happy Albert Chocolate Mousse from the Market House Bakery, and enjoy savory and sweet snacks bearing auspicious names like “Lucky Ball” and “Happy New Year Fish”. Celebrate family togetherness with a “Chinese New Year Treasure in Pot Set Menu” at River View Cafe in Adventureland, or feast on the Plaza Inn’s “Chinese New Year Special Set”. It will be exquisitely fun to have a “Lo Hei” at Studio Lounge at the Disney’s Hollywood Hotel with the whole family or with a group of friends or colleagues to wish everyone a year of prosperity and success ahead. Your year of abundance in gastronomy begins here at the Resort.

Collectible Keepsakes Bestow Endless Blessing

Mystic Point’s monkey, Albert, will make his debut among the great variety of more than 30 memorabilia in the “Chinese New Year Assortment” to aptly mark the Year of the Monkey. Do not miss the Chinese New Year Limited Edition Pin 2016 and the Chinese New Year Jumbo Pin exclusive for Magic Access members.

Dual Romantic Celebration on Everybody’s Birthday

As Valentine’s Day falls on the 7th day of the Chinese New Year, the day denoted as everybody’s birthday on the Lunar calendar, the Resort presents special dining menus creating the perfect romantic rendezvous for couples. Valentine’s Day buffets and set dinners are served at the restaurants of the two hotels. Guests can also enjoy specially created beverages like “The Love Rose” and “Pink Valentine”. Bestow your loved one with the most elaborate Valentine’s Day dinner set for two at Walt’s Cafe – it comes with a lovely pair of Duffy & ShellieMay Tsum Tsum Plush and a photo taken with Duffy & ShellieMay to commemorate the special occasion. Make the day even more memorable by sharing “his and hers” keepsakes from the Valentine’s Day and the Season of Love assortments featuring sweet pairs – Mickey and Minnie, and Duffy and ShellieMay.

Read more at: https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/events/chinese-new-year-celebration/


Night of Sevens Housing event.

Read our blog about going to a DCP Housing Event celebration last summer with special characters:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/dcp-summer-housing-event-night-of-sevens/



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One thought on “Celebrating the 2016 Chinese New Year: The Year of the Monkey

  1. Kym Kaighn says:

    Good job!


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