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Chinese/Lunar New Year

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Quite possibly the most important traditional Chinese holiday on the calendar, Hong Kong Disneyland has put it's own stamp on the event. Traditional Chinese parades and costumes can be seen mixing it up with the magic of Disney.


Highlights usually include:

  • seeing Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and all the Disney gang dressed in traditional Chinese clothing
  • special Chinese meals in the parks and the hotels
  • a range of commemorative merchandise
  • beautiful peach blossom trees around the park
  • wishing wells that contribute to charity foundations
  • decorations all along Main Street and around the park


The Chinese New Year day itself, and often the days surrounding it, will be designated Special Ticket Days. This was a direct response to the first Chinese New Year celebrated in the park, in which crowd capacity was underestimated and the park was virtually mobbed by guests unable to get in. If you are planning on visiting Hong Kong Disneyland during the events, or around any special holiday for that matter, we highly recommend you plan your trip and buy your tickets in advance.


Mickey and Minnie in traditional dress

Mickey and Minnie in traditional dress


Forthcoming Chinese New Years


Chinese New Year starts on the first day of a new year containing a new moon. As such, we know that Chinese New Year (or 'Lunar New Year') will fall on the following date over the coming years:


Year Date Animal
2008 February 7 Rat
2009 January 26 Ox
2010 February 14 Tiger
2011 February 23 Rabbit
2012 January 23 Dragon
2013 February 10 Snake
2014 January 31 Horse
2015 February 19 Sheep
2016 February 8 Monkey
2017 January 28 Rooster
2018 February 16 Dog
2019 February 5 Pig


Moon Memories

Chinese New Year 2007 - Year of the Pig 

CNY 2006

Despite the public relations disaster of the 2006 Chinese New Year, Hong Kong Disneyland celebrated in force for 2007's Year of the Pig kick-off. Our roving photographers were on scene to capture the best of the celebrations.

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Chinese New Year 2006 - Year of the Dog

Riot 2006

Hong Kong Disneyland was completely taken by surprise for the first Chinese New Year holiday that they were open. Crowds swarmed on the park, and well-publicised news reports of desperate parents throwing their children over the park's fences were broadcast all around the world. It was a public relations disaster, and the primary reason we now have Special, Peak and Regular ticket days.


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