The first sign (literally) of Chinese New Year is a depiction of a familiar mouse in festive colours.
At the time I was there, Mickey and Minnie were greeting guests in their usual attire. It was the following day that the characters were decked out in all their New Year finery. T.T
No shortage of auspicious couplets at the park! In case you’re wondering, here are their respective meanings, from left to right:
年年有餘 (nián nián yǒu yú) ~ abundance through the years
笑口常開 (xiào kǒu cháng kāi) ~ lots of laughter
歡樂年年 (huān lè nián nián) ~ happiness every year
金玉滿堂 (jīn yù mǎn táng) ~ a hall filled with gold and jade i.e. prosperity
More auspicious couplets! From left to right:
好意吉祥 (hǎo yì jí xiáng) ~ good intentions and luck
雞鳴盛世 (jī míng shèng shì) ~ prosperity in the year of the Rooster
The translations were done by yours truly to the best of my ability, some were more literal than others. Chinese/Mandarin isn’t my strongest language, and it’s something I want to work on this year. If you think there’s a more accurate translation, let me know in the comments! 🙂
The central decoration featuring Hei Hei from Moana. It was a fairly popular attraction and there was a queue to take pictures of it. When it was my turn, this adorable little tyke ran into my shot and refused to leave. She then asked her mother to take a picture of her. Kids these days…
After a few seconds her mother managed to drag her away, and the woman behind me in the queue offered to help me take a picture. (I was on a solo trip on a weekday, hence my usual photographer a.k.a. Edwin was unavailable).
Gorgeous spring blossoms.
The turn-of-the-century Victorian-inspired Main Street looked rather different with the addition of the Lunar New Year decorations. It’s become… Chinatown.
Castle among the hills.
There was a performance in Main Street, and quite the crowd too.
Lots of New Year merchandise up for grabs.
The latest Tsum Tsum dolls? Mickey and gang all dressed up in chicken suits. Maybe they moonlight as mascots for fast food chain restaurants serving fried chicken?
The cookie tin is too cute for words. And Donald and Daisy are one step closer to becoming turducken.
Some of the red packet envelopes really caught my eye. I’d buy some, but I’ve got waaay too many at the moment.
Main Street in the rain.
The Chinese New Year-themed cookie tins were selling like hotcakes. It’s not hard to see why – they’d make lovely gifts.
That’s all for now. I’ve got more snapshots of Disneyland, but they’ll have to wait for a later post. Goodnight folks, and happy CNY to all!