Hong Kong Disneyland is celebrating the Chinese New Year—the Year of the Dragon—from January 13 through February 5, 2012, with special events and offers throughout the Resort.
For a special treat, stay in a Chinese New Year-themed Kingdom Suite at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. Guests who stay in a Kingdom Suite will enjoy exclusive themed decorations and be welcomed with Mickey and Minnie keepsake plush toys.
During the celebration at the Park, Mickey and his friends will be dressed in Chinese New Year costumes. Mushu from Mulan will also meet and greet Guests to share some special dragon wishes, and art will come to life in the Rhythm of Life Dragon Procession, in which ornately costumed performers will dance an elegant production.
Before you head home, journey around the Lucky Trail. The Trail has several destinations, each with a different Disney Character wishing you luck along the way. The Dragon Lantern centerpiece at the Castle forecourt is the final and luckiest spot of all and is a perfect picture spot.
Dragon kites are displayed in many Chinese New Year celebrations to bestow luck on the party-goers, but did you know kites were originally used by Chinese soldiers to scare away enemy troops? Dragon kites are usually very colorful and feature a segmented body, tiger eyes for strength, a long beard for wisdom and horns for longevity.
Today, follow this simple tutorial from eHow to make and fly a vibrant dragon kite. You will need two white garbage bags, cloth tape, a tape measure, pencil, scissors, bamboo stick 48″ long and 1/8 ” wide, tooth pick, kite string spool, tinsel and other decorations, and a hobby stick.
For full instructions, click here. If you are unable to locate pliable bamboo, you may substitute a wire coat hanger to shape the frame.
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Art, Culture
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary (requires adult assistance)
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