Garden of the Twelve Friends

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Discover an oasis where the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac are depicted by popular Disney and Disney•Pixar characters.

What’s Your Sign?

Stroll down this whimsical walkway for a fun Disney twist on Chinese astrology! Nestled in a sea of cherry trees, this kaleidoscopic garden is ablaze with colorful mosaics featuring the Disney and Disney·Pixar personalities chosen to represent each symbolic animal.

From bright lights to vibrantly hued blooms, every vignette in Garden of the Twelve Friends displays a plaque describing characters that correspond to the Year of the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Gather family and friends for photos against this phenomenal botanical backdrop, learn about your sign and see how the planets align with your favorite Disney stars!

Year of the Rat: Remy

Determined, smart and charming, this engaging gourmet is a rat with deliciously big dreams! If you were born in the Year of the Rat, you share Remy’s ability to adapt to any situation with creative ease—and, perhaps, his remarkable sense of smell.

Made famous in Disney·Pixar’s Ratatouille, Remy longs to be a great French chef and uses his epicurean expertise to turn the culinary world upside down. It’s easy to see why his zodiac plaque shows him stirring up a great big pot of trouble while gazing at the Eiffel Tower!

Year of the Ox: Babe the Blue Ox

Reliable, kind and strong, Paul Bunyan’s best buddy is an ox with a colossal heart that’s far from icy! Born in the Year of the Ox? You share Babe’s steady patience and reasonable demeanor—with hints of a stubborn streak that shows you care.

When Herculean lumberjack Paul rescues a frostbitten-blue Babe in Disney’s 1958 animated short Paul Bunyan, the two become lifelong pals and clear their path across the country. No wonder his Year of the Ox plaque shows him surrounded by the wilderness he helped tame—it’s a giant-sized job that suits him well.

Year of the Tiger: Tigger

Self-assured, eager and gutsy describes Winnie the Pooh’s pal Tigger—and it’s truly a wonderful thing! Though we know he’s awfully sweet, those born in the Year of the Tiger share Tigger’s intensity, charm and willingness to try anything new.

First introduced in Disney’s 1968 classic, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, this bouncy, pouncy tiger’s proud to be one-of-a-kind—which explains why he’s happily hoppin’ through the Hundred Acre Wood on his Year of the Tiger plaque!

Year of the Rabbit: Thumper

Popular, modest and honest sums up Bambi’s best bunny—not to mention his knack for knowing the ways of the forest! Those born in the Year of the Rabbit share Thumper’s compassion, diplomacy and are valued by close friends as faithful caretakers.

He debuted in Disney’s 1942 animated masterpiece Bambi as the Prince of the Forest’s mentor, protector and pal. Ever since, Thumper’s appeared in many Disney films, television shows and various theme park attractions. He’s shown on his Year of the Rabbit plaque doing what he does best—thumping his left foot feverishly to everyone’s amusement!

Year of the Dragon: Mushu

Plucky, lucky and comically charismatic—what Mulan’s pint-sized pal Mushu lacks in stature is offset by his hulking heart! Year of the Dragon people share Mushu’s confidence, creativity and unlimited enthusiasm, which prove to be valuable assets for guardian spirits and average folks alike.

A lovable legend in his own mind, Mushu debuted in Disney’s Mulan as her loyal protector and has been a fan favorite ever since. With appearances in other Disney films, television shows, theme park attractions and popular video games like Kingdom Hearts and Epic Mickey, Mushu’s Year of the Dragon plaque portrays him in a typical stance—standing tall, of course!

Year of the Snake: Kaa

Decisive, discerning and highly persuasive, Kaa’s wily ways are often times hilarious—even though he’s not trying to be! If you were born in the Year of the Snake, you share Kaa’s charm, intelligence and “hunger” to succeed.

Originally seen trying to hypnotize Mowgli in Disney’s 1967 hit The Jungle Book, Kaa’s attempts to make the man-cub his main course may have failed, but fans loved his silly persistence. He’s been featured in several Disney films, television shows, theme park attractions, video games and slithering around the jungle on his zodiac plaque.

Year of the Horse: Maximus

Brave, bold and daring best describes heroic guard horse Maximus, who doesn’t give up until justice is served! Independent and strong-willed, those born in the Year of the Horse are also known for their loyalty, ambition and sense of adventure, though Max may have an unfair advantage wielding a sword.

The kingdom’s fastest on four hooves, Maximus starred in Disney’s 2010 animated film Tangled and returned to the big screen for cameo appearances in Wreck-It Ralph and Big Hero 6. His zodiac plaque playfully shows him striking a pose—this dignified steed is always ready for action.

Year of the Sheep: Jolly Holiday Lambs

Elegant, calm and mild-mannered, every day’s jolly for these peace-loving little lambs. People born in the Year of the Sheep are known for their kindness, sensitivity and soothing quiet charm—it’s what makes them “practically perfect in every way!”

Featured in Disney’s 1964 film Mary Poppins, these sheep sang “Jolly Holiday” along with Mary, Bert and a barnyard choir happy to harmonize. Catch them jumping for joy on their Year of the Sheep plaque—it’s no wonder that they love Mary!

Year of the Monkey: Abu

Quick-witted, faithful and feisty, Abu’s a lively primate who gives “partner-in-crime” new meaning! Along with Aladdin’s sidekick-confidante, those born in the Year of the Monkey are clever, versatile and have very high energy.

From a thief in the streets to the Cave of Wonders, the world fell in love when Abu debuted in Disney’s Aladdin. Since then, he’s appeared in films, television, theme park attractions and video games, including Kingdom Hearts, Epic Mickey and Disney Villains Challenge. His zodiac plaque proves “there’s no business like monkey business” as he flies through the skies of Agrabah, magic lamp in hand.

Year of the Rooster: Alan-a-Dale

Loyal, flamboyant and ever so kind, this melody-loving minstrel is all about making merry—have mandolin, will travel! Year-of-the-Rooster babies share Alan-A-Dale’s autonomy, confidence and common sense, which is especially handy when keeping Nottingham on its toes.

The charismatic narrator of Disney’s Robin Hood, Alan-A-Dale was a trusted ally to Robin Hood, Little John and Friar Tuck too. Catch him cock-a-doodle-crooning about helping the poor on his Year of the Rooster plaque!

Year of the Dog: Pluto

Mickey’s very best friend is protective, playful and supremely devoted—with a heart of gold to match! Loved by millions, Year of the Dog people share Pluto’s courage, integrity and all-round cheery outlook.

From Silly Symphonies to one of the world’s most popular pups, Pluto’s superstar status has been growing since 1930, when he first appeared in The Chain Gang. Today, he’s featured in numerous films, television shows, video games and theme park attractions. Based on his “rad-to-the-bone” pose, it’s no wonder he’s the perfect pick for Year of the Dog!

Year of the Pig: Hamm

Always ready to lend a helping hoof, Hamm’s laid-back, dignified and trustworthy ways work great for keeping coins safe! Those born in the Year of the Pig are appreciative, honorable and optimistic—just like Woody’s wise-cracking pal.

Thrust center stage in Disney·Pixar’s Toy Story films and video games, this sarcastic plastic piggy bank also made a cameo appearance in Cars. With an alter-ego like the “Evil Dr. Porkchop,” it’s easy to see why Hamm is one hog who knows how to rock the Year of the Pig!


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