Lunar New Year Festival Starts today at Disney’s California Adventure

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Lunar New Year Festival Starts today at Disney's California Adventure

The Lunar New Year celebration has begun at Disney California Adventure! You can celebrate the Year of the Tiger at the Disneyland Resort now through February 13, 2022.

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Lunar New Year Festival Starts today at Disney's California Adventure

The limited-time event is a joyous tribute to Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultures with a touch of Disney magic, featuring Asian-inspired food and drinks, beautiful décor, celebratory merchandise and exciting entertainment – including the return of “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession,” live entertainment and Disney Characters donning festive attire.

Lunar New Year celebrates the celestial journey of the sun and the moon on their voyage towards another year. During this special festival, guests can create memories with family and friends while sharing wishes for good health, luck and prosperity throughout the year ahead.

Related – Disney shares first look at Lunar New Year Mural at Downtown Disney

Highlights of the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure include:

Lunar New Year Festival Starts today at Disney's California Adventure
  • All-new float for “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession”: For the Year of the Tiger, Tigger joins this dynamic, festive parade honoring family and the beautiful traditions of Chinese heritage. This year’s procession also introduces a gorgeous new float for Mulan and Mushu to arrive upon, accompanied by traditional Chinese drummers performing powerful rhythms. Decorated in red and gold to symbolize good fortune and happiness, the float features bright bunches of red firecrackers that hang together with golden tassels, and delicate red and gold lanterns come aglow for after-sunset performances. During the procession, Mulan and Mushu are surrounded by performers bringing cultural artistry and dance to life. Guests of all ages will delight in this honorable celebration.
Lunar New Year Festival Starts today at Disney's California Adventure
  • Special appearances by Disney Characters: At the Paradise Gardens Gazebo, guests may spot Tigger, Mulan and Mushu, Mickey and Minnie, and the Three Little Pigs – all dressed in festive attire. Under the forest canopy in Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, guests can encounter the heroic Raya, from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film “Raya and the Last Dragon,” as she makes her debut at the Disneyland Resort.
Lunar New Year Festival Starts today at Disney's California Adventure
  • Four festive Lunar New Year Marketplaces offer a tantalizing array of Asian-inspired dishes, prepared with a Disney twist. Guests will be thrilled to sample new and returning favorites, such as the char-siu BBQ pork bao, spicy pork Dandan noodles, Impossible™ Lion’s Head meatballs and many others. For the best value on their epicurean adventure, guests may purchase the popular Sip and Savor pass, which provides six coupons, redeemable for select food and nonalcoholic beverages at participating Lunar New Year Marketplace kiosks and dining locations:
    • Longevity Noodle Co.
    • Lucky 8 Lantern
    • Prosperity Bao & Buns
    • Red Dragon Spice Traders
    • Festival Food and Beverage Cart
    • Paradise Garden Grill
    • Lucky Fortune Cookery
    • Cappuccino Cart
  • limited-time, multicultural menu at the Paradise Garden Grill invites guests to dine on delectable dishes inspired by traditional Asian fare, including:
    • Pork Banh Mi; grilled pork belly with pickled daikon, carrots, cucumber, jalapeno, cilantro and seasoned mayonnaise on a crispy baguette
    • Plant-based spicy Kung Pao tofu with zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, red peppers, peanuts and fried rice, garnished with garlic chips
    • Tiger milk tea (nonalcoholic) with brown sugar boba
Lunar New Year Festival Starts today at Disney's California Adventure
  • Special Lunar New Year merchandise will be available for purchase while supplies last, including a commemorative Spirit Jersey and tumbler.
  • The Paradise Garden Bandstand will present daily live performances that feature enchanting traditional musical instruments, along with Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese folk dancers. Returning this year, San Francisco-based musical group Melody of China will perform a fusion of Chinese folk, classical and contemporary instrumentals. The daily Entertainment Schedule on Disneyland.com provides details on upcoming performances.
Lunar New Year Festival Starts today at Disney's California Adventure
  • At the Lucky Wishes Wall, guests of all ages can stroll beneath strings of ornamental lanterns and share wishes that roar with the spirit of confidence. All are invited to add their own special messages of hope, health and happiness for the Year of the Tiger.
  • Guests are invited to try complimentary arts and crafts, such as a dragon’s pearl coloring craft and Chinese calligraphy with local artisans.
  • Educational art walls provide guests with information about the festival, including fun details such as “What Year Are You?” and the unique story of Lunar New Year in each culture.
  • Colorful Lunar New Year décor symbolizes good luck, fortune and happiness in bold red and brilliant gold.

Will you be celebrating the Lunar New Year at the Disneyland Resort this year?

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