Gung Hay Fat Choy! Disneyland Celebrates Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is celebrated in late January/early February by several East Asian Countries who observe holidays from the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar.  From January 25 to February 17, you can join in the festivities at the Disneyland Resort, where seasonal food and entertainment are available to add spice to your Disney California Adventure day.

Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure ©AllEars.net

One of the main returning attractions is “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession,” which has been enhanced from last year with a longer processional route that extends from Pixar Pier to Paradise Gardens Park.  A beautiful and eye-catching whirlwind of martial artists, drummers, and dancers engage the audience with ribbons and dragons and familiar Disney characters in new Lunar New Year attire.

Mulan’s Lunar New Year Processional
Mulan’s Lunar New Year’s Processional
Mulan’s Lunar New Year’s Processional

This being the Year of the Pig, the porcine trio of Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical join Mulan and Mushu in the processional.

“You can’t top pigs with pigs.” –Walt Disney

Here’s video of the entire processional:

Live Asian music performances take place daily with newcomer Melody of China playing traditional Chinese instruments yangqin (dulcimer), pipa (lute) and Erhu (fiddle), and returning Vietnamese musician Dat Nguyen at the Paradise Garden Bandstand.

Melody of China

For those who prefer a more active role in the celebrating, there are stations for complimentary arts and crafts with local artisans.

Chinese calligraphy
Lunar New Year face painting
Make your own Lunar New Year paper lantern! Before…
…and after. (Lunar New Year paper lantern)

Also on display is a Lucky Wishing Wall — guests can write their wishes on supplied Mickey Mouse cards and tie them to the racks with the hope that their Dreams Come True.

Lunar New Year Lucky Wishing Wall

Selfie hunters can enjoy meeting and greeting Mulan, Mushu, Pluto, Mickey, and Minnie over in Paradise Gardens Park in their special Lunar New Year togs.

So be sure to catch all the limited-time excitement before it goes away February 17, and have a prosperous new year!  Also… Hong Bao Na Lai!

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Jeanine resides in Southern California, pursuing the sort of lifestyle that makes her the envy of every 11-year-old she meets. She has been to every Disney theme park in the world and while she finds Tokyo DisneySea the Fairest Of Them All, Disneyland is her Home Park... and there is no place like home.

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