VIDEOS: Explore the Lunar New Year Festival at Disneyland Resort With Us!

You know about the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival, Flower & Garden Festival, Festival of the Arts, and the Festival of the Holidaysbut only true Disney experts know where to find an extra special and SUPER limited-time festival.

Mickey-Shaped Hot Dog Bun!

We’re talking about the Lunar New Year celebration! Each year, guests can make their way over to Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort to celebrate the Lunar New Year with limited-time eats and drinks, special merchandise, and more. Do you know everything there is to know about this celebration? No? Then it’s time to come with us to experience and learn about it ALL!

Dates

The Lunar New Year celebration doesn’t last very long, so you’ll want to hurry to Disneyland Resort to check it out.

Lunar New Year

In 2023, the Festival runs from January 20th through February 15th, 2023.

Overall

Overall, the Festival is meant to be a celebration of many cultures — specifically Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean cultures.

In 2023, the celebration rings in the Year of the Rabbit under the Chiese zodiac calendar, and the Year of the Cat according to the Vietnamese zodiac calendar.

Here’s an overview of what you can experience:

Lunar New Year Map

Eats and Drinks

One of the highlights of the festival is the food! There are 6 Lunar New Year food marketplaces, including 2 NEW booths this year — Bamboo Blessings and Wrapped with Love.

Here’s a full list of booths:

  • Bamboo Blessings (NEW)
  • Wrapped with Love (NEW)
  • Lucky 8 Lantern
  • Prosperity Bao & Buns
  • Red Dragon Spice Traders
  • Longevity Noodle Co.

In addition to the booths, you’ll find limited-time eats at some other places like Paradise Garden Grill, Lucky Fortune Cookery, and Lamplight Lounge.

There’s Plenty to Eat!

Eats and drinks this year include some returning favorites, like the Mickey-shaped Hot Dog, as well as NEW drinks and snacks, like a Mandarin Mousse Cake, Gochujang Elote, and Pepperoni Pizza Bao Bun!

Pizza Bun!

If you want to enjoy a bit of everything, consider buying the Sip and Savor Pass.

Sip and Savor

It’s sharable between friends and family and comes with 6 coupons that you can redeem for select food and drink (non-alcoholic) items at participating spots.

Sip and Savor

These are typically smaller, sample sizes so just keep that in mind.

Click here for the FULL Lunar New Year menus!

During our time at the Festival, one of the snacks we tried was the White Chocolate Apple Bread Pudding at Pacific Warf Cafe! What do you think? Would you give it a try?

Over at Lucky 8 Lantern, we grabbed some coffee, an eggroll, and a mousse cake. Each one was priced at $9 or under.

At Prosperity Bao & Buns we got to try the Pepperoni Pizza Bao buns with marinara sauce — YUM!

But what about the drinks? At Bamboo Blessings, we grabbed a new beer flight, but we couldn’t skip the Mickey-shaped hot dog bun!

Merchandise

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Disney festival without merchandise! There are shirts, bags, sweaters, ears, and much more.

If you’re a Magic Key pass holder, be sure to stop by the Silly Symphony Swings area. That’s where you’ll be able to pick up a fun Lunar New Year button.

Or, you can shop for some bold Lunar New Year ears online without ever leaving your couch!

Lunar New Year 2023 Ear Headband for Adults

Characters

If you love Disney characters, get ready! One HUGE thing about the festivities this year is that Oswald the Lucky Rabbit will appear in the park with his sweetheart Ortensia the cat! Look at their outfits!! Look for them at the Paradise Gardens Gazebo.

©Disney

Keep an eye out for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in the park as well, who you may find dressed in special outfits. And you may find Mulan and Mushu too.

Look for the Character Signs!

You’ll also want to watch Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession.

Time for the Procession

This extends throughout Disney California Adventure, as the parade route goes from Paradise Gardens through Hollywood Land.

Parade Time!

In the parade, you’ll see Mulan, Mushu…

Hey There!

…Oswald…

Oswald

…dozens of performers…

Beautiful

…and more.

More Friends!

And look for the returning Raya meet-and-greet over at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail!

It’s Raya! (2022)

More Entertainment

In terms of other entertainment, there’s a LOT to see. Stop by Disney California Adventure at night to see the returning Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration offering. This is a special piece presented on Paradise Bay before World of Color (or, when it debuts, World of Color — ONE). The show has a musical score from Tan Dun and is a water show that “tells the tale of a little lantern’s quest to reunite with family for the annual celebration of good luck and fortune.”

Pixar Pier at night 2022

You’ll also find live entertainment at Paradise Gardens and (new this year) Sonoma Terrace. Performers will include the Chinese musical ensemble Melody of China, the Korean-American a capella group Vocal Seoul, and community groups.

Entertainers

If you want some extra luck, stop by the Lucky Wishes Wall where you can walk below ornamental lanterns and write a message of hope for this year.

Decor!

There are also arts and crafts, Chinese calligraphy demonstrations, art walls that educate about the Lunar New Year, and Lunar New Year decor. This piece of information talks about how Korean families celebrate…

Wall Information

…while this one highlights Chinese traditions.

More Info

We also found signs that can help guests figure out what year they are.

What Year Are YOU?!

Which one are you?

Lunar New Year

You can look at the years and characters to find out!

Signs

Beyond Disney California Adventure Park

Beyond Disney California Adventure Park you’ll also find some festive things to do and eat, including the following:

  • Mad Dumplings food truck at Downtown Disney
  • Fusion menu items at Naples Ristorante E Bar, Tortilla Jo’s, Catal Restaurant, Uva Bar & Cafe, Sprinkles, and Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes.
  • Lunar New Year items at Lovepop
  • Specialty-themed food at Goofy’s Kitchen and Storytellers Cafe
  • Rabbit Firecracker and Cat’s Delight cocktails at Hearthstone Lounge
  • Themed treats at the GCH holiday cart
  • And Tai Chi fitness classes at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa for overnight hotel guests
Lunar New Year

We’ll be updating this post with more information and photos/videos from our time at the Lunar New Year celebration, so check back for updates!

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