Lunar New Year Kicks Off January 17 at Disney California Adventure

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This year, celebrate the Year of the Mouse during the Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure. From January 17 through February 9, Guests will be able to celebrate with live entertainment, musical performances, delicious food, and more. Lunar New Year, which is traditionally celebrated within Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, celebrates the celestial journey of the sun and the moon on their journey towards another year. During the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure events will include:

  • “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession”: this is a celebratory parade led by Mulan that honors Lunar New Year and dedicates the new year’s blessings to family and friendship. Performers bring dance, martial arts and drumming to the colorful procession, which will run several times daily.
  • “Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration”: This special water projection show will take place prior to “World of Color” and tells the tale of a little lantern’s quest to reunite with family for the annual celebration of good luck and fortune.
  • Disney Character Encounters: Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will don new festive Lunar New Year attire this year as they greet guests at Paradise Gardens. Guests should also be on the lookout for Mulan, Pluto, and the Three Little Pigs.
  • Delicious Asian Cuisine: Enjoy four festive marketplaces with food and beverages inspired by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures. Booths include Longevity Noodle Co., Lucky 8 Lantern, Prosperity Bao & Buns and Red Dragon Spice Traders.
  • Entertainment: Live performances will occur by authentic Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese dancers and musicians throughout Paradise Gardens Park.
  • Kid-friendly Crafts and Activities: Guests will be able to enjoy complimentary arts and crafts, including dragon’s pearl coloring craft and Chinese calligraphy with local artisans. Plus, there will be face painting opportunities that will be available for purchase.
  • Lucky Wishing Wall: After strolling beneath strings of ornamental lanterns in Paradise Gardens, write down wishes and tie them to the wall in hopes for a prosperous future.
  • Commemorative Merchandise: Guests will be able to pick up spirit jerseys, bobble-head figures with Chip and Dale, a traditional red envelope set, themed Minnie Mouse ears and more.

Will you be attending the Lunar New Year celebrations?

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