Pictures & Video: Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure

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Disney California Adventure’s annual Happy Lunar New Year celebration has kicked off once again. The event features Disney characters in special Lunar New Year outfits, special food, exclusive merchandise, arts and crafts, and local community groups and performers in several different shows. Lets take a look at how Disney is celebrating the year of the monkey:

Happy Lunar New Year Procession Featuring Mulan and Mushu is the main event of the celebration. Dozens of performers, including drummers, acrobats, and more are a part of this 10 minute show that takes place outside of Paradise Gardens.
DSC00084The character meet and greet spot is located next door to Paradise Garden Grill. Here you can meet Mushu, Mickey & Minnie (in Lunar New Year outfits), or Chip & Dale (also in Lunar New Year gear). The characters rotate every 30 minutes.

DSC04090Chip & Dale are ready to celebrate Lunar New Year.

DSC00121Happy Lunar New Year Procession Featuring Mulan and Mushu has four performances a day: 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm. It takes place near the front of Goofy’s Sky School.

DSC00057DSC00069DSC00110Disney brought in local community groups to perform, they’re very talented and put on a great show.

DSC00170DSC00081DSC00144While the show isn’t the same scope and scale as Viva Navidad (DCA’s fantastic Christmas show/parade), Happy Lunar New Year Procession is still high quality and a lot of fun.

DSC00050DSC00049DSC00051The rest of Paradise Gardens features a surprising number decorations considering this is a 3 day event.

DSC00048Celebrate the year of the monkey with this shirt ($27.95).

DSC00047Disney also sells red envelopes with the same design.

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The same menu of limited edition food items is back this year. The pork steamed bun is good but $5.25 is an insanely expensive price and I can’t recommend paying that much for one.

DSC00090Several different acts performe on the Paradise Garden stage throughout the day.

DSC00052Several different cultures celebrate Lunar Near Year. A sign near the front of Paradise Gardens has some information.

DSC00176There’s also a sign with a Disney animal representing each Chinese zodiac sign.

DSC00174 DSC00175All guests can create New Years wishes or lanterns, free of charge. There is also a station that gives free face paintings.


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Guy Selga Jr.

Disneyland writer for and co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. Also a Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. Twitter and Instagram: @guyselga

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