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Disney Lunar New Year 2023

Lunar New Year returns to Disneyland Resort 2023 with shopping favorites as we look back on a seasonal offerings to celebrate Year of the Rabbit. Visit Disneyland Resort from January 20 through February 15, 2023 to experience all the offerings of Lunar New Year.

Join me as your Disneyland expert to guide you through this multi-cultural celebration at Disney California Adventure Park.Disneyland Tips

Enjoy Disneyland Resort from January 20 through February 15, 2023 to experience all the offerings of Lunar New Year, with actual Chinese New Year celebrated on January 22, 2023.

Disneyland Resort Lunar New Year 2023

It’s time to celebrate Disney Lunar New Year—a celebration of Asian tradition and cultures, along with well wishes for the future. Our Lunar New Year celebration begins now with answers to your Lunar New Year frequently asked questions.


Disney LNY decor


What is Disney Lunar New Year? Lunar New Year celebrates Asian cultures through music, food, dance and tradition, with the addition of beloved Disney characters like Mulan and Mushu.

Lunar New Year is celebrated at Disney California Adventure Park from late January through early February. Next up we’ll celebrate in January and February, with actual Chinese New Year celebrated on January 22, 2023.

Where is Disney Lunar New Year? Traditionally, Lunar New Year is celebrated at Disney California Adventure park, mostly along the pathway that borders Paradise Bay (the water area in front of Pixar Pier) and Paradise Gardens Park. In front of Paradise Gardens you’ll find live entertainment throughout the day and more food offerings.


Jessica Wishing Wall


How much does Disney Lunar New Year cost? You can stroll through Lunar New Year marketplaces and enjoy live entertainment for free with valid theme park admission.

Food and drinks are an additional cost (find exact prices on the Disneyland app), just like any other food and drinks in the parks. Get discount Disneyland Resort tickets here. 

When do Disney Lunar New Year marketplace kiosks open? Lunar New Year marketplace kiosks open daily at 10:30 or 11 am, depending on park hours during the event. 

2023 is the Year of the Rabbit. In Chinese culture, Rabbits symbolize patience and luck, bringing what we may have missed in previous years. Rabbits also represent good health and success. See how to celebrate Disney Lunar New Year at Home too.

There are twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac, based on a 12 year cycle and each year corresponds with an animal (rat/mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig) and calculated based on the Lunar calendar.

Take a look at The Garden of Twelve Friends where the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac are depicted by popular Disney and Disney/Pixar characters at Shanghai Disney.

While The Garden of Twelve Friends gives us an idea of which Disney or Pixar character might make an appearance at California Adventure, we have seen some adjustments in the past as well. 

  • 2023 Year of the Rabbit: Thumper?
  • 2022 Year of the Tiger: Tigger
  • 2021 Year of the Ox
  • 2020 Year of the Rat/Mouse: Mickey & Minnie Mouse
  • 2019 Year of the Pig: Three Little Pigs
  • 2018 Year of the Dog: Pluto
  • 2017 Year of the Rooster: Alan-a-Dale from Robin Hood
  • 2016 Year of the Monkey: Abu from Aladdin
  • 2015 Year of the Goat/Sheep: Jolly Holiday Lambs
  • 2014 Year of the Horse: Maximus from Tangled
  • 2013 Year of the Snake: Kaa (first year Lunar New Year was celebrated at California Adventure Park, previously at Disneyland Park)
  • 2012 Year of the Dragon: Mushu

“It is believed that the years represented by the animals affect the characters of people in the same way like the western astrology signs.” 


Lunar New Year of the Pig


In 2023, it’s important to note, Disney’s festival will also be recognize the Vietnamese zodiac calendar during the Lunar New Year celebration, which marks 2023 as the Year of the Cat.

My Chinese Zodiac is Year of the Dog, which was last celebrated in 2018. Here’s how to find out what yours is based on what year you were born. 

  • Rat 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
  • Ox 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
  • Tiger 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
  • Rabbit 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
  • Dragon 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
  • Snake 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
  • Horse 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
  • Goat 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
  • Monkey 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
  • Rooster 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
  • Dog 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
  • Pig 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Disney Lunar New Year Wishes

One of the things I love about Disney California Adventure park celebrations (and there are many throughout the year, like Food & Wine Festival coming next!) is they find a way to involve everyone, young or young-at-heart.

Lunar New Year wish


In the Paradise Garden area of Paradise Gardens Park, take a moment to write your New Year Wishes on a Mickey-shaped Lunar New Year wishing paper. Hang them on the Lucky Wishing Wall for good luck and prosperity during Year of the Tiger.

For 2022, you can even create your wishing wall at home! Create your own wishing wall and add wishes for the New Year throughout January and February. 


Disney Lunar NY Craft


Families and children alike will also enjoy decorating a Lunar New Year craft to take home or maybe even stop to get your face painted during Lunar New Year. Note face painting did not return in 2022. 


Face painting

Disney Lunar New Year Food

There are many popular Disney shirts with a variation of “I’m just here for the food” printed across the front. No shame here! And with the tasty Asian cuisine offered during Lunar New Year, we can see why you might just be coming for the food. 

Take a look at Lunar New Year food in 2022 to get an idea for what you’ll eat at the parks and what you can recreate at home.


Lunar New Year Marketplace


Each marketplace in Paradise Gardens Park offers Asian inspired cuisine, making for some mighty sampling and tasting your way through Asia, all without leaving Disneyland Resort. Food items range from about $7-12.

What’s the Lunar New Year Sip & Savor Pass? For about $43 you can taste your way through Lunar New Year. Choose your favorite food items, Lunar New Year desserts or non-alcoholic beverages with the convenience of a pre-paid Sip & Savor Pass. 


Is there a Magic Key discount for the Sip & Savor Pass? Yes, Magic Keyholders can purchase the Sip & Savor Pass for a few dollars less at about $40.

I suggest checking out the lines and hopping in the shortest one for your entire order. Why? It’ll save you time! Order your food at one kiosk, keep your receipt and pick up food throughout the day by going straight to the pick up window. 


LNY Sip and Savor Pass


Disney Lunar Red Dragon Spice Traders Marketplace

  • Spicy Three Cup Chicken Wings $8.00
  • Impossible Meatballs $7.50
  • Purple sweet potato macaron $6.50, my personal favorite and back again this year!

    Lunar New Year macaron


Disney Lunar New Year Prosperity Bao and Buns Marketplace

  • Char shiu pork bao $8.00, I really liked this one, I’d totally go for this multiple times over the course Lunar New Year. 


Char shiu pork bao



Mickey Chinese hot dog bun


Disney Lunar New Year Longevity Noodle Co. Marketplac

Wanna see what I do at Disneyland? I love chowing down on some delicious eats!

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  • Garlic noodles $7.00, I ate way too much of this so delicious!
  • Spicy pork noodles $7.50

Disney Lunar New Year Lucky 8 Lantern Marketplace

  • Shrimp fried rice $8.00 I love this one! 
  • Beef bulgogi short rib $8.25

Bonus eats! Lunar New Year food expands to various dining locations in the parks. You can use your Sip & Savor pass on select “Sip and Savor” size portions at:

  • Paradise Garden Grill (start here early, the line gets long fast!)
  • Cappuccino Cart
  • Festival Cart
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery
  • Paradise Gardens Food and Beverage Cart


Pork Belly Bahn Mi


  • Whole Deep-Fried Tilapia with Chili Lime Vinaigrette and Steamed Rice
  • Mango Mousse, delicious dessert (kinda my thing at Disneyland)


Mango mousse


Two new Lunar New Year marketplaces will be added in 2023, Bamboo Blessings and Wrapped with Love. Which Lunar New Year food items have you tried from past years and what do you want to try this year?

Disney Lunar New Year World of Color

Will World of Color be back for Lunar New Year? After an extended absence from 2019 and 2022’s Lunar New Year, we expect 2023 to showcase the new World of Color for Disney 100 Years of Wonder.


Lunar New Year Wold of Color


World of Color is a stunning light and water projection show at California AdventureHurry Home is a “short” before the main World of Color show featuring Mulan and includes music by Academy Award®-winning composer Tan Dun. 

Disney Lunar New Year Meet Mulan & Raya

Mulan is truly the princess of Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure park and we love seeing her celebrated!


Mulan Lunar New Year


During Lunar New Year, join Mulan and Mushu in a bright and vibrant parade, “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession”. 

The parade is performed multiple times per day now on the entire parade route in Disney California Adventure Park. You can catch Mulan and Friends traveling throughout Paradise Gardens Park, and on through Hollywood Land with an exquisite display of dance and music with California Adventure as a back drop.


Lunar New Year dancers


Tips for viewing Mulan’s Lunar New Year Processional. Check the Disneyland app for the scheduled times. To avoid the sun shining bright in your face during the show, select an earlier time before 4 pm.

The last performance of the day usually has the sun right in the background. Also note there is a loud firecrackers finale which may scare the younger children. I was even told about the firecrackers and was still startled by their display.


Disney LNY Dragon


Traditional music and music from Disney’s animated movie Mulan surrounds you as Mulan and Mushu lead the way. A celebration filled with music, costumes and dancing, including a Chinese dragon puppet, warriors,  drummers and beautiful costumed dancers make their way through California Adventure Park.

Will we see Raya again in 2023? Yes! Disney Parks Blog shares, “Adding to the excitement of Lunar New Year, Raya from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film, “Raya and the Last Dragon” will be appearing again at Disneyland Resort during the celebration!


Raya set up


You’ll be able to see Raya in a setting inspired by her native Kumandra, recreated in the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.”


Jessica LNY


The processional is about 10 minutes long but you’ll need to arrive early for decent viewing. Throughout the day you can also meet Mulan, Mushu, Pluto and Mickey and Minnie and other characters who will rotate in the Paradise Gardens Park Gazebo near Goofy’s Sky School. 

Disney Lunar New Year Shopping

I love to do a little shopping at Disneyland, okay a lot of shopping. In 2021, Lunar New Year merchandise is available on shopDisney! The colors are so festive, lively and beautiful. 


Disney Lunar New Year ears 2021


This year’s set of Minnie ears for Lunar New Year, are absolutely gorgeous! The detail is just stunning. 

Lunar New Year light up lantern


A new Lunar New Year item this year is the light up lantern. I also love the red envelopes you can purchase for gift giving. I think a Disneyland gift card will go great inside, don’t you? 

Looking Back at Disney Lunar New Year 

I am always intrigued by Disney history, especially of Disneyland Resort. If you enjoy Disney history like I do, you might enjoy some of these fast facts about Disney Lunar New Year.

2011 was the first year I could find documentation of Lunar New Year at Disneyland Resort. It was celebrated as part of “Family Fun Weekends” and limited to two weekends only. This was year of the Rabbit and didn’t seem to be tied to any Disney character during the initial launch. It was also hosted at Disneyland Park.


Disney LNY Parade


2012 Lunar New Year returned but this time to the area near “it’s a small world”. It seemed to be such an emerging celebration that it being Year of the Dragon wasn’t even mentioned. 

2013 was the first time Lunar New Year was celebrated at Disney California Adventure Park and was extended for a 5 day celebration in Pacific Wharf.

2014 and 2015 gave way to celebrations we know today with more familiar sights like lantern making, wishing wall and more Disney characters in their traditional Chinese attire. The celebration also moved to Pacific Gardens Park area of California Adventure and included a small procession.


Disney Lunar New Year Parade


2016 Lunar New Year lasted 17 days! This year was the first to feature the World of Color pre-show “Hurry Home”, added more live entertainment and introduced 3 festival food marketplaces.

2017 and 2018 is the first year I noticed the procession having an official title “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” in addition to all the other events and offerings from previous years.


Disney three little pigs


2019 was year of the Pig when I was invited by Disney to come enjoy the festivities on behalf of my website and Disneyland with Kids. Festival marketplace offerings also expanded since they were first introduced in 2016.

2020 Lunar New Year celebration did indeed happen. I remember being there on the actual date of Lunar New Year and hearing about the new health concerns. . . and we all know how that turned out. 

2021 with the Resort still closed, we celebrated Lunar New Year at home with tons of fun activities and food. 

2022 I celebrated by eating way too much at Disney Lunar New Year! I loved having it back.

Let me know how you’ll be celebrating Lunar New Year in 2023 and I hope it includes a visit to Disneyland Resort!

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