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Lunar New Year returns to Disneyland Resort 2019 with seasonal favorites and new offerings to celebrate Year of the Pig. Join me as your Disneyland expert to guide you through this multi-cultural celebration at Disney California Adventure Park. Enjoy Disney Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure park from January 25 through February 17, 2019.
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.
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 the three little pigs. Lunar New Year is celebrated at Disney California Adventure Park from January 25 through February 17, 2019.
Where is Disney Lunar New Year? 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.
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 an 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.
Disney Lunar New Year | Year of the Pig
2019 is the Year of the Pig. In Chinese culture, pigs symbolize wealth. There are twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac, based on a 12 year cycle and each year corresponds with an animal (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig) and calculated based on the Lunar calendar. “It is believed that the years represented by the animals affect the characters of people in the same way like the western astrology signs.”
My Chinese Zodiac is Year of the Dog, which was celebrated in 2018. Find out more about the Chinese Zodiac here.
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. 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 Pig.
Families and children alike will also enjoy decorating a Lunar New Year paper lantern to take home or maybe even stop to get your face painted during Lunar New Year.
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! Each marketplace in Paradise Gardens Park offers food from Asian countries, making for some mighty sampling and tasting your way through Asia, all without leaving Disneyland Resort. Food items range from $4.25 to $7.75.
What’s the Lunar New Year Sip & Savor Pass? For $39 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. Lunar New Year sip and savor comes with 6 pre-paid passes which makes each item $6.50 (normal pricing Food items range from $4.25 to $7.75)
Disney Lunar Red Dragon Spice Traders Marketplace
- Firecracker Three Cup Chicken
- Purple yam macaron, my personal favorite and I can’t wait to eat this again!
- Steamed short rib shumai
- Raspberry lychee chia tea
Disney Lunar New Year Prosperity Bao and Buns Marketplace
- Char shiu pork bao
- Mickey Chinese hot dog bun
- Mango-pineapple pastry
- Winter plum blossom gin mule
Disney Lunar New Year Longevity Noodle Co. Marketplace
- Pan-fried wheat noodles with chicken meatballs and ginger sauce
- Veggie egg roll
- Egg tart
- Orchid spritz, sparkling water with orchid syrup, rose popping pearls and a fresh edible orchid
Disney Lunar New Year Lucky 8 Lantern Marketplace
- Shrimp fried rice
- Stir-fried veggies and pineapple
- Mandarin orange-green tea tart
- Vietnamese iced coffee
Vending Cart in Paradise Gardens
- Zhūròu Bāo: steamed bao with pork and sweet chili dipping sauce
- Xìngrén Qū Qí: three mini almond cookies, another sweet treat to try!
Paradise Garden Grill
- Cá rô phi chiên giòn: tilapia with chili-lime vinaigrette with soup, vegetables, and rice. Served family style, enough to share!
- Japchae: sweet potato noodles with vegetables, tofu and sweet and spicy sauce
- Galbi: Korean style short ribs with rice and kimchi
- Phở Bò: beef noodle soup with tri-tip and tice noodles, served with onion, jalapeño, basil-lime, and hot sauce
- Bánh mì thịt nướng: pork belly, pickled Carrots, and daikon with cucumber, cilantro, seasoned mayonnaise, and jalapeño on a baguette
- Mango pudding
- Almond milk black iced tea with pudding (non-alcoholic)
- Black beer stout
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? We don’t have an official answer from Disney at this point. Early press releases for 2019 included Hurry Home and World of Color. World of Color has been down since early 2018 and we are anxiously awaiting its return. Hurry Home is a “short” before the main World of Color show featuring Mulan and includes music by Academy Award®-winning composer Tan Dun. We’ll be sure to update this as soon as we hear anything official.
Disney Lunar New Year Meet Mulan
Mulan is truly the princess of Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure park and we love seeing her celebrated! 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 in front of Paradise Gardens, the same area where you may have experienced the Coco mini-parade during Halloween Time or Viva Navidad during the Holidays.
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 Paradise Gardens Park. The parade is about 10 minutes long and you can usually find front-row viewing even just a few minutes before it begins. Stick around afterward or come back later to meet Mulan, Mushu, The Three Little Pigs and Mickey and Minnie who will rotate throughout the day 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. One set of Minnie ears escaped me last Lunar New Year, among other things and I hope they return this year. Will you be celebrating Lunar New Year at Disneyland Resort in 2019?
Disneyland expert who also loves the beach, flip flops and pink nail polish.