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Lunar New Year returns to Disneyland Resort 202o with seasonal favorites and new offerings to celebrate Year of the Rat. 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 late January through early February 2020.
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 mushu. Lunar New Year is celebrated at Disney California Adventure Park from late January 25 through early February 2020.
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 Rat
2020 is the Year of the Rat. In Chinese culture, rats symbolize wealth and surplus. Rats also represent the beginning of a new day!
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 Rat.
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 around $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 items range from $4.25 to $7.75.
Is there an AP discount for the Sip & Savor Pass? Yes, Annual Passholders can purchase the Sip & Savor Pass for $36, making each item $6.
Disney Lunar Red Dragon Spice Traders Marketplace
- Firecracker Three Cup Chicken
- Purple yam macaron, my personal favorite, the presentation changed a bit from last year but it’s still one you don’t want to miss.
- Steamed short rib shumai
- Raspberry lychee chia tea, light up flower is an extra charge.
Disney Lunar New Year Prosperity Bao and Buns Marketplace
- Char shiu pork bao
- Mickey Chinese hot dog bun, this one wins it for me with the Mickey presentation, don’t you think?
- Mango-pineapple pastry, I still need to try this it looks so amazing!
- 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, so delicious!
- Egg tart
- Orchid spritz, sparkling water with orchid syrup, rose popping pearls and a fresh edible orchid. This looks gorgeous but only tasted like soda water to me.
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
Paradise Garden Grill items specifically for Lunar New Year can be ordered with the Sip & Savor pass, even those served family style, enough to share!
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 absence from 2019’s Lunar New Year, we expect World of Color to arrive in time for Lunar New Year 2020.
World of Color is a stunning light and water projection show at California Adventure. Hurry 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
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 Bay. This new extended parade route has Mulan and Friends traveling throughout Paradise Gardens Park, ending with an exquisite display of dance and music with Pixar Pier in the background.
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.
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, Pluto and Mickey and Minnie who will rotate throughout the day in the Paradise Gardens Park Gazebo near Goofy’s Sky School. In 2019, The Three Little Pigs were in the procession but not available for public meet and greets.
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.
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?
Will you be celebrating Lunar New Year at Disneyland Resort in 2020?
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