From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Kelsey Lynch
This limited-time event – which runs now through Feb. 13, 2022 – is a joyous tribute to Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultures with a touch of Disney magic, featuring Asian-inspired food and drinks, vibrant décor, keepsake merchandise and exciting entertainment!
Lunar New Year celebrates the celestial journey of the sun and the moon on their voyage toward another year. This special festival invites you to make memories with your family and friends while sharing wishes for good health, luck and prosperity throughout the year to come.
Here’s a look at some of the excitement that you can expect during the celebration!
This year, “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” introduces a gorgeous new float that Mulan and Mushu arrive upon, accompanied by traditional Chinese drummers with powerful rhythms and performers bringing cultural artistry and dance to life. Decorated in red and gold to symbolize good fortune and happiness, the float features bright bunches of red firecrackers with golden tassels, and delicate red and gold lanterns that come aglow for after-sunset performances.
The Paradise Garden Bandstand presents daily live performances featuring enchanting traditional musical instruments, along with Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese folk dancers. The San Francisco-based musical group Melody of China performs a fusion of Chinese folk, classical and contemporary instrumentals.
Enjoy special appearances by Disney characters at the Paradise Gardens Gazebo, where you may spot Tigger, Mulan and Mushu, Mickey and Minnie, and the Three Little Pigs – all dressed in their festive finery.
Raya, from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film “Raya and the Last Dragon,” makes her official debut at the Disneyland Resort during the Lunar New Year celebration! Under a forest canopy deep in the heart of Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, you may encounter the heroic Raya, greeting new friends and visiting from the newly reunited lands of Kumandra.
Festive Lunar New Year Marketplaces offer a tantalizing array of Asian-inspired dishes with a Disney twist. For a terrific value on this epicurean adventure, you may choose to take advantage of the popular Sip and Savor pass*, which provides six coupons, redeemable for select food and nonalcoholic beverages at participating locations such as Longevity Noodle Co., the Lucky 8 Lantern, Red Dragon Spice Traders, Lucky Fortune Cookery and more!
For all the delicious details, check out the Lunar New Year Foodie Guide.
Colorful Lunar New Year décor symbolizes good luck, fortune and happiness in bold red and brilliant gold, with banners wishing “Happy Lunar New Year” featuring Disney characters.
Stroll beneath strings of ornamental lanterns at the Lucky Wishes Wall to share your own special wishes of hope, health and happiness that roar with confidence for the Year of the Tiger. Then, enjoy complimentary arts and crafts, such as coloring a “Dragon’s Pearl” and Chinese calligraphy with local artisans.
Special Lunar New Year mementos are available for purchase while supplies last, including an adorable Mickey Mouse plush, Spirit Jersey, tees and tumbler.
What’s more, the Lunar New Year celebration continues at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort and the Downtown Disney District.
Over at Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel, Chef Goofy gives a nod to Lunar New Year by adding both spicy chicken and pork belly bao buns to the buffet, while over at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, tasty treats are plentiful on the lobby cart with Mickey Mouse-shaped, tiger-striped sugar cookies, lantern whoopie pies and assorted pretzel sticks.
At Downtown Disney District, see the beautiful new Lunar New Year mural created by Disney Live Entertainment Associate Art Director Elizabeth Lisa Kang, whose talents have contributed to a variety of productions and attractions at Disney Parks around the world. To capture the energy of this holiday, Kang was inspired by scenes from traditional “minhwa,” or “painting of the people,” which portray the customs and spirit of everyday life in Korea. Her expressive piece depicts celebration and hope for the coming year.
Also in Downtown Disney District, pop by the colorful new shop, Lovepop, which offers two different pop-up greeting card designs, a cherry blossom tree and an elegant red lantern, to celebrate Lunar New Year!
If you’re a Southern California resident, be sure to check out our latest ticket offer. Eligible guests may experience the magic of Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park for as little as $67 per day for a limited time with the purchase of a three-day, one-park per day weekday ticket, subject to park reservation. These tickets are on sale now and can be used through May 26, 2022, and are valid on weekdays.** You can read more about it on the Disney Parks Blog.
And don’t forget – in order to enter a theme park, guests (ages 3 and older) will need both a valid ticket and a theme park reservation for the same day and the same park you wish to visit.
We hope you join us for this spectacular, limited-time Lunar New Year celebration!
*A Lunar New Year Sip and Savor Pass will expire on February 13, 2022, and will not be valid at any other event or at any other time. Passes are nonrefundable, subject to restrictions, and not valid for Theme Park admission. No substitutions. Sip and Savor offerings at participating restaurants may be tasting-size portions only, not full entrée sizes.
**Tickets can be used on nonconsecutive days, are not valid before 1/3/2022, and expire on May 26, 2022. Tickets valid Mondays through Fridays, with Saturdays and Sundays blocked out. To enter a park, both a theme park reservation and a valid ticket for the same park on the same date are required. Theme park reservations are limited, subject to availability, and not guaranteed. A hotel reservation does not guarantee theme park access. Offer valid for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599; proof of eligible residency, including valid government-issued photo ID, is required for purchase and admission. Subject to blockout dates of every Saturday and Sunday ( 1/8, 1/9, 1/15, 1/16, 1/22, 1/23, 1/29, 1/30, 2/5, 2/6, 2/12, 2/13, 2/19, 2/20, 2/26, 2/27, 3/5, 3/6, 3/12, 3/13, 3/19, 3/20, 3/26, 3/27, 4/2, 4/3, 4/9, 4/10, 4/16, 4/17, 4/23, 4/24, 4/30, 5/1, 5/7, 5/8, 5/14, 5/15, 5/21, and 5/22) Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. May purchase up to 5 tickets per eligible person per day with valid ID. Tickets are nonrefundable, may not be sold or transferred for commercial use and exclude activities/events separately priced. Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice. Sales may be paused from time to time or terminated at any time. Certain parks, attractions, restaurants, experiences and offerings may be modified or unavailable, limited in capacity, and subject to limited availability or even closure. Park admission and offerings are not guaranteed.
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