Disneyland Resort Rings in the Lunar New Year with Food, Celebration, and Entertainment

Disneyland Lunar New Year-Year of the Dog

2018 may have just begun but the fun is already in full swing at the Disneyland Resort. Disney California Adventure is again going all out in celebration of the Lunar New Year. The celebration of the Year of the Dog takes place now through February 18th and includes plenty of amazing food and entertainment options reflecting Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese culture.

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Mulan's Lunar New Year Processional

Highlights of the Lunar New Year entertainment include:

A special feature prior to the World of Color show called Hurry Home. It tells the story of Little Lantern as he makes his journey home for a New Year celebration using the lights, fountain, and projection animation that makes World of Color so captivating.

Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession which features the Disney princess dancing alongside umbrella dancers, ribbon twirlers, martial artists to the sounds of thundering drums. New for 2018: Goofy, dressed as the “god of good fortune” joins in the parade.

New for 2018: The Gugu Drum Group from Shanghai, China, joins the festivities by drumming and dancing timeless Chinese proverbs, fables, and fairy tales to life.

Live performances by authentic music artists of Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese background including immensely talented Vietnamese concert guitarist Dat Nguyen.

Mickey, Minnie, Chip ‘n Dale, Mulan, and Mushu dressed in Lunar New Year attire and ready to take their picture with your family. This year, Pluto leads the pack at this character meet-and-greet to celebrate the year of the dog.

Families can try Asian arts and crafts including Chinese calligraphy, paper lantern making and complimentary face painting.

Don’t miss the special merchandise options, including items straight from Shanghai Disney Resort, available for purchase for the first time.

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Another highlight of the celebration at Disney California Adventure is the food. Diverse options are available in both the Lunar New Year Marketplace that lines Paradise Pier as well as the Paradise Pier Grill. Many of the dishes were inspired by recipes that Disney Cast Members shared from their own homes. I had the opportunity to sample several of the dishes and some of my favorites were Kalbi beef short ribs, pork soup dumplings, Japchae (stir-fried vegetable noodles), mango pudding, and the mango green tea with popping bobas.

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Check out this fun video of all that is in store:

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Disclosure: The author was a guest of Disney at the premier of Disney’s Lunar New Year celebration so that she could bring this story to Trekaroo readers. All images courtesy of Disneyland Resort.

About the author

Sharlene Earnshaw is Trekaroo’s Editor in Chief. She lives in sunny Orange County, CA, with her husband and 10-year-old son and daughter (twins!). She is a self-proclaimed National Park junkie and has the goal of visiting each and every one with her kids. When she isn't traveling to places like Norway, Peru, Disney World, and Hawaii with her family, she enjoys hiking, beach days, obsessively rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and planning her brood's next trip.

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