Ring in the Year of the Pig with Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure park, now through February 17, 2019. With fun-filled activities, multicultural performances, beautiful décor, and delicious cuisine, Lunar New Year welcomes guests of all ages to commemorate traditions with beloved Disney characters, and welcome another year of good fortune.
We followed along with four Disney moms as they experienced Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure with their families. Keep scrolling to see their favorite highlights, and all the fun that can be enjoyed at the Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure.
“This was our first Lunar New Year experience at Disney California Adventure and it did not disappoint! Being part Chinese, it was wonderful to see so much of my heritage represented at the park. What was even more special was to be able to share in these festivities with my son. Seeing the fusion of Disney with all the familiar traditions, food, and fun that I’ve grown up with was truly something magical!” – Jennifer Poblete-Boonsom
Lucky Wishing Wall
Make a wish and dare to dream big during the Year of the Pig! Guests of all ages are welcomed to add their own special message of hope, health and happiness for the upcoming year.
“Our family loved the Lucky Wishing Wall. This was special to us since we truly believe in the power of dreams and wishes coming true, so getting to write down our hopes for the new Lunar Year (on Mickey wish paper, too!) was the sweetest moment.” – Jennifer Poblete-Boonsom
“Celebrating Lunar New Year with my family at The Disneyland Resort was such a magical experience! It was, of course, filled with all of the Disney magic that we’ve come to expect and love when visiting the parks, but I also appreciate that I was able to learn with my children about a holiday celebrated by cultures different than our own. The Lucky Wishing Wall, for example, is a beautiful Lunar New Year tradition where you are able to write down your wishes for the new year and then tie them to the wall amongst all of the others for luck. The kids were also able to color and construct their own paper lantern decorations to take home. As an multicultural family of Polish and African-American, cultural traditions are so important to us and we love being able to experience that while visiting the Disney parks.” – Erika Kurzawa
Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession
This bold and bright parade is hosted by Mulan and her faithful dragon, Mushu. This year, as a special treat for the Year of the Pig, the Three Little Pigs.
“This show was absolutely mind-blowing and the girls were so excited and intrigued! Since it is the Year of the Pig, the Three Little Pigs performing with Mulan and Mushu were a fun surprise! The dance performances were mesmerizing and we definitely want to come back and watch it again! If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland Resort you need to check out this show which has multiple performances throughout the day until February 17th!” – Mai Nguyen-Miyoshi
Meet Disney Characters
Paradise Gardens is the place to meet and take photos with some of your favorite Disney friends, including Mickey, Minnie, Mulan, Mushu, and Pluto too! Bring the whole family to see these Disney characters in vibrant holiday attire. You can check daily appearance times by downloading the official Disneyland Mobile app!
“Of course the family had to take photos with Mulan! It was really cute watching Mulan interact with Zooey.” – Mai Nguyen-Miyoshi
Kid-Friendly Crafts and Activities
From crafting paper lanterns to face painting, there are so many fun ways to let creative spirits soar during Lunar New Year. Brush-stroke aficionados can take home custom-drawn Chinese calligraphy by local artisans, available on Monday and Tuesdays. And find complimentary face painting in front of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.
“Zooey and Amelie are half Vietnamese and half Japanese, so we celebrate Lunar New Year every year [by] visiting with our families and eating delicious food. This year, we decided to take Zooey, Amelie and Baba (Zooey & Amelie’s grandmother) to experience the Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure! Baba hadn’t been to Disneyland since before Disney California Adventure was even built, so it was super exciting for all of us to go together. The first thing we did when we arrived to the Paradise Gardens Park was hit the arts and crafts table where the girls could make their own lanterns.” – Mai Nguyen-Miyoshi
“Face painting is complimentary at Lunar New Year, so my daughter, Zoe, [who] was born in the year of the dragon, had a dragon painted on her cheek. And since this is the year of the pig, which just happens to be my own birth year, I couldn’t resist joining the fun and having a pig painted on my face too.” – Erika Kurzawa
“The Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure is the PERFECT way to interact with Lunar New Year traditions as a family! From delicious food to arts and crafts and amazing musical artists, we loved exploring the Lunar New Year festival and learning more about this beautiful holiday.” – Carly Anderson
“One of the highlights of the day for us was definitely trying the different types of Asian cuisine. With the Sip and Savor Pass, it was so easy to go from booth to booth sampling the available food and beverage items. Even my picky eater managed to find a Mickey-shaped purple yam macaron that she absolutely loved.” – Erika Kurzawa
Embark on a culinary adventure with the Sip and Savor Pass, which consists of a commemorative credential and 6 coupons redeemable for food and beverage offerings (excluding alcohol) at select Lunar New Year Marketplace locations.
The Sip and Savor Pass is available for sale at Elias & Co., Kingswell Camera Shop, Festival Gifts (in Paradise Gardens Park), the Sip and Savor Cart and each Lunar New Year Marketplace. So get in touch with your inner foodie and sample these culinary creations now through February 17, 2019 during Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park!