Disneyland Resort is celebrating the Lunar New year at Disney California Adventure from January 21 through February 13, 2022, to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultures will be celebrated with a solid dose of Disney magic. This will include Asian-inspired food and beverages, merchandise, entertainment, and decor.
This year there will be some additions to the celebration that haven’t been seen in recent years. First off, Raya, from Raya and The Last Dragon will be found at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. There will be other Disney friends found at Disney California Adventure as well. This includes Tigger, Mulan and Mushu, Mickey and Minnie, and the Three Little Pigs who are all dressed in festive attire.
Another addition this year is to Muan’s Lunar New Year Procession. This year the procession will include a new float with Mulan and Mushu aboard. There will also be lanterns on it that will glow during evening performances.
A favorite part of Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure is the Lunar New Year Marketplace. At the Marketplace guests will be able to experience Asian-inspired dishes with a Disney twist. Some of the dishes that will be available include char-siu BBQ pork bao, spicy pork Dandan noodles, Impossible™ Lion’s Head meatballs and so much more. The Sip and Savor pass will also be returning. With six coupons, guests will be able to get select food and non-alcoholic beverages at the following Lunar New Year Marketplace kiosks and dining locations:
- Longevity Noodle Co.
- Lucky 8 Lantern
- Prosperity Bao & Buns
- Red Dragon Spice Traders
- Festival Food and Beverage Cart
- Paradise Garden Grill
- Lucky Fortune Cookery
- Cappuccino Cart
Paradise Garden Grill will again showcase a limited-time Lunar New Year menu that will be inspired by Asian food. Some of the offerings will be:
- Pork Banh Mi; grilled pork belly with pickled daikon, carrots, cucumber, jalapeno, cilantro and seasoned mayonnaise on a crispy baguette
- Plant-based spicy Kung Pao tofu with zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, red peppers, peanuts and fried rice, garnished with garlic chips
- Tiger milk tea (nonalcoholic) with brown sugar boba
There will also be themed Lunar New Year merchandise available throughout the celebration. This will include a tumbler and a Spirit Jersey. Merchandise will be available while supplies last.
The Lucky Wishes Wall will again be returning. Guests will be able to add messages of hope, health and happiness for the Year of the Tiger there. There will also be complimentary arts and crafts available. This includes a dragon’s pearl coloring craft and Chinese calligraphy with local artisans. There will also be art walls found around Paradise Garden that share details about Lunar New Year and also learn “What Year Are You?” Learn all about the unique stories of Lunar New Year for each culture while checking out these art walls.
Also in Paradise Garden at the Paradise Garden Bandstand, there will be musical guests performing throughout the celebration. The performances will include traditional musical instruments, along with Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese folk dancers. Melody of China is returning again this year from San Francisco and will be performing a fusion of Chinese folk, classical and contemporary instrumentals.
Outside of the park at Downtown Disney District, a new Lunar New Year mural created by Disney Live Entertainment Art Director Elizabeth Lisa Kang will be found. Kang was inspired by “minwha,” or “painting of the people,” which portray the customs and spirit of everyday life in Korea, for this mural.
For more details about the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure, visit Disneyland.com/LunarNewYear.
What do you think of this year’s Lunar New Year celebration at the Disneyland Resort? What are you most excited to see and experience? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!