The Lunar New Year Celebration is back at Disney’s California Adventure Park! This limited-time event – which runs now through Feb. 13, 2022 – is a lovely tribute to Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultures with, of course, that touch of Disney magic. 2022 is the Year of the Tiger! Let’s take a look at some things you can expect during the celebration and a few of my favorite activities!
Let’s start with the biggie - FOOD! There are multiple outdoor kitchens stationed around Paradise Gardens that offer Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese-inspired snack sized yummies (think Food & Wine style). Of course, I had to try the Mickey Sweet Potato Macaroon - which is gluten free! The Lychee Celebration cocktail was also very refreshing to sip on as I explored the rest of the Lunar New Year Offerings!
Definitely take advantage of the Sip & Savor Pass! You’ll get six coupons that you can use for food and nonalcoholic beverages. So if you plan to try all the goodies, this will save you some money!
“Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” happens several times throughout the day and is a great opportunity to see some of your favorite characters in gorgeous traditional costumes - as well as umbrella dancers and fun dancers. There’s even a magnificent Chinese dragon!
At the Paradise Garden Bandstand there is a lineup throughout the day of musical acts. I got to hear Melody of China. These musicians hail from some of China’s most prestigious conservatories. Their renowned fusion of Chinese folk, classical and contemporary instrumentals provides quality entertainment by bridging the gap between ancient customs and American youth.
Over at the Paradise Gardens Gazebo, you can snap a socially distanced photo with some of your favorite characters like Tigger, Mulan and Mushu, Mickey and Minnie, and the Three Little Pigs – all dressed in their festive finery. Raya, “Raya and the Last Dragon,” is also making her theme park Over at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, you may encounter Raya, greeting new friends and visiting from the newly reunited lands of Kumandra.
At the Lucky Wishes Wall you’re able to write down your new year wishes and tie it to the wishing wall. It’s fun to read through all the other messages written of hope, health and happiness for the upcoming year.
My favorite activity was the traditional Chinese calligrapher! Each guest may select one message for him to write for your to take home. Can you guess what he’s writing for me?
You can’t forget to grab a souvenir or two to remember your time at the Lunar New Year Celebration! There’s a gorgeous Spirit Jersey, adorable Mickey Mouse Plus, and several tees and tumblrs.
Several Photos courtesy of The Disneyland Resort
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