Disneyland is Celebrating the Lunar New Year 2020

Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure.

Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure. (Photo Joshua Sudock)

Get Ready for 24 fun-filled days of entertainment, characters, food and more at Disney California Adventure Park

The fun begins on January 17, 2020

Disneyland Resort is ready to celebrate the Year of the Mouse (although technically it’s the year of the rat) this Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park. Festivities run from Friday, January 17 through Sunday, February 9, 2020. Over the course of the 24 days of this multicultural celebration, you can enjoy special live entertainment and musical performances, including “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” and the return of the heartwarming “Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration” prior to the “World of Color” nighttime spectacular.

Of course, this unique Lunar New Year celebration comes alive with a touch of Disney magic, as transformative Asian celebrations dedicate the new year. Sample inspired food, music and entertainment with your loved ones as you celebrate the Year of the Mouse together with Mickey — Disney’s own beloved mouse. Lunar New Year is traditionally celebrated within Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures and celebrates the celestial journey of the sun and the moon on their way towards another year.

Minnie Mouse Lunar New Year headband.

Minnie Mouse Lunar New Year headband. (Photo Disney)

For 2020, highlights of the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure include:

  • “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” is a celebratory parade led by Mulan that honors Lunar New Year and dedicates the new year’s blessings to family and friendship. As a special treat for the Year of the Mouse, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse join the procession in new celebration attire, along with Goofy in his “god of Good Fortune” attire and Chip ‘n’ Dale in their red vests. Talented performers bring dance, martial arts and drumming to enhance the beautifully colorful procession. “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” will run several times, daily.
  • “Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration,” is a heartwarming nighttime water show at Paradise Bay prior to “World of Color” which tells the tale of a little lantern’s quest to reunite with family for the annual celebration of good luck and fortune. Guests will be delighted to see Mulan as a part of the little lantern’s journey.
  • Being the Year of the Mouse is an extra special occasion for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, so they will don new festive Lunar New Year attire this year as they greet guests at Paradise Gardens. Other characters you may find in this area include Mulan, Pluto, and the Three Little Pigs who also join in the Lunar New Year celebration.
  • Enjoy four festive marketplaces to experience delightful food and beverages inspired by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, including the new smoked beef bulgogi short rib and the peach sojito, as well as many other new and returning favorites. The popular Sip and Savor pass* is available for anyone to purchase if you wish to get the best value as you taste their way through the festive Asian marketplaces.
    • Longevity Noodle Co.
    • Lucky 8 Lantern
    • Prosperity Bao & Buns
    • Red Dragon Spice Traders
Smoked Beef Bulgogi Short Rib.

Smoked Beef Bulgogi Short Rib. (Photo David Nguyen)

  • A special Lunar New Year menu at Paradise Garden Grill offers items inspired by traditional Asian fare, plus a Festival Cart inside Paradise Gardens and special food options at Lucky Fortune Cookery in Pacific Wharf.
  • Live, daily performances by authentic Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese dancers and musicians will take place throughout Paradise Gardens Park.
  • Enjoy areas where you can try complimentary arts and crafts. One area features a complimentary dragon’s pearl coloring craft, and another features Chinese calligraphy with local artisans. Plus, new face painting opportunities have been added to the Lunar New Year celebration, available for purchase.
  • A Lucky Wishing Wall, located in Paradise Gardens, is where you can write down wishes and tie them to the wall in hopes for a prosperous future.
  • The educational art walls provide guests with information about the festival, including fun details such as “What Year Are You?” as well as the unique story of Lunar New Year in each culture that celebrates the sun and moon festival.
  • Inspiring Lunar New Year décor symbolizes good luck, fortune and happiness in bold red and brilliant gold. You’ll see ornamental lanterns and banners wishing all guests a Happy Lunar New Year in English, Chinese, Korean and
  • New Lunar New Year merchandise inspired by different cultures of East Asia will be available for purchase. This year, you’ll find all-new spirit jerseys, fun bobble-head figures with Chip and Dale, a traditional red envelope set, themed Minnie Mouse ear headbands and more.

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*Sip and Savor Pass entitlements may only be redeemed during regular Lunar New Year celebration operating hours, and the Pass expires on February 9, 2020. Each coupon may be redeemed for one (1) food or nonalcoholic beverage item at a participating Marketplace location. Excludes novelties including souvenir tumblers. No discounts apply. Nonrefundable, nontransferable, may not be redeemed for cash (in whole or in part), no substitutions and no change given. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required.