Disneyland Lunar New Year 2020: Multicultural Food, Mulan’s Processional, and More!

Lunar New Year is an annual tradition celebrated within Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures and celebrates the celestial journey of the sun and the moon toward another year. Disneyland's Lunar New Year honors this celebration with festival food marketplace booths, great entertainment, and themed merchandise.

This year's Disneyland's Lunar New Year will welcome the Year of the Mouse from January 17th to February 9th in Disney's California Adventure! Technically, this year is The Year of the Rat but we find it pretty fitting to celebrate our favorite Mouse.

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Disneyland Lunar New Year Marketplaces 2020Several Mandarin Orange-Green Tea Tarts on a wooden board

Disneyland celebrates Lunar New Year in the same style of festival marketplace booths you will see during the holiday season and the Food & Wine Festival which you can find located on the pathway to Paradise Gardens.

These marketplace food booths are extremely popular which means lines can get long around peak lunch and dinner times so hitting the booths outside those normal ‘eating' times can save you time spent in line. Or better yet, use mobile ordering for the food options that offer it like Lucky Fortune Cookery and Paradise Garden Grill.

2020 Lunar New Year Festival Food BoothsOfferings from Longevity Noodle Co. for Lunar New Year 2020 at Disney California Adventure Park

Longevity Noodle Co.

  • Chicken Meatballs and Lo Mein Noodles with Cabbage Salad and Apple-Ginger Sauce
  • Vegetable Egg Roll and Chilled Sesame Garlic Noodles with Cilantro-Cashew Sauce and Toasted Peanuts
  • Black Sesame Mochi Donut
  • Vietnamese Cold Brew with Coconut Milk
  • Tsingtao (bottled alcoholic beverage)
Offerings from Lucky 8 Lantern for Lunar New Year 2020 at Disney California Adventure Park

Lucky 8 Lantern

  • Shrimp Fried Rice with Garlic Bacon Edamame
  • Smoked Beef Bulgogi Shortrib on Rice Cake
  • Manadarin Orange and Green Tea Tart
  • Peach Sojito (alcoholic beverage)
  • Hitachino Nest Beer (bottled alcoholic beverage)
Offerings from Prosperity Bao & Buns for Lunar New Year 2020 at Disney California Adventure Park

Prosperity Bao & Buns

  • Char Siu Pork Bao – Chinese BBQ Pork with Pickled Red Onions and Jalapeño
  • Mickey Chinese Hot Dog Bun
  • Lychee-Grapefruit Gin Spritzer (alcoholic beverage)
  • Kloud Original Gravity Lager (canned alcoholic beverage)
Offerings from Red Dragon Spice Traders for Lunar New Year 2020 at Disney California Adventure Park

Red Dragon Spice Traders

  • Firecracker Three Cup Chicken Wings
  • Shrimp & Ginger Dumplings with Soy Reduction and Sriracha Mayo
  • Purple Yam Macaron with Crème Fraîche
  • Honey-Lime Green Tea
  • Honey-Lime Green Tea with Bourbon (alcoholic beverage)
  • Bottle Logic Hanamacahi (draft alcoholic beverage)
Offerings from Paradise Garden Grill for Lunar New Year 2020 at Disney California Adventure Park

Paradise Garden Grill (Mobile Order Available)

  • Korean Grilled Chicken
  • Plant-Based Orange Tempeh
  • Pork Belly Bahn Mi
  • Whole Deep-Fried Tilapia with Chili Lime Vinaigrette and Steamed Rice
  • Mango Mousse
  • Almond Milk Iced Tea
  • Orange Blossom Cocktail (alcoholic beverage)
  • Tiger Beer
  • Kloud Beer
Mango Mousse from Paradise Garden Grill for Lunar New Year 2020 at Disney California Adventure Park

Lucky Fortune Cookery (Mobile Order Available)

  • Bao Bun with Seasonal Fruit

Outdoor Vending Carts

  • Almond Cookies
  • Bulgogi Chicken

Lamplight Lounge 

  • Pork Belly Egg Rolls – Fried crispy egg rolls stuffed with tender pork belly and served with spicy mango glaze, pickled carrots, leaf lettuce, fresh cucumber, and pork rinds

2020 Lunar New Year Sip and Savor Pass

The Sip and Savor Pass, which consists of a commemorative lanyard and 6 coupons redeemable for food and beverage offerings (excluding alcohol) at these select Lunar New Year Marketplace locations:

  • Longevity Noodle Co.
  • Lucky 8 Lantern
  • Prosperity Bao & Buns
  • Red Dragon Spice Traders

Each Sip and Savor Pass is $42, including tax. In addition to a reduced price, Annual Passholders will also receive a special Passholder lanyard as well as buttons.

The Sip and Savor Pass is available for sale at Elias & CO, Kingswell Camera Shop, Festival Gifts in Paradise Gardens Park, and at all of the Sip and Savor carts.

To get the most for your money, be sure to get a good idea of how much you will eat and if buying a pass is the most cost effective option. One way to get a good deal is to split this with your group so that everyone can try everything for less money.

Disneyland Lunar New Year 2020 EntertainmentMickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Kick Off Lunar New Year in Designer Outfits

Some of the best entertainment options featured for Disneyland's Lunar New Year include appearances from beloved Disney character Mulan and a special World of Color prelude show!

Mulan's Processional

Mulan's Processional begins as a processional that travels from Pixar Pier to Paradise Garden Park. When the cavalcade comes to a stop, the show begins with music, costumed performers, Mulan, Disney characters, a Chinese dragon puppet, warriors, drummers, and dancers.

This is the most anticipated entertainment event of Disneyland Lunar New Year so make sure you don't miss it!

The procession and performance can be enjoyed multiple times throughout the day during the Lunar New Year celebration at  11:45 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:45 PM, and 4:00 PM. As always, check the Disneyland event calendar on the day of your visit to confirm any entertainment times.

We recommend lining up anywhere from 15-30 minutes before the show begins to get the best view as this is a popular event for Disneyland Lunar New Year. Many guests love seeing Mulan which is a pretty rare Disney character we don't often see in the parks.

Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration

Hurry Home- Lunar New Year Celebration is another popular entertainment option at Disneyland's Lunar New Year. This six minute show prelude's the first nightly showing of World of Color in California Adventure.

The story of the show is about Little Lantern who journeys home to celebrate the new year with family and friends. Along the way, he meets Mulan and Mushu and is a celebration of friendship. The show features sky-high fountains, light effects, and a musical score that was originally created for the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Disney Resort.

To get the best spot for World of Color to enjoy this show be sure to read our full guide to World of Color including tips on getting the best seats. World of Color also offers a seated Dessert Party option for guests that are looking to pamper themselves and splurge on their trip. Read my review to see how much we enjoyed this experience this past summer!

Character Meet and GreetsMulan stands next to Mushu and waves to Guests

You can also look forward to special character meet and greets at Paradise Gardens Park. These meet and greets are popular since Disney brings out some rare characters for photo ops like Mulan and Mushu!

The photo area takes place in a gorgeous pavilion with bamboo, peach blossoms, golden flowers and banners bearing holiday wishes.

award-winning couture fashion designer Guo Pei

New this year, Disney teamed up with award-winning couture fashion designer Guo Pei, facilitated by the Asian Couture Federation, to create new Lunar New Year-inspired outfits for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Guo Pei is well-known throughout the fashion world in both China and internationally and has won dozes of awards for her designs. She is known for her devotion to conserving the traditional art of Chinese embroidery.

This partnership is really shows the devotion to authenticity that Disney aims to accomplish with multicultural events like Lunar New Year. You can find Mickey and Minnie in their new outfits in Paradise Gardens- be sure to check the Disneyland app for their appearance times.

Lucky Wishing Wall, Performances, and Kids ActivitiesImage result for Lucky Wishing Wall disneyland

The Lucky Wishing Wall is located in Paradise Gardens and it's where guests of all ages can add their own special messages of hope, health and happiness for the upcoming year under the strings of ornamental lanterns.

Kids an also enjoy a variety of crafts in front of The Little Mermaid attraction including Chinese calligraphy, dragon’s pearl coloring craft and face painting.

There will also be daily performances by authentic Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese dancers and musicians throughout Paradise Gardens Park.

There's plenty of entertainment options to enjoy at Disneyland for the Lunar New Year celebration making it a must see on your trip to Disneyland!

Disneyland Lunar New Year Merchandise

Since this year celebrates Year of the Mouse, you can expect to see plentiful amounts of merchandise featuring Mickey and Minnie!

Guests can find plenty of commemorative merchandise inspired by different cultures of East Asia. This year, find all-new spirit jerseys, bobble-head figures with Chip and Dale, a traditional red envelope set, themed Minnie Mouse ear headbands and more.

New this year, you can also find exclusive merchandise featuring Guo Pei's designs! She's the fashion designer that designed this year's Mickey and Minnie costumes.

Ladies Lunar New Year dress

Guests can purchase a Lunar New Year red envelope set and an Annual Passholder exclusive T-shirt for women. These products are available at Seaside Souvenirs as well as other various locations at Disney California Adventure park.

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As always, we expect the special Lunar New Year spirit jersey to be the most popular as many guests collect the different spirit jerseys released at the parks!

Plan Your Disneyland Vacation

Lunar New Year is just one of many events celebrated at Disneyland Resort and it's never too early to start planning for the next one. You can find out more about when to visit Disneyland and all of the special events in our guide.

Be sure to check out our other Disneyland planning guide information here:

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