Disneyland Resort will celebrate the traditions of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese cultures when the Lunar New Year Celebration returns January 20 – February 15, 2023 to Disney California Adventure.
The Chinese zodiac calendar plays a significant role in shaping the traditions, holidays and foods enjoyed in Asian communities all over the globe, and in 2023, it is the Year of the Rabbit.
In Chinese culture, the rabbit has the unique characteristic of waiting for an opportune moment and then leaping into action, so it often sybolizes luck.
Disney will also be recognizing the Vietnamese zodiac calendar during this year’s event, which marks 2023 as the Year of the Cat. The cat symbolizes sensitivity, gentleness, and kindness.
“Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” will return during the festival. Hosted by Mulan and her faithful dragon, Mushu, it will feature dozens of spirited parade performers as they honor family, friendship, and the potential for a fortune-filled new year. This procession will travel from Paradise Gardens through Hollywood Land.
Raya from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film, “Raya and the Last Dragon” will be returning for the festival for a second year. She’ll be appearing in a setting inspired by her native Kumandra, recreated in the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.
“Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration” also returns, presented prior to “World of Color.” This heartwarming nighttime water show tells the tale of a little lantern’s quest to reunite with family for the annual celebration of good luck and fortune. During the celebration, you can check the Disneyland app for showtimes.
It’s not a Disney festival without some good eats, and there will be special Lunar New Year-inspired food and beverage offerings at select dining locations throughout the park.
In 2023, there will be two new Lunar New Year marketplaces: Bamboo Blessings and Wrapped with Love. They will join the returning marketplaces, including Lucky 8 Lantern, Prosperity Bao & Buns, Red Spice Traders, and Longevity Noodle Co. We’ll have menus for the marketplaces as we get closer to the event.
The Sip and Savor Pass will also be back to purchase for extra enjoyment as you taste your way through the six Lunar New Year marketplaces.
Book Your Trip
If you want to be at Disneyland for the 2023 Lunar New Year Celebration, now’s the time to book your trip.
The Lunar New Year Celebration is included with park admission. Food and beverage are additional. Valid ticket and park reservation for same park on same date required
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