LUNAR NEW YEAR is one of the most celebrated holidays among Asian cultures, and it brings family and friends together to wish each other good fortune. Did you know that Disneyland celebrates it as well, and they add their own Disney magic to it? This year they are celebrating for 17 days from January 20th through February 5, 2017 over at Disney California Adventure Park! It was most exciting to watch the preview, sample their menu, and I felt enlightened. This year for Year of the Rooster, they are featuring cuisines and entertainment from China, Vietnam, and Korea. I thought that they did an excellent job offering the traditional dishes important to each culture, and they added their own special touches to them. The Executive Chef said that the cast members played a huge part in coming up with the menu. Here is where you will find them all. Look for three food stalls from each country between The Little Mermaid and Goofy's Sky School. The celebration extends all the way down to Paradise Garden Grill!
Three Food Stalls!
- Kimchi Bokkeumbap (Kimchi-Vegetable Fried Rice) $6
- Yachae Mandu (Steamed Vegetable Dumplings) with Sesame-Garlic Soy Sauce $6.50
- Yaksik (Sweet Rice & Dried Fruit Cake) $4.50
- Beverages include Banana Ooyu (Milk), Hite Pale Lager, Black Beer Stout
- Banh Chung (Sticky Rice with Pork) with pickled vegetables - $6.50
- Chao Tom (Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer) $7.00
- Banh Khoai Lang Tim (Montblanc Purple Yam Macaron) - $5.25
- Beverage: Ca Phe Sua Da (Vietnamese Coffee) - $4.25
- Xiao Long Bao (Pork Soup Dumplings) with black vinegar and ginger
- Luo Bo Gao (Turnip Cake) with lap Chong (Chinese pork sausage) and oyster sauce
- Dan Ta (Egg Tart)
- Wuxiang Huasheng Tang (Five Spice Peanut Brittle)
Paradise Gardens Grill
Additional LUNAR NEW YEAR offerings can be found at Paradise Gardens Grill like Vegetable Japchae (stir fried vegetable noodles), Kalbi Beef Short Ribs with Bokkeumbap (Kimchi fried rice), Whole Crispy Tilapia with citrus chile vinaigrette, Beef Pho Noodle Soup, Mango Pudding and Cassava Coconut Cake.
As mentioned, the LUNAR celebration extends all the way down to Paradise Gardens Grill with beautiful decorations, characters dressed in beautiful costumes, live performances, complimentary face painting, lantern making, lucky wishing wall, and there is a special feature before World of Color nightly weather permitting. Here is where you will find them but you will want to refer to the daily Entertainment Times Guide for most updated information. There's also merchandise including a specially designed t-shirt, pin, magnet, decorative trinket box and traditional red envelopes for gift-giving (3 for $10).
- Hurry Home - Lunar New Year (Paradise Park): The six-minute feature is shown nightly before World of Color. It tells the story of Little Lantern making it's long journey home for Lunar New Year to celebrate with his family. Little Lantern encounters three “dream sequences,” featuring appearances by Mulan and the dragon Mushu. The story is scored with music created for the opening ceremony of Shanghai Disney Resort by Academy Award- winning composer Tan Dun (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).
- Acrobats of China (Paradise Park): For the first time ever, Disney brings Acrobats of China to Southern California's LUNAR NEW YEAR celebration. They will perform to an exciting mix of traditional and classic Chinese dance with human performance art including riveting feats of strength, grace and balance. This award-winning troupe showcases a cultural art form that has been thrilling audiences for more than 2,500 years.
- Mulan's Lunar New Year Procession (Performance Corridor): Mulan and her dragon friend, Mushu, welcomes the Year of the Rooster with a colorful and exciting procession of beautiful Chinese umbrella dancers and other delightful performers who arrive to music from Disney’s beloved animated film “Mulan.” My favorite!
- Musicians Dat Nguyen and Jim Ma (Paradise Garden Bandstand): Live performances by an array of authentic performers, including Chinese concert musician Jie Ma performing on the traditional pipa string instrument, and Vietnamese concert guitarist, composer and teacher Dat Nguyen.
- Meet Disney Friends (Paradise Gardens): Daily 11 am to 5 pm
I loved what Disneyland did this year for LUNAR NEW YEAR. My favorites were Mulan's New Year Procession (you can watch it below), listening to the live performers while we tasted the dishes in the Garden, meeting the characters in their ornate outfits, and the special feature before World of Color was like the icing on the cake. It's only available for a few more days at Disney California Adventure. For more information or to check the schedule, please visit their website here: www.Disneyland.com/LunarNewYear.