2023 Lunar New Year Celebration: Food and Drink Specials You’ll Find Beyond the Booths

by | Jan 11, 2023 | California Adventure, Disneyland Parks, Disneyland Resorts, DLR Food

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After you’ve hit all of the festival food booths, there’s still so much more to taste and try. Make sure to visit these special spots throughout Disneyland Resort to experience all that’s offered.

It’s no secret that one of the biggest draws of the annual Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park is the Lunar New Year Marketplace – or, as it’s better-known to Guests, the array of festival food booths! As you wander through the theme park, you can stop by each of the six booths, check out their themed menus, and try tasty bites and delicious sips. But there’s even more to try beyond the marketplace, with special limited-time offerings available at restaurants, bars, carts, and even hotels throughout Disneyland Resort.

In celebration of Lunar New Year, certain spots offer special dishes and drinks themed to the culinary staples and traditions of cultures that celebrate this annual holiday. For the duration of the Lunar New Year celebration for 2023 (January 20 to February 15, 2023), you can taste-test these delicious items and try something new.

Here’s a look at the can’t-miss snacks, meals, and beverages you’ll want to hit once you’ve tried all that the marketplace booths have to offer (and where to find them).

2023 Lunar New Year Food and Drink Offerings Throughout California Adventure Park

Check out these restaurants, carts, and drink spots that have Lunar New Year items on their menus for the duration of the celebration. 

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

  • Milk Tea Taro Cheesecake: Milk tea cheesecake with a taro mousse (NEW for 2023!)

Lamplight Lounge

2023 Lunar New Year Festival Lamplight Lounge

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  • Surf & Turf Fried Rice: Five Spice-rubbed New York steak, sautéed shrimp, fried rice, ginger pea purée, and chile oil topped with a carrot salad (NEW for 2023!)
  • Sesame Seed Donuts: Maple-glazed donuts topped with sesame seed brittle and served with a kaya jam dipping sauce (NEW for 2023!) 
  • Three Weavers Brewery Seafarer Kolsch-style (NEW for 2023!)
  • Lamplight Lounge Lunar New Year Cocktail: Han Soju, Aperitivo Aperol, carrot and orange juices, and cream of coconut garnished with a raspberry and mint (NEW for 2023!) 

Additionally, if you can’t snag a Lamplight Lounge reservation, you’ll find a selection of special items at Lamplight Lounge – Boardwalk Dining too:

  • Pork Dumplings with Chinese broccoli, roasted mushrooms, Fresno chiles, and fried shallots (NEW for 2023!)
  • Lamplight Lounge Lunar New Year Cocktail: Han Soju, Aperitivo Aperol, carrot and orange juices, and cream of coconut garnished with a raspberry and mint (NEW for 2023!)

Lucky Fortune Cookery

  • Mango Sticky Rice: Taro and coconut sticky rice with mango gel, toasted coconut, and fresh mango (NEW for 2023!)
  • Lotus Flower Glow Cube

Magic Key Terrace

  • Pork Spare Ribs with peanut-chile sauce, Asian slaw, toasted peanuts, and crispy noodles (NEW for 2023!)

Note: Only current Magic Key holders are able to enjoy the Lunar New Year menu at the Magic Key Terrace. You’ll need to show your Magic Key at check in when you arrive for your reservation – so there’s no sneaking past this requirement!

Pacific Wharf Cafe & Cappuccino Cart

At the Pacific Wharf Cafe, you’ll find:

  • White Chocolate Apple Bread Pudding: Granny Smith Apples and white chocolate with crème anglaise and whipped topping (NEW for 2023!)

At the Pacific Wharf Cappuccino Cart, you’ll find:

  • Green Tea Horchata (NEW for 2023!) 
  • Dalgona Coffee Bundt Cake: Coffee Bundt cake filled with sweet milk and topped with dalgona foam (NEW for 2023!)

Note: You can take advantage of Mobile Order on the Disneyland App to snag these treats from the cart.

Paradise Garden Grill

2023 Lunar New Year Paradise Garden Grill

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  • Kimchi Bokkeumbap: Kimchi, potato, carrot, and onion fried rice with egg and Korean chili paste topped with crispy sweet and sour tofu and black sesame seeds (NEW for 2023!) (Plant-based) 
  • Shrimp Lo Mein: Lo mein noodles tossed with shrimp, mushrooms, onions, carrots, and bok choy (NEW for 2023!) 
  • Dak Bulgogi: Korean BBQ chicken served with rice and kimchi
  • Bánh Mì: Grilled pork belly with pickled carrots, cucumbers, daikon, and jalapeños with a spicy mayo 
  • Sweet and Sour Whole Fish served with steamed rice and stir-fried vegetables (served family-style for two) (NEW for 2023!) 
  • Tiger Milk Boba Tea with brown sugar (Non-alcoholic) (NEW for 2023!) 
  • Hite Beer
  • Blackberry Soju Cocktail: Soju, blackberry purée, and lemon juice with a hint of ginger (NEW for 2023!) 
  • Lotus Flower Glow Cube

Note: You can take advantage of Mobile Order on the Disneyland App to snag these treats from this quick-service stop.

Sonoma Terrace

  • Pad Thai Spring Roll: Shrimp with scrambled eggs, noodles, crushed peanuts, and Thai basil served with tangy slaw and pad Thai sauce (NEW for 2023!)

Note: You can take advantage of Mobile Order on the Disneyland App to snag these treats from this quick-service stop.

Goofy’s Churro Cart

  • Almond Cookie Churro coated in cookie crumble and topped with almond icing (NEW for 2023!)

Outdoor Food Carts

At various outdoor food carts located throughout California Adventure, you’ll find the following foods and drinks – they’re available from January 19 through February 12, 2023:

  • Chicken Bao with Curry Dip: Steamed bao with chicken, butternut squash, and kaffir lime served with a spicy red curry sauce (NEW for 2023!)
  • Teriyaki Turkey Leg (NEW for 2023!) 
  • Baked Coconut Almond Nian Gao: Baked sticky rice cake topped with coconut and almonds (NEW for 2023!)
  • Blackberry Cotton Candy (NEW for 2023!)
  • Mandarin Orange Cotton Candy (NEW for 2023!)
  • ACE High! Hard Cider Imperial Apple Cider
  • Master Gao Brewery Puffed Rice Chinese Pale Ale

2023 Lunar New Year Food and Drink Offerings at Disneyland Resort Hotels

Even if you aren’t planning to stay at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels during this year’s Lunar New Year Celebration, you should still stop by! Here’s a look at the special goodies you can find hiding there.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

2023 Lunar New Year GCH Holiday Cart

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Hearthstone Lounge

  • Rabbit Firecracker: Spiced rum, orange brandy, lemon oil, honey, and black tea garnished with star anise and pink peppercorns (NEW for 2023!)

GCH Holiday Cart 

  • Lunar New Year Cookie (NEW for 2023!) 
  • Assorted Pretzel Sticks 

Storyteller’s Café 

  • Lunar New Year-inspired offerings such as fried rice and spring rolls

Disneyland Hotel

Goofy’s Kitchen

  • Lunar New Year-inspired offerings such as fried rice and spring rolls

2023 Lunar New Year Food and Drink Offerings at the Downtown Disney District

2023 Lunar New Year Downtown Disney District

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Don’t overlook the restaurants and shops at Downtown Disney during the Lunar New Year Celebration! The festival extends throughout the district, giving you a chance to try even bigger portions of delicious multiculturally-inspired dishes, snacks, and drinks. Here’s a look at the offerings you can find at popular Downtown Disney restaurants and snack spots.

Note: Each of the following food or drink offerings found at Downtown Disney is available on special dates. Check the details for each restaurant or shop so you don’t miss out!

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes 

At Black Tap, you’ll find a special shake available January 20 through February 15, 2023:

  • Year of The Rabbit CrazyShake: Vanilla-frosted rim with red and gold sixlet, Chinese zodiac rabbit vanilla cupcake, red and gold rock candy, whipped cream, red sprinkles, and caramel drizzle

Catal Restaurant 

These limited-time dishes are available January 20 through February 15, 2023:

  • Pork Belly Bao Bun: Pork belly, soy Gochujang glaze, baby mixed greens, spring onions, spicy mayo, and charred lemon (NEW for 2023!)
  • Kung Pao Paella: Valenciano paella rice, kung pao chicken, lemon vinaigrette, spring onions, water chestnuts, roasted peppers, roasted peanuts, and chiles (NEW for 2023!)
  • Lunar Eclipse: Gin, cherry liqueur, triple sec, lime juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, and bitters and topped with soda and gold glitter (NEW for 2023!)

Mad Dumplings Food Truck

Catch this food truck’s Lunar New Year specials from January 13 through February 5, 2023. The menu is served starting at 3 p.m. daily and will feature unique dumplings and rice dishes. It’s a new addition for 2023!

Naples Ristorante e Bar

Sure, Naples Ristorante might be best-known for its Italian-inspired fare most of the year, but you can try out some incredible fusion dishes available starting January 20 through February 15, 2023:

  • Firecracker Chicken Pizza: Hoisin, mozzarella cheese, marinated chicken, carrot strings, and a firecracker sauce drizzle topped with a sliced green onion garnish (NEW for 2023!)
  • Lunar New Year Margarita: Tequila blanco, pomegranate juice, lime juice, agave, and simple syrup with a pinch of salt (NEW for 2023!)

Sprinkles

Lunar New Year cupcakes? It’s a thing! Or, at least, Sprinkles is making it a thing this year. Catch these limited-time cupcake flavors from January 16 through 29, 2023:

  • Lunar New Year Gold Bunny Almond Red Velvet: Red velvet cake with slivered almonds lined with an almond cookie crust and topped with almond cream cheese frosting (Available while supplies last.) 
  • Lunar New Year Red Box: Three Lunar New Year Gold Bunny Almond Red Velvet cupcakes, Three Almond Red Velvet cupcakes, Three Dark Chocolate cupcakes, Three Strawberry cupcakes, and Eight Limited-edition red envelopes (Available while supplies last.)

Tortilla Jo’s

Try a taste of Vietnamese-inspired Mexican food – yes, seriously! – with these special food and drink offerings available January 20 through February 15, 2023:

  • Asian Tuna Nachos: Tuna marinated 24 hours in a Vietnamese-style sauce with diced tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, sesame seeds, avocado cream, Asian spiced aïoli, and Vietnamese-style glazed sauce (NEW for 2023!)
  • New Year Sunrise: Rum, grenadine, lime juice, orange juice and pineapple juice (NEW for 2023!)

Uva Bar & Cafe

You can sip on a special Lunar New Year cocktail at UVA Bar in the heart of the Downtown Disney District. It’s available January 20 through February 15, 2023:

  • Lunar Eclipse: Gin, cherry liqueur, triple sec, lime juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, and bitters topped with soda and gold glitter (NEW for 2023!)

Experience All the 2023 Lunar New Year Festival Has to Offer

Looking for more festival fun? Beyond food and drinks inside Disney California Adventure and the surrounding Disneyland Resort, there’s SO much to do and see! You can experience the full list of festival offerings, from nighttime entertainment to kid-friendly character meet and greets, each day during the celebration’s run.

For the latest information about this year’s Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park, check out our full festival guide

Written by Heather Adams

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Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
Heather Adams

Written by Heather Adams

Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.