Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disneyland Resort

by | May 17, 2022 | California Adventure, Disneyland, Disneyland Parks, Disneyland Resorts, DLR Food, DLR News, Downtown Disney

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What’s planned for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disneyland Resort? 

Here’s a look at the AAPIHM performances, food, and park experiences that are as vibrant as the cultures they celebrate. 

Music In Downtown Disney District

Chinese Cultural Splendor celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disneyland Resort

Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Head to the Downtown Disney Live! stage every weekday to watch live performances from Faiva, The Filharmonic, and Tupua. On the weekends, go back in time with a stunning performance of Chinese Cultural Splendor. Take in traditional dances, martial arts, and vibrantly colored costumes. 

Wondering who’s playing when? Check out Disneyland’s entertainment schedule

Meet The Artists At WonderGround Gallery

On May 21-22 from 3 PM – 5 PM you can meet artists Jerrod Maruyama, Joey Chou, Ann Shen and June Kim at WonderGround Gallery. Listen as they share insights into their process and inspirations. They’ll also be autographing pieces purchased at the event.

Food & Drinks To Celebrate AAPIHM

Kayla's Cake macarons at Disneyland

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Founded by sisters, Kayla Lee and Eunjoo Kang, Kayla’s Cake will be serving fresh macarons from their bakery cart. 

Sake served for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disneyland Resort

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If you don’t have a sweet tooth, traditional Japanese sake might be right up your alley. Order a flight or a sake craft cocktail from Hearthstone Lounge at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

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Japanese Pancakes at Tangaroa Terrace. Photo by Danny Shuster

And, of course, there’s the Disney breakfast that’s one of our CEO’s favorites. That’s the Thick and Fluffy Japanese Pancakes at Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill at the Disneyland Hotel. Be sure to check out the bar’s Tonkotsu Ramen and Poke Bowls too.

Other foods and sips to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month include:

Tropical Hideaway at Disneyland Park

  • Loco Moco Bao, Spiced Vegetable Bao, and Sweet Lumpia

Lamplight Lounge at Disney California Adventure

  • Kung Pao Bao

Hotels Of Disneyland Resort

Hula lessons at Disneyland Hotel

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Ever wanted to learn how to hula? You can at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar. This spot at Disneyland Hotel will offer free hula lessons on the weekends. Or, you can kick back and relax while listening to nightly ukulele music.

Ukulele music at Disneyland Hotel

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Staying overnight? You’re in luck! There are even more activities to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disneyland Resort Hotel. You can get a ukulele lesson, learn how to make a lei, and practice tai chi.

Turning Red Photo Op At Disney California Adventure

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The Turning Red photo op at Disney California Adventure. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

There’s still time to check out the Turning Red-themed photo op at Disney California Adventure! You’ll find it near Pixar Pier. Strike your best 4*TOWN-inspired boy band pose and capture the moment.

Children’s Day Window Display At Emporium

Japanese Children's Day window display outside Emporium at Disneyland

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Children’s Day is observed by many cultures, but the newest window display outside Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. celebrates the Japanese version. On May 5, Japanese families display carp streamers called koinobori as symbols of determination and success. 

As you can see in the photo, the window features traditional games from other Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander cultures that were played during the Victorian era. Stop by the window and see if you can spot the mahjong set, traditional Indian chess, and other games.

On Now: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disneyland Resort 

So there you have it! All of the vibrant, colorful, and joyful ways that Disneyland plans to honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 

Will you be visiting Disneyland this month? Tell us about your trip over on our Facebook page. 

Written by Natasha Szostak

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Natasha is a brand copywriter, storyteller, and unapologetic pop culture lover. As a ’90s kid who lived in great fear of the Disney Vault, Disney+ is the childhood dream she always wished would come true.
Natasha Szostak

Written by Natasha Szostak

Natasha is a brand copywriter, storyteller, and unapologetic pop culture lover. As a ’90s kid who lived in great fear of the Disney Vault, Disney+ is the childhood dream she always wished would come true.