I visited Disneyland during the 2022 Lunar New Year celebrations and, of course, had to try out lots of the tasty snacks. Here are my top 5 favorite Disneyland Lunar New Year snacks from this year.
Lunar New Year was on Feb. 1 this year, and Disneyland’s celebration ran from Jan. 21 to Feb. 13. Since that coincided with my family’s Disneyland trip, I was able to check off the Lunar New Year Festival off my Disney bucket list.
I’ve always appreciated how Disneyland celebrates my Chinese culture, and it made it extra special that I was able to experience it for the first time during my year of the Tiger.
About the 2022 Disneyland Lunar New Year Festival
This year, the festival featured many Lunar New Year traditions with a Lunar New Year Procession, festive décor, crafts, entertainment, and my favorite—delicious Asain cuisine! Below, I’ll share my favorite food/drink items from the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure.
The festival offered a Sip and Savor Pass, which provided six coupons that you could redeem for select food and beverages at participating Lunar New Year Marketplace kiosks and dining locations. The pass was $43 per guest (or $40 for Magic Key holders) and provided a saving on all the delicious eats.
The Marketplace kiosks were very popular with lengthy lines, so we ended up finding several dishes from other participating locations. But it all worked out because we enjoyed it more than those from the Marketplace kiosks.
Top 5 Disneyland Lunar New Year Snacks
So without further ado, below is a roundup of my favorite food from the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure. Tap here to see what the full menu offered.
Korean-Style BBQ Chicken
Location: Paradise Garden Grill
We decided to Mobile Order from Paradise Garden Grill when we noticed the in-person line growing during lunch time. We were first shocked by the large portion of this dish and then how flavorful and tender the chicken was! It had a nice kick of spice to it, but it wasn’t too spicy for my children to enjoy as well.
There was also a tasting size portion if you used your Sip and Savor Pass; however, we were glad we got the full portion because it was big enough for the whole family to share.
Tiger Milk Tea with Brown Sugar Boba
Location: Paradise Garden Grill
Cost: $5.49 (Sip and Savor Pass applicable)
Also from the Paradise Garden Grill was this delicious milk tea. The sweet caramel syrup taste gave the perfect amount of sweetness.
I enjoyed it so much that I ordered it multiple times during my trip.
Beef Bulgogi Short Rib
Location: Lucky 8 Lantern Marketplace Kiosk
Cost: $8.25 (Sip and Savor pass applicable)
We returned to try the marketplace kiosks at the end of the night when lines were much shorter. Though we used our Sip and Savor Passes at several of the kiosks, my favorite was this beef bulgogi short rib with rice.
I could smell the fragrant scent as soon as the Cast Member handed it to me, and the short rib did not disappoint! Super tender, flavorful, and paired nicely with the green onion salad.
Asian-style Street Corn
Location: Paradise Gardens Special Events Cart
Cost: $6.00 (Sip and Savor pass applicable)
I am a huge fan of corn so I had to give this one a try. But be warned: It is messy, spicy, but oh so delicious!
The corn was juicy, and the spicy gochujang sauce seeped in between all the kernels.
Mickey-Shaped Tiger Sugar Cookie
Location: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
The Grand Californian had a table filled with different Lunar New Year snacks, such as tiger pretzel sticks, cookies, and whoopie pies. This Mickey Tiger cookie caught my eye because he’s so cute and a big size!
I bought a few to gift to my nephew and niece who were visiting us the next day. It was a soft sugar cookie; I was surprised how soft the gold icing was on top, and it still tasted good a few weeks after we got home to Orlando.
A New Annual Tradition
I left this festival with my heart full from all the festivities and my belly full from all the delicious Asian flavors that I love. I hope to make it an annual trip to teach and celebrate Lunar New Year with my family.
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