The Lunar New Year Celebration is Here! Catch These Fun Festival Happenings at California Adventure Today

by | Jan 20, 2023 | California Adventure, Disneyland Parks, DLR News

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From January 20 to February 12, 2023 you can partake in a whole host of Lunar New Year fun – you don’t want to miss these exciting events and offerings!

Are you ready to welcome a brand-new lunar new year? Starting today, you can do so by joining the multicultural celebration at Disney California Adventure Park. The Lunar New Year Celebration has returned, and this year, we’re ringing in both the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac calendar and the Year of the Cat in the Vietnamese zodiac calendar. And you can celebrate right now with special entertainment and offerings both inside California Adventure and throughout the Disneyland Resort!

Headed to the festival? Check out our complete Lunar New Year guide here!

Learn more about the special surprises in store for the Lunar New Year festivities below.

New Character Meet and Greets

2023 Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park

Photo by Disney Parks Blog

One of the most exciting aspects of the annual Lunar New Year festival is the chance to catch characters who rarely appear at Disneyland Resort. From Mushu and Mulan to Mickey and Minnie decked out in brand-new attire, each year brings new opportunities – and a chance to see characters who represent the animals of the upcoming year’s zodiac!

For 2023, there’s an extra-special surprise: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit will appear with his sweetheart, Ortensia the Cat. This duo will make appearances with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, decked out in special culturally-inspired outfits that pay tribute to the traditions of the Lunar New Year celebrations. 

This will be the very first time Ortensia appears in an American Disney theme park! And it’s also the first time you’ll be able to catch one of Oswald’s friends in a meet and greet. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity!

Lunar New Year Marketplaces (Including Two New Booths!)

DCA Lunar New Year marketplaces

A look at the Mickey Mouse-shaped hot dog bun from the Lunar New Year festival marketplaces. Photo courtesy of Disney

It’s not a festival without some seriously delicious food! Lunar New Year at California Adventure really delivers, with six booths offering culturally-inspired cuisine from Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions. You can ring in the new year with dishes that are meant to symbolize good luck, prosperity, and happiness for the days ahead.

For 2023, two new Lunar New Year marketplaces are available, which means there’s even more to try! The best way to taste everything and stick to your budget is to pick up a Sip and Savor Pass before hitting the marketplace booths. Featuring six tabs that can be used on most food and drink items throughout the marketplace, you’ll be able to sample a little of everything!

Special Food Offerings Throughout Disneyland Resort

In addition to the festival marketplace booths sprinkled throughout California Adventure, you’ll also find a vast selection of Lunar New Year treats at menus throughout the Downtown Disney District, at Disneyland Resort Hotels, and even at carts in the theme park. 

Wondering where to head to try these Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean inspired items? We’ve got a guide for you! From unique beverages to must-try snacks, we’re sharing where you can find everything for the Lunar New Year Celebration.

Exciting Live Entertainment

2023 Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park

Photo by Disney Parks Blog

We’ve already mentioned some of the fun entertainment you can catch during the Lunar New Year festival – specifically, those cool character meet and greets! – but there’s so much more that you can enjoy from January 20 to February 12.

Here’s a look at some of the exciting live entertainment that you’ll find at Disney California Adventure during the celebration:

  • Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, a special performer-filled spirited processional that’s hosted by Mulan and Mushu which travels throughout California Adventure along the parade route.
  • Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration, a nighttime water show that occurs before World of Color from January 27 to February 15 and features a little lantern’s quest to reunite with family ahead of the Lunar New Year celebration.
  • Live performances at Paradise Gardens and Sonoma Terrace, which will include entertainment like the Chinese music ensemble Melody of China, Korean-American a capella group Vocal Seoul, and community performing groups.
  • Arts, crafts, and Chinese calligraphy demonstrations from local artisans, which families can enjoy and participate in, along with art walls that tell the story of Lunar New Year in each culture.

Want more information about when you can catch these entertainment offerings? You’ll want to check the Disneyland app for the dates you plan to visit to find showtimes, see what’s available, and plan your day.

Don’t Miss Out on This Year’s Lunar New Year Festivities

In addition to all of these exciting happenings, there’s so much more to explore at Disney California Adventure and the entire Disneyland Resort during the Lunar New Year Celebration! You’ll be able to check out incredible culturally-inspired decor, shop Lunar New Year merch (this year, merch will feature both Year of the Rabbit and Year of the Cat characters!), and participate in additional activities like the Lucky Wishes Wall

Keep reading to learn more about what’s in store:

Hop to It: DCA Food & Wine Festival and Lunar New Year Celebration Return

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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.