Celebrate Lunar New Year this Friday, January 20, 2017, through February 5, 2017, at Disneyland Resort!
Lunar New Year, traditionally celebrated within Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese cultures, commemorates the moment when both the sun and the moon begin their journey for another year. This year, 2017, marks the Year of the Rooster, and Disneyland Resort’s California Adventure Park is ready to ring in this Lunar New Year with lots of flair and fun!
Beginning this Friday, a 17-day celebration will kick off, filling the Park with colorful live performances, special décor, and themed food and merchandise offerings. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Mulan, and Mushu will join the celebration, encouraging Guests to discover new Disney magic as they experience Asian culture through a variety of experiences, including Chinese acrobats and authentic musicians.
Prior to World of Color each evening, a 6-minute feature called Hurry Home will tell the tale of Little Lantern, who is returning home for the annual celebration of good luck and fortune. Hurry Home combines World of Color special effects with projected animation that employs two contrasting animation styles, fully rendered CG animation and Chinese paper cut-style animation. Along his journey, 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”).
Highlights of the Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure include:
- Three new Asian marketplaces offering foods inspired by Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese cultures
- Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Mulan, and Mushu, dressed in their Lunar New Year attire to welcome guests and join them for photos
- Live performances with an impressive array of authentic performers, acrobats, musicians, and more
- A New Year’s Wishing Wall, where guests may add their own wishes for a wonderful future
- Lunar New Year décor, including beautiful ornamental lanterns and banners wishing guests a Happy Lunar New Year in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese
- Lunar New Year commemorative merchandise, including a specially designed t-shirt, pin, and the traditional red envelopes for gift-giving
Stop by Activity Village for some fun (and free) Year of the Rooster activities! They have coloring pages, crafts, printables, puzzles, and more! Check the dates to see if you or your kids were born in a Rooster year, and see if the typical “Rooster” characteristics describe them or you. FYI, my youngest is a Rooster kid, and except for getting up with the sun, the traits fit him pretty well.
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Culture, Social Studies
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary
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