Welcome the Year of the Rabbit. (Sorry Mickey!)
February 3 marks the start of the Lunar New Year in several cultures, including the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities. As part of Family Fun Weekends at the Disneyland Resort, the next two weekends will be devoted to Lunar New Year, a time when honored traditions and family celebrations are observed, and the sun and moon begin their journeys for another year.
If you‘ve already participated in any of our first three Family Fun Weekends you know what great fun these special weekends are. This upcoming weekend should be no exception as we launch the Happy Lunar New Year Festival, featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse, along with many of their character friends dressed in traditional Chinese costumes.
The dates for Happy Lunar New Year Festival are February 4-6 and February 11-13. Activities, shows and character greetings run throughout the day as follows:
- Fridays: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Check out the all the fun at Festival Arena, located off Big Thunder Trail at Disneyland park. Don’t miss “Lunar New Year Celebration Party,” including characters Mulan and Mushu, and an interactive parade of colorful performers in themed costumes. Look for ribbon dancers, umbrella dancers and Chinese drummers, too.
Throughout the day you will see guest performances of Lion Dance, Chinese Fan Dance, Dragon Dance and martial arts.
The Happy Lunar New Year Festival will also feature some special Disney characters, appearing at five photo locations with the Lunar New Year theme. In the covered area at the center of Festival Arena, guests can see colorful artisan carts filled with Chinese teas, spices and interactive letter brush painting, along with coloring stations for the younger guests.
In keeping with the tradition of Lunar New Year, I would like to wish all of you good health in 2011, and many happy visits to the Disneyland Resort.
What good wishes would you send to guests of the Disneyland Resort?