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Disney Parks Around the World Celebrate Lunar New Year

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, marks the beginning of spring and the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar. Welcoming new beginnings and a fresh start, let’s visit Disney Parks around the world as they celebrate the arrival of this special time of year.

Kicking off the year of the tiger, Tigger is ready to bounce into the festivities! He’s welcoming guests alongside Mickey and friends, at Shanghai Disney Resort and the Disneyland Resort in dazzling new outfits. Themed merchandise and hotel activities are also available at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

A new lunar year brings a brand-new look to Shanghai Disney Resort through Feb. 16, immersing guests from the moment they step into the park with both new customs and longstanding traditions.

mickey and minnie mouse with tigger outside the castle at shangai disney resort

Start the morning with good fortune during the “Mickey Avenue Drum Ceremony” or witness the colorful tradition that is the Lion Dance from Feb. 2 to 16. As the day draws to a close, “ILLUMINATE! A Nighttime Celebration” lights up the sky, followed by the limited time show “Our Families.” 

spread of food on a table

In between the festivities, gather with family to enjoy set menus designed especially for Lunar New Year get-togethers or snack your way through the day with sweet sensations like New Year raspberry jelly white chocolate mousse cakes and Donald vanilla ice cream cones.

merchandie assortment featuring tigger themed items

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is joining in the festivities, celebrating through Feb. 20. Ring in the year of the tiger with Lunar New Year-themed Tigger merchandise ranging from an adorable headband for yourself to a festive look for your fur friends.

Various arts and crafts featuring tigger and minnie and mickey from Hong Kong Disneyland hotel

The fun continues over at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel where guests can book a magical visit with a Lunar New Year-themed merchandise product package. During your stay, learn about traditional Lunar New Year at seasonal arts & crafts classes, where guests can make traditional ornaments, fans, and more.

The Disneyland Resort is also celebrating the season through Feb. 13 with festivities commemorating Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese cultures at Disney California Adventure park.

Raya holding her hands together at Disneyland Resort for a photo opp

Debuting for the very first time at the resort, Raya from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film, “Raya and the Last Dragon” can be found at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in a setting inspired by her native home Kumandra.

perforers holding a dragon puppet during Mulan's Lunar New Year Proession at Disney California Adventure

And to honor the new year’s blessings of family and friendship, “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” returns with a vibrant performance featuring dozens of spirited performers, alongside hosts Mulan and Mushu. 

Taste your way through the park with returning favorites such as beef bulgogi short rib on gluten-free rice with green onion salad and NEW bites like the brown sugar steam bun. Be sure to read through our Lunar New Year Foodie Guide to learn more about this year’s offerings.

Wishing you and your family an auspicious New Year full of prosperity and good fortune from the Disney Parks Blog.