As has now become an annual tradition, Disney California Adventure has been celebrating the Lunar New Year for the past few weeks with a festival at Paradise Pier. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster.
Running from January 20th-February 5th this year, the event includes both returning favorites such as Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession (a parade featuring characters, dancers, drummers and a dragon!), cultural musical performances at the Paradise Garden Bandstand, character Meet & Greets, and making wishes for the new year, as well as some new additions.
The two biggest entertainment additions for 2017 were The Acrobats of China – a gymnastic group – and a new pre-show for World of Color with a story about a little lantern, called “Hurry Home”.
Continuing in the vein of Disney California Adventure becoming a year-round festival park (ala EPCOT), food booths were added to this year’s event. None of the items particularly called to me (as per usual with the food booths at these various festivals, it seems!), so I did not sample any of them.
I also noticed a face-painting station which may have been there last year, but likely with differently themed artwork for 2016.
Mousertainment Tip: The majority of the entertainment happenings for this event occur during the day. Check your daily Entertainment Times Guide or the Disneyland app for the schedule.
While I would have liked to have met Mulan and Mushu at the character spot in Paradise Garden, the wait to see any of the characters (they were constantly rotated in and out) was an hour and 45 minutes on the day I asked about the line. And there was no guarantee which of the characters – Mulan & Mushu, Chip & Dale, or Mickey & Minnie – that you would see, so I passed.
I also didn’t care for the new costume that Mulan has been put into at the parks. In my personal opinion, it’s not remotely screen-accurate, nor even recognizable as Mulan! And since she is my favorite Disney princess, I prefer to see her in a more film-correct costume. Hopefully she’ll be returned to a better outfit in the future. This look is very pretty, and may possibly be more reflective of the culture, but it’s not Mulan.
Happily, one can still see Mulan in her classic outfit in Mickey and the Magical Map at Disneyland Park. And I really hope they do not change it there!
Have you visited the Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure this year? What was your favorite part?