Hey there, hi there, ho there! We headed down to Disney California Adventure for the opening day of the Lunar New Year Festival, and we want you to come along. Join us on this photo report from the park.
Before the festival opened, we found ourselves in Avengers Campus where this happy guy thwipped over to say hi.
In the nearby Backlot Premiere Shop, we found this super cool new hoodie for kids that is modeled after Spidey’s new hybrid suit in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
At 11 a.m., the Lunar New Year Festival begins.
For those interested in tasting their way through the many booths and restaurants with specialty offerings, the Sip and Savor pass is a convenient way to enjoy everything the event has to offer.
First we stopped in to the Joffrey’s Coffee Cappuccino Cart for the new Mango-Pineapple Pie, above, and Baked Char Siu Bao, below. You can read our full review right here.
Over at Red Dragon Spice Traders, we tried the new Impossible Lion’s Head meatballs and Dancing Firecracker (non-alcoholic drink), pictured, that join an already stellar menu of returning items. You can read our full review right here.
At Prosperity Bao & Buns, we sampled the two new cocktails on the menu — Lychee Celebration, pictured above, and the Prosperous Tiger, pictured below. You can read our full review of these two drinks and all the other returning items right here.
This beautiful Peach Yuja-Ade, and its alcoholic variant, the Soju Peach Yuja-Ade, are both available from Lucky 8 Lantern. We sampled them both, and you can read our full review right here.
These Spicy Pork Dandan Noodles, pictured above, and the Salted Pistachio Cold Brew, pictured below, are two of the new items at Longevity Noodle Co. You can read our review of everything that’s new at this booth right here.
Lines got long as the day stretched on, with this nearly 20-minute line at the pick up window for the Lucky 8 Lantern and Longevity Noodle Co.
Nearby, a special area is set up for Magic Key Holders to get away from the crowds, pick up their exclusive button and take a breather at provided tables.
There is even a Magic Key photo op with a view overlooking Paradise Bay.
We caught the first showing of Mulan’s New Year Procession as it made its way through the festival area. Being that we’re welcoming the year of the tiger, of course Tigger is out front leading the way.
A new float for Mulan, Mushu, and several drummers also takes part in the procession. You can watch the whole show on our YouTube channel, or in the video below:
In Paradise Garden, the Lunar New Year has taken over. Guests are invited to visit the Lucky Wishes Wall, as seen above, or receive a personal message written in Chinese calligraphy, as seen below.
There is even a cute photo op for guests to share their experience on social media or with friends back home.
As the sun sets, we headed off down the Redwood Creek trail to meet a new visitor to the festival.
Raya from “Raya and the Last Dragon” is here, direct from Kumandra, to greet guests on the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.
You can see our personal interaction with Raya on our YouTube channel, or in the video below:
All this walking and eating has made us hungry, so we headed over to Lamplight Lounge to try their Lunar New Year offerings and we were not disappointed. You can read our full review right here.
And the waterfront seating provides one of the best views in the park, especially just after sunset.
We hope you enjoyed this photo report. We’re glad you rode along. We’ll see ya real soon!
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