Disneyland Welcomes the ‘Year of the Mouse’ Lunar New Year 2020


2020 year of the rat

January 25, 2020

January 25, 2020:  Happy New Year to all our Asian friends and fans!

Disney Parks is celebrating the 2020 Chinese Lunar New Year at Disneyland Resort!

Chinese Mickey

Mickey and Minnie in special costumes for the Chinese New Year celebration.

Disneyland is celebrating the Year of the Mouse (actually it’s the Year of the Rat!) this Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park, January 17th – February 9, 2020.

During the 24 days of this multicultural celebration, guests will enjoy exciting live entertainment and musical performances, including “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” and the return of the heartwarming “Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration” prior to the “World of Color” nighttime spectacular.

Highlights of the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure include:

  • Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” is a celebratory parade led by Mulan that honors Lunar New Year and dedicates the new year’s blessings to family and friendship. As a special treat for the Year of the Mouse, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse join the procession in new celebration attire, along with Goofy in his “god of Good Fortune” attire and Chip ‘n’ Dale in their red vests. Talented performers bring dance, martial arts and drumming to enhance the beautifully colorful procession. “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” will run several times, daily.
  • “Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration” is a heartwarming nighttime water show at Paradise Bay prior to “World of Color” which tells the tale of a little lantern’s quest to reunite with family for the annual celebration of good luck and fortune. Guests will be delighted to see Mulan as a part of the little lantern’s journey.
  • Beloved characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will don new festive Lunar New Year attire this year as they greet guests at Paradise Gardens. Other characters guests may find in this area include Mulan, Pluto, and the Three Little Pigs who also join in the Lunar New Year celebration.
  • Guests will enjoy four festive marketplaces to experience delightful food and beverages inspired by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, including the new smoked beef bulgogi short rib and the peach sojito, as well as many other new and returning favorites. The popular Sip and Savor Pass is available for any guest to purchase if they wish to get the best value as they taste their way through the festive Asian marketplaces.
    • Longevity Noodle Co.
    • Lucky 8 Lantern
    • Prosperity Bao & Buns
    • Red Dragon Spice Traders
  • A special Lunar New Year menu at Paradise Garden Grill offers items inspired by traditional Asian fare, plus a Festival Cart inside Paradise Gardens and special food options at Lucky Fortune Cookery in Pacific Wharf.
  • Live, daily performances by authentic Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese dancers and musicians will take place throughout Paradise Gardens Park.
  • Enjoy areas for guests to try complimentary arts and crafts. One area features a complimentary dragon’s pearl coloring craft, and another features Chinese calligraphy with local artisans. Plus, new face painting opportunities have been added to the Lunar New Year celebration, available for purchase.
  • A Lucky Wishing Wall, located in Paradise Gardens, is where guests may write down wishes and tie them to the wall in hopes for a prosperous future.
  • The educational art walls provide guests with information about the festival, including fun details such as “What Year Are You?” as well as the unique story of Lunar New Year in each culture that celebrates the sun and moon festival.
  • Inspiring Lunar New Year décor symbolizes good luck, fortune and happiness in bold red and brilliant gold. Guests will see ornamental lanterns and banners wishing guests a Happy Lunar New Year in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.
  • New Lunar New Year merchandise inspired by different cultures of East Asia will be available for purchase. This year, guests will find all-new spirit jerseys, fun bobble-head figures with Chip and Dale, a traditional red envelope set, themed Minnie Mouse ear headbands and more.

So colorful!

From January 17th through February 9, 2020, this spectacular festival will feature live entertainment, delicious food and more. Take a look at the favorite experiences returning for this year’s celebration:

Hurry Home — Lunar New Year Celebration, a nighttime water show on Paradise Bay featuring Mulan, Mushu and a loveable little lantern in a heartwarming tale of family and friendship.

Disney characters such as Mulan and her friend Mushu, along with Mickey Mouse and his pals, will be all dressed up for the occasion.

Enjoy specialty Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese foods at marketplaces and Paradise Garden Grill.

Commemorative merchandise featuring designs inspired by the different cultures of East Asia will be available.

Visit the Lucky Wishing Wall, where you can add your own wish for a good year and stay to watch the festive Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession parade.


Happy New Year!

A Wonderful New Year Wishes

Ring in the Chinese Lunar New Year with unforgettable experiences at Disney California Adventure Park.  (The Chinese Lunar New Year is January 25, 2020.)

It’s a perfect opportunity to focus on family—all while offering warm wishes for a wonderful future and celebrating the occasion as well!

Sensational Sights to Behold

Over the course of this special event, certain areas of the park will be decked out with festive décor and a variety of continental colors.

Stroll along walkways where awe-inspiring ornamental lanterns have been woven into the walls for all to enjoy. Then, marvel as you feast your eyes upon banners and signs high in the sky—each presented in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, wishing one and all a Happy Lunar New Year!

Entertainment for Young and Old

No matter who you choose to visit with, be sure to catch an impressive array of authentic performers. And be on the lookout for a few familiar Disney Characters too, dressed in their best and ready to take part in all the fun. 



Mickey and Minnie greeting guests in their new costumes.

From now through Feb. 9th, celebrate the 2020 Chinese Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park!

Ring in the Year of the Mouse with spectacular entertainment, festive eats and family activities that welcome another year of good fortune for you and your family.

Encounter favorite characters in their pretty Lunar New Year-themed attire.

Watch the new video: 2020 Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park

Mickey Lunar New Year

2020 is Disney’s Year of the Mouse.


lunar new yearWe got to see it last week:


Mulan and Mushu

Paradise Pier

We had the best room at Paradise Pier!


All the decor is up for celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Every light post has new banners on it.

Lots of interesting food.

Paradise Pier

All the decor is so red and pretty.

Minnie Ears Lunar Year

Minnie’s new Lunar New Year ears. So pretty!

Special pins:

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New 2020 pin.

new year

2020: The Year of the Mouse


Now, actually it’s the Year of the Rat……why didn’t Disney go with Remy???


Remy the rat from Ratatouille.


Sneak peek at the ride cars for the new Ratatouille attraction opening at Epcot this summer.


Caroline holding a little Remy.  He’s a cutie!


Remy pin.

Rat Chinese

2020: The Year of the Rat.


Mulan Epcot China

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney sisters2 DCP Alumni

Two Disney Sisters



Caroline meeting Mushu.


Epcot’s Hidden Gem – China’s Lotus Blossom Café

Epcot's Hidden Gem – China’s Lotus Blossom Café

Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot China pavilion

Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot China pavilion

When we’re in the mood for a quick lunch at Epcot, the Lotus Blossom Café is our first choice. We love the Orange Chicken with fried rice there, and also the pot stickers. It’s all covered seating so it’s fun to people watch while having lunch.

Pretty tiles inside cafe.

Pretty tiles inside cafe.

Orange Chicken - delecious!

Orange Chicken – delecious!

We always see Mulan when we’re there and there’s never a line to see her.

Mulan is one of the nicest characters at Epcot!

Mulan is one of the nicest characters at Epcot!

Potstickers $4.99
Egg rolls $3.99
#1 Orange Chicken – Served with steamed rice. – $8.49
#2 Beef Noodle Soup Bowl – Beef noodle soup bowl. – $8.49
#3 Shrimp Fried Rice – Served with an egg roll. – $8.49
#4 Vegetarian Stir Fry – Served with steamed rice. – $8.49
#6 Sesame Chicken Salad – Sesame chicken salad. – $6.99
Choice of ginger or red bean ice cream. – $2.99
Smoothies – Choice of mango or strawberry. – $4.25
Cold Drinks – Choose from Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Nestea, and Fanta orange soda. Regular $2.09 or Large $2.39. Dasani Bottled Water $2.00, Bottled green tea or oolong tea (no sugar added) $2.99, Peach oolong tea $3.79, Orange juice $1.99, and Milk (regular, low fat, or chocolate) $1.29
Hot Beverages – Chinese Hot Tea, Nescafe coffee, or Nestle hot cocoa. – $1.89
Beer & Wine – Budweiser Draft Beer (regular and lite) $5.25, Plum Wine $4.49, and Tsing Tao bottled beer $4.79


Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom


dak tree costume

Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/



Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!