Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year Returns to Disneyland Resort—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Celebrate Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure This January

Don’t want those New Year’s celebrations to end on January 2? Fret not: Disneyland Resort’s got you covered in a magical way! Lunar New Year, traditionally celebrated within Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese cultures, commemorates the moment when both the sun and the moon begin their journey for another year… and it’s coming back to Disney California Adventure park (DCA). This year’s festivities—expanding to 17 days—will feature amazing food, live performances, themed décor, limited-time merchandise, and all kinds of fun activities!

DCA’s Lunar New Year Celebration will culminate each night, before World of Color, in a new six-minute pre-show called “Hurry Home”—presented in water, animation, and special effects on Paradise Bay. This adorable story follows a Little Lantern on its journey home to join its Lantern family in celebrating Lunar New Year; featuring animated appearances by Mulan and Mushu in several “dream sequences” (inspired by traditional Chinese paper cut-out style animation), the pre-show also includes a score highlighted by an original arrangement of the music created for the grand opening of Shanghai Disney Resort by Academy Award®-winning composer Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). But that’s not all! Guests will also find three new Asian marketplaces offering themed foods; Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Mulan, and Mushu all dressed in their Lunar New Year best; and memorable entertainment (including a troupe of Chinese acrobats) throughout the park’s Paradise Garden area.

The fun begins Friday, January 20, and runs through Sunday, February 5. See you there!


Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
January 14, 2017
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23
January 19, 2017
D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experience: The Magic of Disney Park Maps
July 14-16, 2017
D23 Expo 2017
December 16, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters
February 16, 18 and 22, 2017
Newsies in select movie theaters
March 17, 2017
Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters
May 26, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
opens in theaters
November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29; December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World Resort
November 10–January 8, 2017
Holidays at the Disneyland Resort
November 11–January 8, 2017
Holidays at Disney Springs
January 20, 2017
Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland park
January 20–February 5, 2017
Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure park
August 31-November 13, 2017
Epcot Food & Wine Festival
December 1-25, 2016
Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas
December 25, 2016
The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration, 9–11 a.m. on ABC
January 15, 2017
Mickey and the Roadster Racers Premieres at 9 and 9:25 a.m. ET on Disney Channel and Disney Junior
February 26, 2017
The Oscars® are broadcast on ABC


Disney Gets Golden with Golden Globe Nominations

Can it be that we’re already heading into “awards season”? It sure can! Earlier this week, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for their 74th Annual Golden Globe® Awards, which will be presented on January 8, 2017. Disney and ABC (represented by films, TV series, and actors) were among the fantastic nominees in eight different categories:

Best Animated Film

Best Original Song—Motion Picture
“How Far I’ll Go”—Moana (Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda)

Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy

Best Television Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
American Crime

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Musical or Comedy
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
American Crime

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Felicity Huffman, American Crime

For a full list of the nominees, check out the Golden Globes website—and mark your calendars for the January 8 telecast, hosted by the suitably hilarious Jimmy Fallon.

Disney Wonder Welcomes The Princess and the Frog-Inspired Restaurant

Disney Cruise Line is known for its amazing, elaborately themed, totally delicious restaurants… and its newest offering on the Disney Wonder is no exception. Tiana’s Place, a brand-new dining experience aboard the recently transformed ship, combines fabulous live music, a New Orleans-style street party, ridiculously tasty food (can you say “warm beignets”?), and all the fun you can expect from a restaurant inspired by Disney’s 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog.

Take a gander at Tiana’s Place in this new video—featuring a member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel as she interviews Daniel Cowan, DCL Hotel Director, about what makes dining aboard the Wonder (and the rest of the fleet) so special.