DLW 066: Lunar New Year

January 30, 2019

This week we discuss Lunar New Year and Valentines celebrations, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade returns, new shopping totes, popcorn buckets, and more!

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The Lunar New Year celebration in California Adventure has kicked off and will run through February 17th. It is a great opportunity to see the Three Little Pigs who are rarely in the parks. The celebration is mainly limited to the Paradise Gardens area and the parade route that runs in front. – https://www.micechat.com/215659-disneyland-update-lunar-new-year-2019/

In the past, Valentines Day has not been heavily celebrated at Disneyland, but this year has made up for all other other years! Hearts are everywhere on Main Street. There is a Minnie Scavenger Hunt, decorations, and of course, food. There are even some large props that you can use in photo spots. – https://www.micechat.com/215659-disneyland-update-lunar-new-year-2019/

Even you taste buds can join in the Valentines celebration. Seasonal offerings like a strawberry beet salad, southern pork belly sliders, a roasted vegetable spring roll, or the molcajete platter can be found through out the resort. There are also many sweet treats like double chocolate fritters, burning love Valentine’s churros, and even chocolate tamales. The Valentine’s celebration goes through February 18th. – https://www.micechat.com/215659-disneyland-update-lunar-new-year-2019/

After a little over a year, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade has returned with a couple new floats to celebrate Mickey’s 90th birthday. One of the new floats is a toy Mickey beating on a drum, and a new birthday cake float pushed by Chip and Dale. – https://disneylandnews.com/2019/01/17/mickeys-soundsational-parade-returns-to-disneyland-park-with-new-magic/ and https://dlnewstoday.com/2019/01/photos-video-mickeys-soundsational-parade-returns-to-disneyland-with-new-floats-for-get-your-ears-on/

In a continuing effort to be more environmentally aware, Disneyland has debuted new reusable shopping bags. The bags come in three sizes and range in price from $1 for the smallest option, to $2 for the largest option. The bags feature Sleeping Beauty Castle on one side and Mickey, Space Mountain, an AT-AT, and its a small world on the other. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2019/01/photos-disneyland-park-specific-reusable-bags-now-available/

A new souvenir popcorn bucket will be floating into the parks starting on February 1st. The special edition Steamboat Willie Balloon popcorn bucket will be available for a limited time and is only for Annual Passholders. This 90th celebration bucket is refillable for $1 through March 7, 2019. – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/news/mickey-popcorn-bucket/

Calling all Anaheim Ducks fans! To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, on Monday February 11th the Anaheim Ducks will be taking over Hollywood Land at DCA. The day will be filled with meet and greets, hockey-themed activities, photo opportunities, special decor, merchandise, sweet treats and more! The Animation Academy will even show you how to draw some of your favorite Disney “ducks” – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/01/get-ready-for-anaheim-ducks-day-at-disney-california-adventure-park-on-feb-11/

Something that we haven’t talked about is the current annual refurbishment of Fantasmic! Not too much to note except that it is scheduled to return on March 8th. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12290/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_January_28__February_3_2019#newsTnT

The refurbishment of Sleeping Beauty Castle is continuing with the last view of the highest spires visible for a short time longer. The new scrim that will sport the Herb Ryman concept art should be arriving soon, in addition to another scrim for the back that will feature a battle between Prince Philip and Maleficent as a dragon. – https://www.instagram.com/p/BtMwgkznekA/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

Scrims have also gone up around the French Market as the facade is getting refreshed. – https://www.micechat.com/215659-disneyland-update-lunar-new-year-2019/

In some great news for fans of Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train, the attraction hasn’t been completely demolished and moved into Yesterland. One of the ride vehicles has made it to the Pixar Studios! – https://twitter.com/leeunkrich/status/1088868164350308352/photo/1

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As usual, there is plenty of food options for this celebration as well. You can pick up a Sip and Savor pass for $39, or $35 if you are an annual passholder. The pass includes 6 tabs that you can exchange for food or non-alcoholic beverages from the Festival booths. – https://www.micechat.com/215659-disneyland-update-lunar-new-year-2019/

The Disney Parks Blog has release a Foodie Guide for the Lunar New Year celebration in DCA. A unique selection of Asian inspired cuisine is available at the four Festival Marketplaces as well as the Paradise Garden Grill and the Festival Food and beverage cart. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/01/foodie-guide-to-lunar-new-year-2019-at-disney-california-adventure-park/

You don’t have to travel far if you want to pick up some Shanghai Disneyland merchandise. Some of the items that have appeared for the Lunar New Year celebration is tagged with Shanghai Disneyland branding. – https://www.micechat.com/215659-disneyland-update-lunar-new-year-2019/

Events and what to expect. – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/lunar-new-year/

Special AP activities and offerings. – https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/lunar-new-year-passholders/

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