Disneyland Lunar New Year: 2024 In-Depth Guide

Ring in a new year of fortune and prosperity while being entranced by the magic of fun festivities, ancient traditions, and vibrant colors at Disneyland Lunar New Year!

Traditionally celebrated in Asia, the Lunar New Year recognizes the cosmic quest of the sun and the moon as they enter another year. To welcome the Year of the Dragon, gear up for a fantastic Disneyland Lunar New Year 2024 bash with Mickey Mouse and pals. This colorful and multicultural celebration is open to all kids and kids at heart!

Whether it’s writing wishful thoughts on Mickey-shaped cards or handing out red envelopes known as “Lai See,” the customs here are meant to attract good health, wealth, and luck.

Follow along to learn everything about this magical experience.

Disneyland New Year 2024 Tickets

Lunar New Year requires a valid ticket and park reservation for the same park.

Disneyland Resort Discount Tickets

People who shy away from Disneyland Resort because of their budget probably haven’t booked tickets from Tripster. Soak in all the magic and nostalgic fun of your chosen park without spending all your moolah with these discount tickets:

Keep the giggles and excitement, as well as the savings coming with these multi-day tickets:

With so much entertainment and attractions to cover, you don’t want to waste your precious time waiting in line. Grab these tickets to skip long lines and serious dollars:

nightshot of Pixar Pier featuring Pixel Pal-Ar-ound ferris wheel and Incrediroster roller coaster in Disneyland, Anaheim, California, USA
photo credit: CrispyCream27 (CC license)

Disneyland Resort Nearby Hotels and Lodging

One of the best things about Disneyland is it’s within walking distance of great hotels and resorts. This means you can quickly get your well-deserved rest after a day of thrill and activities.

Whether you want to relax and settle in an elegant hotel room for a cozy evening or rest early to get that much-needed energy for tomorrow’s adventures at Disneyland Lunar New Year, you’ll get the best deal when you book at any of these hotels from Tripster:  

Disneyland Lunar New Year Celebration Attractions

Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration

Revel in the breathtaking nighttime water spectacle featuring Mulan and her loyal crew, celebrating the joy of family ties and friendships. Join Little Lantern on his grand adventure as he aims to return home in time for the annual celebration of abundance and good fortune. Every instant of this magical 6-minute story is accentuated by a mesmerizing soundtrack, constructed by none other than the Academy Award® winner, Tan Dun.

The Hurry Home Lunar New Year Celebration is expected to kick off in January 2024 before World of Color.

Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession

Feel the magic come alive at Disneyland as you take part in the highlight of the Lunar New Year festivities – Mulan’s New Year Procession. Journey alongside Disney’s brave heroine Mulan and Mushu, and even some of your favorite Disney friends.

This attraction impresses guests with superb costumes, electrifying tunes, and ancient dances played by Asian performing ensembles. The Chinese dragon will travel along the parade route as the warriors, drummers, plus umbrella and fan artists execute their elegant show.

Take time to delight and take in the ancient artistry of this colorful procession, indulging spectators of all ages in remarkable sights and sounds that honor Asian cultures and traditions. The parade goes from Pixar Pier Gate to Paradise Gardens Obelisk and back, similar to last year’s route.

Character Meet and Greet

It doesn’t matter how old you are; meeting your favorite Disney characters can make your day much better. This Lunar New Year, take the opportunity to meet, hug, or take selfies with the famous mouse and his friends. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Tigger will be there to celebrate the new year in their festive attire.

Be on the lookout for Mulan and others dressed in their own Lunar New Year clothing, including Raya and more characters from Walt Disney Animation Studios Raya and the Last Dragon. Once you’ve spotted them, gather your loved ones and take postcard-worthy photos. The stunning pavilion adorned with golden flowers, bamboo, and colorful banners is the perfect backdrop.

girl hugging Pluto character at dinner with food on table at Disneyland in Los Angeles, California, USA
Share a meal with your favorite Disney friends at the Garden Grill in Epcot.

Traditional Asian Cuisine

In between the activities, take a break with the family to savor Disneyland Lunar New Year food items and set menus made especially for this celebration. Eat your way through the new year with spicy three-cup chicken, glazed crispy pork belly, shrimp fried rice with garlic bacon edamame, and more. The savory dishes are inspired by Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese cultures and are available in the park’s dining locations from the Royal Banquet Hall to Paradise Garden Grill. 

Make sure to save some room for sweet rice balls, tiger milk tea, Hong Kong-style milk tea, tea black tea sweetened or condensed milk served tea.

Similar to the food wine festival, this celebration features an abundant selection of drinks and spirits. Don’t forget to sip delicious non-alcoholic beverages, including the Lamplight Lounge Lunar New Year Cocktail Han Soju Aperitivo Aperol carrot and orange juices and cream of coconut garnished with a raspberry and mint, made extra special with a Lotus Flower Glow Cube.

With an abundance of traditional food, Disneyland’s version can be similar to the Asian Lunar New Year celebrations.

Live Holiday Entertainment

Watch magical stories come to life through Disneyland’s live holiday shows. Be captivated by the production, decorations, and talented actors throughout the performances. 

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Kid-friendly Crafts and Activities

It’s time to unleash your imagination. Gather your little ones and take part in kid-friendly crafts and creative workshops. Create your own lanterns, design red envelopes, or draw cute dragons, the animal of 2024. On top of bonding with your kids and reducing their screen time, these craft activities help your kiddos show their artsy side. No worries, as there’s a simple and fun project for every child here. Parents can channel creativity into designing a distinctive “Dragon’s Pearl”, while also discovering the enchanting world of Chinese calligraphy.


Festive Décor

Festive displays and installations, often in red and gold, surround you as you step inside the Happiest Place on Earth. Marvel at enormous Chinese lanterns, gaze up at the sparkling lights and indulge in exquisite garland. It’s a jaw-dropping sight for all ages.

Some of the decorations are available at the Lunar New Year merchandise store.

Lucky Wishes Wall

Take the lessons of 2023 and move on to a new year with high hopes and faith. This is your chance to start clean and be excited about new beginnings. Wish for luck, health, and fortune throughout 2024 at the Lucky Wishing Wall. Thousands of guests visit this returning attraction. To participate, all you need to do is write your wish or special message on tags, tie them to the designated walls, and hope for all of them to come true. 

Disneyland Resort Vacation Packages

While in SoCal, make the most of the almost-perfect weather and relaxing charm of California by bundling your Disneyland tickets with these other area attractions:

father and daughter in front of disneylandDisneyland Lunar New Year Must-Visit Attractions

Nothing compares to the wholesome family fun Disneyland can give. So whether you’re in Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park, take time to enjoy the attractions and cherish every moment with your loved ones.

Both parks serve up thrill and entertainment, after all. Here are must-visit attractions and rides:

Disneyland Park

It’s a Small World

Journey around the world and hop aboard a magical boat. Pass through the Seven Seaways canal, where 300 audio-animatronic dolls representing kids from all over the world sing the classic song in their own language.

Haunted Mansion

Want to inject some spooks into your enchanting vacation? Head to Haunted Mansion and feel the chills while facing unearthly experiences…if you dare. Then, embark on a creepy adventure into a mansion filled with ghostly residents waiting for your arrival.  

Space Mountain

Brave the infinite darkness to dominate Space Mountain with your fellow cadets on this electrifying roller-coaster ride. This high-flying exploration is complete with immersive sound effects and themed music.

View of space mountain at night with green and blue light on and clouds in the sky at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USA
photo credit: Disney via Facebook

Disneyland Railroad

Hop inside a steam-powered train and embark on an 18-minute scenic journey all around Disneyland Park. Wander along the rocky landscapes that embody the country’s magnificent rivers: the Missouri, the Columbia, the Mississippi, and the Rio Grand. Keep your eyes open for rock formations, waterfalls, and more.

Wait for the train at any of these stations:

  • Main Street, USA
  • Mickey’s Toon Town
  • Tomorrowland
  • New Orleans Square

Fantasy Faire

Feel like you’ve been transported into a faraway land where Disney Princesses live happily ever after. Meet the world’s beloved characters in Royal Hall.

Minnie’s House

Curious about Minnie Mouse’s house? It’s your chance to get inside her mansion. Browse over framed family photos, peek inside her pantry, or even see Minnie’s email! Don’t forget to visit her bedroom and kitchen.

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Storytelling at Royal Theater

Get inside this medieval-style tent and experience your favorite Disney fairytales live on stage with a twist. Laugh and clap for the funny version of classic scenes from Tangled or Mulan. Make sure to come early to get some front-view seats.

Disney California Adventure Park

Soarin’ Around the World

Hang tight and get ready to touch the sky! This attraction lets you fly and take a trip around the world, finding yourself drawn to every country’s natural wonders and hidden treasures. Feel the air and thrill the moment you sit in the 180-foot IMAX dome.

people aboard the ride Soarin’ Over California at Disneyland, Anaheim, California, USA
photo credit: Disney

Jessie’s Critter Carousel

Yee-haw! Join Jessie in her wild adventures while riding a gigantic toy carousel. Don’t forget to bring your Cowgirl hat.

Meet Disney Pals on Buena Vista Street

Want to meet the stars? Flock to Buena Vista Street to catch all the glitz and rub shoulders with celebrities, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The best part? They’re dressed in their 1930s outfit.

Ancient Sanctum

Brave enough to solve the secrets of a strange Ancient Sanctum? Then, take on a quest to find clues and be enlightened about its dark story. Make sure to seek guidance from Doctor Strange.

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree

Mater’s junkyard will be the location of an epic dance party. The invite is open, so come and show your epic moves.

Jumpin’ Jellyfish

Fly into the sky aboard a colorful jellyfish ride. This parachute-style attraction lets you marvel at the captivating view of Paradise Bay in the most compelling way.    

Meet Pixar Pals at Pixar Pier

A fan of Pixar movies from The Incredibles to Toy Story? This meet-and-greet should be on the top of your Disneyland vacation list!

Silly Symphony Swings

Strap in and get ready to be twisted and turned while in your swings.

official artists rendition of Guardians of The Galaxy Mission Breakout attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, USA
photo credit: Guardians of The Galaxy via Facebook

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

Embrace your wild side and test your limits while playing “forest” range activities.

Disneyland Lunar New Year 2024 Dates and Time

“When does Lunar New Year end at Disneyland?” you might ask. The event dazzles from January 23 through February 18, 2024.

Experience Disneyland New Year 

Many eagerly anticipate the announcement of “When is Lunar New Year at Disneyland?” a couple of months ahead, teasing them with the promise of ethereal lanterns, traditional performances, and succulent delicacies. The official dates for next year’s celebrate has been confirmed, so mark your calendars.

From energetic traditional Chinese dances that ward off evil bad spirits to Asian cuisines symbolizing prosperity and luck, Lunar New Year Disneyland is a celebration of culture and tradition. Join this meaningful celebration and say goodbye to the Year of the Rabbit to welcome the new year ahead with festive activities.

Feast authentic Disneyland Lunar New Year food and wash the flavors with style milk tea black, shop charms and souvenirs at the Lunar New Year Marketplace, or witness the ancient artistry in Mulan’s parade. Then, be entranced by the colorful decorations and costumes throughout the Lunar New Year Disneyland 2024.

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Come and celebrate new beginnings, honor family, and wish for a prosperous new year ahead of us at the Happiest Place on Earth.

While at it, extend your visit and hop over to Disneyland for a magical getaway with a Disneyland Vacation package.


Start Date:

January 23, 2024 @ 8:00 am CST

End Date:

February 18, 2024 @ 5:00 pm CST


Disneyland Events

1313 S Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802 United States


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Written by Anne Joyce Raymundo

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