PICTORIAL: 2018 Lunar New Year celebration at DCA brings festive sights, sounds, flavors

It’s once again time for the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure; a tradition which brings with it festive food, entertainment, and more. This year it’s the Year of the Dog so everyone’s favorite four-legged pooch PLUTO is this year’s main mascot.

We took a stroll through Paradise Pier this weekend for a look (and taste) at the goings on! ENJOY!

Dining

As with last year, the Festival brings with it a few Festival Marketplace booths offering a culinary adventure across China, Korea, and Vietnam. Plus there’s a festive menu at Paradise Garden Grill with returning favorites and more goodies.

Paradise Garden Grill

The Kalbi Beef Short Ribs ($14.99) remain a favorite from last year. So good. Not huge portions (we always order an extra side of rice) but the quality is great and its OH SO TASTY! The Banh Mi with Grilled Pork Belly is also great. Do I love paying $11.99 for a sandwich that costs half that basically anywhere else? No but it IS very good. The bread is nice and chewy.

Pork Bao ($4.99) goes really quickly. The sweet plum sauce served with it is great.

Of course, plenty of Sriracha and Soy Sauce.

Almond Milk Tea with Pudding ($4.99) not bad. The pudding is so great. Wish there was a boba option, too!

Festival Marketplace

Because we ended up having most of our meal at the Paradise Garden Grill, we were pretty full but did want to try at least one thing from the Festival Markteplace so we opted for… Vietnamese!

Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with sweet & sour sauce. ($7.50) was delightful. We found the lemony sauce a great complement but actually enjoyed dipping them more in the sweet plum sauce that we got with our Pork Bao at Paradise Garden Grill.

Here’s a look at the menus for this year’s Festival Marketplace food booths:

More to Eat:

NOM: Have a look at the 2018 LUNAR NEW YEAR menus at DCA

AP Corner

Buttons were already sold out by the time we arrived in the early after noon but the photo op and wish wall are still available.

Characters

Entertainment

A variety of options are available to ring in the lunar new year.

Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession

Hurry Home Lunar New Year Celebration

Gugu Drum Group

This high-energy troupe of drummers, storytellers and atheletes from Shanghai, China perform movements and ancient percussive rhythms during the day bringing timeless Chinese proverbs, fables, and fairy tales to life.

Paradise Gardens Stage

Luna Lee plays the Korean gayageum. Melding classic Korean sounding with modern day songs, she is a delight!

Dat Nguyen:

Guest groups perform traditional numbers, as well.

Activities

Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy:

Wish Wall:

Crafts and Face Painting:

More to Explore

Shopping

Got your red envelopes ready?

See it for Yourself

Lunar New Year celebration takes place to Disney California Adventure Park now through February 18, 2018.

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Author: Joey Inigo

I have been a part of MouseInfo.com since 2003. I enjoy visiting the Happiest Place on Earth and am happy to talk about Disney Parks all day long.

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