Celebrate Lunar New Year with these theme park events

January 9, 2020, 6:30 PM · Have you stopped telling people "Happy New Year" yet? We're a week and a half into 2020 now but as we wrap one set of New Year's celebrations, it's almost time for the next.

Lunar New Year festivities kick off next week in theme parks on both sides of the Pacific. Shanghai Disneyland begins its Spring Festival on Monday, January 13. It's the "Year of the Mouse" at Disney since, well, Mickey, and the park is celebrating with character greetings on Mickey Avenue with Mickey and Friends in their new Spring Festival costumes.

Mickey and Friends' Spring Festival costumes

Shanghai Disneyland also will present a Spring Festival 2020 Firework Celebration: Our Families following the nightly Ignite the Dream show, special themed food and merchandise throughout the resort, and a Spring Festival Banquet on January 23 and 24 in the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel's Cinderella Ballroom.

Disney California Adventure gets started January 17 with the return of its line-up from previous years, including four Asian food marketplaces in Paradise Park and a special themed menu at the Paradise Garden Grill, Mulan's Lunar New Year Procession with Mickey and Minnie as this year's featured guests, and the Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration once again running ahead of the World of Color show each night. The park will provide a Lucky Wishing Wall and complimentary arts and crafts stations in addition to the requisite themed merchandise.

Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

Universal Studios Hollywood starts its Lunar New Year celebrations on January 23. The event takes over the park's Universal Plaza with the return of character meet and greets with the stars of Kung Fu Panda, Feng The Place Artist's Stand - where you can learn how to draw Po, and Mr. Ping's Noodle Shop.

Hello Kitty and the Minions also will be sporting Lunar New Year costumes as they greet visitors outside the Plaza, too.

All three parks' Lunar New Year events run through February 9. For tickets to Disney California Adventure, please visit our travel partner's Disneyland tickets page, including a discount offer on kids' three-day tickets. For Universal, special deals also are available on our partner's Universal Studios Hollywood tickets page.

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