Celebrate Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure
Year of the pig ring with Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney california adventure park, until February 17, 2019. With fun activities, multicultural shows, gorgeous decor and delicious food, Lunar New Year welcomes guests of all ages to commemorate traditions with beloved Disney characters and welcome a another year of good fortune. We followed up […]

Year of the pig ring with Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney california adventure park, until February 17, 2019. With fun activities, multicultural shows, gorgeous decor and delicious food, Lunar New Year welcomes guests of all ages to commemorate traditions with beloved Disney characters and welcome a another year of good fortune.

We followed up with four Disney moms as they lived Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure with their families. Keep scrolling to see their favorite highlights and all the fun that can be enjoyed at the Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure.

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“This was our first Lunar New Year experience at Disney California Adventure and it didn't disappoint! Being partly Chinese, it was wonderful to see so much of my heritage represented in the park. What was even more special was being able to share these festivities with my son. Seeing Disney's fusion with all the familiar traditions, food and fun I grew up with was truly something magical! - Jennifer Poblete-Boonsom

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Wall of lucky wishes

Make a wish and dare to dream big during the Year of the Pig! Guests of all ages are encouraged to add their own special message of hope, health and happiness for the coming year.

“Our family loved the Lucky Wishing Wall. It was special for us as we truly believe in the power of dreams and wishes come true, so writing down our hopes for the Lunar New Year (on Mickey's wish paper too!) Was the sweetest moment. - Jennifer Poblete-Boonsom

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© DISNEY. PHOTO BY ERIKA KURZAWA FOR THE DISNEY FAMILY

“Celebrating the Lunar New Year with my family at Disneyland Resort has been such a magical experience! It was, of course, filled with all the Disney magic we expected and loved when visiting the parks, but I also appreciate being able to learn with my kids about a vacation celebrated by cultures different from ours. . . The Lucky Wishing Wall, for example, is a beautiful Lunar New Year tradition where you can write your wishes for the New Year and then attach them to the wall among all the others for good luck. The kids also got to color and make their own paper lantern decorations to take home. As a multicultural family of Poles and African Americans, cultural traditions are so important to us and we love that we can experience them while visiting Disney parks. - Erika Kurzawa

© DISNEY. PHOTO BY MAI NGUYEN-MIYOSHI FOR THE DISNEY FAMILY

© DISNEY. PHOTO BY MAI NGUYEN-MIYOSHI FOR THE DISNEY FAMILY

Mulan Lunar New Year Procession

This daring and bright parade is hosted by Mulan and her loyal dragon, Mushu. This year, as a special gift for the year of the pig, the three little pigs.

“This show was absolutely breathtaking and the girls were so excited and intrigued! As it is the year of the pig, the three little pigs performing with Mulan and Mushu were a nice surprise! The dance shows were fascinating and we really want to come back and see it again! If you are planning a trip to Disneyland Resort, you must watch this show which has multiple performances throughout the day until February 17th! "- Mai Nguyen-Miyoshi

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Meet Disney Characters

Paradise Gardens is the perfect place to meet and snap photos with some of your favorite Disney friends including Mickey, Minnie, Mulan, Mushu and Pluto too! Bring the whole family to see these Disney characters dressed in vibrant holiday outfits. You can check the daily onset times by downloading the official Disneyland Mobile app!

© DISNEY. PHOTO BY MAI NGUYEN-MIYOSHI FOR THE DISNEY FAMILY

“Of course the family had to take pictures with Mulan! It was really cute to see Mulan interacting with Zooey. - Mai Nguyen-Miyoshi

Crafts and activities suitable for children

From making paper lanterns to painting faces, there are plenty of fun ways to let creative minds soar during Lunar New Year. Brushstroke enthusiasts can take home custom Chinese calligraphy by local artisans, available on Mondays and Tuesdays. And find a free face paint in front The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure.

© DISNEY. PHOTO BY MAI NGUYEN-MIYOSHI FOR THE DISNEY FAMILY

“Zooey and Amelie are half Vietnamese and half Japanese, so we celebrate Lunar New Year every year. [by] visit our families and eat delicious food. This year, we decided to take Zooey, Amelie and Baba (Zooey & Amelie's grandmother) to experience Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure! Baba hadn't been to Disneyland before Disney California Adventure was even built, so it was super exciting for all of us to go together. The first thing we did when we got to Paradise Gardens Park was go to the arts and crafts table where the girls could make their own lanterns. - Mai Nguyen-Miyoshi

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“Face painting is free on Lunar New Year, so my daughter, Zoe, [who] was born in the year of the dragon, had a dragon painted on his cheek. And since this is the Year of the Pig, which just happens to be my own birth year, I couldn't help but join in the fun and have a pig painted on my face too. - Erika Kurzawa

© DISNEY. CARLY ANDERSON PHOTO FOR THE DISNEY FAMILY

“Celebrating the Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure is the PERFECT way to interact with Lunar New Year traditions as a family! From delicious food to amazing arts and crafts and musical performers, we loved exploring the Lunar New Year Festival and learning more about this beautiful holiday. - Carly Anderson

© DISNEY. CARLY ANDERSON PHOTO FOR THE DISNEY FAMILY

© DISNEY. PHOTO BY ERIKA KURZAWA FOR THE DISNEY FAMILY

“One of the highlights of the day for us was definitely trying the different types of Asian cuisine. With the Sip and Savor Pass, it was so easy to move from booth to booth tasting the food and drinks available. Even my picky eater managed to find a purple yam macaron in the shape of a Mickey that she absolutely adored. - Erika Kurzawa

Embark on a culinary adventure with the Sip and Savor Pass, which consists of a commemorative ID and 6 coupons redeemable for food and drink offers (excluding alcohol) at select locations in the Lunar New Year Market.

The Sip and Savor Pass is available for sale at Elias & Co., Kingswell Camera Shop, Festival Giveaways (in Paradise Gardens), the Sip and Savor Cart and every Lunar New Year Market. So get in touch with your inner foodie and sample these culinary creations until February 17, 2019 during Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park!

© DISNEY. PHOTO BY MAI NGUYEN-MIYOSHI FOR THE DISNEY FAMILY

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Don’t try to fix everything. Give young kids a chance to find their own solutions. When you lovingly acknowledge a child’s minor frustrations without immediately rushing in to save her, you teach her self-reliance and resilience.

Pick your battles. Kids can’t absorb too many rules without turning off completely. Forget arguing about little stuff like fashion choices and occasional potty language. Focus on the things that really matter -- that means no hitting, rude talk, or lying.

Play with your children. Let them choose the activity, and don’t worry about rules. Just go with the flow and have fun. That’s the name of the game.

Read books together every day. Get started when he’s a newborn; babies love listening to the sound of their parents’ voices. Cuddling up with your child and a book is a great bonding experience that will set him up for a lifetime of reading.

Schedule daily special time. Let your child choose an activity where you hang out together for 10 or 15 minutes with no interruptions. There’s no better way for you to show your love.

Encourage daddy time. The greatest untapped resource available for improving the lives of our children is time with Dad -- early and often. Kids with engaged fathers do better in school, problem-solve more successfully, and generally cope better with whatever life throws at them.

Make warm memories. Your children will probably not remember anything that you say to them, but they will recall the family rituals -- like bedtimes and game night -- that you do together.

Be the role model your children deserve. Kids learn by watching their parents. Modeling appropriate, respectful, good behavior works much better than telling them what to do.

Fess up when you blow it. This is the best way to show your child how and when she should apologize.

Take charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely.

Live a little greener. Show your kids how easy it is to care for the environment. Waste less, recycle, reuse, and garde each day. Spend an afternoon picking up trash around the neighborhood.

Always tell the truth. It’s how you want your child to behave, right ? Kiss and hug your spouse in front of the kids. Your marriage is the only example your child has of what an intimate relationship styles, feels, and sounds like. So it’s your emploi to set a great standard.

Give appropriate praise. Instead of simply saying, ' You’re great, ' try to be specific about what your child did to deserve the positive feedback. You might say, ' Waiting until I was off the phone to ask for cookies was hard, and I really liked your patience. '

Cheer the good stuff. When you notice your child doing something helpful or nice, let him know how you feel. It’s a great way to reinforce good behavior so he’s more likely to keep doing it.

Gossip about your kids. Fact : What we overhear is far more potent than what we are told directly. Make praise more effective by letting your child ' catch ' you whispering a compliment about him to Grandma, Dad, or even his teddy.

Give yourself a break. Hitting the drive-through when you’re too tired to cook doesn’t make you a bad mère.

Trust your mommy gut. No one knows your child better than you. Follow your instincts when it comes to his health and well-being. If you think something’s wrong, chances are you’re right. Just say ' No. ' Resist the urge to take on extra obligations at the office or become the Volunteer Queen at your child’s school. You will never, ever regret spending more time with your children.

Don’t accept disrespect from your child. Never allow her to be rude or say hurtful things to you or anyone else. If she does, tell her firmly that you will not tolerate any form of disrespect. Pass along your plan. Mobilize the other caregivers in your child’s life -- your spouse, grandparents, daycare worker, babysitter -- to help reinforce the values and the behavior you want to instill. This includes everything from saying thank you and being kind to not whining.

Ask your children three ' you ' questions every day. The art of conversation is an important social skill, but parents often neglect to teach it. Get a kid going with questions like, ' Did you have fun at school ? ' ; ' What did you do at the party you went to ? ' ; or ' Where do you want to go tomorrow afternoon ? ' Teach kids this bravery trick. Tell them to always notice the color of a person’s eyes. Making eye contact will help a hesitant child appear more confident and will help any kid to be more assertive and less likely to be picked on.

Acknowledge your kid’s strong emotions. When your child’s meltdown is over, ask him, ' How did that feel ? ' and ' What do you think would make it better ? ' Then listen to him. He’ll recover from a tantrum more easily if you let him talk it out.

Show your child how to become a responsible citizen. Find ways to help others all year. Kids gain a sense of self-worth by volunteering in the community. Don’t raise a spoiled kid. Keep this thought in mind : Every child is a treasure, but no child is the center of the universe. Teach him accordingly.

Talk about what it means to be a good person. Start early : When you read bedtime stories, for example, ask your toddler whether characters are being mean or nice and explore why. Explain to your kids why values are important. The simple answer : When you’re kind, generous, honest, and respectful, you make the people around you feel good. More important, you feel good about yourself.

Set up a ' gratitude circle ' every night at dinner. Go around the table and take turns talking about the various people who were generous and kind to each of you that day. It may sound corny, but it makes everyone feel good.

Serve a food again and again. If your child rejects a new dish, don’t give up hope. You may have to offer it another six, eight, or even 10 times before he eats it and decides he likes it. Avoid food fights. A saine child instinctively knows how much to eat. If he refuses to finish whatever food is on his plate, just let it go. He won’t starve.

Eat at least one meal as a family each day. Sitting down at the table together is a relaxed way for everyone to connect -- a time to share happy news, talk about the day, or tell a silly joke. It also helps your kids develop saine eating habits. Let your kids place an order. Once a week, allow your children to choose what’s for dinner and cook it for them.

Say ' I love you ' whenever you feel it, even if it’s 743 times a day. You simply can not spoil a child with too many mushy words of affection and too many smooches. Not possible. Keep in mind what grandmoms always say. Children are not yours, they are only lent to you for a time. In those fleeting years, do your best to help them grow up to be good people. Savor the instants. Yes, parenthood is the most exhausting job on the planet. Yes, your house is a mess, the laundry’s piled up, and the dog needs to be walked. But your kid just laughed. Enjoy it now -- it will be over far too fast.

Teach your baby to sign. Just because a child can’t talk doesn’t mean there isn’t lots that she’d like to say. Simple signs can help you know what she needs and even how she feels well before she has the words to tell you -- a great way to reduce frustration. Keep the tube in the family room. Research has repeatedly shown that children with a TV in their bedroom weigh more, sleep less, and have lower grades and poorer social skills. P. S. Parents with a television in their bedroom have sex less often. Get kids moving. The latest research shows that brain development in young children may be linked to their activity level. Place your baby on her tummy several times during the day, let your toddler walk instead of ride in her stroller, and create opportunities for your older child to get plenty of exercise.

Get your kids vaccinated. Outbreaks of measles and other diseases still occur in our country and throughout the world. Protect that smile. Encouraging your kid to brush twice a day with a dab of fluoride toothpaste will guard against cavities. Be vigilant about safety. Babyproof your home thoroughly, and never leave a child under 5 in the tub alone. Make sure car seats are installed correctly, and insist that your child wear a helmet when riding his bike or scooter. Listen to the doc. If your pediatrician thinks your kid’s fever is caused by a malware, don’t push for antibiotics. The best medicine may be rest, lots of fluids, and a little TLC. Overprescribing antibiotics can cause medical problems for your child and increase the chances of creating superbugs that resist treatment.

Keep sunblock next to your kid’s toothpaste. Apply it every day as part of the morning routine. It’ll become as natural as brushing her teeth. Put your baby to bed drowsy but still awake. This helps your child learn to soothe himself to sleep and prevents bedtime problems down the line. Know when to toilet train. Look for these two signs that your child is ready to use the potty : He senses the urge to pee and poop ( this is different from knowing that he’s already gone ), and he asks for a diaper change.

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