With flavorful feasts coming to the Disney Lunar New Year Festival across Disney Parks, there are so many fun menu items to find in the 2023 DisneyEats Foodie Guide, with many of the dishes featuring an element of cross-cultural fusion.
The Lunar New Year Festival is a holiday celebrated in many Asian cultures and features at Disney Parks and Resorts in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Southern California. In fact, 2023 marks a whole decade of Lunar New Year celebrations at the Disneyland Resort, where beloved characters like Mulan, Mushu, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, and of course, Ortensia and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, are preparing to ring in the Chinese New Year calendar’s Year of the Rabbit and Vietnamese Year of the Cat!
As the Disney Parks Blog shared, each Disney Park’s Lunar New Year menu will “transport” Guests when tasting “the delicious flavors and traditions of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese cultures.” At the Disneyland Resort, similarly to Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Festivals, Guests visiting Disney California Adventure Park can sample delicious delights from six outdoor marketplace booths and a few of the on-property dining locations.
All six eateries offer authentic cultural cuisine for a prosperous and tasty New Year, blending dishes from Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean kitchens. However, these aren’t the only cooking styles contributing to this year’s marketplace: Guests will note the distinctive blended dishes featuring flavors from American, Mexican, and Italian cuisine.
For example, at one of the newest booths, Bamboo Blessings, Guests can purchase the Mickey Mouse-shaped Hot Dog Bun, w Mickey-shaped brioche with the hot dog stuffed inside, topped with scallions and sesame seeds. Plus, the returning Lucky 8 Lantern also serves up the Quesabirria Eggroll, with Latin-inspired flavors like Guajillo pepper consommé, Oaxaca cheese, and beef birria, while Red Dragon Spice Traders brings the heat with its Gochujang Elote, blending the classic steamed corn cob and cotija cheese with a spicy gochujang aїoli sauce.
In addition, the Red Spice Fried Chicken Bites are a favorite but pair an Asian-style spicy red chile sauce with fried chicken chicharrones. Meanwhile, Prosperity Bao & Bun has gone the unconventional route, combining the soft dough ball with marinara and cheese to create the Pepperoni Pizza Bao Bun.
For the sweet side, Guests can finish off their meal with a refreshing Green Tea Horchata from the Pacific Wharf Cappucino Cart, which blends the trendy tastes of cinnamon and matcha, or Goofy’s Churro Cart’s Almond Cookie Churro, which takes a festive twist on the Disney Parks staple, coating the Mexican-style fried dough in cookie crumble and almond icing.
If this all has got your mouth watering for more, consider purchasing the Sip and Savor pass, which allows Guests to redeem six couples for select food and nonalcoholic beverages at participating locations across the theme park. Or, try them all when the Lunar New Year Celebration menu debuts at the Disneyland Resort and Downtown Disney District on January 20 until February 15, 2023!