NEW: A Highly Requested ‘Turning Red’ Attraction Is Coming to Disney!

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It’s official!

Since its theatrical release in 2022, Turning Red has been a huge success for Disney fans. The film tells the heartfelt story of Mei Lee, a 13-year-old girl who experiences a unique transformation whenever she gets too excited – she turns into a giant red panda. Directed by Domee Shi, the creative genius behind the Academy Award-winning short film Bao, Turning Red delivers a wonderfully captivating and relatable tale that explores the challenges and triumphs of adolescence.

Now, two years after the film’s release, a new park addition based on the film is set to arrive!

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“Turning Red” (2022)/Credit: Pixar Animation Studios

Turning Red to Arrive at Disney!

At its core, Turning Red delves into Mei Lee’s personal journey of self-discovery and embracing her true self, no matter how unconventional. Mei Lee finds herself grappling with the challenges of teenage life, such as school, friendships, and the pressures of fitting in. Just when she thought navigating puberty was tough enough, the sudden and uncontrollable transformation into a cuddly red panda brings a whole new set of hurdles. Through Mei Lee’s endearing character, audiences are reminded of the universal struggles of adolescence and the importance of self-acceptance, even when faced with a quirky and unexpected circumstance like turning into a red panda.

Fans felt a huge connection to this story and the morals that are embedded in it. For years, fans have begged for the Pixar film to take up more real estate in the Disney theme parks, and now, that wish is being granted.

During the upcoming Lunar New Year celebration, fans of Disney Pixar’s Turning Red will have a special treat in store. Mei Lee, the vibrant young protagonist, and Mei Lees mother, Ming Lee, will make a dazzling appearance at Disney California Adventure Park. From January 23 to February 18, park guests will have the opportunity to witness the magical world of ‘Turning Red’ come to life and immerse themselves in the heartwarming tale.

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Disney California Adventure Park Delivers

As visitors step into Disney California Adventure’s enchanting atmosphere, they will be greeted by the vibrant colors and festive ambiance that capture the spirit of the Lunar New Year. Disney California Adventure Park has become renowned for embracing different cultures and their rich traditions, and the Lunar New Year celebration is no exception.

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Disney California Adventure Park has always been committed to providing memorable and immersive experiences for its guests, and the inclusion of Turning Red characters during the Lunar New Year celebration is a testament to that dedication. This limited-time event brings the magic of the big screen into the real world, allowing fans to connect with their favorite characters in a whole new way.

So mark your calendars and join Mei Lee and Ming Lee from Turning Red at Disney California Adventure Park beginning January 23. Experience the joy, love, and laughter as they bring the Lunar New Year celebration to life in a way that only Disney can. It’s a truly unforgettable experience that Pixar movie fans of all ages won’t want to miss.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.