Disneyland Resort Lunar New Year Festival – Vegan and Vegetarian Food Options
Disneyland Resort’s Lunar New Year Celebration is back! Which of course means lots of delicious food booths, as well as a special themed menu at Paradise Garden Grill at Disney’s California Adventure park until February 9, 2020. This year there’s one less vegetarian entree than last year (they don’t have the rice with stir fried veggies and plant-based protein which I had loved). But nonetheless the vegetarian options they do have are amazing. Aside from desserts of course, there is one vegetarian and one vegan item.
And for the year of the rat, I did a Linguini Disneybound as a nod to my favorite Pixar movie: Ratatouille! Complete with my Ratatouille Loungefly bag that they gifted me to complete the outfit!
Sip & Savor Pass
This year Disney’s Lunar New Year Celebration has the return of the Sip & Savor Pass! Exclusive to Annual Passholders, you can purchase for $39 to give you six food or non-alcoholic beverage items! Sometimes I find Sip & Savor passes don’t help save money if you’re only eating vegan or vegetarian items since they tend to be cheaper, but with most the items $7 or more it did help me save money!
Longevity Noodle Company
This booth has the vegetarian vegetable egg roll with chilled garlic noodles. The noodles were very garlicky, but I love garlic so I enjoyed that! The egg roll was very crispy, and not greasy! It was delicious.
They also had a new dessert item this year, the black sesame mochi donut. I have never had mochi donut prior to this, and I heard this one isn’t gooey in the center like how they’re supposed to be. However, it was still a very moist, soft dough. And I loved the sweet and slightly salt taste of the black sesame frosting. If you’re a salted caramel lover, you’ll like this taste I think:
Paradise Garden Grill
Paradise Garden Grill has Lunar New Year’s vegan option, Vegan Orange Tempeh. And of course we all know that food tastes better Mickey-shaped…so this tempeh is shaped like Mickey! You can get a full potion, or use a pass from your Lunar New Year Sip & Savor pass for a snack-sized portion. The tempeh is spicy, which was nice combined with the orange glaze!
Bao & Buns
Bao & Buns didn’t have any vegetarian entrees, but they did have an amazing cocktail: Lychee-Grapefruit Gin Spritzer. I normally pass on festival cocktails as they can be weak and overly sweet, but I loved the bitter yet refreshing grapefruit taste. Plus, the portion was generous.
More Fun at Lunar New Year!
There’s of course adorable merch. I think this might be the best Lunar New Year with not only the food selections but the merch as well. There’s also the first ever Lunar New Year Celebration Spirit Jersey, coordinating Minnie ears, among lots of other cute themed Knick knacks and keychains featuring Chip and Dale!
Also over by Paradise Garden Grill, you can find a meet-and-greet area. Rotating in the meet-and-greet area are Mulan and Mushu, and then dressed for Lunar New Year Mickey and Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, and Chip & Dale.
Disney also announced the debut of Minnie’s new Lunar New Year Celebration dress that you can meet her in:
By The Little Mermaid ride, you can find craft tables for kids! Last year they had the lantern crafts pictured below, this year its fans to color. Which is great for the little ones! My 4 year old had a bit of a hard time constructing the more intricate lantern craft last year.
There’s also Mulan’s New Year Procession that has a few showtimes throughout the day. You can experience music, a Chinese dragon puppet, Mulan, Mushu and more of Mickey & friends in their Lunar New Year attire during the procession. It happens in the stage-looking area where you go to watch World of Color. I saw people getting a spot about 20-30 minutes prior.
Overall, I thought it was the best Disney Lunar New Year Celebration by far! The cocktails were the best, as well as the desserts. I enjoyed the return of the Mickey-shaped tempeh. And I loved the ease of mobile ordering from the booths! Be sure to visit to experience the magic by February 9, 2020. You can learn more about what’s going on during the month of January and February at Disneyland Resort here to better plan your visit and activities when visiting Disneyland Resort Lunar New Year.