PHOTOS, VIDEO: ‘Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession’ Returns for 2024 with Mushu for Year of the Dragon at Disney California Adventure

Brit Tuttle

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PHOTOS, VIDEO: ‘Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession’ Returns for 2024 with Mushu for Year of the Dragon at Disney California Adventure

The 2024 Lunar New Year Celebration has begun at Disney California Adventure, and with it returns Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession! As this year is the Year of the Dragon, Mushu takes a starring role in the parade.

Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession

Two performers carry the Lunar New Year banner.

Throughout the procession, a narrator describes the connection between Mulan, each passing unit of performers, and the Lunar New Year. The banner carriers that begin the procession received new costumes this year, with purple and black outfits instead of yellow and blue.

A trio of moonflower dancers pass by guests.

Next, a trio of dancers dressed to resemble moonflowers swirl and twirl by.

A group of dragon dancers carry a large dragon puppet.

Behind them is a team of dragon dancers, who carry a large blue and gold dragon puppet above their heads.

More dancers walk along the procession path for Lunar New Year.

Then, a team of dancers dressed in shades of blue and pink perform with rainbow-colored scarves. Normally, following this unit are parade trikes, which have been cut from the procession this year.

Mulan's Lunar New Year Procession also includes a group of martial arts performers.

A team of martial arts performers follows behind. Last year, there were also flag twirlers, but this year they moved to after the main float.

More moonflower dancers pass by.

Another pair of moonflower dancers lead the float.

A float carrying Mulan and Mushu finally makes its entrance.

Mulan and Mushu are the stars of the show with the Lunar New Year float. Last year, a trio of drummers stood on the center platform; those performers have been cut, with Mushu taking their place.

Filling in for Mushu’s former spot is a statue of Cri-kee, the cricket character from the animated film.

Mushu waves hi to the crowd as the float passes.

Mushu couldn’t help but give us a wave as the float passed by.

Chip stands proudly on the back of the parade float.

Last year’s float saw Goofy in this spot, who has since been replaced with Chip. Dale follows on the ground not far behind.

Flag twirlers lead a group of fan dancers.

Following the float are the flag twirlers we mentioned before.

The fan dancers swirl along the procession route.

Behind them are dancers clad in pink and blue gowns, twirling with pink and white fans.

Even more moonflower dancers arrive to close out the performance.

More moonflower dancers also join in on the fun.

Parasol dancers bring Mulan's Lunar New Year Procession to a close.

The final unit is a group of dancers with parasols, ready to meet the matchmaker.

Watch our video of the 2024 Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession:

The 2024 Lunar New Year Celebration runs from January 23 through February 18.

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  • Brit Tuttle

    Brit didn't grow up going to the Disney Parks, but had basically the next best thing: the Phantom Manor ride operations simulator flash game and the Disney Sing-Along Songs Beach Party at Walt Disney World VHS. You can email them at brittani@wdwnt.com.

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