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
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.
Next, a trio of dancers dressed to resemble moonflowers swirl and twirl by.
Behind them is a team of dragon dancers, who carry a large blue and gold dragon puppet above their heads.
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.
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.
Another pair of moonflower dancers lead the float.
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 couldn’t help but give us a wave as the float passed by.
Last year’s float saw Goofy in this spot, who has since been replaced with Chip. Dale follows on the ground not far behind.
Following the float are the flag twirlers we mentioned before.
Behind them are dancers clad in pink and blue gowns, twirling with pink and white fans.
More moonflower dancers also join in on the fun.
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.