Yester California Adventure at Yesterland

Mulan’s

Chinese New Year

Greetings
Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2004

Colorful cavalcade

It’s more than a meet-and-greet. It’s less than a parade. Perhaps you should think of it as a combination of a “mini-parade,” street performance, and autograph session.

It’s “Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings.”


It all happens in the Golden State district of Yester California Adventure. A cast of eight performers emerges from a gate near the Mission Tortilla Factory at Golden State’s Pacific Wharf area.

Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2004

It’s Mulan and Mushu!

Accompanied by a recording of the “Honor to Us All” theme from Mulan, the procession makes its way across the bridge to the Golden State’s San Francisco area.

Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2004

More traditional than Mushu

Mushu isn’t the only Chinese dragon here. There’s a second one. Four performers manipulate a traditional Chinese parade dragon.

Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2004

Bringing the dragon to life

Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2004

Impressive dragon mask

Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2004

Destination

The procession’s destination is the park’s version of San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, which serves as the entrance to Golden Dreams.

Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2004

Parked dragon

The performers “park” the dragon next to the Palace of Fine Arts. In the shade cast by the mighty rotunda, the procession turns into an interactive session with guests.

Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2004

Learning ribbon skills

Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2004

Drumming

Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2004

Who wants to pose with Mulan and Mushu?

Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2004

Autograph time

Lucky Fortune Cookery at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2002

A third dragon

If just two Chinese dragons aren’t enough for you, head over to Pacific Wharf. There’s another dragon near the original Lucky Fortune Cookery.


“Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings” premiered in early April 2004 at Disney’s California Adventure.

April? Isn’t Chinese New Year (also referred to as Lunar New Year) in January or February?

Yes. In 2004, Chinese New Year’s Day was on January 22. It was the year of the monkey—year 4702 on the Chinese lunar calendar.

Disney’s cavalcade wasn’t really a celebration of the Chinese New Year. It was part of an effort to add more Disney characters to the three-year park as the summer season approached.

The cavalcade in 2004 was based on the 1998 Disney feature Mulan from Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida. In January 2004, The Walt Disney Company announced that it was shuttering the Florida animation studio. Disney’s Florida animators received their final paychecks on March 19, 2004—coincidentally just a few weeks before the launch of “Mulan’s Chinese New Year Greetings.”

The small procession in 2004 should not be confused with the Mulan Parade at Disneyland Park in 1998 and 1999.

The parks of the Disneyland Resort now have a Happy Lunar New Year Celebration each year. In 2012, it was at Disneyland Park. In 2013, it was at Disney California Adventure from February 8 to 11, ostensibly as part of “Limited Time Magic.” Mulan is part of the celebration, and so are Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese musicians and dancers.


Click here to post comments at MiceChat about this article.


Rizzo’s Prop & Pawn Shop
Disney’s Electrical Parade
Home


© 2013-2014 Werner Weiss — Disclaimers, Copyright, and Trademarks

Updated March 21, 2014.