Disneyland introduces new experiences to celebrate Asia Pacific American Heritage Month

It’s no stranger to Disneyland to celebrate diverse American cultures, and May is no different this year. The Disney Parks Blog just announced a month-long celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disneyland Resort.

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Earlier this week, Disneyland announced its celebration of black culture with special entertainment at Disneyland and Downtown Disney starting at the end of May. Until then, guests can enjoy food, music, and other entertainment that celebrates Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander culture.

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At the Disneyland Hotel, guests can enjoy traditional ukulele music and take part in free hula lessons at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar. At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Resort, guests can experience a flight in the Nova Brewing Co. At Hearthstone Lounge.

Overnight hotel guests at any Disneyland resort can sign up for additional free experiences, including lei making and traditional Chinese tai chi lessons.

Free hula lessons at Disneyland Resort hotels
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Even guests who don’t have tickets to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure can enjoy free shows in the Downtown Disney District at Downtown Disney Live! The theater. From Disney:

  • Fifa It is a 4-piece Polynesian band that performs cheerful tunes on Mondays and Wednesdays.

  • philharmonic They are a 5-piece Filipino band that performs hip-hop, pop and 90’s nostalgia every Tuesday.

  • topoi A high-energy Polynesian show of dance and drums invites you to join in the fun on Thursdays and Fridays.

  • The splendor of Chinese culture It will take you back in time to enjoy the beauty of Chinese dance, martial arts, lion dance and radiant costumes of Chinese dynasties, performing on Saturdays and Sundays.

At Downtown Disney’s Wonderland Gallery, guests can also meet artists Jerrod Maruyama, Joy Cho, Ann Shen, and Jun Kim. They will sign autographs and share their artistry with guests on May 21 and 22.

If you’re headed to the Disney parks, even more exciting celebrations await! On Main Street, USA, at Disneyland, guests can enjoy a children’s day window display outside the store. From Disney:

While many cultures celebrate this holiday, the window honors the memory of Japanese Children’s Day celebrated annually on May 5 where families display koinobori also known as “carp streamers” to symbolize determination and success, and ornate kabuto helmets to represent the desires of strength and vitality. The window also displays games from other Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific island cultures such as Sungka (Philippines), Traditional Indian Chess, Mahjong (China), Konane (Hawaii Islands and Polynesia), Nei-pat-ko-no (Korea), Kendama (Japan), All of them existed during the Victorian era.

Children's Day window view outside the Emporium at Disneyland
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At Disney’s California Adventure, guests can experience a limited-time Pixar-themed photo session turns red (2022).

Not visiting Disneyland Resort in May, but still wanting to celebrate the heritage of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders? Enjoy different cultural cuisines anytime at Disneyland. From Disney:

All year round, sample delicious menu items such as Loco Moco Bao, Spiced Vegetable Bao and Sweet Lumpia at Tropical Hideaway at Disneyland Park, Kung Pao Bao at Lamplight Lounge at Disney California Adventure park, or thick and fluffy Japanese waffles, Tonkotsu Ramen and Poke Bowls at Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill at the Disneyland Hotel.

Delicious macaroons from Kayla cake
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Which of these limited-time shows celebrating Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month excite you the most? Let us know in the comments.

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