I think it’s great that DCA is getting more love these days, and holding the Lunar New Year festivities there was a great idea.
Okay, okay, Lunar New Year was like a month ago. I’m busy y’all, and you’ll see why below.
Anyway, Lunar New Year is also called Chinese New Year but since it’s also celebrated in Vietnam and Korea, Lunar New Year is the more appropriate name. I was very pleased that DCA honored all different kinds of Lunar New Year celebrations.
I dressed Violet up in her qipao and off we went!
This was also the first time I successfully got her hair up in a little top ponytail to get her bangs out of her eyes
The festivities were held in the walkway next to The Little Mermaid
Archway to the whole shebang
Closeup (sort of) of a pillar
I loved the Mickey head design.
I kept trying to get a picture of both kids standing still and smiling, but as anyone who’s tried to take pictures of multiple kids know, it was a challenge.
We’ll interpret Violet’s squint as a smile
Probably should have moved them out of the sun or something. Oh well.
The Lunar New Year celebration had some crafts you could do. They were very cool. Since this is the year of the snake, Theo got to make a paper snake.
The helper was extremely helpful
She spent a lot of time with Theo helping him, which he needed but still made him feel like he made it himself
Proud boy and cute snake!
Then he insisted on making one for Violet, which was a pain because I had to then keep her from eating it the whole time.
There was also a lantern-making booth where you colored a piece of paper and then cut it up for a lantern. I don’t want to pick on my child, but Theo is pretty much the World’s Worst Colorer. He doesn’t have any patience for it so he just randomly scribbles and calls it done. I already had my hands full because he decided to bring along his kid camera (a kid-proof real digital camera with questionable quality photos), I was holding two paper snakes, and Violet is a runner so you can’t let go of her hand at all. So, I forbid the lantern. He pouted for a while but got over it when I bought the special (overpriced) almond cookies, that he then didn’t even really like. He liked the idea of the almond cookies, and liked the little white Chinese take-out box, but the cookies themselves? Great investment, Mom.
No lantern for you!!
They had women wearing traditional outfits twirling ribbons. They invited the kids to twirl the ribbons too, but Theo wanted no part of that. I have no idea why.
But twirling ribbons is fun!
They also had special characters. We missed getting a picture of Mulan and Mushu, but we got both Mickey and Minnie. Violet actually stopped moving for once while we were in line for Mickey
After this she immediately took off
She was fascinated by Mickey’s outfit. Unfortunately that meant she wouldn’t turn around for a picture.
Mickey Attempt #1
Mickey Attempt #2
Mommy steps in
I realized later I was wearing my Hong Kong Disneyland shirt. I promise, that was a complete coincidence.
Theo was very impressed that Mickey even took a picture with the “helper doggies”
He spent a lot of time petting them while we were in line
And here’s a montage to explain how I spend my days now. Violet likes to run. She never stops moving. My dad calls her Hurricane Violet. It’s difficult when I’m by myself with both of them to take pictures because she’s usually taking that opportunity to make a break for it.
Making her escape
Theo tries his best to hang on
There she goes!
And she’s off!
She never misses an opportunity to dash
I’ve lost over 10 pounds chasing her around.
Minnie did turn into a more successful photo shoot.
Minnie being non-intimidating
I had to step in again
One of Theo’s favorite parts was taking along his camera. It doesn’t have a strap of any kind so it’s a pain in the butt to carry around, so this is the first time I’ve let him take it to the parks. He promised to hold it the whole time, which means that I ended up lugging it around most of the time. But we might have a budding photographer in our midst! He was fascinated by the Photopass photographer taking pictures of Minnie and begged to take his own picture of Minnie. I lined him up on the other side of the stanchions thinking he could just grab a shot whenever, but the cast member/handler overheard us and invited him in. She asked the next guest in line to hold off a second, then the Photopass photographer moved over and showed Theo where to stand. Minnie posed, and he got his picture. It was adorable.
Finally, we watched a troupe of Lucky Lion Dancers perform. They were fantastic!
Violet was a little unsure about the whole thing though.
Or maybe she was just mad that I cramped her style by strapping her into the stroller
All in all, it was a great celebration and we had a really good time!