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Disneyland Celebrates Asian American, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Artist Signings, Entertainment, Children’s Day Exhibit and More

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May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Disneyland has some special experiences to celebrate.

In the Downtown Disney District, enjoy free musical performances and a colorful show at Downtown Disney Live! arrange:

  • Faiva is a Polynesian group of 4 musicians who perform wonderful harmonies on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • The Filharmonic is a 5-piece Filipino a cappella vocal group that plays hip hop, pop and 90s nostalgia on Tuesdays.
  • by Tupua An energetic Polynesian dance and drum show invites you to have fun on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Chinese cultural splendor will take you back in time to enjoy the beauty of Chinese dance, martial arts, lion dance and the radiant costumes of Chinese dynasties on Saturdays and Sundays.

See the animations program for appearance times.

To WonderGround Gallery, meet artists Jerrod Maruyama, Joey Chou, Ann Shen and June Kim, who will autograph their pieces and share the inspiration behind their work from 3-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22.*

Or rediscover your joy with a fresh and tasty macaroon at Kayla’s cakea bakery cart and a business founded by sisters Kayla Lee and Eunjoo Kang.

Get into the spirit of the island at Disneyland Resort Hotelswhere you can listen to ukulele music every night and take a free weekend hula lesson at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel!

Hearthstone Lounge Sake and Dish at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Or, you can choose to sip sake, a traditional Japanese drink, by ordering a flight or craft cocktail by Nova Brewing Co. at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa’s Hearthstone Lounge.

If you’re an overnight hotel guest, you can partake in additional experiences: learn to play the ukulele, make a ribbon lei, or practice the ancient and graceful Chinese martial art of tai chi. For reservations and more information, contact a reception at the Disneyland Resort hotel to reserve your free spot, subject to availability.

In Disney California Adventure Parkyou can participate in the limited-time “Turning Red” photoshoot near Pixar Pier.

If you walk down Main Street in the United States in Disneyland Park, stop by to see the Children’s Day showcase outside the Emporium! While this holiday is celebrated by many cultures, the window pays homage to Japanese Children’s Day celebrated annually on May 5 where families display koinobori also known as “carp streamers” to symbolize determination and success, and ornamental kabuto helmets to represent wishes of strength and vitality. The window also displays games from other Asian, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander cultures such as Sungka (Philippines), Indian Traditional Chess, Mahjong (China), Konane (Hawaiian Islands and Polynesia), Nei-pat-ko-no (Korea ), and Kendama (Japan), all of which existed in the Victorian era.

Throughout the year, you can enjoy delicious dishes 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 Pancakes , Tonkotsu Ramen and Poke Bowls at the Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill at the Disneyland Hotel.

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