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Disneyland Resort celebrates Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, and Disneyland Resort is celebrating through music, art, and special cultural experiences.

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disneyland - Hula
Photos courtesy of Disneyland Resort

Special AANHPI Heritage Month offerings at Disneyland include:

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disneyland - DTD stage

Complimentary musical performances at the Downtown Disney Live! Stage by Faiva, a 4-piece Polynesian band performing on Mondays and Wednesdays; The Filharmonic, a 5-piece Filipino a cappella vocal group performing hip hop, pop, and ’90s nostalgia on Tuesdays; Tupua’s Polynesian dance and drums show on Thursdays and Fridays; and Chinese Cultural Splendor performing Chinese dance, martial arts, and a traditional lion dance on Saturdays and Sundays. Click here for appearance times.

At WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney, guests can 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 to 5 p.m. on May 21-22, 2022. Limit two signed items per artist, per guest. Artist will only sign the event merchandise purchased on the day of the event (no personal items may be signed).

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disneyland - Kayla Cake

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, be sure to visit Kayla’s Cake in Downtown Disney, a bakery cart and company founded by sisters Kayla Lee and Eunjoo Kang.

Several AANHPI Heritage Month activities and experiences are taking place at the Disneyland Resort hotels, including nightly ukulele music and complimentary hula lessons on weekends at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland Hotel and a sake flight and craft cocktail with sake at Hearthstone Lounge at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Overnight hotel guests can participate in additional complimentary experiences like learning to play the ukulele, making a ribbon lei, or practicing the ancient Chinese martial art of tai chi. Contact a Disneyland Resort Hotel Front Desk to reserve your spot (subject to availability).

Inside the parks, don’t miss the limited-time “Turning Red” photo op near Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park and the Children’s Day window display outside the Emporium in Disneyland Park.

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disneyland - Children's Day window display

“If you’re strolling down Main Street, U.S.A., stop to see the Children’s Day window display outside the Emporium,” wrote Disneyland Public Relations Manager Valerie Lee in the Disney Parks Blog. “While this holiday is celebrated by many cultures, the window pays homage to the 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 for strength and vitality. The window also displays games from other Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander cultures, such as Sungka (Philippines), Traditional Indian Chess, Mahjong (China), Konane (Hawaiian Islands & Polynesia), Nei-pat-ko-no (Korea), and Kendama (Japan), all of which existed during the Victorian era.”

All these exciting experiences are in addition to the AANHPI-inspired dishes offered throughout the year at Disneyland Resort, including Loco Moco Bao, Spiced Vegetable Bao, and Sweet Lumpia at Tropical Hideaway in Disneyland; Kung Pao Bao at Lamplight Lounge in California Adventure; or Japanese Pancakes, Tonkotsu Ramen, and Poke Bowls at Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill at the Disneyland Hotel.

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