Everything for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage at Disney World

Everything for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage at Disney World

Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disney World includes special events, character meet and greets, art installations, and New Snacks! We’re collecting everything happening for this extra magical month, called ” A World of Voices” at Disney World in this post. So if you’re ready to honor the colorful cultures of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage then check out everything happening for this special month-long celebration. 

Special Character Meet and Greets

A slew of favorite Disney characters honoring their own heritage for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month include Moana, Russell from Pixar’s Up!, Raya, from Raya and the Last Dragon, Mulan, and Edna Mode from The Incredibles. Be sure to check out where you can find each of these characters in the month of May. 

  • Moana at Animal Kingom
  • Russell and Dug at Animal Kingdom
  • Raya in the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Mulan at the EPCOT China Pavilion
  • Edna Mode at Pixar Place in Hollywood Studios

Live Entertainment 

Highlighting the music of the South Pacific, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disney World includes performances from local groups, as well as Disney mainstays in the parks, playing and singing favorite songs. 

At EPCOT

Available throughout the year, if you’re visiting in May be sure to stop by the EPCOT Japan Pavilion to hear the drummers, Matsuriza. A beautiful performance filled with power and rhythm. 

At Animal Kingdom

Everyone’s favorite band on the Africa Stage is performing songs inspired by Moana throughout the month. Be sure to check out the Viva Gaia Street Band at Animal Kingdom on your next visit. 

Disney Springs Art Walk

Head to the Disney Springs Art Walk to see the art installations across the center, perfect for an afternoon stroll, with a coffee in hand. Be sure to take note of the extremely talented artists. For Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disney World, artists featured include Vietnamese-American artist Thao Huynh French and Cambodian-American artist Andrew Hem along with Eric Tan, Stacey Aoyama, and Leah Abucayan.

Moana Heart of Te Fiti Cupcake

Specialty Snacks and Food

Offered throughout May these specialty snacks bring the flavors of the islands to the forefront. With unique flavor combinations and classic favorites, like pad thai, here are all the snacks at Walt Disney World for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Available May 1- 30, 2024. 

Moana Heart of Te Fiti Cupcake | Animal Kingdom Pizzafari & Restaurantosaurus

  • Moana Heart of Te Fiti Cupcake: coconut cake, pineapple custard filling, coconut buttercream, white chocolate “Heart of Te Fiti,” and coconut crumble. Pizzafari and Restaurantosaurus (Available May 1 through 31; mobile order available) 

Collage of Bangkok Chicken Wings and Thai Sweet Chili-glazed Pork Pizza

Bangkok Chicken Wings | Animal Kingdom Nomad Lounge

  • Bangkok Chicken Wings: Crispy chicken wings, fish sauce caramel, peanuts, and cilantro. Nomad Lounge (Available May 1 through 31)  

Thai Sweet Chili-glazed Pork Pizza | Animal Kingdom Terra Treats

  • Thai Sweet Chili-glazed Pork Pizza: Sweet chili-glazed smoked pork on our thick fresh-baked pizza dough with melted mozzarella. Currently Available. 

Collage of Butter Chicken and Singapore Sling

Butter Chicken | Animal Kingdom Tiffin’s Restaurant

  • Butter Chicken: Chickpea-rice croquette, English peas, young squash, and pickled onion. Tiffins Restaurant (Currently available)

Singapore Sling | Animal Kingdom Dawa Bar

  • Singapore Sling: New Amsterdam Gin, Heering Cherry Liqueur, grenadine, and Sprite. Dawa Bar, Restaurantosaurus Lounge, and Thirsty River Bar (Currently available)

Orange-Sesame Tempura Shrimp with Orange-Chile Sauce

Orange-Sesame Tempura Shrimp | EPCOT Citrus Blossom Booth

  • Orange-Sesame Tempura Shrimp with Orange-Chile Sauce. The Citrus Blossom at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival (Currently available through May 28)

Collage of Frushi, Steam Bun and Ramen Cup

Select Dishes | Hanami at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Food Items: (Currently available through May 28)

  • Frushi: Strawberry, pineapple, and lychee wrapped in coconut rice and pink soy wrap served with whipped cream, drizzled raspberry sauce, and toasted coconut
  • Steam Bun filled with vegetables and plant-based soy meat (New)
  • Ramen Cup: Ramen salad shaken in a cup with fresh vegetables, grilled chicken, and dashi broth with chili oil and yuzu (New)

Beverages:

  • Watermelon-Strawberry Lemonade (New)
  • Orange Blossom Brewing Co. Cherry Blossom Green Tea Pilsner (New)
  • Ichigo Breeze Cocktail: Sake with Strawberry and Watermelon (New)
  • Ozeki Pineapple Nigori Sake (New)

Collage of Spicy Mala Chicken Skewer with creamy peanut sauce, House-made Cheesy Crab Wontons and Pan-fried Vegetable Dumplings

Select Dishes | Lotus House at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival 

Food Items: (Currently available through May 28)

  • Spicy Mala Chicken Skewer with creamy peanut sauce
  • House-made Cheesy Crab Wontons
  • Pan-fried Vegetable Dumplings

Beverages:

  • Mango Bubble Tea (Non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Brew Hub Honey Jasmine Lager Draft Beer
  • Dragon Dynasty: Baijiu spirit, light rum, dragon fruit syrup, piña colada mix, and soda water (New)
  • Lucky Peach: Peach whiskey, oolong tea, honey, lemon juice, and soda water (New)
  • Tropical Moon: Vodka, triple sec, passion fruit syrup, soda water, and white boba pearls

Soy-glazed Sticky Ribs

Soy-glazed Sticky Ribs | Trowel & Trellis at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival 

  • Soy-glazed Sticky Ribs: Soy-glazed sticky ribs with green onions and peanuts Trowel & Trellis at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival (Currently available through May 28)

Collage of Passion Fruit IceOForm, "Hardy Har Char" Siu Pork, Nile Nellie's Noodle Bowl and Mango Float

Passion Fruit IceOForm | Magic Kingdom Energy Bytes

  • Passion Fruit IceOForm: Ice cream mochi, citrus, shortbread crunch, and purple ube foam

Select Dishes | Magic Kingdom Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen

  • Hardy Har Char” Siu Pork: Char siu-marinated pork tenderloin served with house-pickled vegetables and jasmine rice (Currently available)
  • Nile Nellie’s Noodle Bowl: Sauteéd shrimp tossed with a spicy tamarind sauce, picked radish, eggs, toasted peanuts, and fresh-cut herbs(Currently available)
  • Mango Float: Kalamansi namelaka, mango crèmeux, and house-made graham cracker (New) (Available May 1 through 31)

Pork Adobo

Pork Adobo | Hollywood Studios ABC Commissary

  • Pork Adobo: Soy and vinegar-braised pork served with steamed white rice, pickled onions, and a sesame-cucumber salad (New) ABC Commissary (Available May 1 through 31; mobile order available)

Collage of Teriyaki Tofu Bowl and Bánh Mì Burger

Teriyaki Tofu Bowl | Hollywood Studios Backlot Express

  • Teriyaki Tofu Bowl: Seasoned jasmine rice, marinated tofu, yuzu-pickled edamame, carrots, cucumber, and onions drizzled with house-made lemon-tahini chipotle vinaigrette and sesame seeds

Bánh Mì Burger | Hollywood Studios Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

  • Bánh Mì Burger: Grilled house-made pork patty topped with roasted pork belly, pickled vegetables, cucumber, herbs, and a sriracha aïoli

Strawberry Boba Milk Tea Petit Cake

Strawberry Boba Milk Tea Petit Cake | Disney Springs Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Strawberry Boba Milk Tea Petit Cake: Layers of vanilla cake soaked in strawberry milk tea filled with strawberry mousse, strawberry boba pearls, and crushed strawberry biscuit sticks (New)

Mushu Cake Bar | Disney Springs Amorette’s Patisserie

  • Mushu Cake Bar: Chocolate and red velvet cake bar (New)

Bombay Smash | eet by Maneet Chauhan 

  • Bombay Smash (served in a souvenir cup): Coconut, pineapple, apricot, and spiced rum. (Available May 1 through May 31)

Gobi Manchurian | eet by Maneet Chauhan 

  • Gobi Manchurian: Crispy cauliflower, ginger, garlic, chili sauce, pico de gallo, and cumin basmati rice. (Available May 1 through May 31)

Purple Glazed Ube Donut | Disney Springs Everglazed

  • Purple Glazed Ube Donut. Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew (Available May 1 through May 31)

Purple Reign Iced Chai | Disney Springs Everglazed

  • Purple Reign: Iced chai tea, purple ube coconut milk, coconut syrup, and ube syrup swirl. Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew (Available May 1 through May 31)

Year of the Dragon Chocolate Piñata | Disney Springs The Ganachery 

  • Year of the Dragon Chocolate Piñata: Dark chocolate shell filled with dark chocolate-covered candied orange peel and five-spice marshmallows. (Available May 1 through 31)

Adobo Tacos | Disney Springs Morimoto Asia

  • Adobo Tacos: St. Louis pork adobo, taco shell, guacamole, tomato, lime, and micro cilantro. (Available May 1 through May 31)

Golden Spider Roll| Splitsville Luxury Lanes 

  • Golden Spider Roll: Tempura fried softshell crab, cucumber and avocado wrapped in soy paper and sushi rice, topped with diced mango, honey wasabi, eel sauce, and micro greens. Splitsville Luxury Lanes (Available May 1 through May 31)

Fish & Poi | Disney Springs STK Steakhouse

  • Fish & Poi: Tuna poke, kukui nuts, and poi chili sauce

Tako Poke | Disney Springs STK Steakhouse

  • Tako Poke: Octopus, Maui onions, cucumber, kimchi garlic sauce, and sesame seeds. STK Steakhouse Orlando (Available May 1 through May 31)

Pipikaula Wagyu Skirt Steak | Disney Springs STK Steakhouse

  • Pipikaula Wagyu Skirt Steak: 4 oz steak, wild mushroom poke, lomi tomatoes. STK Steakhouse Orlando (Available May 1 through May 31)

Changing Tides | Disney Springs THE BOATHOUSE

  • Changing Tides: Conniption Gin, Fever-Tree Sparkling Lime & Yuzu. The BOATHOUSE (Available May 1 through May 31)

Loco Moco Meatloaf | Disney Springs The Polite Pig

  • Loco Moco Meatloaf: With smoked sticky rice, lomi tomatoes, sunny side up egg, and smoked Maui onion demi glace. The Polite Pig (Available through May 31)

Ube Tiramisu |Disney Springs Vivoli Gelato 

  • Ube Tiramisu: Ube cream with coconut-soaked ladyfingers. (Available through June 30)

Collage of Samosas and Zanzibari Vegetable Curry with Chicken

Select Dishes | Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Samosas: Potato and pea samosas with tamarind and mango chutney
  • Zanzibari Vegetable Curry: Seasonal vegetables with fragrant rice
  • Zanzibari Vegetable Curry with Chicken: Seasonal vegetables with fragrant rice

Pork Sisig with Noodles, Moana Chocolate-Coconut Pie

Pork Sisig with Noodles | Select Disney Resorts

Pork Sisig with Noodles: Citrus-roasted pork with lo mein noodles, onions, peppers, chiles, and ginger-butter sauce. (Available May 1 through 31; mobile order available) 

Moana Chocolate-Coconut Pie | Select Disney Resorts

Moana Chocolate-Coconut Pie: Coconut and chocolate custard, graham cracker crust, Chantilly cream, toasted macadamia nuts, and Moana fondant décor.

Thai Basil Fizz

Thai Basil Fizz | Disney Lounges

  • Thai Basil Fizz: Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, ginger beer, Thai basil, and lime. (Available May 1 through 31)

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Disney World

There you have it! All the happenings at Walt Disney World in May for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. If you’re visiting be sure to take a break and experience this culture. It’s colorful, fun, and filled with meaning. Enjoy!

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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