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Mickey Mouse celebrates Lunar New Year in S. Korea with tteokguk on Disney Junior show

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    This Lunar New Year, the crew of Disney Junior’s hit series “Mickey Mouse Funhouse” are celebrating by cooking and eating tteokguk in South Korea together.

    In a recent episode titled “Goofy Doesn’t Like It,” Mickey and his friends travel to South Korea for Lunar New Year, or Seollal. When Goofy is hesitant to try the local food, his friends explain that calling something “icky” can hurt others’ feelings. They then encourage him to try the food. 

    The episode guest stars Alice Lee (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”) as Ye Eun, a young girl in a hanbok who works in a South Korean folk village. 

    Together, Ye Eun and the cast celebrate Lunar New Year by cooking and eating tteokguk, a traditional rice cake soup.

    Tteokguk mainly consists of broth, sliced rice cakes and additional toppings. Served mainly during birthdays and Lunar New Year in South Korea, the dish symbolizes the gaining of another year of age in your life.

    Catering to preschoolers, “Mickey Mouse Funhouse” is a Disney Junior animated series starring Mickey Mouse and his friends — Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy and Pluto — nicknamed the Sensational Six. 

    Their funhouse, named Funny, transports the group to both real and fictional locations, imparting important lessons through imagination and adventure. 

    After premiering in November 2022, Season 2 of the series has begun transporting the Sensational Six to real-world locations, encouraging their characters to learn more about different cultures.

    The new episode was inspired by show writer Hanah Lee Cook’s travels to South Korea with her family for Lunar New Year. 

    Audiences can watch the special Lunar New Year episode live on Disney Junior on Jan. 22 at 10 A.M. EST.

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