Disneyland is starting a new promotion for this winter called “Family Fun Weekends”.  It will run from January 14, 2011 through March 6.  Each weekend will have a different theme and will include music, dancing, themed food and of course merchandise. (What would a Disney promo be without merchandise?).  You and your family will also have an opportunity to take photos will some of the Disney characters in attire that will be specially themed for that weekend’s event.

Starting this weekend, January 14th, from 10am – 5pm at the Festival Arena area of Frontierland, Disneyland will host the first of 8 weekends.

January 14-16, Fiesta Disneyland: Celebration of Hispanic culture, featuring Mariachi Divas

January 21-23, Disney’s Kickin’ Country Weekend: It’s a Disney style hoedown with Cowboy Mickey, Cowgirl Minnie and live music, including the band Forth Worth West.

January 28-30, Character Fan Days: Take photos with “rarely seen characters”.  Disneyland will use the recent information that was submitted by the fans via their Facebook character poll to determine the characters that will be present.  Update: Disneyland has announced the wining characters via the Disney Parks Blog.

February 4-6 & 11-13, Lunar New Year Festival: Both weekends will celebrate the Lunar New Year, and will pay tribute to the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures

February 18-20,  25-27 & March 4-6, Mardi Gras: Disneyland will move the festival to New Orleans Square for a jazz filled, food filled, vibrant Mardi Gras event.  Princess Tiana will join characters dressed in Mardi Gras themed outfits.  Guests will have photo opportunities in the Court of Angles.

Keep an eye out here on the Disneyland News Live blog and on our Twitter feed for more information as it is released by the mouse!