Saturday, 19 December 2015

Viva Navidad at Disney's California Adventure Park!

The Three Caballeros at Viva Navidad
For the second year, Disney is celebrating the the holidays with Viva Navidad at their California Adventure Park. If you wander over to Paradise Garden during the afternoon, you'll find a street party that celebrates the Latino culture complete with dancers, mariachi and samba musicians and, of course, the Three Caballeros, Donald Duck, Panchito from Mexico and José Carioca from Brazil. Mickey, Minnie and Goofy also join the festivities!

Folklorico dancers at the street party
The Paradise Garden Grill menu has been changed for the celebration and features an array of delicious Mexican dishes to enjoy. I ordered the Torta el Pastor, marinated pork, chorizo beans, lettuce, avocado mash and Mexican crema on a soft telera roll and was happy I did. Hubby chose the Sopes de Barbacoa, shredded beef, chorizo beans, cabbage, mexican crema and cotija cheese served on two cornmeal patties. His meal came with a side of achiote rice and both included chips and salsa. Considering his quickly emptied plate I can confirm he enjoyed it.

Torta el Pastor
During lunch, we were entertained by a local trio. There are varous groups appearing through January 6th when the festival wraps up on Three Kings Day,  El Día de los Reyes Magos, with activities for the kids and a Rosca de Reyes special treat.

A local trio entertains on the Paradise Garden stage
In addition to the street party and music, there is a craft area for the little ones and a photo spot where you can get that perfect holiday picture with your favorite Disney character in their festival finery.

Mickey & Minnie ride in the street festival parade
There is a lot to see and enjoy at Viva Navidad, including a giant 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppet of Santa! I hope it becomes an annual tradition.

12-foot-tall Santa