Viva Navidad at Disney’s California Adventure Park!


I’ve updated the following a bit for Throwback Thursday. Enjoy!

To stay in the Christmas spirit I thought I would share this piece about Viva Navidad that I originally posted on December 20, 2015, after visiting the event at California Adventure with my hubby. I recently visited with our middle daughter and eldest grandson and can assure you what was a small celebration a few years ago is now a part of the park’s Festival of Holidays!

Not only has Viva Navidad expanded to include more characters and interaction but there are also food booths and holiday entertainment spots around the park. It’s a terrific way for your family to experience several of the holidays that happen during this time of the year, including samplings of foods from different countries and cultures!

The Three Caballeros at Viva Navidad

For the second year, Disney is celebrating 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 various 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

This year’s event runs through to January 8, 2019, so there is still plenty of time for a visit!

For more Throwback Thursday fun be sure to visit Karen @ Tots and Me.

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