When I went to Disneyland for Avengers Half Marathon Weekend, I was especially excited to see Disneyland 60th decor, Christmas decorations, and Holiday Haunted Mansion (AMAZING by the way). I had forgotten that ¡Viva Navidad! was there. How could I forget? The Three Caballeros (Donald Duck, Panchito, and José Carioca) are my favorites! We even dressed up like them for Wine and Dine Half Marathon a couple of years ago. And I love anything that celebrates Latino traditions.
¡Viva Navidad! is described as a holiday fiesta for the whole family. Disney California Adventure Park by Paradise Pier comes alive with a musical, colorful, exuberant celebration of the season. Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of a special Latin American Christmas celebration. We were able to catch the ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party. I wasn’t sure if it was a parade, so we made the mistake of sitting at the very end in the quest for a spot in the shade. The end is around Jumpin’ Jellyfish and you can sit on both sides of the pathway/street.
Let me tell you what a fun, burst of energy this was! I was dragging, my legs were tired, I was tired from having run in the morning and lack of sleep. Once the music stared, I was dancing, clapping and having a marvelous time! So it’s not a parade. A big float with The Three Caballeros stays in the middle, so if you want the best view grab a seat there. We did have a great view of mariachi and samba musicians, folklorico dancers, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppets of Santa and Mrs. Claus!
If you like fun, music, dancing, culture, Disney Characters, celebrations, parties, or very large puppets, you don’t want to miss this. And if you don’t, well bah humbug. Seriously though, make time to check out this wonderful celebration! I mean what else are you going to do after you’re done exploring Cars Land? Kidding.
¡Viva Navidad! stays until January 6, 2016. Paradise Garden is decorated with special bright and cheerful holiday decorations, featuring colorful hanging papél picado banners and fresh flowers. You can also say “hola” (not holla!) to some of your favorite Disney Characters. And don’t forget the good eats like Elote – corn served with toppings, including parmesan, mayonnaise and tajin seasoning and Champurrado – Mexican hot chocolate with masa harina. ¡Buen provecho!