Let’s Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Disneyland Resort
NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 2, visitors to Disneyland Resort can enjoy the cultural experience of Dia de los Muertos at Disneyland Resort.
During this time of year, both theme parks honor this important Mexican tradition which celebrates the everlasting bonds of family who will forever be part of our lives!
Plaza de la Familia
Let’s start at Disney California Adventure where you’ll find this immersive homage to the celebration. Throughout the day you’ll find live entertainment, storytelling, folklorico dancers, Mariachi musicians and delectable Mexican fare.
From the moment you walk through the Plaza’s marigold arch, you’ll know you’ve arrived someplace special. The marigold arch draws its inspiration from the bridge that connects the Land of the Living to the Land of the Dead in Pixar’s beloved film Coco.
Take a closer look via this video:
Speaking of, you will not want to miss “A Musical Celebration of Coco” which is presented several times throughout the day. The show brings the beloved story to life through songs and themes. Led by the charming singer/storyteller Mateo, his troupe of singers, dancers and musicians take you through Miguel’s journey to the Land of the Dead.
We your tummy starts to rumble, head over to Paradise Gardens Grill where they serve up authentic Mexican dishes. Highlights include the Traditional Tamale Plate and Tortitias de Papa.
Here you can also dine outdoors while enjoying the musical accompaniments of Marachi Espectacular and Mariachi Divias at the colorful bandstand in the Plaza.
Arbol de la Vida
Also in Plaza de la Familia be sure to check out the Arbol de la Vida or the Tree of Life. This Mexican icon provides the perfect photo backdrop and is decorated with images, colors and symbols. It’s branches hold flowers, animals and skeletons all connected to each other through the family.
Also be sure to pay a visit to the Memory Wall where you can leave a written remembrance for your loved ones that have passed.
You’ll also want to design your own paper “alebrije” (spirit guide) mask of Pepita or Dante as part of a craft activity. For those unfamiliar Alebrijes are small figurines of fantastical creatures, which feature a whimsical mix of the elements of many different animals.
Ramone’s House of Body Art
The fun isn’t limited to the Plaza! Head over to Cars Land where you’ll find a Dia de los Muertos tribute at Romone’s House of Body Art.
For our final stop we head over to Disneyland park where you’ll want to visit the Día de los Muertos display at El Zócalo Park in Frontierland.
Here you’ll find a colorful display that features marigolds, papel picado banners and traditional “ofrendas,” sugar skulls known as “cavaleras” and an iconic figure of La Catrina.
Miguel from Coco has also been known to stop by this area from time to time.
Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante
Rancho is a great place to stop for an evening meal. You’ll find a wide array of popular Mexican dishes. We recommend you order the Cream Horchata which is a creamy cinnamon rice and milk drink served over ice.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss your chance to experience Día de los Muertos at the Disneyland Resort now through Nov. 2!
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