Viva Navidad at Disneyland

One of the highlights of being a Top Bloguera for LATISM was to be able to enjoy the holiday spirit at Disneyland in Anaheim, California while learning about their multicultural showcase called “Viva Navidad“. Disney ¡Viva Navidad! is a merry holiday experience inspired by the warmth and joyous spirit of the Latino culture, filled with holiday traditions, jubilant dancing and exciting music. Based in and around the Paradise Garden area of Disney California Adventure Park, the special activities include live Latino music, holiday foods and crafts and the “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party”.

We had the privilege to hear from the Creative Director Susana Tubert, a latina originally from Argentina and now head of Creative Entertainment Disneyland Resorts not only involved in multicultural initiatives but all entertainment offerings at Disneyland about the creative process and all the planning they did to bring this wonderful show alive incorporating the Disney beloved characters and the authentic puppetry and elements of the Mexican and Brazilian cultures. Susana was very inspiring because she showed us no matter where you are from and which is your language you can conquer the world if you set clear goals and focus on what you want to accomplish.

The next amazing thing was for me to able to visit Disneyland for the first time. I remember when I was a child watching the TV show “Tio Gamboin” who was used to bring kids from Mexico to Disneyland. And my dream as a child was to visit the castle and my favorite princess Aurora but unfortunately never happen until now at fifty. I had a blast. Loved every minute of it!

Disney Viva Navidad papel picado and handcrafts at Disneyland #DisneyHolidays #LATISM
Disney Viva Navidad papel picado and handcrafts at Disneyland

When we entered the park was like entering another world, festive colors and the flavors of Mexico everywhere, felt just like home. Immediately you could hear the music since the Disney Viva Navidad party was to start so we lined up to enjoy the fun.

Larger than life “mojiganga” puppets at Viva Navidad #DisneyHolidays #LATISM
Larger than life “mojiganga” puppets at Viva Navidad, Disneyland

The party is so much fun and so festive, the Disney characters participating in “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy in their festive costumes along with the Three Caballeros: Donald Duck, Panchito from Mexico and José Carioca from Brazil.

Three Caballeros Donald Duck Panchito from Mexico and José Carioca from Brazil #VivaNavidad #DisneyHolidays #LATISM
Three Caballeros Donald Duck Panchito from Mexico and José Carioca from Brazil

Alongside Disney performers and the local folkloric dancers that perform in this street party inspired in the traditions that continue to be practiced today in small towns and cities of Mexico like the Carnaval de Veracruz where townspeople celebrate the holidays by processing down cobblestone streets with bands, Folklórico dancers, larger than life “mojiganga” puppets and colorful flags.

Viva Navidad Perfomers #VivaNavidad #DisneyHolidays #LATISM
Viva Navidad Perfomers

But the party isn’t over until you savor some of the wonderful bites being offered in the park. We were told Disney chefs were sent to Mexico to learn about authentic dishes and they put together a delicious menu inspired in the favorite Mexican cuisine flavors such as fresh seafood ceviche with citrus vinaigrette, pozole, chicken mole, street-style tacos, sopes de barbacoa, champurrado, sweet tamales, and my most favorite torta al pastor.

Adriana Martin enjoying Mexican menu at Viva Navidad #VivaNavidad #DisneyHolidays #LATISM
Adriana Martin enjoying Mexican menu at Viva Navidad

Of course I had to pay my respects to the boss Mickey Mouse with whom I shared my joy and and a kiss.

Sealing the day with a kiss with Mickey #VivaNavidad #DisneyHolidays #LATISM
Sealing the day with a kiss with Mickey

And you can enjoy “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” Nov. 13, 2014 through Jan. 6, 2015 in Disney California Adventure Park. Hoping to go back soon!

Disney's California Adventure #VivaNavidad #DisneyHolidays #LATISM
Disney’s California Adventure at Disneyland



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mena & taty

I am so glad dreams never cease to come true for you!!!
It looks like it was an unforgettable journey


We need to rally Disney to do this in Florida. Looks like a fantastic time!! BB2U

Diana Rodriguez

Wow Adriana, que bellos momentos, espero la proxima poder asistir!

Adriana Hogar-Mujer

Que linda experiencia, es mi sueño conocer Disney con mis pekes. Me alegro que hayas vivido en vivo la magia de disney.


La Navidad es más mágica aun en Disney!

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