New in 2017, Disneyland Resort has introduced a brand new seasonal celebration for Dia de los Muertos in Disney California Adventure: Plaza de la Familia!
Running from September 15th through November 2nd, this all-new event offers live music and entertainment, interactive activities (such as a representation of Mexican folk art), and special decorations to enjoy, all “to celebrate the everlasting bonds of family and the spirit of the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.”
And, of course, FOOD plays a part in the celebration!
Specialty Food Items
Zocalo Park in Disneyland’s Frontierland has honored Dia de Los Muertos for some time now, featuring specialty displays and even snacks in honor of the annual Mexican celebration.
While you can still enjoy those offerings around the parks, a special Mexican menu is featured at Paradise Garden Grill. A traditional Día de los Muertos Pan de Muerto, Mole Verde con Pollo, and Tres Leches Parfait are all part of the celebration.
There is a fun selection of snacks available at Paradise Graden Grill as well, including Elote, Mexican street-style corn!
A Musical Celebration of ‘Coco’
The inaugural year of this new seasonal celebration coincides with the highly anticipated new Pixar film release, Coco, to be released on November 22, 2017. The Storytellers of Plaza de la Familia will share elements of Coco’s story with guests through dance and music. The Mariachi Divas are part of the show which takes place five times daily.
The World of Coco
A special exhibit, The World of Coco, gives guests another opportunity to immerse themselves in the story of Coco by viewing framed animation pieces featuring the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead. A three-dimensional “ofrenda” (which plays into Coco’s story) is part of the display. These structures allow family and friends to honor and remember those in their lives who have passed away.
Photo opportunities at the Mexican Tree of Life, or “Árbol de la Vida” are available for guests at this space which also allows families and friends to remember loved ones who have passed. Complimentary face painting is also part of the celebration.