From November 2, there are numerous ways to enjoy the Day of the Dead cultural experience at Disneyland Resort. Both theme parks honor this festive Mexican tradition that celebrates the eternal bonds of family and our loved ones that have been – and will always be – a part of our lives.
At Disney California Adventure Park, Family Square is an immersive tribute to the celebration. Here you will enjoy live entertainment with tales, folk dancers, mariachi musicians and delicious Mexican cuisine. The experience begins as you walk through the marigold arch inspired by the bridge that connects the Land of the Living with the Land of the Dead at Disney and Pixar’s “Coconut”.
Not to be missed is “A Musical Celebration of Coco” which is presented several times a day. This animated show brings to life the story, songs and themes that are the heart of the beloved film. Led by the charming singer / storyteller Mateo, his training of singers, dancers and musicians recounts the adventures of young Miguel on his journey to the fantastic Land of the Dead.
Paradise Garden Grill serves flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine, including favorite dishes such as traditional Tamale Plate and Potato Pancakes. While you enjoy the food, enjoy the musical accompaniments of Spectacular Mariachi and Mariachi Divas at the colorful Paradise Garden kiosk.
Also in the Plaza de la Familia, you will see the colorful “Tree of Life” or Tree of Life, a Mexican icon that is the perfect backdrop for your photos. The tree of life is decorated with images, colors and symbols. Its branches contain flowers, animals and evocative “calacas” or skeletons, all connected to each other through the theme of the family.
Make a stop at the Memory Wall to leave a written memory of your loved ones. Nearby, another photographic moment awaits you when you pose with Miguel, who appears in the form of a hand-carved dimensional figure inspired by Mexican folk art. Miguel and his performer appear in front of a beautiful artistic mural entitled “Recuérdame” (“Remember Me”).
You can also design your own Pepita or Dante “alebrije” paper mask (spiritual guide) as part of a craft activity. The Alebrijes are small figurines of fantastic creatures, which present a whimsical mixture of the physical elements of many different animals.
And don’t forget to sail to Cars Land, where you’ll find a Day of the Dead tribute at Ramone’s House of Body Art.
At Disneyland Park, be sure to visit the traditional Day of the Dead exhibit at El Zócalo Park in Frontierland. This colorful screen includes marigolds and shredded paper banners, along with two traditional “offerings,” sugar skulls known as “knights,” and an iconic figure from La Catrina. Zócalo Park is another place where you can meet Miguel de “Coco”.
End your celebration with a stop at the nearby Rancho del Zócalo restaurant to enjoy delicious Mexican cuisine. Be sure to try a creamy horchata, creamy sweet cinnamon rice and milk drink served on ice.
Don’t wait! Make plans to enjoy all of the Day of the Dead events at Disneyland Resort now through November 2nd.