With the addition of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land, Disney California Adventure Park has experienced a rejuvenation of sorts during the holidays. Gone is the beachy-keen themed Christmas of old (and Santa in a surf-inspired shirt…really, I have pictures!) and the decor has instead taken on a sophisticated and elaborate theming that we’ve come to expect from the Happiest Place on Earth!
Here are the holiday highlights for Christmas at Disney California Adventure Park –
Towering over Carthay Circle is a fantastic 60-foot Christmas tree. The buildings around Buena Vista Street are decorated with 1920s-approprate garland and vintage-style ornaments. There is a tree-lighting ceremony each night at 5 pm.
Our last Christmas-time visit included a chat with Santa at Elias & Co. (the main department store along Buena Vista Street). As you can see, my daughter was having none of it!
“a bug’s land” is decorated with giant Christmas lights and over-sized ornaments. This is a fun area any time of year but even more whimsical with the wildly-large decor!
Just outside the entrance to Cars Land, take your photo with a whimsical “snowcar”. Draped over Route 66 are garlands made of auto filters and snowflakes made from wrenches. Each of the shops and restaurants along the route feature holiday décor that reflects the personality of the “Cars” character who lives there. Don’t you love the Christmas tree, glowing with the shine of new hub-caps?! Look, even Stanley has the holiday spirit and is wearing a Santa hat!
Get Frozen for the holidays! Warm up your singing voices at For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration then play in Olaf’s Snow Fest , a winter-appropriate wonderland (Snow Fest is only open through Jan 6th, 2016). You can go sledding on real snow, enjoy special treats & meet Olaf.
I’ve yet to experience the new “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” at Paradise Gardens. The Disney website describes this as a daily celebration inspired by the warmth and joyous spirit of Latino culture and holiday traditions, with festive music and dancing, vibrant colors, delicious food, Disney character appearances and the lively “Disney Viva Navidad! Street Party.” Sounds like a fantastic time to me!
“Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” will conclude with a five-day celebration of the traditional Three Kings Day, Jan. 2 through 6, 2015.
Special holiday food items include sourdough bread in holiday shapes at Boudin’s and homemade turkey pot pie soup in a sourdough bread bowl at Pacific Wharf Café. Elf Mickey premium popcorn buckets and drink steins are available in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
Paradise Pier has a lovely seaside Christmas theme and Donald was greeting guests last time in his snowflake-sprinkled winter attire. I adore this tree, studded with sea-inspired ornaments and a spiralling shell tree-topper!
After its successful 2013 debut, “World of Color − Winter Dreams” returns with several “Frozen” songs in the show. The holiday version of the popular “World of Color” show features classic winter scenes from such beloved Disney and Disney●Pixar films as “Bambi,” “Toy Story” and, of course, “Frozen.” For Christmas 2015, World of Color – Winter Dreams will be shown before World of Color – Celebrate!, so you can actually watch both shows in the same evening!
Have you ever visited Disney California Adventure Park during the Christmas season? Which area would you like to most visit? Share in the comments below!
I recommend purchasing tickets from Park Savers ahead of your trip. Save a few dollars off the price as well as time at the gates.