elves from the North Pole decorated the Redwood
Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure
for the Christmas season, making it a place where
families can visit with their boss, Santa Claus, in
Anaheim, Calif., on November 10, 2016.
the holidays of different cultures is the approach for the
"Festival of Holidays" at Disney California
with the Disneyland Resort decided to honor many of the
other holidays celebrated by various cultures from
November to January, especially with the entertainment
performance groups featured at the festival give voice to
their authentic cultural perspectives," said Susana
Tubert, creative director of entertainment at the
said the resort wanted to give visitors a chance to
sample, through entertainment, many of the holidays this
time of year, with music, song and dance.
Christmas, some of the holidays represented by
entertainment include Diwali, the Eastern Festival of
Lights, Hanukkah, and Kwanza.
that end, Tubert auditioned a number of entertainment
groups to represent the various cultures so that visitors
could "explore diverse holiday celebrations through
the universal language of music and dance."
additional offering is "Princess Elena’s Grand
is Disney’s first Latino princess," Tubert said.
music, song and dance coming out party for the princess,
the character will be available for photos too, according
for its fourth year is the popular "Viva Navidad"
Christmas is the main focus, with decorations all over the
theme park and a special new location for Santa Claus, in
the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail attraction.
turned Santa’s Elves loose in there, and they had fun
turning it into something Santa and kids would love,"
Christmas bit of entertainment Tubert and others conceived
are the "Holiday Toy Drummers." Four "toy
soldiers" parade through the "Festive Foods
Marketplace" as if they are toys, only as their
performance progresses they get less rigid and start
dancing more and more — until recalled to the toy
also helped with the "Festive Foods
Marketplace." Similar to the "Food and Wine
Festival" held earlier this year, she said the idea
was to offer a variety of foods representing the different
cultures through what they eat.
a foodie; I tried 27 different foods and I enjoyed every
bit of it," she said.
of the foods offered include: Southern Mac & Cheese,
Adobe Pork Bao, Chile Pozole and Sweet spiced Kugel.
also plenty of desserts, after all it’s the holidays—it’s
OK to overindulge," she said.
the end of the night there is a new musical fountain show
called "World of Color — Season of Light." It
features a variety of classic holiday songs, as the water
fountains, projections and lights play in sync with the
is the first year Disney is trying this approach to the
holidays, and it is only inside Disney California
Adventure. Disneyland will still have the holiday overlays
on It’s a Small World, the Jingle Cruise and Haunted
Mansion Holiday, along with the holiday themed fireworks
show and "A Christmas Fantasy" parade.
of the holiday offerings at the Disneyland Resort run
through Jan. 8.