Observations From Disney California Adventure: November 21, 2013 – Christmas At DCA

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DSC01159Hello from Disney California Adventure! As you can see, Thursday was a gloomy day at DCA. This thinned out the crowds considerably, not that it was going to be a very busy day anyway. For those of you that don’t know, crowds react differently to rain here in Anaheim than they do in Florida. When it rains in Walt Disney World, crowds may seek temporary shelter inside a restaurant or under an awning.  In Disneyland most people will just not go to the parks. They’ll stay home or go another day. It hardly ever rains in Southern California, so this usually isn’t a problem.

DSC01161Last week I posted about Disneyland’s Christmas decorations. This week I’ll go over DCA’s decorations. Here’s the tree at Carthay Circle.

Many more pictures after the jump.

DSC01162DCA’s tree looks great and has many lovely giant ornaments, including this fantastic Red Car Trolley.

DSC01163Beneath the tree you’ll find presents and this nice train set. The train doesn’t actually run, but it does make sounds and has a working smokestack.

DSC01164This is also under the tree. My plan is to put that DCA Express logo on a t-shirt, win an award for “Most obscure Disney reference on a shirt,” and retire from the riches that will surely follow.



DSC01166You have to love seasonal live entertainment. The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers are one of the better offerings. They usually do 5 shows a day, so be sure to check them out.

DSC01165Even the Red Car Trolley gets decorated!

DSC01160Wrapping up my thoughts on Buena Vista Street during Christmas: It’s heaven on earth, and I love it. The end.

DSC01139Okay, it’s not the end. I still have more to show you, like Viva Navidad, which is happening over in Paradise Garden!

DSC01138When Viva Navidad was announced I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. You really just never know with these kind of things. But I was happily surprised, more on that in a bit.

DSC01140One of the offerings, dance lessons.

DSC01145They also have a face painting station. I forgot to look at the price, but I’m going to go ahead and assume it’s around $10.

DSC01142Here I am with Donald Duck. For you rare character fans, you can also meet with Jose and Panchito at random times during the day. Every time I walked by they were not meeting, but the CM assured me they do appear randomly.

DSC01144 DSC01146There’s also multiple special food items available for purchase in Paradise Garden Grill and Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta during Viva Navidad. So far I’ve reviewed one of the items on our YouTube page and will be uploading more next week. Unfortunately, the Viva Navidad menu has temporarily replaced the entire Paradise Garden Grill menu. Normally I wouldn’t care, but Garden Grill features arguably the best counter service food in the resort.  A Cast Member told me the regular menu will be back on January 6, 2014.

DSC01147I’ve tried a few of the items now, but the Torta is my favorite so far. It’s filled with avocado and chorizo. It’s surprisingly good. I wish I could say the same for the pineapple tamales. I’m not a fan of sweet tamales, and these did nothing to change my mind. I wasn’t too upset because they also added a couple of Mexican sodas to the menu, one of them being Manzana Lift, which is a delicious apple soda.

DSC01149The highlight of the entire event is the Viva Navidad Street Party, which happens multiple times a day. It’s high energy and features a mariachi band and dozens of dancers.

DSC01152Like I said earlier, I didn’t know what to expect, but it ended up being a lot of fun. Also it has giant creepy paper mâché dolls. What more could you want?

DSC01154Mickey and Minnie also make an appearance near the end. I uploaded a video of the full Viva Navidad Street Party, which can be seen here.

DSC01176Before I end this post, lets head back to Buena Vista Street. I need to point something out.

DSC01178I noticed that there are a ton of different ornaments available for purchase this year.

DSC01186These aren’t even half of what;s available! You’re in luck if you’re an ornament fan. There are plenty to choose from.

DSC01184My favorite is this Red Car Trolley ornament. It looks similar, but smaller, to the one of the tree in Carthay Circle! Ding ding!

DSC01182Other DCA-specific Christmas merchandise for sale. Looks good!

DSC01179Stuffed Mickey holding a tiny stuffed Duffy. Someone will want this.

DSC01181Various Mickey Mouse Nutcrackers.

DSC01185The Christmas Train Set. Basically it’s the regular toy train that Disney sells, except this one has Christmas stickers on it.

DSC01187I’m always on the look out for Alice in Wonderland merchandise because my mom is a huge fan. This year Alice fans have a lot to pick from!

DSC01157That’s all for today. Wave goodbye, Fireside Girls.

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Guy Selga Jr.

Disneyland writer for TouringPlans.com and co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. Also a Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. Twitter and Instagram: @guyselga

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