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Disneyland's Three Kings Day celebration offers Limited Time look at Southern California's Mexican culture

Disneyland's Three Kings Day celebration offers Limited Time look at Southern California's Mexican culture

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I know that it's usually not cool to peek at your Christmas presents. But given that Ephinany comes at the very tail end of the holiday season ... Well, I'm hoping that it'll be okay if I reveal what Disneyland Park has planned for this weekend's three day-long Three Kings' Day celebration.

Starting today, Frontierland's Big Thunder Ranch will be decorated with huge hanging papel picado banners ...


Photo by Alice Hill

... and fresh flowers ...


Photo by Alice Hill

... as this part of Disneyland Park gets ready for Dia de los Reyes. Which traditionally gets underway on the night of January 5th. Where good little boys & girls put straw in their shoes before going to bed. The straw is meant to feed the camels that the Three Kings are riding on. And to thank these thoughtful children for their most generous gift, the Three Kings then place small gifts inside of their shoes.


Photo by Alice Hill

For those of you who would like to learn a little more about Dia de los Reyes and/or are Three Cabelleros fans, here's an interview that I did yesterday at Disneyland's Three Kings Day media preview.

Dia de los Reyes (as you might expect) is a time for family, food and fun. Where everyone gathers together for special seasonal treats like Rosca de Reyes (King's Bread).

And speaking of seasonal treats, Disneyland Resort Assistant Pastry Chef Nubia Renteria showed me how to make a real Three Kings Day favorite.

Doesn't that look delicious?


Photo by Alice Hill

Just to be clear here: Though this is the second year in a row that Disneyland Park has celebrated Dia de los Reyes, this time around this theme park's Three Kings Day celebration is one of the special experiences being offered as Disney's year-long Limited Time Magic program. If you'd like a little more info about how Limited Time Magic, here's an interview that I did on this topic yesterday.

Half the fun of attending a media event at Disneyland Park is getting a peek behind-the-scenes. Getting to watch as the Ballet Folklorico Dancers & the Mariachi Divas stand in front of the cameras waiting for their cue ...


Photo by Alice Hill

... And then - after someone shouts "Action!" - the air is filled with festive music as two of the groups that will be providing entertainment at this three day-long event go through their paces.


Photo by Alice Hill

Just in case you're wondering: There'll be plenty for the kids to do at Disneyland Park's Dia de los Reyes celebration. Whether it's coloring pictures of the Three Kings, customizing their own paper crown with sparkling "jewels" ...


Photo by Alice Hill

... and/or taking part in an interactive Fiesta Street Party which will feature appearances by Mickey, Minnie and some of your other favorite Disney characters.


Photo by Alice Hill

Just be aware that Disneyland's Three Kings Day celebration really is Limited Time Magic. So you really want to enjoy all of this merry mariachi music, those colorfully clad dancers and check out all of the scenic displays that have been set up around Big Thunder Mountain Ranch that pay tribute to Southern California's Mexican culture ...


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... you really need to get to Disneyland Park today, tomorrow or Sunday, January 6th.  Which actually is Three Kings Day.

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  • How is this limited time  magic when they did this last year? Isnt this just something to advertise in a pretty weak promotion.

  • Great photos Alice!  I was looking forward to this but we have to be out of town this weekend.  So sorry I will this.  I enjoyed it last year.

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