Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure Park celebrates the eternal bonds of family with experiences inspired by Día de los Muertos, September 2 through November 2. 2, 2022

Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure Park celebrates the eternal bonds of family with experiences inspired by Día de los Muertos, September 2 through November 2. 2, 2022

  • Disney California Adventure comes to life with folklwhererico dancers, Mariachi musicians, delicious food and “A Musical Celebration of Coco”
  • Disneyland Park honors Día de los Muertos with a traditional “ofrenda” near the Rancho del Zócalo restaurant

ANAHEIM, Calif. (September 2, 2022) – As part of Fall’s favorite celebrations beginning September 2, 2022, Disneyland Resort is presenting seasonal experiences inspired by the spirit of Día de los Muertos through November 2, 2022. celebrations include photo ops with the whimsical and artisan Miguel from “A Musical Celebration of Coco”, special Día de los Muertos products, and tasty meals.

These offerings honor Mexican traditions of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a time to celebrate loved ones who have passed away while honoring family bonds that last forever.

Place de la Familia at Disney California Amusement park

The Plaza de la Familia returns to Paradise Gardens, welcoming guests through an arch overflowing with shiny marigolds. This immersive cultural experience celebrates the eternal bonds of family and the Oscars of Disney and Pixar®-award winning film “Coco”. Guests visiting Plaza de la Familia will enjoy live entertainment with storytelling, folk dancers and Mariachi musicians, delicious Mexican food and more.

“A Musical Celebration of Coco”: Several times a day, storytellers in Plaza de la Familia bring to life the story, songs, and themes at the heart of the beloved film “Coco.” Led by the charming singer-narrator Mateo, the talented troupe of dancers, singers and musicians recount the adventures of young Miguel and his whimsical journey from the Land of the Living to the Land of the Dead. The Grammy Award®The award-winning Mariachi Divas are also part of the live narration ensemble, performing popular “Coco” songs. Fun for all ages, this heartwarming tale embraces the courage to follow one’s dreams, strong family ties, and the importance of Día de los Muertos.

In the show, Miguel appears as a whimsical hand-sculpted dimensional figure inspired by Mexican folk art. Guests can have the opportunity to take photos with Miguel when he and his performer appear on a stunning mural named after the film’s iconic song, “Recuérdame” (“Remember Me”), and depicts Miguel’s family in Santa Cecilia and in the Land of the Dead. Guests can also check out Miguel’s keepsake box, filled with keepsakes from his beloved family members.

At the Paradise Garden Bandstand, an uplifting family party features Mariachi music and traditional songs that touch everyone’s heart. The Mariachi Divas and Mariachi Espectacular are two of the bands scheduled to perform on stage.

Fun Activities: Guests are invited to take photos in front of the iconic Mexican “Árbol de la Vida” or Tree of Life, which is full of images, colors and symbols. Its branches grow evocative flowers, animals and “calacas” (skeletons) that are linked together by the theme of family. At the Memorial Wall, guests can add memorial notes to honor loved ones who have been — and always will be — part of their lives.

Guests visiting Plaza de la Familia can design their own “alebrije” (spirit guide) paper mask of Pepita or Dante. Traditional “alebrijes” are small figurines representing fantastical creatures with a mixture of physical characteristics from many different animals. In “Coco”, the spirit guides prevalent in the land of the dead are loyal companions and living representations of these magical animals.

Tantalizing Mexican Food: Paradise Garden Grill’s Mexican menu features delicious offerings such as the traditional tamale plate, burrito carnitas, elote, and a delicious “Coco” cake filled with cinnamon and churro mousse.

After Day de los Muertos in Cars Land

Customers browsing Cars Land will discover that Ramone, one of Cars Land’s “car-actors”, also pays homage to Día de los Muertos at his retail store, Ramone’s House of Body Art, with a traditional “ofrenda “Honoring the departed, but not forgotten, Doc Hudson.

At Disneyland Park

Disneyland continues to offer its traditional Día de los Muertos exhibit at Zócalo Park in Frontierland. The magnificent creation includes marigolds and papel picado banners, as well as two traditional “ofrendas”, sugar skulls called “calaveras” and an iconic La Catrina figure. Nearby, the Rancho del Zócalo restaurant offers delicious Mexican cuisine for lunch and dinner year-round, available through mobile ordering.

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Herman C. Harkins