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The World at Your Fingertips: Multicultural Celebrations at the Disneyland Resort

Each year the Disneyland Resort hosts parties featuring rich cultures from around the world. From Three Kings Day in January to Day of the Dead at Halloween Time, with many others in between, these celebrations always have interesting things to see and do with plenty of pageantry, dance, demonstrations, and yummy foods. Of course, Mickey and Minnie, who rarely miss a festive party, are likely to be there, too, along with many of their friends as well! One thing’s for sure, with so many diverse cultures and traditions represented, you just might see something you’ve never seen before. But whatever you see, you are likely to walk away with a smile. Which serves to remind us all that, indeed, “it’s a small world, after all.”


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  • Three Kings Day 2 of 25
    Three Kings Day
    Dia de Reyes or Three Kings Day is celebrated on January 6th each year in Spain, Mexico and other Latin American countries. For the past two years, the Disneyland Resort has celebrated it at the beginning of January.

    Photo credit: © Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland
  • The Original Gift Givers 3 of 25
    The Original Gift Givers
    Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, the first Christmas gift givers, are the three kings of Three Kings Day. You can find them in Frontierland during the celebration.

    Photo credit: © Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland
  • Traditional wreath bread 4 of 25
    Traditional wreath bread
    This special loaf of bread is called a rosca de reyes in Spanish. Traditionally it has surprises inside. During the festivities, go to the Rancho del Zocalo restaurant in Frontierland, where you can try some along with other Mexican delicacies, like buñuelos, tamales and hot chocolate.

    Photo credit: © Disneylandiaaldia.com
  • Folk dancers 5 of 25
    Folk dancers
    Folk dancing, or balet folklorico, is popular with guests, as are the crafts, face painting, crown making, and other activities for children.

    Photo credit: © Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland
  • Shoes instead of stockings 6 of 25
    Shoes instead of stockings
    In Mexico, children put out shoes instead of stockings for the Three Kings to fill with gifts on the morning of January 6th.

    Photo credit: © Disneylandiaaldia.com
  • Celebration 7 of 25
    Celebration
    Here are Mickey and Minnie all dressed up for the party. The party is a great opportunity to take a picture with them. Aren't they adorable?

    Photo credit: © Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland
  • Lunar New Year Celebration 8 of 25
    Lunar New Year Celebration
    This is the Year of the Snake, and Disney California Adventure celebrated it this year from Feb 8th to 18th.

    Kaa must be so proud! I can't wait to see next year's party for the Year of the Horse.

    Photo credit: ©Disney Parks
  • Lunar New Year 9 of 25
    Lunar New Year
    Lunar New Year is celebrated in Asia and in many Asian communities throughout the world. The Disney festival has included spectacular demonstrations, including Shaolin Kung Fu demonstrations, lion dancers, terracotta warriors and a meet and greet with Mulan. There were also many other fantastic things to see, do and eat.

    Photo credit: © Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery 10 of 25
    Lucky Fortune Cookery
    This year chicken and veggie pot stickers, pork spare riblets with char siu sauce, ginger milk tea and mini-almond cookies were added to the Lucky Fortune Cookery menu at Disney California Adventure. Yum!

    Photo credit: Disney Parks blog.
  • Lunar New Year Snake Bread 11 of 25
    Lunar New Year Snake Bread
    The Boudin Bread Cart offered this giant loaf of sourdough shaped like a snake.

    Photo credit: Disney Parks blog.
  • Mushu from Mulan 12 of 25
    Mushu from Mulan
    Mushu celebrated, too. Be sure to ask him for a pic!

    Photo credit: © Disney Parks
  • New Orleans Celebration 13 of 25
    New Orleans Celebration
    The unique and festive culture and traditions of New Orleans are celebrated during the Bayou Bash at New Orleans Square in the Disneyland Park.

    Photo credit: ©2011 Disney Enterprises, Inc.
  • Chip and Dale 14 of 25
    Chip and Dale
    Chip and Dale are dressed to the nines for the New Orleans Bayou Bash. Find other characters like Mickey and Minnie, Tiana, and Prince Naveen wearing their bash best.

    Photo credit: ©2011 Disney Enterprises, Inc.
  • Bayou Gooey Cupcakes 15 of 25
    Bayou Gooey Cupcakes
    Of course what would a Bayou Bash be without amazing New Orleans inspired treats? Like these purple and green festive cupcakes....

    Photo credit: © Disney Parks Blog
  • Bananas!!! 16 of 25
    Bananas!!!
    ...and these festive bananas foster beignets.

    Photo credit: © Disney Parks Blog
  • Princess Tiana and friend 17 of 25
    Princess Tiana and friend
    Happy meetings are just part of the magic of the Bayou Bash!

    Photo credit: ©2011 Disney Enterprises, Inc.
  • Opa! 18 of 25
    Opa!
    Revel in the rich culture and tradition of Greece in a celebration that spans both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, this year it's from May 25-27.

    Photo credit: © Disney Parks
  • Hercules 19 of 25
    Hercules
    Learn techniques for Olympic events, like discus, javelin and leaping, from Hercules himself.

    Photo credit: © Disney Parks
  • Yummy Food 20 of 25
    Yummy Food
    Satisfy your cravings and purchase special Greek-inspired treats at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, including yummy Mediterranean inspired foods at the Garden Grill in Disney California Adventure. Also, there's a SPECIAL CULINARY EVENT! Celebrate Greece! A Culinary Experience with Greek Celebrity Chef Argiro Barbarigou and Greek Winemaker Christina Boutari this year. Find out more about Celebrate Greece! A Culinary Experience here.

    Photo credit: © Disney Parks
  • A Strong Foundation 21 of 25
    A Strong Foundation
    Interact with the Citizens of Greece performers as they educate, philosophize and guide Guests through the festivities.

    Photo credit: © Disney Parks
  • Day of the Dead 22 of 25
    Day of the Dead
    Disneyland park celebrates Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at Frontierland during Halloween Time.

    Photo credit: © Disney Parks
  • Catrina 23 of 25
    Catrina
    This Catrina was photographed at the Disneyland Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration.

    Photo credit: © Disneylandiaaldia.com
  • The Skeletons 24 of 25
    The Skeletons
    These Skeletons or Las Calacas are on display at the Day of the Dead celebration.

    Photo credit: ©Disneylandiaaldia.com
  • Eat, Drink and Be Merry… 25 of 25
    Eat, Drink and Be Merry...
    Look for festive banners, lanterns, floral displays, face painting and the "las calacas" skeletons.

    Photo credit: © Disney Parks

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