Viva Navidad brings cultural holiday fun as Winter Dreams light up the night at Disney California Adventure

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort

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Published on November 18, 2013 at 5:17 am with 30 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • a-mad

    Viva Navidad looks really entertaining… wish we were going this year so we could enjoy it.

    For those that have attended Viva Navidad so far, how have the crowds/reaction been? We normally eat here because its so quiet and sparsely attended… and we enjoy it as such – but I actually hope this event becomes hugely popular so it will come back in future years. I worry about it being so tucked away that people won’t find it. Of course, it just began… so if crowds are small now – perhaps they’ll grow in size as the holiday season wears on with good word of mouth.

    • ClaudiaM

      Hi A-Mad,

      When I attended on Saturday with my mom, I would say it was about 7/10. A bit crowded but nothing that wasn’t manageable. Reactions we say were very positive.

  • danyoung

    Andy, I like to thank you for your hard work on this weekly update – I’ve been enjoying reading it for years now. But with that said, I do have to take you to task over your use of a word. “The View” is not filming this week. They are transmitting the show live. Regardless of the fact that no one uses film any more – shows are recorded to chips or solid state recorders (sorry, pet peeve of mine) – they definitely are not recording the show for later telecast. I know it’s picky, but lots of people use the term “filming” incorrectly, and it bugs me!

    Thanks again for the update!

    • Westsider

      What word would you like us to use then? “Taping” isn’t an option because the use of magnetic tape has also ceased. “Recording”? But then, to your point, the show is being broadcast live for East Coast audiences, and recorded for an hour to three hour delay for Midwest, Mountain, and West Coast audiences.

      So what word do we use if “taping” is not Technologically Correct now? Perhaps something like “This week The View is at Disneyland transmitting live to the East Coast while it downloads to solid state recorders for slight delay to Midwest, Mountain and Pacific time zones.”

      Yeah, maybe it’s just easier to say “The View is taping at Disneyland this week.”

      • danyoung

        I think exactly what you said – The View is being transmitted live from Disneyland. Now, to get really picky, it’s not even correct to say that the show is being broadcasted live, as in the day of cable, satellite and fiber, broadcasting isn’t that large a segment of the market. But then that’s getting really silly, isn’t it?

        As to stuff being filmed, well, it isn’t. Film is a specific format, and it’s almost totally extinct. Stuff being recorded is much better, and more accurate.

  • WDWorldly

    The Christmas overlay for Sleeping Beauty Castle would look so much better without the unnecessary icicles and garland “mustache” (see: Hong Kong Disneyland’s winter castle: )

  • QPerth

    Terrific update, with a lot of good news regarding wonderful Christmas decorations, and Park Entertainment in Street Performances, cultural shows and nighttime spectaculars! Wonderful pictures as always. Again, Happy Anniversary, these weekly updates are just incredible for the overseas Disney Park fans, bringing us updates, news and wonderful pictures, thanks so very much! -Q

  • JediPrincess

    I’m excited to check out Viva Navidad. It looks like a lot of fun! Also, $17 to skate seems awfully expensive to me. I admit that I’m biased because I grew up in Canada before moving to SoCal but that seems very steep. They are trying to justify it by offering1.5 hours of skating, but who is really going to spend that long in such a small rink. I think they should have charged $10 for 30 min of skating.

  • KCmike

    Sorry but Winter Dreams is not good. Don’t bother waiting for fast passes and just walk up and stand behind the crowd. It was a major letdown for my family and I this past weekend. The Let it Go song is great and the only highlight of the whole thing. I don’t get the GLOW song at all. You can’t understand a word they are singing. What the heck? Bring back the old World of Color and rethink something better. Hell, Mickey and the Magical Map is 10x better than this show!