Disney California Adventure Park is Decorated for the Holidays!

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The Festival of Holidays is underway at Disney California Adventure Park across from Disneyland.

While Disneyland is beautifully decorated during the holiday season from November 9, 2018 – January 8, 2019 Disney California Adventure Park also has a lot to see.

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Celebrating the holidays at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland!

Disney Festival of Holidays

Embrace the seasonal celebration filled with music, food and fun for all – November 9, 2018 to January 8, 2019!

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Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party

Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party is happening 3x/day in Paradise Gardens Park at Disney California Adventure Park.

Celebrate with The Three Caballeros, giant mojiganga puppets, musicians and more!

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The Three Caballeros performing along with Mickey Mouse.

Donald’s Merry Mayhem

Ring in the holidays – join Donald Duck and his amigos at the ultimate family fiesta.

Alongside Mexico’s Panchito and José Carioca from Brazil, Donald heads up a holly, jolly, joyous celebration through the streets!

Get ready to kick up your heels at an exuberant bash featuring mariachi and samba musicians, folklórico dancers, some of your favorite Disney Characters and incredible 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppets of Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Commemorate the close of the holiday season with a flurry of fun activities, décor and treats – happening January 3 to 8, 2019!

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Free crowns for the children to decorate.

El Día de los Reyes Magos Honoring the 3 Wise Men

Head to Paradise Gardens for the Epiphany, or twelfth day of Christmas. Celebrated around the world, the holiday is known as El Día de los Reyes Magos in Latin America.

Disney Festival of Holidays marks the occasion with enchanting Latin American traditions the whole family can enjoy.

Fanciful Displays

Peruse finely crafted Magi figures bearing the gifts they brought to Bethlehem, then delight at the sight of children’s shoes, left outside to be magically filled with toys by the Three Kings during the night.

Kids’ Activities

Little ones can have fun coloring themed pictures or designing their own custom crown with sparkling “jewels.”

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Cars Land – during the day.

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Cars Land – magical at night!

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Ali Irvine and Mark Apepe pose with the colorful and under-the-sea-themed garland they created for The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure.

Cast members pose with the colorful and under-the-sea-themed garland they created for The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.

Let’s take a rare inside look at Disneyland’s Resort Enhancement Warehouse with cast members getting the holiday décor ready to be put up in early November.

Meet the Disneyland Resort Enhancement Team – aka Santa’s Helpers!

An up-close look at the beautiful garland that will adorn the exterior of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure.

An up-close look at the beautiful garland that will adorn the exterior of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.

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The entrance into the attraction is decorated in early November with beautiful garlands covered in aquatic ornaments and lights.

Rachel Gibas on the ornament aisle of ornaments inside the Resort Enhancement Warehouse.  Note that one example bulb hangs on each bin.

Cast member Rachel Gibas on the ornament aisle of ornaments inside the Resort Enhancement Warehouse. Note that one example bulb hangs on each bin.

A mere fraction of the ornaments in a variety of colors and sizes that are used around the parks.

A tiny fraction of the ornaments in a variety of colors and sizes that are used around the parks.

Mary Ellen Riva lights up a garland in the Resort Enhancement Warehouse.

Cast member Mary Ellen Riva checks a garland’s lights.

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And, don’t forget about Christmas at Disneyland!!!

DLR Christmas Castle

December 1, 2018: The Sleeping Beauty Castle all decorated for Christmas.

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The Sleeping Beauty Castle at night dripping in holiday lights.

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It’s a Small World is so beautiful at night!

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Over 100,000 lights decorate the attraction!

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One last look:  Disneyland at Christmastime with the snow-covered Santa Ana Mountains to the east.

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Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Caroline working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Two Disney sisters.

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