The American holiday season traditionally ends on New Year's Day. We clean up the mess, put the decorations away, and go back to either work or exceptionally-long crappy-gift-return lines. But (and this may come as a shock to some people) Americans are not the only culture in the world. And in the Hispanic and Latin American culture, there's more to celebrate. And no one does celebrations like the Disneyland Resort.
This weekend, the Disneyland Resort will celebrate Three Kings Day (El Día de los Reyes, literally “The Day of the Kings”) inside Disneyland Park's Frontierland. From January 4-6, Frontierland will host special activities and entertainment found in traditional entertainment from the Latin American & Hispanic holiday, known in other cultures as Epiphany.
Three Kings Day celebrates the arrival of the Magi, as described in the second chapter of Matthew, to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus. The Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree will be dressed in bright flowers and papel picado banners, and statues the gift-bearing Magi, and will feature music and dancing throughout the weekend.
Holiday treats will be featured at both Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree as well as Rancho del Zocalo. Roscón de reyes (King's ring), the traditional Three Kings Day holiday treat, at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree along with chimichangas and special caramel apples, while Rancho del Zocalo will serve other traditional holiday food such as sweet corn tamales with pineapple and cajeta, bunuelos, and Mexican hot chocolate.
The streets of Frontierland will be filled with music and dancing as well, as various Southern California groups play traditional music and dance the steps of Latin America. Performing groups include the youth mariachi group Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando, the Garey High School Latin Jazz Ensemble, and the dance group Ballet Folklorico Mixteco East Los Angeles.
Even Mickey and Minnie will be getting in on the fiesta! You can join them daily as they learn how to dance along with the Mariachi Divas in an interactive Fiesta Street Party! (See park paraphernalia for times and location.)
All Three Kings Day entertainment and special events are subject to change, and are included with the price of park admission.