DCA’s Buena Vista Street is dressed to the nines for the holiday season! The mood is classy, retro, and festive, and visitors seem ready for all the Christmas magic.
The area’s usual “streetmosphere” has been upgraded to include smartly-dressed shoppers who browse the store windows in character and then gather for a surprising show.
Further down the lane, Elias & Co. has been transformed to feel like an old-timey Christmas movie department store. The mezzanine mannequins are celebrating the season in new party attire, and a new scene features a boy trimming a tree.
They’ve saved the best for last. The round room at the far end of Elias & Co., which usually caters to savvy young ladies, is playing holiday host to St. Nick! The abundance of tinsel, dapper host, and classic postcard framing make this meet & greet picture perfect.
Elsewhere in the park, decorations are fewer and farther between. Hollywood Land has a small nod to Santa near the entrance to the Hyperion Theater.
Cars Land displays the most cheer outside of Buena Vista Street, with many creative trees and garlands throughout Radiator Springs.
Across the bay on Paradise Pier, Viva Navidad is bringing some freshness to the Christmas festivities at DCA. Celebrating the Mexican traditions of the season, the special offerings include food and drink, holiday crafts, a special character greeting with Mickey and Minnie, music, decorations, and new cast costumes.
The dining locations in Paradise Gardens were also in on the fun for Viva Navidad. The Mediterranean Grill had a completely new seasonal menu, while Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta kept their namesake menu items and added a themed display inside the foyer of the restaurant.
Christmas at California Adventure has come a long way since the large-breasted deer lifeguards that used to stare vacantly from towers in the park’s entrance plaza. Now the vibe is sophisticated, curated, and glitzy – with a dash of kitsch and a splash of culture – very much like the iconic California celebrated by the park year-round. Way to go, DCA.