Disneyland to Celebrate Mexican Heritage

Three Kings Day runs today through Sunday at Disneyland with a celebration of Mexican heritage.

Disneyland will hold its second annual celebration of Three Kings Day today though Sunday at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland, with entertainment showcasing Western and Mexican heritage, activities for children and food.

Entertainment will include folklorico dancing and Mariachi musical performances by various groups, including the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas, who are scheduled to perform at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. during each of the three days of the celebration.

Other scheduled performances include the youth Mariachi group Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando at 12:30 p.m. today; the ballet Folklorico group the Paramount Dance Company at 2 p.m. today; the Garey High School Latin Jazz Ensemble at 10 a.m. Saturday; the Ballet Folklorico Mixteco East Los Angeles at 2 p.m. Sunday and the Ballet Folklorico de Riverside at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Craft activities for children will include face painting, crown making and coloring. The Rancho del Zocalo restaurant will feature several seasonal specials, including sweet corn tamales with pineapple and cajeta.

Disney characters will be dressed in festive, colorful costumes and pose for pictures with guests.

The activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days.

Three Kings Day, also known as Dia de los Reyes Magos and Epiphany, falls on Jan. 6.

The Three Kings Day celebration is the first of the short-term ``Limited Time Magic'' events that will be held each week of 2013 at Disneyland. The second will be the return of the Golden Horseshoe Revue every Thursday through Monday from Thursday to Feb. 4. The show was presented at Frontierland's Golden Horseshoe Saloon from the park's opening on July 17, 1955 to Oct. 12, 1986.

- City News Service

Charles January 05, 2013 at 01:43 AM
I wish Disneyland would triple admission prices. It would reduce the crowds and the lines. For the rare times (every five or ten years) I go to Disneyland, I'd rather pay three times as much and not wait in lines.
JustUs January 05, 2013 at 02:26 AM
I am a mix of Norwegian and Yugoslavian. When do I get my heritage celebration at Disneyland? I guarantee I will never step foot into Disneyland again until I get my heritage recognized too!
mocker January 05, 2013 at 10:03 AM
And another American institution falls to pressure groups and corporate pandering.. will the latin majority in California do the right thing and refuse this preferential treatment that promotes one culture over the cultures of smaller less powerful real minorities? Not likely. And the self hating white minority will champion this as cultural diversity. Instead of the blatant racist favoritism that it is.. Did we get a Anglo-Saxon X-mas at Disneyland?. No we got a holiday for all who wanted to take part.
mocker January 05, 2013 at 10:10 AM
I am not for Gay day at Disneyland either. But at least that day is open to gays of all cultures and backgrounds...Disneyland always invited us to experience it's fantasy land. You left your cares outside the park and entered walts mind. Now its up to the park to trade its fantasy world for a fantasy belief of an ethnic group. As if latino people didnt feel included or welcome to Disneyland. IT'S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL is thrown aside as we divide even our Disney day into our differences. Its a special interest world after all.
Lady Golfnut January 05, 2013 at 03:25 PM
I'm Native American! I want my day at Disneyland!
Charles January 05, 2013 at 04:21 PM
None of us are "Native" Americans. What's a "Native American"? An American whose ancestors have always been here? I don't think there any of those actually. My ancestors arrived on boats at Ellis Island; yours walked over from Asia.
Lady Golfnut January 05, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Dude, insults are uncalled for. You don't know jack squat about me! Go back on the boat your ancestors came here on.
JustUs January 05, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Charles, do you think it's right or fair for Disneyland to celebrate 'mexican heritage day' when no other nationalities get the same privilege? Do you? I thought America was a melting pot? I thought we were egalitarian? Why single out ONE nationality and celebrate their existence while ignoring the rest of us? I will NEVER visit Disneyland again as long as I live. What they are doing is wrong. They are promoting a separate and unequal society.
mocker January 05, 2013 at 08:24 PM
I'm a teepee,..I'm a tent, I'm a teepee,..I'm a tent. I'm two tents Just relax everybody and stay on topic. Btw good post JustUs.
mocker January 06, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Actually pete I checked and they are going to call it Wilmington-Land. It will be an exact replica all the way down to the rolled up used diaper in the shopping cart like at Food For Less. And an EBT sign on the Main St. KFC
Pete Finnerty January 06, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Wow! Now that's funny. I'm not sure everyone will think so but you know those darn stereotypes exist for a reason. Well I'm off to the bar and then I'll probably end up in the Paddy wagon. I've got a stereotype to uphold.
MFriedrich January 07, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Come on you guys. Don't be so sour! Sing along with me!!!! "It's a small world after all! ..........."
Erick Brian January 07, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Once Norwegians and Yogoslavians work in every kitchen of the restaurant everyone eats at, start picking California's produce that feeds locals and people across the nation, work their asses off for most small businesses who pay chump change, raise our children, clean out bathrooms, clean our hotel rooms.... want me to go on? :P
Erick Brian January 07, 2013 at 08:42 PM
As a latino, I do think it's a bit ridiculous, all though it is nice! Why a latin heritage month? Why is there a black heritage month? Oh, probably because white folks used blacks as slaves and also gave them a horrible living environment, and because they've also picked on latinos and used them as cheap labor, I dunno...


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