The Disneyland Resort today announced that for the first time, it will observe Three Kings Day as part of its holiday celebration festivities in addition to its traditional offerings including nightly snowfall on Main Street USA and holiday overlays for ‘it’s a small world’ and Haunted Mansion.
Also known as Día de los Reyes Magos, Three Kings Day is celebrated in many Latin American countries as part of the Christmas story. It commemorates the day the three kings (the magi or ‘wise men’) followed the star to Bethlehem and presented their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Activities for Three Kings Day celebration will take place from 10 am – 6 pm, January 6 – 8, 2012 around Zocalo Park (Spanish for ‘Town Square’) in Disneyland’s Frontierland. Walt Disney envisioned Frontierland as a showcase of America’s Western and Mexican heritage and this celebration will continue that vision.
Activities will include:
- Visits from Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in Fiesta costumes along with other characters including The Three Caballeros: Donald Duck, Jose Carioca and Panchito.
- Folklorico dance along with musical performances by the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas.
- Bilingual activity hosts will join children in face-painting, coloring, crown decorating and other activities.
- Special food carts will appear in Zocalo Park for the occasion, serving Three Kings Day treats. The seasonal menu at Rancho del Zocalo restaurant includes tamales and Mexican hot chocolate.