Holiday magic comes alive at Disneyland

ANAHEIM (News4usonline) – The holidays are here and the Disneyland Resort is making all kinds of accommodations to make sure their guests have the best of times. Transformed into The Merriest Place on Earth, the Disneyland Resort is all about incorporating the holiday spirit. 

Part of the festivities begins with the Disney Festival of Holidays, which incorporates a blend of new food items guests can sample to a different vibe of entertainment. 

Photo by Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline

The Disneyland Resort held a media experience at the theme park where bloggers, social media influencers as well as members of the traditional press embarked on a two-day journey through Disney California Adventure as well as the home base of the theme park. 

The point of this excursion was to showcase what Disneyland Resort has to offer during the holidays all the way up to Jan. 8, 2023. On Day 1, the press got an opportunity to hobnob with Disney executives as they spoke on all the new endeavors the theme park put together just for the holidays. 

The new to-do list to check out is the live production on the Avengers Campus. “The Way of the Jabari Experience,” which highlights the warrior M’Baku from the hit movie “Black Panther” and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, ” is a major feature on the Avengers Campus. The Wakandan theme is all over the California Adventure Park. 

“We have several activations we’re creating that were created for the new campus and really what we wanted to do with Wakanda Forever was lean into the stories of Wakanda to really expand that world,” said Michael Serna, executive creative director with Disney Parks Live Entertainment. “We know Black Panther, [the] first one. The second one, we’re going to experience in the film. We really wanted to continue to expand that story and the studio is really great working with us and giving us information in advance.”  

Shuri as Black Panther in the Black Panther Celebration Garden at Disneyland’s California Adventure. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline

The Black Panther Celebration Garden is a poignant homage to the Marvel blockbuster films much like how the Disneyland Resort has yielded space for guests enjoying “Star Wars: Galaxy Edge.” Adding into this mix is projecting a cast member into the role or character of Shuri, the new Black Panther. 

“We knew we wanted to deliver Black Panther. We knew everyone wanted to meet her in the land. So you definitely get to meet her,” Serna added. “But bringing in M’Baku was sort of the new angle to expand our world of Wakanda.” 

When it turns dark, this is when guests are greeted with a special treat as Shuri makes an appearance inside of the Black Panther Celebration Garden to pay homage to the legacy of her ancestors. Outside of the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” space, the Disneyland Resort is full of little nooks and crannies packed with new food items and a brand of entertainment only Disney has the power to answer. 

Both Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Park offer multiple holiday attractions for guests to enjoy. At Disneyland Park, guests can find entertainment in the form of “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade” and the “Believe…In Holiday Magic” fireworks show. 

Guests making their way to California Adventure Park will see a multitude of holiday fun to engage in starting with “World of Color-Season of Light,” “The Way of the Jabari Experience” and catching up to the Disney Viva Navidad!” Street Party. The Disney Festival of Holidays is full of activities to do and see.      

“The festival of holidays is going to bring Christmas, Navidad, Three Kings, Kwanzaa…those are like all the celebrations that are really taking place here and you can enjoy different phases of the holidays here,” said Disneyland Resort Ambassador Mark Everett King Jr. 

Everett said even though the Disneyland Resort has many things going on at the same time, this will only enhance the guest experience. 

“Oh no. And the reason being is because we are magic,” Everett said. “This is The Happiest Place on Earth. You get holiday magic this season. We’re going to move over back to Disneyland Park. You have the Christmas Fantasy parade. It happens all throughout the day at different times. Check the Disneyland App or at for more information.

“But you get Christmas magic. You see Mickey (Mouse) and Minnie. You see Santa. You see reindeer. So, it’s bringing you into the escapism that Disneyland is, but you really get to partake into the holiday seasons and create new traditions for your families.”   

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