Disneyland launches yet another off-season festival


A new fun fest geared toward preschoolers and their families coming to Disney California Adventure in April will extend the run of popular festivals throughout the increasingly busy off-peak shoulder season at the Anaheim theme park.

The inaugural Disney Junior Fun Fest at Disney California Adventure will run on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with parades, shows, food, music and games.

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The Disney Junior Fun Fest kicks off just a few days after the DCA Food & Wine Festival that runs Friday, March 4 to April 26 — suggesting the one-day family-centric festival could eventually be expanded in upcoming years.

Disney California Adventure has become the seasonal festival headquarters at the Disneyland resort much like Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida. DCA is already home to a series of events and festivals during the off-season celebrating Halloween, the winter holidays, Lunar New Year and California food and wine. A family fun festival could serve as a bridge between Spring Break and the busy summer season.

Epcot festivals run year-round with often only a few weeks or even days between events. DCA already has versions of Epcot’s winter holidays and food & wine festivals. What’s missing at DCA are the back-to-back arts and flower & garden fests found at Epcot. The Disney Junior Fun Fest geared toward 2-to-7-year-olds is DCA’s latest addition to the festival season that currently runs from mid-September to late April.

“Disney Junior Dance Party” returns to Disney California Adventure after a 19-month pandemic hiatus. (Disney)

The Disney Junior Fun Fest will take place throughout DCA with the main event stage set at the edge of Paradise Bay.

Highlights of the Fun Fest include a cavalcade mini-parade with Disney Junior characters and a Doc McStuffins stage show celebrating 10 years of Disney’s preschool television network.

Alice’s Wonderland Bakery Unbirthday Party cupcake decorating course will stick around for the Fun Fest after its run during the DCA Food & Wine Festival. Disney has not yet announced if additional food and beverage offerings will be part of the new Fun Fest event.

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The “Disney Junior Dance Party” stage show will continue during the Fun Fest. Construction walls currently surround the Disney Junior theater in Hollywood Land while the attraction remains open, according to MiceChat.

Kids and their parents will get sneak peeks at upcoming Disney Junior shows during the Fun Fest.

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