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Santa’s Beach Blast
 
“Santa’s got palm trees, sand, games,
music and some very special Disney
guests dropping by, so don’t miss it!”
 

Santa’s Beach Blast at Disney’s California Adventure

Santa’s vacation spot

California is a great place to take a vacation, and Santa Claus knows it.

So this holiday season—when Santa Claus really should be working—he’s taking a vacation at Yester California Adventure park. He’s taken over part of Sunshine Plaza to bask in the glow of the golden California sun.

Santa’s Beach Blast at Disney’s California Adventure

Lifeguard tower 2

Santa’s reindeer Dancer keeps an eye on things from her lifeguard tower. (Who knew that Dancer looked so good in a red swimsuit?) Her view is somewhat obstructed by a sign proclaiming, “It’s so hot, it’s cool.”

Santa’s Beach Blast at Disney’s California Adventure

Minnie’s and Mickey’s surfboards

You know how some celebrities like to hang out together? Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Goofy’s son Max, and other Disney characters have joined Santa’s vacation.

Santa’s Beach Blast at Disney’s California Adventure

Santa’s sand castle

Santa’s Surf Shack is next to his sand castle. So now Yester California Adventure has its own castle—just like Disneyland (but not quite as big).

Santa’s Beach Blast at Disney’s California Adventure

Dance with Santa.

You may have encountered Santa at a department store plopped in a big chair, just waiting for kids to sit on his lap. That’s not what Santa does here. You’ll find Surfin’ Santa partying.

Santa’s Beach Blast at Disney’s California Adventure

Make music with Santa.

The Santa cap is always part of Santa’s look, even here at the “beach.” But Surfin’ Santa left his heavy red coat and trousers in the closet in favor of a colorful aloha shirt and baggy surf shorts. On colder days, Santa might be seen with long red sleeves under his aloha shirt, along with heavier pants.

Santa’s Beach Blast at Disney’s California Adventure

Santa signs autographs.

Bring your autograph book. Not only can you get Santa’s signature, you can also collect autographs from numerous Disney characters.

Santa’s Beach Blast at Disney’s California Adventure

Goofy poses for pictures with guests.

The Disney characters may be on vacation, but they never forget their fans.

Santa’s Beach Blast at Disney’s California Adventure

The Wave Riders

It wouldn’t be a party without music. Listen to the Wave Riders beach band playing Beach Boys music.

Santa’s Beach Blast at Disney’s California Adventure

Even Mickey Mouse!

Borrow a Hula Hoop from a Cast Member, and keep it going in time with the Wave Riders’ music. Or just dance. Or just listen.

Santa’s Beach Blast at Disney’s California Adventure

Groove 66

Groove 66, an a cappella group, sometimes performs on the steps of Santa’s Surf Shack.

Santa’s Beach Blast at Disney’s California Adventure

After dark

Say good night to Surfin’ Santa as you leave the park. Santa’s Beach Blast goes until 8:00 p.m. (if the park is open that long).


Santa’s Beach Blast was an entertainment offering at Disney’s California Adventure during the holiday seasons of 2003 through 2007. It was essentially a meet-and-greet and an effort to decorate Sunshine Plaza for the holidays in a nontraditional way. Five seasons was a long run, especially at a park that relies so heavily on repeat visits by Annual Passholders.


Now, take another look at LuminAria, DCA’s inaugural Christmas event—which lasted only a single season.


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Updated June 3, 2011.

All photos of Santa’s Beach Blast: 2003 by Allen Huffman.