Disneyland's most well-known entertainment may be the fireworks-and-fountains extravaganza of Fantasmic! and the sparkling parade of Paint The Night, but look beyond these eye-popping spectaculars and you’ll find that Disneyland Resort is home to other live performances that are every bit as magical. Best of all, unlike their uber-popular siblings, you won’t have to compete with crowds for a great view at any of these unheralded gems.
It isn’t every day that Grammy Award winners perform inside a theme park—except at Disney California Adventure, where the twice-honored Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea do exactly that. The acclaimed all-female ensemble entertains guests on the Pacific Wharf pier with traditional Mexican music, as well as some Mariachi-ized Disney classics; their lively take on “It's a Small World” is every bit as infectious as the original.
Most street performances on Disneyland Park’s Main Street U.S.A.—like the harmonizing Dapper Dans—are made to put a smile on your face; the flag retreat ceremony is the only one that may bring a tear to your eye. Every afternoon, the lowering of the Stars and Stripes above Town Square includes a special recognition of service members in attendance, and is accompanied by patriotic melodies from the Disneyland Band.