As part of the Day of the Dead celebration, an innovative Guadalajara-based entertainment company staged a pop-up theme park dedicated to highlighting the origins and practices of Day of the Dead. Our neighbors and I made our way to Guadalajara before the actual Day of the Dead to take in the park.
We were a little hesitant. The admission prices ran $500 to $1000 pesos or about $25 to $50 U.S. dollars. Pricey for around here. We’re glad we didn’t let that stand in our way.
The evening was wonderful.
The theme park was staged in an actual city park. Even on a Tuesday night, lots of people were in attendance. We waited for about fifteen minutes to park and the parking was free!
Stopping to buy our tickets, we were intrigued by the variety of lights and sounds emanating from the site. Up at the ticket booth we learned that seniors get a 20% discount! Lovely!
And, finally, the grand entry:
There were lots of workers doing maintenance, keeping the park clean and giving information. Others roamed the park allowing visitors to buy wristbands loaded with pesos that had to be used for any purchases made in the park. No money could be used in the park. Only the wristbands, which could be loaded either using cash or, definitely preferred, credit or debit cards.
Displays were everywhere. And photo ops.
There were several stages in the park with different shows. These were typically short productions with music, dancing, acrobatics and lights.
And there were several walking displays. One took us on the journey that the dead take in the stories here in Mexico. Mythical and interesting.
Of course, there was a grand altar at Calaverandia in honor of all the dead in Mexico.
Calaverandia is a reference to the tradition of Catrina, originated early in the twentieth century. The Calavera Catrina.
It was indeed a night to remember.
Of course, there was lots of food available and well-priced. And looked totally yummy. Next time, we won’t eat before we go!
Lots of fun and lots of memories.