In-Depth Look: Buena Vista Street Brings Heart to DCA’s Doorway
If you have any appreciation for Walt Disney and his success story, you’re most likely going to fall in love with Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure. Not only does it evoke nostalgia for the long gone Los Angeles, but it brings to life the story of Walt Disney and the people who affected his life and company. Let’s take a walk around this charming new entrance to California Adventure:
Looking Towards Elias and Company
We already covered the Carthay Circle in a previous post, but it is still beautiful…
The front of Fiddler, Fifer, & Practical, Clarabelle’s and Trolley Treats
Buena Vista Street is charming during the day, but just like Main Street, it takes on a whole new persona at night
Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe Seating Area
The backstory says the restaurant is owned by three singing sisters who performed all over the country
Rock Candy Mountain is in the window display
Love the little trolleys running through it
Train models is the window next door. Fun fact, the store in this space previously (Engines, Ears, Toys) originally sold model trains.
Rock Candy Mountain from the outside
LIGHT UP SIDEWALKS!
These were to allow light into basements
The old Candy sign from Greetings From California has moved across the street
The next store is Atwater Art Supply
And sells mostly cooking accessories, more-so just mugs…
A lot of detail in the shelving
This is a neat bulletin board behind the check in counter
Firehouse Five is the Firemen on Main Street, at this time they were the Firehouse Four…
The Three Caballeros are referenced here
WDP, Walt Disney Productions
4651 Kingswell was Walt and Roy’s original studio
4409 Kingswell is where Walt and Roy stayed in Los Feliz when they first went to Hollywood. They lived with their uncle Robert Disney. That’s why it says to “See Robert.”
Lots of fun references in this one. First Flower Street is home of Imagineering. Also the Hyperion Theater at the very bottom.
The next store is Julius Katz and Sons and sells various collectibles including these great new big figures
This store is themed to an electricians shop. A bunch of fun appliances are up on the shelf.
They had a little fun with the tags
Julius Katz and Sons
A little blurry, but an Epcot reference? Really?
The photo shop is very nice
Even the lockers facade is incredible….
Morimer’s Market is a fruit stand on the corner
Love the old style coolers
On to the other side of the street now, This is Los Feliz Five & Dime
Buena Vista Steet has it’s own Baseball Team, The Buena Vista Stars
Red car Trolley making a stop
Another window in Los Feliz has a few storybooks that inspired Disney films
Grizzly Peak appears behind Davy Crockett
The top of the shelves in Los Feliz have merchandise that actually would have been sold in the store at the time
The store sells hats and generic DCA merchandise
The next store is Big Top Toys and is a toy shop. The music loop in this room is actually from Storybook Circus which just opened over at The Magic Kingdom.
Yes the stores stay closed as part of a green initiative
This is the first section of Elias & Company, the children’s department
Cow jumping over the moon
Here is the main entrance
Chandeliers imported from Italy
This appears to be the men’s department
And the last area of Elias and Company sells jewelry and other accessories
This is the old Candy Shop from Greetings From California, but it has been painted and refurnished nicely
The Storytellers statue
There is a small park outside of Elias and Company
Los Feliz window
Eddie Valiant, Roger Rabbit reference
Officer Percival PEabody from Hollywood Studios?
Oswald’s sells hats, sunscreen, and other things of that sort.
The new Guest Relations building
If those photos weren’t enough, you can take an in-depth video tour of Buena Vista Street at night:
Buena Vista Street has a lot of heart and is certainly going to be endearing to any Disney fan. There is a sense of real community up and down the street, much like Main Street U.S.A. and I think guests will connect to Buena Vista Street just as they have to Disneyland’s entrance for over 57 years now. This is a fantastic change for the park and a wonderful area to just meander around for a few hours. It may have all started with a mouse, but for California Adventure, it all starts with a man, a suitcase, and a dream.