Following up on my Ultimate Photo Tour of Cars Land Part 1: Daytime and Ultimate Photo Tour of Cars Land Part 2: Nighttime, today’s installment covers our tours up and down Buena Vista Street at last weekend’s annual passholder preview of Cars Land.
When we entered Disney California Adventure for the Cars Land preview, we had the option of stepping through a doorway in the construction walls to talk a stroll down brand-new Buena Vista Street. We couldn’t help but gasp as we discovered the transformation. Certain parts—the entrance area especially—are reminiscent of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but overall, it was like being no place we’d ever been before. And when’s the last time you felt that at a Disney park in the US?
There was so much to absorb, we could only take a few steps before being compelled to take another photo.
I think I could devote an entire blog post to the signage…
… And another to the lights!
Having taken a lesson from Disneyland, the Imagineers carved out a huge space for a display candy kitchen. And if they ever make them in something besides weird fruity flavors, I’m gonna buy out their stash of homemade marshmallows!
Now I coulda sworn that at the D23 Expo presentation on Buena Vista Street they said the re-creation of the Big Rock Candy Mountain was going to be displayed in the middle of the store or behind the registers or something. Instead, they’ve put it in a window, making it nearly impossible to photograph.
One of my favorite trips to Disneyland was the one where I spent the whole day poring over the details in the façades on Main Street, U.S.A. Looks like I’m due for a similar trip to DCA!
When we walked into Trolley Treats, I suddenly felt like I was standing in the Emporio in Mediterranean Harbor at Tokyo DisneySea. It was very weird. It was even weirder once I went back and looked at photos of the Emporio that make Trolley Treats look like a chain store at The Grove. Don’t go Googling… it will make you sad…
It’s easier to shoot at night…
Looking into Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream…
The inside of Elias & Co. (which extends along the entire block) is not as ornate as we were expecting. Disney really embraced the Streamline Moderne look, which is cool, but it felt a little too spare to us.
We were VERY excited to see unique, park-specific merchandise in Elias & Co. We’re sick to death of the endless “character jamboree” clothing with generic “Disney Parks [insert year]!” on it.
But then we looked up and found this stuff …
Can’t win ’em all!
The red car wasn’t actually running that day, but you could sit on it and hear the spiel, which was nice. We were too worried about getting in line for Cars Land to wait, though. Maybe next trip!
Later that night, while Radiator Springs Racers was down, we killed time on a nearly empty Buena Vista Street.
LOVE the natty new costumes on the characters in the area!
Overall, Patrick was a little disappointed by how much less ornate Buena Vista Street is than Main Street, U.S.A., and I was surprised by how blank a canvas the insides of the shops are. To be fair, Victorian and Art Deco design philosophies are pretty much diametrically opposed. So maybe it will just take further examination for us to discover the depth of the details on Buena Vista Street. At the end of the day, it is a million-bazillion times better than what was there before and definitely a place we’ll love spending time.