Beginning June 15, Disney California Adventure will welcome park guests with a journey through history along Buena Vista Street. The all-new Buena Vista Street recreates the excitement and optimism of the 1920s Los Angeles that Walt Disney experienced when he arrived by train in 1923. On Buena Vista Street, guests will find a variety of shops and restaurants, board a Red Car Trolley and meet various citizens of Buena Vista Street. Today we share a sneak peek overview of the new land and its various offerings including restaurants and entertainment.

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  • A Trip Down Buena Vista Street
    Explore Disney California Adventure’s new entrance plaza
    • A look at Buena Vista Street
    • The Red Car Trolley
    • Citizens of Buena Vista Street
    • Red Car News Boys
    • Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe

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Buena Vista Street is a warm, welcoming and beautiful new first act for Disney California Adventure. A stark contrast to its Sunshine Plaza predecessor, Buena Vista Street offers excellently-themed shopping and dining experiences and fantastic new entertainment in an immersive environment.

Oswald’s sells sundries and car accessories.

The Chamber of Commerce will be the new home for California Adventure’s Guest Relations and First Aid

Los Feliz Five and Dime offers apparel and Red Car Trolley souvenirs

The new Red Car Trolley provides transportation through Buena Vista Street and into Hollywood Land, making four stops along the way.

The Red Cars are gorgeous and a lot of fun to ride, offering a leisurely trip through the new entrance plaza.

The Red Car Trolley operated briefly during Saturday’s preview event. Take a ride on the Trolley in our video below:

Mortimer’s Market sells fresh fruit, juices and soft drinks

The new facade for the Buena Vista Street restrooms

The Citizens of Buena Vista Street bring their eccentric personalties to town, giving the street lively character and playful guest interaction.

Each of the citizens has their own unique story — and they’ll be happy to share it with you!

Elias and Company is the largest retail space on Buena Vista Street; the equivalent of Disneyland’s Main Street Emporium.

A lovely landscaped plaza in front of Elias and Co.

The Red Car News Boys take to Buena Vista Street aboard a Red Car Trolley, performing some period tunes

We’ve got a video clip from their performance during Saturday’s preview event.

Mickey joins the News Boys

The area around the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe and Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream features plenty of shade and outdoor seating.

The Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe is the first Starbucks loction to open inside a Disney theme park.

The Practical Cafe’s 134-seat dining room is really gorgeous and open.


Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe
Hot Sandwiches
Served with pickle and house chips

  • Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich – $9.69
    Tender roast beef, creamy horseradish sauce, cheddar cheese sauce on a garlic-chive bun.
  • Turkey Rueben Sandwich– $9.69
    Turkey, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and signature sauce on rye bread.
  • Paneer & Roasted Vegetable Sandwich – $8.99
    Marinated paneer cheese, roasted vegetables and spicy tomato sauce on toasted garlic naan bread.

Cold Sandwiches
Served with pickle and house chips

  • Salami Royale Sandwich – $8.99
    Layers of salami, fennel salami, sopressata, provolone and asiago cheeses, pepperoncini, red onions and olive tapenade on ciabatta bread.

Soup of the Day – $5.49
Two soups offered daily.


Next door, Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream:

Gorgeous lighting fixtures with Clarabelle’s beautiful stained glass in the background


Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
Scoops and Cups

  • Regular Cone/Cup
    Single Scoop $3.69 / Double Scoop $4.19
  • Waffle Cone/Cup
    Single Scoop $4.19 / Double Scoop $4.79
  • Dipped Waffle Cone/Cup
    Chocolate or chocolate with sprinkles
    Single Scoop $4.69 / Double Scoop $5.19
  • Ice Cream Flavors
    Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies and Cream, Mocha Almond Fudge, Chocolate Chip, Butter Pecan (No sugar added).

Hand-Dipped Ice Cream Bars – $4.99

  • Choose Your Bar: Vanilla Bean, Cocolate or Mixed Berry Sorbet
  • Choose Your Bar: Vanilla Bean, Cocolate or Mixed Berry Sorbet
  • Choose Your Chocolate: Milk or Dark
  • Choose Your Topping: Chocolate Chip Morsels, Confetti Mickeys, Blue Raspberry Bursts, Rainbow Sprinkles or “The Whole Herd.”


Trolley Treats:

At night, Buena Vista Street lights up beautifully

For more on Buena Vista Street, including additional photos, video, reviews and more, visit our special guide to Bunea Vista Street. Click here!

Okay, that’s it for our overview of California Adventure’s all-new Buena Vista Street! We’ll be continuing with more in-depth coverage of California Adventure’s new offerings throughout the week, so be sure to keep checking back!

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  • mratigan

    It is great went yesterday

  • Fishbulb

    Buena Vista Street is one of my new favorite places in the entire resort. Aside from having a Starbucks it has a real sense of place and wonderful places to perch and people watch. Great place.

  • xalesa

    It looks amazing!!

  • StevenW

    It looks great. The plaza evokes The Grove. I love the gas station. Why no interior shots of Elias and Company?

  • Walt Fan

    I can’t believe there is no Radiator Springs coverage in todays Dateline!?! BVS looks nice though.

  • DisW

    I’m relieved that there actually is a grade difference between the level of the sidewalks and the street and curb in major parts of Buena Vista. I previously assumed incorrectly that the entire street was like the portion around Oswald’s and the nearby town square. Why the planners chose to place the “gas station” and center landscaped plaza on the same grade with the street is a puzzle to me. The visual imprint of a “curb” ruins part of the illusion. So that was done so crowds of people streaming around there, particularly around closing time, would be less likely to trip and fall?

    But that’s a small quibble when the new entryway is light years better than the original setting.

  • Mickey777

    OMG that’s my name plastered over the new restrooms on BVS. I’m geeking out. Who needs a brick in the esplanade when you’ve got a building in DCA?! Personally epic.

  • Tinkbelle

    Fantastic pictures of Buena Vista Street and Carsland. I can’t wait to experience it all in person. Did you get any shots of the general view of BVS at night?

    I really do not like this new format for articles so far though…. It was so much simpler before and not so busy at the top of the page.

  • Geezer

    Is it just me….or am I getting old?
    I don’t want to rain on the parade but I find the music in the Newsies video to be completely out of theme. They spend so much time and money to create a very nice looking 30s themed street and then miss the point by adding a live show with old tunes performed to a modern heavy dance beat. Do they feel that their audience is incapable of appreciating music from the correct period?

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  • SamBuddy

    Thank you for this article.

    I think the car in front of Oswald’s is a 1937 Packard Business Coupe.

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