A Closer Look at Buena Vista Street

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Buena Vista Street, Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on June 12, 2012 at 3:25 am with 14 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  1. I am exceedingly impressed with the amount of beautiful detail that has gone into Buena Vista Street. And the pictures are gorgeous!

  2. SO impressed with BVS. And FINALLY some night photos of BVS!! Thanks!!

  3. Dump the News Boys music.

  4. In some ways, I’m even more impressed with Buena Visa Street than I am with Cars Land (though don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Cars Land).

    It’s just that Buena Vista street fixes so much of what was wrong with DCA. The new first act of the park is now a fully developed place, instead of just a postcard. SO impressed with everything they did here. Amazing!!!

  5. Wow…..great pictures but man this new land is about up to par of Carsland from what I see….Hollywood land REALLY needs to be redone like this

  6. Is Buena Vista Street open now? Can’t wait to see it in person!

  7. Wow! It looks so wonderful! I’m even more excited for this than I am for Carsland in fact. I even got the reference to Lessing and Kamen, but I don’t know who James is.

  8. Wow, simply beautiful, great photos, hopefully one of these years I’ll get a chance to see it all.

  9. Does Mickey have one of those animatronic heads in the newsboy act, or does the different angles of the photographs just make it look like his mouth moved?

    This whole ordeal is really bitter-sweet for me. I didn’t necessarily mind the old park, to be honest. The fact that it only appealed to such a small group of individuals was rather refreshing; once Disneyland got busy, we could always head over the the “adult” park and enjoy shorter wait times and less crowding in general. I understand why the decision was made on a business standpoint, but I’ll really miss the old park (after all, my first date with my husband was there!)

    On the other hand, everything looks really beautiful (for now). I don’t imagine that I’ll get such nice shots once the park is cluttered with people. I do appreciate that there’s a lot more room between merchandise than in the old shops; it should make stroller maneuverability much better. I love the stained glass and hope that it stays in nice condition. Starbucks is exciting (and that tiramisu doesn’t look too bad, either).

    So when does everyone plan on test driving the new park? I’m steering clear until at least October to keep my own sanity. :)

  10. wow Wow WOW! To think my family and I were there last summer and there was nuthin more than the start of Carthay Circle. At last: DCA has something to stroll through and enjoy rather than run through to avoid. Thanks so much for posting such great photos!

  11. WOW!! It looks so beautiful. I can’t wait to see it in person in October. Love how wide open the stores are, should make getting thru with our stroller much easier. I don’t think I have been this excited for our annual trip since our older son’s first trip on his first birthday, almost 7 years ago.

  12. Geez, guys, you have heard of the REAL Mortimer Mouse, right? You know, the guy in “Mickey’s Rival”, “House of Mouse”, the construction walls??

  13. Huge improvement over the old entrance, Its in the details, finally an entrance to be proud of . No longer will it be a race to get thru to rest of the park.Can’t wait to see what they do with the holiday decorations, I would also like to see some fireworks on DCA side of the Land,maybe over Carsland or at the boardwalk like they used to do at boardwalks back in the day.Can’t wait to be able to check everything out up close.

  14. Lisa from WDI was talking to me about the idea that the references and names on BVS aren’t meant to be “an ode to the character Walt created” so much as “a possible inspiration TO Walt for those characters.” For instance, Mortimer’s Market isn’t named after Mortimer the cartoon character; Walt came to LA in 1923 and always stopped at Mortimer’s Market, noticed the mice in the decorative relief on the building, and thought Mortimer would be a great name for a mouse. Or, Walt used to buy ice cream from a little shop owned by a woman named Clarabelle who happened to love cows, which is why he thought to name the character he created years later “Clarabelle.” I thought that was a really awesome way of looking at the back stories of the buildings :)