Yesterday we gave you an overview of the all-new Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure. Today we’re taking a closer look at California Adventure’s new main entrance. Here, we go in-depth on the new offerings, with a look inside the new shops and restaurants including Elias and Co. Department Store and the Fiddler, Fifer and Pracitcal Cafe. We’ll also get a sampling of the new food and merchandise offerings found throughout Buena Vista Street. And we’ll take another look at the Red Car Trolley and various entertainment including the Red Car News Boys, Citizens of Buena Vista Street and Mickey and friends in their new Buena Vista Street costumes!

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  • A Closer Look at Buena Vista Street
    Explore Disney California Adventure’s new entrance plaza
    • Buena Vista Street Plaza
    • The Red Car Trolley
    • Oswald’s and Guest Relations
    • Los Feliz Five & Dime
    • Fiddler, Fifer and Pracitcal Cafe
    • Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
    • Trolley Treats and Mortimer’s Market
    • Citizens of Buena Vista Street
    • Red Car News Boys
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[center]A CLOSER LOOK AT BUENA VISTA STREET[/center]

Oswald’s Filling Station is new shop, named after Walt Disney’s original Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Antique car parked at the station

The Chamber of Commerce is Disney California Adventure’s new Guest Relations location

Note the “Disney Bros Studio” door on the right

In the center of Buena Vista Plaza, the California Adventure re-dedication time capsule is buried underneath its plaque

Buena Vista Street’s Red Car Trolley stop

Aboard the Red Car Trolley:

Great vintage-style ads for locations along Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Boulevard.

Buena Vista Street Lockers utilized the same locker facility from the former Sunshine Plaza.

Vintage Pacific Electric Railway route maps are on display in the locker area

Mortimer’s Market serves up fresh fruit, juices and soft drinks. The Market is named after Mortimer Mouse, the name Walt Disney originally gave to Mickey Mouse before his wife Lillian recommended he change it.
Mortimer’s Market sells fresh fruit, juices and soft drinks

Detail on the facade reliefs include “M” for Mortimer and mice

The entrance to the Elysian Arcade is between Mortimer’s Market and Buena Vista Street Lockers. The Arcade runs the length of west Buena Vista Street and ends next to Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream

Inside the Elysian Arcade, Kingswell Camera is the park’s PhotoPass location, sponsored by Kodak.

Across the street, Los Feliz Five and Dime is one of Buena Vista Street’s many new stores.

Gorgeous tile murals

Some great Red Car Trolley-themed merchandise is available here

Next door, Big Top Toys can be found underneath the Hyperion Bridge.

The Elias and Company Department Store is Buena Vista Street’s biggest store and is split into several departments.

Women’s apparel

Men’s

Children’s

And the jewelry department occupies the space that was previously the Sunshine Plaza Candy Shoppe

A nice courtyard to rest in outside of Elias and Co.

The new “Storytellers” statue of a young Walt Disney arriving in California with Mickey Mouse is waiting to be revealed at Buena Vista Street’s grand opening June 15.

Sidewalk lights can be found along Buena Vista Street. These sidewalk lights were common in cities, allowing light during the daytime into store basements below street level.

Storm drains

Benches line Buena Vista Street

Across the street from Elias and Company is the new Julius Katz and Sons and Trolley Treats shops.

A large, onstage candy kitchen can be seen from Buena Vista Street as well as inside the shop

Candy Mountain can be found in the window of Trolley Treats

A Red Car Trolley zips in and out of the moountain!

Insdie Trolley Treats

The back of Candy Mountain from insdie the store

Next door, Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream

Gorgeous stained glass above the entrance

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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.”

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Clarabelle’s Hand-Dipped Ice Cream Bar:

Next to Clarabelle’s, the Fiddler Fifer and Practical Cafe offers some great sandwiches and a full Starbucks menu in a beautiful open dinig space.

It’s really fantastic in here

Nice lighting fixtures and sky lights

Bar seating along windows will provide great views of Buena Vista Street this summer

Stained glass booth dividers

More great stained glass above the cashiers

The full Starbucks menu with prices (click for larger view):

Starbucks cups feature the Disney Parks logo

The Cafe menu featuring sandwiches and soups
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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.

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The sandwiches here are really delicious. Below, the hot roast beef sandwich

…and the Turkey Reuben

The restaurant feautres the full line-up of Starbucks pastries along with a large selection of Disney pastries and desserts.

Disney desserts

Disney’s tiramisu cup

The restaurant features photos and memorabilia from the musical career of the “Silver Lake Sisters,” a trio of sisters nicknamed “Fiddler,” “Fifer” and “Practical”

The Sisters were known to perform at the Hollywood Tower Hotel (look at these gorgeous poster designs! Hey Disney, where can we buy prints of these?!)

In Carthay Circle, the Red Car News Boys take to the streets, singing the news of the day with Mickey. It’s a cute show, even if the background music could use some tweeking to sound less contemporary.

Heading back down Buena Vista Street, Atwater Ink and Paint features household items and kitchen supplies

A window upstairs at the Atwater School of Art and Animation plays audio of an animation class where a young animator named Walt is attending class… make sure you stop to listen.

Next door at Julius Katz and Sons, you can find collectibles such as big figs and collectibles, including this figurine of the new “Storytellers” statue that will be at the end of Buena Vista Street. Price: $155

Store props

The Citizens of Buena Vista Street bring their eccentric personalites to the mix, adding to the rich fabric of Buena Vista Street.

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

Mickey and Goofy pose in their new Buena Vista Street costumes

Buena Vista Street shines at night.

The sidwalk skylights light up at night! Very cool!

Mortimer’s Market

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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  • SpcMtn77

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

  • TodAZ1

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

  • socalkdg

    Dump the News Boys music.

  • Dustysage

    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!!!

  • JerrodDRagon

    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

  • esmetutu

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

  • Disneylandfan85

    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.

  • Android8675

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

  • CrystalKnapp

    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. 🙂

  • kindagoofy

    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!

  • jeannie527

    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.

  • tymime

    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??

  • scarymouse

    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.

  • RumRunner31

    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 🙂