The Buena Vista Street preview is starting now.
Imagineers Coulter Winn, Ray Spencer and Lisa Girolami leading the presentation.
Goal is to make a stronger emotional connection like at Disneyland's Main Street.
Want to introduce more characters into DCA.
Buena Vista Street will be divided into sections representing Los Angeles districts and towns, including Atwater village, Los Feliz area, etc.
Carthay Circle Theater is offset so you could be at new fountain and not see the Disneyland train station from DCA hub
Buena Vista Street is designed to tell the story of Walt. Research is showing more and more people don't realize Walt Disney was a real person, they think it's just a corporate identity. The Imagineers believe that it's important to have people know Walt was a person.
Guest comfort big issue in BVS design. Lots of new shade trees going in.
Landscape architects designing what curbs look like, which kinds of trees will be present, where they'll be placed, etc.
BVS is idealized version of Los Angeles that never existed, except for Carthay and Pan Pacific.
The two Red Cars will have different paint jobs. One Red Car will represent the 1915 style and the other will feature the later paint style. The Red Cars are modeled after real Red Cars.
The Red Car Trolley wires will make a "visual cap" that keeps your eyes within the confines of the street, preventing you from looking outside of the area and to help create a completely immersive experience.
Five architects are involved in BVS architecture/facade design. The use of different architects on the project is to help create a look that the street was built by different people at different times.
The quality level, detailing has to be on-par with Main Streets found in other Disney parks.
Architectural compression is being used on BVS to achieve intimacy and desired look and feel. It's important to have the "Disney scale."
Thousands and thousands of hours of work have gone into BVS planning and design work to the achieve authenticity, detail, accuracy needed to make the space believable.
Elias and Co. is flagship store on BVS, similar to Disneyland's Emporium. Elias and Co's facade is inspired by early Los Angeles department stores, but not any one in particular.
BVS is amalgam of Los Angeles stores and buildings, but except for the Pan Pacific Auditorium and the Carthay Circle Theater, none of Buena Vista Street will be a recreation of anything specific found in Los Angeles, unlike the Hollywood Pictures Backlot facades
Mortimer Market will be open-air market area selling fruit, drinks and other small items.
Sunshine Plaza candy shop is moving and will be replaced by a jewelry store, as part of the Elias and Co. department store.
The bakery is being expanded. Fiddler Fifer and Practical Cafe wil be ADA compliant.
BVS interiors will be fully finished. All shops will be accessible via an interior "aisle"/corridor that will run through the shops, parallel to Buena Vista Street. This will be similar to how the shops are connected on Main Street, USA.
Imagineers are working to create a lot of "transparency" for the shops. You'll be able to see through the shop windows into the stores, creating a greater sense of continuity from outside on Buena Vista Street to inside its shops and restaurants.
Tile and glasswork will be authentic to 1920s Los Angeles.
Architecture ornamentation will be heavily featured on Buena Vista Street. For example: Bears fighting over a plate with a beehive/honey will be above the doorway of the candy shop.
Tile work in Clarabelle's Ice Cream Parlor will feature an ice cream motif. The Trolley Treats candy store's tile work evokes the look and colors of Necco wafer candies.
Guests won't be bombarded with characters on Buena Vista Street, but the names of iconic Disney characters from Walt's early career will be present as shop and restaurant names. The character-inspired names work as tribute and nod to Walt Disney's past, but also work as a story element, suggesting that Walt Disney may have been inspired by the places he saw and went to in Los Angeles when creating his characters for his animated films.
Many of the characters won't necessarily be visible/present because many weren't created yet when Walt arrived in Los Angeles.
Big Rock Candy Mountain model will be on display at Trolley Treats. The model is based on attraction designed for an early Fantasyland attraction at Disneyland that would have been built where Storybook Land is now.
Rock candy mountain will serve as a "metaphor" ... The model is not an exact replica of the Disneyland attraction concept. The model in Trolley Treats will feature some working trolleys on it.
Imagineer Ray Spencer says that the largest oak tree that he has ever seen is being imported to Carthay Circle hub area. He says Buena Vista Street will be a "heads and tails difference" from what you experienced at DCA in 2001
Department of Water and Power fountain in Pasadena served as inspiration for new hub fountain. Guests won't see fountain when the area opens for traffic between Condor Flats and Hollywood Pictures Backlot. The fountain will remain behind walls and won't be unveiled until the Buena Vista Street opening day ceremony in 2012.
Carthay Circle Theater will be "home of high-end restaurant and lounge."
New Parade route: Starting at Tower of Terror, down Hollywood Blvd, around Carthay and out to Paradise Pier
Park area in northeast quadrant in hub will be park area featuring new Walt and Mickey statue.
Walt and Mickey statue will have Walt and Mickey with suitcases, as though they've just arrived. Mickey is represented as Walt's muse. The new statue will be on ground with guests, not on a pedestal like at Disneyland. The reason it will be placed on the ground is because the story for Buena Vista Street is that Walt is coming to California to fulfil his dreams just like the rest of us. He's just one of us in 1920s Los Angeles, and anything is possible
Blaine Gibson's protégé of 30 years is responsible for sculpting the new Walt and Mickey statue. Blaine Gibson was the Imagineer who created Disneyland's "Partners" statue.