Disney California Adventure - Buena Vista Street

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Disney California Adventure - Buena Vista Street
« on: July 26, 2018, 04:03 PM »
Buena Vista Street



Buena Vista Street is the first land to greet visitors entering Disney California Adventure. Just as Main Street USA across the way at Disneyland represents Walt Disney's childhood memories of his home town, Buena Vista Street represents California in 1923, when Walt first arrived to begin his career as an animator. Although, it wasn't always like this.



Originally, guests crossed beneath a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge, past some large, gaudy souvenir stores, and into Sunshine Plaza, where the large, golden "Sun Icon" was situated. Aside from a nice little bakery, it was poorly themed and was a lot of wasted space.



In an effort to revitalize the failing park, the new Buena Vista Street was the first part of a $1.1 billion expansion plan for the park. Named after the street in which the Walt Disney Studios is located on, Buena Vista Street was modeled after the Silver Lake and Altwater Village neighborhoods where Walt set up shop upon his initial arrival in Los Angeles.



Architectural styles range from Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission Revival to Art Deco...all reminiscent of the styles from the mid 1890s to the late 1920s.



The area is decorated with tile and art glass, antique lighting fixtures, and other industrial design elements typical of the era.









One of the most ornate restrooms you're likely to find in a theme park.



Much of the signage has ties to the Disney Company's history. The names on this sign were actual company lawyers.



The Chamber of Commerce building serves as the information center and guest services.



The very art deco Storage Lockers building.






Just like Disneyland next door, Disney California Adventure also has its dedication plaque.



Colorful street entertainers add to the charm of the land.



More to come...
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Re: Disney California Adventure - Buena Vista Street
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2018, 05:53 PM »
I really like the Art Deco storage lockers. I've been an Art Deco fan for decades, even before I knew what it was called: architecture, design, fonts- everything. (It would also make an excellent name for a character in a story :P.) A perfect combination of the aluminum lettering against the aqua-colored background with its horizontal railing motif. Gotta hand it to 'em; Disney really knows how to do architecture.

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Re: Disney California Adventure - Buena Vista Street
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2018, 11:58 AM »
While I've always wanted to go to Disneyland, I never had any desire to see CA...until they reimagined it.  We'll finally make it there in early November!

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Re: Disney California Adventure - Buena Vista Street
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2018, 12:34 PM »
While I've always wanted to go to Disneyland, I never had any desire to see CA...until they reimagined it.  We'll finally make it there in early November!
While it still doesn't measure up to the likes of Disneyland, after years of additions and refurbs, it has finally become a worthwhile park to visit. There are still a few areas that are a bit rough around the edges, but plans are already in place to re-do those areas. And the World of Color water show is a MUST!
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Re: Disney California Adventure - Buena Vista Street (Oswald's)
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2018, 11:47 AM »
Oswald's



Guests entering Disney California Adventure are immediately greeted by Oswald's Filling Station, a small souvenir shop on Buena Vista Street.



Themed as a classic gas station, Oswald's offers a large selection of Disney character hats, as well as other standard Disney merchandise.



The shop's namesake, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, was Walt Disney's first animated character to feature its own series. Oswald made his debut in the animated short, "Trolly Troubles" in 1927, one year before a certain mouse was created.



Oswald ears hats are sold here, right next to the Mickey hats.



The shop is decorated, inside and out, with the types of props you'd see at a classic filling station.












This mint condition 1937 Packard Coupe is parked outside the station. That same year, Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was released.




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Re: Disney California Adventure - Buena Vista Street (Oswald's)
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2018, 03:44 PM »
Looks like somebody's sense of humor is showing on that shelf of old gas station stuff: the (very) grease-covered clock with the 'All kinds repair work neatly done' sign next to it. And the old blowtorch right next to all the combustible oil cans.

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Re: Disney California Adventure - Buena Vista Street (Oswald's)
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2018, 03:47 PM »
I have always wanted Buena Vista Street at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since it was first announced. This is still on my wishlist or something similar.

Re: Disney California Adventure - Buena Vista Street (Oswald's)
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2018, 11:41 AM »
i love this building (and the stuff they sell there). Also, in CarsLand...I always loved this sign. What kind of gas is this???

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Re: Disney California Adventure - Buena Vista Street (Oswald's)
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2018, 05:42 PM »
Hahahahahahaha! Love it. ;D

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Mortimer's Market



Mortimer's Market offers a healthier alternative to snacking at DCA.



This open-air market offers assorted beverages, bottled water, teas, fresh fruit, and other healthy snacks bowls. And yes, there's Coca-Cola and chips for those die-hard junk food junkies.



The shelves are decorated with crates of fruit and canned goods with vintage 1920's labels.



There's also fresh Mickey Mouse shaped bread. Or maybe they're shaped like Mortimer, which, by the way, was Walt Disney's original name for Mickey Mouse before his wife, Lilian, convinced him to change it to Mickey.






It's nice to see Disney making an effort to add healthier alternatives to its snack food offerings.
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Re: Disney California Adventure - Buena Vista Street (Mortimer's Market)
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2018, 03:08 PM »
Love those early 1900s (white) coolers with the chromed hardware. As for the Mickey/Mortimer bread debate: I'd say they're Mickey. If I remember correctly, Mortimer looked (and acted) more like a rat; a lot like my avatar, actually. ;)

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Re: Disney California Adventure - Buena Vista Street (Mortimer's Market)
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2018, 11:11 PM »
I love the style of the buildings and the colors. The hidden references are also a brilliant touch of storytelling. Buena Vista Street is something that has continued to inspire me, and I hope to make something similar in the near future.

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Kingswell Camera Shop



The Kingswell Camera Shop is where guests can pick up their Disney Photopass pictures. The shop also sells memory cards, cameras, film, batteries, frames and photo albums.



The service counter. The camera shop is named after Kingswell Ave., the street where Walt and Roy Disney's first office was located.



Ornate chandeliers hang from the high, vaulted ceiling.



A pair of penny souvenir machines sit in the corner.



This photo of Los Angeles, circa 1920's represents the era when Walt Disney first arrived in town.



A display case featuring Monsters University merchandise.



Various antique paraphernalia adorn the walls, like these antique cameras.






Picture frames and photo albums on display.



Price list of PhotoPass options. I do wonder, in this age of rampant selfie fanaticism, if the PhotoPass program will one day become a thing of the past.
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Re: Disney California Adventure - Buena Vista Street (Clarabelle's)
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2018, 03:54 PM »
Clarabelle's Ice Cream



Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream is named after Clarabelle Cow, a cartoon character who debuted in the 1928 short “Plane Crazy”.



Dreyers ice cream is served here. You can also get triple-scooped sundaes & hand-dipped ice cream bars, along with assorted beverages.



Stained glass windows with an ice cream cone motif over the front entrance.



Obligatory chandelier shot.



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Re: Disney California Adventure - Buena Vista Street
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2018, 04:06 PM »
The Storytellers Statue



The Storytellers statue is the companion piece to the Partners statue in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.



The statue recreates a vision of Walt Disney as he might have appeared upon arriving in California in 1923.






Nearby, you're bound to see a performance of the 5 & Dime, a musical group comprised of five working-class fellas from Chicago and a classy female vocalist named Dime.



You'll hear some great jazz as the colorful group performs on the streets of Disney California Adventure at various times each day.



The old "jazzed" up jalopy.



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