Buena Vista Street and the Red Car Trolley

Over at Disney California Adventure (aka the Mouse-Next-Door), a new entrance plaza is unveiled–Buena Vista Street. Just as Main Street, U.S.A. is supposed to represent a small-town main street at the turn of the century, Buena Vista Street represents the streets of Los Angeles as Walt encountered them when he stepped off the train in 1923. Which incidentally is the year after our house was built.

Anyway, replacing “Sunshine Plaza” (of which I was never a fan), Buena Vista Street is everything you would want a park entrance to be, and more. Like Main Street, the details are exquisite, from the architecture to the window displays, everything is lovingly detailed.

For the preview we entered through a super-secret doorway in the walls. By the time you read this, you’ll be able to walk right in.

Super secret!

You’re immediately hit with some amazing buildings.

Sepulveda Bldg (home of the bathrooms)

Even the lockers are awesome

And one thing members of my family are particularly looking forward to–the Red Car Trolley.

The Red Car Trolley is a real working trolley. It will run up and down Buena Vista Street all the way to the Tower of Terror.

There is a small queuing area

The interior of the trolley is fantastic too. And seriously, it had that “new trolley smell.” Like the new car smell, except in a trolley. Heh.

I really really really really can’t wait to eat at the Carthay Circle restaurant. The chef is the same one from the Napa Rose, and it looks amazing. However, since it’s inside the park, we have to wait until Kevin’s pass is no longer blocked out. So, like, September. Ah well, it will be crowded this summer anyway.

The trolley is fun to board and the conductors are really happy to be running it.

I just really like this picture:

And here’s a shot of the length of Buena Vista Street!

Stay tuned for more Cars Land/Buena Vista Street coverage!


4 responses to “Buena Vista Street and the Red Car Trolley

  1. Denise June 15, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Shelby! Are you going to make Theo wait two+ months to ride the trolley? Maybe it’s time to spring for a Premium annual passport 😉 Actually, it will be crowded this summer, September should be much calmer and nicer. See you then?

    • Kevin June 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Until September, Theo will have to content himself with a trip to the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, where he can ride the real Pacific Electric car 717:


      — Theo’s Dad

      (They don’t have a Radiator Springs Racers, though.)

  2. Jennifer June 15, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to see it in person!

  3. BruinKristin June 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Love it! (and the Cars Land post) Can’t wait to read more!
    Do you think the Buena Vista and CarsLand (and The Little Mermaid?) openings will finally earn California Adventure some Disney respect? You know what I mean? People (not me though!) have viewed CA Adventure unworthy Disney step-child. Happy Birthday BTW : )

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