I took a quick trip to the Disneyland Resort today and captured a few photos from both Downtown Disney and Disney California Adventure.
I was at the Disneyland Resort this afternoon and captured some newsworthy photos from all around the resort to share.
Tim Alcoser was at the Disneyland Resort this past weekend and got some pictures around the resort as the holidays begin at the parks.
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From Shawn Slater on the Disney Parks Blog:
Buena Vista Street is filled with dreams of a bright future for all, and this Yuletide season promises to be even brighter as this happy, bustling community celebrates its first Christmas with joyous new traditions.
Shopkeepers up and down the street have decorated for the holidays, but inside the lavish Elias & Co. department store, they’ve gone all out to create a winter wonderland for the arrival of Santa Claus. Here, wide-eyed children may take a seat alongside the jolly old elf to share with him their fondest wishes for Christmas morning.
Another new idea really struck a chord after a holiday committee meeting of the Buena Vista Street Chamber of Commerce. Wishing to serve their community, eight individuals decided to form a volunteer holiday troupe, calling themselves the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers. Acting as a spirited, traveling “welcome wagon” to anyone visiting this friendly neighborhood, the Bell Ringers take their festive cheer to the street, encouraging others to join in spontaneous ring-along sing-alongs of familiar holiday tunes.
As dusk falls each evening, the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers will gather in Carthay Circle with their fellow Citizens of Buena Vista Street. The sound of bells rings out, and everyone is invited to join together in the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree, wishing goodwill and joy to one and all!
You’re all invited to come join in the merriment, November 12 through January 6, at Disney California Adventurepark.
We’re happy to announce the release of issue 16 of WDWNT: The Magazine. This is clearly turning out to be the Summer of Disney. Although the calendar may not agree, the Disney Summer kicked off with The Avengers, and now hits the highest of high points with the opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street. The transformation of Disney California Adventure has been nothing short of spectacular, and it’s given us fans something to enjoy for years to come.
With that in mind, this issue summarizes WDWNT’s coverage of the Grand Re-Opening of DCA. We also take the opportunity to look at some of Disney’s other large projects, such as the newest DVC resort, Aulani, and Pixar’s latest film, Brave. We also cover a diverse range of other topics such as Disney voice actors, a look at a Disney Wedding, ticket prices over the years, attempting the ultimate Avengers marathon, and finally, a look at the tremendous work being done by Give Kids the World.
We hope that you will find the articles within both entertaining and educational. If you have any suggestions or feedback, we are always happy to hear from our readers. Just send an email to WDWNTthemagazine@wdwnt.com and share your thoughts.
As a reminder, the magazine is available in digital form from our website (http://www.wdwntthemagazine.com) or in printed form from MagCloud (http://www.magcloud.com). If you like what you read, please share it with your friends.
If you have any appreciation for Walt Disney and his success story, you’re most likely going to fall in love with Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure. Not only does it evoke nostalgia for the long gone Los Angeles, but it brings to life the story of Walt Disney and the people who affected his life and company. Let’s take a walk around this charming new entrance to California Adventure:
Looking Towards Elias and Company
We already covered the Carthay Circle in a previous post, but it is still beautiful…
The front of Fiddler, Fifer, & Practical, Clarabelle’s and Trolley Treats
Buena Vista Street is charming during the day, but just like Main Street, it takes on a whole new persona at night
Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe Seating Area
The backstory says the restaurant is owned by three singing sisters who performed all over the country
Rock Candy Mountain is in the window display
Love the little trolleys running through it
Train models is the window next door. Fun fact, the store in this space previously (Engines, Ears, Toys) originally sold model trains.
Rock Candy Mountain from the outside
LIGHT UP SIDEWALKS!
These were to allow light into basements
The old Candy sign from Greetings From California has moved across the street
The next store is Atwater Art Supply
And sells mostly cooking accessories, more-so just mugs…
A lot of detail in the shelving
This is a neat bulletin board behind the check in counter
Firehouse Five is the Firemen on Main Street, at this time they were the Firehouse Four…
The Three Caballeros are referenced here
WDP, Walt Disney Productions
4651 Kingswell was Walt and Roy’s original studio
4409 Kingswell is where Walt and Roy stayed in Los Feliz when they first went to Hollywood. They lived with their uncle Robert Disney. That’s why it says to “See Robert.”
Lots of fun references in this one. First Flower Street is home of Imagineering. Also the Hyperion Theater at the very bottom.
The next store is Julius Katz and Sons and sells various collectibles including these great new big figures
This store is themed to an electricians shop. A bunch of fun appliances are up on the shelf.
They had a little fun with the tags
Julius Katz and Sons
A little blurry, but an Epcot reference? Really?
The photo shop is very nice
Even the lockers facade is incredible….
Morimer’s Market is a fruit stand on the corner
Love the old style coolers
On to the other side of the street now, This is Los Feliz Five & Dime
Buena Vista Steet has it’s own Baseball Team, The Buena Vista Stars
Red car Trolley making a stop
Another window in Los Feliz has a few storybooks that inspired Disney films
Grizzly Peak appears behind Davy Crockett
The top of the shelves in Los Feliz have merchandise that actually would have been sold in the store at the time
The store sells hats and generic DCA merchandise
The next store is Big Top Toys and is a toy shop. The music loop in this room is actually from Storybook Circus which just opened over at The Magic Kingdom.
Yes the stores stay closed as part of a green initiative
This is the first section of Elias & Company, the children’s department
Cow jumping over the moon
Here is the main entrance
Chandeliers imported from Italy
This appears to be the men’s department
And the last area of Elias and Company sells jewelry and other accessories
This is the old Candy Shop from Greetings From California, but it has been painted and refurnished nicely
The Storytellers statue
There is a small park outside of Elias and Company
Los Feliz window
Eddie Valiant, Roger Rabbit reference
Officer Percival PEabody from Hollywood Studios?
Oswald’s sells hats, sunscreen, and other things of that sort.
The new Guest Relations building
If those photos weren’t enough, you can take an in-depth video tour of Buena Vista Street at night:
Buena Vista Street has a lot of heart and is certainly going to be endearing to any Disney fan. There is a sense of real community up and down the street, much like Main Street U.S.A. and I think guests will connect to Buena Vista Street just as they have to Disneyland’s entrance for over 57 years now. This is a fantastic change for the park and a wonderful area to just meander around for a few hours. It may have all started with a mouse, but for California Adventure, it all starts with a man, a suitcase, and a dream.
Disney California Adventure has a new icon and it’s the beautiful Carthay Circle Theater. While the real Carthay Circle Theater that housed the world premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is long gone, this new theater houses the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge. If you want to hear a full review of the menu for both, you can head on over to the latest Disneyland News Today Podcast, but for this report, we’ll just be taking a look inside and out of this gorgeous new building:
Inside the lounge
The wine list
The walls of all floors are covered with pictures of Walt and various other company celebrities
A cool display downstairs
Some cool displays in the lobby
Some actual pictures of the real theater
We won’t be seeing in there anytime soon…
The transition from the rest of the park is still a little strange
It is stunning at night
Gorgeous… we also have a comprehensive video tour of the restaurant, looking at both the lounge and the second floor:
From Erin Glover of Disney Parks Blog:
We showed you a glimpse of the new “Storytellers” statue last year during the D23 Expo, and tomorrow, Disney California Adventure park guests will be able to greet the new statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse themselves when Buena Vista Street officially opens! Take a look:
A plaque just to the right of the statue tells the story of Walt Disney’s arrival in Los Angeles in 1923 in his own words:
It was July 1923. I packed all of my worldly goods – a pair of trousers, a checkered coat, a lot of drawing materials and the last of the fairy tale reels we had made – in a kind of frayed cardboard suitcase. And with that wonderful audacity of youth, I went to Hollywood, arriving there with just forty dollars. It was a big day the day I got on that Santa Fe California Limited. I was just free and happy!
Watch Bob Iger re-dedicate Disney California Adventure park on the morning of June 15th, 2012.
Meet some of the Citizens of Buena Vista Street conducting business as usual among the guests.
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