Most guests will enter the new Disney California Adventure to find Cars Land and ride Radiator Springs Racers. And with an attraction as amazing as Radiator Springs Racers is who could blame them. But the surprise for many and in many ways of equal importance to the larger picture of Disney California Adventure is the newfound character of Buena Vista Street the new entryway for DCA. Sure a few themed gift-shops and even a new park icon might not seem as grand as the epic nature of Cars Land and in truth it isn’t. But what it is, a unifying storyline that brings the hodgepodge of Disney California Adventure together, can’t be understated.
Disney Parks are a place where stories take guests on a visual and emotional journey into places that are just believably real and yet as perfect as in our dreams. Sadly the former entrance to Disney California Adventure never came close to realizing that potential and never gave guests the opportunity to attach themselves to the persona of the this park the way the new entrance will. From the beautiful California inspired art deco buildings to the Red Car Trolley and the Carthay Circle Theater, Disney California Adventure now oozes theming, 1920’s charm and fun that teases the adventures to come. It is both the welcoming party and kiss goodbye this park so desperately needed and now so beautifully adorns. Buena Vista Street is no Cars Land but what it is, is special and will leave fans of Disney joyful upon setting their eyes on it. We invite you to join us after the break and do just that.
Thankfully little traces of what was once the entrance to DCA can be found. Instead this new entrance has much of the charm Disney park entrances are known for.
Elias & Company the largest store at DCA is stunning.
Disney spared no expense here.
The details are elegant and pay tribute to Walt as they should.
Characters and character is the appeal of the new DCA and Buena Vista Street is a prime example.
I understand the excitement for Cars Land and I share it but for me the re-imagined DCA entrance is every bit as important for the long-term future of the park.
It is still a very short entrance but at least now it is sweet. There is a lot to take in and it is a great place to just grab a bench and do just that.
Red Car Trolley has inspired this Candy Story and it is a simple but great tie-in.
Yumminess begins behind these doors…
Oh sweet honey!
Candy, Ice Cream and…
Finally! Starbucks makes its way to the Disneyland Resort!
Everywhere you look you find beautiful facades inspired by the 1920’s.
Now that we’ve seen the menu, let’s take a look inside…
As expected this is more like a featuring Starbucks location and really has the look of your typical Disney eatery. I personally would have liked the Starbucks feel to have been more integrated into the design. Hopefully that is something we’ll see more in future iterations of Starbucks at Disney Parks.
We’ll be back for a much closer look at this locale in later parts of this update 🙂
The lighting in Clarabelle’s Ice Cream is ornate and beautiful.
Behind the counter is every bit as beautiful at Clarabelle’s.
Oh and you can’t miss the stained glass windows.
A quick peek towards Trolley Candy Treats…we will be back for more soon!
I’m becoming fond of these window photos from the inside looking out. Going into the Da Mouse collection right next to the Disney balloons file 😉
Here is a bit of the Starbucks offerings, though we will be back for a much closer look soon! Stay tuned!