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Buena Vista Street
Buena Vista Street plans
Disney California Adventure
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Attraction type Themed land
Theme 20th Century Art Deco/Mission street
Opening date June 15, 2012
Buena Vista Street is the main entrance area and first themed "land" that guests encounter at Disney California Adventure upon its opening on June 15, 2012. From the park's opening in 2001 until 2011, the area was known as Sunshine Plaza.

History

Sunshine Plaza (2001–2011)

When Disney California Adventure opened on February 8, 2001, the first area of the park that guests encountered was Sunshine Plaza, a collection of shops and restaurants themed to an idealized California postcard, anchored by a scaled-down version of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, over which the Disneyland Monorail passed. The large, colorful and stylized Greetings from California store dominated the Plaza's northeast side, while the building on the northwest side resembled an early 20th century Mission Revival-style railroad station, featuring a non-functioning replica of a Southern Pacific Railroad California Zephyr train, with an authentic EMD F7 locomotive cab. This faux station housed the Engine Ears Toys toy store, Baker's Field Bakery and Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream. The south end of the Plaza featured a large metallic sun, surrounded by mirrors that shifted throughout the day to reflect the actual Sun's rays onto the Plaza's miniature version.

Shopping

  • Engine Ears Toys
  • Greetings from California

Dining

  • Baker's Field Bakery
  • Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream

Buena Vista Street (2012–present)

In 2007, the Walt Disney Company announced a $1.1 billion redesign and expansion of Disney's California Adventure Park, which faced numerous setbacks and criticism since its 2001 opening, owing largely to its theming and small number of attractions, especially for younger children. Included in this redesign was a complete reconstruction of the park's main entrance plaza. Where Sunshine Plaza, with its contemporary architecture and novelty and pun-filled overtones, was intended to represent the feeling of stepping into a stylized California postcard, Buena Vista Street represents an idealized 1920s Los Angeles, as it may have appeared to a young Walt Disney when he first arrived there, with a more respectful, subtle design owing to the time period. Storefronts include the large Elias & Company Department Store, Oswald's Gas & Oil, and Los Feliz Five and Dime, with dining locations such as the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, Clarabelle's Ice Cream Parlor, and Trolley Treats. The street is anchored by a replica of Los Angeles' bygone Carthay Circle Theater, the theater where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered in 1937.

Attractions

Restaurants

  • Cathay Circle Restaurant
  • Fiddler Fifer and Practical Café and Bakery (sponsored by Starbucks)
  • Mortimer's Market
  • Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Parlor
  • Trolley Treats
  • The 1901 Lounge at Club 33

Shopping

  • Julius Katz & Sons Appliances and More
  • Julius Katz Shoe and Watch Repair
  • Big Top Toys
  • Horace's Pawn Shop
  • Oswald's Gas & Oil
  • Los Feliz Five and Dime
  • Elias and Company Department Store
  • Kingswell Camera Shop
  • Atwater Ink and Paint Art Supply


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Buena Vista Street: Red Car Trolley

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Grizzly Peak: Grizzly River Run | Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

Pacific Wharf: The Bakery Tour | Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar

Condor Flats: Soarin' Over California

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Paradise Pier: Toy Story Midway Mania! | California Screamin' | Mickey's Fun Wheel | Goofy's Sky School | Silly Symphony Swings | Golden Zephyr | King Triton's Carousel of the Sea | Games of the Boardwalk | Jumpin' Jellyfish | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure | World of Color | Ariel's Grotto

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Resorts: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa | Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Former Attractions: Superstar Limo | ElecTRONica | Lucky the Dinosaur | Back to Never Land | Golden Dreams | Maliboomer | S.S. Rustworthy | Disney's LuminAria | Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It!

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