Welcome to Disney California Adventure 2.0. If you have an hour to take in the entire video above, you’ll get a good general lay of the land for the second gate at the Disneyland Resort. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be touring this theme park one part at a time.
After visiting Disneyland virtually, it’s just a quick trip across the esplanade to the entrance to Disney California Adventure. One thing that’s awesome about the Disneyland Resort is that the two theme parks are only a couple of minute walk apart from each other. So, let’s continue our virtual tour to Disney California Adventure. Shall we?
The first video gives some great shots of the newly opened Buena Vista Street. This video gives a better feel for what it’s like to walk up the street. After all, it’s presented without any edits. Keep in mind that this video was shot on opening day of Buena Vista Street. As you may know, a little more than 2 years ago Disney California Adventure 2.0 was completely open and ready for business. The Disney California Adventure theme park originally opened in 2001. The original Disney’s California Adventure failed to draw the crowds Disney had envisioned. So, they spend over $1 billion to re-do the theme park. To gain an appreciation for just how much this theme park has changed, check out the following video…
Gone is the Golden Gate Bridge. Gone is the large mural. Gone are the C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A letters at the entrance. The re-theming of Disney California Adventure involved completely re-theming the entrance to the theme park. The original entrance was supposed to be a giant California Post Card. The new entrance and Buena Vista Street takes us back to the 1920’s, when Walt Disney came to California. So, in a sense, this is Walt Disney’s California Adventure. Get it? Buena Vista Street is a vast upgrade from what was originally here. As you watch the videos going up the street, notice all the details to bring 1920’s era Hollywood to life.
If you’ve seen Who Framed Rodger Rabbit, then you know that the Red Car Trolley was a fixture in Los Angeles during the 1920’s. So, the Imagineers made sure to include it on Buena Vista Street. As you will see in the video, the Red Car Trolley has a few stops. You can pick up the Red Car Trolley right at the entrance to Buena Vista Street. The next stop is by the Carthay Circle Restaurant at the end of Buena Vista Street. Then, the trolley heads down Hollywood Land and stops in front of the Art of Animation Building. The final stop is by the Hollywood Tower of Terror Hotel. So, if you’re wanting to get back to the Tower of Terror, you can either walk back or take the trolley.
The Red Car Trolley is not only used as an attraction that takes guests from the entrance of Buena Vista Street to the Hollywood Tower of Terror Hotel and back, but it is also used to bring in the News Boys and Mickey Mouse for this fun show. By the way, near the entrance of Buena Vista Street, you can find the news paper these guys are selling. Of course, this show is themes along the lines of Newsies.
In previous videos on this blog post, you’ve probably noticed the other street show they have on Buena Vista Street. It’s the Five and Dime Dixieland jazz show. This show gets Goofy involved. As you can see, it’s a pretty fun show. Even if you have the chance to catch one or two songs, it will be worth your time to check them out.
One of the three restaurants that offer a World of Color dining package is the Carthay Circle Restaurant. This video gives you a peek at what it’s like to dine there.
I thought this video was fascinating and gives you a little more insight to the history behind the Carthay Circle Restaurant.
If you don’t have the time to do this tour, the above video will have you covered. After all, this is a virtual trip to Disney California Adventure.
Disneyland has Club 33, Disney California Adventure has the 1901 Club for an exclusive membership. Since we’re visiting virtually, we get to see what’s inside! Plus, you’ll get a little taste of the World of Color show in the above video.
At Disneyland you have the Partners Statue. At Disney California Adventure, they have the Storyteller’s Statue. Unlike the Partner’s Statue, this is a statue you can get right up next to for those great photographs. If you’re running in the Disneyland 10K, you should know that you run right by this statue as part of the race route. So, make sure to stop and get your picture as you pass by.
I’ll end this virtual trip with video by the fountain outside of the Carthay Circle Restaurant at night. I hope you enjoyed checking out Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure. Have a magical weekend!