With all the hype surrounding the new Disney California Adventure expansion over at Disneyland Resort, I thought everyone who plans to head out to the West Coast for some Disney adventures would love to hear some tips and tricks for exploring one of the new expanded areas. The bloggersphere seems to be of Carsland tips for hitting the rides there (get there early, FastPass the racers, use single rider lines, etc) but what about the new stunning opening street of Disney California Adventure?
One of the coolest parts of Buena Vista Street is the new Carthay Circle restaurant which I strongly advise getting a reservation for. The menu looks fabulous and this is, after all, a replica of the theater in which Disney's first full length animated feature, Snow White, premiered. The fountain area is also a great spot for the afternoon parade and photos.
Even though I didn't get to ride the Red Car Trolley because of wait times, this is my favorite part of the expansion. Why, you ask? Because it takes a group of Newsies out to Buena Vista Street where they do a fabulous show multiple times a day! I love the music, love the dancing, and, well, our Newsies were chock full of cuties! ;) Check the times guide for showings and be prepared to be singing "Suitcase and a Dream" all day!
The most obvious, not to be missed, area is the new Storytellers statue. This makes my heart flutter and I shelled out $195 for the Limited Edition replica while in the park. Buena Vista Street just confirms what I have thought since my first visit to Disneyland Resort... California Adventure is and has everything I have always wanted out of Hollywood Studios at WDW.
The statue was super crowded when I was there and I hardly had time to get good shots of it, but I think that may have been a "grand opening" thing and you will find more reasonable waits for some face time and photopass pics here in the future.
Most importantly, don't overlook anything on Buena Vista Street. There is Disney magic around every corner. Look for shops named for Oswald, Mortimer, and even Walt's father (and Walt's middle name) Elias. Check out the balconies and Imagineering wonders- you have just set foot in Walt's California afterall! Commit some time here not just for the ride on the trolley or to see the newsboys but for shopping, people watching, and enjoying the ambiance.
The moment you set foot on Buena Vista Street, you are stepping back in history. Enjoy every minute of it.
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