“It was July 1923 … With that wonderful audacity of youth, I went to Hollywood, arriving there with just $40. It was a big day, the day I got on that Santa Fe California Limited. I was just free and happy.” That was Walt Disney looking back on the day he arrived in California, with a cardboard suitcase and an address for his older brother.
While Disneyland represents a detailed collection of times and places that existing as much in fantasy as they did in real life, Disney California Adventure’s recent makeover added that same level detail to a park much in need of some sparkle and shine. The crowning achievement of that makeover was Buena Vista Street. Not only the new opening scene for DCA, but it also tells the story of Walt Disney himself when he arrived in Los Angeles with only a few dollars to his name and dreams of opening a cartoon studio.
Disneyland has released a series of portraits for each land inside its two gates. Up first is Buena Vista Street. Join us below the jump and learn the inside details: