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Buena Vista Street in DCA – Inside the details

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“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:

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Disney California Adventure Park’s Grand Reopening – Videos!

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As readers of this blog surely know, when Disney California Adventure Park opened almost 12 years ago as a second gate to Disneyland it wasn’t the hit that Disney or its fans hoped it would be. In fact, it was written off by many as a ridiculous concept done on the cheap. For the record, I’ve always enjoyed the park, but I understand what people were saying, it needed more everything: rides, shows, food, theming, and above all else, it needed more magic. It needed more Disney.

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Grand Opening of Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle Theatre on June 15th at California Adventure

Hang on Disneyland fans, the much anticipated grand opening of Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and the Carthay Circle Theatre at Disney California Adventure has been announced for June 15th with the park being closed on the 14th “to prepare” (aka to hold a media event). The new additions will serve as a capstone in the five year plan to revive the Disneyland resort and recover from some of the bad choices made when DCA originally opened. It’s still less than a perfect park, but these changes should go along way to closing the distance. I mean just look at that mountain range in Cars Land.

The great folks at Disney have shared this video with some behind the scenes glimpses of final details being added to DCA.

I know I’m ready, how about you? Okay then… more details below the jump:

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