| Disney tries to recreate the feeling of Main Street, U.S.A. in California Adventure |
Orange County Register
Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A. reflects Walt Disney's childhood in Marceline, Mo. Across the esplanade at Disney California Adventure, the new Buena Vista Street reflects the time Walt Disney arrived in Los Angeles and his struggle to succeed during the 1920s and '30s. “The good feelings of that (Main Street), we wanted to translate here,” said Ray Spencer, creative director of Buena Vista Street. “We want people to walk in here and feel safe, feel like they are home.”
Disney creators gutted the original entrance corridor of the 11-year-old Disney California Adventure. They wanted an entirely new ambiance to a park that hadn't performed well, a park that lacked the warmth many feel at Disneyland. Disney removed most everything inside and outside the turnstiles: the California letter statues, mosaic tiles that looked like mountains, a Golden Gate bridge for the Monorail, a metallic sunburst statue and a bakery and ice cream shop inside a train car. In their place, crews built a walkway lined with eight shops and four food venues, culminating with a plaza and a fountain. There are mature shade trees and seating areas so guests can stop, relax and take it all in.
Visitors can hop aboard Red Car Trolleys that trundle along the street, turning onto Hollywood Boulevard. The street intends to combine a Los Feliz-like neighborhood with a downtown feel. Spencer said the goal is to let visitors encounter the California that Disney experienced when he arrived “as a risk-taker with big dreams and big goals.” continue
by Sarah Tully and Eric Carpenter