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Buena Vista Street
Disney's California Adventure
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Attraction type Themed Land
Theme 20th Century Art Deco/Mission street
Opening date January 2, 2011
Buena Vista Street is also the name of the street in Burbank, California on which the Walt Disney Studios are located.

Formerly known as Walt Disney Plaza, Buena Vista Street is a themed "land" at Disney's California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort. The central plaza, or more commonly known as "Walt Disney Plaza", represents Los Angeles in the 1920s, when Walt Disney first arrived in Los Angeles.

This land is similar to the layout and style of Main Street, USA at Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure's sister park. This land includes dining, shopping, parades, and entertainment. A recreation of Pacific Electric's iconic Red Car electric trolleys will transport guests through this area, from the front of the park through to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Re-Imagineering and Expansion

On October 17, 2007, The Walt Disney Company announced a multi-year, $1.1 (US) billion expansion plan for Disney's California Adventure Park. Included in this expansion plan is the retheme and complete overhaul of Sunshine Plaza into Buena Vista Street.

The Golden Gate Bridge replica will be removed and the sunburst structure will be replaced with a recreation of the Carthay Circle Theater, which showcased the world premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. The building will serve as the new visual centerpiece of Disney's California Adventure's reincarnation.

The park's main gate will be extended outward to where the postcard letters presently stand. Red Car trolleys will travel through the plaza. Construction of Buena Vista Street will begin in early 2010 and is planned to open later in the year. The main entrance will remain open but areas will be walled off one at a time for construction.

Sunshine Plaza

Sunshine Plaza
Sunshine Plaza Fountain.JPG
Sunshine Fountain at Disney's California Adventure
Disney's California Adventure
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Attraction type Themed Land
Theme Postcard, Surf Theme
Opening date February 8, 2001

The current main gate entrance is designed to evoke a sensation as if one were stepping into a California postcard. After guests pass the giant letters spelling out California, they will pass beneath a mock-up of San Francisco Bay's Golden Gate Bridge, which serves to disguise a portion of the resort's monorail track. Flanking both ends of the faux Golden Gate Bridge are two massive murals depicting the vast mountain ranges in California. A few meters into the park from the main gate is Sunshine Plaza that serves as an access hub to all of the park's other themed lands. At the end of the path, there is a fountain featuring a large metal sunburst designed to reflect solar rays into the surrounding area. Sunshine Plaza is also home to a replica of the California Zephyr, which houses the plaza's two counter service restaurants: Baker's Field Bakery and Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream. The plaza is also home to two of the park's biggest souvenir shops, Greetings from California and Engine Ears Toys.



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