On Buena Vista Street, at the South end of Trolley Treats, deep in the heart of Fancy Frosting Forest lies the township of Yule Treats. Unbeknownst to many, this tiny town is an enormous exporter of jelly beans, chocolate truffles, rock candy, assorted chocolates, candy bars and yummy gummy gum drops; not to mention Yule Treats is home to the contractor responsible for the finest gingerbread edifices this side of the North Pole.
Buena Vista Street
As simple as the singular Christmas wreath adornment of the Carthay Circle Restaurant appears, I find it strikes those notes of refinement and elegance that so saturate DCA’s “castle”. The tower does such a noble job of hoisting that wreath high above Buena Vista Street for all to see. It causes me to stop and reflect on my own efforts. If something so simple can be so effective, why do I feel the need to surpass simple? Ah well, sounds like a resolution is trying to creep in before the new year!
The glow on Oswald’s was amazing as we entered DCA during our last visit and it was one of those times when there wasn’t really time to stop and do much about it. I took this shot as we hustled further into Buena Vista Street. Hurried moments aren’t usually my preference but in this case it was a sweet fleeting moment to enjoy the ambiance and a welcome challenge to try and capture it quickly. What was so pressing? Coffee…
This door on Buena Vista Street is one of the simpler forms of theming, yet it instantly transports you to another era. I can only imagine what it must have been like to walk through doors like these, perhaps making a delivery for a project like Bambi or Pinnochio. The romanticist in me imagines creative pixie dust (you know, that stuff of dreams) bursting from within if the door were to open even a little.
The Elias & Co. department store is truly phenomenal. The theming is so smooth that you hardly notice what’s going on; it just feels right. On a late evening at DCA I spotted what I considered a sort of visual echo of the store’s name and that’s what I tried to capture with this image. The three Elias & Company signs lined up at varying distances. I love details like that.
Now that the 1920s have taken over DCA, it seems only fitting to have the Red Car Trolley escorting passengers from Buena Vista Street to Hollywood Land. It was during the 1920s in Los Angeles that the Red Cars reached their peak in popularity. Unfortunately the need for such transportation quickly died off as the demand for automobiles increased. Now, with the many freeways and traffic to accompany it, railways are making a comeback. I can’t help but feel a sense of irony and urge to consider how commonplace this is in everyday life. Perhaps we’re better suited taking a moment to value something before rushing off to replace it.
Every story begins with a dream. Walt Disney set out to realize his with a big break in Tinseltown. It was not without hardship or heartache, but Walt was not the kind for quitting. If he had a vision for something, he would dog it ’til it was done. His story backs up a motto he seemed to live by, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Courage was not something Walt ever appeared to lack and I imagine it’s because he had the understanding that if you don’t take big risks, you’ll never know what you’re capable of, or maybe even what you’re meant for. Risk stares us in the face with “what ifs?” but it also frees us from “what could have been?”. For me Walt’s story is a reminder that no matter how you’re feeling, if you keep on fighting, believing and risking, you can have your very own story worth telling.
Disney California Adventure has come a long way since its remodel and improvements began. With a few weeks under its belt, DCA 2.0 is only getting better and I can’t seem to get enough of it. The thing that stands out to me most is the obvious and strong connection to Walt Disney that the park was practically void of. You can barely even get into DCA before you notice it. The park feels free and happy with an air of opportunity and possibility. California Adventure is telling an audacious new story, one that’s fitting of the Disney name.