Friday, July 06, 2012
Trip Report Pt. 4: Buena Vista Street
Like a crazy man, I skipped Cars Land at opening and opted to photograph Buena Vista Street instead. I had a hunch this area would be empty while the stampeding herds literally ran to Radiator Springs Racers. It was difficult to figure out which was longer; the line to the attraction or the one for the fast pass machine. Either way, my hunch was correct and I got my photos. There were lots of last minute polishing details to be done before the gates swung open.
The Red Car Trolley made a few test laps.
Before I knew it, I was in. Other than a lonely cast member, nobody at Oswald's.
This is as close as I care to get to the schlocky merchandise inside.
Same story across the street. These cast members were probably saying, "What if we built a land and nobody came?!?"
All kidding aside, other than the merchandise sold in the shops, I really do want BV Street to succeed. I love the design, the concept, the restaurants, the Trolley, the characters, the entertainment, and the overall vibe. From the buzz that I hear, BV Street is a ghost town in the morning (other than the Starbucks sales inside of Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe which should offer a fast pass!), but quite busy as it gets later in the day. I am happy about that.
A nice little spot outside of Elias & Co. to relax:
The Trolley Depot (more on the Trolleys later!):
Interior of Clarabelle's Ice Cream Shop:
I had a late lunch the previous day at Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe. I would definitely eat here again. The choices looked good, and the turkey salad I ordered was quite tasty. It's a slight bummer to have the food served on plastic, as it detracts a bit from the retro vibe. If Rancho del Zocalo can do food on dishes vs. plastic, FFP should be able to do it, too.
Great light fixtures!
Themed stained glass:
Props/art that look appropriately period:
Stay tuned for more Buena Vista fun!
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