For those who don't know, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was Walt's first attempt at a character before he hit it big with Mickey Mouse. I put a short video of Oswald at the end of this blog entry.
Buena Vista Street -- the old Golden Gate Bridge is now this and I love it! Especially the patriotic bunting that was all over the place.
The new partners statue for Buena Vista Street called the Storytellers.
Red Car News Boys perform in Carthay Circle and Mickey joins them at the end. This group was okay. Probably better if you weren't expecting Newsies. They did however nail the last song, which was from Newsies, "Sieze the Day." Do NOT miss that number!
Mickey in his 1920's clothes.
Goofy performs in Carthay Circle with Five & Dime. They drive up in an old jalopy and play 20's and 30's music. I like this group! High energy and great music.
And Goofy is the cat's meow in his dapper 20's outfit! (if you can say that about a dog)
Even Pluto got a 1920's make-over!
This is Phiphi (pronounced fifi) Francis, world famous photographer and travel columnist. She is usually in Switzerland or on safari in Africa, but decided to spend some time in California taking pictures and writing about her adventures.
Another fine citizen of Buena Vista Street is Molly the Messenger.
Miss Donna the Doglady with her dog Lady are well known around Buena Vista Street.
She told us that everyone knows her. And she has cute cankles.Matt was given quite a talking to by Officer Calvin Blue and he was given a citation by Officer Blue for Abiding commitment to "Operation Beautification" (Ordinance 43064) or in other words, Matt is a good recycler. And he was also cited for always telling me I'm right. We loved Officer Blue.
Fillmore's Taste-in - basically just a stand where you get fruit or bottled drinks.
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree!
Cozy Cone Motel is the home of the photo spot for Mater and Lightening as well as 5 cones that serve different things in cones. We tried several of their edible offerings here throughout the day so I will also review those on my blog later.Some of the things they serve are flavored popcorn, churro bites with chocolate sauce, bacon and eggs or chicken chili verde in a bread cone, and various drinks.
Flo's V-8 Cafe - 50's inspired decor and food. We ate two meals here. Flo's is a good addition to DCA. They have had the worst food at the Disneyland Resort. I will review the meals from Flo's on my blog later.
Inside Flo's you can see the 50's decor. It is so detailed I can't wait to share all about it!
Radiator Springs Curios - run by Lizzie. No bumper stickers or postcards here though. Too bad too! Just run of the mill Disney stuff and a little bit are Cars stuff. You know, they had some amazing fake postcards printed and just sitting in the Cozy Cone Office that would be PERFECT to sell here!! I would have bought them in a heart beat, but no, they had a set of notecards of Cars Land attraction posters in Elias and Company for $20! Are you kidding me Disney?
Excuse me for a moment while I veer from my overview - Disney Suits, you are missing a great opportunity here. People want to take home memories, not plastic crap. This is the kind of store where you need to sell people cheap crap for memories!! This is supposed to be a Route 66 Curio shop -- bumper stickers, post cards, license plate covers, posters, maps, pencils, pens, key chains, hats and t-shirts that are all and only about Radiator Springs! NOT run of the mill, over-priced Disney junk you sell at every shop and kiosk in the rest of the Resort! If I want that, I know where to go. I want stuff I can't get anywhere else.
Okay, end of rant. Thank you for your forbearance.
The infamous Luigi's Flying Tires
I will say that it was the longest line for us all day and it didn't dip under an hour wait time.This ride is based on the "Flying Saucers" attraction that was in Tomorrowland back in like the 50's and was only around for a year or so.
It was easier to learn than many people said it was going to be, and even though it was a little slow, it was still enjoyable and the little kids seemed to LOVE it. Plenty of people had a great time on the ride, they just need to work on getting the loading and unloading to work a little faster so the line isn't so long.
Ramones Body Art is another place that sells merchandise. I thought they might have face painting here or those rub on tattoos or something but they didn't.
The end of Radiator Springs main street with Ornament Valley in the back ground.At the end of the street is the statue of Radiator Springs Founder and Lizzie's husband, Stanley. He discovered Radiator Springs back in 1909 when his engine overheated and he found water in (surprise!) Radiator Springs (which can be seen in the queue for the ride.)
The BIG attraction, Radiator Springs Racers. The standby wait times fluctuated throughout the day. When we got in the single rider line we only waited for about 45 minutes and that included a ride break down.
On to the ride. Once you are loaded into your car,the ride starts off as a nice drive through Ornament Valley, then there is a whole dark ride section that we loved!
The dark ride part ends with your car getting ready to race another car, and then you take off racing to the finish line. Luigi and Guido are there to cheer you on! I love Guido!
Here we are making a sharp turn during the race!
We really had a wonderful day in Cars Land and on Buena Vista Street! It is amazing, and the detail put into it is something that will take me several blog entries to share. I think I may need to go back a few times to be sure that I get enough photos to really do the new areas justice.