Veronica offers a tour of Buena Vista Street at Disney's California Adventure in this episode of "California Travel Tips."
Buena Vista Street is a throwback to 1920s Los Feliz, where Walt began his Disney empire. Be sure to grab a copy of the Buena Vista Bugle, then hit the town. You can shop-til-you drop at the Elias and Company Department Store, or pick up a few souvenirs inside Oswald's Gas and Oil.
At Kingswell Camera Shop, you can stock up on photographic supplies or pick up your photo pass CDs.
The Red Car Trolley, modeled after LA's Pacific Electric Railway, connects Buena Vista Street with the Hollywood Backlot. It passes under the Hyperion Bridge — a replica of the real railway underpass near Los Feliz.
The Carthay Circle Theater is a tribute to the Hollywood movie palace where Disney's Snow White premiered in 1937. The lower level is home to the stylish Club 1901 lounge and Carthay Circle Theater Restaurant, which serves some of the best signature dining in the park.
For something more casual, try Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe — named for the three pigs in Disney's "Silly Symphony." Inside, you'll find some delicious sandwiches, pastries — and a full range Starbucks coffees!
If you're watching your waistline, Mortimer's Market serves a variety of fresh fruit and drinks, or you can go big with a sundae at Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream. Inside the Elysian Arcade, Trolley Treats is stocked with gourmet fudge, toffee and chewy candied apples.
Several live performances bring Buena Vista Street alive. The Five and Dime is one of my favorites, serving up jazzy tunes from the 30s and 40s. Occasionally, Goofy even joins the fun! Be sure to check the schedule for The Red Car Newsboys, who perform Broadway-caliber hits from the back of the trolley.