Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hidden Gems: Buena Vista Street

Okay, so they're not exactly "hidden". But have you ever noticed that some of the stores on the new Buena Vista Street at Disney's California Adventure are cleverly named after important Disney icons?

For instance, the gas station right by the entrance is named "Oswald's Tires". As you can probably guess, this name derives from the once popular Universal cartoon character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald was created by Disney and Ub Iwerks, a fellow animator, for Universal Studios. Disney and Iwerks were forced to leave the company due to financial issues, thus leading to the creation of Mickey Mouse. Oswald was bought by Disney in 2006, 79 years after Walt left Universal. Since his appearance in the 2010 video game Epic Mickey, Oswald has regained popularity and now appears in many places throughout the park.

Another homage is Clarabelle's Ice Cream, a reference to the Disney character Clarabelle Cow.
Clarabelle's, Buena Vista Street
Alternatively, there is another Clarabelle's Ice Cream that can be found in Toontown.
The Clarabelle's Toontown location
And the shop on the end called "Elias & Company"? That's likely named after old Walt Disney. Walt's middle name was Elias.

Well, there you have it. Why, Buena Vista Street has so many references you'd think the street was named after something! Oh wait...

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