At the end of August, Ryno, Jackie, and I had the chance to sit and share memories of Disneyland. When Ryno mentioned the idea, I was in in a heartbeat. My husband and I finally had the chance to visit Disneyland in 2018, and we can’t wait for the opportunity to return, so to get to sit and share stories with friends was so much fun. Disneyland was more magical than my hubby and I could’ve ever imagined. To walk in Walt’s park, and to explore Disney California Adventure, was a dream come true.
This week’s news that California leadership will allow Disneyland to reopen once the region reaches Tier 4 got me thinking. Ken Potrock’s response to Governor Newsom’s reopening guidelines had me thinking even more: when will Disneyland locals get to enjoy the parks that they love so much and know so well? When will the amazing Disneyland cast members get to make magic once again? It seems like an ever-elusive oasis on the horizon that’s perpetually out of reach.
As much as I love all things Disneyland, I’m not a local. I don’t spend weekends there, enjoy date nights riding the iconic Fantasyland attractions, or spend afternoons singing along as the gantry lift bobs up and down on Mission Breakout. It’s not a part of my daily existence like it is for someone who calls Disneyland home.
With Friday’s news that DCA’s Buena Vista Street will reopen for shopping and dining in November, those who call it home are one step closer to returning to the magic, and I can’t help but be excited for them. While the attractions won’t be available, several shops along Buena Vista Street (Elias & Co., Julius Katz & Sons, and Kingswell Cameras) will be.
Select dining will also be available at Carthay Circle Lounge, which will feature a selection of new beverages and bites and will be sporting expanded outdoor seating. Guests can also enjoy a meal at Smokejumpers Grill, which will offer quick service options. Mobile order will be the primary way to order food at Smokejumpers, so if you’re planning to stop by, make sure to download Disneyland’s app before venturing out. The park’s Starbucks location, Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, will also be open for those seeking a bit of caffeine or a nibble or two. Vending carts will offer some of the treats we’ve all come to know and love in the Disneyland parks.
As is currently the case at Downtown Disney, guests 2 and up must wear a facial covering, and temperature checks will be in place for all those wishing to enter Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street to shop or dine. Capacity will also be limited.
We’ve seen Knott’s Berry Farm welcome back guests over the past few weeks for their Fall-O-Ween event. From what I’ve heard, while the attractions aren’t open, festival-style food booths are, and it’s been welcomed by guests. Just to be back in the park has got to feel great.
I get misty-eyed thinking of Buena Vista Street: the music, the buildings, the cast members, the whole nine yards. It’s simply magical.
During Walt Disney World’s temporary closure earlier this year, I remember longing just to set foot back into the parks. Thankfully, one day, I was able to.
Disneyland friends, soon you’ll be able to, too. I hope that it’s everything that you want it to be, and more.