Many Southern California Disney fans have taken advantage of all the magic they can get in 2020. And now, it looks like Disney sharing a little more pixie dust with Guests of the Disneyland Resort.
Disneyland Resort reopening Buena Vista Street inside Disney California Adventure for shopping and dining on November 19. When we visited on reopening day, we reported that Guests could walk around the following areas: all along Buena Vista Street, a portion of Hollywood Land right up to Award Wieners (and almost, but not quite, to the animation building), almost (but not quite) to the entrance of Cars Land, and just past Soarin’ and Smokejumpers Grill.
However, now we have an update! As it turns out, Disney has allowed Guests to explore even more of Disney California Adventure Park. We see this happen in a new video posted by Gothic Rosie (@gothicrosie on Instagram) and originally shared by @not_your_typical_disney.
In the video below, Disney “drops the rope” and allows Guests to explore even more of Grizzly Peak inside DCA. This time, Guests can walk all the way up to the entrance of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. The remarkable part of this new development is that Guests are actually able to see Grizzly River Run — and this is as close as Guests have been able to get to a Disneyland Resort attraction since the parks closed in mid-July. How awesome is that?
In the caption of her original video, Cara (@not_your_typical_disney) writes, “I just happened to be in right place at the right time! They dropped the rope that was at the end of Grizzly Peak and let us walk up to the entrance of the Grand Hotel inside DCA!! I wasn’t sure how far we could walk and then the CM said, “How far do you want to go?” 😱 Don’t tease me like that! 😂 You have never seen a group of people get so excited over a rope being moved! I can’t wait to see how far we can go next time! 🎉😍”
Gothic Rosie speculates that this sort of “expansion” of the Buena Vista Street boundaries could be in preparation for the reopening of the Grand Californian villas. On December 6, the Disney Vacation Club villas at this hotel will be reopening for DVC members. Maybe they will get to enter DCA through the hotel, just like old times? For now, that remains to be seen!
Note that at this time Buena Vista Street is considered an extension of the Downtown Disney District. Technically, Disney California Adventure — though partially open for shopping and dining — is not actually open right now. The theme parks of the Disneyland Resort have not officially reopened, and no attractions, entertainment, or character meet and greets are taking place at DCA.
So, what do you think of this new development? Are you, like us, so excited that Disney California Adventure has welcomed Guests for shopping and dining? Do you hope more of the park opens in the near future, so Guests can enjoy other lands? Let us know in the comments!