OpEd: Should You Fly to CA Just to Visit Buena Vista Street?

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Disneyland officially announced that Disney California Adventure is partially reopening on Thursday, November 19, as an extension of the Downtown Disney District.

Since July 9, guests have visited Downtown Disney and enjoyed delicious restaurants and shop among numerous retail stores like World of Disney. Still, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park have remained closed since mid-March.

It’s been a touch-and-go relationship between the California Governor Gavin Newsom and Disneyland. Though there seems to be no reopening date for the parks in the oncoming months, Disney California Adventure is partially reopening Buena Vista Street as an “extension” of Downtown Disney.

Related: DCA Buena Vista Street Reopening Date Announced!

This is great news for Disney fans patiently waiting for those hallowed grounds to reopen. Even though Buena Vista Street is the only section of DCA reopening for the holiday season, many of us can’t wait to be back in a Disney theme park on the West Coast.

However, this raises a question: Is it worth flying to Downtown Disney?

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To me, the answer to this is, “yes, but also no.”

Really, it depends on who you are and what your current situation looks like. If you’re like my family and me, then you’ve postponed about five trips to the Happiest Place on Earth due to the ongoing closure of the parks.

Related: Disneyland Recalling Hundreds of CMs For Buena Vista Street Reopening

While many of us feel that Disneyland is ready to reopen and they’ve proven that they can safely handle COVID-19 in their Florida theme parks, California will not budge on letting its theme parks reopen with logical guidelines.

With that in mind, do you bite the bullet and book a flight down to sunny Anaheim, California just to go to Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street in DCA?

Forget about life for a while and take in that beautiful California sunshine. Listen to The Beach Boys and drink gallons of Coke, because why not? Getting a family-size bag of beignets from Ralph Brennen’s Jazz Kitchen for just myself sounds fantastic. I’m ready to blow a lot of money at the World of Disney because, again, why not?

Downtown Disney District
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But then I take a look at my bank account, and I realize that it doesn’t make much sense to spend thousands on airfare, hotel, food, merchandise, and churros for just Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street of Disney California Adventure Park.

However, if you need your Disney-fix and you’re able to afford this fabulous getaway, here’s a guide to everything reopening in DCA.

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I feel that it’s too painful only to walk up to Carthay Circle and be greeted with barriers. It’s too gutwrenching not to be able to stroll into Cars Land or hop on Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout with my cousins. So many memories would flood back into my mind when walking down Buena Vista Street, but they’d do a disservice and remind me of the “good times.”

Related: A Christmas Miracle! Trolley Car Returns to California Adventure

But if you’re only a few hours away from the Disneyland Resort, or you can fly in for a day for really cheap, then go for it! Are you kidding me? Disneyland is your land, and you have every right to be there if part of the park is open!

For us out-of-towners, it may make more sense to keep saving up (financially and emotionally) and wait until Disneyland reopens those gates.

Are you going to Buena Vista Street at DCA when it reopens? Let us know in the comments below!

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Inside the Magic overall.

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