Disney fans everywhere — whether they’re Southern California locals, former Annual Passholders (and now Legacy Passholders), or out-of-state Disneyland enthusiasts — were thrilled to find out that Disney California Adventure will be hosting an all-new ticketed event starting next month. However, with that event comes the news that free access to Buena Vista Street inside DCA will be ending very soon.
The Disneyland Resort official website was updated today with the following message regarding the California Disney Park operations:
The Downtown Disney District, and Buena Vista Street, are open with select retail and dining locations. Buena Vista Street remains open for guests through March 14, 2021, and will close March 15, 2021 to prepare for the upcoming A Touch of Disney experience.
Since November 19, Buena Vista Street inside Disney California Adventure Park has been open, giving Guests a small taste of the theme park environment. Aside from a month-long dining ban during the temporary Southern California stay-at-home order enacted by California Governor Gavin Newsom, Buena Vista Street has offered Guests the opportunity for shopping and outdoor dining along the streets of DCA (including Grizzly Peak, Hollywood Land, and Buena Vista Street).
For the past three months, access to Buena Vista Street has been free, as it has been operating as an extension of the Downtown Disney District and has not required an additional ticket to enter. However, as Disney has just announced, that free access will be ending very soon.
March 14 will be the last day Guests can enter Disney California Adventure at no additional cost. From March 15 through 17, the park will be closed so Disney Cast Members can prepare for the new California Adventure event, A Touch of Disney. Then, on March 18, Disney California Adventure will reopen for the ticketed event (at a base price of $75 per person). The event will run five days per week, Thursdays through Mondays, from noon to 8 p.m.
Disney also provided the following information confirming that starting next month, Buena Vista Street will operate as part of the new event:
Downtown Disney District will remain open seven days a week with unique dining and shopping that includes Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Naples Ristorante e Bar, World of Disney and Star Wars Trading Post, which recently opened in a new location. Buena Vista Street will remain open as an extension of the Downtown Disney District through March 14, and will be closed beginning March 15. Beginning March 18, Buena Vista Street will become part of A Touch of Disney.
More official information about A Touch of Disney can be found on the official website here.
As a reminder, for the time being, Legacy Passholders can take advantage of special discounts at Downtown Disney. Those discounts apply to locations both in Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street. Read more here!
Click here to read more about Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street operations, including parking fees and health and safety measures in place.
Do you plan to visit Buena Vista Street in California Adventure while it is still free? Let us know in the comments.