Monday, April 1, 2013

Buena Vista Street Themed Window Displays Returning?

Does Disney hear our cries and remarks when they make a mistake?

Take for instance the Buena Vista Street store windows. When Buena Vista Street was unveiled on June 15, 2012 as part of the $1.1 Billion makeover for Disney California Adventure, the Imagineers took the opportunity to make it better than what was there before.

With Buena Vista Street representing a time period of when Walt Disney first arrived to California, the store windows also helped to tell the story as well..

But after the first summer, things started to change.  Whoever was in charge at the time thought it would be wise to display merchandise (that would be found in the store) and place it everywhere in the store windows.  Soon all the the hard work that the Imagineers did to create such wonderful window displays became a joke.

Any little empty space would be found with merchandise that really didn't belong.  It was terrible. Christmas came, and the store windows were redressed for the Holidays.  Thinking when they changed out the holiday window displays, they would go back to the original design  Nope! They still took it upon themselves to throw in as much merchandise as they see fit.

When the windows were changed, many people created an uproar on how those at Disney California Adventure could do something as tacky as redress the windows with tacky merchandise that didn't belong.

About two weeks ago, I got word that someone new was appointed as the head of the merchandising department.. This new guy in charge took the person in charge for window displays and they began to collaborate on trying to make things right with the window displays.

One way of knowing that things might be changing was the Big Top Toys....

As you can see here, the display looks unfinished.  That's because he decided to halt the displays and to start to revert them back to they way they were when Buena Vista Street opened on June 15, 2012

Apparently from what I was told is that they wanted to start last week, but for some reason it got pushed back to this weekend.  I was hoping they would have been changed back by the time I did my Friday reports.  But when I visited Disney California Adventure, the windows were still tacky.

Last night, pretty much as soon as Disney California Adventure closed, they started to redress the windows. My friend took these pictures just after 2am. Looks like they started with the Atwater Ink & Paint.  Maybe cause it was the easier one to strip away all the housewares

Look at how bare it looks!

The drawings have returned.  Not sure if these are the originals or if they just created new ones

Because I took the day after Easter off, I hurried on over to Buena Vista Street to see what else was changed out

Big Top Toys with a circus theme back

The only windows that still seemed the same were the ones for Elias & Company, just past the Hyperion Bridge.

I was just amazed at how fast it took to redress.  I am thinking that maybe the reason for the delay was probably because they wanted to have all the stuff back from where ever they stored it and do most of it in one swoop and not have to spend more nights than needed to revert the windows back.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out this pictorial.

Until Next Time ...



  1. Congrats! This was the only April Fools post to "get" me!

    1. Thanks! :) I had some doubt about posting it, but in the end I am glad I did.

  2. It just breaks my heart how junky those windows look now. It's not just that they crammed the windows full of junk, but it looks like they had newly-hired interns to do it, straight out of high school. They look unprofessional and tacky.

    So sad that DCA ruined the gorgeous windows that were there in the beginning.

  3. You got me too, too good to be true I guess.