downtown disney has been open for a good amount of time now, with no reopening date in sight anytime soon for the rest of the disneyland resort. i totally get it and agree that it's not the right time to open amusement parks. still, we really miss our disney visits. it's been a really long time, and you know disneyland is our happy place.
so when they announced that buena vista street in california adventure was going to be open for dining and shopping - sort of an extension of downtown disney - i knew we'd make our way over there as soon as it made sense. of course, on opening day the reports were just as crazy as we'd expected, with people camped out and in line for hours and hours to enter. everyone's missed the disney magic, so i wondered how long it would be before we headed out for a dose of it ourselves.
when one of my friends posted that she'd made a dining reservation at one of the downtown disney restaurants and managed to spend some time inside california adventure with minimal wait, i decided to follow her lead. i hopped onto the app and found a dinner reservation for the day before thanksgiving, and hoped that it wouldn't be too crazy.
we managed to pull into the simba parking lot with almost an hour to kill before our reservation time. surprisingly, the area was fairly empty and we were really excited to find that we didn't even have to sign up for the virtual queue to enter buena vista street. when we made our way over there to check it out, people were just walking right in with zero wait. woohoo!
the old lady and her special friend had gone back to the car for something they'd forgotten, so the bean and i just kind of strolled along at a leisurely pace and snapped pictures here and there.
it was like coming home, for real. we all just soaked it all in and gazed happily at the sights that we've seen hundreds of times and missed so much over the last nine months.