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Red Car Trolley Tests the Track at Disney California Adventure Park

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios


Clang! Clang! Clang! … went the Red Car Trolley as it started making test runs through Hollywood Pictures Backlot (soon to be called Hollywood Land) at Disney California Adventure park recently. Take a look at these photos from Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer!


Paul also grabbed this shot from inside the trolley – check out these fun ads for some of the food and merchandise locations that will be featured on Buena Vista Street.


The Red Car Trolley, inspired by the historic Pacific Electric Red Cars which once criss-crossed the Los Angeles area, will make its debut on June 15 when Buena Vista Street opens at Disney California Adventure park.


  • Clarabelle’s Ice Cream? As in Clarabelle the cow? And the Mortimer’s place- Mortimer was the original name for Mickey.

  • I too am a super huge Roger Rabbit fan and am wondering if there will be any Roger Rabbit tributes in the park like there are at the Disney Studios Park at Walt Disney World? Also wondering if the Jolly Trolly at Toon Town will ever be active again if you got these regular trollies up and running?

  • I am so excited to be able to step back in time and experience Walt’s California. This is the perfect way to tie in California Adventure to Disneyland. So many of us go there because it is the first and to have a further opportunity to experience Walt Disney history is exciting.

  • I am so excited. 🙂

  • I am excited for this new attraction coming to Disney California Adventure Park.

    As a historian I am glad to see the Red Car. The Pacific Electric Railway served many lines throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. Frances A. Nixon, President Richard Nixon’s father, was a motorman for the railway. This attraction will reintroduce this great railway of the past to world guests that visit the Disneyland resort.

    Now I get to ride the Red Car like my father use to as a child living in Los Angeles.

  • This is awesome! I can’t wait for the new entry plaza to open. The trolleys are a great touch of class, and will honestly remind me more of the streetcars we have here in New Orleans than anything I’ve seen in LA. The vintage theme is going to be great, although I will certainly miss the old entry plaza; the wave fountain and massive sun sculpture really captured the feeling of a Summer day in California.

  • I’m so excited for this attraction!

    What I’m really hoping is that there will be a shirt featuring the simple, circle Red Car logo on it. Like something with the first image on this blog post

    That image would look stunning on a plain black t-shirt or sweatshirt. Any chance we’ll see such an item for sale in the park?

    • Amber – Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog. We’ll have updates on Red Car Trolley and other Buena Vista Street merchandise soon.

  • Will there be any references or allusions to the Red Car Trolly and the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”? Along with the Roger Rabbit ride in Toontown (if its still there) this would just be one more parallel to sweeten the ties between an awesome theme park and a innovative piece of cinema. Hopefully its welcome addition to DCA will convince the imaginEARs in florida to bring a Red Car Trolly system to DHS down Hollywood and Sunset blvds – reminicent of the horse drawn carrigaes in MK.

  • I’m sure Cars Land will be really fun but truth be told the Red Car Trolley is easily the thing I am most looking forward to when all the DCA improvements open in June. I can’t wait!

  • Wish we had this at Hollywood Studios. 🙁

  • Wow! The Imagineers who are working on this project should be very proud of their beautiful creations.

  • Paul has such a great job…I’m jealous! Everything is looking so great.

  • I think I’m in love! It looks fantastic!

    Could we get some pictures of the other Trolley? I’d love to hear more about the historical background of the Trolleys too!


  • It looks great. What terrific interpretation.

  • So you’re changing the name of the ice cream shop? No more Brr-rr-rrbank Ice Cream? Bummer. I work in Burbank, and I always appreciated the pun.
    Can’t wait for the trolley, though. Looks great.

  • WOW I LOVE IT will it have the song in the trolley from broadway musical meet me in st. louis ?

  • They look great and will add so much kinetic movement to BVS when they open. Are there still plans to call the parade corridor Camino Real?

    If there is there a possibility of seeing more transportation vehicles driving up and down the parade corridor connecting BVS to Paradise Pier and the Wharf?

    That would be such a great addition and give the long parade route some live when not in use

  • That looks fantastic! It definitely adds atmosphere, vitality and authenticity to Hollywoodland. Great job!

  • “I bought the Red Car so I could dismantle it.”
    -Judge Doom, Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Looking great, Disney California Adventure!

  • Plans are already in place for a Halloween trip in October. Can hardly wait to ride on a Red Car.

  • So excited to see. Be thre for DD in August.

  • I can’t wait to ride this. It looks amazing and wonderful fun for the kids, and the kids at heart. It is amazing what you are doing at DCA and DL. Keep thinking of new ways to grab our attention. Love it!

  • I am SO excited to see these! Transportation will bring such a magical ambiance to the streets of California Adventure. Absolutely THRILLED!

  • It looks awesome! I love those vintage looking ads.

  • That’s amazing! Looks great!

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