The Red Car Trolleys of Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

I love walking through the gate at Disney California Adventure park. You truly go back in time to Los Angeles in the 1920s and ‘30s. Your journey begins when you hop into one of two Red Car Trolleys that traverse back and forth from Buena Vista Street, past Carthay Circle Theatre, through Hollywood Land and to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Inside and out, the trolleys reflect the time period, including vintage advertising above the seats.

Of course it wouldn’t be our style here at the Disneyland Resort if these cars didn’t come with a show. So, a few times a day, the trolleys showcase the Red Car Trolley News Boys, a show inspired by Disney’s “Newsies.” A certain famous mouse also makes an appearance.

Fun fact: Make sure to check out the numbers on each trolley, #623 and #717. Those numbers weren’t just randomly chosen. Enjoy!

Read more about Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park in the posts below:


  • Roger Rabbit needs to come back for the red trolly even though the film was set in the 1940’s

  • Just curious as to why they chose those numbers…

  • So… Valarie, what are the answers to the trolley number origins?

  • Make sure you pick up your very own RED TROLLEY CONDUCTOR MICKEY EARS HAT! I got one on opening day These are so cool!!

  • I think it would really be an adventure if like the Jungle Cruise Skippers, some real personalities were selected for the Red Car Trolly drivers who would add new slants on what it’s guests were experiencing on each ride through the Buena Vista streets. Maybe even former Skipper John Lasseter would take a hand at the wheel and mike. PD

  • So is it just me, or does anyone else expect to see Eddie Valient riding on the back of the Red Car?

  • Can’t wait to take a spin. Love the colors!

  • I had the pleasure of riding on the Red Car Trolley last saturday. It was especially cool that they have a way for a wheelchair to board too. The stairs open up to a lift. I look forward to riding it again sometime real soon!!

  • I’ve seen thoughs numbers and I myself have been wondering what they mean. I did fine it funny that they didn’t use the numbers 1 and 2 so what do these numbers mean?

  • So… 717 refers to the month and day that Disneyland opened. Is 623 the month and year that Walt arrived in Hollywood?

  • The only two references that I have been able to find that it could be is Lady and the Tramp came out on June 23rd, 2000. I don’t think this is likely the reference though.

    The second reference is that was the day that the Red Cars began coming back in San Pedro.

    It’s also possible that it’s modeled after the St. Louis Car company vehicle that would have had a number of 623 as one of the car numbers.

    Each Red Car Trolley has a number. The 623 car, with “23″ as a nod to the year 1923 when Walt Disney arrived in California, is based on the 600 series of trolleys built by the St. Louis Car Company in 1922. The 717 car is inspired by the 700-750 series manufactured by the J.G. Brill Company in 1925 (7-17 also refers to the birthday of Disneyland Park, July 17, 1955).

    But I do like the fact that June 23rd is also when the Red Cars started getting going again in San Pedro.

  • 717 – July 17th, when Disneyland officially opened
    623 – June 23, when DCA officially opened
    Love these trolly’s. can’t wait to ride them

  • 623 stands for 1923, when Walt Disney first came to CA. 717 stands for Disneyland’s opening day.

  • whats the 623 represent??

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