Finding the Perfect Prop for Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park: Part One

Shannon Swanson

by , Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

What would it be like to shop for a living? Just ask Brandon Kleyla, set decorator for Walt Disney Imagineering! Each shop on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure park has a story, and it was Brandon’s task to help tell it. It all starts with what Brandon refers to as Phase One, researching at the Walt Disney Imagineering Information Resource Center to understand the time period. Phase Two is setting out to purchase those items online that you know you’re looking for, with Phase Three being endless hours at flea markets and antique malls to find one-of-a-kind, vintage treasures for each shop owner.

In part one of this Disney Parks Blog mini-series, we take a look at the window displays on Buena Vista Street, which include merchandise provided by the Resort Enhancement team at Disneyland Resort as well as props found by Brandon and his team at Walt Disney Imagineering. Stay tuned for part two to find out about the props inside the shops.


  • It is so wonderful to see the attention to detail lavished on these display windows. Thanks for all your hard work! Now if only there was a way to remove the contemporary merchandise that has been tossed on top of this great vintage stuff.

  • I love all the details and the effort put into making the park so different…especially during the holidays! I really hope I get do this one day. That would be a dream come true.

  • Great video. There are certain imagineers I don’t really believe what they’re saying, but that’s not the case with Brandon. You can tell he is passionate for what he does. Loved the Packard video, this ones great. Can’t wait for part 2. Is there a part three? Maybe even a video with him about Trader Sam’s? Love the sticker on his hardest in the Packard video. Thanks parks blog.

  • This type of detail in theme and backstory for every little part of a bigger picture is what separates Disney from any other Amusement Park experience.

  • What a thoughtful and insightful video! I never knew so much thought and care went into the set design of all of these seemingly simple areas of the park! Thanks for the info Brandon! Any chance we might get to see more videos like this, with insights from the Imagineers like Brandon! What a fun job he must have!

  • So fascinating. I love all of the little details. The Imagineers really did a fantastic job with Buena Vista Street.

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