Have you had a chance to meet the Citizens of Buena Vista Street? As we mark the one year anniversary of the transformation of Disney California Adventure Park, I was able to to speak to one of the colorful characters who -along with Donna the Dog Lady, Molly the Messenger and PhiPhi the Photographer- rollout the welcome wagon each day to delighted Guests.
Tell us where you're from and a little about your family.
Calvin The Cop: I'm from Buena Vista Street, born and raised. My whole family works on the police force and, oh boy, I just love it! I was assigned to the special officers force, which means that I reinforce good behavior.
I see, because there's not much crime on Buena Vista Street,right!
Calvin the Cop: Not much crime at all! You're welcome!
Tell us what you do to reinforce good behavior.
Calvin the Cop: I try my best to show infectious municipal optimism, which is, if fact, one of the laws on Buena Vista Street. I also try to smile and try to wave-and there is a technique. It's a very difficult job, but someone's got to do it.
What happens if you see someone not modeling the best behavior?
Calvin the Cop: I give them a fix-it ticket. I have a little box that i check and I say 'do you promise to behave?' They tend to agree because they can't let old Officer Blue down.
Are you friends with the other local Citizens of Buena Vista Street?
Calvin the Cop: Sure!! There is Donna, the unofficial mayor of Buena Vista Street, and her lovely dog, Lady. There's PhiPhi, the world-famous photographer who is somewhat of a bohemian on our street. Then there is Molly, the cutest messenger gal on Buena Vista Street.( you'll cut this part out, right?)
Sounds like there's something between you and Molly?
Calvin the Cop: Just the street-she is on one side,and I'm on the other. And sometimes the fountain is bewteen us. But not much else.
Any memorable moments you have had with a Guest?
Calvin the Cop: There was Megan, who is four. She was sharing a moment with her grandmother and she actually gave me some love advice. She helped me write a poem for a special gal that I got my four eyes on. (You are going to cut this part out, right?)
Any wisdom you would like to share with everyone?
Calvin the Cop: Always remember to be safe. Look both ways. Don't take any wooden nickels from no one. And stay on the sunny side of the street.
That was fun....Dr Lee