Work continues at California Adventure as Pacific Wharf transforms into San Fransokyo Square. We’ve had some details shared already, but as the opening draws closer Disney has released more details on the meet & greet location as well as the dining options. In this post, we’ll cover those details and offer some of our own commentary. Let’s start with the news!
Over the summer, the local eateries will start to introduce delicious new menu offerings! Starting in mid-July, you’ll be able to sample new San Fransokyo selections at Lucky Fortune Cookery, and the Port of San Fransokyo Cervecería will officially open. In the weeks following, additional dining options, unique shopping and more will be introduced as the transformation of this thriving seaside plaza continues through mid-August.
When the transformation is completed, locations across the area – from the Cappuccino Cart outside the San Fransokyo Gate Bridge to The Bakery Tour – will be decked out in street art and colorful banners celebrating the Big Hero 6 team after their victory over Yokai.
You’ll have the opportunity to interact with Hiro and his huggable healthcare companion, Baymax, who will say hello outside the Hamada Bot Shop. This is where the Big Hero 6 team builds and innovates their hi-tech gear, so you may also see a few of their upcoming inventions.
Near the Hamada Bot Shop will be the San Fransokyo Maker’s Market, a storefront stocked with unique apparel, homewares and more featuring Baymax and friends. In the concept art above, the market’s shelves are situated on robot storage cases, with decommissioned battle bots on display. If you turn a sharp eye to the rafters overhead, you may spot the local battlebot champion, Hiro’s Megabot!
Across the way, a vending machine dispenses collectible golden medallions featuring Baymax and other iconic images from San Fransokyo.
The diverse array of flavorful fare in San Fransokyo Square will include current favorites and new creations inspired by Asian cuisine, as well as the Big Hero 6 themselves. Let’s check out the dining destinations you’ll be able to try.
Aunt Cass Café, the second bakery café operated by Hiro’s loving aunt, will serve dishes, soups in freshly-baked Boudin sourdough bread bowls and more inspired by Japanese cuisine. On the outside of this quick service restaurant, you’ll find a mural of Aunt Cass’ lucky pet cat, Mochi.
An old fishing net tannery across from the café is being converted to Rita’s Turbine Blenders, a giant drink dispenser offering delicious margaritas and icy beverages. This refreshment stand is owned and named after the repair technician who maintains the floating wind turbine, resembling a giant koi fish, that sits atop the structure.
In addition to these locations, you can expect new menu items at Cocina Cucamonga and Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop. We’ll share those menus as soon as they’re released!
I don’t have much to add about this project. The cosmetic changes will be nice in an area of DCA that doesn’t look the best but has solid dining options. California Adventure isn’t the prettiest park so making things more aesthetically friendly is a plus regardless of a land without an attraction or capacity.
Fitting more into this area than what’s already there is slightly problematic. If you’ve ever dined here then you know that finding a table isn’t the easiest task. Maybe they’ve added space at the back of the area where the meet & greet will take place. Otherwise, this seems primed for congestion.
Adding some new menu items to an already solid group of counter-service restaurants is exciting. The Baymax meet & greet will also be a good amount of fun, as that’s a unique character to hug! I’d do a top ten list of characters to hug but I do not think that would be received well…
All in all, I think this will be a decent change to the park and one I support if funds are unlimited. Of course, we’re not privy to that information and don’t know how they allocate money to all areas. In theory, this should be a low cost addition that won’t take away from the budget of a future attraction. If so, then great! We need things that look good.
I think of it similarly to a sports team. Having your team bring in a strong role player on a good deal is a great thing! But if what you’re paying that player is the difference in your team being able to acquire a star down the road then I’d stay away.
With very little on the docket as far as additions at Disneyland Resort in the next few years, I don’t blame fans for questioning why money is being spent on this instead of actual expansion. But that’s a pretty simplistic viewpoint when theme park budgets don’t generally work that way.
Overall, I’m optimistic that San Fransokyo Square will be a net positive to California Adventure. As long as guests keep expectations in tow by not expecting a full fledged land, then everyone will come out ahead.
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