Work continues at Disney California Adventure to transform the Pacific Wharf Bridge into the San Fransokyo Gate Bridge, the large torii gate-adorned bridge from “Big Hero 6,” as part of the area’s transformation into San Fransokyo Square.
The bridge has undergone repainting since February in the shade “international orange,” the same color as San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge serves as one of the entry points into this area of the park, with the other near Cars Land and Wine Country Trattoria.
The bridge is still in its beginning stages of construction and is still missing its iconic towers that blend traditional Japanese architectural design with the style of the structural towers of the world famous Golden Gate Bridge.
San Fransokyo Square
These changes made to the original bridge are part of the transformation of Pacific Wharf to a new area called San Fransokyo Square, inspired by the film “Big Hero 6.” Disney announced this project last year during D23 Expo 2022.
San Fransokyo Square will transport you to the not-too-distant future, in a fictional mash-up of two iconic cities – San Francisco and Tokyo. As the tech industry began to emerge and the local fishing trade fell on hard times, entrepreneurs came together to reinvent the seaside canneries into a vibrant, multicultural district of neighborhood restaurants and small businesses where you’ll be able to eat and shop.
In this newly rethemed area, guests will have the opportunity to meet Baymax.
Concept art of this area shows a blend of traditional Japanese and Mexican elements such as paper lanterns and colorful flags as the new decor. In addition, there will be no closures to the current dining options presently available at the pier. This section of the park is to remain a shopping and dining area for guests.
There are presently no plans to add any new rides to this area, such as Tokyo Disneyland’s The Happy Ride with Baymax. This attraction ensures riders are happy and healthy by spinning and whipping them around to the sounds of catchy music, using the same ride system as nearby Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. For a full POV video of The Happy Ride with Baymax, complete with queue tour, check out our article.
When the bridge was closed, directional signage near the soon-to-be-renamed Pacific Wharf showed off the logo for the San Fransokyo Public Works Department.
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