PHOTOS: Mochi and San Fransokyo Institute of Technology Signs Added to Pacific Wharf in Disney California Adventure

As Pacific Wharf in Disney California Adventure is transformed into San Fransokyo Square, more signage and general theming have appeared.

San Fransokyo Construction

Since our last update, an image of a lucky cat resembling Hiro’s cat Mochi has been added to this wall.

English letters and Japanese characters run vertically down the building, partially obscured by the scaffolding.

Last year at D23 Expo 2022, it was announced Pacific Wharf, a small mini-land of restaurants at Disney California Adventure, would be reimagined into San Fransokyo. Construction for the project officially began in January and the land will officially be known as San Fransokyo Square.

San Fransokyo is the primary setting for the 2014 Disney animated film “Big Hero 6,” drawing inspiration from the architecture and cultural sensibilities of San Francisco and Tokyo. Pacific Wharf is already inspired by San Francisco, so the transformation is relatively easy and the land hasn’t had to completely shut down.

Japanese characters were added around the pre-existing Kruger’s Net Repair sign. The walls here also advertise the San Fransokyo Square Canning Company — previously the “Pacific Wharf Canning Company” — and the Port of San Fransokyo Cervecería.

The new Port of San Fransokyo Cervecería draws inspiration from its tri-cultural influences with signage in English, Japanese, and Spanish. Outside will be a fun and inviting beer garden decorated with festoon lights and papel picado.

The canning company was established in 1928, the year Mickey Mouse debuted.

We reported earlier this month on the signs that all-but-confirm Lucky Fortune Cookery and Cocina Cucamonga will remain after the reimagining.

Next to those signs is an advertisement for the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology stating enrollment is now open. “The future of education is here!” the blue sign exclaims. SFIT is of course the school Hiro and his friends attend in “Big Hero 6.”

Japanese characters were added to the yellow-brown section of wall next to the old “Bait & Tackle” billboard.

Above “Bait & Tackle” is an ad for Wharfside Travel Agency.

And at the very end, an unfinished sign reads “San Fransokyo Proud Home of”.


For reference, above is a photo of this same area from May 2021.

San Fransokyo Concept Art

San Fransokyo concept art

Early concept art shows some of this San Fransokyo signage and the whole building draped in paper lanterns. The San Fransokyo Gate Bridge has already reopened to guests following a several-week transformation.

Right now, the area is largely known as a food court for Disney California Adventure. Among Lucky Fortune Cookery and the Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill, other options in the land include Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, Pacific Wharf Cafe, Rita’s Baja Blenders, and Pacific Wharf Distribution Co.

When the construction is complete, the new version of the land will include a Baymax meet-and-greet, food, and more. San Fransokyo Square is expected to open this summer.

Are you excited to visit Baymax at San Fransokyo Square? Let us know in the comments!

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