Construction is picking up speed in what will soon be San Fransokyo Square at Disney California Adventure. The bridge from the Pixar Pier and Paradise Gardens Park area into Pacific Wharf is currently being repainted to international orange, the iconic color used for the real Golden Gate Bridge.
The bridge closed just a few days ago as work needs to complete around the structure before Grizzly River Run reopens from its refurbishment on March 17, as this area is used for overflow for the ride’s water.
The inside-facing parts of the bridge are already painted in International Orange, with the outside-facing parts still their faded-blue color present since 2001.
New concrete pillars are in place within the water to support the towering torii gate structures, which will cover the bridge, as seen in the concept art below.
The bridge’s towers blend torii gates, a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, symbolically marking the transition from the mundane to the sacred, with the iconic suspension towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.
We expect most work to conclude on the San Fransokyo Gate Bridge before Grizzly River Run reopens on March 17. San Fransokyo Square will open this summer to replace the former Pacific Wharf area, and includes a multitude of restaurants as well as a Baymax greeting space and a beer garden.
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