Pacific Wharf Bridge Reopens as San Fransokyo Gate Transformation Continues at Disney California Adventure

For the past few weeks, the bridge into Pacific Wharf, soon to be the San Fransokyo Gate Bridge, has been closed to accommodate the update into the large torii gate-adorned bridge from “Big Hero 6” as part of the area’s transformation into San Fransokyo Square. Now the bridge has reopened to guest traffic from Pixar Pier and Paradise Gardens Park as work continues!

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The bridge has undergone a 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.

Construction on the concrete bases as well as the outer repainting took place while the waters around Pacific Wharf were drained. Since the area acts as overflow for Grizzly River Run, this work needed to be completed in tandem with the ride’s annual refurbishment.

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.

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The bridge was originally painted a light blue.

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 concept art

Part of the re-imagining of this land includes the makeover of the original Pacific Wharf Bridge, changed to resemble the San Fransokyo Gate Bridge.

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In this newly rethemed area, guests will have the opportunity to meet Baymax for the first time at Disneyland Resort.

port of san fransokyo concept art

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.

Are you excited about this reimagining of Pacific Wharf? Will you be visiting Disney California Adventure Park once it’s completed? Let us know in the comments below!

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