PHOTOS: San Fransokyo Gate Bridge Construction Goes Vertical at Disney California Adventure

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PHOTOS: San Fransokyo Gate Bridge Construction Goes Vertical at Disney California Adventure

After the recent closure of the former Pacific Wharf Bridge, construction is now going vertical as this icon transforms into the San Fransokyo Gate Bridge from the 2014 animated film “Big Hero 6.”

San Fransokyo Reaching for the Sky

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On the approach to this construction, we can see two massive pylons now stand, that will eventually resemble torii gate towers.

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At the very least, these structures are three times taller than the bridge itself, resting in the water atop concrete foundations.

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The other two pylons are sitting to the side, waiting for installation sometime soon.

Pacific Wharf Re-Theme Taking Shape

In a notice to Cast Members earlier this week at the Disneyland Resort, it was announced that the Pacific Wharf Bridge would not be accessible starting June 26, as the area continues its transformation to San Fransokyo Square.

As part of the Pacific Wharf reimagining to San Fransokyo Square from “Big Hero 6,” the Pacific Wharf bridge will be inaccessible to Guests starting the week of June 26 as it transforms into the San Fransokyo Gate Bridge. Construction is anticipated to last a few weeks, with no walkway access available. During the bridge’s temporary closure, guests can still access Pacific Wharf dining locations using the walkway by Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop or via Cars Land.

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The Pacific Wharf bridge was recently painted international orange, like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It will now get torii gate towers to become the San Fransokyo Gate Bridge. It had been closed earlier this year for the painting and preliminary work, though the bridge has not begun its vertical ascent until now.

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The transformation for the entire area is scheduled to be completed by mid-August.

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Along the exterior of the former Pacific Wharf façade, scaffolding is down, with signs of construction now focused on the interior of the area.

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Most recently, much of the scaffolding and scrim came down around San Fransokyo Square, revealing a first glimpse of how the new designs and themes will appear in their finished form.

Are you excited for this reimagining? Let us know what you’re most looking forward to, or your favorite past memory of Pacific Wharf, in the comments.

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  • Jonathan D

    Originally from Los Angeles and Honolulu, Jonathan is a fan of cinema and theme parks who grew up on the original California Disneyland, and nurtures a particular admiration in Orlando for EPCOT and Disney's Animal Kingdom. His favorite resort on Earth would be Disneyland Paris, which doesn't seem to get the full admiration it deserves. You can find him in the Hufflepuff Common Room by the kitchens at