PHOTOS: International Orange Takes Over the Torii Gate Bridge as San Fransokyo Square Nears Completion at Disney California Adventure

Shannen Ace

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PHOTOS: International Orange Takes Over the Torii Gate Bridge as San Fransokyo Square Nears Completion at Disney California Adventure

Pacific Wharf at Disney California Adventure is poised to officially become San Fransokyo Square on August 31, 2023. During our Friday visit, crews were adding the final touches International Orange to the Torii Gate Bridge that will act as the land’s main entrance.

Torii Gate Bridge

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The bridge was originally a light blue color but was painted International Orange like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge early this year. In June, it closed for the installation of the two torii gates. Now in the final week before the land’s official opening, crews are completing the transformation by installing orange panels over the structure.

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Two pairs of crew members were in lifts at the tops of each torii gate. They are both now completely orange, although there are still some yellow ties around a crossbeam and column. You can also see the white structure through the gaps at the connections.

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Concept art indicates string lights will run from the bridge’s railings up to the tops of the gates.

Other recent advances in the construction of San Fransokyo Square include the installation of a Ghirardelli sign with “chocolate” written in Japanese.

San Fransokyo Square

Pacific Wharf will officially become San Fransokyo Square on August 31, when the rest of the venues will open and the Torii gate bridge will potentially be complete.

Baymax Bread

Pre-existing Pacific Wharf locations like the Cappuccino Cart and The Bakery Tour will now be decked out in street art and colorful banners celebrating the “Big Hero 6” team. Baymax Bread will also be available at the Boudin Bread Cart.

Guests will be able to interact with Hiro and Baymax (who will talk) outside the Hamada Bot Shop. Nearby will be the San Fransokyo Maker’s Market, a storefront stocked with unique apparel, homewares, and more featuring Baymax and friends.

Across from the Maker’s Market, vending machines will offer golden medallions featuring Baymax and other San Fransokyo images.

Aunt Cass Cafe concept art

Pacific Wharf Café is being transformed into Aunt Cass Café, the second bakery café operated by Hiro’s aunt. It will serve soups in freshly baked Boudin sourdough bread bowls and more inspired by Japanese cuisine. 

An old fishing net tannery across from the café is Rita’s Turbine Blenders, a giant drink dispenser offering margaritas and icy beverages. This refreshment stand is owned by and named after the repair technician who maintains the floating wind turbine, resembling a giant koi fish, that sits atop the structure. Be sure to read our recent Rita’s Turbine Blenders review.

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New “Big Hero 6”-inspired items were added to the menus of Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill and Lucky Fortune Cookery, which serves a Baymax macaron. The Port of San Fransokyo Cervecería with Karl Strauss drinks and pinwheel chips also recently opened.

During Oogie Boogie Bash, Yokai will appear in San Fransokyo Square.

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