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Transformation of Disney California Adventure continues with opening of new entrance

Disney California Adventure entrance

Guests can now enter Disney California Adventure via a brand new entrance, as Disney continues its $1.1 billion series of updates to the park.

The new entrance is strikingly similar to the turnstiles at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida, with both having been inspired by the design of the iconic Pan Pacific Auditorium. It replaces the original entrance to Disneyland's sister park, which was dismantled last year.

The Pan Pacific Auditorium was located in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, and hosted many high-profile events before its closure in 1972. The distinctive towers and flagpoles of its façade were designed to resemble upswept aircraft fins, according to the Disney Parks Blog.

Disney California Adventure new entrance

The first guests have now passed through the new entrance.
Image © Disney

Further changes are planned to the entrance area of Disney California Adventure over the coming weeks and months. The first of these will be the removal of the replica Golden Gate Bridge, which will be replaced by a recreation of the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge.

Buena Vista Street concept art

Buena Vista Street is designed to resemble LA as a young Walt Disney saw it.
Image © Disney

Inside the park, work continues to transform the former Sunshine Plaza area into Buena Vista Street. Named after the Burbank street on which the original Walt Disney Studios are located, it will be designed to resemble 1920s Los Angeles. A key feature of the new area will be the replica of the Carthay Circle Theater, which hosted the world premiere of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937.

The extensive renovations to Disney California Adventure have already seen a major overhaul of the Paradise Pier area and the debuts of the World of Color nighttime spectacular and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure dark ride. The renovations are due to be capped by the completion of the 12-acre Cars Land expansion in 2012.

You can find out more about the updates to Disneyland's sister park in our in-depth article, 10 years on: The past, present and future of Disney California Adventure in pictures and video.


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