Every two years, The Walt Disney Company holds the ultimate fan event right across the street from Disneyland Resort — the D23 Expo. During the Expo, fans have the chance to see Disney legends, wear their favorite Disney outfits, get exclusive first looks at new Disney movies and television shows, and be some of the first people to learn about new and exciting things happening at Disney Parks.
At the 2022 D23 Expo Parks Panel, Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro shared some exciting changes coming to Disneyland Resort. D’Amaro announced that parts of Pixar Pier — which opened in Disney California Adventure Park in 2018 — would be changing into San Fransokyo from the heartwarming film, Big Hero 6. Now, after months, we have finally learned that San Fransokyo will come to life this summer!
Construction began on Pixar Pier a few months ago, and now, Disney is finally giving us a first look at what the new area will look like, as well as more details about dining options in the area. Here’s more from Disney Parks Blog:
San Fransokyo Square will transport you to the not-too-distant future, in a fictional mash-up of two iconic cities – San Francisco and Tokyo. As the tech industry began to emerge and the local fishing trade fell on hard times, entrepreneurs came together to reinvent the seaside canneries into a vibrant, multicultural district of neighborhood restaurants and small businesses where you’ll be able to eat and shop.
An iconic landmark of the area will be the San Fransokyo Gate Bridge, which will span the tide pools linking San Fransokyo Square to the Paradise Gardens Park obelisk. Once you cross the bridge, you’ll catch a view of the floating wind turbine atop an old fishing net tannery, powering the district from high in the sky. Clues to the area’s storied and charming past can be found in the details throughout San Fransokyo Square.
It wouldn’t be a Disney experience if Guests didn’t have the chance to meet some great characters, and meeting Baymax will soon be a must-do for all visitors. Baymax (and maybe some of his friends) will have their very own meet-and-greet area in San Fransokyo. Guests can head to a converted warehouse area to meet the loveable personalized healthcare robot.
Right now, Guests visiting Pixar Pier can enjoy a wide variety of delicious food, including homemade sourdough bread bowls filled with fresh soup, authentic Mexican cuisine, and mouthwatering Asian cuisine. When it officially becomes San Fransokyo, that will not change! However, the area will receive a fun makeover and be called the Port of San Fransokyo Cervecerí, where the signage will be in English, Spanish, and Japanese, honoring all the cultures in the Disney California Adventure area.
The opening of the San Fransokyo area will be one more amazing part of the incredible things happening at Disneyland Resort. Disney is celebrating its 100th Anniversary, and Disneyland Resort is the hub of that celebration. Head down to The Happiest Place on Earth to indulge in delicious anniversary food, buy gorgeous Disney100 merchandise, and ride Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, which just opened at Disneyland Park last month!
At this time, Disney hasn’t shared a specific opening date for San Fransokyo, but Disney Fanatic will update readers when we learn one.