Extinct Attractions of Disney California Adventure
This July marks the 10th anniversary that a 2.0 Disney California Adventure was re-dedicated by Bob Iger. At the expense of some 1.1 billion dollars, this was at the time the most comprehensive park redo ever attempted. Still, in the first year of re-opening, park attendance went up some 23% and it became far more equal in terms of balancing out the number of guests visiting it and its sister park, Disneyland. We will look at the attractions, restaurants and experiences that became extinct as a result of this re-investment, particularly as it relates the Golden Gateway and Sunshine Plaza, Bountiful Family Farm, and Paradise Pier. We’ll look at all that went away, and what ultimately came in its place 10 years ago and later.
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Golden Gateway & Sunshine Plaza
Highlights of 1.0:
- Greetings from California
- Golden Gateway
- Golden Zephyr
- Engine-Ears Toys
- Burrr Bank Ice Cream
- Sunshine Plaza
In its place during 2.0 came the following:
- Pan Pacific Auditorium Entrance
- Oswald’s Service Station
- Mortimers Market
- Red Car Trolley
- Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
- Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
- Carthay Circle Theater, Restaurant and Lounge
Bountiful Valley Farm
This part of The Golden State included the following in its 1.0 offering:
- “It’s Tough to be a Bug”
- Bountiful Valley Farm Water Play Area
- Santa Rose Seed & Supply
- Bountiful Valley Farmers Market
The 2.0 Version Included:
- The Tower of Terror
- A Bug’s Land to include:
- Francis’ Ladybug Boogie
- Flik’s Fliers
- Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies
- Princess Dot Puddle Park
- Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train
- Carsland to Include
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
- Luigi’s Rollickin Roadsters
- Flo’s V8 Cafe
- Cozy Cone Motel
The 3.0 Version Included Avenger’s Campus with the Web Slingers: A Spiderman Attraction and a Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout
Paradise Pier & Bay
This 1.0 version of a carnival included:
- California Screamin’
- Avalon Cove by Wolfgang Puck
- King Triton’s Carousel
- Sun Wheel
- Orange Stinger
- Pizza Oom Mow Wow
- Burger Invasion
- Mulholland Madness
- S.S. Rustworthy
- Dinosaur Jack’s Sunglass Shack
- Golden Dreams
The 2.0 Version of Paradise Pier Added
- Toy Story Midway Mania!
- Silly Symphony Springs
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta
- Paradise Garden Grill
- The Little Mermaid–Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
- World of Color
The 3.0 version became known as Pixar Pier and now has:
- Jessie’s Critter Carousel
- Pixar Pal Around
- Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
- Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums
- Knick’s Knacks
- Lamplight Lodge
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