Former Lands

Holidayland

Holidayland

 Source: The Disney Blog  June 1957 – September 1961 BACKGROUND From the beginning, Walt and his Imagineers knew Disneyland would grow. They envisioned a resort, rather than a single park, much like we have today. So within two years of the park’s opening, Disneyland debuted an adjacent “land” outside of the park gates: Holidayland. This open […] Read more…

Bear Country

 Source: Tumblr March 1972 – November 1988 BACKGROUND After the closure of the Indian Village in 1971, Disneyland needed to reinvent this area and generate new interest in a less-visited section of the park. Given its distance from the rest of Frontierland, this section broke off and became its own land, Bear Country. For almost […] Read more…

Sunshine Plaza

Source: BP February 2001 – September 2010 BACKGROUND When Imagineers began construction on California Adventure in 1998, much of the concept art for the park was focused on the new “centerpiece”, Sunshine Plaza. This land would function much like Main Street USA in Disneyland, welcoming guests into the park and immediately conveying the themes of […] Read more…

Condor Flats

Condor Flats

June 2012 – March 2015 BACKGROUND Before California Adventure’s major expansion and refurbishment, the park had a huge land known as “Golden State”. But when the park’s transformation was complete, Golden State broke off into three separate lands: Grizzly Peak, Pacific Wharf, and Condor Flats. Based on the mid 20th century Mojave Desert, Condor Flats […] Read more…

Paradise Pier

February 2001 – January 2018 BACKGROUND When California Adventure was first conceptualized, Imagineers envisioned a pier similar to those found all over the coast of California. Originally, Paradise Pier resembled a seaside amusement park, but from 2008-2009, Imagineers refurbished and expanded the land. The new theme was reminiscent of a 1920’s Victorian boardwalk, with new […] Read more…