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(MAP #6 - directly under the main entrance)
BOUNTIFUL VALLEY FARM - This agricultural-themed area offers a Disneyfied demonstration farm where visitors can see what basic food crops look like — everything from artichokes to zucchini.
It is a large component of the "edutainment" theme that pervades the park. Disney is relying on display and presentation to augment rides and shows within the new theme park.
"There are so few opportunities to see how products are made, or in this case grown," Braverman said. Disney Chairman Michael Eisner believes "this is something that people will find compelling. See what the California workplace is like."
The area also has a children's play area - they can climb aboard caterpillar tractors.
The highlight of the farm might be the popular "It's Tough to Be a Bug" film from Disney's Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Fla. The eight-minute, 3-D film also employs audio- animatronic figures, steam and other special effects to give visitors a view of the world from the perspective of Disney's soon-to-be-released "A Bug's Life" computer-animated film. The entrance of the theater simulates underground earthworm holes.
Across the way, the California winery complex rounds out this area. Operated by the Robert Mondavi winery, the mission-style complex will include a gourmet restaurant, wine-tasting rooms, a demonstration vineyard and a film about the annual grape-growing cycle.
(MAP #3 - middle of map, below 2, between 4 & 5)
SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT - Patterned after the city's rotunda from the Palace of Fine Arts, this district will offer an artisan's workshop. "It's a little bit of the Sawdust Festival at Laguna Beach," Braverman said.
The main event, however, is Circle of Hands, a film about California history.
"This is where we highlight all the different peoples who came to California and contributed to its success," Braverman said. "This is where we acknowledge the cultures that built the state. You will see Cesar Chavez organizing farm workers in Delano, the Chinese building the transcontinental railroad.
"This is the emotional show, the one where we want to pull on people's heartstrings," Braverman said.
(MAP #5 - below and between numbers 3 and 6)
PACIFIC WHARF located to the southwest is primarily a dining area inspired by the Cannery Row neighborhood of Monterey.
THE FARM AREA:
Theme: Agriculture, Winery
Attractions: Tractor play area, California Aqueduct water play area
Shows: It's Tough To Be A Bug film, Seasons of the Vine Vineyard life film
Exhibit: Demonstration farm
Shops: Santa Rosa Seed & Supply Co., garden shop, Wine Country Market, gourmet shop,
Restaurants: Mondavi restaurant and wine tasting room - Wine Country Market, Golden Vine Terrace, Vineyard Room / Bountiful Valley Farmer's Market / Sam Andreas Shakes
SAN FRANCISCO AREA:
Theme: San Francisco
Show: Circle of Hands California history film
Shop: Artisan's Workplace [will NOT open with the park]
THE WHARF AREA:
Theme: Monterey Bay's cannery row
Attractions: Boudin Bakery / Mission Tortilla Factory [no kidding, both are listed as actual attractions]
Restaurants: Cocina Cucamongoa Mexican Grill / Lucky Fortune Cookie / Pacific Wharf Cafe / Rita's Margaritas
MAJOR PORTIONS OF THIS PAGE FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:
October 14, 1998
The article quoted on this page, along with the map graphic is copyright © 1998 by The Orange County Register.
It is reproduced on this site by kind permission of the author.
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