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THEME PARKS: A peek at Disney's new park. An amusement complex in Anaheim set to open in 2001 will re-create classic California themes.
By JERRY HIRSCH
Disney's California Adventure theme park, taking shape in Anaheim, will have 22 rides and attractions, at least 15 restaurants, a 2,000-seat theater and a dozen shops, according to plans Disney will unveil today at the opening of a preview center at Disneyland's entrance.
In his first media interview in two years, the Disney executive heading the project drew a picture of a 55-acre Golden State-themed park that combines a smattering of conventional amusement-park rides, a carnival-style midway, multiple Disney-trademarked attractions, and the requisite theme-park shops and restaurants. It's scheduled to open adjacent to Disneyland in early 2001.
"We want people to feel like they are walking into a postcard for California," said Barry Braverman, senior vice president for Walt Disney Imagineering, the company's creative arm. "This will be a very pop-culture park in contrast to Disneyland. It is about the here and now. It will be hip, irreverent and contemporary, where Disneyland is rooted in fantasy."
Here's a tour of the park:
(MAP #8 - across from Disneyland Entrance)
FRONT GATE AREA - Walking through the turnstiles, park-goers will see California spelled in giant block letters. They will cross under a mock Golden Gate Bridge — the current monorail track — and view a giant sun icon, an emblem of California repeated throughout the park's design. "The Sun Court serves as the hub; you can go to any land in the park from it," Braverman said.
[Also, a parade route is planned that meanders from this hub area down to the Paradise Pier section, it will help connect the park.]
MAIN GATE AREA:
"Postcard design" entrance gate
Golden Gate Bridge: Monorail Crossing (this will remain a Disneyland specific attraction, with one stop for all three hotels outside of Disneyland proper).
Icon: Image sets the theme for the park
Parade: Route runs all the way down to Paradise Pier area
Shops: Engine-Ears Toys / Greetings from California
Restaurants: Baker's Field / Bur-r-r-r Bank Ice Cream
GRAND CALIFORNIAN HOTEL DETAILS:
Amenities: Two presidential suites - two vice- presidential suites - 34 artisan suites / Room amenities, safes [that can hold laptops] - bunk beds for kids - lighted wardrobes - writing desks with dual-line speakerphones [with computer and fax accessible data ports - irons and boards - mini bars - coffee makers - portable cribs - triple sheeted beds - robes
Three Pools, Fountain [quiet] - Redwood [active with slide] - Mickey Mouse shaped kids only one / Health Club, two spas - two massage rooms - dry and steam saunas - full locker facilities - exercise facility
Conventions - 20,000 square foot meeting space including executive boardroom - 12,000 sq. ft. ballroom with double air-walls - nine break-out rooms [seven with patios]
Dining: Grand Napa / Storytellers Cafe / Hearthstone Lounge / White Water Snacks
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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