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Paradise Gardens Park (formerly known as Paradise Pier) is a themed land at Disney California Adventure, based on that of Victorian boardwalks that were once found along the coast of California. Despite its name and the presence of a nearby man-made lake, Paradise Pier is not actually a pier, but merely a waterside area of the park. The former California Screamin' sprawled across much of the area, with various other attractions and forms of entertainment surrounding it.

A new attraction, Toy Story Midway Mania!, opened on June 17, 2008. The attraction is the first in a series of theming upgrades to the land and park as a whole, with the boardwalk's Victorian influences becoming more prominent and introducing a new unseen carnival owner character named Gustav Tinkerschmidt in some of the safety spiels. This was followed by changes to the Sun Wheel to become Mickey's Fun Wheel and new Games of the Boardwalk in 2009. In 2010, World of Color and Silly Symphony Swings were added. To complete the makeover, Disney opened Goofy's Sky School and The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure.

Part of Paradise Pier will be re-themed as Pixar Pier in mid-2018.[1][2]

Attractions and Entertainment

Former attractions and entertainment

Restaurants

  • Bayside Brews
  • Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta
  • Corn Dog Castle
  • Don Tomas
  • Hot Dog Hut
  • Paradise Garden Grill
  • Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company
  • Ariel's Grotto (Restaurant) (closed on January 8, 2018)
  • Cove Bar (closed on January 8, 2018)

Shops

  • Boardwalk Bazaar (formerly Man Hat 'n' Beach)
  • California Scream Cam
  • Embarcadero Gifts
  • Midway Mercantile
  • Point Mugu Tattoo
  • Seaside Souvenirs
  • Treasures in Paradise
  • Sideshow Shirts (closed on January 8, 2018)

Re-Imagineering and Expansion

When the park first opened in 2001, Paradise Pier originally resembled a modern seaside amusement park, similar to that of the Santa Monica Pier, or Santa Cruz Boardwalk. As part of the Disney California Adventure $1.1 billion expansion project, Paradise Pier was re-themed to evoke the charm of Victorian era seaside amusement parks of the 1920s. The first change was the addition of Toy Story Midway Mania!, which opened on June 17, 2008. The boardwalk games were then re-themed to incorporate more familiar Disney characters (completed on April 7, 2009), and the Sun Wheel was transformed into Mickey's Fun Wheel with a new color scheme, new lighting effects, and a "pie-eyed" Mickey Mouse face replacing the original sun face (completed on May 4, 2009). Following these changes, the "Route 66" area was completely re-themed, with the "S.S. Rustworthy", and "Dinosaur Jack's Sunglass Shack" being completely demolished. The Orange Stinger underwent extensive re-theming to become Silly Symphony Swings, based on Walt Disney's short film "The Band Concert". Silly Symphony Swings opened on May 28, 2010. Cosmetic changes have also been made to California Screamin': the Mickey Mouse silhouette was altered to represent a sunburst pattern, with the large Paradise Pier sign that once sat below now hanging above the loop.

Walt Disney Imagineering created World of Color, a new nighttime spectacular featuring fountains and projection effects, for Paradise Bay. An area on the northern waterfront was repurposed into a viewing area for the show, known as Paradise Park. World of Color premiered on June 11, 2010, and plays nightly.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure—which replaced Golden Dreams—opened June 3, 2011. As of November 2010, Mulholland Madness was closed and reopened July 1, 2011, as "Goofy's Sky School", inspired by Walt Disney's 1940 short film Goofy's Glider. On the other side of Paradise Bay, Maliboomer was removed and replaced with a park.

In 2018, Paradise Pier will be partitioned. All attractions within the California Screamin area will be rethemed to Pixar Pier, while the rest remain untouched as Paradise Gardens Park.

References


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Buena Vista Street
Red Car Trolley
Hollywood Land
Disney Animation Building (Animation AcademyTurtle Talk with Crush) • Disney Junior - Live on Stage!Frozen: Live at the HyperionMonsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!Sunset Showcase Theater
Grizzly Peak
Grizzly River RunRedwood Creek Challenge TrailSoarin' Over California
Pacific Wharf
The Bakery TourWalt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar
Cars Land
Radiator Springs RacersMater's Junkyard JamboreeLuigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
Paradise Gardens Park
Goofy's Sky SchoolSilly Symphony SwingsGolden ZephyrJumpin' JellyfishThe Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Pixar Pier
IncredicoasterPixar Pal-A-RoundToy Story Midway Mania!Games of the Boardwalk
Super Heroes Land (Opening in 2020)
Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!
Current Entertainment
Paint the NightWorld of ColorDisney's Celebrate America
Former Attractions and Entertainment
A Bug's Land (Flik's FlyersFrancis' Ladybug BoogieHeimlich's Chew Chew TrainIt's Tough to Be a Bug! • Princess Dot Puddle Park • Tuck & Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies) • Aladdin: A Musical SpectacularCalifornia Screamin'Golden DreamsKing Triton's Carousel of the SeaLuigi's Flying TiresMaliboomerMuppet*Vision 3DSuperstar LimoThe Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorWho Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It!
Upcomings
Jessie's Critter CarouselInside Out Emotional Whirlwind
Resorts
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & SpaDisney's Paradise Pier Hotel