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  • [Pictures] Sunshine Plaza at Disney's California Adventure - Pictures

    My picture threads consist of images I have taken that focus on the architecture, landscape architecture, planning, design, and theming of the facilities highlighted. They may also contain short descriptions and commentary, but will not focus on construction progress or special events or memorabilia or food selections or my traveling companions. Hopefully these threads are a good introduction for those who have not seen these places yet. All killer, no filler!

    Sunshine Plaza photographed in December 2008:
    This is the only one of the five lands at the park without any attractions; instead, it serves as the entry area and hub from which the others radiate. It is also the most abstract, attempting to establish the park's overall theme, but fails to create a cohesive impression.

    Park Entry:
    The plaza between this park entrance and Disneyland's park entrance features giant letters that spell 'CALIFORNIA'. Subtle.







    Guest Services Buildings:
    The two buildings that surround the entry gates are decorated with an attractive abstract tile mosaic depicting scenes from the state and are successful in establishing the theme. Unfortunately, the style is misplaced in relation to the more realistic and stately Main Street Train Station that dominates Disneyland's entrance that faces this. Also, two adjacent forms compete for attention with the mosaic facades and lessen its impact: the Golden Gate Bridge and the Soarin' Over California attraction building.











    Golden Gate Bridge:
    This dismally-proportioned element serves as the concealment for the Disneyland Monorail track that crosses over the entry area. It is a poorly conceived beacon for the entrance which pales in comparison to Disneyland's. With an entry land designed to be an abstraction, why crown it with an element that depicts a very specific icon? It was obviously designed not to be an exact copy but more of a mannerist take on the famous bridge, but the effect is still neurotic.





    Greetings From California:
    This large souvenir shop complex is on one side of the entry walkway and is a good transition between the abstract tile mosaic facades and the adjacent Hollywood Backlot land facades.





    Shops and Food:
    Several shops and small food locations are located on the other side of the entry walkway from Greetings From California; instead of being similarly styled abstract facades, these occupy a more realistic recreation of the older Mission style train stations of the state.





    Sunshine Plaza:
    The hub itself is a plaza of sinuously curved planters and seatwalls with patches of broken inset tiles, all of which surround an abstract wave-like fountain at the base of a large abstract metal sun sculpture.







    Enjoy!

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    omg i love that picture of the golden gate bridge with the fireworks from disneyland in the background, it's sooooooo awesome!
    Originally posted by JungleCruiseFan
    You know what they say- The party don't start 'til Jordon walks in.
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    • #3
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      Yep! Now is the time to get your pictures of this area, 'cause it's ALL going away!!! HURRAY!!!!!!
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      • #4
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        whaaaaaat?? it is????
        Originally posted by JungleCruiseFan
        You know what they say- The party don't start 'til Jordon walks in.
        Originally posted by penguinsoda

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        • #5
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          [Ditto] It's gorgeous.
          MEOW.

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            These are good pics!! Thanks for sharin!(:
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            • #7
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              Originally posted by GummiBears_Rock View Post
              whaaaaaat?? it is????
              The only thing I'm going to miss is the Tile Mural...

              Oh and here is what's taking its place.

              Buena Vista Streets!

              http://micechat.com/forums/members/m...e-gallery.html

              This is Master Gracey's Photo Gallery of the new entrance plaza and street. Enjoy!

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              • #8
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                Also great photo's geomorph!

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                • #9
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                  Neat-o!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Sunshine Plaza at Disney's California Adventure - Pictures

                    For the remodel of this area, is anyone else bothered that the circular hub will not be on axis with the entrance? Does anyone have any opinions about the red cars being a hazard or a bother negotiating through crowds?

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                      Originally posted by geomorph View Post
                      For the remodel of this area, is anyone else bothered that the circular hub will not be on axis with the entrance? Does anyone have any opinions about the red cars being a hazard or a bother negotiating through crowds?

                      I had that initial gag reflex about the central hub, but you can blame it on the location of Grizzly, which in my opinion would have made the best central icon of the park. If it's CA, and our state animal is the bear, makes perfect sense to me.


                      Anwho, here's a few more details found in Sunshine Plaza. We can look back at this thread in 10 years and go "weird."


                      Various CALIFORNIA signage










                      In the lobby of Guest Relations is this mural



                      A blurry shot of Sunshine Plaza











                      Inside the Bakery is a mural of the train in action




                      Greetings from California... the one store in DCA that has quite literally three different signs.

                      The first:



                      The 2nd, taken at night



                      And the 3rd, the one we recognize the most




                      And, back when DCA celebrated Christmas, we'd get sand sculptures. (note the ABC Bistro in the background)




                      This was an accident





                      Ok that's it. Enjoy!


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                      • #12
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                        Nice photos everyone. Thank you!

                        I'm looking forward to this area being transformed with more dimension and detail. The plans for this area look beautiful.

                        I also wonder how the new street cars will work with the crowds. But they've seemed to manage just fine at Disneyland with the horse drawn trolleys for 50 years, so it will probably be ok.
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                          Question: How is there absolutely no one in your photos.
                          Like, I'm super jealous because half of my photos are ruined by people walking by.
                          Sometimes people add to the photos, but in this case, I love all the scenery with no distractions.

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                          • #14
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                            I'm really going to miss this space.
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                            • #15
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                              Awesome, yes I am patient with waiting for clear crowds for photos and usually visit at the most uncrowded days if possible!

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                              • #16
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                                Originally posted by geomorph View Post
                                Awesome, yes I am patient with waiting for clear crowds for photos and usually visit at the most uncrowded days if possible!
                                What time did you get a shot of "CALIFORNIA" in order for it to be absent of people? After DCA closed, i'm guessing.
                                I've always really wanted a photo of "CALIFORNIA" at sunset that has no people in it, but I can imagine that being impossible. The only possible alternative I could think of would be sunrise, but is that area even open to the public that early in the morning?

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                                • #17
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                                  Originally posted by Awesome View Post
                                  What time did you get a shot of "CALIFORNIA" in order for it to be absent of people? After DCA closed, i'm guessing.
                                  I've always really wanted a photo of "CALIFORNIA" at sunset that has no people in it, but I can imagine that being impossible. The only possible alternative I could think of would be sunrise, but is that area even open to the public that early in the morning?


                                  What you can do is put your camera on a tripod and take several photos from the same spot. What you then do is merge the many phtotos, removing the sections that contain people. You'll have a pristine shot that is free of anyone at all!

                                  It might require a ton of photos, but photoshop has a tool that does it.


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                                  • #18
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                                    Great pics - I'll miss Sunshine Plaza and the big letters when it's all gone.

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                                    • #19
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                                      Fully awesome pictures! These will be great to look at when Buena Vista Street takes over. I have a collection of old photos of Disneyland from a relative, and it's hard to believe some areas are even the same location today.

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Sunshine Plaza at Disney's California Adventure - Pictures

                                        Originally posted by Coheteboy View Post
                                        What you can do is put your camera on a tripod and take several photos from the same spot. What you then do is merge the many phtotos, removing the sections that contain people. You'll have a pristine shot that is free of anyone at all!

                                        It might require a ton of photos, but photoshop has a tool that does it.
                                        I just brought my nice camera to the park for the first time last month after ages of wanting to... I have a feeling the tripod won't happen for a while .
                                        That's a really good idea though, I've done that before with other photos.
                                        What I need is a backpack that holds a tripod, I have the LowPro Sling Bag (the smallest one that'll fit the camera and maybe 2 lenses), and there's no tripod place on that pack.

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