Disneyland Park has Sleeping Beauty Castle. Disney’s Epcot has the golf ball. Soon California Adventure will have another icon. It will be a towering replica of Hollywood’s famous Carthay Circle Theatre, where Walt Disney first premiered “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937. It will be one of the centerpieces of the new 1920s/1930s makeover of the park’s entrance, soon to be known as Buena Vista Street, the Carthay Circle Theater will be a restaurant and icon of the land.
After walking through the park’s new Pan-Pacific Auditorium-inspired turnstiles, underneath the Hyperion Bridge, and down the newly-redecorated street, guests will find themselves in front of Disney’s recreation of the Carthay Circle Theatre, home to a new high-end restaurant and lounge being developed by the chef of the award-winning Napa Rose restaurant.
As mentioned by Imagineers at the presentation a, two-story Carthay Circle Theater will offer a fine dining experience and comfortable lounge. In addition, a terrace will offer what they deemed as some of the park’s best parade viewing spots, with the new parade route running directly past the new location around the new hub. Disneyland’s fireworks will also be able to be seen from this vantage point, allowing Disney California Adventure guests to take in a little extra entertainment.
The map below, shown during the D23 Expo presentation, shows the park’s entrance at the top, Carthay Circle Theatre in yellow at the bottom, and the trolley route in red.
Visitors reaching the end of Buena Vista Street will find themselves in a circular park style environment, with plenty of foliage providing shade and benches to relax on near a striking, but not oversized fountain, with the large Carthay Circle Theatre sitting to one side as the largest building in the area.
But the new restaurant and lounge may not be all that that is set to fill the interior of the Carthay Circle Theatre. For months, rumors have circulated surrounding a version of Disneyland’s famed Club 33 for Disney California Adventure. The exclusive Club 33, hidden within Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, has a waiting list so long that they have closed the list. Proof that this may actually be on its way is that Disneyland Resort president George Kalogridis casually mentioned they are working on “some means of expanding our Club 33 offering.”
(Photos by Josh Daws.)