Unofficial Guide to San Fransokyo Square at Disney California Adventure

San Fransokyo Square at Disney California Adventure

The Disneyland Resort recently debuted a brand-new land, and today the Unofficial Guides team is taking you on a tour of San Fransokyo Square, the Big Hero 6-inspired area at Disney California Adventure.

Building with sign reading San Fransokyo Square and Big Hero 6 character banners at Disney California Adventure
The West Coast meets the Far East in our Unofficial tour of Baymax’s new San Fransokyo Square at Disney California Adventure. (Photos/video by Seth Kubersky)

San Fransokyo Square started life as a Cannery Row–inspired eatery area adjacent to Paradise Bay, originally named Pacific Wharf. The majority of this small section was remodeled in 2023 after the futuristic metropolis from Marvel’s Big Hero 6, with a multicultural aesthetic that merges the California coast with Japanese designs.

San Fransokyo Square is situated along the kidney-shaped lake in the center of Disney California Adventure and can be accessed by following the Performance Corridor, a pathway emanating from the hub at 7 o’clock and winding around Grizzly Peak.

The main entrance to San Fransokyo Square is reached by crossing a scaled-down replica of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, which has now been adorned with Tori gate-style lintels. Two other exits in the area’s rear lead towards Cars Land.

Start by watching our 4K POV walk-through video of the entire San Fransokyo Square:

As was the case with Pacific Wharf, you won’t find any rides or shows inside San Fransokyo Square. Instead, the main attraction here is eating, and this compact area boasts some of the park’s best quick-service restuarants.

Pacific Wharf Café was always one of our favorite lunch spots at DCA, but we may like it even better as Aunt Cass Café. The seaside structure is unchanged, but it’s now been decorated with an abundance of lucky cat symbols.

Fresh salads and soups served in hollowed-out sourdough loaves from San Francisco’s famous Boudin Bakery are still the specialties here, but the ingredients now have an Asian spin. Our favorite new items are the clam chowder—which still has heaps of clams but is now even tastier with bacon and white miso—and the flavorful vegan soba noodle salad with edamame.

Other new options include shrimp katsu salad, as well as a fluffy Japanese-style cheesecake so popular that it often sells out. If you’re thirsty, try the tangy honey lemonade with popping boba or the deceptively smooth soju citrus cocktail.

Across from Aunt Cass Café sits Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill, which has made some welcome additions to its already excellent menu of Cali-Mex favorites, in addition to the beloved quesabirria tacos.

Chief among our new top picks are the tacos dorados de papa, with spicy crisp potatoes and vegan crema, and the togarashi mayo-topped street corn.

Last and least is the Lucky Fortune Cookery, which has again updated its rice bowls and other Asian-inspired fare with underwhelming results.

The yaki udon fried noodles were forgettable, and the karaage chicken topping was far from crispy, while the pot stickers taste previously frozen. The strawberry lychee cocktail is somewhat cloying and not nearly as potent as the Japanese mule that was previously available.

If your thirst still isn’t quenched by those eateries, San Fransokyo Square also has two freestanding bars. Rita’s Turbine Blenders, located in the center of the Square, mixes up frozen margaritas and cocktails in a variety of fruit flavors.

Located adjacent to Cocina Cucamonga, the Port of San Fransokyo Cerveceria pours a full range of draft Karl Srauss brews.

No matter where you eat in San Fransokyo Square, be sure to use the Mobile Ordering feature in Disney’s smartphone app to cut your wait time. Despite dining during peak lunchtime on a couple of different busy days, we never waited more than 10 minutes to receive our food using the mobile option.

Once you get your meal, you may have trouble finding a place to sit in this newly popular area. Look along the shoreline around the corner from the Cerveceria, and don’t be shy about asking smaller parties to share a long communal table.

The one major addition to San Fransokyo Square is an outdoor meet-and-greet opportunity with the robotic healthcare companion Baymax.

The balloon-like costume is adorable, and long lines form for Baymax’s healing hugs. But before lining up to meet him, be warned that Baymax frequently experiences “battery issues” that postpone his appearances.

Near Baymax’s greeting area, you’ll find a shaded alcove that serves as the San Fransokyo Maker’s Market, selling toys and souvenirs related to the Big Hero 6 franchise.

Look above the shelving units for replicas of the battling bots seen in the film.

One element of the old Pacific Wharf that survived the transition to San Fransokyo Square essentially unchanged is the Bakery Tour hosted by Boudin Bakery, a walk-through attraction featuring hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Colin Mochrie via video.

The tour takes visitors through the history of the Boudin Bakery and also explains how the bread is baked for various restaurants across Disneyland Resort. There’s never a wait to enter this attraction, and you get a small bread sample as you walk in, making it a great way to kill 10 minutes.

Finally, if the bread sample whets your appetite, you can buy a full-size loaf (including ones shaped like Baymax) at the café adjoining the exit. Next door is the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, where you can indulge in ice-cream sundaes (or just inhale the free aromas) while admiring an animated diorama of San Francisco.

Have you visited San Fransokyo Square yet? What do you think of the latest land at Disney California Adventure? Let us know in the comments below!

For all there is to see and do at Disneyland, check out The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland by Seth Kubersky with Bob Sehlinger, Len Testa, and Guy Selga Jr. All Disneyland fans should also check out The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream by Sam Gennawey.

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1 Comment

  1. Annie November 8, 2023Reply

    Interesting hybrid attraction. I love the Baymax shaped bread loaves–charming! and they look tasty, too.

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