Disney has released full menus for the dining options in the San Fransokyo Square area based on Big Hero 6 in California Adventure at Disneyland Resort. This post offers a sneak peek at the entrees, sides, snacks, and drinks coming to the restaurants in this newly reimagined land.
Don’t get us wrong: Pacific Wharf is a lovely area where we eat there often, and we’re really looking forward to the San Fransokyo Square transformation. We just don’t want to get hopes up or for anyone to expect this to be a fully-fledged land with multiple attractions, entertainment, etc. It’s going to have a new meet & greet, retail, and expanded dining options. The change from Pacific Wharf to San Fransokyo Square is a essentially a plussing that should result in an incremental improvement–perhaps more for big fans of Big Hero 6!
With basic background out of the way, we’re excited to share that the San Fransokyo Square restaurants will start to introduce new menu offerings over the summer, starting with Lucky Fortune Cookery on July 19, 2023. In the weeks following, even more dining options will join the seaside plaza as the transformation continues through mid-August 2023.
The new Big Hero 6 neighborhood will be home to new locations like Aunt Cass Café, Port of San Fransokyo Cervecería, and Rita’s Turbine Blenders. Each of these spots will feature diverse menus with items like the Shrimp Katsu Sandwich or Beef Birria Ramen, and even a Baymax Sipper!
In addition to that, fan favorites from Lucky Fortune Cookery and Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill will still be available–and with new menu items to enjoy, too! Let’s take a look at the full menus of food and drinks coming to San Fransokyo Square…
Lucky Fortune Cookery (Available starting July 19, 2023)
Karaage-inspired Crispy Chicken Sandwich with slaw, and Togarashi mayonnaise on a potato bun served with garlic chips (New)
Beef Birria Ramen with consomé, served with house-made birria, soft boiled egg, Monterey Jack, cilantro, roasted corn, onions, and radish (New)
Yaki Udon with mushrooms, sugar snap peas, roasted red peppers, bok choy, and dark soy and hoisin sauces (New) (Plant-based)
Yaki Udon with Karaage-inspired Chicken with mushrooms, sugar snap peas, roasted red peppers, bok choy, and dark soy and hoisin sauces (New)
Baymax Macaron filled with chocolate-hazelnut spread and buttercream (New)
Peach Soju Citrus Cocktail: Citrus beverage with peach-flavored soju (New)
Firestone Walker Brewing Company, 805
Port of San Fransokyo Cervecería (Coming Soon!)
Garlic Pinwheel Chips Mix (New)
Karl Strauss Brewing Company Endless Summer Hard Seltzer: Mandarin Orange & Dragon Fruit (New)
Karl Strauss Brewing Company Moment of Zen: Japanese Rice Lager (New)
Karl Strauss Brewing Company Follow the Sun Blonde Ale
Karl Strauss Brewing Company Windansea Wheat Ale
Karl Strauss Brewing Company Red Trolley Ale
Karl Strauss Brewing Company Boat Shoes Hazy IPA
Karl Strauss Brewing Company Aurora Hoppyalis IPA
Coming Soon! Baymax Sipper at Multiple Locations
Baymax Sipper: Includes choice of fountain beverage at time of purchase (Limit two per person, per transaction; no discounts apply); Will be available at the following:
Lucky Fortune Cookery
Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill
Aunt Cass Café
In terms of commentary, this is almost too good to be true. As noted above, we love Pacific Wharf. There’s a reason every counter service restaurant in this area made our list of the 23 Best Restaurants at Disneyland Resort. This food court is really good, and underrated among Disneyland diehards (despite its popularity with the general public).
Disneyland Resort’s culinary team has done a fantastic job improving the menus around Pacific Wharf over the course of the last several years. There are items on each of these menus that can hold their own against real world counterparts in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, both of which are no slouch when it comes to Mexican and Asian cuisine.
My concern was that some or all of these items would be lost, and Disney would instead opt for more crowd-pleasing menus in what’s sure to be a popular area for tourists. Thankfully, that fear was unfounded. Every single standout entree is sticking around. Not only that, but the menus are all expanding, and some of the new additions sound both delicious and ambitious. (The only omission that I see is the bread pudding at Pacific Wharf Cafe, but that’s seasonal and often not listed on these menus–I wouldn’t be surprised if it sticks around or moves elsewhere.)
Not to search for the cloud cover on every sunshiny day, but I wonder how long all of this will last. It’s common for Disney’s culinary teams to aim high with new menus…only for those to run into the realities of theme park operations shortly after arrival. We’ve seen that time and time again, most recently with that snack stand near TRON Lightcycle Run at Magic Kingdom.
Disneyland Resort is different from a demographics perspective, so it probably won’t be a matter of guests ‘demanding’ more crowd-pleasing fare. Instead, the issue could come with kitchens being unable to efficiently prepare the wide variety of items. Hopefully this pessimism on my part also turns out to be unfounded, and the restaurants of San Fransokyo Square are wildly successful and end up ushering in a new era of ambitious menus at Disneyland Resort. If so, the culinary team’s next stop should be a detour around the bend into Cars Land, where the food scene is running on empty and the menus are a few years overdue for their annual tuneups.
What do you think of the news that Pacific Wharf will be reimagined as San Fransokyo Square from Big Hero 6? Looking forward to trying the new menu items, checking out the new shopping, or meeting Hiro and Baymax? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Any questions? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!