The Disney Parks Blog recently released beautiful concept art for Disney California Adventure’s upcoming Grizzly Peak Airfield expansion, due to open in the summer of 2015.
The park’s Condor Flats area, themed to a desert aircraft test facility, will fade away to make room for Grizzly Peak Airfield.
The first phase of the expansion, the Smokejumpers Grill, will open March 20.
The Smokejumpers Grill replaces the Taste Pilots Grill eatery, which opened with Disney California Adventure in 2001. The new counter-service restaurant will take on a similar high-octane theme:
This new quick-service location takes inspiration from the brave men and women who fight wildfires in our California forests. In addition to a whole new look, the location will feature an updated menu with tasty items like a Bacon Cheddar Burger, Grilled Chicken & Jack Sandwich and Chili Cheeseburger!
Grizzly Peak Airfield will introduce “new building exteriors, landscape features and more to the former Condor Flats area,” according to the blog post.
Once complete, the area will immerse guests in the scenic California landscape: “Lush pine trees will bring cool areas of shade, making our guests feel they have been transported to California’s High Sierras.”
Soarin’ Over California, the flagship attraction of Condor Flats, will also receive “updates to its screen and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience.”
It may be more accurate to call Grizzly Peak Airfield an “enhancement” or “re-imagineering” of Condor Flats, as the park isn’t technically expanding in footprint. Look at the below Condor Flats overview to see what I mean:
The retheming of Condor Flats will no doubt enhance park guests’ experience. The Grizzly Peak area has always been one of my favorite parts of the park (from pictures, at least).
This reinvestment follows $1.1 billion in enhancements and additions to the park, which culminated in 2012 with the opening of Cars Land.
For more updates on Grizzly Peak Airfield, visit the Disney Parks Blog.
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