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Monday, August 8, 2016

Music Mondays: Sunshine Plaza

When Disney California Adventure first opened, it was meant to depict the California of today. Nowhere was this more apparent than in its entry land named Sunshine Plaza.


The area was meant to be a place where guests could relax and people watch. Unlike other Disney theme parks, its architecture was supposed to be reflective of today instead of yesterday. To build up the California theme, the park featured songs tied to the Golden State. Eventually, the park decided to bring in a more nostalgic vibe and Sunshine Plaza  was remodeled into Buena Vista Street, which aimed to tell a story of California around the time that Walt Disney arrived in the state to follow his dreams.

The original Sunshine Plaza music loop was replaced, but here's the list of the songs it included:

California Dreamin' - The Mamas & the Papas

California Here I Come - Al Jolson

California Sun - The Rivieras

Avalon - Natalie Cole

Little Old Lady from Pasadena - Jan & Dean

San Fernando Valley - Bing Crosby

Surf City - Jan & Dean

San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie

Hooray for Hollywood - The Great Movie Ride
Route 66 - Natalie Cole

Do You Know the Way to San Jose - Dionne Warwick

California Girls - The Beach Boys

I Love LA - Randy Newman

Hollywood Nights - Bob Seegar

Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys

San Francisco Bay Blues - Peter, Paul & Mary

Twenty-Six Miles - The Four Preps