A pounding and pulsating collection of J-Pop music that has been playing on a constant loop at Walt Disney Imagineering Art Director Michael Dobrzycki’s desk for the past few months is about to become the soundtrack for San Fransokyo Square at Disney California Adventure.
“It was a super fun loop to work on,” Dobrzycki said during a San Fransokyo Square press preview. “If you stay in the land for 90 minutes, you’ll hear the full loop.”
J-Pop tunes will be the ubiquitous background music heard throughout San Fransokyo Square when DCA’s newest themed land officially debuts on Aug. 31.
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The first new San Fransokyo Square menu items will begin rolling out on Wednesday, July 19 as Imagineering continues the transformation of the former Pacific Wharf food court into a tribute to the “Big Hero 6” film.
DCA visitors waiting in line for food or sitting down to eat in San Fransokyo Square may find themselves tapping their foot along with the bright and cheery J-Pop tunes or chewing a little faster to the high energy beat.
The San Fransokyo Square soundtrack loop will feature Japanese pop music from 2014 when “Big Hero 6” was released in theaters as well as more current songs from the music genre.
Dobrzycki started building the San Fransokyo Square soundtrack from a fun and bouncy music loop used at the Epcot World Showcase in Florida.
“If you’re really into your music, you’ll notice there are some tracks from the Japanese Pavilion,” Dobrzycki said.
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Dobrzycki rounded out the San Fransokyo Square soundtrack with contemporary J-Pop songs that worked well with the 2014 era tunes and Epcot World Showcase loop.
“They’re very bright,” Dobrzycki said. “They’re very poppy.”
There are also four songs interspersed throughout the San Fransokyo Square soundtrack from the Baymax Happy Ride at Tokyo Disneyland.
“They’re shorter bursts,” Dobrzycki said. “But they’re in there as well.”
San Fransokyo served as the central location in the Disney computer-animated superhero film drawing upon inspirations from San Francisco and Tokyo to create the fictional metropolis.
Reimagining the Pacific Wharf food court — which has remained largely unchanged since DCA opened in 2001 — is intended to infuse the land with more Disney storytelling and characters.
Visitors will be able to pose for photos in DCA’s San Fransokyo with Hiro Hamada and Baymax, the adolescent hero from the film and his inflatable healthcare robot sidekick. The thematic refresh will introduce a new Japanese restaurant called Aunt Cass Cafe and a beer garden dubbed the Port of San Fransokyo Cerveceria.