Disneyland Resort Donates Iconic ‘CALIFORNIA’ Letters

Kevin Rafferty, Jr.

by , Communications, WDI

The “CALIFORNIA” letters previously located in the esplanade of the Disney California Adventure park entrance have found a new home! The Disneyland Resort will donate the set of letters, which were removed to make way for the Disney California Adventure park expansion project, to the Friends of the California State Fair, a nonprofit organization that benefits California Exposition & State Fair (Cal Expo) in Sacramento. Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair and hundreds of other events annually.


Plans are underway to make the letters an integral part of a new Cal Expo entrance. The “CALIFORNIA” letters will make their way to their new home sometime in late September and will be placed high enough at the entrance to be seen from Exposition Boulevard. They’ll continue to create memories at a fitting location as Disney California Adventure park welcomes Cars Land and Buena Vista Street!

The donation is the latest among several other Disney California Adventure park artifacts over the last five years, including:

  • The cab of the California Zephyr train that was formerly the home of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream and Bakers Field Bakery was donated to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, Calif.
  • The sun icon that welcomed visitors to Sunshine Plaza was donated to the City of Anaheim for future use.
  • The giant toy train from EnginEARS Toys will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) for future use.
  • Postcards and displays from the Greetings From California store at the main entrance of Disney California Adventure park were donated to many Southern California nonprofit organizations and educational facilities, including the Boys & Girls Club of Tustin, the Anaheim Family YMCA, the Child Abuse Services Team office in Orange, the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, and Betsy Ross and Orange Grove elementary schools in Anaheim.
  • Signs and character displays from Greetings From California were donated to Pretend City in Irvine.
  • The Reboundo Beach surfboard basketball game was donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove.
  • Benches from throughout Disney California Adventure park were donated to the City of Anaheim for use in public spaces.


  • Very cool. Would have loved to have them here locally at the OC Fair!

  • As a Nor Cal resident, I’m thrilled to have a little pieceo of Disney history right here in my own backyard!
    All of the donations were very generous and it’s great to see how these other organizations will benefit from your gifts.

  • I used to live in Sacramento and we spent a lot of time at Cal Expo. I think it’s cool that they’re going to be getting the sign. Too bad they didn’t get it put in for the Fair this summer!

    I’m sorta curious what ever happened to the big, green dinosaur with the sunglasses. It was removed before they started on the Little Mermaid. It was one of my daughter’s favorite things in the park.

  • I’m secretly hoping some stuff ends up in WDW, kinda like how World of Motion animatronics ended up at California Adventure.

  • I miss seeing the CALIFORNIA letters during each visit. But glad those letters, and other items, found new places to shine. Thanks Disney for making the landfills less crowded.

  • That’s pretty awesome! A little more Disney in Northern California. I love it!

  • Thank you Disney corp for being so generous and helping to keep original California Adventure alive and contributing to the life and adventure that is California. Doug in Pomona, California 🙂

  • This is great! I’m so excited! I live directly across the street from the Cal Expo entrance. I will be able to see little bit of Disneyland every day now 🙂 Can’t wait until they put the letters in!

  • I’m glad to hear these pieces will still be around in SoCal. 😀 I for sure will be making a visit to these places to see their new homes. 😀

  • Neat! I’m glad so many bits of California Adventure are getting new homes… I’ll have to make a visit to the Cal Expo to say hello to the letters. 🙂

    I always liked the big mosaic panels that lined the top/side walls of the entrance — I hope those will make a comeback somewhere at California Adventure, or have been donated too. Fingers crossed!

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