Carthay Circle Theatre lights up as walls come down around new Disneyland Resort restaurant

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Yesterday Disneyland Resort brought down the walls that have surrounded the new Carthay Circle Theatre since its construction began many months ago. This new icon of the Disney California Adventure theme park will feature a lounge, Archives exhibit, restaurant, and the exclusive 1901 club. Although none of that is open to the public quite yet, guests visiting the park can now get the first sense of what the area will be like when Buena Vista Street fully opens next month.

Take a look at the Carthay Circle Theatre at sunset and after dark in the video below, followed by photos of many of its details.

Video: Carthay Circle Theatre and Restaurant unveiled at Disney California Adventure

Located at the end of Buena Vista Street, the Carthay Circle Theatre will act as a “weenie,” drawing guests into the park. Its peak is even visible outside the Disney California Adventure turnstiles.

Carthay Circle Theatre

Carthay Circle Theatre

The Carthay Circle marquee makes it clear that while the building is modeled after the old Hollywood theater (now demolished), inside actually resides a restaurant with “premiere cuisine.”

Carthay Circle Theatre marquee

To the right of the building, a ticket window plays off the theatre theme while the plaque next to it explains the significance of the Carthay Circle Theatre, where Walt Disney premiered “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” many decades ago.

Carthay Circle Theatre

Carthay Circle Theatre plaque

Carthay Circle Theatre

Out front, Cast Members show off the swanky new costumes, slightly different for lunch and dinner service.

Carthay Circle Theatre costume

Carthay Circle Theatre costume

In promotion of the restaurant’s opening, Cast Members are handing out business cards with reservation information.

CMs are handing out these Carthay Circle Restaurant opening day reservation business cards. Cool collectible. #fb

Lunch and dinner menus are posted, similar in content and prices.

Carthay Circle Theatre menu

Carthay Circle Theatre menu

Sophisticated details surround the Carthay Circle Theatre.

Carthay Circle Theatre

Carthay Circle Theatre

Carthay Circle Theatre

At night, hues of orange and purple illuminate the structure. I’m told there will also be Hollywood premiere-style search lights on top of the building when it opens.

Carthay Circle Theatre

Carthay Circle Theatre at night

The Carthay Circle Theatre will make its grand debut on June 15, 2012, along with Buena Vista Street and Cars Land, marking the completion of a 5-year improvement project for Disney California Adventure.


  1. Jeff Lynch

    Okay, this might be a dumb question, but do you need to buy a park ticket to eat there?

    I have always wondered that about some fancy Disney restaurants…if you need to buy tickets to eat there.

    Because to eat somewhere fancy, I feel the need to dress up but I would not want to be dressed up if I am going to a Disney park to ride attractions…so do people just buy a ticket and then not go into the park but just head right to the restaurant?

    How does this work?

  2. Amy Waite

    Jeff – it really depends on where the restaurant is. If it is located inside one of the theme parks then a ticket will be nesecary as you cannot enter the park without a ticket. Seems silly I know, but unfortunately this is the way Disney has decided to do it. However you do not need a ticket to eat in the resurants inside of down town Disney. Hope this helps :)

  3. Craig

    This is the equivalent of Disneyland’s Blue Bayou. Checked out the menu today! Be prepared to spend some dough!

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