Yester California Adventure at Yesterland

Candy Shoppe

on Sunshine Plaza
Former Candy Shoppe at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2007

Here at Sunshine Plaza, the shop names tend to involve puns. There’s Baker’s Field Bakery, Engine-Ears Toys, and Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream.


You might think a candy shop here would have a name like La Candyada Candies, or maybe Topanga Candyon Confections, or even Candyoga Park Sweets. But the candy shop has a rather straightforward name. It’s simply called Candy Shoppe.

Former Candy Shoppe at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2004

Looking in from Greetings From California

In addition to having an entrance from Sunshine Plaza, there’s also access from inside Greetings from California, the big store next door.

The interior of the Candy Shoppe features artwork representing the official state flower of California—the California poppy (Eschscholzia californica).

Former Candy Shoppe at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2007

The centerpiece of the store

The interior is fun and festive. A sculpture of stylized California poppies dominates the center of the space. Murals show fields of poppies in bloom. Other poppy art sits on high shelves. The contemporary style of the interior is out of sync with the vintage exterior architecture. But does that really matter to anyone?

Former Candy Shoppe at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2010

One of cases of treats

Chances are, however, that you came here for the candy, not to admire the art. There plenty of prepackaged candy items. Almost all of them have beloved Disney characters on the packaging. There are also cases with freshly made treats.

Former Candy Shoppe at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2010

Goofy’s Mostly Sour Powder Candy

Former Candy Shoppe at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2010

Main Street Popcorn

Former Candy Shoppe at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2009

Candy Shoppe at night

Even if you don’t buy a treat in the Candy Shoppe, you can now say you’ve seen the world-famous California poppies.


The Candy Shoppe at Disney’s California Adventure opened in February 2001 as one of the original stores in the park. It lasted more then ten years. In August 2011, the Candy Shoppe closed permanently as part of the transformation from Sunshine Plaza to Buena Vista Street.

Former Candy Shoppe at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Kaldari, 2009, public domain, from Wikimedia Commons

California poppies

The original concept for Disney’s California Adventure was to honor notable regions and landmarks of California, including Wine Country, Hollywood, and even the Golden Gate Bridge. With the California poppy design motif of the Candy Shoppe, California Adventure showcased another California icon.

One of the most amazing features of California is the annual wildflower boom in the state’s high deserts. The cup-shaped, bright orange California poppy was named California’s official state flower in 1903.

California Poppies in the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Photo by Boris D, 2003, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, from Wikimedia Commons

A field of California Poppies in the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

The California poppy blooms in many parts of California. The flower is especially dramatic if you visit the western Antelope Valley at just the right time to see vast stretches blanketed with California poppies and bathed in sunshine.

Before the Buena Vista Street transformation, the front of the park been a disjointed mishmash. The Candy Shoppe was no exception. Its exterior had more in common with the nearby Hollywood Studios Backlot (now Hollywood Land) than with the tile murals, 50-foot Sun Icon, stainless steel train cars, and stores with gaudy signs such as the one for Engine-Ears Toys.

Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

One of the entrances of Elias & Co.

The former Candy Shoppe is now part of Elias & Co., Disney California Adventure’s largest merchandise location.

The re-do Imagineers and contractors had to perform dramatic surgery on the front of the park to create Buena Vista Street—with the notable exception of the Candy Shoppe façade. It’s largely unchanged; only the sign and paint are different. The circa-1930 architecture provides an appropriate transition from the 1920s at the front of Buena Street to the 1930s of Hollywood Land.

Inside Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Inside Elias & Co.

The California poppies are gone. Now, an elegant interior harmonizes with the circa-1930 exterior.


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