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Treasures in Paradise

Souvenirs, Toys,
Sweets, Novelties
Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2001

Welcome to Treasures in Paradise! According to the official website, “Your search is over! Find a fun-filled treasured souvenir for the child on your list—children’s apparel; children’s hats; toys and dolls; saltwater taffy and other sweets.”


The exterior is a stucco box perforated by a series of openings and decorated with tile trim. A striped canopy in one corner is topped by an elaborate tower with the main sign at its base.

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WiseBearAZ” Moore, 2001

Fancy sign

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WiseBearAZ” Moore, 2001

Main entrance

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2001

Rear entrances—not as fancy

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photos by Chris Bales, 2017

Artifacts and wooden trim

The decor here features artifacts that harken back to the great California amusement piers of the early 20th century. Treasures in Paradise might be the best themed shop at Paradise Pier.

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2017

Poster for “Azalea, the Fabulous Female Illusionist,” behind the counter

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Amusement park antique

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2001

Genuine Lusse Auto Skooter bumper car from the 1940s as decor

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2017

Carousel horse as a fixture topper

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2017

Carousel animals and defunct amusement pier emblems

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2017

More carousel animals and defunct amusement pier emblems

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Pacific Ocean Park, competitor to Disneyland

Okay, real shops at amusement piers of the early twentieth century would not have contained carousel animals and emblems of competitors. But, hey, Treasures in Paradise still comes across as much more authentic than Man Hat n’ Beach.


Treasures in Paradise was an opening-day shop at Disney’s California Adventure (now Disney California Adventure). Its official opening date was February 8, 2001.

The exterior color palette of Treasures in Paradise changed during an early round of placemaking at the park.

The store operated for almost 17 years without any major changes inside. The merchandise changed, but the decor didn’t.

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2008

The corner tower with the updated color palette

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2008

White stucco

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Still selling candy and items for children

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Well-themed detail

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

During the Duffy period

Tokyo Disneyland had a big merchandising success with Duffy, the Disney Bear—the teddy bear with a Mickey Mouse silhouette on his face.

Hoping to replicate this success, Disney California Adventure introduced a Duffy meet-and-greet near Treasures in Paradise in 2010—with Duffy bears, outfits for the bear, books, and accessories inside. Who could resist a $25 teddy bear and a $15 sailor outfit?

The Duffy meet-and-greet lasted four years in California.

Treasures in Paradise at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2017

2017, the final full year of Treasures in Paradise

When Paradise Pier began its transformation into Pixar Pier on January 8, 2018, Treasures in Paradise closed permanently. The building remained, with its tower modified. Its interior would be unrecognizable, even though the trim and lattice from the old store were reused, often just with a coat of new white paint.

Knick Knick poster

© Disney-Pixar

Knick Knack

Knick Knack was a Pixar short, written and directed by John Lasseter, with original music by Bobby McFerrin. In a series of gags, a snowman seeks to escape from a souvenir snow globe, enticed by the tropical knick knacks nearby.

There were two versions of Knick Knack. The original wowed computer graphics professionals at the SIGGRAPH conference in Boston, July 1989—more than six years before the November 1995 release of Pixar’s first feature, Toy Story. It was the fifth short from Pixar if you start with The Adventures of André & Wally B. (1984) from the part of Lucasfilm that would become Pixar in 1986. A 2003 remake of Knick Knack was part of the theatrical release of Finding Nemo.

Nineteen years after its original release, a playful modification of the title Knick Knack provided the name for the store that replaced Treasure in Paradise—Knick’s Knacks.

Knick’s Knacks at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2018

Tranformation into Knick’s Knacks, 2018

Knick’s Knacks at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2018

Open for business, but still behind a construction wall

Knick’s Knacks at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2018

Pixar merchandise

Knick’s Knacks at Disney California Adventure

Photo by James Dempsey, 2018

Pixar decor

Knick’s Knacks at Disney California Adventure

Photo by James Dempsey, 2018

Pixar logo and display behind the counter

Knick’s Knacks at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2018

On-location character sketch artist

Knick’s Knacks is a fitting name for a store that celebrates Pixar animation at the entrance to Pixar Pier—and sells knickknacks, among other things.


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