The popular Magic Key Terrace at Disney California Adventure is set to undergo a lavish upgrade that will refresh the largely under utilized lounge space reserved exclusively for Disney’s most ardent fans with a Magic Key annual pass membership.

According to the OCR, work began today on the location which will remain open as it undergoes a re-theming initiative that will expand the usable space and add a much-needed refresh to the area.

Expanding into the short-lived space created as the Vineyard Room at the Golden Vine Winery,  the renovation will add new furniture, lighting fixtures, draperies, tile work, stained glass and murals inspired by a pair of adorable animal mascots – namely a regal peacock to represent the covered portion of the space and a feral cat known to roam the area called Nutmeg to represent the uncovered terrace.

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Walt Disney Imagineering’s Kim Irvine shared with the OC Register some of the details going into the renovation including a new layer of backstory that envisions the building as a beautiful hacienda recently purchased by a young couple that wants to keep the charm of the old place while adding some comfortable contemporary touches. Highlights include:

  • A new mural (shown above) created by Walt Disney Imagineering illustrator Leslee Turnbull
  • Beige adobe plaster walls and hacienda architectural styling will remain
  • A contemporary splash will be layered including saturated blues, turquoises and greens
  • Custom-made Mexican tile with peacock and cat designs that will line the columns in each room interspersed with other accent tiles.
  • Climbing vines and banana trees will surround a gurgling wall fountain
  • Palm trees in tall vases will serve as accents.
  • Wrought iron lighting fixtures will brighten the space
  • Floor-to-ceiling drapes will help soften the sound in the covered lounge area

The covered lounge will reportedly sport “teak high-top tables along the arched windows for watching parades, nighttime spectaculars and the world pass by. Stained-glass windows with the peacock motif will replace dark brown shutters [while] the uncovered terrace will have lower lounge chairs and coffee tables made of teak wood with furniture pads in the blue, turquoise and green color palette.”

See it for Yourself

Magic Key Terrace will remain open during its expansion and transformation. A completion date has not yet been announced.

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