SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Help is needed to bring a piece of Disney’s California Adventure to Sacramento.
The park’s huge letters that spell out “California” have been donated to the California State Fair.
But getting those huge, heavy, letters here is proving to be a bit of a problem.
These 10 letters spelled good luck when Disney, Undergoing Renovations, decided to donate its “California” sign to Cal Expo.
“It was about the beginning of May when they said the decision had been made and they wanted to do an announcement,” said Norbert Bartosik, CEO Cal Expo.
It was a good get that fairgoers are excited to see.
“I think that’s cool. I think Disney does a good job at giving back and it’ll be an exciting thing for the kids to see here in Sacramento too,” said one parent.
But when Cal Expo leaders read between the lines, they found some hidden costs. Getting the letters from Southern California to Sacramento, plus installation, would cost $10,000 a piece.
You do the math, that’s a $100,000, and it wasn’t in the budget.
“We’re talking about 8,000 to 10,000 pounds on each letter,” said Bartosik.
The writing was on the wall, the letters were sitting storage with no way to get them to Sacramento. Until, the Twin Rivers Adult Truck Driving School stepped in offering their time and two trailers to get the 80,000 pound sign to Sacramento.
“They’ll make two trips, on each time with a set of letters to make it work,” said Bartosik.
It’s a California-sized donation with a Disney storybook ending.
“People like to give back, like this morning when (the school) called and said we’d like to help Cal Expo. You helped us when we were first starting out and the truck driver school is willing to make this work,” said Bartosik.
Cal Expo isn’t sure where it’ll put the sign and is still in need of donations to install the letters once they get here.
The truck driving school says it will pick up the sign in a few weeks.