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Everything to Know About Pixar Fest & Pixar Pier

Exciting news for my fellow Disney-lovers! If you haven’t heard, Pixar is taking over at the Disneyland Resort this summer! From now until September 3rd, you can experience Pixar Fest when you visit The Happiest Place on Earth. Here, you’ll be able to interact with your favorite Pixar characters, enjoy dazzling entertainment and celebrate Pixar like never before. Plus – on June 23rd – you can be one of the first guests to experience the re-imagined Pixar Pier and the thrilling Incredicoaster. With so much to do, you won’t want to miss your chance to experience it all. Because of this, I’ve partnered up with my friends at Get Away Today to give you everything you need to know about Pixar coming to the Disneyland Resort this summer.

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Pixar Fest


At Pixar Fest, you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of delightful entertainment that will take you to “Infinity and Beyond!” The first parade that you’ll want to catch is the Pixar Play Parade. This beloved parade has made a comeback for Pixar Fest, but is now in Disneyland Park for the first time ever. On Main Street U.S.A., you’ll be able to see characters from Monsters University, The Incredibles, Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and more. Plus, you can also enjoy new floats like the Pixar Lamp, Pixar Ball, UP and Inside Out. The best part? This is the perfect parade for a hot summer day. With all-new water features, that might just get you wet, you’ll be able to stay cool as you party with some of your favorite Pixar pals. You can catch the Pixar Play Parade daily at 3:30 P.M. and 6:00 P.M.

Another fan-favorite making its return for Pixar Fest is the Paint the Night Parade – my favorite! This nighttime show was instantly loved during Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Celebration, so I was ecstatic when I heard it was coming back for Pixar Fest. Here, you’ll be able to dance and sing along to catchy tunes with cherished Disney and Pixar characters. Each character lights up the night with thousands of LED lights on their floats, making it an unforgettable sight to see. On June 15th, you won’t want to miss your chance to see The Incredibles make their grand-entrance to the Paint The Night Parade. With new features – a little bit of magic – The Incredibles float won’t be anything short of super. This parade is enjoyable for people of all ages, so you’ll want to make sure you catch it before it speeds out on September 3rd, 2018.

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To end your Disney day the perfect way, you’ll want to make time to see “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular.” With pyrotechnics, projections, music and scenes from Disney-Pixar films, you’ll be laughing – and maybe even crying – at this beautiful celebration of friendship. As a tip, you’ll want to make sure to watch this nighttime show from Main Street U.S.A., so you’re in the middle of all of the fun. “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” is a show you won’t want to miss.

Food & Fun:

Ya’ll know I’m all about the FOOD, right? Well, in addition to the entertainment, you’ll be able to enjoy over 50 food and beverage options during Pixar Fest! These Pixar-themed treats are not only delicious, but worthy of their own Instagram post! With delectable eats like Cheeseburger Pizza, Three Flavored Corn Dog and a Cocoa Churro, you’ll want to make sure you save room for it all! Plus, you’ll be able to meet your favorite Pixar pals at Paradise Gardens. Say hello to Mr. & Mrs. Incredible, Mike Wazowski, Sulley, Woody, Buzz and more! In addition to the character meet and greets, be sure to enjoy colorful décor located throughout Paradise Gardens.

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Pixar Pier


Pixar Pier will include four new neighborhoods for guests to enjoy. Each neighborhood is themed after a classic Pixar film. Enjoy Incredibles Park, Toy Story Boardwalk, Pixar Promenade and Inside Out Headquarters. Each neighborhood will include attractions, food and fun for everyone to enjoy.


While I can’t wait to see every detail of Pixar Pier, I’m most excited for the Incredicoaster. This re-imagined attraction has taken over for California Screamin’ and now features our favorite superhero family. This thrilling ride will take you on an adventure with The Incredible family as they try to rescue Jack-Jack after he escapes. With brand new effects, a renovated queue and an entire area dedicated to The Incredibles, I can’t wait to save the world the next time I visit Disney California Adventure!


When you need a break from all of the fun, make sure you stop and explore one of the many new dining options at Pixar Pier. If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, you can enjoy Poultry Palace, SeñorBuzz Churros, Angry Dogs or Adorable Snowman Treats. However if you want to have a unique dining experience, make sure to check out the Lamplight Lounge. With California gastro-pub themed food, you can dine right on the Pier. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy Pixar-themed knick-knacks, drawings and sketches located throughout the restaurant. No matter where you choose to eat, you’re in for some scrumptious grub!

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