This Brand New Disneyland Festival Is Every Pixar Fan’s Dream
If you tear up just thinking about the Carl and Ellie montage from “Up,” you’re going to lose it over Disneyland’s latest Pixar news.
Disneyland announced details on Thursday about the brand new Pixar Fest, an event that encompasses all things “Toy Story,” “Cars,” “Inside Out,” and more.
As was previously announced by Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek at the D23 Expo in August, Pixar Fest will help fans celebrate their favorite Disney Pixar characters during an all-new park experience.
The limited event will begin on April 13, 2018 and is described as a “celebration of friendship.” The festival will include a new fireworks show and the return of two parades featuring even more Pixar characters, as well as themed decor, entertainment, food, beverages and merchandise for the Pixar lovers among us. The Pixar Shorts film festival will also run through much of Pixar Fest at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Disney California Adventure.
According to the Disney Parks Blog, a nighttime show called “Together Forever - A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” will also begin on April 13, featuring pyrotechnics, musical favorites and story projections on iconic Disneyland locations like the Sleeping Beauty Castle and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. Buzz Lightyear will even make an appearance, flying over the castle for the special occasion.
The “Paint the Night” Parade will also return with more Pixar stories and characters from “Toy Story, Monsters Inc.” and “Cars,” and a brand new parade called the “Pixar Play Parade” will also weave its way through the park. The iconic Pixar Luxo lamp is even promised to open the show.
A Pixar-themed musical group in the Paradise Gardens area, as well as plentiful character meet and greets will round out the Pixar-filled fun.
The festival also signals the beginning of a larger Pixar expansion in Anaheim. As was also announced at this year’s D23 Expo, part of Disney California Adventure park will get a permanent Pixar makeover when Paradise Pier transforms into Pixar Pier. The area will feature neighborhoods and characters from “The Incredibles,” “Inside Out,” and “Toy Story,” among others.
Although an official opening date has not been announced for the immersive Pixar area, a previous Disney Parks Blog post said that the Pier would open during Pixar Fest 2018. Therefore, it seems probable that the area could open during the festivities or soon after.