PICTORIAL: PIXAR FEST launches at the Disneyland Resort bringing entertainment, food and fun

This summer it’s a full-blown Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort and every inch of the property is ready for the celebration. A whole bunch of new entertainment, food, shopping, decorations, and more have debuted and are ready to enjoy now though September 3!

We’ll take a full look at all the festivities waiting for you now. ENJOY!

At Disney California Adventure

Paint the Night

The immensely popular nighttime parade which originally debuted at Disneyland is swapping parks to make its debut along the Parade Corridor at Disney California Adventure. The longer parade route should help ensure everyone who wants to scope a spot gets their chance.

MORE INFO: WATCH: Popular PAINT THE NIGHT parade debuts at Disney California Adventure for #PixarFest

Pixar Pals

Paradise Gardens has become the Pixar Pals area of the park and includes the Pixarmonic Orchecstra, Character Greetings, photo-ops, and AP Corner.

The Pixarmonic Orchestra

Enjoy the whimsical sounds of this traveling troupe paying homage to Pixar favorites. They use unconventional instruments including cowbells, kazoos, duck calls, sirens and slide whistles.

MORE INFO: MUST-WATCH: The PIXARMONIC ORCHESTRA bring surprisingly awesome quirky whimsical sound to #PixarFest

Character Greetings

Snap a selfie, get an autograph, and get some quality face-time with your favorite Pixar characters at Paradise Gardens. Expect to see rotating sets with characters including Woody & Buzz, Mike & Sulley, Mr. & Mrs. Incredible, Flik & Atta and Russell & Dug. You can find characters rotating under the rotunda and walking around the land.

It’s also great for some selfies without characters, too!

Coco Photo Opp

AP Corner

Located in the Pixar Pals area, the popular offering for Annual Passholders includes a special photo location, removable decals, and AP-exclusive merch options too.

MORE INFO: AP-exclusive perks for Pixar Fest include new popcorn buckets, keepsakes, and more

Pixar Shorts Film Festival

The Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land is now home to “film festival” of rotating favorites including Pixar shorts such as For the Birds and Lava.

MORE INFO: PICTORIAL: ‘Pixar Shorts Film Festival’ lands with concept art, maquettes, and adorable screentime

Blueberry Scout Jamboree 2018

Activities and coloring tables are a low-key way to pass sometime inbetween FastPasses or to escape the heat. Face Painting available for extra cost.

Knick Knacks

Although its exterior is still under refurbishment, the former Treasures in Paradise gift shop reopened as a Pixar merchandise headquarters.

More to Explore

Pixcar Film Festival Photo Opp is at the entrance to Cars Land which now features two recreations of the spoof characters of Woody and Buzz as toys in “Toy Car Story.” There’s also new posters on promotion at the Radaiator Springs Drive Inn including The Incredicars, Fueling Nemo, Monster Trucks, Inc. and Toy Car Story.

More Pixar Fun

Of course, you can also find the same classic Pixar adventures with Cars Land, “A Bug’s Land”, Toy Story Mania!, Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley To the Rescue!, and Turtle Talk with Crush!

At Disneyland

Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular

The highlight of Pixar Fest at Disneyland is the brand-new dazzling fireworks spectacle dedicated to the Pixar characters. See Buzz Lightyear zoom about over the castle and witness the entire balloon-floated house of Carl Fredricksen from Up.

As to be expected the show comes alive on the facades of Sleeping Beauty Castle, Main Street, USA, “it’s a small world,” and on mist screens along the Rivers of America.

MORE INFO: WATCH: Full video of surprise debut “Together Forever: A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular”

Pixar Play Parade

Earlier in the day, you can “countdown to fun” now that the classic Disney California Adventure Parade has moved over to Disneyland! The classic parade gets a small update with a few notable updates that include the Pixar lamp plus small floats for characters from Up and Inside Out!

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MORE INFO: WATCH: ‘PIXAR PLAY PARADE’ debuts new floats for #PixarFest premiere at Disneyland

Alien Pizza Planet

Red Rockett’s Pizza Port has been invaded by little green aliens (from Toy Story) and they’ve brought in some dishes from their native land. Apparently, they love pesto pasta and cheeseburger pizzas!

MORE INFO: PICTORIAL: ALIEN PIZZA PLANET invades Disneyland bringing #PixarFest takeover of Italian eatery

More Pixar Fun

Of course, you can still meet and greet with characters including Merida in Fantasyland and Woody and Jessie in Frontierland.

You can also find the same classic Pixar adventures with Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. You can also find Pixar characters in “it’s a small world” and Fantasmic!

At Downtown Disney

Some oddly abstract piñata “topiaries” add a splash of color to Downtown Disney.

Around the Resort

Merchandise Options

Of course, there’s tons of purchasables to drain your wallet.

MORE INFO: Take a peek at the food and merch options coming for PIXAR FEST at Disneyland Resort

Dining Options

No Disney celebration is complete without the pre-requisite sampling of sips and bites themed for the celebration. There’s a ton to enjoy for Pixar Fest.

MORE INFO: Take a peek at the food and merch options coming for PIXAR FEST at Disneyland Resort

Dining Packages

If you’d prefer to skip the stress of securing a spot you can always enjoy a dining package! There’s quite a few to chose from for Paint the Night and Pixar Play Parade.

PAINT THE NIGHT Parade Dining Packages

At Wine Country Trattoria: Enjoy a three-course meal and get vouchers for reserved parade viewing.

At Carthay Circle Restaurant: Enjoy a four-course meal and get vouchers for reserved parade viewing.

PAINT THE NIGHT Parade Reception

At Sonoma Terrace: Parade viewing from reserved seating at Sonoma Terrace with a charcuterie and desserts served plus wine, beer and other non-alcoholic beverages. It also includes box of tasty truffles!

  • $79 per person (tax and gratuity included)

MORE INFO: Sonoma Terrace “Paint the Night” Parade Reception

PIXAR PLAY PARADE Dining Package

At Plaza Inn: Parade reserved viewing at Plaza Inn with picnic-inspired meal with a chicken breast and leg, white cheddar macaroni and cheese, lemon green beans, watermelon salad, pudding dessert and your choice of beverage. The kid’s meal includes chicken tenders, choice of side, fruit, pudding dessert and your choice of beverage. Vegetarian options are available upon request.

  • $39.99 per adult – tax not included; gratuity not required
  • $24.99 per child (ages 3-9) – tax not included; gratuity not required

MORE INFO: “Pixar Play Parade” Dining Packages

Later This Year

Incredibles join Paint the Night parade in June with a dazzling new float in celebration of the upcoming Incredibles 2.

Pixar Pals Dance Party debuts June 8 at the Tomorrowland Terrace. Expect to see Russell, Dug, Woody, Jessie, the Green Army Men and more.

Pixar Pier is on track for a grand opening on June 23. You can follow along for the latest Pixar Pier news and construction updates here.

See it for Yourself

Pixar Fest is a massive celebration taking place now at the Disneyland Resort from April 13 – September 3, 2018.

Author: Joey Inigo

I have been a part of MouseInfo.com since 2003. I enjoy visiting the Happiest Place on Earth and am happy to talk about Disney Parks all day long.

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