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We had a spring trip to Disneyland planned and we were thrilled to find out that the last day of our trip just happened to be the very first day of Pixar Fest at the Disneyland resort. Having had the chance to experience Pixar Fest, I can say without a doubt, you don’t want to miss this celebration of all things Pixar happening this summer at both Disneyland and California Adventure.
Pixar Fest runs through September 3, 2018. To plan your vacation, I highly recommend booking a package deal through Get Away Today. You will find that booking a package with Get Away Today can save you some serious money. Use the code THRIVING10 to save an additional $10 on your Disneyland package. Here are the fun things you can expect to find during Pixar Fest at the Disneyland resort.
Together Forever Nighttime Spectacular – Oh my goodness, this show is amazing! I recommend viewing this show in the middle of Main Street. While images are projected onto the castle, they are also projected onto the buildings of Main Street and if you plant yourself directly in front of the castle you will miss some of the amazingness.
Main street will get crowded! We were there on opening night and we started waiting 45 minutes before the show started and we were all the way back at the entrance of main street (right next to the Emporium). At first I was a little bummed that we were so far away from the castle, but once the show started, I loved the location. I assume it will be even busier in the middle of summer.
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One of the highlights of the show is the Up Balloon soaring over Sleeping Beauty Castle. Seeing the balloon soaring into the sky brings all the feels!
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Paint the Night Parade – My all-time favorite parade returns for Pixar Fest!! This is the same parade that ran during Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration, only this time it runs through California Adventure and it includes a brand-new float featuring The Incredibles. This is another must-see in my book! I love the catchy music and all the bright lights!
Pixar Play Parade – The Pixar Play Parade also makes a return and this time it winds down the streets of Disneyland (it used to be at California Adventure). This is a bubbly, high-spirited day time parade that includes some new characters like Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong in Riley’s “Rocket” Wagon from Inside Out.
Pixar Entertainment & Activities – You may find the Dapper Dans getting into the Pixar Fest festivities by adding “You’ve got a Friend in Me” to their repertoire. Stop by the Animation Academy where you can draw some of your favorite Pixar pals. The Animation Academy has recently become one of our favorite things to do. We may even visit the academy more than once (or even twice) on our trips. You can check the schedule at the check-in desk so you know exactly which characters will be drawn at what time.
Photo Ops & Meet & Greets – You will find fun Pixar photo ops all over the park. The entrance to Cars Land is dressed up with Woody and Buzz to celebrate Pixar Fest. Head over to the Paradise Gardens to meet a rotating cast of Pixar characters like Mr. & Mrs. Incredible,Woody & Buzz from Toy Story, Russell and Dug from Up and Flik & Princess Atta from A Bug’s Life.
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Pixar-themed Food – One of the best things about a Disney trip is always the food! The special themed food they have for Pixar Fest does not disappoint! There are so many new options to try! I already want to go back, because one day wasn’t enough to try all the snacks and food on our list. You can learn more about the Pixar Fest food offerings, but here are a few of the highlights:
- Alien Macaron (Alien Pizza Planet) – Bright green alien macaron with lime and blackberry filling.
- Berry Funnel Cake (Stage Door Cafe) – A house-made funnel cake topped with blueberries, strawberries, chocolate cookie crumbles, crème anglaise, white chocolate, and gold-dusted whipped cream.
- Mint Chip Shake (Schmoozies) – A Monster’s Inc themed shake that sounds divine!
- Habanero Meatball Cone (Cozy Cone Motel) This has turkey meatballs in a habanero derby sauce with a cheese crisp and spiral pasta “smoke stacks.”
Pixar Merchandise – You will find plenty of Pixar themed merchandise, including a fun Sully themed popcorn bucket (which may be sold out now). There are shirts, hats, bags, pins, drinkware and more all with your favorite Pixar characters.
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Opening of Pixar Pier – – Pixar Pier will be opening to the public on June 23rd. The newly themed pier will house the Incredicoaster, Pixar Pals Fun Wheel, Toy Story Midway Mania and several new themed food options. We’ll have a full report on all the fun things you can experience on Pixar Pier once it is open. If you want to stay on top of all the Pixar Pier and other Disneyland festivities, I recommend you follow our Disney Instagram account.
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