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Disneyland Resort Pixar Fest kicks off April 13, 2018 and will run to September 3, 2018 at both Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park with a limited-time celebration of friendship and the return of Paint the Night Parade.

Paradise Pier Closure Quick Guide

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Here’s what’s closing and what’s staying open during the overhaul to Pixar Pier and Paradise Park:


  • California Screamin’ (reopening as Incredicoaster June 23)
  • Cove Bar (reopening as Lamplight Lounge June 23)
  • Ariel’s Grotto (reopening as Lamplight Lounge June 23rd; no word on any Princess character dining replacement)
  • Mickey’s Fun Wheel (reopening as Pixar Pal-A-Round with new gondolas June 23)
  • King Triton’s Carousel (reopening as Jessie’s Critter Carousel 2019)
  • Boardwalk Games (reopening in 2018 with new Pixar-themed games)

*no word yet if World of Color will run during Pixar Fest (I strongly think it will NOT run during Pixar Fest due to various logistics involved in running Paint the Night and World of Color).

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Open in Pixar Pier and Paradise Park

*The following are scheduled to stay open during the renovation, pending any seasonal refurbishments

  • Toy Story Midway Mania – Pixar Pier
  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish – Paradise Park
  • Silly Symphony Swings – Paradise Park
  • Goofy’s Sky School – Paradise Park
  • Golden Zephyr – Paradise Park
  • The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – Paradise Park

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Disneyland Resort Pixar Fest

In July 2017, I was there at D23 Expo when Bob Chapek announced an overhaul to California Adventure’s Paradise Pier and the arrival of an exciting new celebration to Disneyland Resort, Pixar Fest.

Starting April 13, 2018 visitors to Disneyland Resort will be immersed in all things friendship and Pixar. Ride and dining closures (including Cove Bar, Ariel’s Grotto and California Screamin’) will close January 8, 2017. Keep reading for more details.

Pixar Pier at California Adventure

Pixar Pier
Pixar Pier concept art at D23 Expo

Pixar Fest is part of the celebration to kick off the arrival of newly reimagined and permanent, Pixar Pier. What you once knew as Paradise Pier will be transformed (keep reading for more details on both Pixar Pier and Paradise Park) into an area for Pixar characters to celebrate their stories through Disney attractions and more.

Pixar Pier, along with new rides will open June 23, 2018.

Erin Glover, writer at Disney Parks Blog explains,  “You will discover whimsical neighborhoods filled with your friends from ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘Inside Out’ and even more of your pals from ‘Toy Story.”

Pixar Pier concept art courtesy Disneyland Resort.
Pixar Pier concept art courtesy Disneyland Resort.

Pixar Pier will celebrate Pixar with four distinct neighborhoods from Pixar favorites. The first neighborhood is themed with something “Incredible” in mind, anchored by a refreshed Incredicoaster, updating California Screamin’.

The next area is Toy Story themed and inspired by Inside Out. This area will be anchored by the popular Toy Story Midway Mania, and we expect a new family-friendly attraction, scheduled to open at a later date on the western side of the boardwalk.

The fourth neighborhood represents a combination of Pixar favorites, and includes Pixar Pal-A-Round (formely Mickey’s Fun Wheel) with a new Pixar look to each gondola. Mickey, however will remain the face of this ride. The Games of the Boardwalk, will be replaced with Pixar inspired games.

Dining at Pixar Pier takes on a new stage for this area of the park. Gone are the beloved Ariel’s Grotto and Cover Bar, entering a new lounge and grill: Lamplight Lounge. Both locations will close in January, with Cove Bar reopening briefly in April for Pixar Fest, before closing again for its final overhaul.

Poultry Palace at Pixar Pier, courtesy Disneyland Resort.
Poultry Palace at Pixar Pier, courtesy Disneyland Resort.

More Pixar Pier Dining Options:

  • Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats selling ice cream cones and frozen treats like before, but with a new look and name
  • Poultry Palace is a giant kid meal with a toy Zurg on the side, inspired by Pixar’s short, “Toy Story Toon: Small Fry
  • Señor Buzz Churros serving up those must-have Disney churros
  • Angry Dogs serving hot dogs just like the old hot dog spot here on the pier

What about Paradise Gardens, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Silly Symphony Swings, Goofy’s Sky School, Golden Zephyr and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure? That area of Paradise Pier will become a new land called Paradise Park.

Pixar Fest Fireworks “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular”

Guests visiting Disneyland Park will enjoy the celebration of lasting and unlikely friendships through a dazzling display of fireworks and projections throughout the park.

Similar to projections displayed during the Diamond Celebration’s Disneyland Forever Fireworks, you’ll see Pixar stories come to life on Sleeping Beauty Castle, over the Rivers of America, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A.

And instead of Tinker Bell, Buzz Lightyear will fly over Sleeping Beauty Castle to infinity and beyond! You’ll also get to see the house from Up! fly over during the fireworks show.

Together Forever - A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular, courtesy Disneyland Resort
Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular, courtesy Disneyland Resort

Pixar Fest Parades

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Two popular parades return to Disneyland Resort during Pixar Fest, but swap parks to make things even more magical.

Paint the Night will run nightly at California Adventure Park with ample viewing options along its wide and lengthy parade route. Pixar Play Parade will make its first appearance at Disneyland Park during day time hours, replacing Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.

Pixar Fest float, courtesy Disneyland Resort
Pixar Fest float, courtesy Disneyland Resort

Pixar Play Parade will kick off with a new float sporting the familiar Pixar lamp shining a light on the rolling pixar ball. New elements, including an UP float and Inside Out join the Pixar Play Parade during Pixar Fest.

Inside Out float Pixar Play Parade
Photo courtesy of Kayla Saavedra‎
UP float Pixar Play Disneyland
Photo courtesy of Kayla Saavedra‎

Pixar Shorts Film Festival

I lava me some Pixar shorts, don’t you? Catch your favorites during Pixar Fest at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land of California Adventure.

Pixar Meet & Greets

Jessie meeting friends at Pixar Pier
Jessie meeting friends at Pixar Pier

At California Adventure, Paradise Gardens will be buzzing with Pixar energy. Meet favorite Pixar character, enjoy crafts, food and musical entertainment in grand Pixar fashion.

Pixar Touring Plan

Experience Pixar at Disney California Adventure with our Pixar Favorites Touring Plan. This guide offers a step by step outline for your day at California Adventure so you can spend more time riding, less time waiting and enjoy your vacation at Disneyland Resort. 

What are you looking forward to with Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort?

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