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

Disneyland Resort Pixar Fest begins April 13, 2018
Disneyland Resort Pixar Fest begins April 13, 2018

Paradise Pier Closure Quick Guide

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

Closed January 8, 2018

  • California Screamin’ (reopening as Incredicoaster summer 2018)
  • Cove Bar (reopening as a grill and lounge later in 2018)
  • Ariel’s Grotto (no word on any Princess character dining replacement)
  • Mickey’s Fun Wheel (reopening with new gondolas summer 2018)
  • Boardwalk Games (reopening in 2018 with new Pixar-themed games)

*no word yet on the status of King Triton’s Carousel or 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
  • New family-friendly attraction – Pixar Pier (opening later 2018)
  • 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 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. Both locations will close in January, with Cove Bar reopening briefly in April for Pixar Fest, before closing again for its final overhaul.

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”

Together Forever fireworks Disneyland
Concept art courtesy Disneyland Resort

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!

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 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 are expected to join the parade 2018.

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.

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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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