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New Pixar experiences coming to Disneyland Resort this summer

by Brittani Tuttle
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An artist’s rendering of the entryway to the upcoming land, Pixar Pier.

The highly-anticipated land, Pixar Pier, will make its debut at the Disneyland Resort this summer on June 23, 2018 at Disney California Adventure Park. Alongside the new land, a new float featuring “The Incredibles” will be added to the “Paint the Night” parade.

All this and more was announced during D23 Expo Japan at Tokyo Disney Resort by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman, Bob Chapek.

This year, guests at the Disneyland Resort will get to experience the world of Pixar in all-new ways with the first-ever Pixar Fest, a limited time celebration of friendship and fun that begins on April 13. The new, permanent land, Pixar Pier, will open on June 23 and give guests their first chance to ride the new Incredicoaster, an exciting adventure featuring the Super family from the Pixar classic “The Incredibles,” as well as the upcoming sequel, “Incredibles 2.”

In Pixar Pier, guests can explore four new themed “neighborhoods,” rethemed attractions, entertainment, meet-and-greets with Pixar characters, as well as food and merchandise – all inspired by Pixar’s stories.

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An artist’s rendering of the new Incredibles-themed float.

The fan-favorite parade, “Paint the Night,” will return on April 13 for Pixar Fest, but this time will march through the streets of Disney California Adventure. In June, the popular parade will add an all-new float inspired by “The Incredibles.”

Mr. Incredible, Frozone and Elasigirl will all show their strength as they take on the Underminer aboard the float. Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack will also show off their powers in unique and new ways through dynamic and innovative visual technology.

As with the other floats and parade elements, this new float will have dazzling LED lights, new music elements, and high-tech effects inspired by the mid-century-modern style of the films.

Pixar Pier opens at Disney California Adventure on June 23

The exciting new Incredicoaster will anchor Pixar Pier in the land’s first themed neighborhood, inspired by “The Incredibles.” New character moments, special effects, scenes and musical score will connect the story of the attraction to the upcoming sequel, “Incredibles 2,” which opens in theaters on June 15.

A second neighborhood in Pixar Pier will be themed to “Toy Story,” around the Toy Story Mania attraction. The third neighborhood will be inspired by “Inside Out” and feature an “Inside Out” attraction, which will open at a later date.

The fourth neighborhood will celebrate a wide collection of Pixar stories. Mickey’s Fun Wheel will be transformed into a newly-themed Pixar attraction, giving guests the opportunity to see the sights of Pixar Pier from 24 new gondolas featuring Pixar characters. The midway games will also be rethemed to feature Pixar characters, including those from “A Bug’s Life,” “WALL-E” and “La Luna.”

In addition, what was formerly known as Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar will undergo a transformation into a Pixar-themed lounge with views of Paradise Bay and Pixar Pier.

First-ever Pixar Fest opens April 13 throughout the Disneyland Resort

Pixar Fest will give guests the chance to celebrate friendship to infinity and beyond during this special event.

At Disneyland, a new fireworks show, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” will make its debut with pyrotechnics, unforgettable music and a heartwarming story of friendship.

“Pixar Play Parade” will also return, this time at Disneyland Park. The parade will bring in even more fan-favorite Pixar stories with the addition of three new floats, featuring the Pixar Lamp and Luxo Ball from the Pixar short, “Luxo Jr.,” as well as characters and elements from “Inside Out” and “Up.”

Appearing for the first time at Disney California Adventure will be the “Paint the Night Parade,” which will spotlight other Pixar films in addition to the new “Incredibles” float, like “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars.”

A new film festival, Pixar Shorts, will take place throughout Pixar Fest at Disney California Adventure. Pixar Shorts will rotate through fan-favorite Pixar short films including “LAVA” and “For the Birds” at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land.

In the Paradise Gardens area at Disney California Adventure, guests can enjoy new Pixar-themed experiences like performances by a new Pixar-themed musical troupe, meet-and-greets with Pixar characters, and fun crafts for younger guests.

Pixar Fest will also feature elements including new décor, atmosphere entertainment, themed food and beverage options and limited edition merchandise.

Pixar Fest begins at the Disneyland Resort on April 13. For more information on Pixar Fest, Pixar Pier, and other Pixar-themed offerings at Disneyland Resort, visit disneyland.com.

Check out our video of other upcoming attractions and updates for the Disney Parks that were announced at D23 Expo Japan below:

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