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Uncovering the Magic: 10 Things You Need to Know About Pixar Fest at Disneyland

fireworks display on sleeping beauty castle for Pixar fest at Disneyland

Get ready for a magical celebration like no other! Pixar Fest is making a grand return to the Disneyland Resort from April 26 through August 4, 2024. As a travel agency with a focus on Disney vacations, we're thrilled to guide you through the wonders that await at this enchanting festival. Pixar Fest is a tribute to the spirit of friendship and beyond, featuring an array of brand-new experiences alongside beloved classics, all sprinkled with a touch of Pixar magic. Read on for the full guide to Pixar Fest, with everything you need to know about the exciting things coming from entertainment to merchandise to décor … and more! 

Parade Extravaganza: "Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration!" - Disney California Adventure Park will be the stage for this vibrant parade. Marvel at dazzling floats and enjoy high-energy performances twice daily. Characters from across the Pixar universe, including the likes of Mei from "Turning Red," Joe and 22 from "Soul," and the adventurous trio from "Luca," will make special appearances. The parade finale promises an unforgettable spectacle with heroes from "The Incredibles," "Coco," "Monsters, Inc.," and "Toy Story."

2. Nighttime Spectacular: "Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular" - Disneyland Park will host this heartwarming show that explores the themes of friendship and adventure through Pixar's storytelling lens. With new scenes from "Onward," "Soul," "Luca," "Turning Red," and "Elemental," this production is a must-see. Projections, and music will fill the night, offering a sensory feast from various park locations including the Rivers of America, the façade of “it’s a small world” and Main Street, U.S.A. And on most evenings, fireworks will illuminate the sky with this beloved show. During Pixar Fest, you can check or the Disneyland app for showtime details.

Bonus: During “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” your MagicBand+ will come to life with twinkling lights and vibrations synchronized to the music.

Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular on sleeping beauty castle at Disneyland park

3. Club Pixar at Hollywood Backlot - By day, enjoy Pixar-themed photo ops and games; by night, the area transforms into a lively party. Dance the night away with interactive DJ sets, live performances, and themed treats.

Club Pixar at Hollywood Backlot at California Adventure park during Pixar Fest

4. Pixar Pals Playtime Party at Fantasyland Theatre - A day-long celebration with dances, games, and activities inspired by Pixar's beloved films. It's a perfect family-friendly event.

Pixar Pals Playtime Party show at Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland park

5. Pixar-Themed Eats and Treats - Indulge in an array of Pixar-inspired culinary delights throughout the resort. From the iconic Pixar Fest cake at Plaza Inn to themed marketplaces offering a taste of Pixar's various worlds, your taste buds are in for a treat.

Pixar Fest cake with icing and the pixar ball

New this year, the menu at Troubadour Tavern in Disneyland park will transform to feature Pixar-inspired bites and beverages. And once again, Paradise Garden Grill in Disney California Adventure park will serve “Coco”-inspired menu items.

You’ll also want to mark your calendars because beginning May 10, six Pixar-themed marketplaces will join the fun in Disney California Adventure park and be available through the length of the festival. Each location celebrates a unique film, and menu items will transport you and your tastebuds right into some fan-favorite Pixar worlds. Here’s a little flavor of what you can expect:

  • Summertime dishes inspired by the Italian coast at Portorosso Pasta from “Luca”

  • Reimagined classics at Gusteau’s To-Go, themed to “Ratatouille” 

  • A playful mélange of elements at The Elemental Table, inspired by “Elemental” 

  • Fun foods perfect for a tween, boy band (or anyone, really!) at 4*Town Fav*4*ites from “Turning Red”

  • Feel-good foods that feed your soul at The Spark, inspired by “Soul” 

  • Flavors to appeal to all of your emotions at Hanger Management from “Inside Out.” 

Stay tuned for the complete Disney Eats: Pixar Fest Foodie Guide to discover the full lineup of themed eats in the coming weeks! 6. Character Encounters - Meet and greet your favorite Pixar characters at various locations around both parks. Don't miss the chance to meet new faces like Ember and Wade from "Elemental."

Joy and Sadness disney meet & greets at California Adventure park

7. Exclusive Novelties and Merchandise - Take home a piece of the magic with unique Pixar-themed novelties and merchandise, including the collectible Pizza Planet truck popcorn bucket and much more.

Pizza Planet popcorn bucket

8. Festive Decorations - The resort will be adorned with colorful banners, sculptures, and decorations, celebrating the rich legacy of Pixar. Keep an eye out for the towering Pixar Ball and Lamp sculpture, a prime photo spot.

9. Downtown Disney District Celebrations - Extend the festivities with vibrant decorations, exclusive merchandise, and Pixar-inspired dining options throughout the Downtown Disney District.

And for those who want to stay in the magic even after leaving the theme parks, the newly reimagined Pixar Place Hotel is a great way to stay immersed! Pixar Place Hotel celebrates the artistry of Pixar Animation Studios, with nods to every feature film from the iconic animation studio. As the first fully Pixar-themed hotel in the United States, it brings the innovative storytelling of Pixar Animation Studios to life in a whole new way, from never-before-seen artwork to unique character encounters — including Joe Gardner from “Soul” and Bing Bong from “Inside Out.” 

This summer, immerse yourself in the creativity and camaraderie of Pixar at the Disneyland Resort. From thrilling parades and spectacular shows to unforgettable character encounters and delightful dining experiences, Pixar Fest offers something for everyone. Start planning your magical Pixar adventure today and experience the wonder of these timeless stories brought to life like never before. We can't wait to help you create unforgettable memories at Pixar Fest!

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