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Seth Kubersky

Must-Do Picks at Disneyland’s Pixar Fest

Posted by Seth Kubersky on April 16, 2018
Paint the Night Parade at Disneyland Resort
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Paul HIffmeyer/Disneyland Resort
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Paint the Night Parade
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Jessie from the Disney•Pixar 'Toy Story' films appears with parade performers in synchronized, LED costumes in this after-dark spectacular inspired by the iconic 'Main Street Electrical Parade.' 'Paint the Night' shimmers with vibrant color and more than 1.5 million, brilliant LED lights and features special effects, unforgettable music, and energetic performances that bring beloved Disney and Disney•Pixar stories to life.

Both theme parks will be bursting with beloved characters from the computer animation studio when Pixar Fest kicks off at the Disneyland Resort on April 13. While the new Incredicoaster ride at Disney California Adventure’s reimagined Pixar Pier won’t be ready until June 23, you’ll find plenty of can’t-miss offerings happening right now.

Together Forever

Like the fan-favorite Disneyland Forever fireworks show from the park’s 60th anniversary, the new Together Forever Pixar nighttime spectacular will paint Sleeping Beauty Castle with sophisticated projection mapping animations while filling the sky with pyrotechnics. The best viewing is from the central hub end of Main Street U.S.A., but you can enjoy the show with much less crowding from the Small World Mall.

Pixar Play Parade

Disney California Adventure’s long-running daytime parade is moving across the Esplanade for the first time, where it will be led by the Luxo Jr. lamp and ball from the Pixar logo. The original floats featuring Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and A Bug’s Life will be joined by new friends from Up and Inside Out during the daily late-afternoon procession through Disneyland.

Paint the Night

Meanwhile, Disneyland’s popular Paint the Night parade has been resurrected and relocated to Disney’s California Adventure. Characters from Cars and Toy Story are already featured, and the parade’s million-plus LED lights will burn even brighter when a new The Incredibles float joins the party later this year. Note that Paint the Night will preempt performances of the World of Color fountain show.

Pixar Entertainment

Disney California Adventure pays tribute to the short films that gave Pixar its start with screenings of For the Birds and Lava at Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land, while the park’s Paradise Gardens hosts a Pixar-themed musical group, along with kids crafts and character greetings. These are both great locations for cooling off away from the crowds.

Specialty Food and Merchandise

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port in Disneyland's Tomorrowland is being temporarily transformed into Alien Pizza Planet (inspired by the eatery/arcade from Toy Story) where the Little Green Men serve specialty pies from their home planet Pepperonia. Other Pixar-themed treats include Coco Churros in Frontierland and Mike Wazowski–shaped bread at Pacific Wharf Café in California Adventure. And pals of Woody and Buzz can show their Pixar pride by sporting a limited edition pin or ball cap with the event logo.

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