As Sheriff Woody from Toy Story might say, “Yee-haw, Pixar Fest is now open! Are you ready for adventure?” Friday marked the official kick-off of Disneyland’s new seasonal celebration, and in today’s Disneyland Update we will bring you some of the highlights as well as our usual coverage of construction and refurbishments at Disneyland.

Before we start with the pictures, we should take a minute to explain what Pixar Fest is all about. At the beginning of Disneyland’s new fireworks spectacular, Together Forever, Buzz Lightyear rockets over Sleeping Beauty Castle and proclaims, “To friendship and beyond.” Buzz’s signature catchphrase has been modified to reflect the theme of Pixar Fest: the spirit of friendship that is at the heart of Pixar films. Disneyland management goes into further detail with the following statements:

Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products“Since 1955, we’ve been bringing Disney Magic to families here in Anaheim and around the world. And behind it all – right from the very beginning – has been the world’s best storytelling, including the amazing stories created by Pixar. The team at Pixar has brought us to a world in which cars are just as human as we are; they’ve shown us the softer side of monsters under our bed; and they’ve taken us to infinity and beyond. Now, as we launch Pixar Fest, we’re taking what Disney Parks does best – creating magical experiences – and combining it with some of the greatest stories of all time to give guests something totally new.”

Josh D’Amaro, President, Disneyland Resort“Whether you’re battling the evil Emperor Zurg with Buzz Lightyear or cruising down Route 66 in Cars Land, Pixar stories play an enormous part of any visit to the Disneyland Resort. With a new fireworks show, the arrival of “Pixar Play Parade” in Disneyland Park, and the return of “Paint the Night,” Pixar Fest and its spirit of friendship will bring favorite Pixar stories to life for our guests in new and exciting ways.”

Now, get ready to have more fun than a barrel full of monkeys as we bring you the update.

Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular

The most anticipated element of Pixar Fest and of the summer for Disneyland is the new fireworks spectacular, Together Forever. Like Disneyland Forever before it, this show features projections in various locations around the park as well as the big shells we’ve all come to expect.

 

The projections can perhaps best be seen on Main Street. But many of you would likely rather be closer to the action in the sky and look for spots closer to the castle.

We have a special fireworks update coming to you later this week. Stay tuned!

Pixar Play Parade

MiceChat’s Dsny Debbie posted a detailed article on the Pixar Play Parade yesterday, which can be found here. Below are some additional pictures from performances during the opening weekend.

Luxo leads things off in the revised parade structure.

Watch out for the changing outfits on the first float’s performers!

Inside Out gets a float in the parade thanks to Pixar Fest.

Russel, Carl, and Kevin make an appearance on the new Up float.

 

Food and Merchandise

There are so many food and merchandise offerings available during Pixar Fest that they deserve their own post. As luck would have it, MiceChat’s very own Fabulous Disney Babe did just that, and you can view it here.

Below are a few highlights.

Although not a part of Pixar Fest, the Dole Whip donuts continue to be very popular. This is the line that formed about 30 seconds after rope drop.

There are several varieties of churros available during Pixar Fest. The carrot cake churro is available in New Orleans Square. There are also strawberry and chocolate versions in other locations.
Carrot cake churro yumminess.

The Pixar Fest ear hats are going to be very popular. There are versions for all of the main Pixar characters.
They even have matching socks.
AP Pixar hat and shirts.
This passholder pin can be yours for the low, low price of $54.99, plus tax.
Cuteness abounds everywhere you look during Pixar Fest.

Alien Pizza Planet

The little green aliens have taken over Pizza Port and have transformed the place for Pixar Fest.

 

Fab says the Hamburger Pizza at Pizza Planet is good stuff. Looking forward to trying it.
Photo: Fab

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain was scheduled to reopen on Saturday. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite ready. And though it did eventually open for a bit over the weekend, it spent most of that time out of service.

MiceChat will have much more detailed coverage of this much-missed attraction later this week.

Work lights were still on Friday evening.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Scott Attula was able to snag a couple of shots of Pirates of the Caribbean, which will go under the knife to alter the auction scene on April 23rd.

Looks like some of the lighting isn’t working right now. The “Captain’s Quarters” sign was missing.

This is the final week to take in the classic version of the Auction scene before it is altered.

We wants the Redhead!
Doesn’t it seem that there’s always something missing here? Right now it’s the singing dog. To make matters worse, the dog audio was left on and we were serenaded by his ghost.

Dumbo

It looks like flights will resume shortly.

You can just make out the central orb of the spinner beyond the walls.

New Small World Queue Revealed

Lots of new trees have been planted near the new parade gate. The new configuration allows for a nicer queue experience as well as out of the way stroller parking. It’s quite the transformation.

Star Wars Land Construction

Let’s take a look at the next big thing . . . this time next year we’ll be clamoring for a sneak peek at a land which will be in heaving testing. . . Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

And here’s what the land looks like from outside looking in.

New Parking Lot

The mad rush is on to add more parking spaces to the resort before insanity hits next year.

It’s dirt, Jim.

This past weekend, the resort ran out of parking. Imagine how much worse that situation will be ones Star Wars land opens.

This and That

Pixar Fest signs adorn the turnstiles.

The bunting on Main Street is Pixar red, yellow and blue.

Scott tried the Chicken Fried Steak sandwich which is available at the Stage Door Cafe outside the Golden Horseshoe. He was impressed.

    

Here’s a little something to forget me by!

 

I think black and white works well for this shot 😉

Downtown Disney

I really like these new topiaries, if you can even call them that.

MiceChat’s Moment of Zen

Enjoy a few seconds of nearly empty Main Street. As part of our coverage of Pixar Fest, we were able to shoot a 4am video of an empty Main Street. Click play . . .

There’s more Pixar Fest Goodness on MiceChat:

  • Dusty interviews a Disneyland chef about the food of Pixar Fest:

  • Dusty interviews Disneyland Resort Ambassador Jessica Bernard about Pixar Fest:

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