6 reasons to Visit Pixar Fest in Disneyland

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Pixar Fest 2024 in Disneyland runs April 26 to August 24, 2024

Pixar character Jot twirling little girl at Disneyland Pixar Fest

The 2024 Pixar Fest celebrating Friendship and Beyond has officially started at Disneyland and will run all the way through August 4, 2024. This year, there are new ways to celebrate some of our favorite Pixar friends and stories in California Adventure, Disneyland park, Downtown Disney District and in the Pixar Place Hotel.

Here are some things you won’t want to miss during this fun celebration of all the Pixar things at Disneyland Resort right now through August 4th.

  • Special Pixar themed Experiences
  • Characters Meets- a LOT of them. So many opportunities to meet familiar and rare characters
  • Themed bites
  • All the special Pixar FOMO merchandise
  • Pixar rides and attractions
  • Pixar Place Hotel

And YES we still have time to plan, talk to your MAT Advisor to find the best dates, resorts and ticket option for your family!

Experiences at Pixar Fest

Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular

Get ready to watch Buzz Lightyear fly through the air over Sleeping Beauty’s castle on Main Street USA and see the stories of Pixar come alive with projections, colorful lasers and music!

Fireworks will be added select nights, but honestly this show is so fun and full of music, characters and fun, fireworks are icing! However, if fireworks are a priority, let your MAT Advisor know and she will find dates that work best for you!

Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration!

Twice a day in the afternoon, you can watch a brand new colorful daytime parade featuring more than 2 dozen favorite characters from Pixar Animation Studios films.

  • The iconic Luxo Jr lamp gets is own float, and he is covered in stickers with connections to Pixar Animation characters and stories
  • Red Panda Mei and her friends from Turning Red come together and rock out to their favorite boy band, 4*Town (we know you secretly don’t turn off “Nobody like U” when it comes on!)
  • Carl, Dug and Wilderness Explorer friends including KEVIN
  • Joy and Sadness fly their Rocket Wagon
  • Make sure you are ready to dance when the flat featuring Luca, Alberto and Giulia, from Luca comes by!
  • Joe Gardner and 22 bring their worlds together
  • Mr and Mrs Incredible with Frozone
  • and more!

With fun floats, and a great soundtrack, this parade is a great one to grab a snack and watch later in the day!

Club Pixar

Later in the day into evening during Pixar Fest, The Hollywood Backlot offers photo opportunities and nearby face painting, music, dancing and more with

  • interactive DJ dance party at night
  • live performances
  • Pixar-themed versions of games like cornhole and tic
    tac toe
  • photo opportunities
  • themed food
  • specially crafted tasty beverages
  • favorite Pixar shorts featured in a “drive-in” theatre

Pixar Pals Playtime Party

Around lunchtime until early evening, stop by a reading and coloring area, snap pictures at the Monsters Inc., Cars, Onward, Up and A Bug’s Life backdrops, play Pixar themed interactive games and activities and watch a selection of Pixar shorts on a big screen.

Hope you wear your dancing shoes! There is also a stage area where characters will rotate in, dance and offer more Pixar character greetings here as well including Ian and Barley from Onward, Russell and Dug from UP, Ember and Wade from Elemental and Luca!

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Pixar Fest snacks so you can... just keep snacking, just keep snacking!

Festival Marketplaces – Starting May 10

  • The Spark Inspired by Soul – feel good foods
  • Elemental Table Inspired By Elemental – a playful mélange of elements
  • 4*Town Fav*4*ites Inspired by Turning Red – fun foods perfect for anyone, but especially tweens and boy bands
  • Portrosso Pasta Inspired By Luca – summertime dishes inspired by the Italian coast
  • Gusteau’s To-Go Inspired by Ratatouille – reimagined classics

Hanger Management Inspired by Inside Out – flavors that appeal to all of your emotions

Other Pixar influenced Food & Treats you’ll find throughout Disneyland

  • Paradise Island Grill – special festival menu
  • Traubadour Tavern  – novelty snacks and tasty bites
  • Lamplight Lounge – Table service downstairs (reservation highly recommended) and lounge upstairs (walk-up list only)
  • Alien Pizza Planet – Pizza and Pasta and the iconic Green Alien Macaron
  • Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff – where everything is yummy
  • Flo’s V8 Cafe – Ramone’s Low and Slow Club or the Ka-Cheesburger
  • Cozy Cone Motels Snacks – like the Bacon Mac N Cheese Cone
  • Angry Dogs at Pixar Pier
  • Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats – lemon soft serve

Parade Viewing Package at Sonoma Terrace

For $69 (ages 3 and up) you get:

  • A selection of Pixar-inspired foods, desserts and cheeses
  • Unlimited soft drinks and bottled water, plus coffee and a specialty mocktail
  • Reserved seating for parade viewing at Sonoma Terrace

The package is available for each parade and starts about 45 minutes before each parade starts, so you will still want to arrive early for the best seat selection and keep in mind smaller parties may be seated with parties.

Festival Merchandise

It wouldn’t be a Disney festival unless there was a plethora of specialty merchandise and limited edition all the things to bring out the FOMO including:

  • So many cute cute cute limited Popcorn Buckets including: the iconic yellow Pizza Planet Truck, the guitar from Coco (with tunable strings!!)
  • Pixar Fest Spirit Jerseys
  • Hats, hoodies, mugs and t-shirts, oh my!
  • Wilderness Explorers Collection
  • Toy Story Collection
  • Pixar Painted Collection
  • Pizza Planet Collection
  • UP Collection
  • Ratatouille Collection
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All-the time Pixar attraction fun

While you are enjoying all of the Pixar-themed fun, don’t forget to enjoy some of your favorite Pixar-themed Disneyland attractions

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Incredicoaster
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
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Pixar Place Hotel

If you really want to immerse yourself in all things Pixar, talk to your MAT Advisor about staying at the newly opened Pixar Place Hotel. You can sleep, eat, swim and relax Pixar.

The Pixar Place Hotel really is a beautiful tribute to the stories, characters and spirit of Pixar and allows you to take advantage of those Disneyland Resort Hotel benefits like early entry to get to the magic faster, charge those limited -edition popcorn buckets to your room, take a break during the day and wind down the day comfortably inside the Disneyland bubble.

Learn More: Mom Approved Overview of Pixar Place Hotel 

At Pixar Place Hotel, you can enjoy:

  • Pixar-themed restaurants
  • Learn to draw a Pixar character (reservation required)
  • Meet Bing Bong
  • Listen to Joe play Jazz piano tunes in the lobby
  • See Pixar models and find all the Easter Eggs in the hotel!

More to see at Pixar Fest 2024

These are only some of the exciting things to see and experience at Pixar Fest 2024 in Disneyland.

Don’t forget about fun at Downtown Disney District, drawing Pixar characters at the Animation Academy, and if you time it right, you can catch Season of the Force through June 2, 2024 as well!

Also, keep your eyes open and look for the 50 Pizza Planet themed Pixar Easter Eggs hidden throughout the Disneyland Resort! They are themed like the attraction or location they are near, and these are a fun addition to this year’s event!

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