ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Disneyland Resort kicked off its Pixar Fest for reporters and invited guests Thursday night, in advance of its official public opening tomorrow. The celebration continues through September 3, featuring new entertainment, food, and merchandise throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
The evening kicked off with the first performance of the Pixar Play Parade in its new home at Disneyland. The longtime DCA production now features three new units, starting with Luxo and including units themed to Inside Out and Up!
Pixar Play Parade effectively swaps places with Paint the Night, which moves over to Disney California Adventure. The trolley wires above the Hollywood Land section of the parade route have led Disney to eliminate the Frozen unit and shorten a couple of other floats, but otherwise the parade is the same as it ran at Disneyland during the
65th 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration. Starting June 15, a new Incredibles-themed unit will join the production.
But the highlight of the festival's entertainment is Together Forever, the new fireworks and projection mapping show at Disneyland.
While Disney hopes that the new entertainment will lure you and your friends to the resort, the real product here is the food and merchandise that makes the numbers for these special events work. I got to try a few bites of the new food during Disney's media preview last month, and the resort served a few more items tonight.
My favorites were the pastrami dog and the tres leches parfait, but I'd also recommend the friend bologna sandwich, too. You will be able to find Pixar-themed specialties at several restaurants throughout the resort, but the two hubs for Pixar-themed food will be the rethemed Alien Pizza Planet that takes over for Red Rockett's Pizza Port in Tomorrowland and the Coco-inspired take-over of Paradise Garden Grill in DCA.
The Coco-inspired menus are up at Paradise Garden Grill for Pixar Fest. Opens tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/gjsItJVbDi— Theme Park Insider (@ThemePark) April 12, 2018
The Paradise Garden is also the place to find several other PixarFest features, including meet and greets with Buzz Lightyear and Woody, Russell and Dug, Flik and Atta, Mike and Sulley, and Mr. and Mrs. Incredible. The stage will feature a new musical production, "TripleDent Gum presents The Pixarmonic Orchestra," a ragtag seven-member troupe performing favorite Pixar songs. Let's dive into why Disney is offering PixarFest, and how its creative team put this event together.
I will leave you with the "special surprise" that Disney had for us during the media event this evening, a performance of "You've Got a Friend in Me," recorded for Together Forever and performed live by Jordan Fisher and Olivia Holt. Check out Mickey and Minnie dressed as Woody and Buzz at the end!
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