First look at Disneyland's Pixar Fest centerpiece

January 2, 2024, 1:09 PM · Disneyland is teasing its biggest festival of the year with a first look at the event's in-park icon.

Pixar Fest kicks off April 26 and continues through August 4 at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure this year. By the number of dates, it will be the biggest festival of the year at the Disneyland Resort. Today, Disney shared concept art of the Pixar Fest sculpture that it will install at the intersection of Town Square and Main Street USA in Disneyland.

Pixar Fest 2024 sculpture
Concept image courtesy Disneyland

Disney chose not to go with the iconic Pixar Ball that it has used perviously to signifying Pixar-themed events and locations in the parks. Instead, visitors will get this new, stylized look at several Pixar characters when entering Disneyland during the event.

In addition to character meets, special merchandise and food that will be announced later, Pixar Fest will include the debut of an all-new parade at Disney California Adventure, called Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration!, as well as the return of a plussed version of the Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular at Disneyland.

(Here is the original version, from its 2018 debut)

Disneyland's 2024 festival line-up begins in just three weeks, with the opening of Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure, which runs January 23 through February 18. The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival follows on March 1 through April 22, while over at Disneyland, Season of the Force returns April 5 through June 2. During that event, we will get the debut of the new Ahsoka adventure on Tomorrowland's Star Tours ride, as well as new Star Wars-themed musical accompaniment for Disneyland's fireworks, when seen from Star Wars Galaxy's Edge.

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Replies (7)

January 2, 2024 at 2:10 PM

It looks like something you’d find in a mall, like the awful hubcap that was at DCA.

January 2, 2024 at 2:58 PM

That's about as exciting/interesting as the marquee Universal put in front of the Dreamworks land at USF. I guess it's OK for a temporary festival, but I agree that Disney could have done better here.

January 2, 2024 at 4:00 PM

How about a 40-foot Luxo Jr. here instead?

January 2, 2024 at 5:55 PM

Imagineering really working overtime to hit it out of the park lol

January 3, 2024 at 10:24 AM

I think it's adorable that they let local elementary schools' art classes design this!

January 3, 2024 at 11:49 AM

I bet kids love it. That’s not meant as a disparaging remark either

January 4, 2024 at 8:22 PM

It’s just not a great focal piece when going into Walt’s park. Main Street leading up to the castle is so iconic and this seems to detract from that.

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