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    17 Things You'll Want To Do And See At Disneyland's Pixar Fest

    "Adventure is out there!"

    Hi, I’m Mike and this is my 4-year-son James. Since we’re both Pixar fanatics, we were very excited to experience the first-ever Pixar Fest at Disneyland!


    Pixar Fest is the biggest Pixar celebration ever and runs from April 13 through Sept. 3, 2018.

    There's a LOT of stuff to do at Pixar Fest, but here's some of the fun stuff James and I — after having a blast on our visit — recommend doing:

    1. On your way to the parks, keep an eye out in Downtown Disney for Pixar-inspired topiaries like these for Finding Nemo and Toy Story.

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    Psst. Downtown Disney's Marceline’s Confectionery also has Pixar-themed treats.

    2. The Pixar Play Parade is a must-see, and brings the world of Pixar to life before your eyes.

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    It's the first time the Pixar Play Parade has made its way through Disneyland Park, and features new, never-before-seen story elements.

    Basically, the characters from a Pixar movie like Inside Out parade past (singing, dancing, and putting on a real show), then are followed by the characters from another fave like Monsters University.

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    The parade is interactive (warning: you might get wet!), and also features Up, Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.

    3. Pretend you're Andy from Toy Story and grab a slice at the newly-opened Alien Pizza Planet.

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    Remember Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port? Well, it's been transformed into "Alien Pizza Planet," which is, of course, inspired by Andy's favorite pizza joint in the Toy Story movies. They're serving up some new pizzas — and yes, you will have to pass the robot guard on the way in.

    4. Stuff your face with some of the many amazing Pixar-inspired treats at both parks. We pigged out on these tasty Alien Macarons you can get at Alien Pizza Planet.

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    After James polished off his he asked, "Can we get another one to keep as a toy?" Uh, no, kid. But they are that cute.

    5. Learn how to draw your favorite Pixar characters at Animation Academy in California Adventure.

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    Drawing classes typically happen every 30 minutes and teach you how to draw characters like Sulley, Dug, Edna Mode, Jack-Jack, and Bing Bong (just to name a few). At the end, you get to take your art home as a souvenir.

    6. Meet some of your favorite Pixar pals at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure.

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    Buzz Lightyear and Woody, Russell and Dug, Flik and Atta, Mike and Sulley, and Mr. and Mrs. Incredible are all there!

    7. Take in a film festival featuring classic Pixar shorts like LAVA, For the Birds, and La Luna.


    It's happening at Sunset Showcase Theater in California Adventure's Hollywood Land.

    8. Take a ride on the monorail — or just look up as one of the fleet passes by — to see the Pixar characters that have been added to its side.

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    We spotted characters from The Incredibles and Finding Nemo.

    9. At Paradise Gardens, guests will be treated to the musical sounds of TripleDent Gum presents The Pixarmonic Orchestra.

    10. The “Paint the Night” parade — featuring more than a million lights — includes a new float inspired by The Incredibles and Incredibles 2.


    You'll see friends from Monsters, Inc. too!

    11. Keep an eye out for the "punny" movie posters in Cars Land.

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    You can often find movie posters making car/movie puns in Cars Land (last Halloween, for example, they had posters up for "Hocus Spokus," wocka wocka wocka), but the Pixar Fest ones are super cute. Only drawback? Explaining to your kid, like I had to, that "Toy Car Story" isn't an actual movie, lol.

    12. Enjoy one of the many classic Pixar attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.


    We went on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters because it is James' favorite, but there are lots of of super fun ones, like Toy Story Mania! and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.

    13. At the end of your visit, you'll want to finish strong by catching “Together Forever—A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular."

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    In addition to the usually terrific Disneyland fireworks, this multimedia show projects your favorite Pixar characters all over the park on on iconic locations like Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens of the Rivers of America, the facade of “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. Loved it.

    14. Of course, while you're there you'll want to check out the Pixar Fest merch, like this Space Alien Light Up Tumbler and Finding Nemo Light Up Sipper.

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    The Space Alien Light Up Tumbler has three different light-up sequences (James got one on our visit and it is now literally the favorite thing he owns). We didn't see the Finding Nemo Sipper (drat!) but it also lights up and is seriously cute.

    15. These Pixar-themed "Ears" are also out there to be found!


    16. Also cool: This Sulley popcorn bucket and Mike Wazowski sipper, which can be found at popcorn carts around the parks.

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    When combined, the items make quite the pair.

    17. One more thing — There are some upcoming things you'll want to know about if you're coming to Pixar Fest:

    — On June 8th the Pixar Pals Dance Party will open at the Tomorrowland Terrace where you can get down with Pixar characters such as Russell, Dug, Woody, Jessie, the Green Army Men and more.

    — Pixar Pier, featuring the new Incredicoaster, opens June 23 (!!!!)