Watching a Disney•Pixar movie is an experience in itself—one that makes it hard to take our eyes off the screen and snap back to reality. Now your adventures with the beloved Pixar characters no longer have to end when the credits start rolling because they’re coming to Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort when Pixar Pier opens in Summer 2018! Four new neighborhoods, each representing a treasured Disney•Pixar story, will permanently transform Paradise Pier with newly themed attractions, entertainment, foods, and merch. Let’s explore the neighborhoods:The first of the four themed neighborhoods is inspired by The Incredibles, rolling in with a bang with the Incredicoaster! Transforming California Screamin’ (which will close January 8), the super coaster will open with Pixar Pier and feature a mid-century-modern-style loading area, new character moments, and a renovated look for the ride vehicles.Grab your super suits and tuck in your capes because this is going to be a wild ride!
The amazing Toy Story Mania! will anchor the Toy Story-inspired neighborhood, while a neighborhood inspired by Inside Out will be found on the western side of the boardwalk with a new family-friendly attraction, scheduled to open at a later date. We’re feeling like Joy just thinking about this!
The fourth neighborhood will be a celebration of many of your favorite Pixar stories! Mickey’s Fun Wheel will have a makeover, with each of the 24 gondolas featuring different Pixar characters—but don’t worry, the iconic face of Mickey Mouse will remain on the Paradise Bay side of the wheel. At the Games of the Boardwalk, which already includes the Bullseye Stallion Stampede game, all of the midway games will be inspired by Pixar characters! Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Games of the Boardwalk, and Sideshow Shirts will close January 8 to begin this exciting transformation.
Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar will be transformed into a new lounge and grill offering sparkling views of Paradise Bay and the new Pixar Pier. Both locations will close January 8, with Cove Bar reopening briefly in April before closing again for its permanent transformation. If you’d like to reserve “World of Color” dining packages after January 7, some options are Carthay Circle Restaurant or Wine Country Trattoria.
The remaining areas of the land that is now Paradise Pier—including Paradise Gardens, Silly Symphony Swings, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Goofy’s Sky School, Golden Zephyr, and The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure—will become a new land called Paradise Park.
Pixar Pier will open during the limited-time Pixar Fest celebration, which begins April 13. The celebration will include the new “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks show as well as the return of the “Pixar Play Parade” and the “Paint the Night” parade, on top of much more throughout the entire Disneyland Resort.
As you can see, there are a lot of amazing new experiences to look forward to. Deep breaths, everyone!
You can read even more about what’s coming to Pixar Pier in the November issue of Disney twenty-three, from our friends at D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. Stay tuned for more as the permanent transformation of Pixar Pier gets underway!