Thanks to Disney for sending me to Disneyland to experience PixarFest before it’s gone!
I woke up at 4:30 in the morning and boarded a plane from Florida to Los Angeles.
Mission: Get to Disneyland and experience PixarFest had begun.
We closed the park down that night and I was so high on Disneyland magic that I never felt as though I had been up for 24 hours. As a matter of fact, I felt energetic and amazed the whole night, like a child seeing magic for the first time.
When I visited Pixar Studios this year, I heard all about Pixar Fest, the new rides coming like the Incredicoaster, the Pixar Play Parade, “Together Forever”: a Pixar Nighttime Spectacular, and the food.
Because we all know that there’s nothing quite like food at Disneyland, right?
Naturally, our first stop was to the Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats. I’ve been waiting for this treat since I heard that it existed. I’ve wanted to eat yellow snow for way too long. I’m pleased to let you know that THIS yellow snow is lemon flavored and absolutely delicious.
We spent the day riding rides all over Disneyland including Toy Story Midway Mania where I donned these super attractive 3D glasses with my girl Brittany from Clumps of Mascara.
We took a break to get a Pineapple Churro and watch the Pixar Play Parade which focuses on friendship and fun. I’m not usually a big parade gal, but I wanted this one to keep going. My only complaint was that it wasn’t long enough.
My favorite part of the Pixar Play Parade is seeing Heimlich from “A Bug’s Life”. I’m also super in love with Kevin from “Up”, even though that movie moves me too much.
“Pixar Play Parade” Fun Facts:
- “Pixar Play Parade” originally premiered in 2008 at Disney California Adventure Park.
- The Pixar Lamp and Ball from Pixar’s original short, “Luxo Jr.” now lead the parade in a larger-than-life fashion. The Lamp is 14 feet tall and the Pixar Ball is nearly four feet wide.
- Guests will want to keep an eye out for Kevin, the friendly bird from “Up” who stands nearly 12 feet tall from her toes to the top of her feathers. The “Up” unit also features Carl Fredricksen and Dug, while Kevin (a puppet) romps through the parade with pal Russell riding on her back.
- From the tip-top of the balloons, the Fredricksen house from “Up” flies 17 feet above the parade route.
- New music accompanies the three new story elements in the parade. The Pixar Lamp and Ball roll down the parade route to a “Pixar Medley,” the “Inside Out” unit is accompanied by the “Main Theme” and “Bing Bong Song,” and the “Up” element brings guests a new rendition of “Spirit of Adventure.”
- On the “Inside Out” unit, guests will recognize Riley’s rocket wagon. Nearly 280 memory orbs of all different emotions appear at the base of this element.
- 120-plus performers and crew entertain guests, along with 8 units that represent several of the DisneyPixar animated films.
- The longest float is “A Bug’s Life” at 45 feet.
- More than 2,000 pieces and parts make up the performers’ costumes.
- Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil, who wrote many of the songs for the successful “High School Musical” movies, wrote the original songs for “Pixar Play Parade”: “Countdown to Fun” and “The Party’s On.”
- Michael Curry, the award-winning production designer and co-designer of “The Lion King” masks and puppets for Broadway, created several of the puppets in “Pixar Play Parade,” including the nearly 12-foot tall bird, Kevin who appears with his friend Russell (“Up”); Marlin, Nemo, Dory, Crush and Squirt (“Finding Nemo”); Roz (“Monsters, Inc.”); Aliens, Tinker Toy and Slinky Dog (“Toy Story”); the Omnidroid unit (“The Incredibles”) and Heilmlich (“A Bug’s Life”).
- Baby Jack-Jack sits in one of the claws of the Omnidroid on “The Incredibles” float and, just like in the Pixar film, flames rise from his head when he gets excited.
In addition to the the parade and the rides, we had even more food.
Cake pops, macarons, and CHEESEBURGER PIZZA, OH MY!
The food is only available during Pixar Fest which ends September 3, so get there quick!
After eating our weight in Pixar-themed food, we rode all the best Disneyland rides including the Matterhorn which makes me wet myself with laughter. When we gathered back in front of the Disneyland castle to watch the evening display, we took our seats and a breath to see the impressive new night time overlay.
I love that Disneyland does different overlays for different themes. It is one of the many reasons I’m a fan of Disneyland over Magic Kingdom. I wish Magic Kingdom did fun things like Pixar Fest.
I feel like an infomercial here, but seriously GET TO DISNEYLAND BEFORE PIXAR FEST IS GONE! You really don’t want to miss this. There’s something for everyone in your family no matter their age or limitation.