From Paradise to Pixar
Disney California Adventure Park will see the opening of Pixar Pier this June. The new zone, which is replacing Paradise Pier, is named after the movie studio that launched some of Disney’s biggest animated successes, such as Coco and The Incredibles. It will see guests experiencing Pixar stories and characters in awe-inspiring new ways with a raft of dazzling entertainment.
While the park already has existing attractions based on Pixar movies, including Cars Land and Toy Story Midway Mania!, Pixar Pier will be home to four new whimsical neighbourhoods, each inspired by popular Pixar worlds.
The first neighbourhood, inspired by The Incredibles, which is scheduled to have a sequel released in June, will include the thrilling, high-speed Incredicoaster, a transformed and reimagined California Screamin’. The new ride’s combination of character figures, lighting and special effects will have the Incredible family racing alongside riders in an attempt to catch mischievous baby Jack-Jack.
A neighbourhood inspired by Toy Story will be based around the existing Toy Story Midway Mania! attraction. Another new neighbourhood is inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out and a new themed attraction is scheduled to open in that neighbourhood at a later date. The fourth new neighbourhood will celebrate a collection of guest-favourite Pixar stories. Visitors will pass through a new archway into the Pixar Promenade, where three of the four existing arcade games have been re-themed with plush Pixar prizes available for winners.
And while the iconic face of Mickey Mouse will continue to beam joy across the Paradise Bay side of Mickey’s Fun Wheel, the ride will be re-themed with each of the 24 gondolas showcasing different Pixar characters.
Even the food has been reinvented, with new Pixar Pier dining locations and guests invited to take a bite out of Alien Macarons, Dory Cake Pops, beignets harnessing the culinary genius of Ratatouille’s Remy the rat, and piping-hot churros inspired by Pixar’s newest hit, Coco.
This article appeared in volume 55 of Holidays with Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.