Review Pictures and Video: The New Pixar Fest at Disneyland

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There is something out of this world amazing happening at the Disneyland Resort right now- it’s Pixar Fest time and we have a full review from the whole family to share with you! Special thanks to Disney for hosting this day of fun!

Pixar Fest is the biggest Pixar celebration ever to come to Disney Parks and we had so much fun experiencing it all! It is a wonderful way to celebrate friendship and beyond for a limited time, through Sept. 3, 2018.

This spring and summer at Disneyland Resort is going to be the best ever with these 10 tips!

1. Bring the whole squad. Pixar Fest is a celebration of friendship… so plan to bring some friends and/or family with you when you visit.

2. As you plan your visit, you will want to enjoy your original Pixar favorites (like Cars Land) and also a lot of new Pixar fun. Plan to spend at least a full day from opening to closing! It would also make for the perfect overnight getaway. Spend two days in the parks and stay at a Disneyland Hotel at night. Here is our newest review of the updated Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa.

Left two column images- Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

3. Come hungry. In true Disney fashion, there are some delicious and colorful dining options available during Pixar Fest.

During Pixar Fest, you will discover creatively themed food and beverage offerings around every corner, inspired by the Pixar stories and characters that guests have come to know and love.

The Pixar Fest Celebration Cake is expected to be a guest favorite. Drawing inspiration from the famous yellow Pixar Ball, this eye-catching treat features layers of yellow vanilla cake, blue raspberry cake and red velvet cake with raspberry purée and vanilla frosting, topped with a chocolate Pixar Ball. The Pixar Fest Celebration Cake is available for guests at Plaza Inn at Disneyland Park and Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta at Disney California Adventure Park. Also for Pixar Fest, the popular Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port transforms into Alien Pizza Planet, inspired by the loveable green Space Aliens from the family restaurant frequented by Andy (and his toys) in “Toy Story.” The Space Aliens are invading this popular dining spot to deliver fresh, hot pizzas and other items that are out of this world, including the new specialty pepperoni pizza and cheeseburger pizza.


Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

4. Check out the Monorail’s new look! The Disneyland Monorail is zipping through the resort with a new Pixar-themed look to celebrate Pixar Fest! The orange train, inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” features Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack on one side, while Frozone makes a cool splash on the other. Pixar Fest, the biggest Pixar celebration ever to come to Disney Parks, brings guests together to celebrate friendship and beyond at the Disneyland Resort from April 13 through Sept. 3, 2018. 

Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

5. Meet some of your favorite Pixar pals. The girls were so excited to meet some of their favorite Pixar pals at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure, such as Buzz Lightyear and Woody, Russell, and Dug, Flik and Atta, Mike and Sulley, and Mr. and Mrs. Incredible.

Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

6. Come together for “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular”. Celebrate Pixar stories as they light up the sky over Disneyland Park. Along with dazzling pyrotechnics and memorable music, a heartwarming story celebrates the theme of friendship, an ever-present concept in Pixar animation, connecting us with characters we’ve come to know and love. “Together Forever” comes to life through projections on iconic park locations: Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens of the Rivers of America, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A.

7. Take a ride on Pixar attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. For 20 years, Disney Parks and Pixar Animation Studios have collaborated on attractions and experiences inspired by the colorful worlds of Pixar films. Guests at the Disneyland Resort now enjoy more than a dozen experiences that immerse them in the worlds of some favorite Pixar stories, including Toy Story Mania! and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.

8. Save some space in your bag for Pixar Fest merchandise. The ears game is strong at Disneyland Resort right now.

Emmy picked up these limited edition beauties and wouldn’t take them off, even at bedtime.

Since we were also celebrating Maddie’s 18th birthday, she chose the new birthday ears!

9. More Pixar Fun coming! Get excited for even more fun coming on June 23rd with the opening of Pixar Pier!

10. Be dazzled by the “Paint the Night” parade. The nighttime parade with more than 1 million brilliant lights returns, this time making its way through Disney California Adventure. Becoming even more super in June, “Paint the Night” adds a new float inspired by “The Incredibles” and “Incredibles 2.”

11. Watch Pixar Parade! For the first time, “Pixar Play Parade” makes its way through Disneyland Park. This interactive, daytime parade gets even more playful with three new story elements featuring the iconic Pixar Lamp and Ball from the original Pixar short, “Luxo Jr.,” and characters from “Up,” and “Inside Out.”

Here are some of our favorite moments:

12. Don’t forget to challenge your friends on Astro Blasters! We love to see so many of our Pixar friends on this attraction! 

13. Dine at Alien Pizza Planet! Everyone’s favorite green Space Aliens have invaded Disneyland Resort and transformed Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port at Disneyland Park into Alien Pizza Planet. Inspired by the family restaurant frequented by Andy (and his toys) in “Toy Story,” the restaurant serves a few new pizzas and other creatively themed menu items. See Emmy’s recommendation in our video! 

Pixar Fest is happening now through Sept. 3rd!

Be sure to watch our video above to see all the fun to be had for families at the Disneyland Resort during Pixar Fest!

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • Wow, everything looks amazing here! I would love to bring my family to DisneyLand to celebrate as well!

  • It would be like living out my very own fairy tale to attend Pixar Fest- I love all your pics and all the information you share. Definitely makes me want to plan a trip to Disney land!

  • It would be like living out my very own fairy tale to attend Pixar Fest- I love all your pics and all the information you share. Definitely makes me want to plan a trip to Disney land! Thanks for sharing all the magic with us!

  • It’s so awesome that Disney hosts this kind of event! I bet it’s not just fun for the kids but for the adults as well. There’s also so much to look forward to!

  • Wow what an incredible trip! We love it at Disneyland but next time we so need to check out that amazing food!

  • I was JUST at Disneyland last month and I’m dying to go back to experience Pixar Fest!! I may try to go back over the summer so that the new Pixar Pier is open, although I’m sure the crowds will be insane!

  • Looks like such a fun trip! I love Pixar movies and charactrers. Buzz and Woody are my favorites. That food at Disney is amazing!

  • Gosh looks amazing and so much fun! I would love to visit here – I’m such a big kid! I used to love Toy Story!

  • Pixar Fest looks amazing. What a lovely place to visit. I hope to experience something like this someday, your family always looks like they’re having such fun!

  • I don’t have any plans to go to Disney this year, though I kind of wish I did. The Pixar fest looks like so much fun, especially that very colorful parade.

  • The Pixar Night Time show looks really awesome! I would love to take the whole family to enjoy that. Even if my kids are young adults now, I am pretty sure the kid in them will enjoy every moment there.

  • Awesome! Pixar sure has the perfect way to make a Disney vacation memorable! The food looks fantastic. If i do get a chance to be there, I will make sure I go there hungry!

  • Pixar has a lot of my favorite movies under their belt. This looks like it would be an absolute blast!

  • The Pixar fest looks amazing, it seems like you had an incredible time. Fun for all the family.

  • Awwwwww, if only going to disney land can be done in snap, I’d sure go all the way there with the whole squad! Your post is waking up the inner kid in me and I am dead envy here right now! hahaha

  • You know I’ve only been to Disney land resort in Florida. I’ve always wanted to go to the one here in Cali but it’s just too expensive! Anyhow, you’re making me want to go now. The pics are awesome!

  • I’d love to see Woody and Buzz Lightyear (I’m the grandma) they came out when my children were small and we washed the movie over and over again. The Pixar Festival looks so entertaining your video is great! The after dark show and the parade, what fun!

  • You are so lucky! I would love to take my kids here one day. This post makes me want to plan a trip Disneyland !

  • This is so cool! Love to visit and experience this kind of festivity too! Love Disneyland!

  • Ahh, this looks like so much fun! I went to the opening day of the Pixar Exhibit at the TELUS World of Science in Edmonton, Alberta last year, and it was amazing. This is definitely something I’d like to experience, as well!

  • Oh. My. GOSH. The food! The food is my absolute favorite part of all of this! Of course, it overall looks like an amazing experience 🙂

  • It sounds like you had a memorable time at the Pixar Fest–the biggest Pixar celebration ever to come to Disney Parks.

  • Pixer fest looks like so much fun, all the pictures look so amazing. I am planning to take my kids to Disneyland in a year or so once they are big enough to enjoy, I think I am more excited at the moment than them 🙂

  • That looks like so much fun for adults and kids. Pixar has to be one of my favorite studios that come out with movies.

  • I want to go RIGHT NOW! I’m in love with everything you jusat said and posted. I live 10 minutes away from Disney World in Olrando. And I can’t wait to check out disneyland one day, seems so different.

  • Beautiful and fun experience that fans shouldn’t miss! I’m sure the whole family will have loads of fun here and it’s so nice to see our fave Pixar characters as well. Love the parades and the food!

  • Anything Pixar is so much fun! And take the whole squad? Yes, please! What a great idea for a good time.

  • Lovely pictures! Thank you for the great tips! It looks like you’ve had so much fun. I will definitely follow your tips when I get there.

  • It cannot get any better than Pixarfest! It sounds like something I would enjoy! I love that there’s also plenty of good food to try. Everything sounds so amazing!

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