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Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort!

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Pixar Fest is here again! The best time for Pixar fans to visit the Disneyland Resort is during Pixar Fest. Our family loves seeing Pixar characters, special shows, and the cutest treats in all of Disneyland. Check out what is new this year for Pixar Fest! Don’t miss excellent discounts when you are booking your trip.


When is Pixar Fest 2024?

Pixar Fest kicks off April 26, 2024 and will run through August 3, 2024. Check out what is new for Pixar Fest this year below. Pixar Fest seems to grow every year, it is not to be missed!

Before you  buy your tickets to Pixar Fest, make sure to check out these Discounted Disneyland Resort deals you can use during Pixar Fest!

Pixar Fest first began in 2018 at The Disneyland Resort. I was there for the opening day and it was incredible!  The celebration of Pixar films has grown so much since that first year. Pixar Fest is a celebration at Disney California Adventure Park, Disney Resort Hotels, and even Downtown Disney will be able to enjoy special Pixar-themed fun to celebrate friendship and beyond!

pixar fest sign at Disneyland

For a limited time, guests will enjoy the new fireworks show, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular;” the return of “Pixar Play Parade,” appearing for the first time at Disneyland Park; the return of “Paint the Night,” performing this time at Disney California Adventure, and new Pixar elements added to each of those parades. The fun continues with friends from Disney•Pixar films, creatively themed food and beverage items and merchandise that’s exclusive to Pixar Fest.

Pixar Fest 2024 Offerings

  • Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular
  • “Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration!”
  • Character Experiences
  • New Foodie Guide (dropped this week!)
  • Pixar Fest Marketplaces in Disney California Adventure (Arrives May 10)
  • Club Pixar at the Hollywood Backlot in Disney California Adventure Park
  • Pixar Pals Playtime Party at Fantasyland Theater in Disneyland Park
  • Limited-time merchandise, food and beverage offerings, festive decor and more!


woody jessie pixar fest

Guests may remember the “Pixar Play Parade” and “Paint the Night” from years past.  The parades were so popular and many will be thrilled to have them back at the Disneyland Resort!  There are several twists and additions that are sure to thrill even those who had the opportunity to see these parades in the past.

Inside out float Pixar Fest

The Pixar Play Parade is making its debut down Main Street USA for the first time ever!  This parade was so fun at DCA, but guests will love seeing it in a new venue.  In addition to the new venue, two new Pixar floats and characters are joining the festivities just for Pixar Fest!  Joy, Sadness, and  Bing Bong can be seen on their own “Inside Out” float.  Carl, Russel, Doug, and Kevin are also joining the parade to the delight of “Up” fans everywhere! Pixar Fest is the perfect celebration for these new additions!

paint the night parade dca

“Paint the Night” was such an exciting addition for the Diamond Anniversary and Disneyland guests were sad to see it move on.  Well, “Paint the Night” is back with some new additions too!  “Paint the Night” is now a feature at Disney California Adventure Park. It was a thrill to watch this beloved parade come down Hollywood Blvd. In addition to the Disney and Pixar favorites from before, they have a new float inspired by “The Incredibles” and “Incredibles 2”. This celebration is an excellent backdrop for such an exciting parade!

The newest fireworks show at Disneyland Park is the best kiss goodnight after a fun Disney – Pixar themed day.  “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” is pure Disney – Pixar magic from beginning to end! Pixar is known for unique and emotional storytelling and this firework show does that reputation justice. Memorable music, thrilling pyrotechnics, and projections of Pixar movie scenes all over the park  are all part of this new show.  I believe my favorite Pixar twists are who fly over the castle.  Tinker Bell flying over the castle has always been the tradition, but she lets Buzz Lightyear do the honors during Pixar Fest!  That’s not all, Carl flies over in his house with the help of many balloons!  It is sure to delight Pixar fans in a special way.

TOGETHER FOREVER FIREWORKS Ð Debuting with Pixar Fest on April 13, 2018, ÒTogether Forever Ð A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularÓ will celebrate Pixar stories as it lights 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 guests with characters theyÕve come to know and love. ÒTogether ForeverÓ comes to life through projections on iconic park locations: Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens of the Rivers of America, the faade of ÒitÕs a small worldÓ and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Character Meet and Greets opportunities are not new to Disneyland, but there are some characters who will be out more often just for Pixar Fest.  Pixar Pals will be available for hugs, pictures, and autographs at Paradise Gardens Pavillion daily at Disney California Adventure Park. While you are there, make sure to check out The Pixarmonic Orchestra presented by TripleDent Gum! Over at Disneyland Park you can also meet some of your favorite Pixar Pals.  Woody and Jessie can often be found in Frontierland and Merida is in Fantasyland!

Meet Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc at Pixar Fest

Fans of Pixar Shorts will love another new feature that is at Disney California Adventure Park just for Pixar Fest.  The Pixar Short Film Festival is located in Hollywood Land at the Sunset Showcase Theatre.  “For the Birds”, “Piper”, “LAVA” (my favorite!), and more play throughout the day.  This theater is very large with the capacity for hundreds at a time.  Many think of rides first when Disney Parks come to mind, but don’t miss out on the shows!  Lines for this theater tend to be short.  Spending some time watching sweet movies in an air-conditioned theater is our favorite way to re-energize at the park.

Pixar Shorts at Disney Pixar Fest

One of my favorite elements of special events at Disneyland is the limited time treats!  Pixar Fest has dozens of treats that you can only enjoy as part of the festival. Both parks features specialty items from main dishes to whimsical desserts! These Alien Macarons are sure to be a fan favorite.  Sour Apple and Blackberry flavors are unique and tasty!

Alien Macron at Disneyland

Pixar Ball Candy Apples, Collectible Popcorn Buckets, and creative spins on pizza are going to have everyone’s mouth watering at Pixar Fest!

Specialty merchandise is also going to be so fun for fans and collectors!  The Alien Claw Cup, Sulley Popcorn Bucket, and Coco Mug are already getting a lot of buzz and selling out quickly each day. Here are just a few of the new things you can get at the Disneyland Resort just for Pixar Fest!

If you are a SoCal resident you can enjoy Pixar Fest before the SoCal Resident Ticket Deal ends!  Please see our post for all the details. Guests who take advantage of the SoCal Resident Ticket Deal can enjoy admission as low as $75 per day!

Pixar Pier will official open on June 23, 2018, but because of Pixar Fest, the celebration can start early!  The Incredicoaster, Lamplight Lounge, and new neighborhoods will add so much to the fun for Summer.  I spent nearly two days checking out Pixar Fest and was still not able to see everything! Pixar fans like myself are going to be in heaven! If you are planning on making a 2 or more day trip to Pixar Fest, I suggest looking for vacation packages through Get Away Today (a trusted travel partner to the Disneyland Resort). Use the code “HIGHLIGHTS” at check out for anything more than a 2 night and 2 ticket package and you will get an additional $10 off your already discounted package! You can stay at Disneyland Resort hotels or trusted Good neighbor hotels, it is worth checking out why Get Away Today is the only Disney specific Travel Agent I partner with – because they have the stamp of approval from Disney!

A HUGE thank you to our friends at Disneyland for letting us be part of the magic on the first day of Pixar Fest!



Until Next Time ~ Kate
  1. Terry says:

    The Pixar Fest sounds like so much fun. I would love for my granddaughter to have to opportunity to go to the fest.

  2. Dana Rodriguez says:

    This looks like a lot of fun! I really love the Alien Macarons.

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  4. Samantha Angel says:

    I’ve been waiting forever for Pixar Fest and I’m so excited!! I didn’t know about the little short film festival in a California though, so thank you! I have to go watch Lava all day now

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