Every Pixar Thing Coming to the Disney Parks This Summer
Everything is coming up Pixar.
This weekend, the hotly anticipated (and very awesome) "Incredibles 2" arrives in theaters and will surely be a major hit throughout the summer. Coupled with "Bao," one of the studio's all-time greatest short films, it marks a huge artistic achievement that is also going to crush at the box office. (Seriously -- it's going to be huge.) And next summer, all of your favorite playthings return to theaters with the sequel we'd never thought we'd actually see, "Toy Story 4."
But that's not all. At Disney Parks worldwide this summer, Pixar is giving you the chance to truly experience your favorite films, with new attractions sure to blow your mind. Here's every Pixar thing coming to the parks this summer...
Disneyland and Disney California AdventurePixar Fest
At Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (and, to a lesser extent, even the Downtown Disney shopping and retail area), Pixar Fest is going on right now. A celebration of all things Pixar, the festival (which runs through September 3), features limited edition food throughout both parks (you haven't lived until you've eaten a macaroon shaped like one of the three-eyed aliens from "Toy Story"), the return of the Pixar Play Parade (this time at Disneyland), a brand new fireworks spectacular in Disneyland (Together Forever -- A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular), and a new float for the Paint the Night Parade -- now in Disney California Adventure -- that is themed to everyone's favorite superhero family.
With themed decorations and more chances to meet and mingle with your favorite Pixar characters, Pixar Fest is a blast.
The biggest thing to happen to either park during Pixar Fest is, of course, the opening of Pixar Pier. Formerly Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure, this newly re-themed land will feature brand new attractions, eateries, and experiences, topped off with the opening of the Incredicoaster (formerly California Screamin'). (Mickey's Fun Wheel will also be re-themed to the Pixar Pal-A-Round, with the smiling Mickey face on the outside of the attraction remaining.)
There are going to be amazing new eateries, like the Lamplight Lounge and a chicken stand modeled after a Happy Meal-type box from one of the "Toy Story" short films. And, maybe my favorite detail, an audio-animatronic Luxo, Jr. lamp will greet you as you enter the land. (And it makes sense, considering this was already the home to Toy Story Midway Mania, one of the most unique and thrilling attractions in all of the Disney Parks.) With expansions still on the horizon, this will be a spot to watch.
Walt Disney WorldToy Story Land
This 12-acre expansion at Disney's Hollywood Studios (which will also soon be home to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge) is completely themed to Andy's beloved toys. The centerpiece of the land is Slinky Dog Dash, a highly themed family-friendly coaster similar to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train over in Magic Kingdom.
Additionally, there's Alien Swirling Saucers, an attraction modeled after Mater's Junkyard Jamboree at Disney California Adventure, and, of course, an expanded Toy Story Mania! (this is the east coast's version of Toy Story Midway Mania, don't-cha-know). There are also tons of character encounters, a new quick service restaurant called Woody's Lunch Box, and every square inch of it is incredibly Instagrammable.
Incredible Tomorrowland Expo
Considering the marketing campaign for Walt Disney World this year is "Incredible Summer," you'd better believe there are some Incredibles-themed shenanigans happening in Orlando. More specifically, your favorite superhero family has taken over Tomorrowland for the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo.
There are great photo opportunities, a super dance party on the Rockettower Stage (from 2 to 7pm daily) and all sorts of food that we're dying to try. More specifically, the Super Stretchy Burger at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café. Let us just break this down for you: it's a flame-grilled angus beef that's "piled high with deep-friend mozzarella sticks, American cheese, bacon, and garlic ranch sauce." Quite frankly, that burger is worth the plane ticket alone.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Even Disney's Animal Kingdom is getting in on the Pixar love this summer, with Up! A Great Bird Adventure taking flight at the zoologically-centered park. Featuring some amazing real-life birds alongside Russell and his talking dog sidekick Dug, this is just amazing.
Shanghai DisneylandIn late May, the first major expansion to the FOMO-inducing Shanghai Disneyland Resort opened and -- wouldn't you know it -- it was themed to "Toy Story!"
Toy Story Land, which seems to be very similar to the Toy Story Land at Hong Kong Disneyland, features three brand new attractions: Slinky Dog Spin, Rex's Racer, and Woody's Roundup. There's also tons of character interactions, a new shop modeled after Al's Toy Barn from "Toy Story 2," and something called the Toy Box Café. Shanghai Disneyland is already home to the Toy Story Hotel, a uniquely designed hotel themed to the film franchise, and Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue, a kind of next-generation Buzz Lightyear Astro-Blasters. Oh, how badly we want to go ...
Be sure to check back next week, as we'll be reporting LIVE from the opening of Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure! It's going to be ... incredible!