Everything You Need to Know About Pixar Fest

Pixar Fest returns this spring at Disneyland Resort in California! This limited time special event is truly unique to Disneyland and has so much to do!

And there is no greater party planner than Disney. Be sure to check out our guide to Genie+ before your trip! Here’s the scoop on what you need to know before you head out to Pixar Fest!

What is Pixar Fest?

Disneyland, and California Adventure, have been home to quite a few celebrations. But none have been quite as beloved as Pixar Fest. This festival celebrates all the creativity and imagination form some of Disney and Pixar’s best films. There’s exclusive entertainment, rare character meets, and – of course, specialty snacks and beverages.

This year Pixar Fest will run from April 26th to August 29th. That’s four full month to enjoy everything this event has to offer (and it’s a lot).

Food of Pixar Fest

This year’s Pixar Fest will see six new marketplace booths at California Adventure, as well as limited menu additions throughout Disneyland Resort.

Image featuring a Luxo Jr.-inspired layered cake with vibrant red, blue, yellow, and white layers, topped with a dollop of yellow frosting and a Pixar Ball decoration, presented on a simple plate against a blue fabric background.

Festival Marketplace Booths

Scattered throughout California Adventure will be marketplace booths with specialty themed menus. These booths are a new addition to Pixar Fest, but are similar to what we’ve seen at both Food and Wine and Festival of the Holidays at DCA.

Full menus have not been released, but we do know a bit about what to expect:

  • Protorosso Pasta inspired by Luca will feature dishes inspired by summer on the coast of Italy.
  • Guseau’s To-Go will feature classics reimaged, with a little help from Ratatouille
  • The Elemental Table will take inspiration from Elemental
  • 4*Town Fav*4*ites will offer innovative dishes from Turning Red’s favorite boy band
  • The Spark Soul food for feeling good
  • Hanger Management will having you feeling all the feels, with Inside Out

The Characters

At Pixar Fest you’ll have a chance to meet lots of your favorite Pixar characters. In addition to the numerous characters regularly found on Pixar Pier, Ember and Wade from Elemental will be making their first park appearance!

A snapshot of exclusive character meet-and-greets with Joy and Sadness from 'Inside Out,' posed in front of a brightly lit backdrop with 'PIXAR PROMENADE' in marquee lights and Pixar posters adorning the walls.

Entertainment Options at Pixar Fest

The amount of new entertainment for Pixar Fest is amazing! There will be shows, fireworks, and dance parties available in both parks. Honestly, it sounds like a blast.

Together Forever Nighttime Fireworks

A breathtaking nighttime scene at Disneyland with a vibrant green firework bursting above the intricately lit Sleeping Beauty Castle during the Together Forever Nighttime Spectacular.

Returning to Disneyland Park is the fan favorite Together Forever A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular. We last saw this show during the 2021 Pixar Fest and have been yearning for it ever since. This Castle Projection show incorporates popular Pixar characters from the last 20 years and features fireworks on select nights. I for one cannot wait to see the new additions from Onward, Soul, Luca, Turning Red and Elemental

Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration Parade

One of the most surprising additions to Disney’s Pixar Fest Announcement, is a brand new parade. It has been years since California Adventure has had a daytime parade!

Illustration of a lively character float during the Pixar Fest cavalcade, showcasing energetic performers in vibrant outfits and a whimsical float adorned with Pixar character illustrations and colorful balloons.

Better Together runs twice daily featuring favorites from Pixar films new and old. Catch characters from The Incredibles, Coco, Toy Story, Soul, Luca, Turning Red, and more! We count at least five new parade floats.

Pixar Pals Playtime Party

Hosted at the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland park, you can catch even more characters throughout the day at the Pixar Pals Playtime Party. The concept art shows multiple characters on stage leading a dance party. With lots of room to dance and play to the groove.

Concept art for Pixar Pals Playtime Party at Disneyland Resort, showcasing a vibrant stage with colorful geometric blocks in the background and Pixar characters engaging with guests in various activities, including a photo-op spot, under a sign that reads 'PIXAR FEST.

Exclusive Photo Ops and Interactive games will also be available in this area of the festival.

Club Pixar

I am so excited about this one, I could scream! Club Pixar will be opening in Hollywood Backlot at Disney’s California Adventure and it looks spectacular!

Concept art of Club Pixar at California Adventure's Hollywoodland at night, with neon signs and colorful Pixar character cutouts creating an exciting atmosphere around the festive entrance.

After the sun sets there is no place we’d rather be than Club Pixar. Here you’ll find a DJ and live performances. Neon lights set the atmosphere to party the night away alongside characters.

Specialty beverages and cocktails, themed food, interactive games, and photo opportunities all await.

Pixar Fest Merchandise

Brand new Pixar merch will begin trickling into the Disneyland resort in early April, with more to come! An exclusive line of Pixar Fest Inspired Merch will be available in limited quantities during the festival dates, April 26th to August 29th, 2024.

Park Novelties

A whimsical photo of the Pizza Planet truck turned into a popcorn bucket toy, complete with bright yellow and white coloring and the iconic rocket on top, set against the blurred backdrop of the Alien Pizza Planet signage.

This Pizza Planet Popcorn bucket is cute and iconic, we should probably start lining up for it now. It’s going to be extremely popular.

*NEW* Pixar Inspired Items

A stylish look at exclusive Pizza Planet merchandise, showcasing the back of a baseball jersey with 'Alien Pizza Planet' branding and whimsical graphics, with the restaurant's signage in the background.

Pixar Fest cannot come soon enough, and if you can’t wait Disney will have a huge merch drop this month at the parks. With apparel featuring characters, places, and phrases from popular films like Monster’s Inc, Toy Story and more – there’s something for everyone!

A close-up of a woman wearing a casual grey T-shirt featuring a colorful, dynamic print of the character Mei in her red panda form from Pixar's 'Turning Red,' with the festive lights of a carousel softly glowing in the background.

Exclusive Festival Merch

If you don’t get merch, were you even really at a Disney festival? A Pixar Fest Lug Bag and Spirit Jersey are just a few items from this limited edition series.

Close-up image of exclusive Pixar Fest merchandise, featuring a black hoodie with the festival logo, a colorful sling bag with Pixar character motifs, captured against a backdrop of a lit-up Ferris wheel at night.

The spirit jersey features stylized images of Lightening McQueen, Miguel, Panda Mei, and the Toy Story Aliens. The text “ooooooo” appears in red above the little green guy. All displayed on a deep navy blue jersey.

A true blue Lug bag features the Luxo Ball, an icon of the Pixar company.

Around the Parks

There’s even more to check out around the parks, including existing Pixar themed rides and heaps of themed decor.

  • The Incredicoaster
  • Emotional Whirlwind
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Radiator Racers
  • Tow-Mater’s Jamboree
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

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