Pixar Fest—the largest theme-park celebration of Pixar Animation Studios’ characters and stories—is officially launching today through Disneyland Resort. Running until September 3, the inaugural festival will bring films like Toy Story, Coco, Monsters, Inc. and Up to life at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.
Pixar Fest includes the return of two parades, new décor, musical entertainment, themed food, event merchandise and a multimedia fireworks show. The latter features pyrotechnics, projections and music that highlight all 19 Pixar films.
Pixar Play Parade will make its way through Disneyland Park for the first time with characters from Up and Inside Out. The Paint the Night parade, meanwhile, features more than one million LED lights and a new float inspired by The Incredibles and Incredibles 2.
A collection of Pixar shorts will be featured at the Sunset Showcase Theater at Disney California Adventure, while the Paradise Gardens area of the park will include performances by The Pixarmonic Orchestra. A number of musical groups including the Disneyland Band, Straw Hatters, Dapper Dans, Main Street Piano Player, Royal Street Bachelors, Jambalaya Jazz Band and Mariachi Divas will also perform throughout Pixar Fest. And beginning June 8, the Pixar Dance Pals Party will launch at the Tomorrowland Terrace in Disneyland.
The news of Pixar Fest comes in the wake of Disney Parks and Resorts reporting a revenue increase of 13% (to US$5.2 billion) in Q1 2018. Segment operating income increased by 21% to US$1.3 billion on the strength of increases at the company’s domestic parks and resorts, cruise line and vacation club business, as well as at Disneyland Paris.
Earlier this year, the House of Mouse announced it would launch a number of new summer attractions and experiences at all four Walt Disney World theme parks and at Disney Springs. Last year, the company launched more than a dozen new attractions and experiences for its global entities. In addition to Toy Story Land and a number of new Star Wars attractions, Disney announced a Tron-themed experience as well as the first-ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction.