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Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind To Be Pixar Pier’s Next Star Attraction

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Posted by Joanna • May 14, 2019

The next exciting addition to Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure has been revealed!

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind

The new ride couldn’t have a more fitting name – Inside Out is an emotional whirlwind in itself. Guests will be able to have a whirlwind tour of the shelves of memories by jumping onto one of 8 ‘Memory Movers’. It looks like the ride will be doing a great job of reflecting the colourful look of the movie it’s based on. Pixar Pier will look more magical than ever when the ride is opened this Summer!

The ride has even come with a bunch of beautiful posters, each representing the different areas of Riley’s mind. Take a look at the ‘subconscious’ poster below (where Sadness and Joy encountered all of Riley’s worst fears: Granny’s vacuum cleaner, broccoli, the stairs down to the basement, and Jangles the clown) – is that an oddly familiar ventriloquist doll hiding behind Jangles? A Toy Story 4 reference perhaps?

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Woody’s Round Up 12/7/18

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Posted by Simoa • December 7, 2018

Welcome back to Woody’s Round Up! With all the speculation about Toy Story 4 and the excitement over the Annie and Golden Globe nominations for Incredibles 2, some other noteworthy happenings may have slipped your radar. But no worries, we’ve compiled a list here.

Jolly Holiday at Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land has been decorated just in time for Christmas and the holidays! I’m especially fond of this giant Hamm sugar cookie complete with Santa Hat:

Hope they’ll be selling edible versions in the park…

And check out these ornaments I definitely want on my tree at home!

You can see more of the decorations on the Disney Parks blog. Here’s a video of the decorations going up:

Light it Up Luxo

Pixar Pier at Disneyland also got a lovely addition in the form of animatronic Luxo Jr. atop the marquee. While the technology has not yet evolved for Luxo to bound off its perch and stomp anywhere (or on anything), it would be quite a treat to be welcomed by the energetic lamp to California Adventure. Watch Luxo in action below:

More photos at Laughing Place.

Tears of Candy Galore

Bing Bong’s Sweet Shop opened at Pixar Pier over the summer, and a new statue has been installed inside.

Bing Bong isn’t animatronic, but he does play audio from Inside Out, as reported by WDW News Today. I’m sure everyone who visits will be crying happy tears too! They just won’t taste as sweet.

Teddy Newton’s Sneaks

Teddy Newton, mastermind behind some of Pixar’s most brilliant story ideas and indelible artwork, as well as the director of ‘Day & Night’ will be directing his first feature length film! Although not a Pixar production, Sneaks is worth supporting. The official synopsis describes it as follows:

Sneaks centers on a group of misplaced sneakers that end up lost in New York City and must find a way to work together in order to get back to their “sole mates.”

The film will also be Ohio’s first animated feature, and Pixar production designer Ricky Nierva will also be part of the crew. It’s always wonderful to see Pixarians branching out, and we wish them both great success. Read more about Sneaks at THR.

Expanding Toy Story

A Toy Story 4 graphic novel anthology will be hitting shelves ahead of the film’s release next June. Released by Dark Horse comics in collaboration with Pixar, the anthology is available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and comic book stores. More details and art will surface before the May 7th release date, so stay tuned for more!

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Pixar Pier Highlights

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Posted by Joanna • July 2, 2018

The new entirely Pixar-themed area of Disney California Adventure Park – Pixar Pier – enthusiastically opened its gates on June 23rd, and it’s got more than enough to offer to all the fellow Pixar fans out there.

First up – the attractions!

There are currently 3 attractions at Pixar Pier – The IncredicoasterToy Story Midway Mania, and the Pixar Pal-A-Round –  with more due to be added in 2019 (Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind and Jessie’s Critter Carousel). Toy Story Midway Mania makes you feel like you’ve shrunk down to the size of Woody and Buzz while you compete in a variety of target shooting games, while the Pixar Pal-A-Round Ferris Wheel lets you sit back, relax, and take in your surroundings and the wonderful views. If you’re looking for more of a thrill, there are swinging gondolas too!

The Incredicoaster is an Incredibles 2 themed rollercoaster, complete with Michael Giacchino’s iconic soundtrack. And this isn’t just the movie soundtrack – Giacchino arranged music specifically for the Incredicoaster, to play alongside a high-speed race to catch Jack-Jack. If you’re looking for an immersive experience, then look no further than this super-powered ride.

“People when they’re riding it…they’re gonna have an emotional connection right off the bat. They’re gonna feel like they’re really in the movie. And I think that they’re gonna walk away from this, humming the music and saying ‘we have to go and do that again’.” – Michael Giacchino

Watch Disneyland’s feature on the orchestration below:

What else?

This isn’t anywhere near the extent of what Pixar Pier has to offer – there are all sorts of snacks taking inspiration from our favourite Pixar movies (a ‘Jack-Jack Cookie Num Num’, anyone?), including the Poultry Palace, which you may recognise from the Toy Story toon Small Fry. 

“Some Nutrients – Many Preservatives”

There are also plenty of games (with prizes!) to try out – the La Luna themed one being my personal favourite. The WALL-E Space Race comes in as a close second though.

I love how the team who came up with concepts/designed/built Pixar Pier were clearly driven by creativity and a sense of fun. I think that’s why I feel the most excited about the Lamplight Lounge (and that’s why I saved it until last). The Lamplight Lounge is a ‘restaurant celebrating creativity’; its walls and ceilings are adorned with posters, concept art, promotional art and memorabilia from Pixar movies spanning all the way back to Toy Story.

 

Have you been lucky enough to visit the Pixar Pier yet? If so – please share your photos and experiences with us! What was your favourite part? Did you sample all the snacks? Let us know on Twitter.

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Toy Story Land Grand Opening

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Posted by Simoa • May 4, 2018

June is going to be a big month for Pixar fans! Not only will Incredibles 2 grace theaters on June 15th, but Toy Story Land arrives at Walt Disney World on June 30th! Lucky visitors to Disneyland’s Shanghai Resort actually got to experience Toy Story Land just last week. Here you’ll get to see some prized behind the scenes footage of the Imagineers as they brought this brand new world to life.

So what do we have to look forward to at the end of the month? Quite a ton, gaddily bob howdy! Check out these awesome construction photos (via Oh My Disney) of the new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster.

See Slinky Dog in action:

The Alien Swirling Saucers will definitely be another cool ride inspired by a few more favorite characters. You’ll join them on an “interstellar romp set to an out-of-this-world beat.”

Our favorite penguin will also be performing Toy Story‘s signature tune. That’s right, Wheezy is back and sounding better than ever before! He’ll be accompanied by tape recorder Mike and Mr. Spell.

Toy Story Mania is guaranteed to be another hit, with Oh My Disney reporting that guests will be tossing baseballs and cream pies at 3D objects, and that’s just what we know about it so far.

 

One of the reasons Toy Story Land is such an appealing addition to Walt Disney World is because it’s one of the most iconic movies ever. An attraction like this has been a long time coming. And certainly it’s worth the wait!

Will you be visiting Toy Story Land at the end of the month? Be sure to let us know here and on twitter, and stay tuned for more updates.

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Pixar Pier and so much more!

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Posted by Simoa • March 13, 2018

Pixar Pier at Disneyland is looking to be even more fabulous and creative with each new bit of concept art. A whole new Pixar world is currently under construction at the famed Anaheim theme park, with all of our favorite characters making an appearance. Check out all the new additions below!

Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats

Non dairy frozen lemon treats will be available at this stand, a wonderful nod to the Yeti’s snowcone creations from Monsters, Inc.

Incredibles Neighborhood

Perhaps the most enticing new addition is The Incredibles themed neighborhood. The Incredicoaster will be a thrill, based on Jack-Jack escaping and unleashing his powers as he explores. Though he’s tiny and bald, Jack-Jack is the most powerful super since he has an assortment of powers and we still don’t know what he’s fully capable of!

Toy Story Neighborhood

Here, guests will ride “Jessie’s Critter Carousel” and can eat at Poultry Palace and Senor Buzz’s Churros. Yum, yum, yum!

Inside Out Neighborhood

Not many details have yet been released about this emotion themed neighborhood, but we do know there’s another food stand.

Pixar Promenade is a new archway featuring new replacements as well. Wall-E’s Space Spin, La Luna Star Catcher and Heimlich Candy Corn Toss are the three additions.

Lamplight Lounge will serve cocktails and light meals.

It truly is wondrous to see a place like Disneyland, which champions imagination to be including so many diverse Pixar attractions. Check back here for more developments!

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Toy Story Land Opens June 30th

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Posted by Joanna • February 16, 2018

Toy Story Land is set to open at Walt Disney World on June 30th!

Pixar announced the news today with a familiar clip from the original Toy Story:

Have you ever wished you were able to walk amongst your favourite characters from the Toy Story universe and see the world from their perspective? In 3 and a half short months, you’ll be able to do just that at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There will be a multitude of Toy Story themed rides, games and snacks, including a Slinky Dog rollercoaster and alien swirling saucers.

You can tell a lot of creative thought has gone into the design of the surroundings as well as the rides.

This in addition to the Pixar Pier in development at Disneyland is great news for us Pixar fans – it’s about time more Pixar themed rides and attractions took pride of place!

 

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New and Incredible Pixar Attractions

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Posted by Simoa • February 12, 2018

Newly minted Pixar additions to the Disney Parks are coming soon! It was recently announced at D23’s Japan Expo that Pixar Pier’s grand unveiling at Disney California Adventure is on June 23rd.

“This reimagined land will feature four whimsical neighborhoods representing beloved Pixar stories with newly themed attractions, foods and merchandise.”

I love the idea of whimsical neighborhoods, since they perfectly encapsulate the simple charm of Pixar’s elaborate and magical worlds. And not only that, but the Incredicoaster will also arrive on the same day! What kind of thrills can we expect from a ride that’s long overdue?!

Paint the Night Parade will feature an Incredibles themed float with our favorite supers, and there will be some surprises there too. The parade comes to California Adventure during the Pixar Fest on April 13th.

All of this ties in quite well with the release of Incredibles 2 in June. We’re in for an action packed summer with the returning Parrs both on and off screen.

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Ooooooooh: New Concept Art for Toy Story Land

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Posted by Simoa • February 8, 2018

I’ve long thought that the rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World are perfect but not living up to their Pixar potential. Now with new expansions to the parks, Pixar films are becoming more of a fixture which is long overdue. The latest concept art for Toy Story Land has been revealed, with everyone’s favorite little green guys, the Pizza Planet aliens!

Here’s the full description of the latest attraction, officially named Alien Swirling Saucers (via Disney Parks):

Once the aliens have powered up their flying saucers, you’ll get to climb into a toy rocket and hang on as aliens lead the way on an interstellar romp set to an out-of-this-world beat. And if you’re really lucky, you just might get “chosen” by the claw!

Sounds like it’ll be a fun galactic addition to Toy Story Land!

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Pixar at the Parks: Pixar Fest and First Looks at Woody’s Lunch Box

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Posted by Nia • October 27, 2017

Do you love Pixar? (Obviously) Do you love going to Disneyland and Disney World? (Duh!) Well, now’s the perfect opportunity to plan your next trip to California AND Florida because, drum roll, please…

  1. Pixar Fest is coming to Disneyland!
  2. Not only that, but a brand spanking new Pixar-themed area will be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios soon!

According to Oh My Disney, Pixar Fest will be coming to both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure beginning April 13th, 2018! That’s only five months away! Unfortunately the event will be for a limited time, but during April you will get to see both parks completely dedicated to the world of Pixar. The parks will include a new fireworks show, two new Pixar-themed parades, new merchandise, food and drinks, and more!

Thanks to Oh My Disney, here’s some of the cool things to look forward to at Pixar Fest:

“Together Forever—A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular”

The nighttime spectacular will feature a brand new fireworks display with Buzz Lightyear flying over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. The main focus of the show, as the Together Forever title suggests, will be about the special bond between friends and celebrate the true meaning of friendship.

“Pixar Play Parade”

You guessed it, not only will Luxo the Lamp be in this Disneyland parade, but characters from films like Inside Out and Up will also make appearances.

“Paint the Night”

The Disney California Adventure parade will showcase characters from Monsters Inc., Toy Story, and Cars.

Pixar Shorts Film Festival

You can finally watch some of Pixar’s short films at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Disney California Adventure’s Hollywood Land.

Pixar Fest Charm Bracelet

Be sure to pick up one of the exclusive merchandise items that will be for sale, which includes Pixar-themed charm bracelets.

So 2018 is obviously going to be a great year for Pixar. Need any more proof? Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, Woody’s Lunch Box (an area that will be in the new Toy Story land section of the park) will be opening! Oh My Disney shared a first look of the area:

As the concept art depicts, Woody’s Lunch Box will feature a plethora of different toys from Andy’s collection, even showing off some of Andy’s lunch box items.

It will certainly be thrilling walking among some of the iconic Toy Story toys in Woody’s Lunch Box AND celebrating the studio with Pixar Fest – it’ll feel like we’re finally apart of the magic behind a Pixar film.

 

 

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Pixar at D23 (UPDATE: Toy Story Land)

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Posted by Simoa • August 15, 2015

D23 is this weekend, and there’s no shortage of awesome Pixar news! New logos, images, release dates, and synopses have been revealed for their upcoming slate, and the excitement for them has only increased. Without further ado, here’s all the brilliance fans were treated to.

“Riley’s First Date?” Pixar Animation Studios heads back inside the mind with an all-new short. “Riley’s First Date?” made its world premiere at D23 EXPO 2015. Director Josh Cooley, along with Inside Out filmmakers Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) and Jonas Rivera (Up), introduced the short, which revisits Riley, now 12, who is hanging out with her parents at home when potential trouble comes knocking. Mom’s and Dad’s Emotions find themselves forced to deal with “Riley’s First Date?” The short will be included as a bonus feature in the digital HD & Blu-ray releases of Disney·Pixar’s Inside Out, which will be available digitally Oct. 13 and on Blu-ray Nov. 3, 2015.

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Anticipation for Disney·Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur was amplified when director Peter Sohn and producer Denise Ream shared breathtaking sequences with fans, including never-before-seen footage of a trio of T-Rexes in action. In theaters on Nov. 25, 2015, The Good Dinosaur features Arlo, a sheltered Apatosaurus who finds himself far from home among a host of intimidating creatures.

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Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), the voice of everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, took a dip with D23 EXPO, celebrating Disney·Pixar’s upcoming film Finding Dory. Joining DeGeneres on stage this afternoon were Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”), who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark. Oscar®-winning director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL•E), co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins (co-producer WALL•E) offered new details of the all-new story, which reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Also featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy, Disney·Pixar’s Finding Dory swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

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And finally, Lee Unkrich’s Dia de Los Muertos film has a title, logo, and plot details!

Director Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and producer Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3) revealed the title of their upcoming film today at D23 Expo 2015. Disney·Pixar’s Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion. Also worth noting that the protagonist of Coco is Miguel, a 12 year old Mexican boy, making him Pixar’s first Latino protagonist.

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image via pixaranimation on Instagram.

There’s also the clever, amazing logo for The Incredibles 2!

There is so much to look forward to, we don’t know where to begin. Check back in here for more updates on D23!

UPDATE: It was revealed yesterday that a new Pixar themed ride would be opening at the Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. Guests get a toy sized view of the world, made to look like Andy’s backyard, with a Slinky Dog rollercoaster and other amazing attractions. Concept art for the new land appears below.

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It’s always a good time to be a Pixar fan, but now even more so!

 

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