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Pixarfest at Disneyland and California Adventure

Let me just start this post by saying, I LOVE Disneyland and I LOVE California Adventures.

So this weekend, my fiancé and I decided to go spend a day at Disneyland. On our way there we saw a billboard that announced “Pixarfest” which had started two days previously.

Although we were worried about the crowds, we were excited to see how all the construction had turned out. We assumed that the Pixarfest would be celebrating the completion of the Pixar Pier (previously known as the Paradise Pier). The below photo belongs to Disney and it shows their plans for Paradise Pier.

This photo belongs to Disney

While on the tram, heading into the park, we spoke to a mother of two young children. She too was interested in seeing how the new-Pixar-themed rides and stores had turned out.

When we entered the theme parks there was definitely a Pixar feeling in the air. Red, blue, and yellow decorated banners and buildings. Both parks were decorated and even planters outside of the parks were spotting some familiar characters…

However, Paradise Pier was NOT Pixar Pier and it was still under construction.

As it turns out, after speaking with a cast member, Pixarfest is NOT connected to Pixar Pier or the new Pixar land. Instead it is simply an alternative festival going on (like that of the Wine and Food Festival). Pixar Pier is not scheduled for completion until June 23rd (while Pixarfest will be ending early September).

Pixarfest does offer theme-specific parades, shows, food, and merchandise. As an extra bonus, the Animation Studio in DCA is focusing specifically on Pixar-characters such as The Little Green Aliens and Jack-Jack (which I tried my hands at in drawing).

It was a ton of fun; however, I felt a kind of let down after realizing that the new “land” was not opened. Of course, I don’t know a lot about marketing (especially for ginormous corporations) and such, but this seems like a missed opportunity for Disney! Why not wait to introduce Pixarfest until Pixar Pier was complete? Then have one big celebration!

Regardless, any day spent at Disney is magical!

What do you think? Did Disney miss their opportunity?


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25 thoughts on “Pixarfest at Disneyland and California Adventure”

  1. I believe there is just a lot of prep work and when it’s open it will be better than opening it up sooner. Sorry you missed your opportunity, Kayla to see it in full swing. 😕

    Disneyland and Disneyworld are thinking about profit, for sure. I just found out they took down Tower of Terror (the Twilight Zone ride) and replaced with a Guardian of the Galaxies ride. I loved that ride but how many kids today have heard of Twilight Zone? So, yes, marketing is a big part of it. But I think they are smart about it.

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    1. No worries, I still had fun! Like I do whenever I go! There is definitely a ton of work to be done.
      I know there was a big controversy over that move because people miss the ride thy went on as kids, but that is life, you know? Everything changes.

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      1. Yeah, change is hard for a lot of people.

        Cities are growing up faster than you can say stop. You know? Land development and land prices rising is a change I have mix feelings about. I am happy I get to visit small town in Vermont a lot where I can get away from the big city. 🙂

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  2. It would definitely make sense to combine the celebrations. Of course, they got you in there and most likely, you’ll return for the opening. That’s a win for Disney in the money dept. Love your drawings. They’re adorable!! Glad you had fun! I haven’t been to Disney in years.

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  3. I understand your disappointment. I am a season pass holder and don’t even go enough. but I do get a bit of an advantage of the ins and outs of what is going on at Disneyland and DCA. My oldest is a barista for starbucks on the DCA side. She tells us what is going on. little tidbits. I agree about the Pixar Fest being kinda a bummer to not actually completely open. All the hype… But honestly it works and ppl keep coming in spending that $$$. But nomatter what it is the happiest place on earth. 🙂

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