In what’s proved to be both highs and lows in Disney social media spheres, several new Pixar announcements were unveiled at the D23 Expo. Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, was joined by Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios John Lasseter to unveil the new plans…
Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure, where the pier will take on a brand new look as more favorite Pixar characters and stories come to life, from The Incredibles, to Inside Out to even more Toy Story. The changes help anchor the already-existing Toy Story Midway Mania attraction. No details were revealed for specific changes but concept art does tease some of the expected changes.
Despite mixed reactions on social media, the audience in the room seemed generally enthusiastic for this seemingly arbitrary and unnecessary change to the theme of the land.
‘Paint the Night’ is returning
Perhaps receiving the loudest applause during the presentation was the news Paint the Night was returning to the Disneyland Resort but this time to Disney California Adventure. As part of this change, the Pixar Play Parade is moving to Disneyland Park.
Chapek also announced that there is more Pixar in store during Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort. Starting in 2018, this limited-time offering will include a new fireworks spectacular as well as special characters and entertainment moments.
Haul-O-Ween at DCA
Coming even sooner to the Disneyland Resort is the new Haul-O-Ween celebration in Cars Land as part of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.
The bewitching event this year promises lots of new changes as the citizens of Radiator Springs don Halloween costumes and decorate their respective homes for the season. Lightning McQueen, Mater, Cruz, Red and DJ will be all dressed up–as a super hero, a “van-pire,” a pirate, a clown and a punk rocker, ready to go “trunk-or-treating.” Attractions transform, too, with Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree turning spooky as the Graveyard JamBOOree, and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters getting a seasonal twist to become Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.
Scary the Scarecar will stand guard over the entrance to Route 66, a preview to the Haul-O-Ween transformation awaiting guests in Cars Land. With Fillmore’s Jack-Oil Lanterns, the web spun over Flo’s by a Spider-Car, and the Cozy Cone dressed up in car-stumes, the townsfolk turn Radiator Springs into Radiator Screams.
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More to See!
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I really like the fact, that they are doing something to the pier. This involving Pixar characters is not bad at all, as they fit great in the theme, as the concept art shows.
What I really dislike, is the name change. Paradise Pier sounds so romantic and fits the park very well. Pixar Pier sounds cheap, just like the 2001 pier looked. So I really hope they will update the pier, but the name should stay Paradise Pier, maybe even “Paradise Pier, starring your favorite Pixal Pals” 😉
Agreed completely! The audience seemed overall pretty excited about the idea but the name is severely lacking. It sounds very much like a land you would expect to see at Universal Studios.