6 Things You'll Love About Disney's New Pixar Pier
The wait is over! Paradise Pier has been reimagined with new rides, food options, games and more. Here's what fans of all ages have to get excited about at the new Pixar Pier.
The highly-anticipated Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure is open at last, and it’s already the most popular section of the park. Between yummy new food treats, a reimagined roller coaster and a new parade float that will knock your socks off, you’ll want to get your tickets now. And when you do, make a reservation at Lamplight Lounge, if only for the lobster nachos.
New “Incredibles” Parade Float
There’s now one more reason to love the overwhelmingly popular “Paint the Night” parade. To mark the new Incredibles 2 movie, a colorful Incredibles-themed float has been added to this lively evening parade, featuring Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone. The float joins a host of flashing, twinkling floats celebrating Pixar characters from Cars, Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and more. The parade starts at Pixar Pier and winds its way through Disney California Adventure, all the while pumping out high-energy, head-bobbing music. You literally won’t want the parade to ever end.
Super-Cute Themed Food Kiosks
Disney foodies, keep your eyes open for tempting food shacks throughout Pixar Pier. You won’t want to miss any of them, and most definitely not Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats. The “It’s a Snow-Capped Lemon” frozen treat quickly became Insta-famous with the #adorablesnowman hashtag. This refreshing (and dairy free) lemon soft-serve is all the rage. Incredibles 2 fans, make a beeline for Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums for massive, chunky chocolate chip cookies just like in the movie. The Toy Story-inspired Poultry Palace and Senor Buzz Churros have also generated a delicious buzz of their own.
The iconic California Screamin’ roller coaster, which shut down in January, has been reimagined and re-opened as the Incredicoaster, a high-speed coaster paying tribute to what else but the Incredibles movie franchise. In just two minutes, go on a fast-paced adventure across 6,000 feet of steel track to catch baby Jack-Jack. Yes, it’s a roller coaster with a storyline, told mostly through the scream tunnels, though posters and videos in the line give riders the backstory. Get a FastPass or spend 120 minutes in the regular line, even at 10 p.m. on a Tuesday.
Reimagined Boardwalk Games
New Carnival Games
Got some time to burn while waiting for your FastPass window to ride the Incredicoaster? Check out the re-vamped carnival games area of the Pixar Promenade to test your skills at four new boardwalk-style games, including Heimlich’s Candy Corn Toss, WALL-E Space Race, La Luna Star Catcher, and Bullseye Stallion Stampede.
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Got some time to burn while waiting for your FastPass window to ride the Incredicoaster? Check out the re-vamped carnival games area of the Pixar Promenade to test your skills at four new boardwalk-style games, including Heimlich’s Candy Corn Toss, WALL-E Space Race, La Luna Star Catcher and Bullseye Stallion Stampede. Purchase a pay-per-play game card and get ready to try your luck. La Luna Star Catcher, a fishing game, guarantees a colorful prize every time, while the other three games require players to come in first place against other players.
The reimagined Lamplight Lounge pays tribute to Pixar movies, as well as to the cartoonists that brought the stories to life. This new California style gastropub may have replaced the Cove Bar and Ariel’s Grotto, but don’t worry, they kept the lobster nachos on the menu. They also added more shareable bites, like potato skins, crispy piggy wings and boxed doughnuts with dipping sauces. There are fun mocktails too, like the Infinity Fizz, a green bubbling drink made with Powerade Mountain Berry Blast, apple juice and cherry popping pearls. The line will be long, so make a reservation either online or through the Disneyland mobile app.
New Gondolas on Pixar Pal-A-Round
Mickey’s Fun Wheel is still the face of Disney California Adventure, but it’s been re-named Pixar Pal-A-Round and the characters on all 24 swinging and non-swinging gondolas have been changed to Pixar faves, like Joy and Sadness from Inside Out, Miguel and Hector from Coco, and Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars.
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Mickey’s Fun Wheel is still the face of Disney California Adventure, but it’s been re-named Pixar Pal-A-Round and the characters on all 24 swinging and non-swinging gondolas have been changed to Pixar faves, like Joy and Sadness from Inside Out, Miguel and Hector from Coco and Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars. These replace the images of Mickey’s pals on the gondolas, like Minnie, Goofy and Pluto. Across the lake from the Pixar Pal-A-Round, plan to rest a while on the benches to enjoy the views of the ride, especially after dark when it’s all lit up.