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What is Pixar Fest at Disneyland?

This article is your guide to Pixar Fest in 2024. Disneyland Resort transforms both of their theme parks into the world of Pixar from April to August with this festival, and it is truly one of the best yet. Included in your theme park ticket, Pixar Fest brings exclusive meet and greets, food items and more for the summer!

So if you want to learn more about Pixar Fest, keep reading!

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Pixar Fest at Disneyland

Pixar Fest is a free festival running at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park where the wonder of Pixar is celebrated with food, entertainment, fun, and more! We were lucky enough to attend Pixar Fest during the opening week and were blown away by the offerings we experienced! As official UP lovers (most of Pixar too), it was so exciting to see the talking DUG meet and greet, Ember and Wade and so much more! That’s why we’re going to share with you why we love Pixar Fest and all of the best things to do if you visit.

Pixar Fest Highlights:

  • Dates: April 26th, 2024 – August 4th, 2024
  • Exclusive character meet and greets: Meet super rare and brand new characters like Ember and Wade from Elemental, a talking Dug, Ian and Barley from Onward, The Incredibles and more!
  • Whimsical entertainment: The new Better Together parade, which has Panda Mei, beautiful UP Floats, including a walking Kevin with Russell on her back, Toy Story Cars and more!
  • Together Forever Nighttime Fireworks: Sleeping Beauty Castle lights up at night with Pixar tales and huge surprises with characters throughout
  • Food – Pixar themed food offerings throughout and brand new Pixar Marketplace booths with menus inspired from Luca, Turning Red and more

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What Characters Can I Meet at Pixar Fest?

Talking DUG

You can meet talking Dug on the Redwood Trail by Grizzly River Run in DCA. We got to meet him and learn how to shake with a super wholesome meet and greet with our favorite dog! He is free-roaming so keep that in mind when you try and find him.

Ember and Wade (Elemental)

Ember and Wade will be found in the Fantasy Theater, near Sleeping Beauty Castle where characters will be rotating in and out from various Pixar Films.

Mr. & Mrs. Incredible, Edna Mode, Frozone (The Incredibles)

Incredibles characters can be found in DCA and Disneyland parks. You can find them both on Pixar Pier (DCA) as free-roaming characters or at the Pixar Pals Playtime Party (Disneyland). Head to Incredibles Park near Incredicoaster if you’d like to meet them in DCA!

Woody, Jessie, Bo Peep and Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story)

If you’re looking for Toy Story, head to the Toy Story Boardwalk where you can meet all of your favorite toy pals from the films.

Joy & Sadness (Inside Out)

Joy and Sadness are meeting on Pixar Pier in the Pixar Promenade in Disney California Adventure Park. Toy Story characters tend to make their way over to the Pixar Promenade too, so keep your eyes peeled for Woody and Bo.

Barley & Ian (Onward)

Barley and Ian are meeting in Disneyland Park at the Pixar Pals Playtime Party! They have an adorable backdrop with Barley’s van for pictures.

Alberto & Luca (Luca)

Ember and Wade will be found in the Fantasy Theater, near Sleeping Beauty Castle where characters will be rotating in and out from various Pixar Films.

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Entertainment at Pixar Fest

Better Together Parade: A Pixar Pals Celebration

This parade is truly a highlight event at Pixar Fest, running twice a day for guests to see in DCA, was so fun and filled with Pixar characters. The floats were vibrant, with brand new characters like Turning Red’s Panda Mei, who was adorable, and even Luca and Alberto! The Better Together Parade was a must-do, especially if you want a lot of character shots to remember your trip by!

Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular

The Together Forever nighttime show is held in Disneyland Park with projections on Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street, fireworks on select nights, and even props! This year, Together Forever had a flying UP house, a flying Buzz Lightyear, Coco animatronics, and more! You’ll hear Pixar classics and see projections from just about every single Pixar movie, including Turning Red this year, which was new!

Club Pixar at Hollywood Backlot

Club Pixar is the place to go if you’ve got kiddos needing a midday break to play games and destress. Head into Hollywood Land in DCA toward the Monsters Inc ride to find Club Pixar. There are games themed from Pixar Shorts, photo ops, like taking a picture with Buzz Lightyear’s wings, a face painting booth, and more. During the evening there is an interactive dance party with a DJ to celebrate Pixar with familiar music for everyone.

Pixar Pals Playtime Party

Enjoy this upbeat show with a handful of Pixar Friends to learn dance moves with Joy, Woody The Incredible, and their friends. The Pixar Pals Playtime Party is in Disneyland right inside of the Fantasy Theater, which is completely transformed for Pixar. Guests can also choose to sit back and relax to watch Pixar shorts or participate in activities. There are also character meet and greets with characters from Onward, Elemental, and Luca!

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Special Merchandise at Pixar Fest

Some of the main items guests look to purchase at Pixar Fest are collectible popcorn buckets, sippers, and novelties. The talking Dug popcorn bucket was the most popular item in 2024, with Miguel’s guitar and the Slinky Dog Sipper coming close behind. The Dug popcorn bucket is a Magic Key exclusive sold for $32 at participating carts. There is also Pixar Fest branded clothing, like t-shirts, sweaters, bags, hats and more.

They even released an exclusive Disney Munchling for the event, which was sold for $20.

Pixar Fest Popcorn Buckets and Sippers:

  • Talking Dug Magic Key bucket – $32
  • Coco Guitar Popcorn Bucket – $26
  • Alien Pizza Planet Truck –
  • Slinky Dog Sipper – &18.79

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Food at Pixar Fest

There is going to be a variety of Pixar themed food coming for the duration of the festival in boht Disneyland and DCA.


Alien Pizza Planet (Available April 26 through Aug. 4; mobile order available)

  • Cosmic Chili Pasta inspired by “Toy Story”: Jalapeño-cheddar pinwheel pasta topped with spiced chili, crushed corn chips, and green onions (New) 
  • Cheeseburger Pizza Slice inspired by “Toy Story”: Burger patties, pickles, American & cheddar cheese blend, ketchup tomato sauce, and mustard on a sesame seed pizza crust drizzled with house sauce
  • Alien Macarooooon inspired by “Toy Story”: Salted caramel buttercream with chocolate ganache and chocolate brownie bites 
  • Green Drink inspired by “Toy Story”: Alien-inspired punch made with pineapple juice, ginger beer, Lemon-Lime Powerade with lemon sorbet and a splash of vanilla served with lychee popping pearls (Non-alcoholic Beverage) (New) 

Cafe Orleans (Available April 26 through Aug. 4)

  • Earth Pass Cake inspired by “Soul”: Lemon cream cheese mousse with mango-passion fruit compote and Brittany dough base with white chocolate covered popping candies on a blue and green vanilla sauce with a chocolate decoration (New) 

Carnation Café (Available April 26 through Aug.4) 

  • Fried Bologna Sandwich inspired by “Up”: Fried bologna, Monterey Jack, mustard, and mayo on white bread served with house-made chips, cinnamon apples, and a pickle spear

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor (Available April 26 through Aug. 4; mobile order available) 

  • Eye Scream Cone inspired by “Monsters, Inc.”: Scoop of Pistachio ice cream dipped in green chocolate, garnished with a candy eye and horns (New) 

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe (Available April 26 through Aug. 4; mobile order available)

  • “Silenzio Bruno!” Sandwich inspired by “Luca”: Chopped ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion, and pepperoncini with Italian dressing served in an Italian roll with house-made chips (New) 
  • Sea Monster Friends Parfait inspired by “Luca”: Layers of graham cracker crumbs, mascarpone cheesecake, berry blue gelatin, and blue Chantilly topped with a Luca chocolate decoration (New)

Plaza Inn (Available April 26 through Aug. 4)

  • Pixar Fest Cake: Layers of yellow, blue, and red vanilla sponge cake with cream cheese frosting and chocolate Pixar Ball decoration

Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante (Available April 26 through Aug. 18)

  • The Rivera Family Huarache inspired by “Coco”: Fried huarache with pollo asado, beans, cabbage, pepper, cotija cheese, sour cream, and lime (New) 
  • The Marigold Bridge inspired by “Coco”: Tri-colored white sponge, cinnamon croquantine, cinnamon mousse, and cream cheese frosting decorated with a chocolate bridge and orange chocolate shavings (New) 

Red Rose Taverne (Available April 26 through Aug. 4; mobile order available)

  • Fergus Fizz inspired by “Brave”: Cranberry-raspberry mix and Sprite with a butterscotch topper and granola crumble (Non-alcoholic Beverage) (New) 

Refreshment Corner (Available April 26 through Aug. 4; mobile order available)

  • BBQ Potato Dog inspired by “Toy Story”: Smoked sausage, BBQ pulled pork, coleslaw, fried onions, and green onions served in a baked potato (New) 

Stage Door Café (Available April 26 through Aug. 18; mobile order available)

  • “There’s a Snake on my Funnel Cake!” Inspired by “Toy Story”: Funnel cake topped with chocolate-peanut butter pudding, cookie crumbles, peanut butter dust, and a candy snake (New) 

The Tropical Hideaway (Available April 26 through Aug. 18)

  • Pineapple Coconut Float inspired by “Lava”: Blue DOLE Pineapple-Coconut Juice topped with DOLE Whip soft serve, strawberry lava, and a gummy (Non-alcoholic Beverage) (New) 

Troubadour Tavern (Available April 26 through Aug. 4; mobile order available)

  • Roundup BBQ Potato inspired by “Toy Story”: Brisket burnt ends tossed in Coca-Cola BBQ sauce, creamy slaw, pickle spear, and onion-flavored snacks (New) 
  • Una Papa Loca! Inspired by “Coco”: Chicken al pastor, cheese, avocado salsa, and sour cream topped with onion and cilantro with spiced corn chip crumble (New) 
  • Firetown Mac & Cheese Bites inspired by “Elemental”: Fried gouda mac and cheese bites tossed in four-chile rub (New)
  • Joyful Tenders and Mac inspired by “Inside Out” (Kids Meal Offering) (New) 
  • Mixed Emotions Popcorn inspired by “Inside Out”: Ube-flavored popcorn made with M&M’S Milk Chocolate candies, freeze dried SKITTLES bite size candies, and pretzel sticks (New) 
  • Adventure is Out There! Cold Brew inspired by “Up”: Dark chocolate cold brew with butterscotch topper, wafer cookie, and confetti quins (Non-alcoholic Beverage) (New) 
  • Lotso Berry Lemonade inspired by “Toy Story”: Strawberry-flavored lemonade with sweet cream topper and an Outshine Strawberry Fruit Bar (Non-alcoholic Beverage) (New) 

Churros near Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (Available April 26 through Aug. 4)

  • Blackberry Churro inspired by “Toy Story”: Classic Churro rolled in blackberry sugar, served with a strawberry-banana dipping sauce (New)

Disney California Adventure Park

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta (Available April 26 through Oct. 31) 

  • Birria Pizza inspired by “Coco”: Birria with mozzarella cheese, onions & cilantro, tomatillo salsa, radishes, limes, and consomé (Available by slice or a whole pie) (New) 

Cozy Cone Motel 1 – Churros (Available April 26 through Aug. 4; mobile order available)

  • Junkyard Jamboree Churro inspired by “Cars”: Chocolate-espresso sugar-dusted churro with chocolate engine oil sauce topped with assorted candy parts (New) 

Cozy Cone Motel 3 – Chili Cone Queso (Available April 26 through Aug. 4; mobile order available)

  • Luigi & Guido Cone inspired by “Cars”: Cheese tortellini, pomodoro sauce, and mozzarella topped with basil panko and served in a bread cone (New) 

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream (Available April 26 through Aug. 4; mobile order available)

  • Adventure is Out There! Sundae inspired by “Up”: Vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and a candied balloon in a waffle cup (New)

Flo’s V8 Cafe (Available April 26 through Aug. 4; mobile order available)

  • Dinoco Blue Cheeseburger inspired by “Cars”: Angus beef & mushroom patty with blueberry compote, blue cheese crumbles, red onion, bacon, tomato, arugula, and lemon aioli (New) 
  • Racing Radial Cake inspired by “Cars”: Chocolate cake filled with red cheesecake covered in dark chocolate glaze with a silver stripe (New)

Hollywood Lounge (Available April 26 through Aug. 4; mobile order available)

  • Ramone Nachos inspired by “Cars”: Tortilla chips topped with grilled chicken, queso blanco, refried beans, pico de gallo, salsa verde, cotija, serrano peppers, and radishes (New) 
  • Motorama Girl inspired by “Cars”: Vodka, rum, blue curaçao, and pineapple cocktail
  • Jack-Jack Shortbread Cookie inspired by “The Incredibles”: Shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate with a Jack-Jack chocolate piece

Lamplight Lounge – Boardwalk Dining (Available April 26 through Aug. 18)

  • Agua Chile Negro Tostadas inspired by “Elemental”: Citrus and beet-marinated ahi tuna, avocado mousse, mango pico de gallo, Fresno chiles, micro cilantro, and charred pepper chile sauce served tableside (New) 
  • Kol-Nut Puffs filled with blue cloud mousse inspired by “Elemental” (New) 

Magic Key Terrace (Available April 26 through Aug. 4 to Magic Key holders only) 

  • Luca Seafood Pasta inspired by “Luca”: Grilled prawns, clams, Spanish chorizo, spicy white wine tomato sauce, pappardelle pasta, mustard frills, and charred lemon half (New) 

Recuerdame at Paradise Garden Grill (Available starting April 26; mobile order available)

  • Carnitas Wet Burrito inspired by “Coco”: House-made pork carnitas, Spanish rice, refried beans, cilantro, onions, salsa verde, and salsa roja served with house-made tortilla chips (New) 
  • Al Pastor Tacos inspired by “Coco”: Pineapple-achiote-marinated pork with avocado spread and tomatillo salsa, served with Spanish rice and refried beans topped with queso fresco (New) 
  • Huarache with soy chorizo beans and seasoned steak tips topped with lettuce, cheese, avocado crema, and tomatillo salsa and served with Spanish rice and refried beans topped with nopales pico de gallo; inspired by “Coco” (New) (Plant-based) 
  • Street-style Watermelon with lime juice, chile-lime seasoning and chamoy; inspired by “Coco” (Plant-based)
  • Chile Verde Chicken Flautas topped with avocado spread, shredded lettuce, crema, queso fresco, tomatillo salsa, and pickled onions served with Spanish rice and refried beans topped with nopales pico de gallo; inspired by “Coco”
  • Street-style Taco inspired by “Coco”: Pineapple-Achiote-marinated pork in a corn tortilla served with Spanish rice and refried beans topped with queso fresco (Kids Meal Offering) 
  • Cheese Quesadilla inspired by “Coco”: Whole wheat tortilla filled with jack and cheddar (Disney Check Meal) 
  • Red Velvet Tres Leches Parfait topped with churro crunch and pink cinnamon mousse, finished with green pearls, orange mousse, and chocolate skull decoration; inspired by “Coco” (New) 
  • Watermelon Candy Cocktail inspired by “Coco”: Tequila, Watermelon Schnapps, and pineapple juice with a chamoy and chile-lime seasoned rim 

Schmoozies! (Available April 26 through Aug.4; mobile order available)

  • Shake 2319 inspired by “Monsters, Inc.”: Vanilla, orange, guava and pineapple shake with shaved coconut, whipped topping, and an orange cone (Non-alcoholic Beverage) (New) 

Smokejumpers Grill (Available April 26 through Aug. 4; mobile order available)

  • Blue Raspberry Lemonade inspired by “Brave”: Blue raspberry lemonade in an orange sugar-rimmed cup with a glow cube (Non-alcoholic Beverage) (New) 
  • Blue Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail inspired by “Brave”: Blue raspberry lemonade with tequila and a glow cube (New) 

Sonoma Terrace (Available April 26 through Aug. 4; mobile order available)

  • Pesto Chicken Handheld Pie inspired by “Toy Story”: Puff pastry filled with grilled chicken, pesto ricotta & mozzarella blend, and caramelized onions served with a spicy marinara dipping sauce (New) 

Studio Catering Co. (Available April 26 through Aug. 4; mobile order available)

  • Ramone Nachos inspired by “Cars”: Tortilla chips topped with grilled chicken, queso blanco, refried beans, pico de gallo, salsa verde, cotija, serrano peppers, and radishes (New) 

Churros at Hollywood Land (Available April 26 through Aug. 4) 

  • Multicolored Churro inspired by “Monsters Inc.”: Classic churro dusted with multicolored sugar and topped with white cherry drizzle (New)

Churros near Goofy’s Sky School (Available April 26 through Aug. 4)

  • Mr. Potato Head Chip Churro topped with crushed potato chips and a chocolate drizzle; inspired by “Toy Story” (New) 

Pixar Fest Marketplaces

4*Town Fav*4*ites inspired by “Turning Red” (Available May 10 through Aug. 4)

  • Red Panda Bao: Jumbo pork and vegetable stuffed bao with chile-garlic sauce (New) 
  • Panda Apocalypse: Layers of chocolate chunk brownie and New York-style Cheesecake topped with orange and red cream cheese frosting (New) 
  • Nobody Like U Cooler: Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. Raspberry Rose Tea, white cranberry, lime & orange juices, and cherry syrup garnished with an orange wedge gummy candy (Non-alcoholic Beverage) (New) 

The Spark inspired by “Soul” (Available May 10 through Aug. 4)

  • Supper Club Chicken & Potato Waffles with peach cobbler sauce and cinnamon-herb crumble (New) 
  • Half Note Jazz Cake: Traditional red velvet cake (New) 
  • The Great Beyond: Gin, maraschino liqueur, violet & blue curaçao syrups, lemon juice, and pear nectar topped with butterfly pea flower tea and garnished with a white orchid (New) 
  • SPARK-ler: Cotton candy & blue curaçao syrups, mango purée, and pineapple & lime juices garnished with a glow cube (New) 
  • Bottle Logic Brewing Aurora Borealis Honeydew-Lime Hard Seltzer
  • Delahunt Brewing Co. Salvatore Italian Pilsner 
  • Malibu Brewing Company Canyon Rosé Lager
  • Garage Brewing Co Prickly Pear Hefeweizen 
  • Eagle Rock Brewery Populist American IPA
  • Dust Bowl Brewing Company Porch Punch Imperial Fruit IPA
  • Ballast Point Brewing Company Grunion Pale Ale
  • Animated Hops Flight:
    • Delahunt Brewing Co. Salvatore Italian Pilsner
    • Eagle Rock Brewery Populist American IPA
    • Dust Bowl Brewing Company Porch Punch Imperial Fruit IPA
    • Ballast Point Brewing Company Grunion Pale Ale 
  • Inspirational Flavors Flight!:
    • Malibu Brewing Company Canyon Rosé Lager
    • Bottle Logic Brewing Aurora Borealis Honeydew-Lime Hard Seltzer
    • Garage Brewing Co Prickly Pear Hefeweizen 
    • Ballast Point Brewing Company Grunion Pale Ale 

Gusteau’s To-Go inspired by “Ratatouille” (Available May 10 through Aug. 4)

  • Ratatouille Pizzetta topped with mozzarella, eggplant, squash, zucchini, a drizzle of tomato sauce, and a wedge of French camembert (New) 
  • Gusteau Macaron: Crème brûlée mousse with caramel center (New) 
  • Le Critique Cognac Sidecar: Cognac, apricot liqueur, house-made fig syrup, strawberry purée, and lemon juice topped with sparkling wine and garnished with a strawberry (New)
  • Little French Daiquiri: Rum, French wine aperitif, pear nectar, cherry plum syrup, and lime juice garnished with a brûléed pear chip (New) 

Portorosso Pasta inspired by “Luca” (Available May 10 through Aug. 4)

  • Portorosso Pesto Pasta: Ribbon pasta tossed in basil pesto with potatoes and green beans (New)
  • Sea Monster Lemonade: Lemonade, white grape juice, and peach syrup garnished with blue citrus mango jellies (Non-alcoholic Beverage) (New)
  • Silenzio Limoncello!: Limoncello, amaretto & Aperol liqueurs, blood orange syrup, lemonade, and house-made oregano tea garnished with micro daisies (New) 

Elemental Table inspired by “Elemental” (Available May 10 through Aug. 4)

  • “Smoked Fire Wood” BBQ-spiced IMPOSSIBLE Chicken with hot mustard sauce, pickles and charred onions (New) (Plant-based)  
  • Kol Nut Whoopie Cookie Pie: Cake cookies baked with cocoa powder filled with cream cheese frosting and topped with crushed cinnamon candies (New)
  • H2O-rita: Tequila, blue curaçao syrup, lychee nectar, yuja purée, and lime juice garnished with a rock candy stick (New)
  • Exothermic Margarita: Tequila, ancho chile liqueur, passion fruit nectar, lime & grapefruit juices, and agave nectar garnished with a rock candy stick (New) 

Hanger Management inspired by “Inside Out” (Available May 10 through Aug. 4)

  • Joyful Yellow Comforting Mac & Cheese with happy cheesy puffs (New)
  • Angry Red Hot Mac & Cheese with spicy cheese crunch (New) 
  • Mood Swing: Half portion of the Joyful Yellow Comforting Mac & Cheese and the Angry Red Hot Mac & Cheese
  • Mood Stabilizer Mule: Bourbon, watermelon liqueur, candied orange & watermelon syrups, and orange & lime juices topped with ginger beer and garnished with watermelon candies (New)

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Pixar Fest FAQ


Q: How long is Pixar Fest?

A: Pixar Fest runs from April 26th to August 4th, making it about 4 months long.

Q: Is Pixar Fest a separate ticket?

A: No, Pixar Fest is included in either your Disneyland or DCA ticket when you visit! Make sure to find the offerings throughout the parks with food, entertainment and more!

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