Pixar Fest

Pixar is one of Disney’s greatest assets, but thus far, the animation giant hasn’t had much of a significant presence in the company’s theme parks. Sure, there’s an occasional attraction here and there (Toy Story Mania, etc.) and even a section devoted to Cars at Disneyland’s California Adventure, but Pixar is about to become a much bigger player there with the upcoming Pixar Pier.

For those who can’t visit the parks in person, we have a few videos below of a new Pixar-branded parade and fireworks show seen during the festivities at the limited-time celebration known as Pixar Fest, as well as a permanent Up-themed addition to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.
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Disney Developing a Disneyland Grad Nite Movie

It’s going to be a night to remember. No, not prom night — something far more exciting and far less renowned: Grad Nite.

Disney is reportedly developing a Disneyland Grad Nite movie, based on the long-running tradition wherein high school students get the entire theme park to themselves on the night after graduation.

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Marvel Themed Lands Officially Announced For Three Disney Parks

When Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout was announced to be taking over The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride, Disney Imagineers not-so-subtly hinted that this would be the beginning of a new Marvel-themed land coming to the Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure theme park. It’s taken a while to get around to it, but today, Disney has finally confirmed that a Marvel-themed land will be coming to Disneyland Resort, and two other international Disney parks.

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Pixar Pier concept art

Disneyland’s California Adventure already has an area devoted to the Cars franchise and A Bug’s Life, but the park is about to get a fresh injection of Pixar-themed content at the newly-revamped Pixar Pier, which is replacing Paradise Pier. The official Disney Parks Blog has unveiled some new Pixar Pier concept art, including neighborhoods devoted to Toy Story, The Incredibles, and more. Read More »

Walt Disney World and Disneyland always have something new and exciting to offer us. Whether it’s a Star Wars land not so far, far away, or the upcoming 20th anniversary of Animal Kingdom, Disney Parks always has something new a-brewin’.

Disney Parks has unleashed a slew of announcements for its theme parks. From an Up-inspired bird show, to a new “Tropical Hideaway,” to a new waterview lounge replacing Ariel’s Cove Bar, there’s a little something for everyone.

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History of California Adventure

The future of the Disney California Adventure theme park is a bright one. At D23 this past summer, it was announced that Paradise Pier, DCA’s throwback to seaside boardwalks and Victorian-era amusement parks, would be getting a makeover – which also symbolically marks the end of a long journey for a theme park that’s been through hell and back.

Among the renovations and reimaginings are four new neighborhoods that will transform Paradise Pier into Pixar Pier. These sections will be represented by notable IP from Disney and Pixar. Toy Story Mania, already a popular staple of the pier, makes up part of the first neighborhood themed for the Toy Story franchise.The other three will be themed for The Incredibles, where California Screamin’ will be transformed into The Incredicoaster; Inside Out, which will feature a new attraction not yet announced; and each of the 24 gondolas on Mickey’s Fun Wheel will feature a different Pixar character (in a very aesthetically smart move, the wheel’s Mickey Mouse centerpiece is staying put). The nearby boardwalk games will also be redesigned with character themes. Starting on April 13, Pixar Pier will open for a limited-time during the first-ever Pixar Fest, which also introduces a new Incredibles-themed float to the “Paint the Night” parade and sees the return of the Pixar Play Parade. The reimagined land will officially debut on June 23.

This transformation is groundbreaking, but it is almost overshadowed by what it represents: Disney California Adventure’s epic journey of redemption.

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Thor Ragnarok Surtur ride

Starting today, if you visit Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney’s California Adventure theme park in Anaheim, California, the ride experience changes during the evenings and a whole new storyline takes over. It’s called Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, and it’s happening between now and October 31 as a way for Disney visitors to celebrate the Halloween season.

You can read a lot about the seasonal overlay right here, but we’ve just learned that one of the new additions will be the inclusion of Surtur the fire dragon, an ugly-looking creature that also appears in this fall’s Thor: Ragnarok. Synergy!
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Guardians of the Galaxy Halloween Ride

Even though the new Disneyland attraction Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! just opened in May in the California Adventure Park area, the ride is already getting a makeover to go along with the theme park’s Halloween festivities.

Beginning on September 15 and lasting through All Hallows’ Eve on October 31, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will be transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. The ride will take on a new storyline during this time involving Rocket Raccoon and his tree pal Groot. Find out more about the Guardians of the Galaxy Mission BREAKOUT Halloween updates below. Read More »

harry potter video game ride

Harry Potter doesn’t own wizards and magic wands — though The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando certainly popularized selling them in merchandise form.

The magic wand is a particularly clever piece of marketing that also is deeply connected to the world of Harry Potter — there are whole subplots about the importance of a wizard’s bond with his wand and how the “wand chooses the wizard.” Heck, the entire finale of Harry Potter hinges on the ownership of a wand! Merlin’s wand in Disney’s The Sword in the Stone? Not so pivotal.

But Disneyland Paris is piggybacking on the success of the Harry Potter wands, and creating their own brand of magic wands that can be sold at a Merlin’s Shop near you! And by near you, I mean exclusively in Disneyland Paris.

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disney hotels

Walt Disney World and the Disneylands across the globe are not just offering you a temporary escape into a magical place – they’re promising that you’ll never want to leave.

The Disney resorts are tapping into their most popular franchises to give their guests fully immersive experiences in the worlds of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars. So whether you want to traipse over to a superhero-filled New York City, or a galaxy far, far away, Disney’s got your back.

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