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Disney Parks Blog Exclusive: Pixar Presenters on California Coastal Disney Cruises

You’ve probably heard by now that guests aboard Disney Cruise Line’s special Pixar-inspired California Coast cruises will get to enjoy behind-the-scenes presentations from Pixar Animation Studios filmmakers.


Excitement has been brewing and fan sites are abuzz about this added bonus to an already spectacular voyage. And today, Disney Parks Blog fans, you’ll be the first to find out which brilliant and creative minds from Pixar will be presenting on these cruises. Drum roll, please…

September 16

John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios; Principal Creative Advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering

Jay Ward, CARS Franchise Guardian, Pixar Animation Studios – Ward contributes his enthusiasm for cars and his artistic passions to the creation of anything and everything within the “Cars” Franchise, including the production of “Cars” as character team manager and consultant to the film’s director and co-director, John Lasseter and Joe Ranft.

September 23

Roger Gould, Creative Director, Theme Parks, Pixar Animation Studios – Gould collaborates with Walt Disney Imagineering in the creation of theme park attractions and lands inspired by Pixar’s films, most recently the creation and opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

Tia Kratter, Shading Art Director, Pixar Animation Studios – Kratter served as the shading art director on “Brave,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars,” where she was responsible for specifying the color and texture of every object modeled for a film.

September 30

Harley Jessup, Production Designer, Pixar Animation Studios – Jessup leads teams of artists who create and design the sets and characters for films, including “Monster’s Inc.,” and “Ratatouille.” He recently finished working as production designer for “Cars 2.”

Jeremy Lasky, Director of Photography/ Camera, Pixar Animation Studios – Lasky served as director of photography/camera on “Cars,” “Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E” and “Toy Story 3.” His most recent project was as director of photography/camera on “Cars 2.”

October 7

Rob Gibbs, Director, Pixar Animation Studios – Gibbs has contributed his story talents to a number of Disney•Pixar films, including “Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E,” “Up” and “Cars.” He has also directed and co-directed several of the studio’s “Cars Toons.”

Sharon Calahan, Director of Photography/Lighting, Pixar Animation Studios – Calahan served as director of photography/lighting on “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatouille” and “Cars 2.” She previously served as lighting supervisor on the studio’s first feature film, “Toy Story.”

The schedule and presenters are subject to change, but from this list, it’s clear these sailings are going to be jam-packed with fun, creativity and imagination!

Lastly, in case you missed it, earlier this week John Lasseter gave Disney Cruise Line Facebook fans a special video message about these cruises. Check it out…

For more on California Coastal Disney cruises, check out the posts below:


  • Just returned from our Pixar Cruise aboard Disney’s Wonder. What a magical time! Seeing John Lassiter and Jay Ward was like a dream realized, as were all the character meetups with characters like Russel, Dug, The Incredibles, Woody and Jessie! Of course the usual Wonder experience with excellent service, extremely fine dining and first-class entertainment was incredible!!!

  • Now that there is a cruise, can we start planning a Pixar Charater Dining location? Hollywood Studios would be perfect! 😉

  • Gosh, dreaming of Disney is a fantasy but to see it for real!? WOW, this cruise will be one of the best I’m sure for some very lucky folks and children.

  • I’d love to see some more wallpapers, please! I don’t think there’s been a Pixar one yet! Or with the new WDW Fantasyland attractions. Thanks for considering it 🙂

  • A literal dream come true! I’m on the Sept. 16 sailing and use John Lasseter as a key figure with our university honors business program students for their Senior Experience that includes on-site Disney Institute workshops! I may literally pass out during this event!!!

  • For those of us lucky enough to be booked on the September 16 cruise – is there a schedule yet for when John Lasseter and Jay ward will be speaking? Hate to have a shore excursion booked at the same time.
    Thanx in advance

    • Patrick, you’ll be able to enjoy both Port Adventures and the special Pixar presentations on your voyage! The complete schedule of all the fun will be available onboard. Have a great time!

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