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Working Model of Pixar Pier Shows Newly Themed Areas Coming Summer 2018 to Disney California Adventure Park

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Coming summer 2018, Pixar Pier will transform the southern shore of Paradise Bay at Disney California Adventure park with whimsical neighborhoods filled with characters from some of your favorite Pixar stories. Today, we are bringing you a first look at this transformation through photos of a working model now in use at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Featuring newly themed attractions, foods and merchandise, this area will introduce new neighborhoods representing beloved Pixar stories. The neighborhood inspired by “The Incredibles” will be anchored by the Incredicoaster, which will feature a new mid-century-modern-style loading area inspired by the Parr family home as seen in the upcoming “Incredibles 2.”

Another of the neighborhoods will be a celebration of many of your favorite Pixar stories. In this neighborhood, each of the 24 gondolas on what is now Mickey’s Fun Wheel will feature different pairs of Pixar pals, and at the Games of the Boardwalk, all of the midway games will be inspired by characters from films such as “a bug’s life,” “WALL·E” and the Pixar short “La Luna.”

Pixar Pier will open summer 2018, during the first-ever Pixar Fest celebration, which begins April 13. The celebration will include the new “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks spectacular as well as the return of Pixar Play Parade and “Paint the Night” parade, and much more throughout the entire Disneyland Resort.


  • I am planning on visiting the parks around April 13, 2018. Will Pixar Pier, including the Incredicoaster, be open at that time?

  • I’m curious as to if Disney is going to rename the fun wheel. Also I’m so excited to see Wall-E and La Luna getting a little bit of representation in the parks with this refurb!

  • What are the giant pepper grinders going to be where Ariel’s grotto currently is located? I’m guessing Ratatouille?

  • I am hoping that there is more to do in that area. The only reason to go to the boardwalk right now is for Toy Story Mania and The Cove.

  • As they stated in the story from early November, many Paradise Pier attractions will have closures beginning Monday, January 8th. You can always look at park hours for an up-to-date list of closures. I know I am very excited to see a new, fresh look for the area featuring our favorites from Disney Pixar!

  • Is there a working VIDEO of the “working model”? Why say it’s working if you don’t show us?

  • What about bing bong confectionary?

  • Should we expect attractions to be closed at some point in 2018 as Disney constructs Pixar Pier? If so, any idea on when and which attractions?

  • Erin,
    Are there any plans to re-open the Blue Sky Cellar to show things like this model as we prep for the coming changes?

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