Continuing on with our report... Since the main focus on this event was Pixar on both coasts, let's take a closer look at what is coming to both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World. Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure opens on June 23rd and Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios opens June 30th. Pixar Fest will begin at the Disneyland Resort (both parks) on April 13rd and run through September 3rd.
Here are a few "fun facts" about Toy Story Land that you might not have known...
• More than 400 toy blocks fill Andy’s backyard.
• In Toy Story Land, Andy’s footprint is about 25 feet long or the equivalent of a size 240 shoe.
• It would take a Green Army Man roughly 12 steps just to travel the length of one of Andy’s
• You would need a backpack the size of a school bus to carry the Buzz and Woody figures that
tower over Toy Story Land.
• The weight of the Slinky Dog Dash track and support columns weighs almost as much as 125,000
gallons of milk.
• Together Rex and the Jenga Tower are as tall as 71⁄2 Green Army Men standing on top of one
Now on to some photos & video!
It was a real treat to be able to see the Imagineers at WDI working on the model for the upcoming Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure opening June 23rd!
The transformation is going to be fantastic and it will bring a new cohesive theme to an area of the park that was currently didn't really have one.
Everything on the "roller coaster" side of the pier will get a new Pixar theme, while the attractions on the other side of the water, will be part of "Paradise Park."
We were there for the announcement and unveiling for "Jessie's Critter Carousel!" This should be a fun new theme to the carousel featuring those familiar critters you see at the end of the Toy Story Mania attraction!
We got to see the mock up of the critters during our visit to Walt Disney Imagineering.
And even were given a walk-through on how the "maquettes" for the ride are created.
These little models are sculpted by hand and used to help build the final ride vehicle you will see on the attraction.
Here's an artists overview of what it will look like.
The new Pixar Pier entry way with the Pixar lamp welcoming you to the area!
The Adorable Snowman serves "yellow snow" frosted treats! (He swears they are lemon flavored!) lol
The "Poultry Palace" which will serve you everything chicken!
And even "Spanish Language Setting" Buzz Lightyear makes an appearance at his Churro stand! Cute!
Of course the star of the area will most likely be the new Incredicoaster which will offer a new Incredibles theme to California Screamin'! I'm a huge fan of both the coaster and The Incredibles, so I'm most certainly looking forward to this one!
Pixar Fest opens April 13th and new entertainment will be in BOTH Disneyland and California Adventure! Here's the new lead float for the Pixar Play Parade at Disneyland.
There will also be a new float in the parade with characters from the movie Up.
Over at Disney California Adventure, Paint The Night will return with a new Incredibles themed float.
We got to see a preview show of the new Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular, and spectacular it was!
The fireworks are amazing, and the projections will display on the castle, down Main Street, on It's a Small World, and on the water screens in Rivers of America.
I won't give away too many spoilers about this show, but I will share this image with you and some clips in this video below...
Heading back to Orlando, we got to take a look at the construction site for Toy Story Land opening June 30th!
Slinky Dog Dash is the central focus of the land as it sprawls almost over the entire area.
The coaster will feature a "double launch" which I believe is a first for any of the Disney parks!
While Slinky Dog Dash is more of a "family coaster" (think Seven Dwarfs Mine Train meets Big Thunder Mountain) it will offer thrills for all ages and be "just enough" for those who don't want something too extreme.
While we were getting our tour of the construction site, they were installing the Wheezy character who you will hear singing "You've Got A Friend In Me" throughout the day.
Check out the Slinky Dog Dash headband they premiered for us at the event! lol Cute!
We are also looking forward to the Alien Swirling Saucers!
Another fun new attraction that will join it's other Toy Story friends in the land.
And yes, the aliens have a headband too! (the eyes both glow and move!)
Woody's Lunch Box will be a new quick service dining option for Toy Story Land.
And the entrance to Toy Story Mania will be moved so you enter the attraction from the new land.
Always a fun ride! Even though it's only about 10 years old, IMO it's already a "classic!"
Toy Story Land opens on June 30th and we are looking forward to getting our first rides on Slinky Dog Dash!
And hanging out with the rest of the Toy Story characters throughout the land!