Ultimate Guide to Disneyland Pixar Pier at California Adventure


When I first visited Disneyland Resort in California, I used to be desperate to see Pixar Pier on the Disney California Adventure Park. As an avid Disney parks fan, I had seen so many photos of that iconic Pixar Pal Around Wheel (initially the Sun Wheel then Mickey’s Fun Wheel) and the Incredicoaster (initially known as California Screamin’). That panorama is so authentic and completely different from something on the Walt Disney World theme parks.

If you might be contemplating a visit to Disneyland, chances are you’ll surprise what you’ll discover at Pixar Pier and whether or not it’s price a go to. Here is our information and assessment, together with issues to see and do at Disneyland Pixar Pier.

Disclosure: For the previous two years, I obtained complimentary admission to Disneyland as a part of my participation in a convention, however upgraded my ticket with my very own funds. I additionally obtained a complimentary resort keep on the HoJo Anaheim. I’ve additionally paid my very own means a number of instances.

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Pixar Pier at night with Incredicoaster and Pixar Pal a Round

Guide to Disneyland Pixar Pier at California Adventure

Location of Pixar Pier Disneyland: Where Is Pixar Pier?

Pixar Pier is a boardwalk-style land at Disney’s California Adventure in Disneyland Resort in Anaheim California. This Pixar-themed land celebrates your favourite Pixar characters and Pixar movies with rides, leisure, meals, and extra. It’s considered one of my favourite Disney Parks lands as a result of it’s vibrant and enjoyable.

Once you enter California Adventure theme park, you’ll discover Pixar Pier towards the again of the park, close to Paradise Gardens Park. It’s straightforward to stroll to this part of the park, and through my latest journey, I visited it a number of instances in at some point.

Pixar Pier/Toy Story Midway Mania at night

Attractions at Pixar Pier

Wondering what you’ll see at Pixar Pier once you go to? There are a number of Pixar-themed points of interest within the land – together with just a few that supply Genie+ that can assist you save time on these Pixar Pier rides should you select that improve.

Pixar Pal-A-Round Wheel

This large Ferris wheel is likely one of the most acknowledged icons of the Disneyland Resort. Originally known as the Sun Wheel, and later rebranded to Mickey’s Wheel of Fun, the Pixar Pal-A-Round options each static, conventional gondolas in addition to sliding gondolas. There are solely two of those wheels, with the opposite one being in Coney Island.

Riders can select the kind of gondola they journey on – swinging or non-swinging. Each gondola additionally options the picture of a well-liked Pixar character. While I haven’t been on the swinging gondolas, I’ve heard that they aren’t for the timid, so preserve that in thoughts.

Incredicoaster Roller Coaster

The Incredicoaster, initially known as California Screamin, is the one journey at Disneyland that goes the other way up. It’s a enjoyable thrill journey the place you’ll chase Jack Jack from the Incredibles via a number of laser-lit tunnels. It’s thrilling and enjoyable, and value driving should you love coasters.

Riders of the Incredicoaster have to be not less than 48 inches to journey, and Genie+ is obtainable. It’s a clean and thrilling ride- I like to recommend checking it out should you get pleasure from thrill rides.

Toy Story Midway Mania

This 4-D, midway-inspired attraction options the favored Toy Story characters. It’s the identical journey because the one at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is enjoyable for the entire household.

This has at all times been considered one of my household’s favourite rides. It presents Genie+ and could be very standard.

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind

Visit the within of Riley’s head on this spinning journey positioned at Pixar Pier. This comparatively new journey is open to all heights.

Jessie’s Critter Carousel

Another basic amusement park journey reimagined is Jessie’s Critter Carousel. This merry-go-round options characters from Pixar’s Toy Story and it’s open to riders of any top.

It’s essential to notice that on some nights, the points of interest at Pixar Pier shut early due to the World of Color present. So chances are you’ll need to make certain to go to earlier within the night.

Pixar Pier During the Day

Other Entertainment at Pixar Pier

In addition to the rides, there are leisure and purchasing choices at Pixar Pier.

Four conventional carnival/halfway video games line Pixar Pier. These are all themed to Disney Pixar Movies and Shorts.

There’s additionally Knick’s Knacks, a present store crammed with Pixar souvenirs. Another store, Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff, presents sweet, souvenirs, and extra.

You’ll additionally get to see numerous characters at Pixar Pier, together with Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, Frozone and Edna Mode from The Incredibles, Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc., and Monsters University, Dug and Russell from UP, and Woody, Bo Peep, and Buzz from Toy Story. Keep in thoughts, nonetheless, that characters are at all times topic to vary – take a look at the Disneyland app for the newest data, together with instances.

The World of Color – One present takes place within the Paradise Gardens Park space of California Adventure, proper in entrance of Pixar Pier on Paradise Bay. A digital queue and designated eating packages can be found for reserved viewing of this water and light-weight present.

Food at Pixar Pier

If you might be hungry whereas visiting Pixar Pier, you’ll have a number of choices proper there. Quick bites are provided on the Poultry Palace, Angry Dogs, Senor Buzz Churros, and Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats.

If you want chocolate chip cookies, attempt the large heat one from the Jack-Jack Cookie Num Num kiosk proper by the exit of the Incredicoaster. You’ll scent them as you come off the journey and gained’t give you the option to withstand ordering one.

The Lamplight Lounge is a Pixar-themed table-service restaurant positioned at Pixar Pier. It presents brunch, lunch, and dinner, and reservations are extremely beneficial. There’s additionally a lounge menu provided. I had brunch there and it was the spotlight of my day.

In season, company might also get pleasure from tastings and samplings from the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival in addition to the Lunar New Year celebration. While these market kiosks aren’t positioned proper in Pixar Pier, most are in Paradise Gardens Park, adjoining to Pixar Pier.

Hotels Near Pixar Pier

Any of the Disney space lodges can be handy to Pixar Pier. The closest Disney lodges are Disney’s Pixar Place and the Grand Californian. Both have non-public entrances that lead on to the park. Other impartial and chain lodges are additionally handy to Disneyland however aren’t owned by Disney.

I’ve stayed at two close by lodges over the previous few years. First, I stayed on the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground. It’s a brief stroll to each Disneyland Resort and California Adventure and could be very family-friendly and inexpensive.

On our journey final summer time, we stayed on the Westin Anaheim Resort. It’s a brief stroll to the parks and is a wonderful, new resort with luxurious rooms and different facilities.

I’ve additionally stayed on the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance which presents a wonderful water park. The rooms embody bunk beds and are nice for households.

If your children love Pixar, nonetheless, I’d advocate the Pixar Place Hotel. Originally often known as Paradise Pier, this resort presents Pixar-themed touches all through the resort, together with the rooms, character greetings (it’s the one place to fulfill Bing Bong), and facilities.

Entrance to Pixar Pier at night, Mickey's Pal a Round wheel during the day, overview of Pixar Pier with Incredicoaster and wheel at sunset

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