Paint the Night, Pixar Fest set for Disneyland Resort in 2018

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Pixar fireworks announced at D23 Expo
Bob Chapek announces a new Pixar fireworks show is coming to Disneyland in 2018. Courtesy of Disney.

Next year is gearing up to be a transitional year at the Disneyland Resort as the park gears up for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’s opening in 2019 and the inevitable throng of people who descend on the resort to check out the new land. Next year will see some new entertainment and the shuffling of the resort’s popular parades, including one’s big return.

First up, the incredibly popular and awesome Paint the Night parade will return to the resort, but it will be moving across the esplanade to Disney’s California Adventure. Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek teased that a new float will be added to the parade. We’ll have to wait and see what characters that float will feature.

Pixar Fest is announced for the Disneyland Resort
Bob Chapek announces Pixar Fest is coming to the Disneyland Resort in 2018. Courtesy of Disney.

In an interesting move, while Paradise Pier becomes Pixar Pier at California Adventure next summer, Pixar Fest will kick into gear across the way at Disneyland. The fest will see the Pixar Play Parade head over to Disneyland, while in the evenings, the park will get a new nighttime fireworks spectacular themed to the films of Pixar.

Not many details were released about the new nighttime spectacular save for a few concept images of the show featuring Toy Story’s green aliens and the Incredibles. The show will feature projections on the buildings of Main Street U.S.A. much like Disneyland Forever did. I’m betting the show will be great, but it’ll be weird to see a show exclusively themed to Pixar films at Disneyland.

Buzz Lightyear in the Pixar Play Parade
Buzz Lightyear in the Pixar Play Parade at Disney’s California Adventure.

In addition to these newly announced entertainment offerings, Chapek promised during his D23 Expo presentation that more Pixar characters and experiences will be coming to both Disneyland and California Adventure, but shared no further details.

Do you have some hesitations about such a big Pixar presence in both Disneyland Resort parks next year, or are you ready to get your Pixar on?