While D23 Expo delivered tons of news for Walt Disney World fans, Disneyland didn’t walk away empty handed. One of the surprising announcements during the Parks and Resorts Panel was that Paradise Pier at Disney’s California Adventure will become Pixar Pier very soon. How soon? Next year, by summer 2018.
Chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, John Lasseter, made an appearance during the panel to ham it up a bit and share news of the pier’s re-theming.
As you can see in the concept art, the shops along the boardwalk will become Bing Bong’s Confectionary and the Pixar Pals Theater. Posters for the upcoming Pixar feature Coco and the 2008 short Presto can be seen flanking the theater. Various Pixar characters are featured under the marquee for the confectionary (the emotions of Inside/Out, Nemo, Wall-E, Jack-Jack, and Remy can all be seen, as well as “Who’s [sic] Candy Makes You Yell Hooray!” and “Tears of Joy for Every Good Girl and Boy!” It would be amazing to be able to meet Bing Bong somewhere in this new area, but we’ll have to wait and see if that happens.
There also appears to be a Pixar ball fountain in the middle of the boardwalk as well. And if you look really closely on the right side of the concept art, it looks like Mickey’s Fun Wheel will become the Pixar Fun Wheel and the studio’s icon Luxo Jr. is featured on the attraction’s marquee.
Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek and Lasseter teased that some new attractions could be coming to the pier, but no details were shared. With Marvel likely taking over real estate in Hollywood Land and A Bug’s Land, could the pier become the location for some long-rumored Pixar attractions or something brand new? We certainly hope so.