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Disneyland announces an opening date for its new Pixar Pier

By in Press Enterprise on February 12, 2018

By Marla Jo Fisher

Disney announced Sunday that the much-anticipated opening of Pixar Pier is set for June 23, offering a new look at a part of Anaheim’s Disney California Adventure that has been closed since Jan. 8.

Park officials wanted to ensure the area is opened as the busy summer season kicks off. A preview of the new area will begin April 13, when the park will hold its first “Pixar Fest” event.

Sunday’s announcement was made by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek at the D23 Expo Japan 2018, along with intriguing looks at projects underway at other parks worldwide.

The former Paradise Pier, which was part of the original Disney California Adventure, was designed after classic beachfront pleasure piers. But, along with numerous California-themed attractions scrapped or remodeled since the park opened in 2001, it is now undergoing renovation.

When it reopens, it will have four distinct “neighborhoods,” themed to go with the numerous Pixar movies that Disney now owns, including Toy Story, The Incredibles, Coco, Finding Nemo, Up, Inside Out, Brave, Wall-E and more.

The Incredibles 2 movie is slated to be in theaters starting on June. 15.

The four ‘neighborhoods’ under construction:

1 The former California Screamin’ roller coaster is being revamped into the Incredicoaster, with new theming based on “The Incredibles” movie featuring a comic family of superheroes.

2. A new Toy Story neighborhood will include the existing Toy Story Mania! ride.

3. Characters from the movie “Inside Out” will populate another neighborhood.

4. The area around Mickey’s Fun Wheel, a Ferris wheel, will also be a distinct neighborhood that features a variety of Pixar characters. The gondolas will be redone with new Pixar characters on the sides.

Park officials have considered for years how to freshen up the pier area with new theming, and the popular […]    

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