Our guide to Pixar Play Parade during Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort

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Pixar Play Parade

The start of the first-ever Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort brought the return of the Pixar Play Parade, featuring new floats inspired by “Up,” “Inside Out,” and “Luxo, Jr.” If you haven’t had a chance to experience Pixar Play Parade yet, we’ve got the scoop on what’s new for Pixar Fest.

What is Pixar Play Parade?

Previously seen at Disney California Adventure, Pixar Play Parade features floats and characters inspired by beloved Disney-Pixar films. You’ll spot favorites from “Monsters University,” “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” and more.

The Pixar Fest version begins just like a Pixar movie with an appearance from the iconic Pixar Lamp and yellow Ball from “Luxo, Jr.” Keep an eye out for other new moments from “Up” and “Inside Out,” including :

  • Wilderness Explorer Russell astride the colorful flightless bird, Kevin;
  • Carl Fredricksen and Dug following Russell with Carl’s tethered house floating above;
  • Joy and Sadness perched on colorful memory orbs while Bing Bong cheers them on.


Which Pixar movies are included in the parade?

The full parade features lots of fun floats and characters, including the following (marked with start points for the video above):

  • The parade begins with the Pixar Lamp and yellow Ball from “Luxo, Jr.”
  • Roz leads the way for the “Monsters University” float, which includes Sulley and Mike (2:08).
  • Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone show off their dance moves as baby Jack-Jack spouts fire on “The Incredibles” float (4:10).
  • Joy and Sadness from “Inside Out” balance each other out while Bing Bong cheers them on (6:55).
  • Crush catches some waves during the “Finding Nemo” section (8:05).
  • The gang from “A Bug’s Life” parties to “Bugs Just Wanna Have Fun,” a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (9:47).
  • Russell and Kevin lead the way for the “Up” float, which features Carl, his floating house, and Dug showing off some super dance moves (13:00).
  • The “Toy Story” float features some cool acrobatics, and watch out for Slinky Dog’s bottom half, which trails behind everyone else (14:05).

The new “Up” and “Inside Out” floats are definitely highlights of Pixar Play Parade. You can get an up-close look at details on the new additions in our video below.


What else should you know about the parade?

During warmer months, you may get misted or sprayed with water from baby turtles, squirting flowers, or an android. Throughout the year, almost every float generates streams of bubbles.

There are three key spots to watch the parade: the Town Square Viewing Area, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle Viewing Area, and the small World Promenade Viewing Area. The total duration of the parade is 45 minutes.

A dining package is available through Plaza Inn Restaurant. With this option, you can enjoy a meal and receive a voucher to watch the parade from the restaurant’s reserved viewing area. For more information, visit the Disneyland website.

Other fun facts about Pixar Play Parade:

  • According to Disney, the Pixar Lamp stands 14 feet tall and the Ball is nearly 4 feet wide.
  • Kevin, the friendly bird from “Up,” is almost 12 feet tall from her toes to the top of her feathers.
  • Riley’s rocket wagon from “Inside Out” features nearly 280 memory orbs filled with different emotions.
  • Baby Jack-Jack sits on one of the claws of the Omnidroid on “The Incredibles” float.
  • More than 120 performers and crew entertain guests during the parade. They dance to “Countdown to Fun” and “The Party’s On,” two original songs by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil, who wrote many of the songs for the “High School Musical” movies.

Pixar Play Parade

Pixar Play Parade

Pixar Play Parade

For even more from Pixar Fest, be sure to watch Episode 2 of our ongoing series “Inside Disneyland Resort.”


Pixar Fest runs at Disneyland Resort from April 13 – September 3. Visit the Disneyland website for more information, and for more of our Pixar Fest coverage, click here.

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