What’s new in Paint the Night parade during Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort

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Paint the Night

The dazzling Paint the Night parade made a return to Disneyland Resort with the start of the first-ever Pixar Fest, which kicked off on Friday, April 13. If you haven’t had a chance to experience the parade, we’ve got the scoop on what to expect during your visit.

What is Paint the Night at Pixar Fest?

Paint the Night is a parade filled with beloved Disney characters, brilliant LED lights, and lots of catchy music. Previously seen at Disneyland Park during 60th anniversary celebrations, the parade now makes its way through Disney California Adventure during Pixar Fest. If you’re a fan of Main Street Electrical Parade you’ll probably love Paint the Night, since they’re visually similar.


The parade features characters and floats from Pixar hits like “Toy Story,” Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” and “Finding Nemo.” You’ll also spot plenty of other favorites from classic Disney movies, including the following:

  • Tinker Bell and Peter Pan
  • Genie
  • Tigger
  • Lumiere
  • Ariel
  • Belle
  • Rapunzel
  • Cinderella
  • Goofy
  • Donald Duck
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Sorcerer Mickey

How is the parade at Pixar Fest different from the previous version?

Not much has changed since the parade debuted at Disneyland in 2015. The Pixar Fest version is basically the same, except there is no “Frozen” float and the parade takes place in Disney California Adventure instead of Disneyland Park.

However, starting in June, a new high-energy float inspired by “The Incredibles” and “Incredibles 2” joins the parade. Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone show off their superhero skills by taking on their newest threat, the Underminer. Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack also display their unique powers through the magic of visual technology.

The new “Incredibles” float comes to life through dazzling LED lights, new music, and high-tech pop art effects inspired by the mid-century modern look of the movie.

Stay tuned for the debut of the “Incredibles” float on June 23, just in time for the opening of Pixar Pier. “Incredibles 2” also hits theaters on June 15.

To see the previous version of the parade, take a look at our video below.


What’s special about Paint the Night?

According to Disney, the parade requires more than 200 “universes of control” to operate the videos and lights on individual costumes. The show also includes more than 1 million sources of light, and Disney custom developed the 500 strobes used in the parade.

Paint the Night

What else should you know about the parade?

There are four key spots to watch the parade: the Hollywood Blvd Viewing Area, Carthay Circle Viewing Area, Pacific Wharf Viewing Area, and Paradise Park Viewing Area. The total duration of the parade is 40 minutes.

Dining packages are available through Carthay Circle Restaurant and Wine Country Trattoria. With these options, you can enjoy a meal and receive a voucher to watch Paint the Night from a reserved viewing area. For more information, visit the Disneyland website.

You can also opt for the Sonoma Terrace Paint the Night Reception. Each package includes a charcuterie tray served with wine, beer, Coca-Cola or other non-alcoholic beverages, plus boxed truffles to enjoy later. You’ll also get reserved seating in the preferred viewing area. For more information, visit the Disneyland website.

Other fun facts about the parade:

  • Slinky Dog from “Toy Story” measures 32 feet long, and his ears are 18 feet tall and 11 feet across. Custom video content is programmed into the float’s ten spinning disks, which rotate at 120 RPM.
  • The five animated Scare Floor doors on the “Monsters, Inc.” float stand more than 9 feet tall with 40 individual LED video panels. Pixar Animation Studios helped create the doors.
  • Mack from “Cars” features a stunning 3D display with almost 27,000 individual orbs. The float is brought to life with nearly 2,000 feet of LED “neon.”

Paint the Night

Paint the Night

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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