Pixar Pier: Everything You Need to Know Including Review Tour and Photos
Updated 9/16/18. Pixar Pier came to Disney California Adventure Park in Summer 2018. This new land celebrates the films of Pixar with new games and a fantastic new Incredibles theme on the rollercoaster.
Pixar Pier includes four neighborhoods, including Incredibles, Toy Story, Inside Out, and a Pixar Promenade which features many beloved Pixar stories and characters. The highlight of the pier is the newly themed Incredicoaster which was formerly California Screamin’.
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In this guide we share everything that we know about Pixar Pier’s current changes and changes in the future.
The lamp perched on the top of the marque will be animated and interacting with guests.
Pixar Pier Incredicoaster and Incredibles Neighborhood
The Incredibles Neighborhood has a 1950’s look just like the movies. The former California Screamin’ roller coaster has been totally rethemed into the Incredicoaster.
The backstory of the attraction is that the Incredibles family is at the dedication of the new town roller coaster. Both Edna, the eccentric costumer, and Jack-Jack are too short to ride so they wait in the VIP room while the rest of the family enjoys the ride. But, out of nowhere, Jack-Jack escapes onto the coaster track and the entire family has to struggle to catch him.
The existing ride structure has been updated with new show scenes throughout including vignettes at the opening and end of the attraction and now fully enclosed scream tunnels. The updated roller coaster has a new look for the ride vehicles and updated launch area and loop mechanisms. The coaster has a new score from composer Michael Giacchino who takes inspiration from the scores of both Incredibles and Incredibles 2.
Also in this neighborhood you can find a character meet and greet with the eccentric costumer from the Incredibles, Edna Mode.
Pixar Pier Toy Story Neighborhood
The popular carnival game attraction, Toy Story Mania!, will be the anchor to this playful neighborhood and the ride is not changing. A large icon of the redheaded, yodeling cowgirl, Jessie, will be in the plaza area, and King Triton’s Carousel will reopen as Jessie’s Critter Carousel. Guests can corral fun animals, such as an armadillo, bunny, buzzard, raccoon, skunk, turtle, rattelesnake, and deer.
Poultry Palace replaced Don Tomas Turkey Legs and looks like a giant carton of takeout chicken. There is also a revamped churro stand called Senor Buzz Churros where you can buy different variations of this delicious treat. Guests can also meet and greet Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and other Toy Story characters at Pixar Pals where a bandstand features a new musical troupe.
Pixar Pier Inside Out Neighborhood
This new neighborhood will be on the western side of the boardwalk and will feature the beloved emotions from the movie, such as Joy, Sadness, Anger, and Disgust.
Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
This new attraction will be in the space occupied by the Maliboomer years ago. This attraction will feature the five emotions from the movies, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. Located on the western end of the pier, the lush and colorful Inside Out Headquarters will be the future home of Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind! Making its Pixar Pier debut in 2019, this whimsical family-friendly attraction inspired by “Inside Out” will be—not surprisingly—full of emotions.
Pixar Pier Promenade
PIXAR PIER (ANAHEIM, Calif.) –Summer 2018 transformed California Adventure when Pixar Pier opened for guests to experience, featuring the new Incredicoaster inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles.” This artist concept illustrates the four new neighborhoods that represent beloved Pixar stories and the newly themed attractions that are found throughout the permanent land of Pixar Pier. (Disney•Pixar)
The Pixar Promenade features characters from the other popular Pixar films. Mickey’s Fun Wheel was painted a bright blue and each of the 24 gondolas feature a different Pixar character. The Games of the Boardwalk now have a Pixar theme to them. Bullseye Stallion Stampede will remain, but the other games are changing to WALL-E Space Station, La Luna Star Catcher, and Heimlich Candy Corn Toss.
The area that contains the attractions Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Golden Zephyr, Silly Symphony Swings, Goofy’s Sky School, and The Little Mermaid along with Paradise Gardens will now be called Paradise Park.
Pixar Pier Dining
There are more options for Pixar themed food. You can purchase Mike Wazowski bread from Pacific Wharf Café and a Sully Premium Popcorn Bucket at all popcorn carts. There is also a Mike Wazowski Sipper cups from the quick-service restaurants. You can enjoy a refreshing beverage in light up tumblers featuring Nemo and Dory as well as a Mike Wazowski Sipper. You can also purchase a very cute tumbler featuring the Pizza Port claw reaching for the Aliens from Toy Story.
Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff sells candy, slushies, and other sweets. Treasures in Paradise is now called Knick’s Knacks. There is also a quick-service restaurant called Angry Dogs, that sells, well you guessed it – hot dogs!
You can also enjoy an Incredibles 2 Corn Dog, which is hot link sausage stuffed with pepper jack cheese and surrounded by a Cajun chicken sausage.
The Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company changed to Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats. This new frozen treats shop serves a lemon equivalent to the Dole Whip.
Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar closed in January 2018 and reopened as the Lamplight Lounge. The updated theme is a place where Pixar animators would come after work and includes sketches on the walls. Guests can enjoy cocktails and appetizers upstairs, and a full menu downstairs. It is an expansion of the popular Cove Bar and yes, the menu has the popular lobster nachos here!
Join our editor, Lindsay, on a walk around Pixar Pier as she shows you everything there is to see and do on this re-imagined pier in California Adventure from her visit to the parks in August 2018.
Pixar Pier Photo Tour
In the afternoons you can find a PhotoPass photographer here to catch your photo.
You will see the Lamplight Lounge on your right as you enter Pixar Pier.
The Lamplight Lounge is amazing. Check out our most recent review to see how great it is!
The new Knick’s Knacks store on your left as you enter Pixar Pier.
The popular Adorable Snowman Treat stand is on the left following the Knick’s Knacks store.
Enjoy a Pixar Pier Frosty Parfait from this stand. They are delicious!
Enjoy beautiful billboards to your left as you walk along the pier. This one is my favorite.
Coco is pretty great too.
These have been popular photo ops.
The view of the Lamplight Lounge from across the pier.
See great views of the Incredicoaster to your right as you come down the pier.
The entrance to the Incredicoaster is on your immediate left as you come down the pier.
Incredicoaster time! (For my son- not me- I waited for him by the chicken exit)
The chocolate chip cookie from Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums is delicious.
Next to Poultry Palace find Senor Buzz Churros!
Next stop: Toy Story Midway Mania!
Listen: he talks!
One of our favorites.
Find Angry Dogs right by Pixar Pal-A-Round
One day I’ll be brave enough to go on it. One day.
Enjoy some live entertainment by the Pixarmonic Orchestra.
Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff store is so cute.
I regret not buying one of these.
These are popular- check them out early in the day before the lines get long.
The beauty is in the details of this store.
You can find the Games of Pixar Pier past Toy Story Midway Mania and across from Pixar Pal-A-Round!
Find the machine to pay for the games right in front.
Pixar Pier Tips and Strategies
Here are some things I learned from my most recent visit during Pixar Fest in August 2018.
When the temps are high, Pixar Pier can be roasting hot. Getting there early is the best way to enjoy all there is to see and do in the most pleasant way.
If you have your heart set on a treat from the Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats stand then make sure you head here early before the lines fill up. Nothing says vacation like lemon soft serve for breakfast. Since it was 8:15AM when we walked by there was no line at all. In the afternoons the line for these awesome treats stretch far along the pier in the hot sun. Consider having the Pixar Pier Frosty Parfait for breakfast to avoid those hot lines late in the day.
Same with Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums, the lines are short in the morning. Have a giant chocolate chip cookie for breakfast as well!
Your kids can ride alone if they’re 7 & up and meet the height requirements. My son rode the Incredicoaster while I enjoyed a giant cookie.
We took advantage of the PhotoPass pictures along the way and got some great pictures. Mornings are my favorite time to do this when everyone looks their best and is feeling fresh. Check out our guide to everything PhotoPass and photography related here.
Then we headed to the Games of Pixar Pier! Since it was so early, there was no one there except us. The advantage of this was we won something each time!
Games of Pixar Pier Review and Guide
The games on Pixar Pier have been redesigned with Pixar themes. The games are the same as they were but with just different Pixar themes.
Here are the four games to choose from:
La Luna Star Catcher✨
Basically, you ‘fish’ for a star! Winner every time.
Heimlich’s Candy Corn Toss 🍬
Try to toss the candy corn into Heimlich’s mouth. We didn’t play this one but looks like you win once you get it in his mouth- fairly easy looking!
Let’s dance! 🎵
This WALL•E themed game has guests shoot water to make WALL•E and Eve dance into space. First one to send theirs to space wins. Needs more than one player to play.
Bullseye Stallion Stampede 🐴
Sit at one end of a table and roll rubber balls into the right holes to make your horse run faster. Requires more than one player. The higher the point value of the hole, the faster your horse races. If your horse is the first across, you win!
The cost is $4 per person per game. You buy a game card and load points onto it. As far as I could tell, it only accepted cash and credit/debit. No Disney gift cards.
The reloadable card you get to play the games.
My son absolutely loved these games. I think it’s a fair price for what you get and the experience. We came back again and again- that’s how much we loved them! But we always came back EARLY and played against each other so we knew one of us would always win!
My son won the star with one play on La Luna Star Catcher. The Wall-E he got after winning twice- he traded his first identical (and small) one for this bigger version. He couldn’t play that game alone so I had to play so that means we had to spend $16 to win that guy. Seems about right as far as stuffed plushes cost and he’s so cute!
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