Pixar Fest 2018: New at Disneyland

The date for the limited-time happening, a "Celebration of Friendship," has been announced.

Meeting up with your Pixar pals while at Disneyland Resort?

It's as easy as traveling to infinity and beyond.

Just head to Cars Land in Disney California Adventure to say howdy to Ramone and Mater and Luigi and the other vroom-vroomers of the "Cars" series. Mr. Potato Head holds talkative court at Toy Story Mania, just a short saunter from Cars Land. And might you spy The Green Army Men from "Toy Story" on parade through the Anaheim park? That's a big ol' affirmative.

But the Happiest Place on Earth's overall Pixar quotient is about to fly as high as a bunch of balloons attached to a charming house beginning in April 2018. That's when Pixar Fest arrives at Disneyland Resort, for a limited-time run.

The "Celebration of Friendship" opens on April 13, 2018, bringing several new events to the resort. Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek revealed the coming of the festival at D23 Expo in August 2017, but more details popped up on Thursday, Oct. 26 on Disneyland Resort's social media channels.

One main experience sure to draw Pixar fans? "Together Forever — A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular," which will take guests "...on an emotional journey that starts when unlikely Pixar characters first meet."

Lights, music, and "dazzling pyrotechnics" lend panache to the timeless tales.

You won't have to be on Main Street, though, to be a part of this buddy-buddy event; projections beyond the thoroughfare, including at the Rivers of America and it's a small world, will help tell the heart-tuggable tales. And, you bet, Sleeping Beauty Castle will also serve as a large-scale screen.

A Pixar Play Parade and Pixar Shorts film festival are also merry components to Pixar Fest. And the "Paint the Night" parade, which already includes several characters from the Pixarverse, will also return on April 13.

And shall there be fresh merch? There shall be, with an emphasis on bracelets and charms that highlight the festival's friend-sweet center.

Pixar Fest isn't the only news flowering at 1313 Disneyland Drive. Renderings for the new Four Diamond hotel headed for the western end of resort, near the Disneyland Hotel and Monorail stop, were released on Oct. 25, 2017.

And as for more Pixar-style goodness? It was announced in the summer of 2017 that Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure will become Pixar Pier in 2018.

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