9 Fun Facts We Bet You Didn't Know About Pixar Pier
Pixar Pier's history is almost as interesting as its attractions!
The revamped section of Disneyland has probably been dominating your Instagram feed since it opened on June 23, 2018, but this special portion of the California theme park devoted specifically to Pixar's hit movies didn't just pop up out of nowhere. In fact, much of Pixar Pier has been repurposed in order to delight park goers who can't get enough of The Incredibles, Toy Story and more.
Think you know all there is to know about this magical locale? Scroll down to find out!
Its Name Is Misleading
Despite its alliterative name, Pixar Pier is (unfortunately) not actually a pier. Instead, it's an area of Disneyland's Anaheim park that borders a body of water called Paradise Bay.
It Once Went By a Different Title
Speaking of paradise, the area in Disneyland now known as Pixar Pier initially opened as Paradise Pier back in 2001, along with the rest of the theme park. At the time, the pier was designed to evoke the charm of Victorian-era seaside amusement parks of the 1920s. A portion of Paradise Pier was re-themed as Pixar Pier, which opened last month.
An Inside Out Ride Is Coming
In 2019, the Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind will occupy the footprint of the Maliboomer—a "space shot" attraction which launched riders up a 180-foot tower and closed in 2010.
So Is a Toy Story-Themed Carousel
King Triton's Carousel of the Sea, which closed in March 2018, will reopen next year as Jessie's Critter Carousel—a Toy Story-themed ride with 56 adorable friends to choose from, including a turtle, snake, buzzard, armadillo, bunny, deer, raccoon, ram, skunk and two cozy logs inhabited by a family of owls.
The Incredicoaster Is New, But It Has a Familiar Pedigree
The Incredicoaster, an Incredibles-themed rollercoaster, replaced California Screamin' and opened with the rest of Pixar Pier on June 23, 2018.
The Incredicoaster Has a Story
As Pixar Pier's main attraction, the Incredicoaster takes riders on a high-speed journey to catch baby Jack-Jack. The impressive ride swoops, swirls, dips and curls in and around much of the pier, and also boasts a musical score by Incredibles 2 composer Michael Giacchino.
Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats Has Been Revamped
Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats, which sells ice cream and other cold sweets inspired by Monsters, Inc., replaced the former Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company.
There Are Secrets Hidden in Toy Story Midway Mania
Toy Story Midway Mania is a 4D game that allows visitors Pixar Pier visitors take aim at moving objects within the Toy Story universe. You can earn a high score by hitting secret targets to unleash "Easter eggs"—new and exciting game targets worth more points.
Pixar Pier's Ferris Wheel Is Only the Second of Its Kind
The Pixar Pal-A-Round is one of only two Ferris wheels in the United States that combine fixed and sliding gondolas, which are delightfully decorated with the image of a different Pixar movie character. The only other Ferris wheel to use this technology is the Wonder Wheel at New York's Coney Island.
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