On June 23rd of this year, Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure will have completed its animation-themed transformation and debut as Pixar Pier. The Orange County Register recently released new details of the land which were shared with them at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale and on site while touring the ongoing construction. Here are some major changes guests can look forward to when the area opens this summer:
Incredibles Neighborhood: The primary draw to this super family-themed area will be the Incredicoaster, a revamped version of California Screamin’. The original structure will remain in place, but the new version will feature new launch and loop mechanisms as well as expansion and re-theming of the coaster’s “scream tunnels.”
As for the coaster’s story, it seems that baby Jack-Jack has gotten loose and is roaming the coaster while using his superpowers, and the Incredibles are trying to catch him throughout the ride.
Toy Story Neighborhood: Guests will be greeted by a giant-sized Jessie as they enter this area, and the franchise’s cowgirl has an attraction of her own in what was once King Triton’s Carousel. The re-themed carousel will provide adorable animals for guests to ride, and will now be called Jessie’s Critter Carousel. Toy Story Mania will continue to operate in the new land.
Pixar Promenade: California Adventure’s iconic boardwalk games have been changed, with one notable exception. Bullseye Stallion Stampede will remain in place, but Dumbo’s Bucket Brigade will become WALL-E Space Spin, Goofy About Fishin will transform into La Luna Star Catcher, and Casey at the Bat will be replaced with Heimlich Candy Corn Toss.
Inside Out Neighborhood: This area based on the popular Pixar film has the least amount of information currently available. There is the possibility that an Inside Out attraction could replace the old Maliboomer, which has been closed since 2010.
Paradise Park: The land’s final area, this will contain Paradise Gardens, Goofy’s Sky School, the Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Jumping Jellyfish, Silly Symphony Swings, and Golden Zephyr.
Mickey’s Fun Wheel: This attraction will remain, but with new Pixar-themed cars celebrating films like Coco, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Up, and Cars.
Adorable Snowman: This purveyor of frozen treats will replace the Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company and include non-dairy frozen lemon treats.
Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff: Pixar Promenade’s new confectionery will be themed around the character from Inside Out and sell candy and slushies.
Angry Dogs: This eatery will be a new quick service on Pixar Promenade, most likely replacing Hot Dog Hut.
Poultry Palace: This new eatery in Toy Story Neighborhood will replace Don Tomas Turkey Legs.
Senor Buzz Churros: Also in the Toy Story Neighborhood will be a renovated churro stand themed to Buzz Lightyear.
Lamplight Lounge: Billed as a place that Pixar employees would come to relax after a hard day’s animating, this two-story eatery will replace Ariel’s Grotto and the Cove Bar. The top floor will offer cocktails and lighter fare; downstairs will feature a larger menu. Part of Lamplight Lounge will be available for reservations. The Cove Bar will reopen on March 16th and remain open until May 29th, prior to the Lamplight’s debut.
New Character Meet
Pixar Pals: Along with meeting some Pixar favorites, guests can enjoy bandstand performances by a 7-piece retro-styled musical troupe.
Source: Orange County Register
Images: All photos of Walt Disney Imagineering concept art were obtained through the Orange County Register (photographer Marla Jo Fisher).