Disney brings pixar to life

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has brought some of Hollywood’s best-loved animated characters to life in the latest attractions to open in its US parks this year.

At Disneyland Resort in California, the theme park operator has introduced its new Pixar Pier celebrating the digital stars and movies of the Pixar animation film studio.

Opened in June, the Pixar Pier is a reimagined land for the Anaheim park and is made up of four distinct neighbourhoods.

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The first is Incredibles Park, themed around The Incredibles movie and home to the Incredicoaster ride involving characters from the superhero family. Alongside is a second neighbourhood, the Toy Story Boardwalk, which involves the Toy Story Mania! attraction with its “4D” carnival games.

Nearby is the Pixar Promenade which celebrates a range of different movie stories and incorporates Disneyland’s iconic Mickey’s Fun Wheel. The fourth neighbourhood is the Inside Out Headquarters, inspired by the emotions turned into animated characters in the movie Inside Out.

Across the country in Florida, Walt Disney World Resort has introduced its “joy-filled, toy-filled” Toy Story Land, featuring Woody, Buzz Lightyear and a host of other characters from the Toy Story series.

Also opened in June, its highlights include the new Slinky Dog Dash, a family-oriented roller coaster involving Slinky Dog dachshund cars, and the Alien Swirling Saucers in which the movie’s little green aliens spin about in toy rocket ships while “the claw” looms overhead.

Toy Story Land is part of a long-term revamp for Walt Disney World Resort which will next year see the launch of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and another new land, the 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

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