Disney’s California Adventure is getting quite the makeover! Next summer, Paradise Pier will be renamed Pixar Pier, and the California Screamin’ Coaster will be re-imagined into an Incredibles coaster: the Incredicoaster. California Screamin’ will close January 8th, so get your last few rides in while you can. In a press release from today, Disney had a lot to say about the changes:
“The first neighborhood is inspired by Disney·Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles’ and it will open in summer 2018 with the Incredicoaster. Permanently transformed from the attraction that is now California Screamin’, Incredicoaster will invite guests into a mid-century-modern-style loading area where they board vehicles with a distinctive, new look. New character moments, new scenes and special effects, and an exciting musical score will connect the attraction’s story to Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles 2’, which opens in theaters June 14, 2018.”
I can’t begin to describe how excited I am for this. I will wait in a line for this coaster, since I know Fast Passes will be scooped up quickly. But what about the rest of Paradise Pier?
“The neighborhood inspired by Disney•Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ will be developed around the popular Toy Story Mania! attraction. Another new neighborhood, inspired by Disney•Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’, will debut a new family-friendly attraction that’s scheduled to open at a later date.
A fourth new neighborhood will celebrate a collection of guest-favorite Pixar stories. Mickey’s Fun Wheel will be themed with a new look, and each of the 24 gondolas will showcase a different Pixar character. The iconic face of Mickey Mouse will continue to beam happiness across the Paradise Bay side of the wheel.
At the Games of the Boardwalk, which currently includes a game called Bullseye Stallion Stampede, guests will find that all the midway games will be inspired by Pixar characters. New games are expected to include characters from A Bug’s Life, La Luna, and WALL·E.
To prepare for these big changes, several attractions will close January 8th: California Screamin’, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Games of the Boardwalk, and Sideshow Shirts.
Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar will be transformed into a Pixar-themed lounge offering sparkling views of Paradise Bay and the new Pixar Pier. Ariel’s Grotto and Cove Bar will close January 8th, with Cove Bar reopening briefly in April before its permanent transformation. Guests wishing to reserve “World of Color” dining packages after January 7th may consider Carthay Circle Restaurant or Wine Country Trattoria.
The remaining areas of the original Paradise Pier — including Paradise Gardens, Silly Symphony Swings, Jumping Jellyfish, Goofy’s Sky School, Golden Zephyr, and Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – will become a new land called Paradise Park.
This will all go hand in hand with Pixar Fest, a celebration of all things Pixar, which opens in the park April 13th. I’ll be heading to Disneyland again next summer, and I can’t wait to see all the new changes!