Pixar is one of the most beloved names in the entertainment industry and over the years has created countless favorite films including Toy Story, Up, Finding Nemo, Monster’s Inc., Cars, Soul, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and so many more. It’s safe to say that many of the characters from these films have become Guest favorites over the years thanks to their quirky and loving personalities.
After The Walt Disney Company acquired Pixar in 2006 under Bob Iger’s tenure as CEO, the Pixar characters began finding homes inside of Disney Parks around the world. Guests who visit the Walt Disney World Resort can find amazing Pixar experiences to be enjoyed in every single Disney Park including dining, attractions, and more. Here are all of the experiences to enjoy to have the ultimate Pixar day at the Walt Disney World Resort!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Toy Story Land
The ultimate immersive Pixar experience at the Walt Disney World Resort is Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests immediately find themselves shrunken down to the size of toys and greeted by a larger than life Woody who occasionally talks and welcomes them to the fun area that brings Andy’s backyard to life.
Not only is Toy Story Land filled with amazing experiences, it is also incredibly detailed and Guests should absolutely take time to just explore and soak it all in. Some great little things to spot include Andy’s footprints in the pavement, clever construction of buildings and structures using toy pieces and craft supplies, and even the beloved Pixar ball that Guests can pose with. Toy Story Land is brimming with charm and definitely the top location for Pixar fans to enjoy.
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Toy Story Mania
One of the attractions in Toy Story Land is Toy Story Mania which first opened in 2008 in the former Pixar Place and was reconfigured to be part of Toy Story Land upon its opening in 2018. The attraction invites Guests to compete in a series of 3D midway games hosted by various characters from Toy Story and it definitely brings a sense of competition to life to see who can get the highest score and bragging rights.
While all of the game scenes on Toy Story Mania are wonderful, the queue is also incredible and features lots of details and construction using recognizable toys like board game pieces, checkers, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, and more. After passing Mr. Potato Head who acts as the barker and interacts with Guests in real time, Guests can also enjoy the loading area which brings them into Andy’s room complete with iconic cloud wallpaper.
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Slinky Dog Dash
The biggest thrill to be had in Toy Story Land is Slinky Dog Dash, a family friendly and fun roller coaster that Andy designed himself using a toy kit and his Slinky Dog toy. Guests can settle inside of Slinky and race off down the track which features several camel humps, two separate launches, and some surprises along the way.
Guests can check out a crayon drawing of the track that Andy constructed in the loading area of Slinky Dog Dash and also spot characters like Jessie and Rex as they whiz by. Portions of Slinky Dog Dash also feature very high elevations, offering up amazing views of Toy Story Land and all of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
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Alien Swirling Saucers
The final attraction in Toy Story Land is Alien Swirling Saucers which features the favorite little green aliens from Toy Story. Buzz Lightyear is standing guard at the entrance to the attraction and welcomes Guests to step inside and take flight in a dizzying experience that makes them feel as though they have rocketed through space with the aliens.
Alien Swirling Saucers is designed like a classic whip attraction which has them sit in a rocket ship that is attached to a separate car that one alien is driving. They then travel around a circular track and pick up speed to whip around every corner for an experience that leaves everyone laughing. Guests should also take the time to check out the details along the queue and ride area which feature Buzz’s ship, references to Star Command, and how to defeat the Evil Emperor Zurg.
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Woody’s Lunch Box
After enjoying all of the ambiance and attractions in Toy Story Land, Guests can stop by Woody’s Lunch Box to enjoy a quick service breakfast, lunch, or dinner of childhood lunchbox favorites that have been elevated and made even more indulgent. Woody’s Lunch Box features an ordering counter inside of Andy’s lunchbox and immersive seating on items like Babybel Cheeses and picnic benches.
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Guests who enjoy a meal at Woody’s Lunch Box can indulge in menu items including the BBQ Brisket Melt, Smoked Turkey Sandwich, Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich, Breakfast Bowl, and “Totchos.” Also incredibly popular are the Lunch Box Tarts which are elevated takes on Pop Tarts and Guests can enjoy options such as the Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart, Raspberry Lunch Box Tart, and Lemon-Blueberry Lunch Box Tart.
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Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
The final Pixar experience to enjoy in Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be found at the very end of Sunset Boulevard behind The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy brings favorite characters from Cars to life including Lightning McQueen who uses his new technology to help teach Guests about what he has learned throughout his racing career.
Lightning McQueen invites Guests to come along on a simulator exercise on a massive wrap around screen that immerses them in the racing experience, but soon glitches in the programming bring everyone on a different type of adventure when Chick Hicks hacks in for a showdown race. With lots of hiccups and appearances by other beloved Cars characters along the way, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is a wonderful experience for any Cars lover in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
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The Seas with Nemo and Friends
EPCOT is also home to several Pixar experiences that Guests are sure to love beginning with The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion in World Nature. The massive pavilion welcomes Guests outside with several characters from Finding Nemo including the favorite seagulls who yell out “mine!” all day long. Once inside, Guests immediately find themselves in the queue for an attraction of the same name that retells the story of Marlin and Dory’s epic adventure to find Nemo.
The attraction features many favorite scenes and characters from Finding Nemo and culminates with Nemo and the gang alive with animation on several massive windows that look into the aquariums filled with sea creatures. After disembarking the attraction, Guests can explore all that The Seas with Nemo and Friends has to offer including stunning aquarium viewing areas, educational exhibits, play area with a lifelike Bruce the Shark, the Coral Reef Restaurant, and much more.
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Turtle Talk with Crush
Also found inside of The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion is Turtle Talk with Crush, an innovative attraction that uses special technology that allows for Guests to interact in real time with Crush and some of his friends. The theater itself is relatively small, making each show feel intimate and personal, and smaller Guests are invited to sit up near the glass making it easy for them to interact with Crush.
Turtle Talk with Crush is the perfect balance of entertainment from Crush and his zany, laid back attitude and education as Crush shares many facts and tidbits about the ocean and its inhabitants along the way. It’s a fun and interactive show that is absolutely worth enjoying while visiting The Seas with Nemo and Friends.
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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
One of the newest experiences to enjoy at EPCOT brings the classic Pixar film Ratatouille to life. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure can be found in the rear of the France Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase, and the experience shrinks Guests down to the size of the rats and whisks them away to the charm, elegance, and adventure of Paris.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure uses a trackless ride system and combination of larger than life sets and screens to recreate the adventure and thrill of the scene from Ratatouille where Remy has been discovered in the kitchen at Gusteau’s and is trying to escape. This immersive experience makes Guests literally feel as though they have stepped into the film, and is it a must do for any Pixar fan in EPCOT.
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The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure
Also found in EPCOT’s World Showcase is The American Adventure Pavilion which is the host country of the area and celebrates the history and patriotism of the United States. The main building of the pavilion houses The American Adventure attraction as well as the American Heritage Gallery where an educational and interesting exhibit featuring a new Pixar favorite has been set up.
The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure is a wonderful exhibit that features Joe Gardner, the main character from Soul, who brings Guests on a journey across the United States and stops in several cities to showcase the history and evolution of jazz. There are interactive elements using the Play Disney Parks app, wonderful illustrations and animation, and a video featuring musician Jon Batiste that help to bring the experience to life and it is a great example of how EPCOT perfectly balances education and entertainment!
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Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
The Magic Kingdom is home to several great Pixar experiences for Guests to enjoy starting with Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in the heart of Tomorrowland. Guests who enjoy the attraction are immediately recruited into Star Command and sent off to help stop the Evil Emperor Zurg from taking over the galaxy.
Guests board moving cars armed with blasters and take aim at countless targets that help collect power from Zurg as well as points for a competitive scoring game. There are plenty of interactive and memorable scenes including a large room with many alien creatures and an erupting volcano, a power factory, and a showdown with Zurg himself. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin culminates with a photo keepsake of Guests to commemorate the experience as well as a massive scoreboard where Guests can check out their rankings and see if they can be considered a Galactic Hero.
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Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
Found right next to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Tomorrowland is another immersive experience that brings a Pixar favorite to life. Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor brings Guests to Monstropolis after the first film where Mike, Sully, and the gang have moved to collecting laughs to power the city instead of screams. Guests are invited to take place in a live audience to help collect power for the city, and lots of hilarious moments happen along the way.
Once settled inside of the theater, Guests can enjoy a stand-up comedy show hosted by Mike with the goal of filling up one massive canister with laugh power. Several acts come out to collect laughs, and advanced technology is used to allow for Guests to interact in real time, making the entire show unique and personal. In addition to the laughs on screen, Guests also always get a chuckle out of one audience member being chosen as “That Guy” and there are several humorous moments that poke gentle fun at that participant.
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The final Pixar experience in the Magic Kingdom can be found in Fantasyland and brings some favorite musical numbers to life. Mickey’s Philharmagic welcomes Guests into what is supposed to be a concert conducted by Mickey, but the whole experience takes a turn after Donald steals Mickey’s magical sorcerer hat.
After a moment in darkness, Guests suddenly find the theater transformed to feature a massive screen where musical numbers from favorite films like The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Peter Pan are brought to life with Donald along for the ride. The newest addition to Mickey’s Philharmagic is a scene depicting characters and locations from the Pixar film Coco and Guests can enjoy singing and clapping along with Miguel and Hector as they belt out “Poco Loco.”
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom
It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
Moving over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests can enjoy a quirky and immersive show on Discovery Island that brings the characters from one of Pixar’s very first films to life. It’s Tough to be a Bug! is performed in a theater in the roots of the Tree of Life, and is hosted by Flik from A Bug’s Life who aims to teach Guests that bugs aren’t bad, but actually an important and necessary part of our planet.
It’s Tough to be a Bug makes Guests honorary bugs with special 3D glasses, and features an interesting cast of various creatures who showcase their unique skills and contributions to the environment. Things take a turn when Hopper shows up and tries to exterminate Guests for their offenses against bugs over the years, but the experience ends with a positive message of how it can be tough to be a bug.
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The final Pixar experience to enjoy at the Walt Disney World Resort can also be found on Discovery Island in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and brings an organization from the film Up to life. The Wilderness Explorers are the group that Russell belongs to in the film and Guests are invited to take the oath and set out across the Disney Park to collect twenty five badges.
Wilderness Explorers is an amazing way to slow down and really explore every corner of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as it requires stopping and learning in different areas of the Disney Park to earn each badge. It’s an amazing experience that is both educational and entertaining as Guests will be official Wilderness Explorers at the end!
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