Last Friday the Disneyland Resort unveiled their first ever Pixar Fest, a celebration of the animation studio that brought us so many favorites. This celebration comes with a new firework display, new Pixar characters to interact with, tons of new merchandise, and the return of two favorite parades. Of course it wouldn’t be a Disney fest if there wasn’t a whole bunch of new Pixar themed food to try as well. Food and Disney, two of my favorite things, so I couldn’t resist heading to the park to try all the goodies.
The Pixar options are available all over the park, from quick service to sit down restaurants and at food carts all over. After downloading a menu from the Disney Food Blog, it was time to make a plan of attack! I should note, AJ’s list is organized by movie not by park/land, so unless you recreate your own list, there will be a lot of running back and forth. Here are a few of the things I got to try during my visit:
Pixar Ball Cake Pop – Pixar
Had to start the day with a classic. This vanilla cake pop is very moist and crumbly, while it is quite sweet, it’s very good. It’s the perfect size too, any more would be overwhelming, this gives you just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard! The cake pop can be found in the Candy Kitchen off Main Street in Disneyland.
Green Star Pesto Pasta – Toy Story
This green creation can be found at the Alien Pizza Planet (formerly Pizza Port). It consists of pesto infused noodles, bacon bits, peas, and Parmesan cheese. I personally found the noodles to be a bit chewy, but my friend really enjoyed it! The sweetness from the peas really adds a different side to the pesto flavor, and the cheese just elevates the whole dish.
Alien Parfait – Toy Story
This cutie is also found at the Alien Pizza Planet, and is modeled after one of the alien toys from Toy Story. Its made from a chocolate cake, cream cheese frosting, and a blackberry filling. The blackberry jam was a nice surprise and the flavor worked really well in the whole dish. This would be the perfect thing to much on when the heat and long lines of summer really get to you.
Cocoa Churro – Coco
This is probably my new favorite churro in the park, which is saying something because the og churro is my favorite Disney snack. The churro has been rolled in vanilla and chocolate bean dust and salted cinnamon sugar, it comes with a chocolate dipping sauce on the side. There is so much chocolate flavor even before the sauce, and after is just chocolate heaven! You’re basically eating a chocolate churro covered in abuelita chocolate. My friend said it tasted like his childhood, so an A+ from the both of us! You can find this masterpiece at the churro cart in Frontier Land.
Frozen “Grape Soda” Slush – Up
I had to do quite a bit of waiting to get my hands on this one, but let me tell you, it was well worth the wait. Its hands down the bet grape slushie I’ve ever had. Tastes just like a grape soda, and the perfect cool treat for a hot day. I will definitely be getting this again on my next visit to the park. You can find this at the cappuccino cart right in front of the castle.
Color Changing Noodles – Monsters Inc.
Well, they can’t all be winners. I really wanted to like this dish but all I got was disappointment. The noodles were under cooked and rubbery, the dish had practically no flavors, and its only possible redeeming quality didn’t quite work out. The noodles start out blue, and after dumping a mountain of sauce on them, they kind of turn to a bluish-purple. I just wasn’t really impressed, and for $10 I’d expect a much better meal. You can skip this one and not miss much. If you do want to try it, you can find these noodles at the Lucky Fortune Cookery in California Adventures.
Habanero Meatball Cone – Cars
These meatballs actually exceeded my expectations. You did need to get quite a bit of sauce to have any of the spice, but the flavors are delicious when you get a perfect bite. The cone is made out of a pizza crust, so you can munch along on that as your cone empties. These can be found at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land.
Three Flavor Corn Dog – The Incredibles
This was interesting because its more like a corn dog sandwich. There’s a hot link and a cajun chicken sausage with a glob of pepper jack cheese in between, all covered in corn bread and fried. Definitely a fun and spicy twist on a classic treat. Both sausages have tons of flavor and are really juicy, and the cheese is melted to perfection. As far as quick service food goes, this is probably a new favorite for me and my friends. I should note, there is a spicy blackberry sauce that is supposed to go with this, unfortunately they had already ran out since we only made it there just before closing. I will say that while sauce may add an interesting layer to this corn dog, it is also quite enjoyable without the sauce. You can find this masterpiece at the Corn Dog Castle in California Adventures.
We also managed to try the Root Beer Float (Toy Story) and Cocoa Hot Chocolate (Coco), but didn’t get pictures of them because the souvenir cups they come in had run out. Both were delicious, refreshing treats and you should definitely try them if you get the chance.
Other Fun Things to Do
I did mention there’s more than just food right? We really enjoyed walking around and seeing the little pixar touches all over the park, and we may have indulged in a bit of the special merchandise. I mean it was so cute! Who could blame us?!
There were also some really cute photo opportunities in California Adventure near Paradise Gardens.
Who do you think wore it best? 😉
My favorite part of the day was getting to see the Paint the Night Parade at California Adventures. It was my first time seeing the parade, and its so much fun, with the lights and music! There are two showings each night, so definitely try to make it for at least one. Supposedly its easier to find seating for the later showing, and you wont miss the firework display if you decide to go to that one.
Overall, Pixar Fest is a super cute and fun time to come visit the parks. I really just wish there had been more movie representation than the six heavy hitters, but there may be more as the celebration continues. For an extra fun time, visit when Pixar Pier opens up in DCA June 23rd.
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