June 23, 2018: Today, on this Saturday summer’s morning, Pixar Pier opened at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim replacing the original Paradise Pier.
Located on a seaside waterfront, Pixar Pier’s main attraction is the Incredicoaster, the first ride featuring characters from The Incredibles franchise.
The Incredicoaster is the steel coaster (which is made to look like an old, wooden ride) that winds its way around and dominates Pixar Pier. Previously known as California Screamin’, the ride itself is virtually unchanged. But the Imagineers have grafted figures, effects, and other elements onto the coaster to tell a story based on “The Incredibles 2” .
The ride is bookended with scenes featuring bespectacled Edna Mode, fashion designer to the superheroes, who is charged with looking after Jack-Jack, the precocious super-duper-powered baby, while the rest of his family takes a spin on the coaster that’s been dedicated to them. When the infant escapes from the less-than-doting Edna, the ride becomes a madcap race by the Incredibles to capture Jack-Jack.
The highlight of the coaster’s ride experience is the giddy 4-second, 0-to-55 mph electro-magnetic launch. Passengers then soar uphill into the first tunnel and get a hair-raising burst of airtime as the train crests the top of the hill. The Incredicoaster is one of Disney’s fastest roller coasters.
The Pixar Promenade features new colorful carnival games themed to Pixar films such as La Luna Star Catcher, Heimlich’s Candy Corn Toss, WALL-E Space Race and Bullseye Stallion St.
Pixar Pal-A-Round (formerly Mickey’s Fun Wheel) gives guests views of the pier from 24 gondolas. We’re still passing on Pixar Pal-A-Round, the large Ferris wheel with swinging cars. The cars are now adorned with characters from Pixar movies. Still a hard pass for us – we did the swinging cars once and never again!
Jessie’s Critter Carousel, which is scheduled to open in 2019, replaces the King Triton’s Carousel merry-go-round. Guests will ride on “critters” instead of the fabulous sequined marine animals. We loved that carousel and it’s sad to think those animals will be in Disney storage for years now.
The former Ariel’s Grotto and Cove Bar is now Lamplight Lounge. The restaurant is filled with sketches and artifacts from Pixar movies. The menu features Pixar punny cocktails and a house specialty of ratatouille.
Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!
This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier. Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life. On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.
Now that she’s back, things get wild.
Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental. While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.
While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.
Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.
Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!
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