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Pixar Fest at Disneyland: Food, Fireworks and Friendship Rule from April Through September

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From April 13 through September 3, Anaheim's Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks are celebrating the magic of Pixar with Pixar Fest - a sprawling celebration of the company's 19 movies, from Toy Story and Monsters Inc. to Cars and Coco.

The five-month event includes two updated parades that spotlight Pixar's filmography - Paint the Night (which features more than one million lights), and the daytime Pixar Play Parade (beginning for the first time with the iconic Pixar Lamp and Ball from Luxo Jr, the company's first animated short) - along with a new Pixar-themed fireworks display, Together Forever.

Joy and Sadness from Inside Out join the Pixar Play Parade

Slinky Dog and Woody are just two of many Pixar characters in Paint the Night

Together Forever combines pyrotechnics, projections, lasers, music and physical objects in a fireworks display that celebrates all of Pixar's movies - utilizing multiple locations around Disneyland including Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens on the Rivers of America, the façade of the ride “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. And instead of the traditional fireworks opening that sees Tinker Bell flying above Sleeping Beauty's castle, Buzz Lighteyear launches to infinity and beyond to kick off the show, while Carl Fredricksen's house from Up also plays a pivotal (and tearjerking) role.

“What we’ve done with Together Forever is bring Pixar stories into Disneyland park and immerse guests in the stories in an all-new way," said Susana Tubert, creative director of Together Forever. "In certain instances, the projections seem to leap off Sleeping Beauty Castle and onto Main Street, U.S.A. For example, in the Cars sequence, Lightning McQueen races around the guests on Main Street, U.S.A., while his friends cheer from Sleeping Beauty Castle. WALL•E and EVE dance through a star field and, as they fly off the castle, they transform into translucent fireworks. And when Miguel from Coco travels from the Land of the Living to the Land of the Dead, there’s an incredible moment when he looks up to the sky and the bridge of marigolds appears as gold fireworks above him.”

Get a sneak peek at Together Forever in the video below.

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The parks are also offering visitors plenty of Pixar-themed food throughout the event, including a Toy Story root beer float served in a souvenir Woody boot, color-changing noodles inspired by Monsters, Inc., and Carl Fredricksen's favorite: a fried bologna sandwich. Having sampled a selection of the eats on offer during a press preview, Tomorrowland's surprisingly citrusy Toy Story alien macaroons and the cheeseburger pizza were standout snacks. Check out some of Pixar Fest's menu highlights - and where to find them - below.

The Pixar mania doesn't end there - while Pixar Fest is only a temporary event, Disneyland is currently renovating Paradise Pier to become Pixar Pier, a permanent update that will be anchored by the Incredibles-themed Incredi-coaster (formerly California Screamin'), which opens on June 23. An Incredibles 2 float will also join the Paint the Night Parade in June. Stay tuned for more information on Pixar Pier's official opening in the coming weeks.