Pixar Fest: Paint the Night & Pixar Play Parade Reviews

One thing I really love about all the Disney parks are the parades. They give you a chance to sit, relax, and enjoy an entertaining show! Nothing has changed since I was a kid, I loved parades then and I still love them now! I had the opportunity to watch the Pixar Play Parade and Paint the Night and I’d like to share my thoughts on them!


Pixar Play Parade

Any Pixar fan will absolutely love this parade! When this parade was in Disney California Adventure, I remember watching it…maybe once? I never took the time to sit and watch it. Once I heard it was coming to Disneyland, I was thrilled! Depending on which day you visit the parks, there may be one or two showings. Monday-Thursday there is one showing at 6:00 p.m., Friday-Sunday there are two showings at 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.! I would suggest getting a seat early if you can! There is also a dining package available through Plaza Inn for this parade! I can’t wait to try it out!


A few new floats were added to the show! The parade begins with the famous Pixar ball and lamp! The other new additions are from Inside Out, featuring Joy and Sadness, and Up, featuring Carl, Dug, and Kevin! Sadly, the Up floats were not in the particular show we watched… and frankly, I’m not sure why. I did get to see the other new floats, and may I say, they were adorable! So many Pixar favorites are featured in this parade like; Monsters Inc., Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and The Incredibles!


One MAJOR thing to note about this parade is that the floats shoot out water into the crowd! Chances of you getting wet are HIGH! Overall, this parade is a must-see! The music is really catchy and the floats are perfectly themed! Make sure you check this show out before Pixar Fest ends September 3rd!


Paint the Night


When I heard there were dining packages available for the Paint the Night parade, I quickly jumped on that opportunity! We ate at the Wine Country Trattoria, which was a restaurant I haven’t tried before. The dining package provides a ticket for you to watch the parade from a reserved viewing area! Our viewing area was across from the Radiator Springs Racers Fastpass Distribution! I recommend you arriving early so you can get a good seat!


This parade first premiered at Disneyland for the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration! I remember how popular it was and I really enjoyed it! Essentially, this parade is this generation’s Electrical Parade! I have a bias opinion towards the original Main Street Electrical Parade as it is my all-time favorite Disney parade! I knew some changes were coming to Paint the Night since it was changing parks, so I was interested to see how the parade was overall!


From a visual standpoint, this parade is very aesthetically pleasing! I loved all the lights, costumes, and the music is yet again catchy! Unfortunately, I felt when Paint the Night first debuted in Disneyland, it was a better version than what is currently in DCA. My favorite float, Frozen, was taken out because it was too tall for the parade route in DCA. Other than that, I enjoyed the parade! There’s a new Incredibles float that will replace the Frozen float, but will not premiere until June when The Incredibles 2 releases in theaters!


Final Thoughts

I’m so glad I got to see both parades on the same day! It’s definitely doable! If you plan your day right, you can do it too! Here are some final tips and reminders:

  • Grab a show guide or check the Disneyland app for showtimes!
  • Both parades offer dining packages! You can book those online or through the Disneyland app!
  • Get your seat early!
  • Have fun!

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