Pixar Creates ‘Toy Story Nutcracker’ Short For Holiday ‘World of Color’ Show At Disney California Adventure

World of Color - Toy Story Nutcracker Test

Pixar collaborates closely with the Disney Parks teams often, whether a new Pixar ride is being built or a new show utilizing the studio’s characters is being developed. Obviously, for a task as enormous as building Cars Land at Disney California Adventure (DCA), many Pixar employees contributed to bring Radiator Springs to life. Disney Parks has recently been working on a new holiday-themed edition of its World of Color show, a nightly show at DCA that projects images on massive water effects. A Toy Story segment is being developed, for which Pixar created new animation. Learn more and go behind-the-scenes at Pixar in a new video after the break!

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Spaceship Earth Turns Into Mike Wazowski To Announce Disney Parks Will Stay Open 24 Hours May 24-25

Spaceship Earth - Mike Wazowski

With a test video of Mike Wazowski taking over Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park leaking out yesterday, we were left wondering just what the spectacle was tied to. With Epcot closed for the night except to the press, a huge Mike projection was shined upon the iconic Epcot structure, to share the announcement that the Magic Kingdom park at Disney World and the Disneyland and California Adventure parks in California would all remain open for a 24-hour stretch at the start of Memorial Day weekend. Watch the gigantic Mike Wazowski make the announcement after the break!

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Walt Disney World Monorail Cleverly Covered With ‘Monsters University’ Characters

Monsters University - Disney World Monorail Close-Up

Pixar’s parent company, Disney, has more resources to promote its upcoming films than rival studios. The Disney Parks and various Disney channels allow the company to extend its arm beyond the promotion that we see most often, such as trailers and commercials. In addition to organizing “meet and greets” with film characters at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the company has recently started to theme its park monorails in a creative fashion. Earlier today, Disney World debuted a monorail that is covered with Monsters University characters. Take a look after the break!

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A Closer Look At ‘Cars Land’ Attractions

Cars Land in Disney California Adventure

Cars Land has been open for about a month now, during which time the huge new addition to Disney California Adventure has been wildly successful. The painstaking attention paid to the design of the entire area by Disney Imagineers clearly shows, as you are transported to the town of Radiator Springs as soon as you step foot into the 12-acre land. After the break, take a look at hi-res photos of the main attractions and really try to take notice of all the little details meticulously planned and designed by the Imagineers! [Read more...]

Watch: 13-Minute Doc Tells The Story Of Cars Land

Cars Land - Now Open

Prior to its opening two weeks ago, Cars Land at Disney California Adventure had been in development for over five years. Disney Imagineers wanted visitors to the new section of the park to feel as if they had been transported into the film. To achieve that feat, years of meticulous research and planning were essential. The Blue Sky Cellar, the park’s preview center for upcoming attractions has been playing a short documentary, featuring stories from Cars creator (and Principal Creative Advisor of Walt Disney Imagineering) John Lasseter, along with many of the Imagineers who worked on the extensive project. Take a look at the touching video after the break! [Read more...]

Cars Land And Buena Vista Street Open To Huge Crowds At Disney California Adventure

Cars Land - Radiator Springs Marquee

California Adventure has been undergoing a massive expansion over the past few years, with Disney’s goal being to make the park a worthy companion to the behemoth that is Disneyland. Friday marked the grand re-opening of the theme park, with the additions of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street being the two headliners. Crowds lined up throughout the evening prior to the opening, with thousands ready to race straight to the new rides, which would no doubt bring extremely long wait times. [Read more...]

Watch: First Ad For Cars Land

Cars Land

There is a little over a month left until the grand opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure, which has Imagineers putting the finishing touches on the huge expansion to the park. Much of the buzz about the new themed land has come from announcements made by Disney on the web. Now, Disney Parks has unveiled the first spot featuring a near-finished look at Cars Land. Take a look at the video, which stars a few Cars characters you may recognize, after the jump! [Read more...]