If you’re obsessed with Disney like us, you’ll know that today — Friday, April 13 — is the start of Pixar Fest* at the Disney parks! We covered the changes in a previous post, which outlined exactly what’s being removed and introduced to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (DCA). You can imagine how excited we are to finally see all those plans come to fruition.
To recap, as part of Pixar Fest, Disney will debut two new parades and a brand-new fireworks show. The Pixar Play Parade and “Together Forever − a Nighttime Spectacular” will premiere at Disneyland, and Paint the Night will premiere at DCA. Besides that, Disney will Pixar-fy the parks — they’ll even have a mini film festival called Pixar Shorts, which will take place at the Sunset Showcase Theater in DCA’s Hollywood Land. Throughout Pixar Fest, the theater will have rotating showings of all the best Pixar shorts, like Lava and For the Birds. I love these, so I’m really excited for this! Plus, the theater is a great place to escape from the crowds when it all gets too overwhelming.
Because Disney likes to go all out, Pixar Fest will have a lot of new offerings, like Pixar character meet and greets, Pixar decor, new merch, and themed food and beverages — like this Monstermallow cronut that Shannon reviewed. You know we can’t resist themed foods, especially Disney ones, so stay tuned on our blog and Instagram for reviews and updates!
So. As you probably gathered, Shannon and I LOVE planning things — whether they’re parties, vacations, or holidays. So we’d be remiss if we didn’t celebrate the start of Pixar Fest by throwing our own Pixar viewing party! How exactly do you go about throwing a Pixar party? Why, let me tell you!
Choose your films.
Because Pixar has about 20 feature films, and because nobody’s got that kind of time, we decided to narrow it down to our favorites and have a mini movie marathon. After conferring with my Smoosh crew, our top five Pixar movies were Ratatouille, Up, Toy Story 3, Coco, and The Incredibles — and it was unanimous that Ratatouille and Up were our top favorites.
Pick your menu.
Like I mentioned earlier, you know we’re all about that themed food! To make it more fun, we corresponded our menu to each film. Because all these foods together might give you a stomach ache, feel free to just pick and choose your favorites. If you watch these films on different days, you can mix and match as you please.
Ratatouille: Charcuterie board
Because rats like cheese and because this film takes place in Paris, we’re recommending a charcuterie board as your appetizer, complete with a variety of cheeses, meats, crackers, and grapes. Pair that with a glass of wine, and you’ll be holding your pinkies up in no time. It’s easy to make a delicious charcuterie board on a budget if you buy all your elements at Trader Joe’s. Cup of Jo recently posted on How to Make a Trader Joe’s Cheese Plate that looks (and I’m sure tastes) amazing!
Toy Story 3: Pizza and soda
Everyone knows that the best fast food comes from Pizza Planet! For this main course, pair your favorite pizza with an ice-cold glass of Coca-Cola. This homemade Margherita Pizza looks delicious!
Coco: tamales and margaritas
If you’re still hungry (or don’t feel like eating pizza), make Abuelita proud by eating some tamales. Since making tamales can be very time-consuming, we suggest supporting your favorite tamale maker in town. Costco also sells a pretty solid version in its refrigerated section, where you can get 15 chicken or pork tamales for $15.99. To complete the meal, throw on some salsa, and shake up a few margaritas.
Russell is a wilderness explorer, so we had to go with s’mores! Eat it in the traditional way by toasting marshmallows over the fire (or stove), or make it more communal by making a one-pan s’mores dip in the oven. Five Heart Home has a great recipe for S’mores Dip — just look at all that melted chocolate!!
The Incredibles: Apple pie
The Parr family wants nothing more than to appear as a normal, average American family. And what’s more American than apple pie? Close out your movie viewing with a fresh cup of joe and a slice of apple pie, topped with vanilla bean ice cream and/or whipped cream. You drooling yet? It’s usually pretty easy to find a great apple pie at your local grocery store or bakery, but if you want to really elevate this, you can attempt to make your own. Or, you can do something a little simpler and more unique by making Apple Pie Fries.
Decorate your space.
Movie marathons were meant to be spent in your pajamas, so we’re advocating for staging your living room with blankets and all the pillows you own. If you want to really throw back, make a blanket fort — you know you want to.
I don’t want to force you to clean up a ton of decorations, so if you’re hosting a viewing party but still want a little extra something, you could keep it simple by buying a frame from Dollar Tree or the 99 Cents Only store and placing printouts of the original movie posters inside. Or, use a cool vintage Disney print, like this Incredibles one I got at the Food & Wine Festival! It’s something small but cute to commemorate your event. Just switch the picture out according to the movie you’ll be “premiering” that day.
And that’s it! You can go all-out with decorations if you want, but I think it’s kind of nice to have a low-key get-together with friends where you can lounge around in pjs and reclaim your youth (except with margaritas). These are our favorite picks, but if you have another Pixar movie that you love and want food/drink suggestions, feel free to comment below! We’d love to hear what you think and would be happy to make any recommendations. Most importantly, just have fun with it!
For more inspiration for hosting your own Pixar Party, check out our Pixar Party Pinterest board!
Party on, and just keep swimming,
*A quick note: The updated Pixar Pier with the new Incredicoaster and Lamplight Lounge (formerly California Screamin’ and Cove Bar/Ariel’s Grotto, respectively) will not open until the June 23 Pixar Pier premiere, so just be aware of that. I know it can get confusing since everything has the word “Pixar” in it. In short, the overall Pixar Fest runs April 13 to September 3, but Pixar Pier specifically doesn’t open until June.
HOWEVER, Cove Bar is temporarily open until Monday, May 28, so you can still get your lobster nachos fix! Plus, Cove Bar just added two new menu items: 1) deviled eggs with creamy egg salad, tarragon romesco sauce, manchego, dill, and toast with tuna poke, and 2) a yellowfin tuna poke rice bowl with watermelon, edamame, shishito peppers, and spiced mango nectar.