Music Makes the Magic for Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort

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‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ Sets the Tone for the Limited-Time Pixar Fest, a Celebration of Friendship and Beyond

ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 11, 2018) – The memorable music of Pixar films will be ever-present at the Disneyland Resort during the first-ever Pixar Fest, April 13-Sept. 3, 2018. From performances of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” to the soundtrack of “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” the familiar and heartwarming music of the films will become part of the guest experience at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks.

At Disneyland Park

The new multimedia show, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” will surround guests with music, projections, lasers, fire and pyrotechnics. It features a new musical score, recorded by an orchestra of 101 musicians and 20 vocalists, enhancing a storyline that celebrates the everlasting bonds of friendship. Among the songs featured in “Together Forever” are:

  • “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story,” a song that serves as the musical thread of the show
  • “If I Didn’t Have You” from “Monsters, Inc.,” featuring a new musical arrangement in genres such as big band and surf rock
  • “The World Es Mi Familia” from “Coco,” sung by Anthony Gonzalez, who voiced lead role of Miguel in the film; with traditional mariachi instruments such as the vihuela, guitar and guitarrón
  • “Married Life” from “Up,” featuring the beloved composition of Michael Giacchino
  • “Life is a Highway” from “Cars,” performed by Rascal Flatts

“Pixar Play Parade” steps off with a lively, upbeat soundtrack that will have guests dancing and clapping along with some of their favorite Pixar characters. “Countdown to Fun” kicks off this energetic parade, and new music accompanies three new story elements in the show. The Pixar Lamp and Ball, from the Pixar original short “Luxo Jr.,” roll down the parade route to a “Pixar Medley,” the “Inside Out” unit is accompanied by the “Main Theme” and “Bing Bong Song,” and the “Up” element brings guests a new rendition of “Spirit of Adventure.”

Special renditions of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story” will be performed by the Disneyland Band along with other musical talent – the Straw Hatters, Dapper Dans, Main Street Piano Player, Royal Street Bachelors and Jambalaya Jazz Band. The Straw Hatters also perform a rendition of “Married Life” from “Up,” along with the Royal Street Bachelors who include “If I Didn’t Have You” from “Monsters, Inc.” in their repertoire.

Beginning June 8, The Pixar Pals Dance Party at the Tomorrowland Terrace will get guests of all ages mixing, mingling and dancing with their favorite Pixar pals. Along with the entertaining music, guests will enjoy meeting characters such as Russell, Dug, Woody, Jessie, the Green Army Men and other Pixar characters.

At Disney California Adventure Park

The musical fun of Pixar Fest continues at Disney California Adventure.

Guests will enjoy the catchy tunes of “Paint the Night” parade as it returns to the Disneyland Resort. High-energy, upbeat renditions of songs from Disney and Pixar films include “If I Didn’t Have You” from “Monsters, Inc.”; “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story”; “Life is a Highway” from “Cars” and many more.

At Paradise Gardens, guests will be treated to the musical sounds of TripleDent Gum presents The Pixarmonic Orchestra. This zany, seven-piece band performs a fun-filled repertoire of songs from Pixar films with unconventional instruments such as cowbells, kazoos, duck calls, sirens and slide whistles. On June 23, The Pixarmonic Orchestra will move to a new location at Pixar Pier.

Additionally, the Grammy® Award-winning Mariachi Divas will perform a special rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” in their repertoire at Pacific Wharf.


About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year-round.

About Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” Its movies have won 32 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $11 billion at the worldwide box office to date. “Incredibles 2,” Pixar’s 20th feature, opens in theaters on June 15, 2018.

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