10 of Our Favorite Pixar-Themed Attractions at Walt Disney World
If, like my family, you’re a fan of all-things Pixar then you’ll definitely want to set aside some time while you’re at Walt Disney World to explore the rides and attractions that pay tribute to films like “Toy Story,” “Up!,” “Finding Nemo” and more. To get you started, we thought we’d share our Top 10 Favorite Pixar Attractions that simply can’t be missed!
Up! A Great Bird Adventure – Animal Kingdom
This delightful Animal Kingdom show was recently added to the park’s already stellar line-up and features Dug and Russell from Pixar’s “Up” along with a showstopping and colorful array of feathered friends. This unique birding experience features a close-up look at various bird species from around the globe—including the marabou stork, which boasts a magnificent 10-foot wingspan. With performances throughout the day, it’s the perfect and entertaining way to sit back, relax and take a break!
Lightning McQueen Racing Academy – Hollywood Studios
Ka-chow! Find out what it takes to be a champion racer with a bit of assistance from the legendary Lightning McQueen at Sunset Showcase at Hollywood Studios. The show kicks off with a demonstration of all of the tricks of the trade McQueen has learned throughout his career but when things don’t go according to plan, he has to think quick on his tires! This fun attraction also features other familiar cars including Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez and more!
Toy Story Mania – Hollywood Studios
The “original” Toy Story attraction at Hollywood Studios is still one of the best! This 4D ride takes guests through a series of carnival-style games where you use the special shooting devices attached to your ride vehicle to compete in an arcade-style shoot-em-up. Those with a competitive streak will love that the ride keeps score of your accomplishments encouraging you to go toe-to-toe with your fellow riders.
Finding Nemo- The Musical – Animal Kingdom
Watch as your favorite friends from the Big Blue World come to life in a stage show that is nothing short of spectacular. You’ll be blown away by the incredible and creative puppetry making you feel like you’ve taken an underwater journey with Nemo, Marlin, Dory, Crush and the rest of the gang. The multiple Academy Award®-winning songwriting team behind Frozen and Coco, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, created 14 original songs just for this show—the first time a non-musical Disney animated feature has been transformed into an original musical production.
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor – Magic Kingdom
Guests step inside the only laugh factory in Monstropolis where Mike Wazowski serves as the master of scare-emonies! Inspired by the Pixar-animated films “Monsters Inc.” and “Monsters University” the show features lots of guest interactions. Performers backstage use moveable cameras in the theatre to talk to guests so it’s a new show every time you visit! Guests even have the ability to text your favorite joke before the lights go down which may even be used in the show! See if your sense of humor makes the cut!
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – Magic Kingdom
The evil Emporer Zurg has been at it again and it is up to you to stop him. Guests have the opportunity to become a “Junior Space Ranger” and board an XP-37 star cruiser and voyage deep into the Gamma Quadrant, where you’ll take aim at glowing “Z” targets with your infrared laser cannon. For an extra element of fun, you can use your cruiser’s joystick to spin a full 360 degrees, so you can blast all the targets in sight. Suitable for guests of all ages, you can tally up your score and see how you compared to the rest of the cosmonauts in your gang!
The Seas With Nemo and Friends – Epcot
Head out on an undersea adventure with some of your favorite friends from “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory.” Amazing technology is used to superimpose your Pixar friends on top of the already spectacular views of the aquarium which is home to over 4,000 underwater creatures and up to 60 different species. Afterwards, be sure to take time to explore the incredible aquarium in depth. You’ll find everything from incredible hands-on exhibitions to playful manatees. It’s easy to spend an hour soaking up all The Seas pavilion has to offer!
Alien Swirling Saucers – Hollywood Studios
One of two new rides that make up the all-new “Toy Story Land” at Hollywood Studios. Visitors of all ages will love being whisked around this new land on the back of your own flying saucer with one of Toy Story’s little green aliens as your co-pilot. Can you escape “The Claw!?”
It’s Tough to Be a Bug – Animal Kingdom
Become an honorary insect as you join some of your favorite friends from Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life” for a fun 3-D look at what it’s like to be an insect. During the show, you’ll dodge flying quills from a tarantula, feel a spray from a soldier termite or the putrid stench of a stink bug! Then Hopper, the villain of the “A Bug’s Life” shows up and things go bug-wild! Located in theater that sits inside the iconic tree of life, it’s also a great way to beat the heat.
Slinky Dog Dash – Hollywood Studios
We’ve saved the best for last. At least that’s how we feel about this headlining Toy Story Land attraction. A family-friendly coaster that kids of all ages will love, you can hop on board the much-loved Slinky Dog toy for a wild romp through Andy’s backyard. Best of all, the dazzling new land makes you feel like you’ve been shrunken down to the size of one of Andy’s toys adding an incredible perspective to your roller coaster journey!
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