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Pixar Play Parade is a parade at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California. The parade features floats and characters based on Disney-Pixar films such as Toy Story, Monsters University, and The Incredibles.

In a first for the Disneyland Resort, the floats feature small water jets that shoot water into the crowd of guests, which are generally only used during the summer so as not to make guests sick during colder months. The music used in the parade is derived from the Mickey's WaterWorks parade in Hong Kong Disneyland, both having the same tunes and music.

Parade Units

  • Monsters University Unit - A group of MU cheerleaders with monster pom poms, Art, Squishy, Terri and Terry  off the parade with a baton-twirling Roz and a large, oddly shaped drum with the title Pixar Play Parade and Monsters University's logo, which is being driven by Sulley. An animatronic figure of Mike Wazowski sits on the back of the float with a foam finger and a pom pom, spouting various cheers, with Archie on top of the float, A few members of the CDA the follow. Music was originally a cover of Todd Rungdren's "Bang The Drums All Day", but was changed to the Monsters University alma mater in 2013.
  • The Incredibles Unit - The Incredibles float features a large replica of Syndrome's Omnidroid with two arms moving around the float with the help of two performers, spouting water occasionally. Jack-Jack, the baby of the family, rides in the arm of the droid, occasionally shooting real flames from his head. Violet is seen at the back of the float with a forcefield. Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible (aka ElastiGirl), and Frozone ride in front of the float on individual hovercrafts, along with dancers on spring-loaded stilts. Music is a cover of Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now".
  • Finding Nemo Unit - Puppets of Marlin, Nemo, Dory, and Squirt lead this section of the parade, with oversized pieces of coral and a large animatronic figure of Crush on the float along with water-squirting baby turtles. Female performers with jellyfish puppets follow the float, as does a bicycle-like vehicle with a working pufferfish puppet. Most of the puppets are copies of these used in Finding Nemo - The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Music is a cover of pop standard "Sea Cruise".
  • Ratatouille Unit (2008-2010) - Chefs on stilts lead in the large food-themed float. Remy stands on the front of the float, in front of Chef Gusteau's famous cookbook, while rats on the other sections of the float hanging from spaghetti, including Remy's brother Emile, waving and dancing to guests in a ladle. This unit did not usually run regularly. Music was a cover of Ohio Express' "Yummy Yummy Yummy". This unit was the tallest in the parade, and could not be safely used after the overhead wires for the Red Car Trolley were installed. As a result, it was retired and to date has not been replaced.
  • A Bug's Life Unit - The longest float in the parade, it features Flik and Atta on a two-person swing with Dot looking on, along with two larger swings in the back portion of the float capable of swinging almost 360-degrees around the top of the float. Heimlich leads the float, pushing a water-squirting flower with him, occasionally splitting in to multiple portions as he walks. Slim takes up the rear of the float dancing and playing with a smaller female bug and waving to guests. Music is a version of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", skewed as "Bugs Just Wanna Have Fun".
  • Toy Story Units - It featues five separate portions:
    • The first portion featuring Little Green Men armed with squirt guns and a large tinker-toy figure that is controlled by a performer under it, and it squirts water.
    • The second portion features a large clear globe with plastic balls bouncing around inside with Buzz Lightyear atop of the float in a rocket.
    • The third portion consists of three Green Army Men coming down the street.
    • The fourth portion features Mr. Potato Head in Lotso's construction truck that he is featured riding throughout the movie.
    • The fifth and final portion which seemingly is pulled by Hamm the Piggy Bank, features Rex (Sculptured by Nick Petronzio) standing atop a large Luxo ball, holding a long bar in his mouth that acts as beam for gymnasts to swing around on, along with Woody and Jessie on a motorized teeter-totter squirting water from spring-action shooters. Slinky Dog's front portion stands on the back of the float, while his back portion walks along the route following the float.
    • Music for the entire unit is a cover of "You've Got a Friend in Me".
  • Cars Unit - The final unit has no float, but Lightning McQueen in his World Grand Prix paint job and Mater brings up the rear of the parade. Music is a cover of "Life is a Highway", which was featured in the first film. 

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Disney California Adventure logo
Buena Vista Street

Red Car Trolley

Hollywood Land

Animation Academy | Disney Animation Building | Disney Junior - Live on Stage! | Frozen: Live at the Hyperion | Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! | Sunset Showcase Theater | Turtle Talk with Crush | The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Grizzly Peak

Grizzly River Run | Redwood Creek Challenge Trail | Soarin' Over California

Pacific Wharf

The Bakery Tour | Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar

A Bug's Land

It's Tough to Be a Bug! | Flik's Flyers | Heimlich's Chew Chew Train | Francis' Ladybug Boogie | Princess Dot Puddle Park | Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies

Paradise Pier

Toy Story Midway Mania! | California Screamin' | Mickey's Fun Wheel | Goofy's Sky School | Silly Symphony Swings | Golden Zephyr | King Triton's Carousel of the Sea | Games of the Boardwalk | Jumpin' Jellyfish | The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure | World of Color | Ariel's Grotto

Cars Land

Radiator Springs Racers | Mater's Junkyard Jamboree | Luigi's Flying Tires | Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters


Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa | Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Former Attractions

Superstar Limo | ElecTRONica | Lucky the Dinosaur | Back to Never Land | Golden Dreams | Maliboomer | S.S. Rustworthy | Disney's LuminAria | Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It! | Block Party Bash | Muppet*Vision 3D | Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular | For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration | Bountiful Valley Farm

Former Areas

Condor Flats (absorbed by Grizzly Peak) | Golden State (divided into its sub-areas)


Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!

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Monsters, inc logo

Films: Monsters, Inc. | Mike's New Car | Monsters University | Party Central
Soundtracks: Soundtrack (Monsters, Inc.) | Soundtrack (Monsters University)
Books: Disney's Wonderful World of Reading (Monsters, Inc.) | Little Golden Book (Monsters, Inc.) | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading (Monsters University) | Little Golden Book (Monsters University)
Video Games: Monsters, Inc. | Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena | Monsters, Inc. Scream Team | Monsters, Inc. Scream Team Training | Mike's Monstrous Adventure | Disney Universe | Disney INFINITY

Disney Parks

Disney Animation Building | Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor | Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! | Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek | Monsters University Administration Building | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise
Entertainment: Disney's Showtime Spectacular
Shops: Monsters, Inc. Company Store
Parade: Disney Stars 'n' Cars | Paint The Night Parade | Pixar Play Parade | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Christmas: A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas


Monsters, Inc.: Mike Wazowski | James P. Sullivan | Boo | Henry J. Waternoose | Randall Boggs | Fungus | Roz | Celia Mae | Needleman and Smitty | Flint | Thaddeus Bile | Jerry | Claws Ward | Lanky Schmidt | George Sanderson | Charlie Proctor | CDA | Ted | Sushi Chef | Ms. Nesbit | Baby Smitty | Yeti
Monsters University: Karen Graves | Frank McCay | Art | Terri and Terry Perry | Scott Squibbles | Don Carlton | Johnny Worthington III | Chet Alexander | Carrie Williams | Dean Hardscrabble | Professor Knight | Sheri Squibbles | Claire Wheeler | Brock Pearson | Archie the Scare Pig | Russell
Fraternities/Sororities: Oozma Kappa | Roar Omega Roar | Jaws Theta Chi | Slugma Slugma Kappa | Eta Hiss Hiss | Python Nu Kappa | Scare Games


If I Didn't Have You | Put That Thing Back Where It Came From or So Help Me | Monsters University


Paris, France | Monstropolis | Monsters, Inc. | Scare Floor F | Harryhausen's | Himalayas | Boo's Room | Trailer Son and Mom | Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor | Monsters University | Fear Tech


Scarer's Leaderboard | Scream Canisters | Doors | Little Mikey | Pixar Ball | Pizza Planet truck

See Also

Monsters, Inc.: Laugh Factory | The Art of Monsters, Inc. | The Art of Monsters University | The Science Behind Pixar | Pixar in a Box

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The Incredibles/Soundtrack/Video Game | The Incredibles 2 | Jack-Jack Attack | Boom! Studios | The Incredibles: When Danger Calls | The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer | Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure | Disney INFINITY | The Art of The Incredibles

Disney Parks

Art of Animation | Disney Animation Building | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise
Entertainment: Disney's Showtime Spectacular | INCREDIBLESSuperDanceParty
Parade: Pixar Play Parade | Stitch's Summer Dance Bash


Bob Parr | Helen Parr | Violet Parr | Dash Parr | Jack-Jack Parr | Lucius Best | Edna Mode | Kari McKeen | Syndrome | Mirage | Gazerbeam | Tony Rydinger | Rick Dicker | The Underminer | Gilbert Huph | Bomb Voyage | Xerek | Mezmerella | Rollergrrl | Bernie Kropp | Honey Best


Western View Junior High | Bob Parr's House | Nomanisan Island


Incredimobile | Manta Jet | Omnidroid v.8 | Omnidroid v.9 | Omnidroid v.10 | Bird Alarm


Disney's Wonderful World of Reading

See Also

The Science Behind Pixar | Pixar in a Box

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Finding Nemo - Logo
Finding Nemo/Soundtrack/Video Game | Finding Dory/Soundtrack/Just Keep Swimming | Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition | Little Golden Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Big Golden Book | The Art of Finding Nemo
Disney Parks

Disney's Art of Animation Resort | Disney's Explorers Lodge | Crush's Coaster | Disney Animation Building | Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage | It's a Small World | Nemo & Friends SeaRider | The Seas with Nemo & Friends | Turtle Talk with Crush
Entertainment: Disneyland Forever | Fantasmic! | Finding Nemo: The Musical | Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light | Tree of Life Awakens | World of Color
Parade: Happiness is Here Parade | Mickey's Storybook Express | Pixar Play Parade | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights


Finding Nemo: Nemo | Marlin | Coral | Dory | Pearl | Tad | Sheldon | Kathy | Mr. Ray | Bruce | Anchor | Chum | Gill | Peach | Bloat | Bubbles | Deb | Gurgle | Jacques | Nigel | Crush | Squirt | Philip | Darla | Barracuda | Blenny | Anglerfish | Seagulls | Moonfish | Jellyfish | Whale | Crabs
Finding Dory: Jenny | Charlie | Bailey | Destiny | Hank | Fluke and Rudder | Gerald | Becky | Otters | Giant Squid

Australia | Great Barrier Reef | Sydney Harbour | Marine Life Institute
AquaScum 2003 | Pixar Ball | Pizza Planet truck
Beyond the Sea | Unforgettable | What a Wonderful World | In The Big Blue World | Go With the Flow
See Also
The Science Behind Pixar | Pixar in a Box

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Ratatouille logo
Ratatouille | Your Friend the Rat | Soundtrack | Video Game | Little Golden Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Ratatouille: Food Frenzy | Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure | The Art of Ratatouille
Disney Parks

Art of Animation | Disney Animation Building | Garden of the Twelve Friends | Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy
Entertainment: Disney's Showtime Spectacular | Disney Dreams!
Restaurants: Bistrot Chez Rémy | Remy's Patisserie
Shops: Chez Marianne: Souvenirs de Paris
Parade: Disney's Stars 'n' Cars... As Never Seen Before | Pixar Play Parade

Remy | Emile | Django | Git | Auguste Gusteau | Mabel | Alfredo Linguini | Chef Skinner | Colette Tatou | Horst | Mustafa | Talon Labarthe | Anton Ego | Health Inspector | Ambrister Minion
Le Festin | Plan B
Paris | Gusteau's | La Ratatouille
Ratatouille | Anyone Can Cook | A113 | Pizza Planet truck
See Also
The Science Behind Pixar | Pixar in a Box

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A Bug's Life logo
A Bug's Life | Soundtrack | Video Game | Classic Storybook
Disney Parks
A Bug's Land | Bountiful Valley Farm | Disney Animation Building | Flik's Flyers | Francis' Ladybug Boogie | Heimlich's Chew Chew Train | It's Tough to Be a Bug! | Princess Dot Puddle Park | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise | Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies

Entertainment: One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On! | World of Color
Restaurants: Farmer's Market | Sam Andreas Shakes
Shops: P.T. Flea Market
Parade: Disney On Parade 100 Years of Magic | Pixar Play Parade | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights

Flik | Atta | Dot | The Queen | Aphie | Dr. Flora | Mr. Soil | Thorny | Cornelious | Hopper | Molt | Thumper | Axel and Loco | Grasshoppers | P.T. Flea | Dim | Rosie | Heimlich | Francis | Slim | Gypsy | Manny | Tuck and Roll | Circus Bugs | The Blueberries | Bird | Chicks | The Fly Brothers
The Time of Your Life | A Place You've Never Been
Ant Island | P.T. Flea's Circus | Bug City | Bug Bar | Hopper's Hideout
See Also
The Science Behind Pixar | Pixar in a Box

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Films and Television: Toy Story | Toy Story 2 | Toy Story 3 | Toy Story 4 | Buzz Lightyear of Star Command | Buzz Lightyear: Mission Logs | Toy Story Treats | Toy Story Toons | Hawaiian Vacation | Small Fry | Partysaurus Rex | Toy Story of Terror! | Toy Story That Time Forgot | Video
Music: Toy Story | Toy Story 2 | Toy Story 3 | The Legacy Collection: Toy Story
Video Games: Toy Story: The Video Game | Toy Story 2: The Video Game | Toy Story 3: The Video Game | Toy Story: Animated Storybook | Toy Story Racer | Toy Story Mania! | Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure | Disney INFINITY | Disney Crossy Road
Books Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Little Golden Book

Disney Parks

Toy Story Land | Toy Story Hotel | Alien Swirling Saucers | Art of Animation | Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Disney Animation Building | Garden of the Twelve Friends | Games of the Boardwalk | It's a Small World | RC Racer | Slinky Dog Dash | Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise | Toy Soldier Parachute Drop | Toy Story Midway Mania! | Woody's Roundup Village
Entertainment: Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Showtime Spectacular | Horseshoe Roundup | The Golden Mickeys | Toy Story: The Musical | World of Color
Restaurants: Hey Howdy Hey! Takeaway | Toy Story Pizza Planet Arcade
Shops: Andy's Engine | Andy’s Toy Box | Buzz's Star Command | Little Green Men Store Command | Slinky Dog's Gift Trolley | Toy Story Playland Boutique
Parade: Disney Cinema Parade | Disney Magic on Parade | Disney on Parade | Disney's Stars 'n' Cars... As Never Seen Before | Flights of Fantasy Parade | Happiness is Here Parade | Mickey's Storybook Express | Paint The Night Parade | Pixar Play Parade | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Halloween: The Nightmare Experiment
Christmas: A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas | Disney Dreams! of Christmas


Toys: Woody | Buzz Lightyear | Bo Peep | Bo Peep's Sheep | Dolly, Duckie, and Teddy | Etch A Sketch | Sarge | Green Army Men | Barrel of Monkeys | Hamm | Lenny | Little Green Men | Magic 8-Ball | Mr. Potato Head | Mr. Shark | Mr. Spell | R.C. | Rex | Robot | Rocky Gibraltar | Roly Poly Clown | Mr. Mike | See 'n Say | Slinky Dog | Snake | Toddle Tots | Troikas | Troll | Babyface | Mutant Toys | Mrs. Potato Head | Wheezy | Bullseye | Jessie | Stinky Pete | Barbie | Utility Belt Buzz | Emperor Zurg | Chatter Telephone | Chunk | Big Baby | Monkey | Jack-in-the-Box | Lotso | Twitch | Ken | Bookworm | Sparks | Stretch | Mr. Pricklepants | Buttercup | Peas-in-a-Pod | Totoro | Trixie | Chuckles | Dolly | Fun Meal Buzz Lightyear | Fun Meal Emperor Zurg | Discarded Fun Meal Toys | Combat Carl | Angel Kitty | The Cleric | Reptillus Maximus
Humans: Andy Davis | Molly Davis | Mrs. Davis | Sid Phillips | Hannah Phillips | Al McWhiggin | Geri | Emily | Amy | Bonnie Anderson | Mrs. Anderson | Daisy | Ronald Tompkins | Mason
Animals: Scud | Buster | Mr. Jones


Andy's House | Sid's House | Dinoco | Pizza Planet | Al's Toy Barn | Al's Penthouse | Tri-County International Airport | Sunnyside Daycare | Butterfly Room | Caterpillar Room | Ken's Dream House | The Box | Vending Machine | Bonnie's House | Tri-County Sanitation | Tri-County Landfill | Incinerator | Poultry Palace | Sleep Well


A113 | Pixar Ball | Pizza Planet truck | Eggman Movers van | The Claw


You've Got a Friend in Me | Strange Things | I Will Go Sailing No More | Woody's Roundup | When She Loved Me | We Belong Together | Dream Weaver | Le Freak

See Also

Black Friday reel | Toy Story 2 (original storyline) | Toy Story 3 (Circle 7 Screenplay)


The Science Behind Pixar | Pixar in a Box

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Cars/Soundtrack | Cars 2/Soundtrack | Cars 3 | Mater and the Ghostlight | Cars Toons | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Little Golden Book | Video

Disney Parks

Cars Land | Disney's Art of Animation Resort | Art of Animation | Cars Quatre Roues Rallye | Disney Animation Building | Luigi's Flying Tires | Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters | Mater's Junkyard Jamboree | Radiator Springs Racers
Entertainment: Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular | World of Color: Celebrate!
Restaurants: Cozy Cone Motel | Fillmore's Taste-In | Flo's V8 Cafe |
Shops: Radiator Springs Curios | Ramone's House of Body Art | Sarge's Surplus Hut
Parade: Disney Stars and Motorcars Parade | Paint The Night Parade | Pixar Play Parade


Cars: Lightning McQueen | Mater | Sally Carrera | Mack | The King | Chick Hicks | Not Chuck | Mia and Tia | Boost | DJ | Wingo | Snot Rod | Bob Cutlass | Darrell Cartrip | Doc Hudson | Flo | Ramone | Sheriff | Luigi | Guido | Sarge | Fillmore | Red | Lizzie | Stanley | Junior | Tex Dinoco | Lynda Weathers | Van | Minny | Michael Schumacher Ferrari | Jay Limo | Fred | Todd | Frank | Tractors | Mike | Sulley | Vroomaroundus Bugus
Cars 2: Finn McMissile | Holley Shiftwell | Crabby | Tony Trihull | Leland Turbo | Rod "Torque" Redline | Miles Axlerod | Mel Dorado | Professor Zündapp | Grem | Acer | Francesco Bernoulli | Lewis Hamilton | Jeff Gorvette | Max Schnell | Miguel Camino | Raoul ÇaRoule | Nigel Gearsley | Carla Veloso | Brent Mustangburger | David Hobbscap | Vladimir Trunkov | Victor Hugo | Tubbs Pacer | J. Curby Gremlin | Fred Pacer | Ivan | Alexander Hugo | Uncle Topolino | Mama Topolino | Otis | Siddeley
Cars 3: Cruz Ramirez | Jackson Storm
Mater and the Ghostlight: Screamin' Banshee
Cars Toons: Kabuto | Big D | Sandy Dunes | Blue Grit | Idle Threat | Shifty Sidewinder | Didi 05 | Mike 07


Mater's Tall Tales: Rescue Squad Mater | Mater the Greater | El Materdor | Tokyo Mater | Unidentified Flying Mater | Monster Truck Mater | Heavy Metal Mater | Moon Mater | Mater Private Eye | Air Mater | Time Travel Mater
Tales From Radiator Springs: Hiccups | Bugged | Spinning | The Radiator Springs 500½ | To Protect and Serve


Dinoco | 2006 Piston Cup | The Delinquent Road Hazards | World Grand Prix


Radiator Springs | City Hall | Municipal Impound | Tow Mater Towing & Salvage | Flo's V8 Cafe | Luigi's Casa Della Tires | Ramone's House of Body Art | Cozy Cone Motel | Fillmore's Taste-In | Sarge's Surplus Hut | Sarge's SUV Boot Camp | Doctor Hudson: Dr. of Internal Combustion | Racing Museum | Mrs. Piston | Willy's Butte | Radiator Springs Curios | Radiator Springs Drive-In Theatre | Wheel Well Motel | London, England | Paris, France | Porto Corsa | Tokyo | California | U.S. Route 66 | Interstate 40 | Los Angeles International Speedway | Motor Speedway of the South | Ornament Valley | Cadillac Range | Carburetor County | Big Ben | Top Down Truckstop | Big Bentley | NASCA


Real Gone | Life is a Highway | Our Town | Sh-Boom | Route 66 | Find Yourself | Behind the Clouds | You Might Think | Collision of Worlds | Nobody's Fool

Video Games

Cars: The Video Game | Cars 2: The Video Game | Cars: Mater-National Championship | Cars: Race-O-Rama | The World of Cars Online | Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures | Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure | Disney INFINITY | Cars: Fast as Lightning

See Also

The Science Behind Pixar | Pixar in a Box

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