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.
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.
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.