FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Pixar Fest Means Family Fun Time at Disneyland

by Eugenia Lazaris

Jun 19, 2018

© Michele Kemper | Dreamstime.com

Travel Tips

Disneyland means family fun any time of the year but this summer the park upped its game. Pixar Fest is here for the season. Through Sept. 3, the famous Southern California resort is celebrating friendship and all things Pixar with some of the world’s most beloved characters and stories.

Throughout the celebration, the Pixar theme will be present all over Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. Park performers incorporate Pixar stories into their performances, menus and attractions received temporary upgrades and there are even opportunities to catch the Pixar Short Film Festival. Disneyland will probably always be billed as the “Happiest Place on Earth” but the fun of the Magic Kingdom has amped up for this summer of Pixar fun.

Running into some of your favorite Disney characters as you roam the park is part of the fun of Disneyland — it ranks up there with donning a pair of mouse ears and munching on a mouse-shaped pretzel. During this event, Pixar characters wander the park making sure guests of all ages can enjoy meeting some of their favorites, like Buzz and Woody, Mike and Sully, and Mr. Incredible and family.

Disney’s signature monorail is a familiar backdrop at the park but during Pixar Fest guests will notice some new designs as the trains zip through the parks. One train is decked out with a Finding Nemo design while another is fashioned after The Incredibles.

Elastigirl Parr from the Incredibles Pixar movie in a parade at California Adventures at Disneyland

© Joshua Daniels | Dreamstime.com

The season-long celebration also includes two fan-favorite parades. The Pixar Play Parade will delight park guests during the day featuring floats and performers from Inside Out, Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and Up. The Paint the Night Parade is thrilling visitors after dark. Lighting up the park with 1 million lights, the parade features the cast of The Incredibles along with Disney regulars like Ariel and Peter Pan.

What festival would be complete without some awesome food? During Pixar Fest, even the eateries are getting in on the act. Whether you are craving a cold drink, a sugary sweet or a full meal, restaurants all over the parks offer Pixar-themed and -inspired goodies. Pick up a Monsters, Inc.-inspired Chilled Noodle Salad from the Lucky Fortune Cookery at the California Adventure Park. During Pixar Fest, the noodles in this salad change color when you sprinkle lime juice on them. If a three-course meal is what you crave, head over to Café Orleans in the Disneyland Park for a Ratatouille-inspired meal featuring — you guessed it — ratatouille!

After a long day of crisscrossing the park, hitting every ride, snacking on goodies and buying irresistible Disney merchandise, the whole family will be understandably exhausted. What better way to wind down than with a Pixar-rific firework extravaganza? The Together Forever Pixar Nighttime Spectacular Firework Show, a bran- new firework display, is lighting up the skies over the park each night. Buzz Lightyear kicks off the show by flying over Sleeping Beauty’s castle in the heart of the park. There is nothing like a Disneyland firework show to wrap up a thrilling day at the park.


Insta Feed
Destinations / North America
Sep 22, 2023

These Omni Hotels and Resorts Have Haunting Ghost Stories for a Spooky Stay

Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …

Interior Upgrades Begin Rolling Out Across United Fleet

United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.

Destinations / North America
Sep 22, 2023

Here’s Why Brunswick, Maine, is the Perfect Getaway for Couples

Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.

Destinations / North America
Sep 21, 2023

The World’s Largest Indoor Beachfront Waterpark Opened This Summer

Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

United Airlines Celebrates its First Class of United Aviate Graduates

As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.

Destinations / North America
Sep 21, 2023

Spooky Haunts to Visit in Cayuga County, New York, This Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.