News: Cove Bar and Ariel’s Grotto Closures and Renovations for Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure

HUGE NEWS out of Disneyland today, my friends! It has just been announced that Pixar Pier — which is coming to Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure Park — will bring serious changes for favorites Cove Bar and Ariel’s Grotto — including closures and renovations. While we’ve known that Pixar-themed changes are in store for Paradise Pier for a while, now we have more of the scoop!

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Pixar Pier will be made up of four new neighborhoods representing four Pixar stories. The highlight of The Incredibles neighborhood will be the new Incredicoaster (transforming the current California Screamin’, which will close on January 8th).

Toy Story and Inside Out will also be represented in their own neighborhoods and will include a new family-friendly ride in the Inside Out area (opening season not yet announced).

Several Pixar stories will be represented in the fourth neighborhood, which will bring a new look to Mickey’s Fun Wheel (each gondola will feature a different Pixar character). The Games of the Boardwalk will likewise be re-themed with Pixar characters. January 8th is again the closing date for Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Games of the Boardwalk, and Sideshow Shirts so the spots can begin their transformation.

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Also part of the transformation? Ariel’s Grotto — which offers Princess character meals — and my beloved Cove Bar will become a new lounge and grill. Though each spot will close on January 8th, Cove Bar will reopen for a brief time in April before it closes permanently for renovations.

The View from Cove Bar

The View from Cove Bar

Guests hoping to reserve a World of Color Dining Package after January 7th will still be able to choose from Carthay Circle Restaurant or Wine Country Trattoria.

Wine Country Trattoria

Wine Country Trattoria

But that’s not all! The rest of Paradise Pier — which includes Paradise Gardens, Silly Symphony Swings, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Goofy’s Sky School, Golden Zephyr and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure — will become a whole new land, too: it will become Paradise Park.

Look for Pixar Pier to open to open during the Pixar Fest celebration, which begins April 13, 2018.

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The Fest will feature the new “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks, the returning Pixar Play Parade and “Paint the Night” Parade, and more.

So, are you ready to welcome Pixar Pier to Disney California Adventure? ‘Cuz it’s getting ready to welcome YOU!

Are you pumped about Pixar Pier? Please let us know with a comment below!

Comments

  1. Rosie says

    This is so upsetting. California screaming is the highlight of this theme Park. Why change something amazing!

  2. Kelly says

    We are headed there in late January. Any word on if/where they’re moving the princess breakfast/lunch?

  3. DFB Sarah says

    Kelly, the only date we have seen so far is January 8 for the closure of Ariel’s Grotto. We would recommend calling Disneyland dining reservations ((714) 781-DINE) to find out more about how the closure will impact your reservation. Sorry we couldn’t be more helpful!

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