While Disney continues to punch the gas in their quest for world domination, they aren't forgetting the incredible theme parks that have been a part of their identity for decades. Countless families have experienced the magic of Disney in person through their theme parks found all over the globe. Part of what makes these parks so enduring, and what draws people back year after year, is that Disney does not rest on their laurels. They are constantly upgrading, adding and expanding the parks to draw in guests new and old. This evolution will continue at Disneyland's California Adventure next year when the California Screamin' roller coaster becomes the Incredicoaster, based on Pixar's The Incredibles.
According to the Disney Parks Blog, this upgrade will hit in summer 2018 and be part of the permanent transformation of Paradise Pier into Pixar Pier. Pixar Pier will be made up of four neighborhoods each drawing their inspiration from a different Disney/Pixar film. The Incredicoaster will be the centerpiece of The Incredibles-inspired neighborhood, and will feature a new loading area, new character moments, and a change to the look of the ride vehicles. Another of the new neighborhoods will be inspired by the Toy Story films and will feature the incredibly popular 3D-shooter ride, Toy Story Mania! ride. There will also be an Inside Out neighborhood, and the fourth area will be more of an amalgam of Pixar stories-- with existing rides getting a fresh coat of Pixar-inspired paint.
Having The Incredibles featured so heavily with their own neighborhood and roller coaster ride is an example of the kind of corporate synergy Disney has become so fond of. Disney is no doubt hoping to capitalize on excitement around the long anticipated The Incredibles 2 to draw people into Disneyland's California Adventure and the new Pixar Pier. The Incredibles 2 debuts June 15, 2018, so it should more or less coincide with the opening of the film-inspired area and the Incredicoaster. Those who wish to ride California Screamin' in its current form will have to act fast; the ride closes on January 8th when it's transformation into the Incredicoaster begins.
This is not the first big change Disney's two North American parks have announced or undergone lately. Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom Park saw the opening of a Pandora land, inspired by James Cameron's Avatar earlier this year. Although, easily the most exciting expansion will happen when both Disneyland and Walt Disney World open Star Wars themed areas, called Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in 2019. And for those with enough galactic credits in their account, Walt Disney World will also be opening an absolutely insane looking Star Wars hotel in the coming years.
For all future, film-based vacation destination news, keep an eye on CinemaBlend. Images come from the Disney Parks Blog.