Everything You Need to Know About Disney Cruise Line’s Pixar Day at Sea

The one-day celebration will bring the world of Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and other Pixar favorites to the Disney Fantasy.
Pixar Day at Sea from Disney Cruise Line (Photo: Preston Mack)
Pixar Day at Sea from Disney Cruise Line (Photo: Preston Mack)

A dream family vacation idea for many parents and kids, Disney Cruise Line sails all over the world while showcasing onboard experiences with favorite Disney characters like Rapunzel, Belle, and the heroes and villains of Star Wars and Marvel.

One element that sets Disney Cruise vacations apart from other family cruises are its themed days at sea, like Marvel Day at Sea or Star Wars Day at Sea on select sailings. These events are popular with cruisers, especially with fans of the franchises. And now, on select Disney Fantasy voyages, guests can enjoy Pixar Day at Sea.

Pixar Day at Sea

The one-day Pixar Day at Sea celebration will take place on select seven-night voyages, and bring the world of Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, and other Pixar favorites right to the Disney Fantasy. So, what can guests expect on Pixar Day at Sea? Here’s what to know.

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Pixar Character Encounters

Throughout the Pixar Day at Sea, everyone onboard the Disney Fantasy has the opportunity to dance, play, and hang out with their favorite characters, including Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Bo Peep from Toy Story; the lovable monsters Mike and Sully from Monster’s Inc.; Joy and Sadness from Inside Out; Dug and Russell from Up; and Mr. Incredible, Elastagirl, and Frozone from The Incredibles.


One of the best parts about sailing with Disney is the fireworks that light up the sky on select evenings at sea. With Pixar Day at Sea, there’s a new nighttime spectacular during which guests help the Incredibles save the day. Like other Disney spectaculars, there are fireworks, plenty of showmanship, and a rousing score to bring the nighttime show to life.

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Fans of the film Coco will want to be sure to see a first-of-its-kind theatrical experience that will bring the story of Miguel and his family to life. The new show has all your favorite songs and music from Coco, along with incredible puppetry.


Dining on Disney Cruise Line ships is always top notch, and during Pixar Day at Sea guests can enjoy a few new dining experiences throughout the day. The day starts with a character breakfast hosted by Sheriff Woody, Jesse, and Bullseye from Toy Story. Breakfast have all the country fixins’ you can imagine, along with sing-a-longs and cowboy serenades.

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At dinner, families can enjoy an entirely Pixar-themed dinner with dishes that are inspired by the Pixar Animation Studios’ California locale. Those who choose to dine in the Animator’s Palate restaurant will also see Finding Nemo friends, and be able to have conversations with Crush, the wise turtle who helps Marlin and Dory cross the sea in Finding Nemo.

Themed days at sea also include plenty of themed activities. With Star Wars and Marvel Days at Sea, Disney usually has an expert about each franchise come in to do fun talks; there are trivia contests, drawing classes, dance parties, and so much more. And Pixar movies also take over the theaters on the Disney Fantasy, so you can pop in to see some of your favorite Pixar films on the silver screen.

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Our Perspective

The Pixar Day at Sea cruise is a fun new enhancement to the already-exciting offerings on Disney Cruise Line vacations. After experiencing both Star Wars and Marvel Days at Sea, I can tell you that themed days are very long, and can be tiring, but they are also so much fun.

Being able to get up early and stay up late to do absolutely everything on themed days is worth it, especially when you know that a relaxing day at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay (and, starting in summer of 2024, Disney Cruise Line’s new private island destination Lighthouse Point) is still to come on your vacation.

How to Find and Book a Pixar Day at Sea

Pixar Day at Sea is part of select seven-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries departing from Cape Canaveral, with stops in the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Disney Castaway Cay. The theme day is also part of select Western Caribbean Disney Fantasy sailings from Cape Canaveral, which stops in Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Castaway Cay.

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Megan duBois
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