Disney Cruise Line Will Launch Pixar Day at Sea Starting in 2023

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 Disney has announced that on select Disney Fantasy voyages in 2023, guests can enjoy the all new Pixar Day at Sea.

Pixar Day at Sea Launches in 2023

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 we know right now.

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Pixar Character Encounters

Throughout the Pixar Day at Sea, everyone onboard the Disney Fantasy will have the opportunity to dance, play, and hang out with their favorite Pixar pals, 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.

Entertainment

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 will be a new nighttime spectacular where guests are going to need to help the Incredibles save the day. Like other Disney spectaculars, there will be 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 will have all of your favorite songs and music from Coco, along with incredible puppetry.

Dining

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 will start with a character breakfast hosted by Sheriff Woody, Jesse, and Bullseye from Toy Story. Breakfast will have all of the country fixins’ you can imaging, 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, and so much more. It’s likely that these types of themed activities will also be available during Pixar Day at Sea. Pixar movies will also take over the theaters on the Disney Fantasy. And no matter what time of day you’ll be able to pop in to see some of your favorite Pixar films on the silver screen.

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Our Perspective

Pixar Day at Sea sounds like 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 Castaway Cay is still to come on your vacation.

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Megan duBois
Megan duBois is a freelance writer who covers theme parks, cruising, food and drink, and family travel. Her work has appeared on Buzzfeed, Popsugar, Insider, Orbitz, The Daily Meal, Family Vacation Critic, TravelPulse, and more. Megan has been quoted as an expert and thought leader on theme parks for Forbes and other outlets. Follow her on Instagram @MinglingwithMickey and Twitter @Megand513 for theme park travel tips and tricks, and email her at megand513 [at] gmail [dot] com for story ideas.

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