Disney World will help Pixar celebrate its 25th Anniversary by having declaring the final weekend of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival to be Pixar Weekend.
The 2011 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival already had a Pixar feel to it, as the characters from Toy Story 3 appear on the headliner display at the front of Epcot.
In order to make Pixar's 25th Anniversary even more special the final weekend of the Festival (May 13-15, 2011) has been declared Pixar Weekend.
Special events for the weekend include: Pixar Character Meet & Greets, Pixar Celebration Headquarters, and Pixar Speakers.
Here is a list of the events schedule thus far according to the Pixar Weekend website:
Special Pixar Meet and Greets
And the Pixar fun will continue throughout World Showcase, where characters from Toy Story, Ratatouille and A Bug’s Life wait to greet guests in three areas of Epcot:
■Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story at Mission: SPACE
■Mater from Cars and Cars 2 at Test Track
■Living Coral Stiltwalkers at The Seas with Nemo and Friends and Crush at Turtle Talk with Crush
■Woody, Jessie and Bullseye from Toy Story at the American Adventure
■Flick, Atta, Gypsy Moth and stilt walking Slim from A Bug’s Life at the Art of Living Garden
■Remy and Emile from Ratatouille at France
■Mr. & Mrs. Incredible and FroZone from The Incredibles
■Lotso from Toy Story 3
■Mike, Sully, Boo and Smitty from Monster’s Inc.
■Carl, Russell and Dug from Up
Pixar Celebration Headquarters
World Showplace (located between the Canada and United Kingdom pavilion), will serve as the celebration headquarters. Inside, families can enjoy meet and greets with characters from The Incredibles, Toy Story 3, Monsters, Inc. and Up, and browse a photo gallery that calls out some of Pixar’s best Easter Eggs from past films. There also will be an art gallery that displays the creative work that went in to Pixar films.
A special speaker series featuring talks by Oscar®-nominated Pixar producer Jonas Rivera (pictured above), Oscar®-winning composer composer Michael Giacchino and Cars Franchise Guardian Jay Ward will also take place at World Showplace Saturday and Sunday.
Daily Speaker Series Schedule: May 14 – 15, 2011
■Noon: Jay Ward
■2:00 PM: Jonas Rivera
■4:00 PM: Michael Giacchino
■6:00 PM: Special Presentation by Jay Ward, Jonas Rivera and Michael Giacchino
Kids also can play the Cars 2 Race Around World Showcase game, by picking up a booklet with clues that send them on a journey to specific World Showcase pavilions, where they’ll receive more clues, and receive a reward at the end.