Yesterland

Block Party Bash

Disney Presents
The Pixar Film Pals

It’s 2005 at Yester California Adventure. The “Happiest Homecoming On Earth,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the park across the esplanade, isn’t limited to the older park. A press release describes how “madcap and irreverent” Block Party Bash at the younger park is “designed to instantaneously put guests right in the middle of an unbelievable impromptu party.”


That’s right. It’s a party—and also a parade:

The music and excitement are cranked to the max for this high-energy street extravaganza as Disney presents the Pixar Film Pals, who invite you to dance and play as they party their way through Disney’s California Adventure! The wildest block party in Disney history will entertain guests with a non-stop musical parade that doubles as a fun-filled interactive street spectacular!

Enjoy it!

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2005

Led by the famous Green Army Men from Toy Story

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2005

“I can’t hear you!”

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2005

Green Army Men from Toy Story

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2005

Thirsty?

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Karen Weiss, 2006

The unifying feature of this block party: giant toy blocks

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2006

Woody, Jessie, Talking Mr. Mike, and Tinker Toys

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2006

Mr. Potato Head

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2005

Electric scooters

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2006

Doors and scream canisters from Monsters, Inc.

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2006

James P. “Sulley” Sullivan

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2005

Mary Gibbs, better known as Boo

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2006

George Sanderson

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2005

George Sanderson with a child’s sock on his back

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2006

Dim, the rhinoceros beetle

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Karen Weiss, 2006

Heimlich from A Bug’s Life

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2006

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible telescoping out of Monsters, Inc. block towers

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2005

Encouraging guests to join the party

At first, it seems like a traditional parade. But then it stops at three performance locations. Be sure to stand at Sunshine Plaza, “a bug’s land,” or Golden Dreams. Those are the locations where Block Party Bash really becomes a party.

Depending on where you’re standing, you’ll play with the “Toys,” scream with the “Monsters,” or dance with the “Bugs.” The perfomance stops last 11 minutes and involve 60 dancers, 16 acrobats, 12 pairs of jumping stilts, and 30 electric scooters.

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Karen Weiss, 2006

One of the trampoline units, invented specifically for Block Party Bash

Block Party Bash at Disney's California Adventure

Photo by Karen Weiss, 2006

Another of the one-of-a-kind trampoline units

The press release sums up Block Party Bash like this:

As a totally immersive experience, the contagious fun of the entire spectacle will spread throughout the audience. Guests won’t be able to resist the show’s energetic performers, lovable characters, familiar pop tunes, and never-ending surprises!

Maybe future Pixar movies will allow an even more impressive Pixar parade.


Block Party Bash premiered at Disney’s California Adventure (now Disney California Adventure) on May 5, 2005. It was the new park’s second major parade.

The park’s first parade, Eureka! - The California Adventure Parade had a short run in 2001 and summer 2002. The new park disappointed many guests with how few Disney and Pixar characters it had—and Eureka! had none. The next daytime parade would not make that mistake.

There were no daytime parades at California Adventure in 2003 and 2004, but Disney’s Electrical Parade ran at night.

Block Party Bash was loaded with Pixar characters—although the Pixar filmography was still quite short at the time:

  1. Toy Story (1995)
  2. A Bug’s Life (1998)
  3. Toy Story 2 (1999)
  4. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  5. Finding Nemo (2003)
  6. The Incredibles (2004)

The ocean inhabitants of Finding Nemo did not lend themselves to the dance party focus of the parade. Toy Story and Toy Story 2 had largely the same characters. So Block Party Bash featured just four sets of Disney-Pixar characters.

Block Party Bash closed January 6, 2008. It moved to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where it ran from March 14, 2008, to January 1, 2011.

Block Party Bash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2008

A Bug’s Life unit of Block Party Bash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Block Party Bash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2008

Block Party Bash trampolines at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s California Adventure guests did not have to wait long for another daytime parade. Pixar Play Parade—completely different, but also based on Disney-Pixar movies—opened March 14, 2008.


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