The main activities began on Saturday the 14th. For me, the highlight of the weekend were the presentations by Jay Ward (Cars Franchise Guardian), producer Jonas Rivera and composer Michael Giacchino, which took place in World Showplace (the building between the Canada and United Kingdom pavilions built for the millennium celebration). Each gave a presentation on both Saturday and Sunday. Their session were titled:
- Jay Ward: Cars 101 - Inspiration for all of the CARacters you Know and Love
- Jonas Rivera: Pixar: Celebrating 25 Years of Animation
- Michael Giacchino: Behind the Music: A Score is Born
Pixar Weekend also included the Car Masters Weekend. Held at Downtown Disney, there were full-size models of Cars characters like Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile.
There was no Pixar Weekend this year, but as The Pixar Post reported a few days ago, the Car Masters Weekend is returning on June 2-3. It will include appearances by Jay Ward and Chip Foose, who helped designed Ramone and the Cars wing at Disney's Art of Animation Resort. I'd love to see Disney and Pixar bring back Pixar Weekend with more guest speakers and artwork. Maybe they could make it an annual event - the presentations were well attended and I'm sure would bring in a number of Pixar fans.
If anyone attends the Car Masters Weekend I'd love to hear about your experience!
Below are a few pictures I took from the event. I want to apologize in advance for the poor quality of the pictures - I took them from my iPhone, which struggles under low light. First are some pictures from the filmmaker presentations.
|Giacchino, Rivera and Ward|
|View of the 800 person theater prior to the presentations|
|The Green Army Men showed up to entertain the guests before the presentations started|
There were plenty of opportunities for character meet-and-greets inside World Showplace and other locations around Epcot.
Outside of World Showplace, there were large banners for each of Pixar's films, plus a couple for some of the Easter eggs hidden in their films.
There was plenty of other Pixar-related artwork and banners around the parks, mostly at Epcot and Hollywood Studios. And given it was the Flower and Garden Festival, there were topiaries of Cars characters.
|Spaceship Earth is in the background with |
the Cars 2 logo projected on it