Via the official Disney Parks blog, Walt Disney World has confirmed Stitch Kingdom’s original report on the gala celebration in honor of Pixar’s 25th Anniversary and the release of Cars 2 during the final weekend of Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival.
The official announcement does make note of a few differences, however, namely that many character greetings will take place inside the World Showplace and around the World Showcase, but not in the Future World area.
Although we did report there would be informal talks held on site focusing on Pixar Animation Studios, Disney has confirmed appearances by composer Michael Giacchino, producer Jonas Rivera and Jay Ward, the Cars franchise guardian on May 14 & 15 only with times and dates to be announced.
Those who are concerned about the wealth of detail we provided earlier that was not confirmed by Disney should take heart in that the announcement completely neglected the ‘Agents on a Mission’ tour stop and that there is plenty more in store that Disney does not apparently want to share at this time. But of course, as always, everything is subject to change.
To revisit our original report on the Disney/Pixar Weekend at Epcot celebration, click here.
UPDATE #1: Walt Disney World has created a website for the event at PixarWeekend.com. Although Future World meet & greets are mentioned, Wall-E has been left off the list, signifying he may not be appearing afterall.
In addition, while the Disney parks blog and the official press release indicated the talks would only take place on the 14 & 15, the new site suggests they will take place each day (but do not count on the 13th at this point) and offers the following schedule:
- 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
Update #2: We have been assured that while Wall-E cannot officially be confirmed, Disney Parks is working to try to bring him in but since the details haven’t been finalized, they can’t promote his appearance in good faith.
Update #3: Leaking additional information slowly, the Disney Parks blog now mentions the ‘Agents on a Mission Tour,’ albeit not in so many words. They also confirm participation by RIDEMAKERZ and AMC Theaters as we first mentioned. The theater will be showing Cars all weekend while RIDEMAKERZ will be offering some of its new Cars 2 line which we have already previewed here.