From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Valerie Lee
Look to the skies! Woody, Buzz, Jessie and friends have taken flight! Alaska Airlines revealed its special-edition plane aptly named, “Friendship and Beyond at Disneyland Resort,” a whimsical tribute to Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park. After all, it is a place where friendship is celebrated every day!
Alaska Airlines has been such great friends with the Disneyland Resort for the past 20 years. This is the sixth painted plane from Alaska Airlines that allows our guests to be immersed in a Disneyland Resort celebration even before they arrive at the parks. The inaugural flight departed today from Seattle, with a stop in San Francisco for a gate ceremony and then on to its ultimate arrival in Orange County.
The unique aircraft design is a collaboration between Alaska Airlines, the Disneyland Resort and Pixar Animation Studios. The Pixar Pier-themed 737-800, tail number N537AS, begins flying throughout Alaska’s route network today, welcoming guests with its artistic flair for many years to come. The exterior of the plane required more than 2,800 work hours and 24 days using 50 gallons of paint in 44 primary colors and custom shades. The Toy Story trio of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie span both sides of the aircraft, while Aliens can be spotted on both winglets. Even Rex the Tyrannosaurus makes a special appearance (hint: he is in a place that will welcome everyone boarding the aircraft). On board while supplies last, little ones may enjoy the Disneyland Resort Activity Fun Book and Kids’ Choice Picnic Pack.
In Pixar Pier, you can meet your favorite Pixar pals in their very own imaginative neighborhoods where their stories come to life: Incredibles Park, Inside Out Headquarters, Pixar Promenade and Toy Story Boardwalk. Be sure to take a spin on the Incredicoaster, Jessie’s Critter Carousel and Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, and along the way, enjoy dining at such stops as Lamplight Lounge and Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats. And don’t forget about shopping at Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff and Knick’s Knacks!
Planning your next vacation? We look forward to seeing you soon!