Back in summer 2017, Disney announced at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California that Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure Park would be transformed to a new land called Pixar Pier. This new area would be the home of the Pixar characters from Toy Story, the Incredibles, and Inside Out, including nods to other characters from the entire lineup of Disney/Pixar animated films throughout.
Then shortly thereafter as we more closely approached the opening date set for Pixar Pier, they announced the area or land would be split up into four “neighborhood” sections. The neighborhoods would be known as Incredibles Park, Toy Story Boardwalk, Pixar Promenade, and Inside Out Headquarters. Each neighborhood had full outlines and descriptions of what each attraction and theme would be, with the exception of the Inside Out Headquarters. When the neighborhood concept was announced, they only hinted that it would be a “lush and colorful area” with a “whimsical family-friendly attraction”.
Then on June 22, 2018, just one day prior to the Grand Opening of Pixar Pier, Disney announced via Disney Parks Blog that the unnamed family friendly attraction would be called Emotional Whirlwind. The artwork showed a colorful and family-friendly attraction, but one that looked very similar to anyone that had already been to Disney California Adventure Park before. In fact anyone that looked closely at the original artwork that was released for Pixar Pier, could also make the same connection even prior to the announcement. Emotional Whirlwind was simply a complete reimagining of Flik’s Flyers in A Bug’s Land. Earlier this year Disney also announced that A Bug’s Land would be closing late summer 2018, to make way for a new Marvel-themed land to take its place. So it makes sense on how and why the attraction would be moved to its new home at Pixar Pier. Flik’s Flyers has always been a popular family-friendly attraction, so it will be a welcome addition to Pixar Pier for all ages to continue to enjoy.
Emotional Whirlwind is set to open in 2019 with the rest of the Inside Out Headquarters. For those wanting a little bit of Inside Out now, they have placed some ‘picture-perfect’ construction walls around the future home of the new attraction. Additionally Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff candy and treats shop is expected to open by the end of summer 2018.